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  • On the Spiritual Ladder of John Climacus

    02/11/2009 8:42:20 PM PST · by ELS · 10 replies · 402+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 11, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On the Spiritual Ladder of John Climacus "A Great Symbol of the Life of the Baptized" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave during today's general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After 20 catecheses dedicated to the Apostle Paul, I would like to take up again today the presentation of the great writers of the Church of East and West in the Middle Ages. And I propose the figure of John called Climacus, a Latin transliteration of the Greek term klĂ­makos, which means ladder...
  • On Paul's Death and Heritage

    02/04/2009 8:03:16 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 4, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On Paul's Death and Heritage "The Figure of St. Paul Is Magnified Beyond His Earthly Life" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 4, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. He concluded today his series of catechesis on St. Paul. * * * Dear brothers and sisters: The series of our catechesis on the figure of St. Paul has arrived to its conclusion: We wish to speak today of the end of his earthly life. Ancient Christian tradition testifies unanimously that the death of Paul came as a consequence...
  • On Paul's Letters to Early Bishops

    01/29/2009 2:37:46 AM PST · by ELS · 22 replies · 496+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 28, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On Paul's Letters to Early Bishops "Scripture Is Read Correctly by Putting Oneself in Dialogue" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 28, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall at the general audience. * * * Dear brothers and sisters: The final letters of the Pauline collection, about which I would like to speak today, are called the pastoral letters, because they were sent to unique figures among the pastors of the Church: two to Timothy and one to Titus, close collaborators with St. Paul. In Timothy, the Apostle saw almost an alter...
  • On True Worship

    01/07/2009 9:06:58 PM PST · by ELS · 8 replies · 409+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 7, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On True Worship "The Era of the Temple and Its Worship Had Ended" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered during today's general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In this first general audience of 2009, I want to offer all of you fervent best wishes for the New Year that just began. Let us renew our determination to open the mind and heart to Christ, to be and live as his true friends. His company will make this year, even with its inevitable difficulties,...
  • On the Meaning and Value of Our Lives

    12/17/2008 9:25:40 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies · 295+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 17, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On the Meaning and Value of Our Lives Christ "Appeals ... to Our Free Decision to Accept His Love" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 17, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered during today's general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters: Precisely today, we begin the days of Advent that immediately prepare us for the nativity of the Lord: We are in the Christmas novena, which in many Christian communities is celebrated with liturgies rich in biblical texts, all oriented toward nourishing hope for the birth of the Savior. The entire...
  • Church Is a Body, Not a Corporation, Affirms Pope

    12/10/2008 8:07:18 PM PST · by ELS · 31 replies · 649+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 10, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    Church Is a Body, Not a Corporation, Affirms Pope Says Christ and Neighbor Are Inseparable in Eucharist VATICAN CITY, DEC. 10, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The Church is not an organization or a corporation, but an entity of an entirely different class, says Benedict XVI: It is the body of Christ, present in the Eucharist. This was the Pope's conclusion today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall, during which he left aside his prepared speech and gave the intervention extemporaneously. Due to his total departure from his notes, ZENIT will not be offering the customary transcription and translation of his...
  • On Christ, the New Adam

    12/03/2008 6:36:34 PM PST · by ELS · 9 replies · 400+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 3, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On Christ, the New Adam "God Himself Has Entered History As New Source of Goodness" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 3, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered during today's general audience in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued today the cycle of catecheses dedicated to the figure and thought of St. Paul. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In today's catechesis we reflect on the relationship between Adam and Christ, delineated by St. Paul in the well-known page of the Letter to the Romans (5:12-21), in which he instructs the Church on the essential...
  • Paul's Conversion

    09/03/2008 3:26:41 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies · 536+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 3, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    Paul's Conversion "We Are Christians Only If We Encounter Christ" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 3, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered during today's general audience in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued today the cycle of catecheses dedicated to the figure and thought of St. Paul.* * *Dear Brothers and Sisters: Today's catechesis will be dedicated to the experience St. Paul had on the road to Damascus, commonly called his conversion. Precisely on the road to Damascus, in the first 30 years of the first century, and following a period in which he persecuted...
  • [St.] Paul's Biography

    08/27/2008 8:05:09 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies · 882+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 27, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    Paul's Biography "He Dedicated Himself to the Proclamation of the Gospel" VATICAN CITY, AUG. 27, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered during today's general audience in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued today the cycle of catecheses dedicated to the figure and thought of St. Paul. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the last catechesis before the holidays -- two months ago, at the beginning of July -- I began a new series of topics on the occasion of the Pauline Year, reflecting on the way St. Paul lived. Today I...
  • On Paul's World and Time Period

    07/02/2008 10:02:32 PM PDT · by ELS · 9 replies · 551+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 2, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On Paul's World and Time Period "I Begin Today a New Cycle of Catecheses, Dedicated to the Great Apostle" VATICAN CITY, JULY 2, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered during today's general audience in St. Peter's Square. On the occasion of the Pauline Year, the Holy Father began a new cycle of catecheses today, dedicated to the figure and thought of St. Paul. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like to begin today a new cycle of catecheses, dedicated to the great Apostle St. Paul. To him, as you know, I...
  • On Romanus the Melodist

    05/21/2008 7:52:34 PM PDT · by ELS · 21 replies · 139+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 21, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On Romanus the Melodist "If Faith is Alive, Christian Culture Will Never be Outdated" VATICAN CITY, MAY 21, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square [Paul VI Hall]. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the series of catecheses on the Fathers of the Church, I would like to speak today of one who isn't well known: Romanus the Melodist, born around the year 490 in Emesa (today Homs) in Syria. Theologian, poet, composer, he belongs to the group of theologians that have transformed theology...
  • On St. Leo the Great

    03/05/2008 7:35:16 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies · 878+ views
    Papa Ratzinger Forum & Vatican ^ | March 5, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Leo the Great VATICAN CITY, March 5, 2008 The General Audience today took place once again in two places. First, the Pope greeted the faithful inside St. Peter's Basilica, including Italian students belonging to two national associations. Afterwards, he proceeded to Paul VI Hall where he delivered his Wednesday catechesis and greetings to various pilgrim groups. Here is a translation of the catechesis: Dear brothers and sisters, Continuing our journey with the Fathers of the Church, true stars who shine from afar, today we come to a Pope who was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Benedict...
  • On Christian Unity

    01/23/2008 9:44:41 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies · 108+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 23, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On Christian Unity "Let's Accept the Invitation to 'Pray Without Ceasing'" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 23, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which comes to an end Friday, Jan. 25. This day marks the conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. Christians from various churches and ecclesiastical communities come together at this time in unanimous prayer to ask the Lord Jesus for...
  • St. Augustine's Last Days

    01/16/2008 6:46:59 PM PST · by ELS · 30 replies · 364+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 16, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    St. Augustine's Last Days "Though the World Grows Old, Christ Is Forever Young" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 16, 2007 JAN. 16, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The reflection is the second in a series on St. Augustine, bishop of Hippo. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today, as I did last Wednesday, I would like to discuss the great bishop of Hippo, St. Augustine. Four years before he died, he wanted to nominate his successor. To this end, on Sept. 26, 426, he gathered...
  • On St. Augustine

    01/09/2008 7:00:23 PM PST · by ELS · 31 replies · 182+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 9, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Augustine "All the Roads of Christian Latin Literature Lead to Hippo" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 9, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The reflection is the first in a series on St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After the Christmas holidays I would like to turn to the meditations on the Fathers of the Church and speak today of the greatest Father of the Latin Church, St. Augustine: a man of passion and faith, of high intelligence and...
  • On the Divine Maternity of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox caucus]

    01/02/2008 1:59:48 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies · 172+ views
    Papa Ratzinger Forum ^ | January 2, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On the Divine Maternity of Mary [Here is a translation of the reflection on the Divine Maternity of Mary delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall.] * * * Dear brothers and sisters! A very old formula of blessing, reported in the Book of Numbers, says: "The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! (Nm 6,24–26). With these words which the liturgy offered to us yesterday, the first day of the year, I wish to...
  • On the Birth of Christ

    12/19/2007 8:13:35 PM PST · by ELS · 10 replies · 143+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 19, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On the Birth of Christ "Like the Shepherds, We Hasten Our Steps Toward Bethlehem" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 19, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the reflection on Christmas that Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! As we approach the great feast of Christmas, the liturgy encourages us to intensify our preparation, placing at our disposal numerous biblical texts from the Old and the New Testaments, which serve to motivate us to focus on the significance and value of this annual celebration. On one hand, Christmas is...
  • On St. Paulinus of Nola

    12/12/2007 7:41:34 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies · 204+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 12, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Paulinus of Nola "Faith Is the Only Art, and Christ Is My Poetry" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 11, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The reflection focused on St. Paulinus, bishop of Nola. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! St. Paulinus of Nola is the Father of the Church to whom we turn today. A contemporary of St. Augustine, to whom he was bound by deep friendship, Paulinus exercised his ministry in Campania, in Nola, where he was first priest then bishop. He...
  • On St. Chromatius of Aquileia

    12/05/2007 7:12:09 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies · 147+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 5, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Chromatius of Aquileia "A Wise Teacher and a Zealous Pastor" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 5, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The reflection focused on St. Chromatius, bishop of Aquileia. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! In the last two catecheses we ventured through the Eastern Semitic Churches, meditating on Aphraates the Persian and St. Ephrem the Syrian; today we return to the Latin world, to the North of the Roman Empire, with St. Chromatius of Aquileia. This bishop carried out his ministry...
  • On St. Ephrem the Syrian

    11/28/2007 9:49:06 PM PST · by ELS · 20 replies · 164+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 28, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Ephrem the Syrian "Scepter of the Holy Spirit" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 28, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The reflection focused on the figure of St. Ephrem the Syrian, fourth-century theologian, poet and musician. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! According to general opinion, Christianity is a European religion that has exported the culture of this Continent to other countries. The reality, though, is a lot more complex, as the root of the Christian religion is found in the Old Testament, and...
  • St. Gregory Nazianzen's Teachings

    08/22/2007 9:34:07 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies · 472+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 22, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    St. Gregory Nazianzen's Teachings"You Have the Task to Find the True Light" VATICAN CITY, AUG. 22, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The reflection focused on St. Gregory Nazianzen, a fourth-century bishop. Dear Brothers and Sisters: During the last reflection on the great Fathers and Doctors of the Church of this catechesis, I spoke about St. Gregory Nazianzen, bishop of the fourth century, and today I would like to continue with the portrait of this great teacher. Today we will summarize some of his teachings....
  • St. Gregory of Nazianzen

    08/08/2007 7:33:24 PM PDT · by ELS · 10 replies · 355+ views
    Papa Ratzinger Forum ^ | August 8, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    St. Gregory of Nazianzen Here is a translation of the Pope's catechesis at the General Audience held today at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. The Pope flew in by helicopter from the summer residence at Castel Gandolfo and returned there after the audience. Dear brothers and sisters! Last Wednesday, I spoke of a great teacher of the faith, the Father of the Church, St. Basil. Today I wish to speak about his friend, St. Gregory of Nazianzen, who was from Cappadocia (present-day Turkey) like Basil. An illustrious theologian, orator and defender of the Christian faith in the fourth century, he...
  • St. Basil

    08/01/2007 8:14:33 PM PDT · by ELS · 15 replies · 676+ views
    Papa Ratzinger Forum ^ | August 1, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    Dear brothers and sisters! After a pause of three weeks, we resume our usual Wednesday encounters. Today I will continue my last catechesis on the life and writings of St. Basil, bishop in what is now Turkey, then known as Asia Minor, in the fourth century. The life of this great saint and his works are rich with points for reflection and teaching that are valid even today. Above all, his emphasis on the mystery of God, which remains the most significant and vital reference point for man. The Father is "the beginning of all and the cause for being...
  • On St. Basil

    07/04/2007 7:33:14 PM PDT · by ELS · 9 replies · 375+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 4, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Basil "He Shows Us How to Be Real Christians" VATICAN CITY, JULY 4, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience. The audience took place in two phases: The Pope first greeted a crowd in St. Peter's Basilica. Then he went to a packed Paul VI Hall, where he delivered the catechesis. The reflection focused on St. Basil and concluded with an appeal to young people to attend World Youth Day '08 in Australia. * * * [Before giving the catechesis, the Pope greeted crowds in St. Peter's Basilica....
  • On St. Cyril of Jerusalem

    06/27/2007 5:52:20 PM PDT · by ELS · 7 replies · 481+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 27, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Cyril of Jerusalem "His Catechesis Spans God's Entire Plan of Salvation" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 27, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The reflection focused on St. Cyril of Jerusalem. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our attention today will be focused on St. Cyril of Jerusalem. His life represents the coming together of two dimensions: on one side, pastoral care and, on the other, involvement in the controversies that weighed upon the Church of the East at that time. Born in 315...
  • On St. Athanasius

    06/20/2007 7:48:35 PM PDT · by ELS · 9 replies · 406+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 20, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Athanasius - "God Is Accessible" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 20, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. The reflection focused on St. Athanasius. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Continuing with our catechetical series on the great teachers of the ancient Church, today we turn our attention to St. Athanasius of Alexandria. This true protagonist of Christian tradition, just a few years after his death, was celebrated as a "pillar of the Church" by the great theologian and bishop of Constantinople, Gregory Nazianzen (Discourses...
  • On St. Clement of Rome - The Church Has a Sacramental, Not Political Structure

    03/07/2007 6:45:34 PM PST · by ELS · 13 replies · 628+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 7, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Clement of Rome"The Church Has a Sacramental, Not Political Structure"VATICAN CITY, MARCH 7, 2007 (ZENIT.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience. The Pope is beginning a new cycle of catecheses on the Apostolic Fathers, starting with St. Clement of Rome. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, During the past few months we have meditated upon the figures of each individual apostle and the first witnesses of the Christian faith, those mentioned in the New Testament writings. Now, we will turn our attention to the Apostolic Fathers, that is, to the first...
  • On the 40 Days of Lent

    02/21/2007 7:26:21 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies · 1,044+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 21, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On the 40 Days of Lent "God Is Love and His Love Is the Secret of Our Happiness" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 21, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience. The Pope dedicated his address to Ash Wednesday. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: Ash Wednesday, which we celebrate today, is for us Christians a particular day, characterized by an intense spirit of recollection and reflection. We begin, in fact, the Lenten journey, time of listening to the word of God, of prayer and of penance. They are 40 days in which the...
  • Moments of Great Significance in This Slow Ascent to Unity

    01/24/2007 7:10:59 PM PST · by ELS · 11 replies · 335+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 24, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On Ecumenism in 2006 "Moments of Great Significance in This Slow Ascent to Unity" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 24, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience, dedicated to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ends Thursday. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity closes tomorrow, which this year had as its theme the words of Mark's Gospel "He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak" (Mark 7:37). We could also repeat these words, which express the wonder of the people who witnessed the healing...
  • He Teaches Us to Love the Cross

    01/10/2007 7:13:03 PM PST · by ELS · 7 replies · 376+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 10, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Stephen "He Teaches Us to Love the Cross" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 10, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience, dedicated to present the figure of Christianity's first martyr, St. Stephen. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: After the holidays, we return to our catecheses. I meditated with you on the figures of the Twelve Apostles and on St. Paul. Then we began to reflect on other figures of the nascent Church. So today we wish to pause on the person of St. Stephen, celebrated by the Church on the day...
  • On St. Matthew, A Model of Acceptance of God's Mercy

    08/30/2006 8:18:09 PM PDT · by ELS · 13 replies · 405+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 30, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Matthew "A Model of Acceptance of God's Mercy" VATICAN CITY, AUG. 30, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at today's general audience, held in Paul VI Hall, which he dedicated to the figure of St. Matthew. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: Continuing with the series of portraits of the Twelve Apostles, which we began a few weeks ago, today we reflect on Matthew. To tell the truth, it is almost impossible to delineate his figure completely, as information on him is scarce and incomplete. What we can do is sketch...
  • Apostle John, the Seer of Patmos

    08/23/2006 5:49:12 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies · 607+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 23, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    Apostle John, the Seer of Patmos "The Wounded and Dead Lamb Conquers!" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 23, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience, dedicated to the Apostle John, whom he presented on this occasion as "the seer of Patmos." The meditation is part of the series of reflections he is offering on the Church and the apostles. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the last catechesis we meditated on the figure of the Apostle John. At first we tried to see how much can be known of his life. Then,...
  • "God is love". A new appeal for an end to conflict in the Mid-East

    08/09/2006 7:49:54 PM PDT · by ELS · 33 replies · 476+ views
    Asia News ^ | August 9, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    9 August, 2006 VATICAN - MIDDLE EASTPope: "God is love". A new appeal for an end to conflict in the Mid-EastAt the end of a meeting dedicated to catechesis, Benedict affirmed that a ceasefire "is possible" if "reason, goodwill, faith in the other, implementation of commitments assumed and cooperation between responsible partners" prevail. His teaching was focused on the apostle John and the love of God, a unique element of Christianity. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Citing Paul VI and John Paul II, Benedict XVI today renewed his appeal for peace in the Middle East at the end of his weekly...
  • A Privileged Sign of the Love of God

    02/22/2006 6:58:38 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies · 375+ views
    ZENIT News Agency ^ | February 22, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    On Feast of Chair of St. Peter "A Privileged Sign of the Love of God" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 22, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience, on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters! The Latin liturgy celebrates today the feast of the Chair of Peter. It is a very ancient tradition, witnessed in Rome since the end of the fourth century, which renders thanksgiving to God for the mission entrusted to the Apostle Peter and his successors. "Cathedra" literally means the established seat of...
  • The Lord Places Himself on the Side of the Least

    02/15/2006 7:12:13 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies · 375+ views
    ZENIT News Agency ^ | February 15, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    Commentary on the Magnificat"The Lord Places Himself on the Side of the Least"VATICAN CITY, FEB. 15, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at today's general audience, which he dedicated to comment on the Magnificat, the canticle in Luke 1:46-55. With this address, he concluded the cycle of catecheses on the Psalms and biblical canticles begun by Pope John Paul II in 2001. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: 1. We have come to the end of the long itinerary begun exactly five years ago by my beloved predecessor, the unforgettable Pope John Paul...
  • The Lord Is Near to All Who Call Upon Him

    02/08/2006 8:36:19 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies · 248+ views
    ZENIT News Agency ^ | February 8, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    Commentary on Psalm 144(145):14-21 "The Lord Is Near to All Who Call Upon Him" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 8, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at today's general audience. The Pope commented on the second part of Psalm 144(145). * * * 1. Following the Liturgy, which divides it in two parts, we again reflect on Psalm 144(145), an admirable hymn in honor of the Lord, an affectionate king attentive to his creatures. We now want to meditate on the second part, on verses 14 to 21, which take up again the essential topic of...
  • The Lord ... Concerned About All His Creatures

    02/01/2006 7:41:01 PM PST · by ELS · 10 replies · 229+ views
    ZENIT News Agency ^ | February 1, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    Commentary on Psalm 144(145) "The Lord ... Concerned About All His Creatures" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at today's general audience, which he dedicated to reflect on Psalm 144(145):1-13. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: 1. We have raised the prayer of Psalm 144(145), a joyous praise to the Lord who is exalted as loving and tender king, concerned about all his creatures. The liturgy presents this hymn to us in two different moments, which correspond also to the two poetic and spiritual movements of the same psalm....
  • A 'New' Song Is One Which Speaks of Peace and Prosperity

    01/26/2006 6:27:29 PM PST · by ELS · 9 replies · 228+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 26, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    Commentary on Psalm 143[144]:9-15 "A 'New' Song Is One Which Speaks of Peace and Prosperity" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 26, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at the Wednesday general audience, which he dedicated to comment on Psalm 143[144]:9-15. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters! 1. Today the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concludes, during which we have reflected on the need to invoke constantly from the Lord the great gift of full unity among Christ's disciples. Prayer, in fact, contributes decisively to make more sincere and fruitful the common ecumenical commitment of the Churches...
  • The Presence of Jesus ... Guarantees Efficacy

    01/18/2006 7:05:23 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies · 266+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 18, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    At Start of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity "The Presence of Jesus ... Guarantees Efficacy" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 18, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience, held in Paul VI Hall, in which the Pope opened the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. * * * "Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:19). This solemn assurance of Jesus to his disciples sustains our prayer. Today begins the by-now traditional Week...
  • Lord, What Is Man That You Care for Him?

    01/11/2006 8:12:52 PM PST · by ELS · 12 replies · 568+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 11, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    Commentary on Psalm 143(144):1-8 "Lord, What Is Man That You Care for Him?" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 11, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave during today's general audience. He dedicated his address to comment on Psalm 143(144):1-8. * * * 1. Our journey through the Psalter used by the Liturgy of Vespers now brings us to a royal hymn, Psalm 143(144), of which the first part was proclaimed: In fact, the liturgy proposes this hymn dividing it in two sections. The first part (cf. verses 1 to 8) reveals clearly the literary characteristic of this...
  • Musical Creativity Nourished by Christian Roots of Europe

    10/21/2005 6:31:01 AM PDT · by ELS · 23 replies · 434+ views
    VIS (via e-mail; not posted yet to Web site) ^ | October 21, 2005 | Vatican Information Service
    VATICAN CITY, OCT 21, 2005 (VIS) - Following a concert given in his honor, which was held yesterday evening in the Vatican, Benedict XVI thanked the conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and members of the choir of Ratisbone Cathedral and of the Athestis Chorus. The Holy Father said he felt proud that for thirty years the choir of Ratisbone Cathedral "was led with passion by my brother Georg," adding that "now, under Roland Buchner, it is still in excellent hands." With reference to the music he had heard and to its composers - from Palestrina to Richard Wagner, from...