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"I will continue to accompany the path of the church with prayer and reflection, with that dedication to the Lord and to his bride that I have tried to live every day till now and that I want to live always," the pope told a crowd in St. Peter's Square Feb. 27, the eve of his resignation....

...."The Lord has given us so many days of sun and light breeze, days in which the catch of fish has been abundant," he said, likening himself to St. Peter on the Sea of Galilee. "There have also been moments in which the waters were turbulent and the wind contrary, as throughout the history of the church, and the Lord seemed to be asleep," he said. "But I have always known that the Lord is in that boat and that the boat of the church is not mine, it is not ours, but it is his and he does not let it sink...."

....According to the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the pope's speech was the last of his pontificate. No papal address was expected at his farewell meeting with cardinals scheduled for the next day.

1 posted on 02/27/2013 6:10:58 AM PST by Alex Murphy
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There have also been moments in which the waters were turbulent and the wind contrary, as throughout the history of the church, and the Lord seemed to be asleep," he said. "But I have always known that the Lord is in that boat and that the boat of the church is not mine, it is not ours, but it is his and he does not let it sink...."

The Telegraph gave their coverage of the final address the provocative title Pope's final address: God was asleep on my watch

2 posted on 02/27/2013 7:56:35 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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