Pope thanks Benedict XVI and congratulates him on his 70 years of priesthood

The Pope took advantage of the Angelus with the pilgrims to commemorate the anniversary of Benedict’s priestly ordination. 

“Seventy years ago, Pope Benedict was ordained a priest. Thank you, Benedict, dear father and brother. Thank you for your credible witness. Thank you for your gaze continually directed toward God’s horizon: thank you!”

Furthermore, in his short homily, the Pope also recalled one of the most important questions that Jesus asked the apostles. 

“The Lord asks the disciples a decisive question: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ It is the crucial question that Jesus also asks us today: ‘Who am I to you?’

The Pope explained that the best response is the one that is not limited to beautiful words, but the one that responds with works. 

“It is sad to see that many speak, comment and debate, but few give testimony. Those who give testimony do not lose themselves in words, but bear fruit. Witnesses do not complain about others and the world, but they start with themselves” .

Francis also recalled that the Vatican newspaper, the Osservatore Romano, is celebrating its 160th anniversary. He congratulated them, thanked them and asked them to work with fidelity and creativity. 

JMB/ Romereports.com

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