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Prayer and Thanksgiving in a Crowded St. Peter’s Square

Pope Benedict has delivered his final public audience remarks just now, in Italian, French, Polish, Arabic … English — seven languages — in front on estimated 150,000 people. 

La famiglia, insieme. 

He said, in part: “we have been called to renew our joyful trust in the Lord’s presence in our lives and in the life of the Church.” That, of course, is the message of his final act, to step aside as pope. He leaves this role having instituted a year focused on creed, after a pontificate of catechesis. He does so, focused on prayer, dedicating his remaining days to prayer, in what might be his most powerful role yet. 

I livetweeted some about the Roman scene this morning. And, for those interested, there are some thoughts here and here, including from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as he headed over to Rome for a conclave that must be focused on renewal and reform — the Evangelical Catholicism, which is real Catholicism, George Weigel has written about in great detail. 

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