Bishop Joseph P. McFadden will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI on Friday, February 22 at noon in St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg. The Mass at which Bishop McFadden will preach is open to the public. In a statement about the recently announced Papal resignation Bishop McFadden said, “The Holy Father has never tired of proclaiming the true face of Jesus Christ. And so, our hearts are grateful for his unwavering commitment to the Gospel.”
On the calendar of the Catholic Church, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter is celebrated on February 22. This feast dates to the mid-fourth century and celebrates the ministry of the Apostle Peter who accepted Pastoral responsibility and authority from Jesus Christ and became the first pope. Pope Benedict XVI is the 264th successor to St. Peter, which makes him the 265th pope of the Catholic Church.