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Vicar General celebrates Mass of thanksgiving for pope emeritus


Vicar General Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Feb. 28, the day Benedict XVI resigned. (Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo

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SOUTH END -Vicar general and moderator of the curia Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Feb. 28, expressing the gratitude of the Archdiocese of Boston for the eight-year ministry concluded that day by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

In his homily, the vicar general thanked the faithful, thanked Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, and thanked the pope emeritus, as he described what the first pope to retire in nearly 600 years means now and in the future.

Bishop Deeley said he had spoken recently with Cardinal O'Malley.

"I spoke with him this morning, and he told me that he had seen the pope by the time we spoke, and that he had conveyed to him the greetings of the archdiocese and assured him of our closeness to him in prayer. So, your presence here this evening, and your presence with us on CatholicTV, and the presence of so many people in the archdiocese today in so many different ways of prayer are an assurance to the Holy Father, as he goes into retirement that we are with him in prayer," Bishop Deeley said.

He described the scene, as he envisioned it, in Rome in the moments as he delivered his homily in Boston.

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