A long, heartfelt applause from all the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Mass of Ash Wednesday greeted Pope Benedict XVI at the end of his last major public liturgical celebration. A little earlier, the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, had said that deep love for God and the Church led the Pope to the gesture of renunciation, revealing his “strength of humility and meekness, along with great courage “. At the beginning of his homily, Benedict XVI thanked everyone, especially the faithful of the Diocese of Rome, as he prepared to conclude his Petrine ministry, and asked for a special remembrance in prayer. Return to God, let us be moved inwardly by the grace of the Lord, …
Pope: Say ‘No’ to individualism and rivalry in the Church
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