Archbishop seeks prayers for worthy successor to lead Church
In a circular addressed to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of this Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, the Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrão thanked the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI and asked for prayers for a worthy successor of Peter to lead the Church.
Speaking of the Pope Emeritus, he underlined his outstanding leadership “in these most challenging times and, particularly, for being the simple and humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord, who knew how to do that which is most important: to bring God to humankind and humankind to God.”
This simplicity and humility, together with his great courage can be seen in his decision to step down from the ministry he exercised for almost eight years, he added. The Archbishop called for prayers in the period when the See of Peter would be vacant, until the new Pope would be elected by the Cardinals soon to enter into Conclave.
He determined that March 9, Saturday, be observed as a Day of Prayer for the Church, to be celebrated with a Mass preceded by a Holy Hour in the parishes. He also called upon the families, religious communities, Small Christian Communities and prayer groups to offer special prayers, particularly the Holy Rosary, as well as spend time before the Blessed Sacrament, either individually or in groups.
He also directed that the Mass for the Election of the Pope be celebrated on the opening day of the Conclave, to intensify our prayers for a worthy successor of Benedict XVI. [NT]