Benedict's Final Ad Limina Visit
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Pope Benedict met Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan at last Ad limina meeting on Friday. Scola has long been a favorite of the Popes. When Scola was elevated to the See of Milan, Benedict made a special trip there to confer the pallium (the round woolen collar which signifies an Archbishops authority) upon the new Archbishop. The pallium is usually presented to all new Archbishops on June 29th at St. Peters. Not Scola's.

Here are Cardinal Scola's impressions of the Friday meeting: "The Pope emphasized very much -- but it is the theme of this great pontificate -- the joy of the faith, which was also underlined by all of the bishops who spoke during the conversation with the Holy Father," Scola told Vatican Radio.

"We noted at the end that we felt the responsibility of being the last bishops to be received by him in ad limina visits, and he said to us: 'This responsibility means that you must become a light for all," Scola said.

"We hope we will be capable of being that," Scola concluded. Scola is widely considered to be on the short list for Pope going into the Conclave. We shall see how bright his "light" shines in the Sistine Chapel. Details of meeting courtesy of Robert Moynihan.




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