Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2013 / 16:14 pm
Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic, the retired archbishop of Parana, Argentina, said that God used Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy to speak a message of love to his people.
In a Feb. 27 interview with CNA, Cardinal Karlic said that Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI’s decision to resign “is a message, a grace.”
“God is calling us again through him,” the cardinal said. “It is the sign of a grace that is being given to us to love God and all mankind.”
Being Catholic, he continued, means being a brother to all the nations of the world.
“If there is one thing that really brings me joy, it is not feeling like a stranger or a foreigner in any part of the world, because God is our Father and we all are called to be brothers and sisters,” he added.
The cardinal commented on the Holy Father’s decision to retire from his office at the end of February due to advanced age and declining strength. He said the decision to step down into a life of prayer for the Church is a sign from God calling all people to experience his love.
The Pope-emeritus “speaks just like Jesus did,” said Cardinal Karlic, “and that is how men and women must speak. To express what God has given us interiorly to others, to share what God has done to us and for us. Because the truth about man is communion with God and communion with all mankind.”
He also stressed the importance of continuing ahead in the Year of Faith with the same enthusiasm Benedict XVI showed in proclaiming it.