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More reactions in Asia to Benedict XVI's resignation
His decision has stunned everyone but it shows the pope's courage, wisdom and spiritual strength. Here are some reactions obtained by AsiaNews, like that of the Custos of the Holy Land, the metropolitan archbishop of Aleppo, the major archbishop of the Syro-Malankara in India and the new patriarch of the Chaldean Church.
Fr. Gheddo: A Church on the verge of an epochal change
Benedict XVI's "revolutionary" resignation is an act of wisdom inspired by the Holy Spirit. Speculation over next Pope is unimportant; as we are already sure he will be the best Pope for the Church today. What is important, however, is that the whole Church, all believers, ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to welcome and to follow him with prayer and in obedience to his indications on the path to be taken in bringing Jesus Christ closer to our contemporaries, especially those who know Him but still reject Him.
Fr. Lombardi: Benedict XVI’s resignation "a truly incisive decision in the History of the Church"
The Pope Emeritus "lives a discreet life, without any public dimension, but this does not mean that he is isolated, closed as if in a strict cloister". His relationship with Pope Francis "also includes moments of personal encounter, dialogue ... one goes to the home of the other and vice versa. And then there are other forms of contact for example the phone or messages that are sent: a completely normal relationship and, I would add, one of solidarity".
Pope, a morally precious example for all Christians and human beings, Fr Lombardi says
Vatican Press Office head calls on the faithful to face the situation with faith and serenity. He also releases Benedict XVI's schedule until 28 February. On that day, the Pontiff will leave the Vatican at 5 pm for Castel Gandolfo.
Pope to cardinals: in conclave, be docile to the Spirit, I promise "reverence and obedience" to my successor
Pope Benedict XVI bids farewell to the College of Cardinals by. "Among you, there is the future Pope." "I n these 8 years we have experienced in faith beautiful moments of radiant light in the Churches’ journey along with times when clouds have darkened the sky. We have tried to serve Christ and his Church with deep and total love which is the soul of our ministry”. 3461 media organizations accredited to cover the event.
Vatican, already thousands line St Peter’s Square for the last audience with Pope
The streets surrounding St. Peter's Square closed down to traffic since the early hours of the morning: between 50 and 200 thousand faithful expected. Benedict XVI will deliver his regular catechesis to faithful after touring the square to greet those present in the popemobile.
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