Today, as you know, is Joseph Ratzinger’s final day as pope. The cardinals gathered in Rome each had a chance to share a final greeting this morning. The Catholic News Service caught the U.S. cardinals’ final moments with the pope here:
In these 8 years we have experienced in faith beautiful moments of radiant light in the Churches’ journey along with times when clouds have darkened the sky. We have tried to serve Christ and his Church with deep and total love which is the soul of our ministry. We have gifted hope that comes from Christ alone, and which alone can illuminate our path. Together we can thank the Lord who has helped us grow in communion, to pray to together, to help you to continue to grow in this deep unity so that the College of Cardinals is like an orchestra, where diversity, an expression of the universal Church, always contributes to a superior harmony of concord.
If only everyone could experience the joy of being Christian, being loved by God who gave his Son for us!— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) February 27, 2013
Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.
— Benedict XVI (@Pontifex) February 27, 2013
There are still Emmaus roads to be walked. And along them the evangelical Catholics of the future, having met the Risen One in Word and Sacrament, will still proclaim, to those with ears to hear, “We have seen the Lord!” [John 20:25].
They’re everywhere, as the Risen One is everywhere, waiting to meet us along those roads, to surprise us with his exposition of the Scriptures, and to join us in the breaking of the bread.