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Farewell to Benedict XVI From Leader of Legionaries of Christ
"Since you have done so much for us, leading us both personally and by means of your delegate, the news of your resignation fills us with sadness"
ROME, February 20, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Here is a letter to Benedict XVI from the vicar general of the Legionaries of Christ, thanking the Pope for his pontificate.
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February 15, 2013
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
Most Holy Father,
The Legionaries of Christ and members of Regnum Christi would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the fatherly concern that you have shown to our spiritual family during your pontificate. Thank you for the firm and kind hand with which you have led us forward along this journey of purification and renewal that fills us with such hope. Since you have done so much for us, leading us both personally and by means of your delegate, the news of your resignation fills us with sadness. And yet, this manifestation of your great love for the Church, your trust in God and your profound humility also fills us with admiration and filial esteem.
This Ash Wednesday, as an expression of our affection and unconditional adherence to the Successor of Peter, the Legionaries of Christ and the consecrated members of Regnum Christi joined you for the general audience and the Mass with the imposition of ashes. We would like you to know that both now and in the next stage of your service to the Church, which will begin when your pontificate ends, you will always enjoy a special place in our hearts and prayers.
We humbly ask for your blessing. Thank you, Holy Father, for teaching us with your words and your deeds! Thank you for your witness of a life wholly dedicated to the service of Christ and the Church!
Sylvester Heereman, LC
(Translated from the original German)
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