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  • » 01/27/2008, 00.00

    VATICAN

    Jesus came to announce that God is at hand, says Pope



    In today’s Angelus Benedict XVI urges young people to follow the path to true peace that Jesus taught. He jokes about the doves released from his studio window and talks about those who suffer from leprosy.

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The “Good News” that Jesus came to announce mean that “God, in Him, is at hand, that he already rules amongst us as demonstrated by the miracles and healing he performs.” “Where Jesus arrives, the creative Spirit brings life and heals men from the illnesses of the body and of the spirit. God’s lordship manifests itself through man’s complete healing.”

    Before a cheerful crowd that had gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Angelus, Benedict XVI with two young people from Rome’s Azione Cattolica at his side released two doves in what has become a traditional gesture. Taking advantage of the situation the Pope cracked a joke that elicited shouts and applause among the 50,000 people in St Peter. “Sometimes they come back,” he said referring to the fact that occasionally the birds flow back into his studio.

    “My dear young friends,” he added, “I know that you are committed to those of your age you who are suffering from war and poverty. Continue on the path that Jesus has shown us to build true peace!”

    Before the Marian prayer, the Pope mentioned that at the time of Jesus the “term Gospel” (Euangellion) was used to proclaim Roman emperors. Whatever the content, these proclamations were seen as “good news,” news of salvation because the emperor was seen as the lord of the world and his edict were seen as heralding something good.”

    “Applying this word to Jesus’ preaching,” the Pope said, “was heavily charged with criticism. It was like saying that God, not the emperor, was Lord of the world and that the true Gospel was that of Jesus Christ. The ‘Good News’ that Jesus proclaimed is best encapsulated by these words: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt, 4:17; Mk, 1:15). What does this expression mean? It certainly does not mean an earthly kingdom, one found in space and time; instead, it announces that it is God who rules, that God is Lord and this Lordship is present, current and in the process of being realised. The newness of Christ’s message is thus that in Him God is at hand, that he already rules amongst us as demonstrated by the miracles and healing he performs. God rules through his Son made man and the power of the Holy Spirit, called the “the finger of God” (cf Lk, 11:20). Where Jesus arrives, the creative Spirit brings life and heals men from the illnesses of the body and of the spirit. God’s lordship manifests itself through man’s complete healing. This way Jesus shows God’s true face, God at hand; full of mercy for every human being; the God that gives us the gift of life in abundance, his own life. The Kingdom of God is therefore life that asserts itself over death, the light of truth that dissipates the darkness of ignorance and lies.”

    “Let us pray the Holiest Mary,” the Pope said, “that She may always obtain for the Church the same passion for the Kingdom of God that moved the mission of Jesus Christ: passion for God; for his lordship over love and life; passion for man encountered in truth with the desire of giving him his most precious treasure, the love of God, his Creator and Father.”

    After the Angelus, the Pope talked about today’s celebration of World Leprosy Day launched 55 years ago by Raoul Follereau.

    “To all those who suffer from this disease I offer my warmest greetings and a special prayer, which I extent to all those who, by various means, work on their behalf, especially the volunteers who belong to the Association of friends of Raoul Follereau”.

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    See also

    30/01/2005 VATICAN
    Children and young people can be peacemakers too, says the Pope
    World Leprosy Day is remembered.

    22/01/2009 VATICAN – LEPROSY 2009
    The Vatican asks for special attention for child sufferers
    An appeal to dedicate particular care to children struck by the disease, 40 thousand worldwide, in the message launched by Cardinal Barragan for the 56th World Day. Fear and ignorance persist leading to the isolation of the sick.

    29/01/2006 vatican
    Pope: saints and consecrated life, witnesses of God-Love
    A reference to the encyclical "Deus caritas est" and to consecrated persons, models of dedication and love in various social realities.  An appeal to international organizations to defeat leprosy and poverty.  Two peace doves released from the Pope's window.

    05/03/2006 VATICAN
    Pope: Lent with Jesus in the desert to fight the spirit of evil

    Benedict XVI invited Christians to make use of this time to liberate themselves from the slavery of deceit, and to live in the freedom of truth. From this evening until Saturday next, he will participate in the spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia. He also set a date with European and African youth: Saturday 11 March.



    29/01/2012 VATICAN
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    At the Angelus, Benedict XVI speaks of "the authority of God," which is not "possession, power, control, success", but "service, humility, love." Encouragement to all people affected by leprosy, "as well as their caregivers who, in many ways, are committed to eradicating poverty and marginalization, the real causes of the persistence of the infection."



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