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Pope: Rosary for peace and mission in the world
Benedict XVI invited families and communities to pray the Rosary throughout October, a month dedicated also to the missions, which have as their patroness St Thérèse of the Child Jesus. The pope mentioned meeting the patriarch of Baghdad and also drew attention to degraded urban suburbs.
Pope: October, month dedicated to missions, with the power of faith and Rosary prayer
At the Angelus Francis asks everyone to bear witness to Christ "in their every day life". The rosary is a "school" of prayer and faith. In the Year of Faith we have to ask: Increase our faith ! The beatification of Rolando Rivi , a fine example for young people. A silent prayer for our "brothers and sisters " who died in the Lampedusa disaster. Memories of his pilgrimage to Assisi .
Pope: in Pompeii to entrust the synod and missionaries to the Virgin Mary
On pilgrimage to the shrine dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary, Benedict XVI speaks of "the role of Mary," who "personifies the people chosen by him to spread his blessing to the entire human family." Recalling the life of Blessed Bartolo Longo, the pope stresses that anti-clericalism and superstition are not lacking in our day.
Pope: "Overwhelmed with joy" because Christ gives us true and full life
At the Angelus, Benedict XVI again highlights the mystery of the baptism of Jesus, and recalls the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, dedicated to young migrants. He asks the ecclesial communities to understand and welcome them, and asks the young migrants not to let themselves be carried away by violence.
The lights of Christmas, a reminder of the true Light
Benedict XVI urges parents to pass on to the next generation the true meaning of the festivity even though in our modern, consumer-oriented culture Christian symbols have tended to disappear from Christmas celebrations.
Pope urges support for all those who work on the missions
On a pastoral visit to Naples Benedict XVI recalls that today is Mission Sunday. He urges the inhabitants of the city, wounded by violence and a deep seated social imbalance, to prayer; an expression of personal conversion and necessary in facing the many difficulties and problems.
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