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¿Realmente necesita el mundo otro papa?

Publicado: 05/03/2013 09:20

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Cuando empecé a escribir sobre este tema me dieron horas "emocionado". Mejor dicho, afanado -- inconscientemente -- por sacar mi descontento contra una institución con la cual, como muchas otras personas, quizás estoy herido: la Iglesia católica. Caí en todo lo contrario a lo que aconsejo no hacer a quienes apoyo en sesiones de coaching: la crítica, la queja y la condena. Cuando, en realidad, la vida se trata avanzar y obtener soluciones y dejar de enfocarnos en lo que no debe ser, no es, pudiera haber sido o en lo que no podemos solucionar nosotros.

Así que luego de pensarlo y gracias al apoyo de mi querido amigo José Manuel Díaz, quien es cura y sicólogo, llegué a la conclusión de rectificar y en vez de despotricar contra la Iglesia, voy a compartir con ustedes lo que siento es una buena solución para dejar de quejarnos y señalar a esa institución, dejar de hablar de lo que hizo el Papa y de todo lo que sucede alrededor del Vaticano o en el templo de nuestro pueblo. Considero, como bien dicen, que en cada uno de nosotros empieza el cambio que deseamos y si cada quien cambia y aporta, en vez de solamente señalar, otro gallo cantaría.

Nací en un hogar católico. En un país (Costa Rica) en donde la constitución política deja claro en su artículo 75, que "la Religión Católica, apostólica, Romana, es la del Estado". Fui a una escuela de monjas y a un colegio de padres. Por lo que por más de una década de mi vida tuve que ir a misa domingos y jueves. A veces sábados también. Me llegue a aprender, casi de memoria, los tres ciclos de la Biblia para las misas. Intenté formar parte del coro pero mi pobre entonación no me lo permitió, y aunque mi madre hubiera sido feliz si fuese sacerdote, el hubiera nunca existió.

Si actualmente me preguntan cuál es mi religión simplemente debo responder que Dios es en mí. Soy el templo mayor que puedo ofrecer a Dios. Desde mi alma, mi corazón, Él me pulsa y me impulsa. Él es mi TODO, mi columna vertebral, tiene el control absoluto de mi vida y he comprendido que existe un plan divino y un propósito para el cual estoy en este mundo, creado por ÉL, que va más allá de lo que yo crea que me conviene o lo que yo crea que debe ser o suponga necesito. Escucharlo es mi necesidad.

Yo no necesito esperar cada ocho días para recibir la palabra de Dios ni sus instrucciones y menos debe ser a una hora fija en un lugar determinado. Yo mareo a Dios. Le hablo como una tarabilla durante todo el día, en todo momento. De seguro hasta lo saturo. Y sé que a Él, eso le gusta. Conversamos, nos entendemos, me envía mensajes a través de otras personas, de correos, de una película, una canción, de una frase. También me enojo con ÉL porque a veces no entiendo lo que está haciendo conmigo. Pero he aprendido que eso es válido, que sea lo que sea siempre tengo que decirle lo que siento. ÉL es todo para mí. Igual, respeto a quienes le llaman la fuente, la energía, el Universo, la Vida y demás. Lo realmente importante, siento yo, reconocer que hay un ser superior. También, me da igual la religión, lo importante es creer, pero con el corazón, no de la boca para afuera.

Yo no necesito amuletos, lo mío es conexión directa con Dios. Él es en mí, entiendo y reconozco que Él es como el mar y cada uno de nosotros somos una gotita de ese mar, juntos somos uno y Él es en todos.

He comprendido y asimilado, además, que Dios es amor, no castigo, ni opresor o represor. A Dios se le respeta, es un Padre de amor, no se le teme, se le conversa, se le escucha y se le obedece. Sé que lo que pasa en mi vida es elección mía, porque me dio el libre albedrío y Él dejará que me lleve mi trancazo para que aprenda si es que yo no entiendo lo que me quiere decir o no quiero hacerle caso, de mí depende si avanzo, me retraso o repito la misma historia. También, a huevo, he tenido que entender que todo lo que pasa debajo del cielo tiene su momento y su lugar. Es cuando Él dice, no cuando nosotros decimos; es lo que Él dice, no lo que nosotros suponemos debe ser.

A todos les encanta opinar sobre la vida de los demás, por eso no resuelven la propia, porque están enfocados en la de los otros y no les alcanza el tiempo. Por eso, admiro la decisión del señor Ratzinger quien nos dio una clase maestra de cómo decir NO, cuando NO quieres hacer algo que va en contra de lo que realmente deseas, cosa que también muchos podemos aprender. El ex Papa, vivió de renuncias en su vida y qué daba una más. Renunció a una vida "normal", renunció a tener una esposa, a tener una familia propia, hijos, a sus deseos sexuales y placeres carnales y renunció a la labor que le designaron otros.

¡Yo le aplaudo de pie! A ver quienes tienen los pantalones de decir "no" cuando deben. Lo que él haga ahora es muy su vida y su relación con Dios. ¿Quiénes somos nosotros para criticar¡

Como bien dice mi querido amigo, el padre Díaz, la Iglesia no depende de un Papa, ni siquiera de un buen Papa, hemos tenido muchos y algunos no han hecho su mejor esfuerzo a través de los siglos y acá estamos aún. "La fuerza de la Iglesia no está en alguien que represente a Dios (cosa que no es el Papa por cierto) sino en Dios mismo que por medio de personas tan frágiles como yo y los demás miembros de la Iglesia (laicos y jerarquía) sigue haciéndose él mismo presente en medio de este mundo en sus sacramentos, en su Palabra y en las obras de caridad que tienden a construir un mundo nuevo".

Eso me lo dijo respecto a que este humilde servidor imagina, anhela y sueña con que aunque el protocolo diga que debemos tener un nuevo papa, más que tener esa figura, depende de cada ser humano, sin importar, raza, condición socioeconómica, cultura, país o religión así como edad o preferencia sexual, hacer un cambio real en la vida propia y contribuir en la de los demás. Ser una mejor Iglesia cada uno no dejarlo a un templo y a quienes habitan o predican en él. Esa es una responsabilidad individual.

¿Qué no sería mejor aprender de Dios?, ¿conectarnos con Él?, empezar por tratar de ser mejores personas, dejar de quejarnos, de afanarnos por las riquezas materiales -- que cuando abandonemos este traje llamado cuerpo, en donde habita lo realmente importa que es nuestra alma, no nos llevaremos nada de esas pertenencias. Sería mejor dejar de pronto algún legado en nuestras otras generaciones o al menos en nuestro vecino o nuestros hijos. Dejar de estarnos comparando y entender que cada quien tiene su propio camino. Superar todos los complejos, inseguridades, temores, miedos, frustraciones que cargamos algunos desde niños y que si no somos conscientes de que debemos enfrentarnos a eso que nos marcó nos atoran de por vida y por eso no logramos ser felices del todo o estar en plena paz. Sería mejor propiciar cada quien un cambio pero a conciencia y con compromiso, ¿no? Así tendríamos muchos líderes espirituales, muchos papas y sería más fácil construir mejores vidas aportando, solidarizándonos, ayudándonos entre todos, eliminando las etiquetas sociales, las clases socioeconómicas, las fronteras de un globo que es uno solo y que se nos ha dado por casa.

Vía tuiter me decía la reconocida Doctora Isabel que por qué de pronto no pensar una mujer como líder espiritual. Eso también podría ser una opción. Para mí la madre Teresa de Calcuta era como la versión de papa en femenino y nadie más que Dios la puso en ese lugar. Que haya muchos líderes espirituales, que cada uno de nosotros seamos líderes de nuestras vidas y que con el ejemplo prediquemos hacia otros, los impulsemos y motivemos.

Definitivamente el nuevo papa que venga, deberá tener una mente abierta, ser conciliador. Y pues sí supongo que así como cada país tiene un líder, la Iglesia católica necesita una figura máxima, así como en los trabajos tenemos jefes o líderes, pero ¡aguas!, que no dependa tu fe ni tu conexión con Dios de que esa persona, que dependa de ti mismo, que tú seas el cambio que contribuya a todo lo que se necesita en tantos ámbitos, empezando por la vida propia para cambiarla y tener una existencia más plena, menos complicada, más feliz, más en armonía, en amor a los demás sin juzgas ni prejuicios, que aporte a generar mejores seres humanos, a que tengamos un mundo mejor. Créame que es posible ya hay muchos en frecuencia. Tan solo es elegir un cambio de actitud, elegir estar bien. ¡Menos crítica y más soluciones gente!

El rumbo de tu vida y tu conexión con Dios lo decides en cada momento, en cada acción, en cada obra que haces, desde que hablas con los demás y lo que les dices, lo que haces por ellos y por ti, en qué inviertes tu tiempo, cuánto consideras a Dios en tus decisiones, cuánto le escuchas, cuánto te mueves para que las cosas sucedes, cuánta fuerza decides tener, cuando menos eres víctima y afrontas las lecciones que la vida te da como aprendizaje y sales adelante. Ojalá que en todo momento los cuestionamientos que tienes y que surgen a diario, te lleven a buscar las respuestas en Dios.

¡Y recuerda: a sonreír, agradecer y abrazar la vida!

Sobre todo: ¡a Vivir, gente! VIVIR.

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  • Faithful pray in Castel Gandolfo's San Tommaso da Villanova church after Pope Benedict XVI blessed the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Robert Zollitsch

    Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of the German Bishops' Conference, right, holds his sermon during a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI waves from the balcony window of the Pontifical summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, some 35 kilometers south of Rome, to a cheering crowd gathered to see him the day he ends his pontificate, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Faithful sing as they wait for Pope Benedict's XVI departure in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Faithful sing as they wait Pope Benedict's XVI departure in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Nuns wave to a helicopter with Pope Benedict XVI onboard in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Vatican employees take down Pope Benedict XVI's crest turns after he greeted the crowd from the window of the his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Benedict XVI turns away after greeting the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Benedict XVI walks away after addressing the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Pope Benedict XVI blesses the crowd from the window of the Pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and make his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Faithful carry a banner in German reading "Thank You" as they watch a giant screen showing Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Norbert Lammert, Horst Seehofer, Angela Merkel

    Bavarian state governor Horst Seehofer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the German Federal Parliament, Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, bottom from left, attend a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, faithfuls gather during a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo. a general view of the gardens of pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Robert Zollitsch

    Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, head of the German Bishops' Conference, celebrates a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • FILE- In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, a view of the garden of pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome.. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, faithfuls gather during a thanksgiving service for outgoing pope Benedict XVI. at the St. Hedwig cathedral in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. At 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • FILE- This Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, shows a view of the hall ofthe pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, pictures of Pope Benedict XVI are seen at a newsstand outside the pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • FILE - In this , Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, Pierpoalo Turoli, responsible for pope's residences, opens a window of the pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, a view of a grotto inside the pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after greetings faithful from the balcony window of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and made his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful from his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and made his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after greeting faithful from the balcony window of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and made his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Benedict XVI leaves after greetings faithful from his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, the scenic town where he will spend his first post-Vatican days and made his last public blessing as pope,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Faithful watch a giant screen showing Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The 85-year-old German Pope Benedict is stepping down on Thursday evening, the first pope to do so in 600 years, after saying he no longer has the mental or physical strength to vigorously lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI salutes a cheering crowd gathered to see him from the balcony window of the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, before he officially ends his pontificate a few hours later. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    In this image taken from video, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final message to the assembly of cardinals at the Vatican Thursday Feb. 28, 2013, before he retires in just a few hours. Benedict urged the cardinals to work in unity and promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in a poignant and powerful farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Vatican TV)

  • A poster of Pope Benedict XVI with writing reading in Italian," You will stay always with us. Thank you" is seen near Rome's Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Benedict will leave the Apostolic palace inside the Vatican for the last time as pontiff, head to the helipad at the top of the hill in the Vatican gardens and fly to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome. There, at 8 p.m. sharp, Benedict will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Benedict XVI

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  • Benedict XVI

    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message on the occasion of his farewell meeting to cardinals, at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday, a poignant farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    In this image taken from video as Pope Benedict XVI deliveres his final greetings to the assembly of cardinals at the Vatican Thursday Feb. 28, 2013, before he retires in just a few hours. Benedict urged the cardinals to work in unity and promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday in a poignant and powerful farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Vatican TV)

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    FILE - This Nov. 23, 2007 file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI leading a session of prayer and reflection with the College of Cardinals, at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, a poignant farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. (AP Photo/Christophe Simon, pool, file)

  • Commemorative plates and mugs of Pope Benedict XVI, left, Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, center, and the late Pope John Paul II, are displayed at a restaurant in Manila, Philippines Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns Thursday, the first pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino Roman Catholic devotee Betty Abainza shops for posters of resigning Pope Benedict XVI at a religious store in Manila, Philippines Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns Thursday, the first pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • A Filipino salesclerk checks the price of posters, including that of Pope Benedict XVI, at a religious store in Manila, Philippines Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns Thursday, the first pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino Roman Catholic devotee Betty Abainza shops for posters of Pope Benedict XVI at a religious store in Manila, Philippines Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigns Thursday, the first Pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down And Officially Retires From The Papal Office

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI speaks to his cardinals during a farewell ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on February 28, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI will acquire the title 'Pope Emeritus' as he retires the pontificate today, and will travel to a papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome (Photo by L'Osservatore Romano / Vatican Pool via Getty Images)Alternate crop of #162827424

  • Benedict XVI

    FILE - This Sept. 6, 2006 file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI wearing a "saturno hat", inspired by the ringed planet Saturn, to shield himself from the sun as he waves to the crowd of faithful prior to his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, files)

  • FILE - Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, in this April 19, 2005, file photo. Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who chose the name of Pope Benedict XVI, became the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis/file)

  • In this photo released by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI receives German politician Horst Seehofer and his wife Karin during a private audience which followed his last general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • In this photo released by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI receives German politician Horst Seehofer during a private audience which followed his last general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, ho)

  • Pope Benedict XVI

    Faithful are reflected in the roof of Pope Benedict XVI's pope-mobile as he arrives to celebrate his last general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Pope Benedict XVI, Georg Gaenswein

    Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary George Gaenswein, left, wipes his eye as the Pope delivers his message during his last general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI reads a message during his final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI opens his arms during his final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI is about to leave at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI talks to his personal secretary George Gaenswein as he leaves at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. He also thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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