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Retired Pope presides at Mass for former students

Catholic World News - September 02, 2013

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI presided at Mass on September 2 to mark the conclusion of a meeting of his former theology students.

The Ratzinger Schulerkreis-- an annual seminar of the former Pontiff’s students—had been held this year at Castel Gandolfo. Benedict XVI did not participate in the group’s discussions, but celebrated Mass for his students in the chapel of the Vatican governatorate.

In his homily, commenting on the advice that Jesus gave to his disciples to take the last rather than the first place, the former Pope said that ambitious people, who strive to be first, “must be aware of the danger they are in.” Meanwhile, he continued, those who humbly serve others will receive great blessings. The Cross, Benedict observed, was a place of shame, but became “the true exaltation” of Christ.

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  • Posted by: chady - Sep. 03, 2013 6:01 AM ET USA

    Pope Benedict you are in our prayers...

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