» 05/28/2008, 00.00
“True hope” comes from the “desire for God,” says Pope
In today’s general audience Benedict XVI describes the figure of Saint Gregory the Great, “one of the greatest in the history of the Church,” a key player in the evangelisation of the new Europe and in reaching peace with the Longobards, a “man immersed in God’ who was always “close to his fellow man and to the needs of the people of his time.”
Today’s Christians must pray but also dedicate themselves to action, says Pope
In today’s general audience Benedict XVI looks at the figure of Isidore of Seville. He highlights the saint’s encyclopaedic culture and his teaching about the need for the right mediation between the desire for the contemplative life and the duty to dedicate oneself to the service of others.
Pope: true greatness is in service of others
Once again illustrating the figure of Pope Gregory the Great, Benedict XVI highlights the meaning of the title that he coined, "servus servorum Dei". The hope that Vatican Council II "may bear fruit in us, and in the Church of the third millennium".
“Without God man loses his greatness,” says Pope
During Wednesday’s general audience, Benedict XVI talks about Saint Gregory of Nazianzus. He highlights that man is valued and discovers “true humanism” only in his relationship to God. Benedict XVI directs his attention to young people, the sick and newly weds.
Pope: Roman primacy is "necessary" in the Church, today as in the past
Illustrating at the general audience the figure of St Leo the Great, Benedict XVI again asserts the purpose of the primacy of the bishop of Rome and recalls how at the time of the undivided Church he was also recognised by the Eastern bishops.
Pope: with Saint Gregory Nazianzen, we “draw near to God to overcome our weariness of being
Benedict XVI completes the presentation of the Fathers of the Church, showing his commitment as a theologian in the service of the Word, the Church, of mission and of solidarity.
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