Monday, June 25, 2007

God's Other Plans

Visiting the Vatican Archives this morning to announce the appointments, the Pope addressed its staff, allowing himself a bittersweet confession in the process.

On his 70th birthday, Benedict said he "so desired that the beloved John Paul II would have allowed me to dedicate myself to the study and research of the interesting documents and reports" contained there, calling them "true masterpieces that help us to retrace the history of humanity and Christianity.

"In his providential design," he went on, "the Lord set out other plans for me, and here I am today, with you, not as the passionate scholar of ancient texts, but as the pastor called to encourage all the faithful to work together for the salvation of the world, each fulfilling the will of God in the places where he puts us to work."

Whispers in the Loggia

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