March 4, 2013
(Following is the text of Archbishop Richard Smith's letter to Pope Benedict on Feb. 11, responding to the news of his resignation.)
The bishops of Canada received this morning the news of your intention to resign the ministry of bishop of Rome. We and the faithful of Canada have grown to love and admire you, and so are marked today with sadness at your impending departure from your role as supreme pontiff. At the same time, we are full of gratitude to God for the wondrous blessings that have been ours because of your extraordinary leadership.