Thursday, December 22, 2005

Pope Asks For Continued Prayers

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI recalled the "fright" he felt at being elected pope, telling cardinals during his year-end speech Thursday that he never imagined he would be chosen and only agreed to it because he had great faith in God.

Benedict reviewed what he called the "great events" that affected the Roman Catholic Church in 2005, highlighting the suffering and death of Pope John Paul II, the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the World Youth Day celebrations in Cologne, Germany.

He left the April 19 conclave that elected him pope to the end of the lengthy speech, saying he felt "not a little bit of fright" when he was chosen by the College of Cardinals to succeed John Paul.

"Such a job was completely beyond anything I could ever have imagined as my vocation," he told the cardinals and Roman curia gathered in the Sala Clementina of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. "As such, it was only with a great act of faith in God that I could say in obedience my 'yes' to this choice."

He asked the prelates for their continued prayers.

Read more here.


Blogger Carmel said...

And prayers he shall get! Who could ever imagine what shock he felt when he was elected pope, im sure there was no sleep for at least 2 nights!

3:18 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Heh! Yes, Carmel, our gentle Papa was probably in shock - only the grace of God could sustain him in that historical moment (we should've have been there in the loggia to catch him in case he fainted).

Thank you for being a devoted Helper of St. Peter's. One gains great merit in Heaven supporting the Vicar of Christ through prayers and good works.

God bless you!

6:37 PM  

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