65th Blue Sapphire Priestly Anniversary for Pope Benedict XVI

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RomeReports reports from Rome that “Benedict XVI will go back to the Apostolic Palace for the first time after his resignation. He will be honored at Clementine Hall for the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Joseph Ratzinger was ordained priest on June 29, 1951, in Freising,Germany. He was 24-years-old. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28th. Pope Francis will be joining the Pope Emeritus.”

I’m guessing now, but surely that’s an icon of “Our Holy Father Benedict” as the Benedictines call their sainted founder, with the statue being that of Saint Michael, I guess. There is some stomping on the crescent moon in any case. This seems to be a most pleasant conversation.

The blue sapphire, lapis lazuli, found with the first river of paradise in the Book of Genesis, and found with the most sacred places throughout the Scriptures, reminds me of Benedict’s Angelus message of September 14, 2008 in Lourdes, France, where he said the most extraordinary words of his priestly life about the Immaculate Conception.

Angelus, 14 September 2008, Prairie – Lourdes

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4 responses to “65th Blue Sapphire Priestly Anniversary for Pope Benedict XVI

  1. What a beautiful and thought provoking message from our dear Emeritus. If Francis is ‘papa’, does it follow that Benedict is ‘nonno’? I love them both. God bless them both.

  2. Monica Harris

    Father Byers, I was at Eucharistic Adoration tonight pondering why you thought these were the “most extraordinary words” of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s priestly life about the Immaculate Conception….and then suddenly
    John chapter 3 Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus all made sense to me (for maybe the first time).

  3. Father Richard Edelin

    Great news about the celebration of Pope Benedict’s 65th anniversary celebration. If I’m not mistaken, you and I were both present in Lourdes to hear the Pope’s Angelus address in person :-)

  4. Father George David Byers

    Yes, Father. Indeed. A great day on the “prairie”.

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