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Human Life International Joins the Universal Church in Praying for Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, on the Announcement of his Retirement as Pope
Contact: Stephen Phelan, Director of Communications, Human Life International, 540-622-5270, 540.551.2547 cell, sphelan@hli.org
FRONT ROYAL, Va., Feb. 11, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is a statement from Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International, on the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will be retiring at the end of the month.
"Human Life International joins the universal Church in praying for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
"The suddenness of His Holiness' announcement is cause for concern for his health, as it seems to have caught almost everyone by surprise; though our concern is more than matched by our gratitude for Pope Benedict's many wonderful gifts to the Church as Holy Father, bishop and priest. His three wonderful encyclicals, his many apostolic letters and addresses have all helped to guide the Church through a difficult period. His unflinching defense of Church teaching and the most fundamental rights of every human person have inspired our missionaries around the world.
"So in prayer and gratitude we lift up our Holy Father and the Church he has served, asking the Holy Spirit to guide the cardinals of the Church in their task of choosing Pope Benedict's successor."
Human Life International: For the Glory of God and defense of Life, Faith and Family. Founded in 1981, HLI is the world's largest international grassroots pro-life and pro-family organization, with affiliates and associates in over 80 countries on six continents.