In a short letter Pope Benedict XVI wrote to an Italian national newspaper, the pontiff emeritus says he is “on a pilgrimage toward Home.”

Benedict XVI wrote the short letter in response to the senior journalist from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, who wrote him saying many readers were asking how he was doing as we reach the eve of five years since he announced his intention to resign from the papacy.

Benedict XVI responded to the inquiries with a poignant hand written letter, saying “with the slow decline of my physical forces, interiorly, I am on a pilgrimage towards Home.” The letter was published on the front page of the newspaper, where Benedict XVI also noted that it “is a great grace for me to be surrounded by such love and goodness”

Since his resignation in 2013, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has led a mostly quiet and peaceful life, living in the former monastery Mater Ecclesiae in the Vatican gardens.

Read the full letter below:

“I was moved that so many readers of your newspaper would like to know how I am spending this last period of my life. I can only say that with the slow decline of my physical forces, interiorly, I am on a pilgrimage towards Home. It is a great grace for me to be surrounded in this last, sometimes a little tiring, piece of road, by such love and goodness that I could not have imagined. In this sense, I also consider the question of your readers as an accompaniment along a stretch. This is why I cannot but be grateful, assuring all of you of my prayers. Best regards.”

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  1. You will be welcomed by the King of Kings.our Almighty Holy One .well done servant of the most high King of Kings .

  2. Please continue to pray for us and the Church, may we all stay faithful and steadfast as you have been doing. Godspeed Pope Benedict.

  3. I pray for his peace & welcome into our Lord’s grace but in reality I think he’ll burn in hell with many other Popes over the last 1000 yrs. The things they themselves have done & allowed to happen, let alone the things they covered up have not gone unseen by the Almighty not have they been forgotten!

  4. Pope Benefict will be a doctor of the church for completing the New Catechism of the Catholic Church. His ladt 5 years has much spiritualfruit. Well done he has been a good and faithfull servant. When you artive at your forever home do not forget those you leavebehind. ?

  5. contemplating on the events at the time when the holy family prepares for Christ presentation at the temple, to which was the prophecy and fulfillment of the aged old seers “Simeon” asked of God, before he fully rest for God to let him see the Glory of God before his eyes closed… it is that sort kind of what the Pope emeritus is praying for to this times where the ship is in the verge of capsizing… in the hands of an infallible present day Pope… by its group of Cardinals trying to change the face of the Universal Catholic Church by its nonsense doctrines… knowing not the faith is now in rough seas by the evils of the clouds of the serpent that enters into the church of Rome… such the issues of same sex, and the living in Sin and remarried partaking of the mystical body of Christ… ah what? is that right with God… no wonder the world is now in chaos, with regards to the spirituality of the people of God… preparing for “HOME” in accordance to God… it may seems… may the Joy of God brings forth joy in the <3's of those who live their faith in bosom of his blessed Mother who stands before her Son at the foot of the cross… to God be the Glory… prayers are with your excellency Pope Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI… may God grant you extended life and good health… May God blessed you more to serve his fold…

  6. Holy Father we will miss you, but you are sure of being welcomed by Our Father in His Kingdom. Please continue praying for us under our present and active Pope in shepherding us! That our ways be always within the teachings of the Kingdom so we will see you soon when our time comes!


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