I remember Benedict, the pope I fell in love with and led to the Church of Christ, I remember watching him leave the Vatican and getting in the white helicopter to Castle Gandolfo. We as the Church need to keep him in our prayers, as he is beginning to write textbooks for Vatican scholars, and deals with conflicts silently within the Church. We are unsure if he likes Francis, and his affect on the Church, but we do know that Francis looks at Benedict as a wise grandfather. We too can look at Father Benedict like a grandfather! I urge you to pray for this leader of the Church, and the flock he use to Shepard. He is greatly missed as pope by many, and will be forever. I ask that you take a moment, and look at the slideshow below, and pray for him. Viva La Papa!
Dear friends, I'm happy to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of creation and your well-wishes which do me such good. Thank you for your friendship, and your affection. You know this day is different for me than the preceding ones: I am no longer the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, or I will be until 8 o'clock this evening and then no more.
I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this Earth. But I would still ... thank you ... I would still with my heart, with my love, with my prayers, with my reflection, and with all my inner strength, like to work for the common good and the good of the church and of humanity. I feel very supported by your sympathy.
Let us go forward with the Lord for the good of the church and the world. Thank you, I now wholeheartedly impart my blessing. Blessed be God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Good night! Thank you all!"
-Pope Benedict XVI , February 28-2013
Father Benedict, I am praying for You!