Pope Benedict XVI - Essays and Reflections on His Papacy

Concern for the Flock

Concern for the Flock

Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond • Archbishop of New Orleans

Each time I have met Pope Benedict I find him most personable, and he has extremely effective eye contact. His humility has impressed me as he always asks for prayers in order that he may carry out his ministry effectively.

Most recently, I had the opportunity to meet him the day after receiving the pallium for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I went up to him and said, “Holy Father, I bring you the affection and the respect of the people of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.” Quickly, he said, “What is the situation there? Is the rebuilding continuing?” I answered his question and then he said, “Please assure them of my prayers.”

Obviously, he is a man of compassion and humility. As the Successor of Peter, he remembers many things that happen in various local churches and expresses that concern.


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“Pope Benedict’s understanding of migration is rooted in his conviction that God’s love extends to all people, particularly those who are the most vulnerable.”

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