» 03/21/2007, 00.00
Alliance between faith and reason is needed in this age of relativism, says Pope
In illustrating the figure of St Justin in today’s general audience, Benedict XVI asserts that the recognition of Christ as the Logos is the motive for the ancient Church’s option in favour of reason and its acceptance of Greek philosophy instead of the pagans’ religion.
The lights of Christmas, a reminder of the true Light
Benedict XVI urges parents to pass on to the next generation the true meaning of the festivity even though in our modern, consumer-oriented culture Christian symbols have tended to disappear from Christmas celebrations.
Pope: without faith in the resurrection, everything falls apart
The pope warns the faithful against falling prey to those who, in spite of historical proofs, bring into question "or even deny" the resurrection of Christ: without this understanding, Christian witness "becomes feeble". Immediately after the general audience, Benedict XVI meets with some children who survived the massacre of Beslan.
The Church is not an association but a community “called by God,” says Pope
In continuing his presentation on the life and ideas of Saint Paul, Benedict XVI speaks about the Apostle’s views about the Church. Together “the various local Churches” are “the Church of God, which comes before them as their fulfilment.”
The joy of the Church in Africa, fruit of the seed sowed by missionaries, Pope says
Benedict XVI is grateful for the experience he had during his trip to Cameroon and Angola. He appreciated the joy and sense of the sacred found in the communities he visited, noting the fruitfulness of the missionaries’ work. He urges young people to attend the Mass to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of John Paul II.
Religious give themselves freely and with love in a society ruled by the ephemeral and the useful
Thousands of monks and nuns celebrated with Benedict XVI the Feast Day of the Presentation, World Day of Consecrated Life. May those who choose this path “keep alive the experience of God’s forgiveness because they are aware that they have been saved.”
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