» 09/24/2008, 00.00
Christianity not born from a myth but from a meeting with Jesus, says Pope
As he continues his reflections on Saint Paul, Benedict XVI stresses the importance the Apostle gave to the Risen’s earthly life and to his faithful adherence to what he learnt about him. This is evidence of the error made by those who claim that Paul was the founder of Christianity.
Christianity “is not an easy path” but a “demanding climb,” says Pope
In discussing Saint Paul’s Christology, Benedict XVI highlights the central nature of the resurrection without which Christianity would be “absurd.” The Apostle’s respect for the tradition indicates that theologians “do not create new visions” but help understand the reality of the Resurrection.
The Resurrection, an historical event that changes the world’s and everyone’s reality, says Pope
During the general audience people sing “Happy Birthday” to Benedict XVI on his 82nd birthday, celebrating also the anniversary of his pontificate which falls on 19 April. The truth of Easter is “the announcement that generations of men and women have welcomed and born witness to through the centuries, frequently at the cost of their own life.”
Jesus does not belong to the past but is a reality that lives with us, Pope says
In discussing the figure and ideas of Saint Paul, Benedict XVI highlights his way of “knowing” people, not in the “flesh” but in the “heart.”
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.
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.
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