Pope marks end of difficult year, notes God’s good

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Pope Benedict XVI holds the ostensory as he presides a New Year’s Eve vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI has marked the end of a difficult year by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails. AP PHOTO/ANDREW MEDICHINI

VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of a difficult year Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

Benedict celebrated New Year’s Eve with a vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica to give thanks for 2012 and look ahead to 2013. He appeared tired during the service and used a cane afterward—an indication that the busy Christmas season may be taking a toll on the 85-year-old Benedict.

In his homily, Benedict said it’s tough to remember that goodness prevails when bad news—death, violence and injustice—”makes more noise than good.” He said taking time to meditate in prolonged reflection and prayer can help “find healing from the inevitable wounds of daily life.”

This past year was full of highs and lows for the pope, including a successful trip to Mexico and Cuba but also the betrayal of his butler, convicted in October of stealing Benedict’s personal papers and leaking them to a journalist.

After the service, Benedict was brought out in a covered car to pray before the Vatican’s main nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square. Walking with a cane in the chilly piazza, Benedict chatted animatedly with the artist who crafted the scene, which re-created an entire village from the poor, southern Italian region of Basilicata which donated this year’s crèche.

The Vatican gladly accepted Basilicata’s donation after the €550,000 price tag the Vatican paid for the 2009 nativity scene was revealed in the documentation leaked by Benedict’s ex-butler Paolo Gabriele.

Gabriele was convicted of aggravated theft by a Vatican tribunal and sentenced to 18 months in prison. He received a pre-Christmas papal pardon and is expected to soon leave his Vatican City apartment for a new home and job elsewhere.

On Tuesday morning, Benedict celebrates a New Year’s Day Mass, which the Catholic Church celebrates as its world day of peace.

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  • bgcorg

    God is good and worthy of praise forever.  His goodness is everlasting and he makes the sun shine on the good and the bad.  He is the author of life and death and no man may arrogate the power of the Creator unduly to himself.  This year of faith should lead us to reflect on God’s goodness and thank him for the many gifts we have received from him, including life itself.

    • kanoy

       Benedict celebrated New Year’s Eve with a dozen pedophile priests

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZMQ75WVABSLEF2YYMKWZQJ55B4 Lolek Pugeda

        Where are your evidences to support such a claim?

      • kanoy

         A BBC documentary has exposed that Pope Benedict XVI, aka Cardinal Ratzinger, played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

        In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church’s interests ahead of child safety.

        The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be excommunicated.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZMQ75WVABSLEF2YYMKWZQJ55B4 Lolek Pugeda

         BUT you said that he celebrated with a dozen pedophile priests. Where are the evidences for THAT? I didn’t ask for evidences regarding Pope Benedict’s track record. I asked for evidences on the “dozen pedophile priests”

      • kanoy

         PROBABLY IN A CONFESSIONAL BOOTH AFTER ALL …..PEDOPHILES AND THEIR SUPPORTERS DO THEIR DASTARDLY DEEDS OUT OF SIGHT OF THE PEERING EYED PUBLIC

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZMQ75WVABSLEF2YYMKWZQJ55B4 Lolek Pugeda

         “PROBABLY IN A CONFESSIONAL BOOTH…” That’s not evidence that’s an assumption.

      • kanoy

         THE POPE & HIS POPETTES DO NOT KISS AND TELL SO WHEN YOU PEEKED INTO THAT CONFESSIONAL WHAT DID YOU SEE? IF YOU DID NOT PEEK THEN,,,,IF A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST AND NO ONE IS THERE TO HEAR IT DOES IT MAKE A SOUND? YOU DO NOT KNOW,,,POPE & POPETTES GO AFTER THE VICTIMS NOT THE PERPETRATORS

         The Roman Catholic Church has decided that they want to go after the leading advocacy group for those victimized by pedophile priests. Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have sued the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests or SNAP to try and compel the group to release two decades of emails detailing correspondences with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BMIGLYZMHZZDSINKWDCM3DO56Y Dennis

        I think you are gay

      • kanoy

         LOL…GAY? HELL I AIN’T CATHOLIC!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZMQ75WVABSLEF2YYMKWZQJ55B4 Lolek Pugeda

         Just saying., what you did there was a “Non Sequitor” statement.

      • kanoy

         NAH I KNOW NONSEQ HE LIVES IN AUSTRALIA AND HE DON’T TALK LIKE THAT

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405060221 Fearless Gara

    God is Good because God is love!

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