3 Years Ago Today – Part 4
Posted by james0235 on April 24, 2008
The day after his election, Pope Benedict XVI approved new procedures for the inauguration. He was formally inaugurated as Supreme Pontiff on April 24, 2005. The ceremony began with the Pope and the cardinals kneeling at the Tomb of Saint Peter beneath the high altar of Saint Peter’s Basilica — Saint Peter is considered to be the first Pope — to give him homage, and ask his prayers. Pope Benedict said, “I leave from where the Apostle arrived.” The Pope and the cardinals then went in procession to Saint Peter’s Square for the Inauguration Mass, while the litany of the saints was chanted, asking their help for the new Pope.
“My real program of governance is not to do my own will, not to pursue my own ideas, but to listen, together with the whole Church, to the word and the will of the Lord, to be guided by Him, so that He Himself will lead the Church at this hour of our history.”
“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.”
“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”
Edit: I’m not sure why but it seems that about half the time I view this post the picture of the Holy Father above does not show up. If this is the case just click it to see the picture.