1. Anglicanorum Coetibus which has made provision for Anlicans to join the Catholic Church in the Oridinariate.and thereby promoting Christian Unity.
2. The beatifying of Blessed John Henry Newman, a hero of mine who worked with another hero, John Keble, Professor of Poetry and Vicar of Hursley where one of my ancestors was the Organist. Newman and Keble were instrumental in setting up Tractarianism.and reviving the Catholic Faith in the CofE.
3. For coming to the UK.
4. For being a proficient musician and a cat lover.
5 For his books of great spirituality.
As Pope Benedict resigns we should uphold him in our prayers, as well as praying for those on whose shoulders rests the unenviable responsibility of choosing his successor that they will be guided by the Holy Spirit.