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Cardinal Dolan pays tribute to Pope’s ‘tender heart,’ ‘incisive mind’

Catholic World News - February 12, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, paid tribute to Pope Benedict in a statement issued shortly after his resignation.

“The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with His God in all he did,” said Cardinal Dolan. “His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church. We are sad that he will be resigning but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as successor of St. Peter.”

After highlighting several of the Pope’s accomplishments, Cardinal Dolan concluded:

The occasion of his resignation stands as an important moment in our lives as citizens of the world. Our experience impels us to thank God for the gift of Pope Benedict. Our hope impels us to pray that the College of Cardinals under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit choose a worthy successor to meet the challenges present in today’s world.

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