» 03/17/2009, 00.00
VATICAN – CAMEROON
In the face of evil, Christians cannot remain silent, said the Pope in Africa
After arriving in Cameroon in his first trip to Africa, Benedict XVI talks about the Church’s message which does not offer “new forms of economic or political oppression, but the glorious freedom of the children of God.” He speaks out in defence of life and tackles the AIDS issue, a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money or “distributing condoms,” which “only increases the problem.”
Crisis threatens peace, requires solidarity and sobriety, Pope says
Benedict XVI received eight new ambassadors, who presented their Letters of Credence. He calls India a model of harmonic coexistence but is concerned about anti-Christian violence, hopeful that offenders will be investigated and tried. He mentions good relations with Mongolia.
18/03/2009 VATICAN - CAMEROON
Pope: paternity and dedication of Saint Joseph are a model for all Christians
Celebrating vespers in Yaoundé, Benedict XVI points out the saint whose name he bears as an example for priests, religious, and laity. A statement from Fr. Lombardi clarifies that the pope's words about AIDS restated the positions of the Catholic Church on this scourge.
19/03/2009 VATICAN - AFRICA
Pope: faith holds answer to those who want to impose the "reign of money"
On the feast of Saint Joseph, Benedict XVI tells fathers and mothers to look to the saint as an example of trust. In Cameroon, the presentation of the working document for the Synod for Africa. In a cordial meeting with Muslims, the pope again talks about faith and reason. "God loves you," he tells children who have been abused and forced to become soldiers.
Bishops: Church should be missionary, focus on laity, and support Catholics of mainland China
In 2009, Taiwan celebrates the 150th anniversary of its evangelization. The decline of vocations and the "need of consolation" in society require a new missionary effort. The figure of St. Paul as an example for all to follow.
Mistakes, misunderstandings and “hatred” in the Lefebvrite bishops affair, says Pope
In a letter to all Catholic bishops, Benedict XVI explains that his decision to remit the excommunication was dictated by his search for unity, essential in a world where “God is disappearing from the human horizon.” The Vatican admits mistakes, but a misconstrued notion of freedom ended up challenging the peace within the Church, in which the Society and its ministers “do not exercise legitimate ministries.”
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