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Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Public Appearance

February 22nd, 2014, Promulgated by Hopefull

Beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict made his first full public appearance at the Consistory related to the elevation of 19 new Cardinals, showing again his humility and the excellence of relationship with Pope Francis.  Here are a few pictures to enjoy:


The white robed figure of Pope Emeritus Benedict can be seen in the front  center row, at the right end, right in front of the ambo. 


Applause greeted the acknowledgement of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s presence.  Well known for not wanting applause in church, he lowered his eyes until he finally looked up and smiled toward Pope Francis, who returned the smile.

  The warmth between himself and Pope Francis shows in their greeting.  Notice too, in the picture below, Pope Emeritus Benedict uncovers  his head as a sign of respect and obedience to Pope Francis.








3 Responses to “Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Public Appearance”

  1. Bernie says:

    Looks like our own Deacon Peter Van Lieshout, from Livonia, chanted the Gospel again!

  2. gaudium says:

    When he was elected one commentator said of Benedict that he had the knowledge of ten scholars and the devotion of a boy on his First Communion day. Add to that his unsurpassed humility and quiet joy. I love him and miss him. It is deeply moving to see him in St. Peter’s.

  3. Hopefull says:

    Perhaps this is a good place to put something very special — it is Pope Francis continuing teaching on the Sacraments. Most recently, he spoke of the Sacrament of Penance in his audience, and it is very touching, very needed and I believe quite inspirational. It can be found at:

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