Tuesday, 12 February 2013

We Love You Papa!

Last night just before I went to sleep I heard some astonishing news.
Pope Benedict the XVI is retiring! Such a thing has not happened in six hundred years.
This is his speech (which I assume) he spoke to his Cardinals.

Monday February 11, 2013 "I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is. Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”

This news makes me feel both sad and happy. If you did not know we converted to Catholicism about six years ago. That was one year after he became the Pope. He has been the only Pope I have ever had, he's MY Pope if you'll follow me. He is such an inspiring person, he's so gentle and kind. He's our German Shepherd, and he will continue to be only until February 28th. He has guided the Church so very well during all these years since 2005. I will be praying for his coming succeeder who as of yet, we do not know and I pray that the Cardinals will make the best choice possible.
And the best thing I can say is:

God Bless


  1. Really nice post. :) I'll miss him too - he's been an awesome pope.

  2. Thanks, Arda. He has indeed been an awesome Pope. :)


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