Pope Benedict’s Last Mass: “The Church Belongs to Christ”

What sustains and illuminates me is the certainty that the Church belongs to Christ, whose care and guidance will never be lacking.

He “appeared wan and spoke very softly.”

His homily was interrupted repeatedly by applause and he received a standing ovation.

A banner was strung at the back of the room reading “Grazie Santita” (Thank you Your Holiness.)

Today, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his last public mass as pope. 

“As you know, I have decided to renounce the ministry that the Lord gave to me on April 19, 2005,” he said. “I did this in full liberty for the good of the Church, after having prayed at length and examined my conscience before God, well aware of the gravity of this act … I was also well aware that I was no longer able to fulfill the Petrine ministry with that strength that it demands …”

“… the path of power is not the road of God.” he added.

“ … I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me …

“… What sustains and illuminates me is the certainty that the Church belongs to Christ, whose care and guidance will never be lacking …

“… Continue to pray for me and for the future Pope; the Lord will guide us!”

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-i-can-almost-physically-feel-prayers-and-love#ixzz2Ko3f8rL8

Here are some photos of our papa’s last mass as pope, courtesy of Tom McDonald.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    “… the path of power is not the road of God.”
    That should be a quote for Bartlet’s. It’s perfect and pithy. He’ll probably be most remembered for that.

    What a good man. It brings a tear to my eye.

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  • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

    The banner with “Grazie , Santita’” struck me intensely, as being typical. Very Italian. We are very good at celebrations and farewell ceremonies, at making the person who is resigning or being honoured feel honoured and loved. Our history has taught us that great and good individuals are the real honour and the real soul of the nation, and so, today, even the most sincere political opponents of the Pope will say nothing but approval of the man as a moral character and and as an intellectual genius. Great men are common patrimony. The applause means the same: the public wanting to make sure that the old gentleman knew that he was loved, respected and admired – as he is.

  • Lily

    He is truly beloved, and I feel so grateful to have been led by him.


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