VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI encouraged people across the globe to wholeheartedly return to God during his last public Mass today as pontiff of the Catholic Church.
“May the invitation to conversion, to ‘return to God with all our heart,’ resonate strongly in us, accepting his grace that makes us new men and women, with the surprising news that is (found in) participating in the very life of Jesus,” Pope Benedict said at St. Peter’s Basilica on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13. Mass was held at 5pm local time.
Benedict XVI’s homily was his last public homily as the head of the Church after he announced on Monday that he will be resigning on Feb. 28.
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