Loading
‘Pray to God to allow me to be a meek and steady pastor of his Church’, asks Pope on first anniversary of election
‘Pray to God to allow me to be a meek and steady pastor of his Church’, asks Pope on first anniversary of election

.- Gathered with more than 60,000 pilgrims in Saint Peters square today, Pope Benedict celebrated the one year anniversary of being elected successor of Peter, and asked the faithful to “continue to sustain me and to pray to God to allow me to be a meek and steady pastor of his Church.”

The pontiff vividly recalled the day, one year ago, in which “the conclave ofcardinals decided to choose my poor person to succeed the lamented and loved great  Pope John Paul II”, something he called “absolutely unexpected and surprising for me.”

“I recall with emotion the first impression I had as I looked down from the central balcony of the basilica, of pilgrims gathered in this very square; it has stayed in my mind and heart,” he continued.  

Pope Benedict then directly addressed those present saying, “The support of God and the Saints cannot be substituted by anything, and your closeness, dear friends, comforts me, you who never cease to offer me the gift of your indulgence and your love.”

“I thank from my heart all those are by my side in various ways,” he said, emotionally, “from near and also from far, spiritually, with their affection and their prayers: to each of you, I ask that you continue to sustain meand to pray to God to allow me to be a meek and steady pastor of his Church.”

Benedict XVI chose to place today’s festive feeling in the context of Easter. He reminded the faithful of the first moments the Risen Lord spent with the women and the apostles. The Gospel message, “the nucleus of which is the Easter mystery”, was spread “with courage” to the ends of the earth, by them and their successors.

And still today, he added, “each Christian is called to proclaim the Gospel”. Particularly addressing young people who were present, he said, “Christ exhorts and invites you too to be his witnesses,” and asked that “the Virgin Mary help us understand this great mystery of love that changes hearts and allows us to enjoy the joy of Easter.”

Following the general audience, Benedict XVI returned to Castelgandolfo, where he will stay until Friday.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Aug
29

Liturgical Calendar

August 29, 2014

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 6:17-29

Gospel
Date
08/29/14
08/28/14
08/27/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 1: 17-25
Gospel:: Mk 6: 17-29

Homily of the Day

Mk 6:17-29

Homily
Date
08/29/14
08/28/14
08/27/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: