As a child, he was part of a family that resisted the evils of Nazism.
After World War II he continued the spiritual warfare: as a priest, a university professor, bishop and then for 26 years as the right hand of Blessed Pope John Paul II.
Finally, he has served almost eight years as the visible head of Christ’s Church.
Now, he has determined that the most effective way he can engage the spiritual battle is by dedicating himself to prayer.
This Lent we will be praying for Pope Benedict in the final weeks of his papacy and for the cardinals who will meet this March to choose a successor.