» 09/30/2007, 00.00
Pope appeals for peace in Myanmar and Korea
Benedict XVI says he feels close to the “dear people” of Burma, calling on the entire Church to do the same. He expresses hope for talks between the two Koreas set to begin in Beijing, and makes an appeal on behalf of sub-Saharan Africa where people are enduring hunger caused by political and economic conflicts as well as natural disasters.
Africa, have courage; rise up! Follow the Lord of life and hope, says the Pope
Africans “suffering from poverty, disease, injustice, wars, violence and forced migration” are “the Heavenly Father’s favourite.” The Church is a sign of reconciliation among ethnic groups. Elaborated by missionaries more than 40 years ago, Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio encyclical offers the best rationale for the continent’s development. It is urgent to correct globalization so that it serves all peoples. The Universal Church expresses its solidarity. In the Angelus, the Pope mentions Don Gnocchi, beatified today in Milan.
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Pope: I pray for all women, for their dignity and value
Benedict XVI recalls "International Women's Day," and points to Mother Teresa as an example, together with the many women who work "in obscurity" for the good of humanity. The pontiff asks for prayers for his trips to Africa and the Holy Land. An appeal to include moments of prayer and silence during the season of Lent.
Pope: best wishes for Beijing Games; remembrance of Paul VI
Benedict XVI hopes that the Beijing Olympics may be a "pledge of fraternity and peace among peoples", and may unfold "in respect of common dignity". Remembrance of the "superhuman merit" of Paul VI, for guiding the Church in the difficult post-council phase.
Ecumenism, prayer and sharing are everyone's responsibility, says Pope
Benedict XVI invites the faithful to come and celebrate ecumenical Vespers on January 25, in St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica. He makes an appeal against toy guns.
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