During a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Pope Benedict XVI formally entrusted to Mary the world Synod of Bishops and the Year of Faith. "Fifty years on, having been called by divine providence to succeed that unforgettable pope to the See of Peter, I, too, have come on pilgrimage to entrust to the Mother of God two important ecclesial initiatives: the Year of Faith," which was to begin Oct. 11 and the Synod of Bishops, which was to open Oct. 7.
At the end of his homily, Pope Benedict turned to Our Lady of Loreto with several petitions. "I wish to entrust to the Most Holy Mother of God all the difficulties affecting our world as it seeks serenity and peace," the pope said. He prayed for Mary's intercession in responding to the "problems of the many families who look anxiously to the future" and for young people just starting to build their adult lives.
[The pope was marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed John XXIII's visit to the Marian shrine, about 175 miles northeast of Rome, when he entrusted to Mary's care the Second Vatican Council, which began Oct. 11, 1962]. You can read the complete story at: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1204169.htm
Excerpts from cl weekly October 8, 2012, Volume VI, Number 41 and www.catholicnews.com.