5 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 07/22/2012
VATICAN
Devil always trying to wreck God's peace
Benedict XVI talks about the meaning of the Good Shepherd theme during the Angelus. He expresses solidarity with the victims in Aurora and Zanzibar. The London Olympics are "an occasion to promote brotherhood and peace."

Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - "The devil is always trying to wreck God's work, sowing divisions in the human heart, between body and soul, man and God, in interpersonal, social and international relations, even between man and creation. The devil sows war; God creates peace," said Benedict XVI in today's Angelus. The papal teachings were inspired by today's Gospel, which relates the story of how Jesus expelled the "seven demons" from Mary of Magdala.

Speaking to some 3,000 people in the courtyard of the apostolic palace in Castelgandolfo, the pope, after the Marian prayer, expressed his best wishes to the upcoming London Olympics as well as his closeness to the families of the victims of the tragedies in Aurora, United States, and Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Before the Angelus, Benedict XVI noted that "The Word of God this Sunday reminds us of a fundamental and always fascinating Biblical theme. It reminds us that God is the Shepherd of humanity. This means that God wants life for us; he wants to lead us to good pasture, where we can feed and rest. He does not want us to get lost and die; he wants us to reach the goal of our journey, which is the fullness of life. This is what every father and every mother wants for their children: goodness, happiness and fulfilment."

The episode of Mary of Magdala, the pope said, shows that the "deep healing" God performs through Jesus "lies in true and full peace, the fruit of reconciliation of oneself with oneself and in all other relations: with God, others and the world." This is the opposite of what evil tries to do.

To achieve this act of radical reconciliation, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, became the lamb, "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (Jn, 1:29). Only this way, could he fulfil the wonderful promise of the Psalm: "Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the LORD for endless days,' (Psalms, 22:6). These words make the heart pulse because they express our deepest desire. They say why we were made: life, eternal life."

"May the Olympic Games also be an occasion to promote brotherhood and peace," Benedict XVI said.  "The Olympics are the greatest sporting events in the world, with athletes from many nations participating, and as such carry a strong symbolic value. For this, the Catholic Church looks upon them with particular warmth and attention."

"We pray that with the will of God the Games in London will be a true experience of brotherhood between the peoples of the world." May they "bear fruit, promoting peace and reconciliation throughout the world."

Speaking again in English, Benedict XVI said he "was deeply shocked by the senseless violence which took place in Aurora, Denver, and saddened by the loss of life in the recent ferry disaster near Zanzibar. I share the distress of the families and friends of the victims and the injured, especially the children, assuring all of you of my closeness in prayer".


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/01/2006 VATICAN – WORLD PEACE DAY 2006
Mary blesses the world by showing her Son, the Prince of Peace, says the Pope
11/15/2009 VATICAN
Pope: everything passes away, so accept the Word of God, which bears a seed of eternity
07/10/2011 VATICAN
Jesus, God’s true ‘parable’ does not force us to believe but draws us to Him, pope says
01/06/2009 VATICAN
Pope on Orthodox Christmas, Gaza violence and children without childhood
11/29/2009 VATICAN
Christ, the foundation of hope needed by all men, Pope says

Editor's choices
VIETNAM – VATICAN
Vietnam today, 40 years after the fall of Saigon
by Lee NguyenOn 30 April 1975, North Vietnamese forces seized Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, thus ending the Vietnam War. Forty years later, the country has become a medium-size economic "tiger" in Asia and the world, a country with a capitalist economy behind a Communist facade, under a regime still bent on exerting tight social controls. There are some positive signs for the Church, but also acts of persecution, bans, and censorship, especially against bishops and priests. Yet, the country really needs the reconciliation Christians can bring to heal still present wounds and divisions.
IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*In Beirut, Mar Sako met the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches. Together, they agreed to a major conference to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East. Past massacres and today's tragedies are a lesson on which to base real coexistence. Reflecting upon the issues, His Beatitude shares his thoughts with AsiaNews readers.
NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivorsThe Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.