» 06/24/2012, 00.00
Pope's Charity: Accompany me with your prayers among Emilia's earthquake victims
During the Angelus, Benedict XVI said he would travel to the earthquake zone in Emilia Romagna. The pope donated € 100,000 to the affected communities, which come on top of € 2,000,000 allocated by the Italian Bishops' Conference. He gives thanks for the offerings made on Pope's Charity Day. He speaks about John the Baptist, Jesus' forerunner.
Pope: John the Baptist on living Christmas as feast of the Son of God, not of consumer society
At the Angelus, Benedict XVI presents the figure of the precursor of Jesus. The Birth of Jesus, a historical event that "dispels every mythical interpretation". His contemporaries did not notice His birth, but "for God, the great men of history act as frame to the least." In his greetings to pilgrims in French, a reminder of the plight of migrants, marked by war or poverty. The call for a "fraternal and joyful solidarity."
Pope: "Today's martyrs, the Church is close to you"
John Paul I in “people’s hearts” for his humility, Pope says
Benedict XVI remembers Pope Luciani on the 30th anniversary of his death, underscoring his humility which made him capable of talking to everyone, even those far from the Church. He greets the community of Castel Gandolfo. On Tuesday he returns to the Vatican in Rome, on 19 October travels to Pompei. He mentions the beatification of Saint Faustina Kowalska’s confessor.
Pope: Losing one's life for Jesus by serving truth and going against the tide, like John the Baptist
The martyrs are the best example of the "losing ones life" for Christ, but there are also moms and dads who do their duty, priests and nuns, young people who give their time to children, the disabled and the elderly. There is also a witness to the truth by Christians and non-Christians: "a rule of life offered to all." Young people must not be afraid to "go against the grain". The example of John the Baptist, whose feast is celebrated tomorrow.
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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