» 03/05/2006, 00.00
Pope: Lent with Jesus in the desert to fight the spirit of evil
Benedict XVI invited Christians to make use of this time to liberate themselves from the slavery of deceit, and to live in the freedom of truth. From this evening until Saturday next, he will participate in the spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia. He also set a date with European and African youth: Saturday 11 March.
Pope: evil is seeking to soil the beauty of God
Benedict XVI’s reflection of at the end of the week of spiritual exercises. The "it is good" with which God looks at the creation "is constantly contradicted by the evil in this world, by suffering, by corruption." He thanks the Curia, "even though our outward visible communion now ends - as Cardinal Ravasi said – our spiritual closeness remains a profound communion in prayer remains."
Curia prays for the Pope's health in St Peter's Basilica
In his message at the conclusion of the Spiritual Exercises, John Paul II says the Eucharist gives the strength for the daily dedication to the tasks of the Church.
Pope: I pray for all women, for their dignity and value
Benedict XVI recalls "International Women's Day," and points to Mother Teresa as an example, together with the many women who work "in obscurity" for the good of humanity. The pontiff asks for prayers for his trips to Africa and the Holy Land. An appeal to include moments of prayer and silence during the season of Lent.
Pope: every moment of life we must choose whether to follow God or our own ego
In his penultimate Angelus Benedict XVI comments on the temptations of Jesus "The core is always in exploiting God for one’s own interests." Listening to him, a huge crowd, of perhaps 70 thousand people.
Pope gifts "Guard your heart" booklet as an aid to conversion in Lent
At today's Angelus Pope Francis gave away booklets containing "the wealth of our doctrine," the essentials of the faith: "the seven sacraments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, the virtues, works of mercy. .. ". The booklet was distributed by volunteers and homeless people. "Those who are in need are also the ones who give us this great wealth." Lent is a time "for spiritual battle against the spirit of evil", already won by Jesus in the desert. "We go into the desert without fear, because we are not alone, we are with Jesus." This afternoon, the Pope goes to Ariccia on retreat with the Curia: "Pray so that in this desert we can hear the voice of Jesus and correct our many defects".
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