» 01/04/2006, 00.00
Christ is the goal of humanity's progress, says the Pope
Benedict XVI drew attention a concept of progress far different from the prevailing utilitarian one. In today's commentary on the hymn, Saint Paul extols the supremacy and work of Christ in both creation and in the history of redemption.
Pope: Saint Augustine, model of a conversion "that lasts a lifetime"
Benedict XVI concludes the cycle of reflections on the figure of the bishop of Hippo by emphasising his journey toward knowledge of God, and highlighting his own "personal devotion and gratitude" toward this "passionate seeker of truth" who influenced his life as "priest and theologian".
Pope: Roman primacy is "necessary" in the Church, today as in the past
Illustrating at the general audience the figure of St Leo the Great, Benedict XVI again asserts the purpose of the primacy of the bishop of Rome and recalls how at the time of the undivided Church he was also recognised by the Eastern bishops.
Faith, hope and charity, a spiritual journey’s start and end, says Pope
After 20 catecheses devoted to Saint Paul, Benedict XVI in today’s general audience talks again about the great spiritual figures of the Middle Ages. Saint john Climacus and his ‘Ladder of Paradise” show human life’s “climb” towards God.
Follow Saint Paul in one’s passion for Christ and the Gospel, says Pope
Benedict XVI sums up the positive results of the Pauline Year which comes to an end tonight. Saint Paul is also a model for priests in this Year for Priests which just began. The Pontiff greets the parish priest and the faithful from Latakiyah (Syria). Tonight the Pontiff will preside over Vespers in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, together with representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Pope: the cross overturns the logic of power: folly for men, love for God
Continuing his illustration of the figure of St. Paul, Benedict XVI spoke today of the theology of the cross. What seems to be a failure "reveals the power of God, which is different from human power," and grants salvation freely.
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