» 08/15/2007, 00.00
Follow the “woman dressed in the sun” against the “dragon” of materialism, says Pope
During the homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption, Benedict XVI invites the faithful to have the “courage to live” like Mary “against all the threats from the dragon” because “love is stronger than selfishness.” He strongly criticises anti-Christian dictatorships: Nazism, Stalinism and materialism. In the Angelus the Pope highlights the solidarity between Our Lady “and the Son, in the struggle and total victory against death.”
Jesus, the new Adam, and Mary, the new Eve, finally defeat the enemy, pope says on Assumption Day
On the feast day of the Assumption, Benedict XVI stresses the victory of Christ over “inner and physical death”. We too seek to “live as we too had risen, bringing the light of goodness to the darkness of evil”. Eastern and Western Christians are united in the celebration.
Pope: Mary's Assumption to Heaven, Christ's Easter mystery accomplished in her
During the Angelus, Benedict XVI spoke about the value of the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary to heaven, celebrated by the Churches in the East and West since Christianity's early centuries. Mary "is among the 'poor' and the 'humble,' who do not rely on their own strengths but put their trust in God, who leave space for his action that can produce big things in weakness."
Pope: Feast of the Assumption, trip to Lourdes in view
Benedict XVI will go to Lourdes, "universal citadel of life and of hope", in a month. The Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heaven helps us to be "witnesses of hope and consolation" in a world dominated by "false joy and tormented suffering".
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Also present were some bishops and 120 priests from various dioceses in Vietnam. At the conclusion of the Jubilee, January 6 next year, millions of pilgrims are expected from the country and abroad.
Pope: to Mary, Queen of peace, I entrust anxieties of world rent by violence
Benedict XVI drew special attention to the mission of Cardinal Etchegaray in Lebanon and to mass in Nazareth, and he also mentioned Iraq and Sri Lanka. The Assumption teaches us that we should not allow daily difficulties and concerns to suffocate us: "this world" is not "the ultimate scope of human existence".
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