» 05/18/2008, 00.00
VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: Mary, Star of the Sea for Genoa and the young
Benedict XVI recites the Angelus with the young people of the city, and recalls the universal vocation of Genoa, the point of departure for many missionaries and emigrants all over the world. An appeal against cluster bombs, used also in the war of 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah.
Pope: laypeople needed to evangelize the world of work, the economy, politics
On a pastoral visit to Sardinia for the hundredth anniversary of the shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria, on the eve of the feast of the birth of Mary, Benedict XVI stresses her role in the divine plan of Redemption. May Mary give "suppport, comfort, hope" to all the mothers of the world.
Pope: in Pompeii to entrust the synod and missionaries to the Virgin Mary
On pilgrimage to the shrine dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary, Benedict XVI speaks of "the role of Mary," who "personifies the people chosen by him to spread his blessing to the entire human family." Recalling the life of Blessed Bartolo Longo, the pope stresses that anti-clericalism and superstition are not lacking in our day.
Pope: provide security and shelter to refugees
Today’s hedonistic culture tends to propose models that "darken the mind and threaten to cancel all morality. The temptation has crept in to believe that the wealth of man is not the faith, but his personal and social power, his intelligence, his culture and his ability to manipulate scientific, technological and social realities. "
Pope: prayer for missionary vocations, and for his visit to the United States
On the Sunday of the Good Shepherd, Benedict XVI asks for prayers so that vocations dedicated to life and mission may increase. In all the languages of his greetings, he entrusts himself to the prayers of the Church for his "apostolic pilgrimage" to the United States from April 15-20.
Use your life to do works for which you will be judged, says Pope
At the Angelus, Benedict XVI launches an appeal for an end to violence in Nigeria, where attacks against Christians have caused over 150 deaths. If we remove God, "the world will fall back into the void and darkness. And this is also reflected in the expressions of contemporary nihilism, an often subconscious nihilism that unfortunately plagues many young people. " Invitation to prayer for the victims of the flood in Genoa.
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