» 04/24/2005, 00.00
St Peter crowded with 500,000 people for Benedict XVI's installation mass
First solemn mass for Benedict XVI. More than 140 delegations and 500,000 faithful present.
Pope: on Christmas Eve, let us think of suffering children, and of Bethlehem without peace
An appeal to pay attention to children denied love by their parents, to street children, to those forced to be soldiers or exploited for pornography. "May hatred and violence cease" in the land where Jesus was born.
Pope: believers are never estranged from each other, and never alone
During the Easter vigil, Benedict XVI illustrates the meaning of baptism, which unites those who have "the same Lord, the same faith, the same hope, the same love".
Benedict XVI: we, saints, follow Jesus along the path of the Beatitudes
At the celebration of All Saints Day in St Peter's Basilica, the pope recalled that holiness is the destiny of all men: "the only true reason for man's sadness and unhappiness is living far" from God.
Pope: the "singular beauty" of the saints supports us in our daily struggles
Benedict XVI has presided over the canonization Mass for an Italian priest, a Swiss and an Indian sister - the first canonization of a woman for that country - and a laywoman from Ecuador.
Pope: Rome, unity and mission to all peoples at feast of Peter and Paul
Benedict XVI emphasises the mission of the two apostles, and that of the see of Rome, to emphasise the unity and universality of the Catholic faith. Also present Bartholomew I, patriarch of Constantinople, in Rome for the beginning of the Pauline Year. The pontiff gave 40 archbishops the pallium, sign of Christ's "care" for humanity and of collegial communion with the pope.
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