» 07/26/2009, 00.00
For Pope we must pray for and be grateful to all the grandparents of the world
Pope makes request on his last Sunday in Valle d’Aosta. On 29 July he will travel to Castel Gandolfo. The multiplication of the loaves and the fish suggests how we can help Jesus. The Pope’s broken wrist is healing, as shown by an X-ray carried out yesterday.
Like the Magi, we seek the light that shows the path to take in life, Pope says
In looking at the universe, which was not created randomly, they sought the true light. They found it following the Scriptures. There is a bit of Herod in each of us when we see God as a limit to our freedom. Pope speaks about Eastern Churches, currently under pressure, who celebrate Christmas now.
Pope in prayer vigil with 17,000 priests from around the world
Benedict XVI answers questions from five priests from five continents. He says that for our society celibacy is the “great scandal” as opposed to the “secondary scandals” of betrayals (and paedophilia). He warns against arrogant and rationalist theologies that are not nurtured by faith. He calls on priests not to live their dedication to Christ as a job, but follow instead the example of Mother Teresa.
Families are “fertile ground” for priestly vocations, says the Pope
Benedict XVI gives Saint Monica as an example, a “model and matron for Christian mothers”, who was able to get her son Augustine to convert and develop his vocation. Family education increases vocations. Pope makes an appeal on the occasion of ‘Save Creation Day’, dedicated this year to air, an element indispensable to life.
For 2010, our hope is in God, not predictions or economic forecasts, says Pope
Benedict XVI renews his best wishes for the New Year. Hope for humanity lies in the fact that history has a sense because God's Knowledge "dwells" in it. However, God needs our sense of responsibility. The year 2010 will be more or less good to the extent that we work with God. The Pope's personal secretary visits Susanna Maiolo, the woman who made the Pontiff fall on Christmas Night.
Pope entrusts priests, first labourers of the civilisation of love, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Benedict XVI looks back on the value of the Mass that concluded the Year for Priests, whose benefits are already in evidence. Priests are “a gift of the Heart of Christ [. . .] for the Church and the World.” He mentions the Curé d’Ars and Polish martyr Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko, as well as countless “known and less known” priests. The spiritual and social renewal of society was made possible by the decisive contribution of Catholic priests.
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