Skip to comments.At B16's Window, A Big "Thank You"... While Behind the Walls, The "Showcase" Begins
Posted on 02/17/2013 1:06:55 PM PST by NYer
Drawing a crowd at least four or five times its normal size, a throng estimated at well over 100,000 people swarmed St Peter's Square today for the Pope's noontime Angelus the next-to-last Sunday greeting from B16 before his resignation takes effect in 11 days.
Quoting his favorite saint Augustine, the subject of his doctoral dissertation in theology as a young priest, and a figure on whom he's sought to model himself Benedict reminded the crowd that "Jesus took our temptations on himself to give us his victory over them."
Only to the Spanish-speaking faithful, however, did Benedict explicitly ask prayers "for me and for the next Pope."
While the Lenten retreat has long been seen in Roman circles as a "showcase" for potential future pontiffs both Cardinals Karol Wojtyla (1976) and Joseph Ratzinger (2002) were respectively tapped to give the exercises before their own elections from the time of his ascent, Benedict studiously avoided the practice for almost his entire tenure, tapping retired cardinals and priest-professors to conduct six of his eight retreats as Pope.
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Restricted by long-standing tradition to the heads of the world's archdioceses, a Vatican release at the time said the exceptional gift of the woolen band (a symbol of jurisdiction and the "easy yoke" of Christ) was conceded to Ratzinger given his status as Dean of the College of Cardinals.
Am I missing something? Joseph Ratzinger was nominated Archbishop of Munich and Freising and Cardinal by Paul VI in 1977. So, he should have already had a pallium. Was this a special or symbolic pallium?
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