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Cardinals' telegram offers thanks to Benedict XVI

March 05, 2013

The Vatican has released the text of a message sent by the College of Cardinals to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI.

At their 1st congregation of the sede vacante period on March 4, the cardinals approved a telegram to the former Pontiff, who is now staying at Castel Gandolfo. Signed by Cardinal Angelo Sodano in his role as dean of the College of Cardinals, the message expresses thanks for the Pope’s years of service. The full text of the message reads:

The Cardinal Fathers, gathered at the Vatican for the General Congregations in view of the next conclave, send you their devoted greetings and express their renewed gratitude for all your illustrious Petrine ministry and for your example of generous pastoral care for the good of the Church and of the world. With their gratitude they hope to represent the recognition of the entire Church for your tireless work in the vineyard of the Lord. In conclusion, the members of the College of Cardinals trust in your prayers for them, as well as for the whole Church.


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