» 12/31/2008, 00.00
Quite a few “dark clouds gathering over” 2009 but with faith we should not be afraid, says Pope
The year that ends and the one that begins are “under the benedictory gaze of the Holiest Mother of God.” The social and economic crisis that affects the world requires moderation and collaboration from everyone. Young people should not be afraid about answering God’s call.
The frail Child, born of the Virgin Mother, is the Prince of Peace, says Pope
In the first Mass of 2008 Benedict XVI refers to his Message for the World Day of peace. He reiterates that a commitment to the family founded on the marriage between a man and a woman is the basis of peace in the world. But such peace must be invoked. In Mary’s school, the school of the Mother of God, we learn to be peace operators and witnesses to the Prince of Peace.
It is "necessary" to evangelise when culture and relativism hinder faith, says pope
At the end of year Te Deum, Benedict XVI says that evil "causes more noise than goodness." For him, "there is goodness in the world, and this goodness is bound to win thanks to God." Pastoral work's "missionary dimension" aims at making Christians into "coherent disciples and witnesses of Jesus Christ".
Pope: The Church promotes integral development of man in response to God's love
Celebrating the Te Deum in the end of year thanksgiving Benedict XVI underlines how with the Incarnation "Eternity entered into time." A choice made for love. "The Word, believed, proclaimed and lived calls on us to sharing and solidarity”.
“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.
Build the Kingdom of Christ with resolve and prayers, Pope says
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