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  • Benedict XVI's Final General Audience

    02/27/2013 9:07:24 AM PST · by ELS · 12 replies
    Vatican Information Service ^ | February 27, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    Vatican City, 27 February 2013 (VIS) – Today, Benedict XVI celebrated his last general audience. In St. Peter's Square, crowded with tens of thousands of people wishing to bid him farewell, the Pontiff said: “Thank you for coming in such large numbers to this, my last general audience. Thank you, I am truly moved! And I see the Church is alive! I think we also have to thank the Creator for the beautiful weather that He is giving us now, even in winter.” Following is the entire text of the Holy Father's words. Like the Apostle Paul in the Biblical...
  • On Ash Wednesday

    02/13/2013 9:53:43 AM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 13, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Ash Wednesday "The forty days of Lent recall Israels sojourn in the desert and the temptations of Jesus at the beginning of His public ministry." Vatican City, February 13, 2013 (Zenit.org). Before delivering his catechesis today, the Holy Father said the following to the faithful present: "Dear Brothers and Sisters, As you know, I have decided [applause] Thank you for your sympathy, I have decided to give up the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to me on April 19, 2005. I did this in full freedom for the good of the Church, after having prayed at length and...
  • On God As Creator of Heaven and Earth

    02/11/2013 8:56:11 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 6, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On God As Creator of Heaven and Earth "In the work of creation, God is seen as the almighty Father who by his eternal Word brings into existence a universe of goodness, harmony and beauty" Vatican City, February 06, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the general audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Creed, which begins by describing God as "Almighty Father," as we meditated on last week, then adds that He is the "Creator of heaven and earth," and thus takes up the Bible's opening line. In the first...
  • On Abraham's Faith

    02/11/2013 8:49:56 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 23, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Abraham's Faith "Saying 'I believe in God' means founding my life on Him" Vatican City, January 23, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Year of Faith, I would like to start today to reflect with you on the Creed, the solemn profession of faith which accompanies our lives as believers. The Creed begins, "I believe in God." It is a fundamental affirmation, deceptively simple in its essentiality, but one that opens onto the infinite world of the relationship...
  • On Christ As Mediator Between God and Man

    02/11/2013 8:45:54 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 16, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Christ As Mediator Between God and Man "Jesus is Truly God Among Us, 'The Mediator and the Fullness of All Revelation'" Vatican City, January 16, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the general audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Second Vatican Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, says that the intimate truth of the revelation of God shines for us "in Christ, who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation"(no. 2). The Old Testament tells us how God, after the creation, despite...
  • On the Incarnation

    02/11/2013 8:39:36 PM PST · by ELS
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 9, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On the Incarnation "God gives us the greatest gift possible, the gift of himself " Vatican City, January 09, 2013 (Zenit.org). Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Christmas season we focus once again on the great mystery of God who came down from Heaven to enter into our flesh. In Jesus, God became incarnate, He became man like us, and thus opened for us the door to His Heaven, to full communion with Him. In recent days, the term "incarnation" of God has resounded several times in our churches, to express the reality we celebrate on Christmas: the Son of...
  • On God the Almighty Father

    01/30/2013 9:22:36 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 30, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On God the Almighty Father "Despite the Crisis of Fatherhood in Many Societies, the Scriptures Show us Clearly what it Means to Call God 'Father'" VATICAN CITY, January 30, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the General Audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, In last Wednesday's catechesis we focused on the words of the Creed: "I believe in God." But the profession of faith specifies this statement: God is the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I should like to reflect with you now on the first, fundamental definition of...
  • On the Identity of Jesus

    01/02/2013 9:46:22 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 2, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On the Identity of Jesus "The Incarnation is the Beginning of the New Creation" VATICAN CITY, January 2, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is the translation of the Holy Father's weekly general audience address. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Nativity of the Lord once again illuminates the darkness that often surrounds our world and our hearts with His light, bringing hope and joy. Where does this light come from? From the stable in Bethlehem, where the shepherds found "Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger" (Lk 2:16). Before this Holy Family, another and deeper question arises: how can the...
  • On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ

    12/21/2012 1:24:08 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ "Marys Faith [] Combines Complete Trust in the Lords Promises with a Certain 'Unknowing'" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the journey of Advent, the Virgin Mary has a special place as the one who in a unique way waited for the fulfillment of the promises of God, accepting Jesus in faith and in the flesh, the Son of God, in full obedience to the divine will....
  • On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation

    12/12/2012 10:12:57 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 12, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On The Unfolding of God's Self-Revelation "God Continues to Draw Near to Us" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis I spoke of God's revelation, as a communication He makes of Himself and of His plan of kindness and love. This revelation of God inserts itself in time and in the history of mankind: history that becomes "the arena where we see what God does for humanity. God comes to us in the things we...
  • On the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation

    12/06/2012 9:58:52 AM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 5, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Beauty of God's Plan of Salvation "Gods Self-Revelation in Christ Corresponds to Our Deepest Human Hopes and Aspirations" VATICAN CITY, DEC.5, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, At the beginning of his letter to the Christians of Ephesus (cf. 1:3-14), the apostle Paul raises a prayer of blessing to God, the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the prayer we just heard, that helps us enter into living the time of Advent, in the context of the Year of Faith....
  • On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith

    12/02/2012 9:15:48 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 28, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Bearing Witness to the Christian Faith "The God of Jesus Christ has Revealed our Grandeur as Persons Redeemed by Love" VATICAN CITY, NOV.28, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, The main question that we ask today is: how can we speak of God in our time? How can we communicate the Gospel, to open roads to his saving truth in the hearts, that are often closed, of our contemporaries and in...
  • On the Splendor of God's Truth

    11/21/2012 1:45:27 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 21, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Splendor of God's Truth "Through Faith We Come to True Knowledge of God and Ourselves" VATICAN CITY, Nov. 21, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We go forward in this Year of Faith, bearing in our hearts the hope of rediscovering how much joy there is in believing and of finding the enthusiasm to communicate to all the truths of the faith. These truths are not a simple message about...
  • On the Knowledge of God

    11/21/2012 1:24:22 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 14, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Knowledge of God "God Inspires and Accompanies our Efforts to Know Him and to Find Our Happiness in Him" VATICAN CITY, Nov. 14, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Wednesday we reflected on the desire for God that the human being carries within his very depths. Today I would like to continue and delve deeper into this aspect, meditating with you briefly about some ways to arrive at the...
  • On the Desire for God

    11/07/2012 7:32:45 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 7, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Desire for God Our Hearts Are Restless Until They Find Their Rest in God VATICAN CITY, Nov. 7, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, The path of reflection that we have undertaken together in this Year of Faith leads us to meditate today on a fascinating aspect of human and Christian experience: man bears within him a mysterious desire for God. Very significantly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church opens...
  • On the Ecclesial Nature of Faith

    11/07/2012 7:17:52 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 31, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Ecclesial Nature of Faith No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother. VATICAN, OCT. 31, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father continued with the second reflection in his new series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We continue on our journey of meditation on the Catholic Faith. Last week I explained that faith is a gift, for it is God who takes the initiative and comes to meet us. Thus faith...
  • On the Nature of Faith

    11/07/2012 7:13:23 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 24, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Nature of Faith "Faith is a gift of God, but it is also a profoundly free and human act" VATICAN, OCTOBER 24, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father continued his new series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Last Wednesday, with the inauguration of the Year of Faith, I began a new series of catecheses on faith. And today I would like to reflect with you on the basic question: What is faith? Does faith still make sense...
  • On A New Series of Audiences for The Year of Faith

    10/18/2012 9:39:21 AM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 18, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On A New Series of Audiences for The Year of Faith "With Faith, Everything Changes in Us and for Us" VATICAN, OCTOBER 18, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father introduced a new series of catechesis meant to accompany the Church during the Year of Faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to introduce a new series of catecheses that will be developed throughout the course of the newly inaugurated Year of Faith and that, for the time being, will interrupt...
  • On the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

    10/15/2012 7:58:50 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 10, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council "An Event of Light That Shines Forth Even Until Today" VATICAN, OCTOBER 10, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. On this Eve of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, the Holy Father dedicated his reflection to the importance of rediscovering the conciliar documents. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We have arrived at the eve of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and the beginning of the Year of Faith....
  • On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer

    10/05/2012 2:04:33 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 3, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer The Liturgy is the Act Whereby We Enter Into Contact with God VATICAN, OCTOBER 3, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father continued his new series of catecheses on prayer in the Sacred Liturgy by reflecting upon the ecclesial nature of liturgical prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis I began to speak about one of the privileged sources of Christian prayer: the sacred liturgy, which – as the Catechism of the Catholic Church states...
  • On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer

    09/28/2012 12:01:15 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 26, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Sacred Liturgy as a School of Prayer "Lord, teach us to pray" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 26, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. The Holy Father began a new series of catecheses on prayer today, moving from prayer in sacred Scripture to prayer in the sacred liturgy. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In recent months, we have made a journey in the light of God’s Word in order to learn to pray more authentically, by looking at several great figures of the...
  • On Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to Lebanon

    09/21/2012 9:11:08 AM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to Lebanon "Concord and reconciliation must be stronger than the forces of death" VATICAN, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in the Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father dedicated today’s audience to reflecting on his recent apostolic journey to Lebanon. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like briefly to return in mind and heart to the extraordinary days of my recent apostolic journey to Lebanon. It was a visit I greatly desired to make despite the difficult circumstances, seeing that a...
  • On Prayer in the 2nd Part of the Book of Revelation [Apocalypse]

    09/14/2012 1:48:38 PM PDT · by ELS · 13 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 12, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in the 2nd Part of the Book of Revelation [Apocalypse] "There are no superfluous, useless prayers; not one of them is lost" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 12, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall at the general audience. The Holy Father today continued his reflection on prayer in the book of Revelation [Apocalypse]. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Last Wednesday I spoke about prayer in the first part of Revelation[Apocalypse]. Today we move on to the second part of the book; and whereas in the first part,...
  • On Prayer in Part 1 of Revelation [Apocalypse]

    09/06/2012 9:24:12 AM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 5, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in Part 1 of Revelation [Apocalypse] "The Church at prayer, in welcoming the Lord's Word, is transformed" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 5, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father reflected on prayer in the first part of the Book of Revelation [Apocalypse]. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today, after a summer holiday break, we resume the audiences at the Vatican, and I would like to continue in that "school of prayer" that I am living together with you...
  • On the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

    08/30/2012 10:23:47 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 29, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist "The Truth is the Truth; there is no compromise" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 29, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in the main square at Castel Gandolfo. Today the Holy Father reflected on the figure of St. John the Baptist, whose martyrdom we celebrate today. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, This final Wednesday of the month of August marks the liturgical memorial of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus. In the Roman...
  • On the Queenship of Mary

    08/23/2012 10:05:31 AM PDT · by ELS · 29 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 22, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Queenship of Mary "She is queen precisely by loving us" CASTEL GANDOLFO, AUG. 22, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held at Castel Gandolfo. The Holy Father focused his meditation on today's liturgical memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today marks the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invoked under the title: "Queen." It is a feast of recent institution, even though it is ancient in its origin and devotion: It was established by the...
  • Pope's Homily on Solemnity of the Assumption

    08/17/2012 7:48:25 AM PDT · by ELS · 10 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 16, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    Pope's Homily on Solemnity of the Assumption "Mary is the Dawn and Splendor of the Church Triumphant" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 16, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is the translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily on the feast of the Assumption at the parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova in Castel Gandolfo. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, On November 1, 1950, the Venerable Pope Pius XII proclaimed as dogma that the Virgin Mary “having ended the course of earthly life, was assumed into heavenly glory in soul and body.” This truth of faith was known by the Tradition, affirmed...
  • On the Prayer of St. Dominic

    08/10/2012 11:11:36 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 8, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of St. Dominic "The day he dedicated to his neighbor, but the night he gave to God" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 8, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held at Castel Gandolfo. This morning the Holy Father reflected on the prayer of St. Dominic. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Dominic de Guzmán, priest and founder of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. In a previous catechesis, I presented this illustrious figure and...
  • On Prayer According to St. Alphonsus Liguori

    08/02/2012 10:51:27 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 1, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer According to St. Alphonsus Liguori "He who prays is saved. He who prays not is damned!" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 1, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held at Castel Gandolfo. This morning the Holy Father resumed his Wednesday audiences after a customary pause in July by reflecting on St. Alphonsus Liguori's teaching on prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! Today marks the liturgical memorial of St. Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori, bishop and doctor of the Church, founder of the Congregation of the Most...
  • On Prayer in St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians

    07/02/2012 9:32:34 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 27, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians "To learn the mind of Christ is the way of Christian life" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 27, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in the Paul VI Audience Hall. Pope Benedict today continued his catecheses on prayer by reflecting on the Christological hymn contained in St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Our prayer is made up, as we have seen over the past Wednesdays, of silences and words, of song and gesture...
  • On Prayer of Praise and Thanks

    06/21/2012 9:20:39 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 20, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer of Praise and Thanks "In prayer we must accustom ourselves to being with God" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 20, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Very often, our prayer is a request for help in time of need. And this is normal for man, for we need help, we need others, we need God. Thus, it is normal for us to ask something of God, to look to Him for help; and we must bear...
  • On St. Paul the Apostles Experience of Contemplative Prayer

    06/15/2012 12:19:57 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 13, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Paul the Apostles Experience of Contemplative Prayer "As our union with the Lord grows and our prayer intensifies, we too come to focus on the essential" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 13, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square [From the photos, it looks like Paul VI Hall.-ELS]. The Pope today continued his reflection on the lessons taught by the prayer life of St. Paul. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Daily encounter with the Lord and frequenting the sacraments allow our minds...
  • On the Pastoral Visit to Milan for Family Meeting

    06/07/2012 10:52:20 AM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 6, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Pastoral Visit to Milan for Family Meeting Love is the Only Force that Can Transform the World VATICAN CITY, JUNE 6, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father reviewed his trip of last Friday through Sunday to Milan for the 7th World Meeting of Families. * * * “The family, work and celebration”: this was the theme of the Seventh World Meeting of Families, which took place in recent days in Milan. I still carry in my mind’s eye...
  • On Prayer in St. Paul's 2nd Letter to the Corinthians

    05/31/2012 1:55:44 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 30, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in St. Pauls Second Letter to the Corinthians "In our prayer we are called to say yes to God and to respond with the amen of adherence" VATICAN CITY, MAY 30, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on prayer in the Letters of St. Paul. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In these catecheses we are pondering prayer in the letters of St. Paul, and we are seeking to see Christian prayer...
  • On the Holy Spirit's Prayer in Us: 'Abba! Father!'

    05/25/2012 9:57:21 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 23, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Holy Spirit's Prayer in Us: 'Abba! Father!' "God has inscribed Himself in our hearts" VATICAN CITY, MAY 23, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. Today the Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Last Wednesday I showed how St. Paul says that the Holy Spirit is the great teacher of prayer and teaches us to address God with the affectionate words of children, calling Him “Abba, Father”. This is what Jesus did; even...
  • On Prayer in the Spirit

    05/17/2012 1:51:25 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 16, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in the Spirit "The Holy Spirit is, as it were, the interpreter who makes us, and God, understand what it is we wish to say" VATICAN CITY, MAY 16, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope continued his reflection on prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catecheses we reflected on prayer in the Acts of the Apostles. Today I would like to begin to speak about prayer in the Letters of St. Paul, the Apostle...
  • On St. Peter's Imprisonment and Miraculous Release

    05/10/2012 2:31:25 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 9, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Peter's Imprisonment and Miraculous Release "True freedom is found in following Jesus" VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope continued his reflection on prayer in the Acts of the Apostles, today considering St. Peter’s imprisonment and miraculous release. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to consider the final episode of St. Peter’s life recounted in the Acts of the Apostles: his imprisonment by order of Herod Agrippa and his liberation through...
  • On the Prayer of the First Christian Martyr

    05/03/2012 7:38:30 AM PDT · by ELS · 21 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 2, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of the First Christian Martyr "Our prayer, too, should be nourished by listening to God's Word" VATICAN CITY, MAY 2, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. On this first Wednesday in May the Holy Father continued his catecheses on prayer by reflecting on the witness and prayer of the Church’s first martyr, St. Stephen. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the most recent catecheses, we have seen how in personal and communal prayer, reading and meditation on Sacred...
  • On Prayer and Ministry

    04/30/2012 12:25:09 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 25, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer and Ministry Without prayer 'we risk suffocating amid a thousand daily cares' VATICAN CITY, APRIL 25, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square.  The Pope continued his reflection on prayer in the Acts of the Apostles. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis, I showed that from the beginning of her journey, the Church found herself having to face unforeseen situations, new questions and emergencies, which she sought to respond to in the light of faith, by allowing...
  • On the Apostles' Response to Persecution

    04/19/2012 8:23:46 PM PDT · by ELS · 10 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Apostles' Response to Persecution "In the face of trial, they pray, they get in touch with God" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at the general audience Wednesday. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After the great feasts we return to the catechesis on prayer. In the audience before Holy Week we reflected on the figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, present in the midst of the apostles when they were awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit. An atmosphere of prayer accompanied the Church’s first steps....
  • April 11 Audience: On Easter's Spiritual Joy

    04/18/2012 2:17:36 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 16, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    April 11 Audience: On Easter's Spiritual Joy "Sadness and the wounds themselves become sources of joy" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 16, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, April 11. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After the solemn celebrations of Easter, our meeting today is pervaded by spiritual joy; even if the skies above are grey, in our hearts we carry the joy of Easter and the certainty of the Resurrection of Christ, who has definitively triumphed over death. First, I wish...
  • On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba

    04/05/2012 7:32:43 AM PDT · by ELS · 8 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 4, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba "When God is excluded, the world becomes a place inhospitable to man" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. He offered a review of his recent apostolic trip to Mexico and Cuba, as well as giving a reflection on the Sacred Triduum. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, The emotions evoked within me during my recent Apostolic Journey to Mexico and Cuba are still alive, and today I wish to focus upon...
  • On the Praying Presence of Mary

    03/15/2012 1:12:50 PM PDT · by ELS · 12 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 14, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Praying Presence of Mary "Mary prays in and with the Church at every decisive moment of salvation history" VATICAN CITY, MARCH 14, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope continued his series of catecheses on prayer, today beginning a series of reflections on prayer in the Acts of the Apostles. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, With today’s catechesis, I would like to begin to speak about prayer in the Acts of the Apostles and in the Letters of...
  • On the Silence of Jesus

    03/08/2012 7:38:24 AM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 7, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Silence of Jesus An Attentive, Silent, Open Heart Is More Important Than Many Words VATICAN CITY, MARCH 7, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope concluded his series of reflections on the prayer of Jesus by today considering His silence. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In a previous series of catecheses I spoke about the prayer of Jesus, and I would not wish to conclude this reflection without briefly pausing to consider the theme of Jesus’ silence, which...
  • On the 40 Days of Lent

    02/23/2012 8:00:34 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 22, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the 40 Days of Lent "Time Spent in the Desert Can Be Transformed Into a Time of Grace" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 22, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in the Paul VI Hall. Today the Pope reflected on the liturgical season of Lent. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In this catechesis, I would like to reflect briefly upon the season of Lent, which begins today with the liturgy of Ash Wednesday. It is a journey of 40 days that will lead us to the...
  • On the 3 Last Words of Jesus Dying on the Cross

    02/23/2012 7:55:40 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 15, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the 3 Last Words of Jesus Dying on the Cross "We Shall Never Fall Outside the Hands of God, Those Hands That Created Us" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 15, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope continued his reflection on the prayer of Jesus dying on the Cross, today focusing on the three last words of Jesus as recounted in the Gospel of St. Luke. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In our school of prayer last Wednesday, I spoke about...
  • On the Prayer of Jesus Dying on the Cross

    02/23/2012 7:52:23 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 8, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of Jesus Dying on the Cross "In Extreme Anguish, Prayer Becomes a Cry" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 8, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope reflected today on the prayer of Jesus dying on the Cross. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to reflect with you on the prayer of Jesus as death was imminent, by considering what St. Mark and St. Matthew tell us. The two Evangelists give an account of the prayer of...
  • On the Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane

    02/23/2012 7:42:45 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 1, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane "Nowhere Else in Sacred Scripture Do We Gain So Deep an Insight Into the Inner Mystery of Jesus" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope reflected today on the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to speak about the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane, in the Garden of Olives. The setting of the gospel account of this prayer is particularly significant....
  • On the Priestly Prayer of Jesus

    01/28/2012 9:43:22 PM PST · by ELS · 11 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 25, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On the Priestly Prayer of Jesus "Love Is True Glory, Divine Glory" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 25, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope reflected on the priestly prayer of Jesus presented in Chapter 17 of St. John’s Gospel. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In today’s catechesis we will focus our attention on the prayer that Jesus addresses to the Father in the “Hour” of His exaltation and of His glorification (cf. John 1:26). As the Catechism of the Catholic Church...
  • On the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    01/19/2012 7:51:06 AM PST · by ELS · 17 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 18, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity "The Unity for Which We Pray Requires Interior Conversion, Both Communal and Personal" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 18, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Pope reflected on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins today. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which for more than a century has been celebrated by Christians of all Churches and ecclesial Communities, in order...