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We Join All Those Praying for the Upcoming Choice of Pope

March 11, 2013

We join our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters throughout the world in praying for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to be upon the Cardinals now gathered in Rome, to guide them to elect as Pope a person who will embody the love of Jesus in serving the Church and the world.

I invite us all to offer the following prayer together:

Lord Jesus Christ,
You are the Good Shepherd,
And you never leave your flock untended.

You gave your life that we may live,
And you appoint shepherds after your own heart
To lead your people by word and example
To likewise give themselves away in love.

 We ask you, Lord Jesus, with the Father,
To send the Holy Spirit on the Church.

In particular, guide the Cardinals who will shortly exercise
The obligation and privilege of electing a new Pope.
Guide their deliberations and decisions
With divine wisdom and insight.

Even now, Lord Jesus, give to the new Pope,
Whom you have already chosen,
An abundance of holiness and strength,
To carry out the mission you have entrusted to him.

May your Word reign supreme in his life,
And may his every word and action point the Church to You,
The supreme and eternal Shepherd,
And the only mediator between God and humanity,
For you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

(composed by Fr. Frank Pavone – http://www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/papal-election.htm)

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to quell the rumours that Cyril was not at our Sunday Services yesterday because he has flown to Rome in anticipation of being the surprise choice of the Cardinals for the new Pope. He was officiating at Holy Trinity in North Calgary.

The choice of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope in 2005 was widely anticipated. This was not so for the election of Karol Wojtyla in 1978. Embedded below is a video of the announcement of his election, which shows some of the excitement that surrounded it.

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