I am sure that wherever the Pope is now, he is smiling down at all the faithful. I will never forget the smile he gave me when he turned around to a crowd who were shouting Pope! Pope! during his first visit to the Philippines. It was a warm day, and having just come out from the Manila Cathedral where so many peope gathered just to see a glimpse of the Pope, was very uncomfortable for him. But when he heard the people calling him, he turned around, and gave us a very bright and welcoming smile. His eyes shown with warmth.
As you are now in the Lord's hands, keep smiling down on your people so that every day we may be guided by your peace, love and joy.