DHT, 12/31

“It seems I can feel his strong hand squeezing mine. I seem to see his smiling eyes and listen to his words, addressed to me especially at this moment: ‘Do not be afraid.’ ”

Pope Benedict XVI spoke these words on April 20, 2005 on the day after he was elected pope during the homily in his first Mass as the bishop of Rome. He was speaking about St. John Paul II.