Indian Cardinal: Pope's decision shows his love for the Church
Vatican Radio) Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay says Pope Benedict's decision to
step down expresses very clearly his love for the Church but also his courage to do
what no pope has done for such a long time. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the Indian
Cardinal described his reactions and thoughts on hearing the surprise announcement
of the Pope's resignation.
Listen to the extended interview with Cardinal
people, Cardinal Gracias was totally surprised and incredulous when he first heard
the news of Pope Benedict's decision to step down on February 28th, saying he thought
at first it was "a hoax." He also spoke of his sadness but said the Pope's move
"expresses very clearly his love for the Church" and also his humbleness. "All of
the Pope's actions," the Cardinal continued, "have been guided by intense personal
prayer and his reflections for the good of the Church... and I respect his decision."
He also paid tribute to Pope Benedict's "brilliant acumen and his unshakeable faith."