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  • On Psalm 136 (135)

    10/20/2011 9:47:20 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 19, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Psalm 136 (135) "God Is; God Is Good, and His Mercy Is Eternal" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 19, 2011 (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 today continued his catecheses on prayer with a reflection on Psalm 136 (135). * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to meditate with you on a psalm that summarizes the whole of salvation history as recounted for us in the Old Testament. It is a great hymn of praise that extols the Lord...
  • On Psalm 126

    10/14/2011 8:21:16 AM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 12, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Psalm 126 "It Is Important Not to Lose the Memory of God's Presence in Our Lives" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2011 (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 today continued his catecheses on prayer with a reflection on Psalm 126. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the previous catecheses, we have meditated on a number of psalms of lament and of trust. Today, I would like to reflect with you on a notably joyous psalm, a prayer that sings with...
  • On Psalm 23

    10/06/2011 9:04:58 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 5, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Psalm 23 "The Nearness of God Transforms Reality, the Dark Valley Loses Its Danger" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2011 (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 with a reflection on Psalm 23. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Turning to Lord in prayer involves a radical act of trust, in the awareness that one is entrusting oneself to God who is good, "merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and...
  • On the Trip to Germany

    09/28/2011 8:51:55 PM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 28, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Germany "Truly a Great Feast of Faith" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 28, 2011 (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 reflected on his recent apostolic journey to Germany. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! As you know, last Thursday through Sunday I made a pastoral visit to Germany; and so I am delighted, as is customary, to take the opportunity of today's audience to retrace together with you the intense and splendid days passed in my homeland. I travelled...
  • On the Prayer of Psalm 22

    09/14/2011 9:22:25 PM PDT · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 14, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of Psalm 22 "Death and Life Have Met in an Inseparable Mystery, and Life Has Triumphed" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 14, 2011 (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 series of catecheses on prayer, with a reflection of Psalm 22. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In today's catechesis I would like to talk about a psalm with strong Christological implications, which continually emerges in the accounts of the Passion of Jesus with its twofold dimension of humiliation...
  • On Psalm 3

    09/07/2011 8:07:39 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 7, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Psalm 3 "He Listens, He Responds and He Saves According to His Ways" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 7, 2011 (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 with a reflection on Psalm 3. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today we return to the audiences in St. Peter's square, and in the "school of prayer" that we are experiencing together in these Wednesday catecheses, I would like to begin to meditate on some of the psalms,...
  • On Beauty as a Way to God

    09/01/2011 8:37:00 PM PDT · by ELS · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 31, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Beauty as a Way to God Art "Is Like a Door Opened to the Infinite" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 31, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, On several occasions in recent months, I have recalled the need for every Christian to find time for God, for prayer, amidst our many daily activities.The Lord himself offers us many opportunities to remember Him. Today, I would like to consider briefly one of these channels that can lead us to God and also...
  • On World Youth Day 2011

    08/25/2011 12:12:03 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 24, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On World Youth Day 2011 "The Cross of Christ Gives Much More Than It Demands" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 24, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held at Castel Gandolfo. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to return briefly in mind and heart to the extraordinary days spent in Madrid for the XXVI World Youth Day. It was, as you know, a moving ecclesial event: approximately 2 million youth from every continent gathered for a truly exceptional experience of fraternity, of encounter with...
  • On Meditation

    08/23/2011 5:05:20 PM PDT · by ELS · 14 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 17, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Meditation "Consistency in Giving Time to God Is a Fundamental Element for Spiritual Growth" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 17, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are still in the light of the Feast of the Assumption, which -- as I said -- is a feast of hope. Mary has arrived in heaven, and this is our destination: We can all reach heaven. The question is: How? Mary has arrived there,...
  • On Monastic Silence

    08/23/2011 5:12:28 AM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 10, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Monastic Silence "The Environmental Condition That Most Favors Contemplation" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 13, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave during the Aug. 10 general audience at the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters! In every age, men and women who have consecrated their lives to God in prayer -- such as monks and nuns -- have established their communities in places of particular beauty: in the countryside, upon the hills, in mountain valleys, by the lakeside or on the seashore, or even on little islands....
  • General Audience of Pope Benedict XVI, 3 August 2011

    08/13/2011 9:25:06 AM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies
    The Holy See ^ | August 3, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    General Audience of Pope Benedict XVI, 3 August 2011 Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am very glad to see you here in the square at Castel Gandolfo and to resume the audiences after the interval in July. I would like to continue with the subject we have embarked on, that is, a “school of prayer”, and today, in a slightly different way and without straying from this theme, I would also like to mention certain spiritual and concrete aspects which seem to me useful, not only for those who — in one part of the world — are spending their...
  • On Learning to Pray With the Psalms

    06/25/2011 8:10:37 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 22, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Learning to Pray With the Psalms Addressing Him "With the Words That He Himself Gives Us" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 22, 2011 (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 with his series of catecheses on prayer, turning today to a consideration of the Book of Psalms. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the preceding catecheses, we paused to consider a number of Old Testament figures who are particularly significant for our reflection on prayer. I spoke about Abraham, who intercedes...
  • On Elijah's Lessons in Prayer

    06/16/2011 9:51:49 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 15, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Elijah's Lessons in Prayer "True Adoration of God Does Not Destroy, But Renews" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 15, 2011 (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 with his new series of catecheses on prayer, reflecting today on prayer in sacred Scripture, in particular on the prayer of the Prophet Elijah. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the religious history of ancient Israel, great importance was given to the prophets, to their teaching and their preaching. Among them, there emerges the...
  • On the Trip to Croatia

    06/09/2011 1:04:07 AM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 8, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Croatia "Fidelity of Spouses Has Itself Become a Meaningful Witness to the Love of Christ" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 8, 2011 (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 reviewed the trip he made last weekend to Croatia. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters! Today I would like to speak with you about the pastoral visit to Croatia that I made last Saturday and Sunday. It was a brief apostolic journey that took place entirely within the capital Zagreb, and...
  • On Moses' Intercessory Prayer

    06/01/2011 8:25:36 PM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 1, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Moses' Intercessory Prayer "A Man Stretched Between Two Loves" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2011 (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 with his new series of catecheses on prayer, reflecting today on prayer in sacred Scripture, in particular on the prayer of Moses. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In reading the Old Testament, one figure stands out among others: that of Moses, the man of prayer. Moses, the great prophet and leader during the time of the Exodus, carried...
  • On Jacob's Wrestling With God

    05/25/2011 11:01:00 PM PDT · by ELS · 10 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 25, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Jacob's Wrestling With God "He Who Allows Himself to Be Blessed by God ... Renders the World Blessed" VATICAN CITY, MAY 25, 2011 (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 with his new series of catecheses on prayer, reflecting today on prayer in the Patriarch Jacob's life. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to reflect with you upon a text from the Book of Genesis that narrates a rather particular episode in the history of the...
  • On Abraham's Prayer

    05/23/2011 9:49:17 PM PDT · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 18, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Abraham's Prayer "It Is Forgiveness That Interrupts the Spiral of Sin" VATICAN CITY, MAY 18, 2011 (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 with his new series of catecheses on prayer, reflecting today on prayer in sacred Scripture, in particular in Abraham's life. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the two last catecheses we reflected on prayer as a universal phenomenon, which -- although in different forms -- is present in the cultures of all times. Today, instead, I...
  • On the Universal Religious Sense

    05/12/2011 8:54:37 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 114, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On the Universal Religious Sense "Man Bears Within Himself the Desire for God" VATICAN CITY, MAY 11, 2011 (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. With his address the Pope continued the new series of catechesis on the subject of prayer. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to continue reflecting on how prayer and the religious sense have been a part of mankind throughout history. We live in an age in which the signs of secularism are evident. It seems...
  • On Prayer

    05/04/2011 9:38:24 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 4, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer: 1st Audience in New Series "Virtually Always and Everywhere, People Have Turned to God" VATICAN CITY, MAY 4, 2011 (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. With his address the Pope began a new series of catecheses on the subject of prayer. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to begin a new series of catecheses. After the catecheses on Fathers of the Church, on great theologians of the Middle Ages, on great women, I would now like to...
  • On the Heart of the Christian Mystery

    05/01/2011 9:53:47 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 29, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On the Heart of the Christian Mystery "Be Luminous Witnesses of This New Life That Easter Has Brought" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 29, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis that Benedict XVI gave on Wednesday during the general audience held in St. Peter's Square. The Pope, who arrived by helicopter from the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, focused his meditation on the meaning of Christ's resurrection. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In these first days of Eastertide, which is prolonged until Pentecost, we are still full of the freshness and new joy that the...
  • On the Triduum

    04/20/2011 8:54:07 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 20, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On the Triduum "I Invite You to Seek in These Days Recollection and Prayer" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 20, 2011 (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 focused his address on the meaning of the Easter Triduum, the culmination of the Lenten journey. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, We have already arrived at the heart of Holy Week, the fulfillment of the Lenten journey. Tomorrow we will enter the Easter Triduum, the three holy days in which the Church commemorates the mystery...
  • On Everyone's Call to Be a Saint

    04/13/2011 6:11:24 PM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 13, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Everyone's Call to Be a Saint Holiness Consists in "Making Our Own His Attitudes, His Thoughts, His Conduct" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 13, 2011 (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 centered his reflection on the holiness to which every Christian is called, thus concluding a series of catecheses on the lives of saints. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the general audiences of the last two years, we have been accompanied by the figures of many men and women saints:...
  • On St. Thrse of Lisieux

    04/06/2011 10:43:40 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 6, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Thrse of Lisieux "This Love Has a Face, It Has a Name, It Is Jesus" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2011 (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. Continuing with the cycle of catecheses on Doctors of the Church, the Pope centered his meditation on the figure of St. Thrse of Lisieux (1873-1897). * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about St. Thrse of Lisieux, [also known as] Thrse of the Child Jesus and the Holy...
  • On St. Alphonsus Liguori

    03/30/2011 10:26:44 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 30, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Alphonsus Liguori "Priests Are a Visible Sign of the Infinite Mercy of God" VATICAN CITY, MARCH 30, 2011 (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. Continuing the cycle of catecheses on the doctors of the Church, he focused his meditation on St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787). Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to present to you the figure of a holy Doctor of the Church to whom we are very indebted, since he was an outstanding moral theologian and a teacher of...
  • On St. Lawrence of Brindisi

    03/23/2011 10:46:16 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 23, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Lawrence of Brindisi "All His Activity Was Inspired in His Great Love for Sacred Scripture" VATICAN CITY, MARCH 23, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter's Square. In his Italian-language address, the Pope continued with the catecheses cycle on the Doctors of the Church, focusing his reflection on St. Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619). * * * Dear brothers and sisters, I still remember with joy the festive reception I was given in 2008 in Brindisi, the city that in 1559 witnessed the birth of...
  • On St. Francis de Sales

    03/02/2011 8:23:31 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 2, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Francis de Sales "A Teacher Who Gave to His Disciples the 'Spirit of Liberty'" VATICAN CITY, MARCH 2, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience, held in Paul VI Hall. In his Italian-language address, the Pope focused his meditation on the figure of St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), bishop of Geneva and doctor of the Church. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, "Dieu est le Dieu du coeur humain" [God is the God of the human heart] ("Treatise on the Love of God," I, XV): In these...
  • On St. Robert Bellarmine

    02/24/2011 9:03:51 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 23, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Robert Bellarmine "The End of Our Life Is the Lord" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 23, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience, held in Paul VI Hall. In his Italian-language address, the Pope focused his meditation on the figure of a Jesuit saint, Robert Bellarmine, cardinal, bishop and doctor of the Church (1542-1621). * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, St. Robert Bellarmine, about whom I would like to speak to you today, carries our memories to the time of the painful division of Western Christianity, when a serious...
  • On St. John of the Cross

    02/16/2011 9:09:29 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 16, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. John of the Cross "If a Man Has a Great Love Within He Endures Lifes Problems More Easily" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 16, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall. In his Italian-language address, the Pope centered his meditation on the figure of St. John of the Cross, priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites and Doctor of the Church (1542-1591). * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Two weeks ago I presented the figure of the great Spanish mystic Teresa of Jesus....
  • On St. Peter Canisius

    02/09/2011 7:38:52 PM PST · by ELS · 12 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 9, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Peter Canisius "He Formed People's Faith for Centuries" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 9, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. In his Italian-language address, the Pope centered his reflection on the figure of St. Peter Canisius, Doctor of the Church (1521-1597). * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about St. Peter Kanis, Canisius in the Latin form of his surname, a very important figure in the Catholic 1500s. He was born on May 8, 1521, in Nijmegen,...
  • On St. Teresa of Avila

    02/02/2011 9:29:41 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 2, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Teresa of Avila "She Presents Prayer as an Intimate Friendship With Christ" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 2, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. He initiated a new cycle of catecheses on the Doctors of the Church, beginning with "one of the highest examples of Christian spirituality of all time," St. Teresa of Avila. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the course of the catecheses that I dedicated to the fathers of the Church and to great figures of theologians and of women...
  • On St. Joan of Arc

    01/26/2011 9:48:20 PM PST · by ELS · 16 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 26, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Joan of Arc "Joan's Judges ... Did Not Know They Were Condemning a Saint" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 26, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. He focused his reflection on the figure of St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431). * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about Joan of Arc, a young saint from the end of the Middle Ages, who died at age 19, in 1431. This French saint, quoted many times in the Catechism of...
  • On Praying for Christian Unity

    01/19/2011 8:00:43 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 19, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Praying for Christian Unity "Prayer Has Always Been the Constant Attitude of the Disciples of Christ" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 19, 2011(Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. In his address, the Pope centered his meditation on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is being held these days with the theme "They devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Acts 2:42). * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are celebrating the Week of Prayer for...
  • On St. Catherine of Genoa

    01/13/2011 10:42:30 AM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 12, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Catherine of Genoa "Love Itself Purifies [the Soul] From Its Dross of Sin" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 12, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. In his address, continuing the series of catecheses on the saints, he reflected on the figure of St. Catherine of Genoa, of the 15th century. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters! Today I would like to speak about another saint who, like Catherine of Siena and Catherine of Bologna, is also called Catherine; I am speaking of Catherine of...
  • Intense Participation in the Mysteries of Christmastime

    01/05/2011 9:18:48 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies
    Vatican Information Service/Vatican ^ | January 5, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    VATICAN CITY, 5 JAN 2011 (VIS) - In his first general audience of 2011, celebrated this morning in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope spoke on the subject of Christmas which, he said, "continues to fascinate today as in the past, ... because everyone in one way or another is intuitively aware that the birth of Jesus concerns man's most profound aspirations and hopes". "In the liturgical celebrations of these holy days we have experienced, in a way that is mysterious yet real, the Son of God's entry into the world, and we have once again been illuminated by the...
  • Catherine of Bologna: Spiritual Weapons Against Evil

    12/29/2010 8:50:46 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies · 5+ views
    Vatican Information Service/Vatican ^ | December 29, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    Catherine of Bologna: Spiritual Weapons Against Evil VATICAN CITY, 29 DEC 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis during today's general audience, held in the Paul VI Hall in the presence of 8,000 people, to St. Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463). Born to a noble family in the Italian city of Bologna, at the age of ten she moved to Ferrara where she entered the court of Niccolo III d'Este as a maid of honour. There she received a very careful education which would later serve her during her monastic life when "she used the cultural and artistic knowledge...
  • On Christmas: Where Everything Began

    12/22/2010 8:53:52 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 22, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Christmas: Where Everything Began "May the Christ Child Find All of Us Spiritually Prepared" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 22, 2010 (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, With this last audience before the Christmas celebrations, tremulous and full of astonishment, we approach the "place" where everything began for us and for our salvation, where everything found its fulfillment, where the hopes of the world and of the human heart met and interlaced with the presence of God. We can already...
  • On St. Veronica Giuliani

    12/15/2010 8:09:59 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 15, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Veronica Giuliani "She Interpreted Everything in a Key of Love" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 15, 2010 (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, Today I would like to present a mystic who is not of the Medieval Age; it is St. Veronica Giuliani, a Capuchin Poor Clare. The reason is that Dec. 27 is the 350th anniversary of her birth. Citta di Castello, the place where she lived the longest and where she died, as well as Mercatello --...
  • On Julian of Norwich

    12/01/2010 8:41:50 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 1, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Julian of Norwich "God's Promises Are Always Greater Than Our Hopes" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2010 (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, I am still remembering with great joy the journey I made to the United Kingdom last September. England is a land that has given birth to so many illustrious figures who with their testimony and their teaching have embellished the history of the Church. One of these, venerated both by the Catholic Church as well as...
  • On St. Catherine of Siena

    11/24/2010 9:05:09 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency | November 24, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Catherine of Siena "We Can All ... Learn to Love Like Christ" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 24, 2010 (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, Today I would like to speak to you about a woman who has had an eminent role in the history of the Church. She is St. Catherine of Siena. The century in which she lived -- the 14th -- was a troubled time for the life of the Church and for the whole social...
  • On a Saint of the Feast of Corpus Christi

    11/17/2010 8:32:47 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 17, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On a Saint of the Feast of Corpus Christi "Today in the Church There Is a 'Eucharistic Springtime'" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 17, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning, too, I would like to present to you a little-known woman to whom, however, the Church owes great recognition, not only because of the holiness of her life, but also because, with her great fervor, she contributed to the institution of one of the most important liturgical solemnities...
  • On the Trip to Spain

    11/10/2010 8:41:02 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 10, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Spain "I Invited Europe to Open Itself Ever More to God" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall, as well as the preliminary greetings he gave in St. Peter's Basilica. * * * [In St. Peter's:] Dear Brothers and Sisters! I am happy to receive you and to address to each one of you my cordial welcome. In particular, I greet you, faithful of Carpineto Romano, who come together with your pastor, Bishop Lorenzo Loppa, to repay the...
  • On Marguerite d'Oingt

    11/04/2010 4:38:49 AM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 3, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Marguerite d'Oingt "The God-Love That Reveals Himself in Christ Fascinated Her" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 3, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the weekly general audience, held in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, With Marguerite d'Oingt, of whom I would like to speak to you today, we are introduced to Carthusian spirituality, which is inspired in the evangelical synthesis lived and proposed by St. Bruno. We do not know her date of birth, although some place it around 1240. Marguerite came from a powerful family of the...
  • On St. Bridget of Sweden

    10/27/2010 8:32:02 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 27, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Bridget of Sweden "Together, Christian Spouses Can Follow a Path of Sanctity" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 27, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, On the fervent eve of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II proclaimed St. Bridget of Sweden co-patroness of the whole of Europe. This morning I would like to present her figure, her message, and the reasons why this woman has much to teach -- even...
  • On St. Elizabeth of Hungary

    10/21/2010 8:50:03 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 20, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Elizabeth of Hungary "It Is Christ Whom You Have Washed, Fed and Looked After" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 20, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about one of the women of the Middle Ages who inspired great admiration: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, also called Elizabeth of Thuringia. She was born in 1207 in Hungary; historians disagree on the place. Her father was Andrew II, rich and powerful king of...
  • On Medieval Mystic Blessed Angela of Foligno

    10/13/2010 10:08:28 PM PDT · by ELS · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 13, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Medieval Mystic Blessed Angela of Foligno "Jesus Lives in the Heart of Every Believer and Desires to Take Total Possession of It" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 13, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about Blessed Angela of Foligno, a great medieval mystic who lived in the 13th century. Usually, one is fascinated by the heights of the experience of union with God that she attained, but perhaps too little consideration...
  • On St. Gertrude

    10/06/2010 9:24:36 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 6, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Gertrude "Only Woman of Germanic Descent to Be Called 'the Great'" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 6, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, St. Gertrude the Great, about whom I would like to speak today, takes us also this week to the monastery of Helfta, where some of the masterpieces of feminine Latin-Germanic religious literature were created. Gertrude belonged to this world; she was one of the most famous mystics, the only woman of Germanic descent to be...
  • On St. Matilda, God's Nightingale

    09/29/2010 8:52:42 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 29, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Matilda, God's Nightingale "The Liturgy Is a Great School of Spirituality" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about St. Matilda of Hackeborn, one of the great figures of the monastery of Helfta, who lived in the 13th century. Her religious sister, St. Gertrude the Great, in Book VI of the work Liber specialis gratiæ (Book of Special Grace), in which are narrated the special...
  • On the UK Trip

    09/22/2010 9:57:49 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 22, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the UK Trip "The Old Nations of Europe Have a Christian Soul" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak about my apostolic journey to the United Kingdom, which God enabled me to carry out over the past few days. It was an official visit and, at the same time, a pilgrimage to the heart of the history and the present of a people rich in culture and faith,...
  • On Clare of Assisi

    09/15/2010 9:02:41 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 15, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Clare of Assisi "The Whole Church Is Indebted to Courageous Women" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 15, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, One of the most beloved saints is without a doubt St. Clare of Assisi, who lived in the 13th century and was a contemporary of St. Francis. Her testimony shows us how the whole Church is indebted to courageous women rich in faith like her, capable of giving decisive impetus to the renewal of the...
  • A Continuing Reflection on St. Hildegard

    09/08/2010 8:40:01 PM PDT · by ELS · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 8, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    A Continuing Reflection on St. Hildegard "Theology As Well Can Receive a Particular Contribution From Women" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to take up again and continue the reflection on St. Hildegard of Bingen, an important woman of the Middle Ages, who is distinguished for her spiritual wisdom and holiness. Hildegard's mystical visions are like those of the prophets of the Old Testament: Expressing herself with the cultural and...