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  • 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 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 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 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...
  • 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 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...
  • On Our Lord's Prayer at the Last Supper

    01/11/2012 11:03:53 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 11, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Our Lord's Prayer at the Last Supper "When Trial Comes Upon the Disciples, Jesus' Prayer Sustains Their Weakness" VATICAN CITY, JAN. 11, 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 with his catecheses on prayer, reflecting today on Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, On our journey of reflection on the prayer of Jesus as presented in the Gospels, I would like to meditate today on the particularly solemn moment of His prayer at...
  • On Prayer in the Life of the Holy Family

    12/31/2011 9:40:43 AM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Vatican - The Holy See ^ | December 28, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in the Life of the Holy Family Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our continuing catechesis on prayer leads us, during this Christmas season, to reflect on the place of prayer in the life of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In the home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we learn to contemplate the mystery of Gods presence and to grow as faithful disciples of Christ. The Gospels present Mary as the supreme model of prayerful medition on the mysteries of Christs life; in praying the Rosary, in fact, we unite ourselves to her contemplation of those mysteries in faith and...
  • On Christmas

    12/31/2011 9:34:25 AM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 21, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Christmas The "Love Story Between God and Man Passes by Way of the Manger of Bethlehem" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 21, 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 reflected on the approaching feast of Christmas. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, I am pleased to receive you in this general audience, just days before the celebration of the Lord's birth. During these days, the greeting on everyone's lips is "Merry Christmas! Season's Greetings!" Let us ensure that, even in today's society,...
  • On Jesus' Prayer as Love for God and Neighbor

    12/31/2011 9:17:16 AM PST · by ELS
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 14, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Jesus' Prayer as Love for God and Neighbor "Petition, Praise and Thanksgiving Should Coalesce" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 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 with his reflections on Jesus' prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to reflect with you on Jesus’ prayer as it relates to His prodigious healing action. In the Gospels, various situations are presented in which Jesus prays before the beneficent and healing work of God the Father, who...
  • On Jesus' Cry of Exultation

    12/07/2011 10:16:54 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 7, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Jesus' Cry of Exultation "We Also - By the Gift of His Spirit - May Address Ourselves to God in Prayer With the Confidence of Children" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 7, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language address Benedict XVI gave during today's general audience. He continued with his reflection on Jesus' prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, The Evangelists Matthew and Luke (cf. Matthew 11:25-30 and Luke 10:21-22) have bequeathed to us a “jewel” of Jesus’ prayer, which often is called the Cry of Exultation or the Cry of Messianic Exultation. It is a...
  • On Africa: Protagonist of a New Season of Hope

    11/25/2011 8:38:53 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 23, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Africa: Protagonist of a New Season of Hope "The Continent Contains Reserves of Life and Vitality for the Future" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 23, 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 reflected upon his apostolic journey to Benin. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Still alive within me are the impressions made during my recent apostolic journey to Benin, which I desire to reflect upon today. Thanksgiving to the Lord flows spontaneously from my soul: in His providence, He willed that...
  • On Death and Life

    11/04/2011 12:10:03 AM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 2, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Death and Life "Man Needs Eternity -- and Every Other Hope, for Him, Is All Too Brief" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 2, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After celebrating the Solemnity of All Saints, the Church today invites us to commemorate all the faithful departed, to turn our gaze to so many faces that have gone before us and that have completed their earthly journey. In today's audience, then, I would like to offer a few simple thoughts on the reality...
  • Pope's Homily at Vigil in Preparation for Assisi

    10/30/2011 8:46:32 PM PDT · by ELS · 13 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 26, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    Pope's Homily at Vigil in Preparation for Assisi "It Is Not the Sword of the Conqueror That Builds Peace, But the Sword of the Sufferer" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 26, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the homily Benedict XVI gave today at a liturgy in preparation for Thursday's day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace in Assisi. The liturgy replaced the customary general audience held on Wednesdays. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today our customary meeting for the General Audience takes on a special character, for it is the vigil of the Day of Reflection, Dialogue...
  • 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 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 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...
  • On Duns Scotus

    07/07/2010 10:10:41 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 7, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Duns Scotus "Defender of the Immaculate Conception" VATICAN CITY, JULY 7, 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, This morning -- after a few catecheses on several great theologians -- I wish to present to you another important figure in the history of theology: John Duns Scotus, who lived at the end of the 13th century. An ancient inscription on his tomb summarizes the geographical coordinates of his biography: "England received him; France instructed him; Cologne, in Germany,...
  • On the Summa Theologiae

    06/23/2010 8:45:24 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 23, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Summa Theologi "In the School of the Saints, Let Us Be Enamored" of the Eucharist VATICAN CITY, JUNE 23, 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 complete, with a third part, my catechesis on St. Thomas Aquinas. Even after more than 700 years since his death, we can learn much from him. We were reminded of this also by my predecessor, Pope Paul VI, who, in an address given at Fossanova on...