On Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe received correspondence (Post Dated Feb 22, 2013) from The Vatican, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI; signed by Monsignor Peter B. Wells, Assessor, Apostolic Nunciature located in Washington, D.C.
The Vatican as a sovereign nation has its own mail system. When the Vatican sends mail addressed to someone in the United States, you’ll notice it is postmarked from within the U.S. somewhere. That’s because the Vatican only uses its own couriers, routinely traveling to the U.S. on a daily basis, to carry US mail over and mail it within the US.
During the holiday season of December 2012, the California Valley Miwok Tribe sent season’s greetings and a wish for a Happy New Year to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Vatican City, Europe. On Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe received a letter acknowledging CVMT’s greetings sent to him for Christmas and the New Year. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI also sent his Apostolic Blessing. Included with the letter were two pictures.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) is a custom and tradition Miwok tribe that highly respects all peoples’ religions and beliefs, and is very thankful for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s act of kindness for responding to our 2012 season’s greetings; and furthermore, the Tribe is elated for receiving a blessing from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Through media reports, CVMT has learned that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as of Thursday, February 28, 2013, resigned his position as Pope, and shall from this day forward be known as the Emeritus Pope, as he continues to live at the Vatican in retirement. All at the California Valley Miwok Tribe send our love and well wishes to His Holiness Emeritus Pope in his retirement.