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Pope: the "singular beauty" of the saints supports us in our daily struggles
Benedict XVI has presided over the canonization Mass for an Italian priest, a Swiss and an Indian sister - the first canonization of a woman for that country - and a laywoman from Ecuador.
11/10/2008 INDIA - VATICAN
Sr. Alfonsa, Indian saint, model of Christian charity
Tomorrow in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI will raise to the honors of the altar the Indian religious, who dedicated her life to the poor and the underprivileged, despite her sickness and physical suffering. She is an example for the country, marked by interconfessional violence and by widespread materialism.
Pope: God thirsts for our faith and our love
Benedict XVI comments on the dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, the gift of water to the woman who with her "five husbands" demonstrates "the existential dissatisfaction of those who have not found what they are looking for" and live in a "repetitive and resigned" manner. An appeal for the populations of Ecuador, struck by floods and volcanic eruptions. An appointment with the university students of Europe and America, for the Marian vigil of March 1.
Pope: on Christmas Eve, let us think of suffering children, and of Bethlehem without peace
An appeal to pay attention to children denied love by their parents, to street children, to those forced to be soldiers or exploited for pornography. "May hatred and violence cease" in the land where Jesus was born.
Pope: believers are never estranged from each other, and never alone
During the Easter vigil, Benedict XVI illustrates the meaning of baptism, which unites those who have "the same Lord, the same faith, the same hope, the same love".
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.
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