The Lord's team is the winning team – pope

Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict

June 4, 2012

"We are on the Lord's team, the winning team," Pope Benedict told members of the College of Cardinals at the end of a luncheon he hosted to thank them for their friendship and support.

At the end of the meal May 21, the pope told the cardinals that St. Augustine once described history as "a battle between two loves," love for oneself and love for God.

"In this battle it is very important to have friends," the pope told the cardinals.

"As for me, I am surrounded by friends in the College of Cardinals; they are my friends and I feel at home, I feel safe in this company of great friends who are with me and all of us are with the Lord."