» 09/17/2008, 00.00
True separation of church and state cannot leave out the spiritual dimension, says Pope
In “Render unto Caesar . . .” lies the true foundation of freedom and autonomy for earthly matters,” said Benedict XVI as he talked in today’s general audience about the key moments of his recent trip to France. The foundation of every true culture lies in the search for God. In Lourdes there is “a privileged space for encountering God’s love.”
Pope: We are the shepherd’s contemporaries, before the Mother of God and the Infant Child
In his first General Audience of 2008, Benedict XVI explains devotion to Mary, Mother of God and with an ecumenical slant opens to Protestants and Orthodox. Greetings for 2008 “under the sign of the Blessed Virgin”.
Pope: visit to France marked by themes of Mary, challenges of secularization
Benedict XVI leaves tomorrow on his tenth international voyage. The central reason is the conclusion of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the apparitions in Lourdes. But there is also great anticipation over the address that he will give tomorrow evening, in Paris, to the intellectual world.
“Mary’s smile” offer sufferers reasons for hope, says Pope
Benedict XVI ends his visit to France by celebrating Mass for the sick in Lourdes. Suffering can upset life’s equilibrium, bearing it is very difficult and can lead to the loss of the sense of life, but grace comes as support. From Mary also comes the certainty that Jesus is close those who suffer and “accept without fear or bitterness to leave this world at the hour chosen by God.
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: Mary teaches us to turn to God not just when we need help
Benedict XVI begins a new series of reflections at today’s General Audience, devoted to prayer in the Acts of the Apostles and St. Paul. In expectation of Pentecost when the Church was born, Mary and the Apostles. "If there is no Church without Pentecost, there is no Pentecost without even the Mother of Jesus."
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