Now that His Holiness the Pope Emeritus is safely at Castel Gandolfo, I am sure that all our readers would like to wish him a long, peaceful and happy retirement. Many posts are being made on the internet and elsewhere that review the achievements and disappointments of his papacy. Some include pictures of Benedict XVI at important occasions duting the last eight years.
The thing that has struck me about all these pictures is that, without exception, they show a smiling pope. It seems that, despite all the difficulties that he has had to endure, Benedict remained cheerful and serene throughout. I, for one, would be very happy if this is how he is remembered.