The pope according to the sentiments of the founder of the Focolari movement

Source: FSSPX News


Rome, April 19, 2005.

We welcomed with great joy the news of the election of Pope Benedict XVI, and we assure him of our most fervent and constant prayers.

From what I know of him personally, this new Pope, with his remarkable ability to grasp the light of the Spirit, will not fail to surprise us and surpass all expectations. His final words at the opening of the Conclave seem to reveal the spirit of his pontificate, when he reminded everyone that “the fruit that remains” is “how much we have sown in people’s hearts – love, knowledge, faith, the gesture capable of touching the heart, the word that opens the soul to the joy of the Lord.”

Let us ask the Lord, as the Pope invited us to do, “to help him to bear ... a fruit that remains,” and that “the earth (may be) transformed from a valley of tears into a garden of God.”

We are sure that in him, the continuity of the Second Vatican Council and the continuity of the pontificate of John Paul is guaranteed. In him, the sensitivity to the charismatic dimension of the Church, to the new movements and communities is very much alive. What he said on the eve of the great meeting of Movements in 1998 with Pope John Paul II has remained impressed in our hearts. Cardinal Ratzinger saw in them the action of the Holy Spirit, “renewing the Church’s youthfulness.” He also highlighted the reason for the particular bond between the Movements and the Papacy throughout the history of the Church. For us it is a call to a new sense of responsibility.