MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
TO THE MOST REVEREND AND RIGHT HONOURABLE JUSTIN WELBY
ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
ON THE OCCASION OF THE CONFIRMATION OF ELECTION
To the Most Reverend and Right Honourable
Archbishop of Canterbury
In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven (Col 1:3)
I understand now the benefit of Benedict 's resignation and how emeritus clergy have an important diplomatic role to carry out in the mission of fraternal brother and sisterhood. By Benedicts message we see a stronger messenger in acknowledging the bonds of affection between Anglicans and Catholics.