» 01/09/2008, 00.00
Pope: Saint Augustine was a bit like today's young people
Benedict XVI illustrates the life of the saint of Hippo, announcing that he will reflect on his thought in the upcoming general audiences. The experiences of the most prolific of the Church Fathers, from his joining the Manichaeans to his conversion and "exemplar" life as bishop.
Pope: Saint Augustine also teaches what true secularism is
Benedict XVI continues his reflections for the general audience on the bishop of Hippo, an author who is also fundamental for the formation of all Western culture. The dialogue with God in the Confessions and "the relationship between the political sphere and the sphere of the faith and of the Church" in "De Civitate Dei".
Pope: There may be something Catholic, even outside the Catholic Church
Christians should not be jealous of the good that is done outside of the Catholic Church. Instead, the good that is done by the various ecclesial realities within the Church should be respected and appreciated. Using wealth "in solidarity and for the common good, ensuring equality and morality, at all levels." Appeal for refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tomorrow the Pope returns to the Vatican.
Pope: those who teach the faith cannot behave like a clown playing a part
In his general audience Benedict XVI indicates St Ambrose as an example of how an “authentic witness” announces the Gospel with his life. The “historic event” of the meeting between Milan’s bishop and saint with Saint Augustine.
Pope: St Monica and St Augustine for youth who go down "wrong roads" and "dead ends"
Looking back at the saints commemorated in these days, the pope referred to the difficulties faced by mothers and families to communicate the faith to their children. He also mentioned the duty to safeguard creation to help the poor of the earth.
Pope: Even among the 12 Apostles there was one who did not believe, Judas
In today's Angelus, Benedict XVI talks about Judas, the traitor who stayed in the Church even though he did not believe. He felt betrayed by Jesus because he expected a "winning Messiah." By contrast, Peter "believed in and knew" that Jesus was "the Holy One of God."
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