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from issue no. 03 - 2007

A man of meekness

by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe

From the day of his election as Successor of the Apostle Peter, Pope Benedict XVI has presented himself to the whole world as the humble laborer in the vineyard of the Lord.
On Wednesday 20 April 2005, in his first message at the end of the Eucharistic concelebration with the cardinal electors in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Benedict XVI stated: «I harness myself to undertake this particular ministry, the Petrine ministry, in the service of the universal Church with humble abandonment into the hands of the Providence of God. It is in the first place to Christ that I renew my total and trustful allegiance: “In te, Domine, speravi; non confundar in aeternum!”».
A man of great spirituality and culture, with a simple but at the same time profound manner of speech, he communicates God in a clear way. Such a coming together of hope and firmness, is not intransigence, but only the disarming truth of Christ, yesterday today and always.
With the encyclical letter Deus caritas est, a true compendium of Christian love, Pope Benedict XVI, has indicated the only way to reach the man of today and speak to his heart: wonder at the love of Christ.
On the Holy Father’s eightieth birthday, the wish that I address to him, also on behalf of the diocese of Naples – which he greatly loves – is that he may continue to communicate to the universal Church and to the whole world the wonder of the love of Christ with youth and freshness of spirit, with clarity and humility, with joyful and unceasing spiritual fruitfulness.
«Dominus conservet eum… ad multos annos!».

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