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  • The headlines say we should be worried about the Pope's health. Why? (Truth Alert of the Day!)

    12/20/2011 6:40:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture.c ^ | December 19, 2011 | Phil Lawler
    The headlines say we should be worried about the Pope's health. Why?   By Phil Lawler | December 19, 2011 5:53 PM This past weekend, dozens of stories appeared in the English-speaking media, reporting that the health of Pope Benedict XVI is slipping. Most of the headlines referred to the same AP report, and the few “independent” accounts seemed obviously prompted by the AP story. Here’s just a quick sampling: Pope Benedict XVI's health in serious decline as 85th birthday, Christmas approach (New York Daily News)Fears grow over health of frail Pope Benedict (Belfast Telegraph)At 84, weakened Pope Benedict is...
  • 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...
  • Catholic Church Will Now Teach Us How to Handle Sex Abuse

    11/30/2011 1:52:20 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 57 replies
    The Philly Post ^ | 11/30/2011 | Paul Davies
    With all due respect, Pope Benedict XVI either lives in an alternate reality or needs better PR handlers. His comments over the weekend to U.S. bishops about the sex abuse of children showed a continued disconnect with the church’s mishandling of this ongoing scandal. The pope referenced the church’s “conscientious effort” to confront sex abuse by priests. Uh? Perhaps the pope meant to say conscientious cover-up. No institution has done more to deny and downplay the sexual abuse of young boys than the Catholic Church. No institution has done more to discredit victims and protect pedophile priests than the Catholic...
  • 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 Psalm 110, to Christ the King

    11/21/2011 12:42:42 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 16, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Psalm 110(109), to Christ the King "We Are Invited to Look to Christ in Order to Understand the Meaning of True Royalty" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 16, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catecheses Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter's Square. The Pope continued with his series of catecheses on prayer, concluding today his reflection on the prayer of the Psalter. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to conclude my catecheses on the prayer of the Psalter by meditating on one of the most famous "royal...
  • On Psalm 119, the Acrostic Psalm

    11/09/2011 10:09:19 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 9, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On Psalm 119, the Acrostic Psalm "Wholly Pervaded by Love for God's Word" VATICAN CITY, NOV. 9, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at today's general audience. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In previous catecheses, we meditated on several of the psalms that exemplify the typical kinds of prayer: lament, trust and praise. In today's catechesis, I would like to turn to a consideration of Psalm 119 according to the Hebrew tradition, 118 according to the Greco-Latin: It is a very special psalm, the only one of its kind. First, it is...
  • 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 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...
  • Pope in Germany: Without Justice "the State is Great Band of Robbers”

    09/23/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/22/11
    In his address before the German parliament, Benedict XVI offers ways to renew politics and social life for the world. Positivism is limiting because it marginalises the ethics and culture of politics and society. Berlin (AsiaNews) – “A German pope in the German capital” is the greeting that welcomed Pope Benedict XVI in his first state visit to his native land (the third of his pontificate). The visit began this morning in Berlin and will continue until Sunday, bringing the Pontiff to Erfurt and Freiburg. However, in his addresses the German pope speaks to the entire world and what he...
  • 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....
  • Pope defends marriage between 'man and woman'

    08/21/2011 7:39:16 AM PDT · by bronxville · 32 replies
    India Vision ^ | 08-21=2011 | Staff
    Madrid - Pope Benedict XVI warned in a speech to more than one million pilgrims in Madrid that marriage is between a man and a woman and cannot be dissolved... "The Lord calls many people to marriage, in which a man and a woman, in becoming one flesh, find fulfilment in a profound life of communion," he told the young pilgrims. A Vatican spokesman said on Sunday as many as 1.5 million pilgrims had gathered to hear the pope. Marriage was a project for true love, deepened by sharing joys and sorrows, and marked by "complete self-giving", said the pope....
  • 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...
  • Benedict XVI's Homily on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

    06/30/2011 9:51:18 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 29, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    Benedict XVI's Homily on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul "It Is Only in the Unity Represented by Peter That We Truly Lead People to Christ" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 29, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Benedict XVI delivered today at a Mass for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, which he presided over in St. Peter's Basilica. At the Mass, the Pope conferred the pallium upon 41 new archbishops, and recalled his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, "Non iam dicam servos, sed amicos" -- "I no longer...
  • June 29, 2011, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, marks the 60th anniversary [Catholic Caucus]

    06/29/2011 3:29:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Insight Scroop.com ^ | June 29, 2011 | Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI
    June 29, 2011, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, marks the 60th anniversary... ...  of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI's ordination to the priesthood. Here is a selection from his book, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, about that joyful occasion. Before he was Benedict XVI, or Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Pope was a young Bavarian seminarian. In his autobiography, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, Joseph Ratzinger recounts his ordination on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Freising, Germany, in 1951, and his first years as a parish priest and then completing his doctorate while teaching at the seminary. We were more...
  • 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...
  • Can the Lefebvrian Split Be Healed? On What Terms? [Catholic caucus]

    06/10/2011 12:51:46 PM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 4 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 6/10/11 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    There has only been one official schism in the Roman Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council. That occurred in 1988, when Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four bishops against the express instructions of Pope John Paul II. That led to the excommunication of Lefebvre and those four bishops, and the schism of Lefebvre and his followers from Rome. Now 23 years have passed. In the history of the Church, it is often the case that, once a schism endures for a certain time, it becomes less easy to restore full union. Separate ecclesial cultures evolve, positions harden. Reunion postponed is...
  • 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. Thérèse of Lisieux

    04/06/2011 10:43:40 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 6, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Thérèse 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. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897). * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, [also known as] Thérèse 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...
  • Super earthquake No2 alert in Japan

    03/13/2011 9:28:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The [UK] Sun ^ | March 14, 2011 | Tom Wells
    SHATTERED Japan is braced for a fresh quake nightmare - with a mega aftershock likely to hit at any moment. The alert was issued as millions who survived the tsunami that devastated the hi-tech superpower spent a third day without food and water - let alone electricity. Japan's world-renowned centre for earthquake prediction said there was a seven-in-ten chance of a tremor with a magnitude of seven or more hitting "within the next three days". Early today there was a hydrogen blast inside No3 reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. The explosion was similar to an earlier one at...
  • 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 Life’s 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 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 --...