ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Catholics are offering prayers of Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict as he approaches his retirement at the end of the month. On Friday, the Archdiocese of St. Louis conducted a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral Basilica.
Archbishop Robert Carlson led the worshipers. In his homily, he praised the Pontiff for giving the church a rich treasure in the form of his many writings.
The special mass also celebrated the annual feast day that commemorates the role of the pope as the head of the church, known as the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle.