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Pope calls on Altar servers to communicate the gift of friendship with Christ to their peers
A festive and colourful general audience dedicated to 55 thousand altar servers from across Europe, mostly Germans. Benedict XVI appeals for people affected by natural disasters in Russia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Pope: marital fidelity bears witness to the love of God in today's world
Benedict XVI retracing his journey to Croatia at the general audience, says that Europe's vocation is to preserve and renew "a humanism that focuses on the conscience of man, his transcendent openness and at the same time his historical reality, capable of inspiring political projects that are diverse and yet converge on constructing a substantive democracy, founded on ethical values rooted in human nature itself. "
18/08/2005 GEORGIA - WYD
Georgian youth at WYD but back home, their situation is deteriorating
Even youth from Georgia have made it for the big event in Cologne but back home, their situation is difficult. Work is hard to find and their future prospects prompt them to seek refuge abroad or in drugs.
Pope: "gratuitous speculation" on the issue of stolen documents, "renewed confidence in my staff"
In comments at the end of the audience Benedict XVI: an image portrayed of the Holy See, which does not correspond to reality. Despite the difficulties, the Lord does not abandon his Church. In the catechesis, prayer in the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. The "dialogue" between the "true cause" of God and the Amen of believers.
Pope: Priests formed and consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, like St. John Eudes
Benedict XVI stresses the importance of ongoing formation of clergy, by comparing our era to that of the French saint, who had "clear awareness of the serious need for spiritual help in which souls languished also because of the failure of much of clergyâ€ť.
Pope: a spiritual leadership is needed for all, especially for the young
Illustrating of Simeon the New Theologian, Benedict XVI stresses the importance of his reflections on the mystical experience of God. True knowledge of God comes not from books but from spiritual life. Love of God makes us consider over selves brothers and invites us to respond to hatred with love, to offenses with forgiveness.
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