GREAT SCHOOL OF HOLINESS
In a letter addressed to the chair of the Polish Episcopal Conference archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the senior pope Benedict XVI pointed to the significance which was his ministry for St. John Paul II in his life.
In the letter dated on 3 June 2014, and being a response to the letter of the chair of the Polish Episcopal Conference from 27 April 2014, Benedict XVI stated that he considered the possibility if his long-term ministry for John Paul II as a great grace, as well as life in this way ‘in the great school of holiness’. ‘I will always be grateful to Divine Providence that I could include Him into the group of the blessed. I think it as a sign of the Providence that on last day of my pontificate, on 28 February 2013, a miracle, needed for canonization, was formally acknowledged’ – wrote the senior Pope. He added that ‘ we are sure that help of the Pope accompanies us every day’. Benedict XVI also expressed archbishop Gadecki congratulations and the best wishes on the occasion of the election for the post of the chair of the Polish Episcopal Conference.
Whereas the metropolitan of Poznan expressed gratitude in a letter addressed to Benedict XVI on the canonization day – 27 April – on behalf of the Polish Episcopal Conference, for his contribution in the beatification and canonization of John Paul II. He reminded that it was just Benedict XVI who opened the beatification process after the death of the Polish Pope. The Act was interpreted by the Church as an expression of faith of the current senior Pope and his love to the person of John Paul II. Archbishop Gadecki also expressed the best wishes of remaining in God’s grace to Benedict XVI.