Father Julian Carron, the head of Communione e Liberazione, shared something very difficult with Pope Benedict: Both men were called upon to fill really big shoes, with Carron taking over the leadership of CL after the death of Father Giussani, and Benedict called to follow Pope John Paul II, another larger than life figure. Carron, like Benedict, also has a great ability to find a phrase that captures the essence of an idea or a moment as in these closing words of the statement he released on the news of Benedict's resignation, "a historic moment that is so delicate and decisive." Here is the link to the full text. Needless to say, he better captures the significance of Pope Benedict's decisions, which he calls "fatherly" than did some other commentators!
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- Francis' encyclical an urgent call to prevent world of 'debris, desolation and filth'
- Editorial: Churches can lead the fight against racism
- New family synod document a mixture of welcome, criticism of modern life
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