From the many American priests and seminarians living and working in Rome: We love you Holy Father Benedict XVI. We marvel at your theological brilliance, your deep and humble piety, your firm conviction and abiding charity. We know how obiedient to God's will you have been, and what a cross you have already borne. We thank God and our Blessed Mother with all our hearts for blessing us with such a wonderful successor to Peter and John Paul II. We give you our daily prayers and filial devotion. Thank you for being our shepherd, thank you for leading Christ's Church.