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Pope: Entrust ourselves to Mary in Heaven, under whose protection all humanity finds refuge
On the feast of the Assumption, Benedict XVI recalls the veneration of the Virgin Mary in the East and West, by painters, writers and musicians, communities that dedicated churches and shrines to her. The papal Mass this morning in the parish of "St. Thomas of Villanova" at Castel Gandolfo.
Pope: Feast of the Assumption, trip to Lourdes in view
Benedict XVI will go to Lourdes, "universal citadel of life and of hope", in a month. The Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heaven helps us to be "witnesses of hope and consolation" in a world dominated by "false joy and tormented suffering".
Pope: like Mary, we are all called to say yes to God
The Blessed Virgin agreed to "give" Jesus flesh so he could "descend" from heaven and she in turn was "taken" to the place from which he descended. In a certain sense, it is the destiny of all humanity; God asks us to place our existence at his disposal so He can be in the world. He gives mankind the Eucharist, with which death is conquered.
Mary's Assumption is hope for today's society, says Pope
Today's world denies God His place or despairs in death. Only God's love can quench the thirst for happiness and give value to the mystery of human frailty and death. The Pontiff remembers Frère Roger of Taizé, killed a year ago.
Pope: let us learn from Mary to witness our faith, ready to pay in person
Jesus' came to show us what love is and the way that leads to life. If one says he has faith but does not love his brothers, he is not a true believer. May Mary ask for us the gift of courage, so that in every situation we testify that the cross of Christ is not a source of scandal for us, but of pride.
Pope: Prayer to Mary Queen of Peace, where the absurd logic of violence rages
Mary is Queen because she is with the "least". She is "the first to have passed through the 'narrow gate’' opened by Christ to enter the kingdom of God, a way accessible to the humble." The public veneration of Mary as Queen found in many cities and among evangelized peoples. Greetings to Orthodox youth from Galilee.
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