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  • Benedict XVI's Final General Audience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    12/08/2010 9:58:32 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 8, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Immaculate Conception "Grace Is Greater Than Sin ... God's Mercy Is More Powerful Than Evil" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, when reciting the midday Angelus with several thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: Today our meeting on the occasion of the prayer of the Angelus acquires a special light, in the context of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. In the liturgy of this feast, the Gospel of...
  • On a Saint of the Feast of Corpus Christi

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

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

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

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

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

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

    08/04/2010 8:39:56 PM PDT · by ELS · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Vatican ^ | August 4, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims here today, including the groups from Japan and the United States of America. A special greeting to the English-speaking altar servers present: by serving at Mass may you draw ever closer to Christ our Lord. Upon all of you I invoke God’s abundant blessings. © Copyright 2010 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  • On a Saint Who Taught and Guided Holy Priests

    06/30/2010 8:55:49 PM PDT · by ELS · 9 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 30, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On a Saint Who Taught and Guided Holy Priests "His Secret Was Simple: To Be a Man of God" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 30, 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, A short while ago we ended the Year for Priests: a time of grace that has borne and will bear precious fruits for the Church, an opportunity to remember in prayer all those who have responded to this particular vocation. Accompanying us on this path, as models and intercessors,...
  • On Aquinas, Philosophy and Theology

    06/16/2010 9:43:44 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies · 180+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 16, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Aquinas, Philosophy and Theology Faith "Protects Reason From Every Temptation to Mistrust Its Own Capacities" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 16, 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 continue a presentation of St. Thomas Aquinas, a theologian of such value that the study of his thought was explicitly recommended by the Second Vatican Council in two documents, the decree "Optatam Totius," on formation for the priesthood, and the declaration "Gravissimum Educationis," which deals with Christian...
  • On the Trip to Cyprus

    06/09/2010 7:26:55 PM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies · 38+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 9, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Cyprus "I Was Almost Able to Feel So Many Hearts Beating in Unison" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 9, 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 wish to reflect on my apostolic journey to Cyprus, which in many aspects is in continuity with my preceding trips to the Holy Land and Malta. Thanks be to God, this pastoral visit went very well, because happily it achieved its objectives. Already in itself it constituted a historic...
  • On St. Thomas Aquinas

    06/02/2010 7:24:32 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies · 119+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 2, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Thomas Aquinas He "Showed There Is a Natural Harmony Between Christian Faith and Reason" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 2, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today for the general audience in St. Peter's Square. The Pope returns to his cycle of catechesis on the great thinkers of the Middle Ages with a reflection on the figure of St. Thomas Aquinas. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, After a few catecheses on the priesthood and my latest trips, we return today to our principal theme, namely, to the meditation on some of the...
  • The Priest's Mission as Guide

    05/26/2010 10:04:23 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies · 146+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 26, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    The Priest's Mission as Guide "The Authority of Christ, Not His Own" VATICAN CITY, MAY 26, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today for the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, The Year for Priests is coming to an end; that is why in the last catecheses I began to speak about the essential tasks of the priest, namely: to teach, to sanctify and to govern. I have already given two catecheses, one on the ministry of sanctification, above all the sacraments, and one on teaching. Hence,...
  • On the Papal Trip to Portugal

    05/19/2010 10:59:31 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies · 196+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 19, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Papal Trip to Portugal "A Touching and Rich Experience of So Many Spiritual Gifts" VATICAN CITY, MAY 19, 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 wish to go over with you the various stages of the apostolic journey I undertook in recent days to Portugal, moved especially by a sentiment of gratitude to the Virgin Mary, who in Fatima transmitted to her visionaries and to pilgrims an intense love for the Successor of Peter. I...
  • On the Priest's Mission to Sanctify

    05/05/2010 5:51:57 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies · 111+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 5, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Priest's Mission to Sanctify "Be Conscious of the Great Gift That Priests Are for the Church" VATICAN CITY, MAY 5, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Last Sunday, in my pastoral visit to Turin, I had the joy of pausing in prayer before the holy shroud, joining the more than 2 million pilgrims that during the solemn exposition of these days, have been able to contemplate it. This sacred cloth can nourish faith and reinvigorate Christian...
  • On 2 Holy Priests of the 19th Century

    04/28/2010 8:22:28 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies · 133+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 28, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On 2 Holy Priests of the 19th Century "It Is Not Possible to Exercise Charity Without Living in Christ" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 28, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are drawing close to the end of the Year for Priests and, on this last Wednesday of April, I would like to speak about two saintly priests who were exemplary in their giving of themselves to God and in their witness of charity -- lived in the Church...
  • On Easter Joy

    04/14/2010 8:47:22 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies · 95+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 13, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On Easter Joy "The Supreme and Insuperable Act of the Power of God" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 13, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave April 7 at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, The traditional Wednesday general audience is inundated today by the luminous joy of Easter. In these days, in fact, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Resurrection and experiences the great joy that stems from the Good News of Christ's victory over evil and death. A joy that is prolonged not only in the...
  • On the Paschal Mystery

    03/31/2010 8:22:53 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 31, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Paschal Mystery "Let Yourselves Be Enthralled by Him" VATICAN CITY, MARCH 31, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We are living the holy days that invite us to meditate on the central events of our redemption, the essential nucleus of our faith. Tomorrow the Easter Triduum begins, summit of the whole liturgical year, in which we are called to silence and prayer to contemplate the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord. In...
  • On St. Albert the Great

    03/24/2010 9:39:36 PM PDT · by ELS · 7 replies · 200+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 24, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Albert the Great "Scientific Study Is Transformed Then Into a Hymn of Praise" VATICAN CITY, MARCH 24, 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, One of the greatest teachers of Medieval theology is St. Albert the Great. The title "great" (magnus) with which he has passed into history, indicates the vastness and depth of his doctrine, which he coupled with holiness of life. But already his contemporaries did not hesitate to attribute excellent titles to him; one...
  • On the "Singer of Charity"

    12/02/2009 8:18:50 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies · 262+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 2, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On the "Singer of Charity" "Only One Task Is Entrusted to Every Human Being" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address during today's general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In a previous catechesis I presented the figure of Bernard of Clairvaux, the "Doctor of Sweetness," great protagonist of the 12th century. His biographer, friend and admirer was William of Saint-Thierry, on whom I will pause in this morning's reflection. William was born in Liege between 1075 and 1080. From a noble family, gifted with a lively...
  • On St. John Leonardi

    10/07/2009 9:14:19 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies · 342+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 7, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On St. John Leonardi "To Oppose the Weeds He Chose to be Good Wheat" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 7, 2009 (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! The day after tomorrow, Oct. 9, will be the 400th anniversary of the death of St. John Leonardi, founder of the religious order of Clerks Regular of the Mother of God, canonized on April 17, 1938, and chosen patron of pharmacists on Aug. 8, 2006. He is also remembered for his great missionary zeal....
  • On the Trip to the Czech Republic

    09/30/2009 9:09:34 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies · 370+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 30, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to the Czech Republic "A People and a Church With Profound Historical and Religious Roots" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address during today's general audience held in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, As is the custom following international apostolic journeys, I shall take advantage of the general audience to speak about the pilgrimage I made these past days to the Czech Republic. I do this first of all as an act of thanksgiving to God, who enabled me to make this visit and who...