Happy Birthday, Pope Benedict

Today is the 82nd birthday of Joseph Ratzinger, better known as Pope Benedict 16th.  Check out the Wikipedia article about his life.  The man is amazing.

He will the fouth anniversary of his election to the papacy on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love.   
By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.  

(Prayer taken from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Picayune, MS.)

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