» 11/28/2007, 00.00
Pope urges every effort to stop the spreading of AIDS and the “scorn” of those who suffer from i
In his audience address Benedict XVI affirms that Christianity is not a European religion, but has its “roots” in Jerusalem, and therefore in Asia and since the very first centuries expanded east and west. And following last week’s illustration of oriental theologian Aphraates, today he spoke of another Father of the Church from the same origins, Ephrem the Syrian.
Pope: Gaza, violence does not solve disputes, but generates more violence
Benedict XVI’s appeal at the end of the general audience to, "those who have political responsibilities at a local and international level" to seek "just solutions through dialogue." Earlier, the Pope explained the figure of Saint Thomas Aquinas, "master of thought and model of the right way of doing theology."
Pope St. Augustine for non-believers: Do not be afraid of the Truth
A general audience addressed to those who live as if God did not exist and who participate little in the life of the Church. The experience of the saint of Hippo contrasts with relativism today. Silence is important to let God speak, defeating illusions, the fleeting moment, superficiality. The saints as "fellow travelers". An appeal for Somalia.
Often it is the woman who makes marriage a domestic Church, says Pope
Illustrating the figure of Saint Bridget of Sweden, Benedict XVI emphasizes the role of women in the family and the Church. Europe must nourish its Christian roots. Appeals to the international community to "provide the necessary help and ease the pain of those who suffer" the consequences of the "devastation" in Indonesia and Benin.
Pope: reconciliation and respect for religious freedom in South Asia
Benedict XVI launched appeal concerned about the anti-Christian violence. At the general audience he illustrates the figure of St. Clare, another of the many courageous and faith filled women to which the Church is indebted for their contribution to its renewal.
Amidst the "great confusion" of today, priests must teach the truth, that is Christ
During the general audience, Benedict XVI express solidarity with the victims of the earthquake in China. In teaching, priests must "not invent, create or announce their own ideas, but those Christ."
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