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April 16, 2012. (Romereports.com) As he looked on St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI asked for everyone's prayers, as his seventh anniversary as Pope approaches. During the Regina Coeli prayer, he asked people to keep that date, April 19th, in mind.
“Thursday, will be the seventh anniversary of my election as the Successor of Peter. I ask you to pray for me, may the Lord give me strength to carry out the mission he has entrusted to me.”, said Benedict XVI
However, the Pope made no reference to his 85th birthday, celebrated on April 16th.
Benedict XVI explained that Christianity is not just about commemorating the past, nor is it a mystical experience. Rather, the Pope said it's an active encounter with the risen Christ.
“It is an encounter with the risen Lord who lives in the dimension of God, beyond time and space. He makes himself truly present among the community and speaks to us in the Scriptures.”
The first Sunday after Easter, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Divine Mercy, to which John Paul II was very devoted to.
“Welcome the gift of peace that the risen Jesus offers us. We must fill our hearts with His mercy.”
As thousands of people looked on in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI called on them to be true witness of the Christian faith, especially the peace it can bring to every day life.