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A great and powerful spirit

· Francis inaugurates a bust of Benedict XVI ·

“Benedict XVI: a great Pope”. Francis bestowed a grateful tribute to his Predecessor this morning, Monday, 27 October, when he inaugurated a bronze bust in his honour at Casina Pio IV, on the occasion of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. This work of art evokes the spirit of Pope Ratzinger, who — according to his successor — “will emerge as an increasingly greater and more powerful” figure. The Bishop of Rome specifically praised Joseph Ratzinger's “strength and insightful intelligence”, in addition to “his major contribution to theology, his love for the Church and for human beings, his virtue and piety.” Then, he mentioned that his love of “the truth opens to the sciences” to the point that “we could never say of him that study and sciences,” “have withered” the person. Hence his invitation to give thanks “to God for the gift that he has given to the Church and to the world with the presence and the pontificate of Pope Benedict.” In the second part of his address, Francis addressed the academics present, encouraging them “to carry forward scientific progress and the improvement of conditions of life of people, especially the poorest”.

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