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In an interview with “Oggi” the new secretary general of the Economy Secretariat remembers the day of Bergoglio’s election when he passed the new Pope’s phone call onto Ratzinger “Pope Francis knows how to talk to the Church and the people of today as well as being a determined leader. He shows determination in ensuring that the mistakes of the past are not repeated during his pontificate or in the future,” said Mgr. Alfred Xuereb, the Pope’s secretary who was appointed secretary general of the Secretariat for the Economy yesterday. The statement was made during an interview with Italian weekly Oggi which will be published in tomorrow’s issue. “It was an extraordinary year. If I had to define the role of the Pope in the work he has done as a universal pastor of the Church and as Bishop of Rome, it would be that of a missionary. Pope Francis approaches people as a missionary and calls them to him to take them back to the heart of the Gospel,” he added. Fifty-five-year-old Xuereb who has Maltese origins was also one of Benedict XVI’s personal secretaries: “I found out about the resignation shortly before the official announcement on 11 February. Naturally the news was strictly confidential. From the way he announced it, it was obvious the decision was final. My initial impulse was to tell him to think about it carefully, but I didn’t. Who knows how deeply he had reflected on this and how intensely he had prayed.” Xuereb remembered the moment when Bergoglio called after his election and he passed the phone to Ratzinger (Xuereb had gone to Castel Gandolfo with Ratzinger). “That evening, when I heard Benedict XVI address Pope Francis as “Your Holiness”, I sensed humility and greatness in his voice. Ratzinger thanked the Pope for remembering him on the balcony of the Apostolic Palace and for having asked him to pray for him. Ratzinger said to him: “I promise you from now on my obedience and my prayers.” And he had already declared this to the cardinals that had come to Rome for the Conclave.”
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He is deeply involved in the preparation World Youth Days which have now become the biggest events organised by the Catholic Church. In some places there are initially reservations about the success of these events - even in Germany there were reservations in time of John Paul II in 1978, and Benedict in 2005, but these have always been unfounded.
During this period a special highlight was helping to bring the cardinal’s books to publication. "One meter of books, it may have been”, he estimates with a smile.
He tries to find a balance between his office duties and his commitment to pastoral work. He frequently celebrates religious services for the international community. He lectures, participates in discussions, and he also frequently bestows the sacrament of Confirmation on young people. So he finds, even after 30 years of service in Rome, great satisfaction and fulfilment in his ministry.
While I hope that Don Alfredo with retain his discretion in public, and not follow the lead of his loquacious colleague, I also think. it would be useful to have another window into what went on in Benedict’s household, because up to now the view through the glass has been decidedly one-dimensional.
I found out about the resignation shortly before the official
announcement on 11 February. Naturally the news was strictly
confidential. From the way he announced it, it was obvious the decision
was final. My initial impulse was to tell him to think about it
carefully, but I didn’t. Who knows how deeply he had reflected on this
and how intensely he had prayed.
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And if you have indeed "met" Pope Benedict, as you claim, there is precious little evidence of that experience having had any positive effect on your behaviour. You have consistently behaved disgracefully on this forum which bears his name since the moment you arrived. Perhaps it was the secretary who impressed you rather than the Pope he was supposed to serve.
"The truest beauty is the love of God, who definitively revealed himself to us in the paschal mystery." Sacramentum Caritatis, 35
"We become witnesses when, through our actions, words and way of being, Another makes himself present." Sacramentum Caritatis,
"Without God, man ultimately chooses selfishness over solidarity and love, material things over values, having over being. We must return to God, so that man may return to being man." Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, Loreto, 4 October 2012
Mar 7 14 10:16 AM
The reality is you have no idea who you are talking to
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monotonous, unending, and spiteful in that nasty little schoolgirl kind of way
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