Members of the Roman Curia attending their annual Lenten retreat with Pope Francis yesterday marked the sixth anniversary of his election, pledging him their support and closeness. Source: Zenit.
Before morning Mass on the third full day of the March 10-15 retreat at the Casa Divin Maestro just outside of Rome, Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the prefect emeritus of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops, addressed Poe Francis on behalf of the retreat participants.
“On behalf of all those present, I would like to tell you, Your Holiness, that we rejoice and are full of joy in being able to celebrate this morning Mass together with you and presided over by you,” Cardinal Re said.
“I would also like to tell you that we ask that the Lord be your light, support, and comfort in your task of confirming your brethren in faith, of being the foundation of unity and of showing everyone the way that leads to heaven,” the 85-year old cardinal said.
Cardinal Re concluded by asking the Holy Father’s blessing and assured him they are truly close to him with great affection and sincere devotion.
It was on March 13, 2013, that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the head of the worldwide Catholic Church. He was elected in the fifth ballot on the second day of the conclave that was held following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, 2013.
The 82-year old Pontiff is the first Pope from the American continent, the first Jesuit Pope in history and the first Pontiff who adopted the name of Italy’s popular Saint Francis of Assisi.
Six days later, on 19 March, the feast of St Joseph, Pope Francis inaugurated his pontificate with a solemn Mass in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
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