Sunday, July 4, 2010

After meeting with Sulmona youth Pope Benedict goes 'home'.

I haven't seen any official translations yet but here follows a little of my understanding of what he said to them in farewell.

"Now I must go home and I am most sorry to have to leave you............ But I go home as a serene father, knowing that his children are growing up well."

At that point, whilst Benedict smiled more broadly and naturally than I've seen him do for months, I burst into tears. Tears of happiness that this beautiful exchange had taken place, but also, tears of anxiety that he will not leave England in September with the same serenity. Prayers, prayers, prayers, that for the Lord, he may.

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