» 03/02/2011, 00.00
Pope: in our day we search for freedom with violence and unrest, but it is only found in God
During the general audience, Benedict XVI introduces the figure of St. Francis de Sales, a "great master" to whom we owe, among other things, "care for the consecration of temporal things and for sanctification of every day life, in which Vatican II would insist as well as the spirituality of our time. "
Pope: Saint Augustine, model of a conversion "that lasts a lifetime"
Benedict XVI concludes the cycle of reflections on the figure of the bishop of Hippo by emphasising his journey toward knowledge of God, and highlighting his own "personal devotion and gratitude" toward this "passionate seeker of truth" who influenced his life as "priest and theologian".
Pope: Roman primacy is "necessary" in the Church, today as in the past
Illustrating at the general audience the figure of St Leo the Great, Benedict XVI again asserts the purpose of the primacy of the bishop of Rome and recalls how at the time of the undivided Church he was also recognised by the Eastern bishops.
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.
Today’s Christians must pray but also dedicate themselves to action, says Pope
In today’s general audience Benedict XVI looks at the figure of Isidore of Seville. He highlights the saint’s encyclopaedic culture and his teaching about the need for the right mediation between the desire for the contemplative life and the duty to dedicate oneself to the service of others.
“Without God man loses his greatness,” says Pope
During Wednesday’s general audience, Benedict XVI talks about Saint Gregory of Nazianzus. He highlights that man is valued and discovers “true humanism” only in his relationship to God. Benedict XVI directs his attention to young people, the sick and newly weds.
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