“This Feast of the two Apostles already prefigured, so to speak, the essential traits of your mission: to proclaim the Word of God (Paul) and to confirm brothers in the Faith (Peter). Time has then revealed in an admirable way what in that beginning was mysteriously pre-contained”
‘You, Holiness, continue to serve the Church, do not cease to truly contribute with vigor and wisdom to her growth; and you do so from that small Mater Ecclesiae Convent in the Vatican, which reveals itself to be altogether something other than one of those forgotten corners in which the disposable culture of today tends to relegate individuals when, with age, their strength fails. It is altogether the opposite; and allow your Successor to say this forcefully, who chose to call himself Francis!’
“With his [Pope John Paul II’s] brilliant example, he also showed us how the joy of great sacred music and the task of common participation in the sacred liturgy, the solemn joy and the simplicity of the humble celebration of the faith can go hand in hand.”
Here is the message sent by Pope Benedict XVI, prior to his resignation from the Petrine Ministry, to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on the occasion of his Confirmation of Election, held in the Cathedral of St. Paul in London on February 4th.