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Pope thanks Curia as Lenten Retreat concludes

February 25, 2013

As the annual Lenten Retreat concluded at the Vatican on February 23, Pope Benedict XVI offered his thanks to the members of the Roman Curia who have assisted him during his pontificate, and gave a special message of thanks to Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the preacher for the spiritual exercises.

“I would like to thank all of you and not only for this week, but for these past eight years that you have carried with me—with great skill, affection, love and faith—the weight of the Petrine ministry,” the Pope said to the curial officials who had joined him for the week-long Lenten Retreat.

In his message of thanks to Cardinal Ravasi the Pope said: “You have offered us a fascinating journey through the Psalms.” The Pope went on to remark that the Psalms “are fundamentally oriented toward the face of God,” and yet the light that comes from praying the Psalms, “allows us to see the face of humanity, to recognize the truth of human joy and sorrow, human anguish and hope.”


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