Benedict 'not alone' at helm of wounded church
Pope Benedict XVI told cardinals yesterday that he does not feel alone while at the helm of a "wounded and sinner" church, the Vatican newspaper reported.
He made the comment while the cardinals were celebrating the fifth anniversary of his election to the papacy, the 'L'Osservatore Romano' said.
The paper's account of Pope Benedict's remarks at the lunch marking his April 19, 2005, election to succeed John Paul II did not directly mention the current clergy sex abuse scandal, which is threatening to engulf Benedict's papacy.
"In this moment, the Pope, very strongly, doesn't feel alone. He feels he has all the cardinals near him sharing tribulations and consolation," 'L'Osservatore Romano' said Benedict told those at the meal with him.
The Pope spoke of the "sins of the church, reminding them that it, wounded and sinner, is experiencing, ever more, the consolation of God".
Benedict hosted the lunch attended by 46 cardinals, who cheered and applauded him.