Pope Francis thank you benedict for praying for the church. Vatican City – Tuesday Pope Francis expressed his affectionate and public thanks to Benedict XVI, who retired from the papacy in 2103. Addressing the tourists and Romans in St. Peter’s Square, Francis applauded as he recalled that it was the 70th anniversary of Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood in his native Germany.
Joseph Ratzinger later became a powerful Vatican official as the official guardian of the Church’s doctrinal orthodoxy.
Then, in 2005, Ratzinger was elected Pope by his fellow cardinals and took the name, Benedict XVI. He announced in February 2013 that he had decided to retire two weeks later, the first pope to resign in 600 years.
Benedict (now 94) spends the rest of his years in prayer in a monastery in Vatican City. Francis said: “Dear Fathers and Brothers Benedict, we cherish our affection, gratitude, and intimacy.” Francis mentioned in his remarks that Benedict “lives in a monastery here in the Vatican where he can pray for the church by hosting a contemplative community”.
“Now he is a contemplative person in the Vatican, leading a prayerful life for the Church and the Diocese of Rome,” said Francis. He is an honorary director. “Thanks to my dear father and brother Benedict, thank you for your reliable testimony,” added Francis.
As another expression of gratitude, he said, “Thank you for your continued gaze on the horizon of God. Some church observers have expressed discomfort about the reality of a retired and incumbent pope living in the Vatican. Others criticized the decision to retire itself.
84-year-old Francis calls Benedict from time to time in the monastery. The current Pope also pointed out that, like Benedict, he may consider resigning himself if he feels he is not strong enough to adequately carry out the papal ecclesiastical mission.