POPE FRANCIS MEETS POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI
Anthony Horan considers that this moment means something much deeper than a simple embrace between two great men of the Church
Two wonderful gentlemen came together today at Castel Gandolfo in Italy and embraced in a moment never before witnessed by a single human being on earth. This was the first time in over 600 years a Pope has met his predecessor.
Recently elected Pope Francis met the man who, with the influence of the Holy Spirit, made it all possible. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was ready to greet the new Pope at his new home just outside the Eternal City of Rome and their initial coming together was a joyful one with both men seeming extremely relaxed in each other's company.
When looking at this image one cannot help but feel the man on the right has laid down the very foundations of faith among the Catholic people of the world, encouraging them to learn and study the Church and to be more open and in touch with the Holy Spirit, the fuel that guides us and brings the reality of God into our everyday lives. The man on the left now has the task of taking that renewed faith and, alongside the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, professing it as a most precious gift from God; a gift that cannot be purchased with money or deed. Rather, a gift that is ours from birth when God the Father shaped us in the womb and breathed life into our being.
The gift was ours to accept or reject and, sadly, many have rejected it. Pope Francis will lead us on the path of evangelisation to bring those people back to God; are we ready to join him?