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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:44 AM

Benedict says pray for me and next pope

Source: Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, speaking before a larger than usual crowd at his penultimate Sunday address, asked the faithful to pray for him and for the next pope.

The crowd in St. Peter's Square chanted "Long live the pope!," waved banners and broke into sustained applause as he spoke from his window. The 85-year-old Benedict, who will resign on February 28, thanked the crowd in several languages.

The Vatican estimated the crowd at more than 50,000 people, larger than the size which turns out at a normal Sunday address not linked to a specific liturgical feast.

Speaking in Spanish, he said: "I beg you to continue praying for me and for the next pope". It was not clear why the pope chose Spanish to make the only specific reference to his upcoming resignation.


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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:55 AM

1. This just occurred to as strange timing for Johnny Ratzo's departure

As the holiest of days in all of christendom, wouldn't he try to squeeze in one last hurrah? What's one more month in the moveable-feasty scheme of things anyway? Surely his health is not so precarious that it precludes one last Easter, yunno. I can't wait for the other red Gucci PopeShoe to drop.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:35 AM

4. That is precisely why I think there is more to the story.

I could see him giving a year's notice, but not his two-weeks'.

Obviously, he is not on his deathbed.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:51 AM

6. I think the timing is so the new Pope can be in place for Easter.

 

The Conclave convenes 15-20 days after the abdication. Easter is March 31st. The Pope is crowned on the first Sunday or Holy Day after his election. Thus, depending upon when the Conclave is convened and how long it takes, the Pope will be in place before Easter.

If the Conclave lasts less than three days, then the new Pope will be crowned on Palm Sunday. If longer, on Good Friday. Appropriate times for a change in leadership.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:10 AM

2. I will pray that the next one isn't a pedophile-protecting, woman-hating, homophobic jerk, but

I won't hold my breath.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:26 AM

3. Pray for all the people you tormented and raped ... eom

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:46 AM

5. Watch the heads explode if Turkson is selected

I want to see the faces of those bigots who hate Obama so much when Turkson is elected Pope.

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Response to Joe Bacon (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:04 AM

7. I'm not convinced that the outrage generated is worth it

After all, Peter Turkson is part of the problem where the spread of AIDS in Africa is concerned, seeing that he tut-tuts any notion of condom distribution in the fight against AIDS...plus there's his Islamophobic stance toward immigration to Europe, homophobic statements concerning 'alternative lifestyles,' and devotion to 'orthodoxy,' which means the RCC will remain mired in doctrine better suited to medieval times. Actually, I haven't seen any better alternative among the contenders mentioned, but at least the world stands a better chance of seeing the AIDS epidemic - which I see as the biggest opportunity for a new pontiff to make a difference in the world - addressed in a meaningful way.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:05 AM

8. He just better hope I'm right and that there is no Hell. nt

nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:23 PM

9. No.

If he covered up the sexual abuse of children, he deserves NO good-will ever!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:52 PM

10. I don't think you'd like the prayer I would say for you, Benedict Arnold.

At all.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:18 PM

11. Sure. I'll pray that all the Church's crimes be exposed and paid for

I'll pray that the US, Britain, and European nations expose and prosecute wrongdoers to the full extent of our/their secular laws. I'll pray that a whole bunch of priests, bishops, and cardinals end up in prison in our nations and not tucked away in some cushy sinecure in Rome.

Thanks for asking.

Hekate

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Response to Hekate (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:01 AM

13. +1

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:32 PM

12. Pray for YOU?

...I don't think so.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:26 AM

14. Isn't that just like a Pope?

Isn't faith good enough, Pontiff?

Maybe what you are saying is "pray for the church, cause if it has to stand for something after all the awful things it allows to continue, I'd be hanging up those hopes, too.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:05 AM

15. I'll pray for your victims and justice, instead nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:35 PM

16. My parrot saw you, Mr. Rat Singer

And he called you a pervert. You can't fool Mother Nature.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:48 PM

17. Isn't the Half-Term Pope supposed to have dog's direct dial number?

Why does he need anyone to pray for him?

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