CNA Newsroom, Dec 30, 2022 / 11:30 am
In a special Mass for Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Friday afternoon, the faithful joined in prayer for the ailing pope emeritus.
The Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, presided over the liturgy on Dec. 30.
“We want to support Benedict XVI with our confident prayer, to sustain him with all our affection, to express to God the gratitude of this diocese that he loved and cherishes so much and served with selfless love,” he said.
“We like to think that he is now being held by the hand of St. Joseph, who helps him to keep God's invitation not to fear always alive."