On the second day of the General Congregation Meetings, the Cardinal Fathers gathered at the Synod Hall wrote a telegram to His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus. The proposal to send the telegram was approved yesterday by the cardinals.
Sent by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, the telegram conveyed the prelates greetings and their gratefulness to the former Roman Pontiff.
“The Cardinal Fathers, gathered at the Vatican for the General Congregations in view of the next Conclave, send you their devoted greetings and express their renewed gratitude for all your brilliant petrine ministry and for your example of generous pastoral care for the good of the Church and of the world,” the telegram stated.
“With their gratitude they hope to represent the recognition of the entire Church for your tireless work in the vineyard of the Lord.”
The telegram concluded expressing their trust in Benedict XVI’s prayers for them and for the whole Church.