Bergoglio’s emotion: “Gratitude to God for having given him to the Church and to the world”
The Pope pays tribute to his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who died this morning at the age of 95. Bergoglio, speaking of kindness during the Te Deum, observes: “At this moment, our thoughts spontaneously go to the dearest Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who left us this morning. With emotion we remember her person so noble, so kind. And we feel so much gratitude in our hearts: gratitude to God for having given him to the Church and to the world; gratitude to him, for all the good he has done, and above all for his testimony of faith and prayer, especially in these last years of his retired life”.
“Only God – says Bergoglio – knows the value and strength of his intercession, of his own sacrifices offered for the good of the Church. This evening I would like to re-propose kindness also as a civic virtue, thinking in particular of our diocese of Rome”.