Monday, 18 February 2013

Bishop Kieran to Offer Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict with Bishop Kieran during Ad Limina visit
Bishop Kieran will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday 24 February at 11.15am in Arundel Cathedral. People who wish to join with the Bishop in giving thanks are welcome to attend the Mass next Sunday.

Bishop Kieran said: "I was at a church in Merstham, Surrey just after the news of Pope Benedict's resignation was released, and I know that parishioners were genuinely sad to hear the news.

I think that the pope's visit to this country in 2010 particularly endeared him to us all, and it is sad to think that his health is such that he feels he can't carry on serving as the successor of St Peter. At the same time I think we all admire his courage as the only pope in memory to resign from office.

I am sure that we all wish him well when he does finally step down, and pray that the Lord will preserve him for some years still and give him health of mind and body. "

You can still read of the Pope's resignation here.

There are additional prayers and resources available both for the current Pope, the Conclave and the future Pope from the Bishops' Conference Liturgy website.

Picture shows the Pope with Bishop Kieran during his ad limina visit to Rome (c)Osservatore Romano

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