We have all been surprised by the declaration of the Pope announcing his resignation as Bishop of Rome from February 28th. We have all been equally impressed by his serenity and spiritual profundity that were expressed in the words with which he has announced this decision.
We give thanks to Pope Benedict XVI for his generous and wise service to the Church and the World and in particular for his closeness and guidance for religious life.
I ask all of you to accompany the Pope with our love and prayer in this final period of his ministry. We also ask the Lord to illumine those who have to elect his successor.
Montreal 11th February 2013
Josep M. Abella, cmf.