Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pope Benedict Blesses Huge Crowd of 150,000

Pope Benedict XVI welcomes the crowd. He blessed 150,000 for one of his last public appearances during the Angelus on Sunday Feb. 17, 2013. Sunday evening he was beginning a week-long spiritual lenten retreat.

                                          CNS/ Paul Haring

He said, “In this Year of Faith, Lent is a favorable time to rediscover the faith in God as the basic criterion of our life and the life of the Church.”

Of course the news media might show you this picture or the one above or one totally unrelated, but few showed the huge crowds or if they did they had to include snide remarks or weird commentary.

"Today we contemplate Christ in the desert, fasting, praying, and being tempted. As we begin our Lenten journey, we join him and we ask him to give us strength to fight our weaknesses. Let me also thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me in these days. May God bless all of you!"

For more of the text, you can find it at Catholic World Report

More pictures here

 For the complete text on video.

                                         Pope Benedict XVI blesses us

                                          Photo of him blessing us.

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