I am deeply saddened that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. The Holy Father was an inspiration and a model witness to the life of Christ; a shepherd of truth constantly guarding his flock so that Christ might find faith on earth when He returns.
Immersed in profound humility and love for both God and man, he has been a source of strength, encouragement, confidence, optimism and enlightenment.
A champion of the poor and ardent exponent of Christian unity, the Pontiff was, in such capacities as teaching, governing and sanctifying, both a beacon of light and salt of the earth.
He has never ceased to offer fresh hope for defeating the forces of tyranny, cynicism and moral relativism.
His pleas for the development of a "culture of life" and parallel denunciations of the "culture of death" have been instrumental in rallying opposition to the immorality of war, terrorism, abortion, euthanasia, divorce, contraception, homosexuality and embryonic-tissue research.
May the Lord bless Pope Benedict XVI.
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