» 12/27/2006, 00.00
God’s glory, peace and man’s salvation in Christmas, says Pope
Benedict XVI focused today’s catechesis on Christmas. This festivity is God’s revelation as love and men’s commitment to build love and peace in the world. Here is the full text of the catechesis.
Pope: God's omnipotence is expressed in the love and freedom he gifts us
At the general audience, Benedict XVI continues to reflect on the Creed. Today, especially in the West, it is not easy to talk about fatherhood, but biblical revelation "shows us what it really means to be a father," a father "who loves us so much that he gave His only Son for our salvation." Several theologians say that God is not omnipotent otherwise there would not be so much evil in the world. But God's ways are different from ours, and also "his omnipotence is different: it is not expressed as a automatic or arbitrary force, but is marked by a loving and fatherly freedom."
Pope: those who teach the faith cannot behave like a clown playing a part
In his general audience Benedict XVI indicates St Ambrose as an example of how an “authentic witness” announces the Gospel with his life. The “historic event” of the meeting between Milan’s bishop and saint with Saint Augustine.
God always gives sinners a chance to become “righteous”, pope says
As he continues his reflection on praying, Benedict XVI describes Moses as “a man of prayers”. There “is a constant temptation on the path of faith, whereby we try to avoid the divine mystery by building a God that we can understand, one who corresponds to our own designs and plans.”
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Pope: "God is love". A new appeal for an end to conflict in the Mid-East
At the end of a meeting dedicated to catechesis, Benedict affirmed that a ceasefire "is possible" if "reason, goodwill, faith in the other, implementation of commitments assumed and cooperation between responsible partners" prevail. His teaching was focused on the apostle John and the love of God, a unique element of Christianity.
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