Thursday, February 14, 2013

Holy Father shows 'beatific smile' during Mass

Choir member gets close up view of tired Pope
Allison Hunwicks, second from right, performs for the Pope
during the final weeks of his papacy. (Photo: Tara Leerdam)
Singing at Mass with Pope Benedict XVI, Allison Hunwicks witnessed the Pontiff's frailty, but also his love for the liturgy. She felt the way his assistants watched over him showed the "tender" nature of the Church community and its care for people.
As an alto in the Our Lady of Sorrows Ecumenical Choir, Hunwicks stood three metres from Pope Benedict as the choir assisted the Pope in St. Peter’s, chanting the Mass of the Angels.

The Pope sang most of the Feb. 2 two-hour Mass in a light but strained voice.
“He had a lovely sort of beatific smile on his face the whole time,” Hunwicks said.

Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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