Feb 11, 2013 / 04:00 pm
A group of young adults at the Vatican called Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign “humble” and “brave,” adding that they are “impressed by the strength of his choice.”
“I have a lot of respect for his choice,” said one member of the Vatican’s youth group “San Lorenzo,” which gathered to pray the rosary in St. Peter’s Square for the Holy Father.
“We actually do this every day,” said Cecile Delattre, a native of Paris. She explained that the group has responded to the pontiff’s call for Catholics to pray a daily rosary during the Year of Faith.
“But today we prayed it more specifically for the Pope,” she explained.
On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict announced that he would retire from his position on Feb. 28, due to his advanced age and declining strength.
Pointing to Blessed John Paul II’s description of the cross as a “symbol of hope,” Delattre emphasized that “we have nothing to fear because the Holy Spirit is guiding the whole thing.”
At first, she said that she could not believe the news of the resignation, which came as a total surprise. But at the same time, she knew the decision was made “in truth with the Lord and in peace.”
Throughout his pontificate, Delattre said, the Holy Father has addressed “subjects that spoke directly to young people” in a way that was “very brave and bold.”
She speculated that the Pope “must have suffered” from those that did not understand him, but she added that many young people gave the pontiff their full support.
“I saw it during this last World Youth Day when thousands knelt with him before the Blessed Sacrament,” she explained. “I felt they acknowledged that he was guiding us closer to Christ.”
“We will remember him as someone really humble and really attached to everyone,” she said. …
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