Happy Birthday, Holy Father!
To celebrate Pope Benedict's 83rd birthday, please join in prayer for him using this beautiful prayer card from the Knights of Columbus. You can order the cards or print them from their site.
Yesterday, the Pope gave an unexpected and unscripted homily saying: "Now, under the attacks of the world that speaks to us of our sins, we see that being able to do penance is a grace and we see how it is necessary to do penance, that is, to recognize what is mistaken in our life, to open oneself to forgiveness, to prepare oneself for forgiveness, to allow oneself to be transformed. The pain of penance, that is to say of purification and of transformation, this pain is grace, because it is renewal, and it is the work of Divine Mercy."
For anyone looking for the "rest of the story" on these attacks, I recommend Jimmy Akin's blog posts:
Cardinal Ratzinger An Evil Monster?
Evil Monster Update: The Inside Story
Smoking Gun Memo In Murphy Paedophilia Case!