Pray For The Pope
“As the trend in the ballots slowly made me realize that — in a manner of speaking, the guillotine would fall on me — I started to feel quite dizzy,” a smiling Benedict said, clearly joking. “I thought that I had done my life’s work and could now hope to live out my days in peace. I told the Lord with deep conviction, ’Don’t do this to me.”’
Let's pray that he won't experience martydom on this visit.
The reason that cardinals and popes wear the little red skull caps is to remind them of the price of martyrdom that was paid by many of those who had gone before them. The Catholic heirarchy live in the understanding that they can be called to give their lives for Christ as so many had done throughout the history of the Church. The first 6 or 7 popes were martyred for the faith during the Roman persecutions. Keep our Holy Father in your prayers that God's will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.