» 02/22/2004, 00.00
Lent: a time for rediscovering unity of Church around Bishop of Rome
Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in the spirit of ecumenism
In the afternoon the Pope will confer the pallium on 44 metropolitan bishops (6 from Asia)
Help me accomplish the ministry of Peter, says Pope
The Feast Day of the Chair of Saint Peter is an occasion to highlight the authority of the Bishop of Rome, who guarantees unity and legitimate differences within the Church, a role attested since the 2nd century. Jesus can save even from a “paralysis of the spirit.” A prayer is devoted to Mary to begin Lent, which starts on Wednesday 25 February.
An Angelus twice over: the Pope from hospital and Mgr Sandri from St Peter's Square
Pope thanks all the leaders and faithful of different religions for their visits to the hospital and prayers. "Let us offer our suffering to God for the good of humanity and our purification," says the Pope.
Pope says to save children, the victims and protagonists of war
Pope: Rome, unity and mission to all peoples at feast of Peter and Paul
Benedict XVI emphasises the mission of the two apostles, and that of the see of Rome, to emphasise the unity and universality of the Catholic faith. Also present Bartholomew I, patriarch of Constantinople, in Rome for the beginning of the Pauline Year. The pontiff gave 40 archbishops the pallium, sign of Christ's "care" for humanity and of collegial communion with the pope.
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