Frankie and Benny….
Joe came up with this title not Fr Andrew.
On Saturday, Pope Francis visited Castelgandolfo to meet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. We could not but be moved at the pictures of our Holy Father greeting his predecessor. During this Holy Week, let us pray in particular for our Holy Father Pope Francis, during his first Holy Week as Supreme Pastor of the Universal Church. But let us also pray for Pope Benedict XVI, who guided the Church with wisdom and fidelity during what Pope Francis has called his ‘humble and gentle pontificate’. Pope Francis and Pope Benedict are very different men from very different backgrounds, but are united as brothers in faith, the sacraments and their service of the servants of God. If we listen attentively to their message, both can help us to follow Christ more closely this Holy Week: as a teacher, Pope Benedict, helps us to think carefully about our faith, and as a pastor Pope Francis gives us concrete examples of how we can put that faith into practice by doing good.
With my prayers and blessing,