"I presented myself as a pilgrim of Faith" The Pope said during the general audience in St. Peter's Square. “At the same time, it was a pastoral visit to the Church that lives in the Holy Land: a community of singular importance, since it represents a living presence there, where [the Church] finds its origin.”
The Holy Father dedicated today's address to a recap of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, from which he returned last Friday “It is a pleasure to go over the whole itinerary that I was able to fulfill precisely with the sign of the resurrection of Christ:”,the Holy Father said about his recent visit “ Despite the vicissitudes that through the centuries have marked the holy sites, despite the wars, the destruction and unfortunately, the conflicts among Christians, the Church has continued her mission, moved by the Spirit of the Risen Lord. ”
“She is on the path toward full unity so that the world believes in the love of God and experiences the joy of his peace. On my knees, on Calvary and at the Holy Sepulcher, I invoked the strength of love that arises from the Paschal mystery, the only force capable of renewing man and orienting history and the cosmos toward its end. I ask you also to pray for this objective, as we prepare to live the Feast of the Ascension, which in the Vatican we will celebrate tomorrow”. VATICAN CITY, MAY 20, 2009
“Bear witness to your faith through the digital world!” The Holy Father asked all those who make use of the new technologies of communication, especially the young. He urged to “Utilize them in a positive way and to realize the great potential of these means to build up bonds of friendship and solidarity that can contribute to a better world.”
“Employ these new technologies to make the Gospel known, so that the Good News of God’s infinite love for all people, will resound in new ways across our increasingly technological world! ” VATICAN CITY, MAY 20, 2009
Pontiff called for solution to unemployment crisis during a Mass celebrated in Monte Cassino.
He underlined saint Benedict`s call to "keep our hearts fixed on Christ and put nothing before him," by the evangelical program found in the Benedictine motto: "ora et labora et lege" -- "prayer, work, culture."
"Prayer," the Pope said, "is the silent path that leads us directly to the heart of God; it is the breath of the soul that gives us peace again in the storms of life."
Speaking next about work, Benedict XVI continued: "I know how critical the situation of many workers is. I express my solidarity with those who live in a troubling precariousness, with those workers who are on unemployment assistance and those who have been laid off."
He called on "the entrepreneurs and those who are able, to seek, with everyone's help, valid solutions to the employment crisis, creating new places of work to safeguard families."
The Pontiff added: "In this respect, how can we not recall that today the family has an urgent need to be better protected, since it is gravely threatened in its very institutional roots?
"I think also of the young people who have difficulty finding a dignified job that allows them to build a family.
"To them I would like to say: Do not be discouraged, dear friends, the Church will not abandon you!"
Addressing the world of culture, the third part of Benedictine spirituality, the Holy Father noted the testimony archived by the Monte Cassino monastery, that "European culture has been constituted by the search for God and availability to listen to him."
Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude for the possibility of "inaugurating the 'House of Charity,'" for homeless immigrants, "where a culture attentive to life will be built with deeds."
He encouraged his listeners to live the spirit of St. Benedict, to "proclaim that in your life no one and nothing must take Jesus away from the first place; the mission to build, in Christ's name, a new humanity to teach hospitality and help of the weakest."
The Pontiff spent the day visiting the monastery founded by his patron, St. Benedict, the cradle of the Benedictine order. CASSINO, Italy, MAY 24, 2009
Other papal messages and activities
“The charity of Christ urges us on." Benedict XVI expressed his concern for Peruvians facing situations of particular difficulty when he received the bishops of that South American nation as they finished their five-yearly visit to Rome. The Pope mentioned those who are unemployed or victims of drugs and violence. We cannot neglect these brothers of ours who are most weak and are loved by God, always keeping in mind that the charity of Christ urges us on." VATICAN CITY, MAY 19, 2009
Benedict XVI sent a note to the town where Jesuit missionary, Father Matteo Ricci, was born. On the occasion of the fourth centenary of the missionary's death, the Pope highlighted his example as he worked to root the Gospel in Chinese society and promote dialogue between eastern and western cultures. Father Ricci "made friendship the style of his apostolate." And he employed a "scientific methodology and a pastoral strategy based, on the one hand, on respect for the wholesome customs of the place, which Chinese neophytes did not have to abandon when they embraced the Christian faith and, on the other, on his awareness that revelation could enhance and complete" those customs. MACERATA, Italy, MAY 19, 2009
Benedict XVI received in audience Monday the president of Poland, Lech Kaczynski. VATICAN CITY, MAY 19, 2009
Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Joseph Cistone to head the diocese of Saginaw. SAGINAW, Michigan, MAY 20, 2009
The Pope will be visiting the monastery founded by the saint he chose as his patron upon taking the name Benedict XVI. He will travel Sunday to Monte Cassino, the monastery St. Benedict founded that is the cradle of the Benedictine order. VATICAN CITY, MAY 21, 2009.
Benedict XVI urged Europe to remain faithful to its Christian roots, pointing to Sts. Cyril and Methodius as sources of "light and hope" in this effort. He said this when he received in separate audiences the presidents of Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, together with their delegations. The presidents' visit to the Pontiff has become a tradition to celebrate the co-patrons of Europe, Cyril and Methodius.
May "the values of solidarity and justice, liberty and peace, constantly reaffirmed today, find effectively even more strength and solidity in the eternal teachings of Christ, translated in the lives of his disciples in every age," he added. VATICAN CITY, MAY 22, 2009
Two years after the publication of a letter to Chinese Catholics, Benedict XVI has approved a compendium on the document, which was released today. VATICAN CITY, MAY 24, 2009
A prayer for the Holy Father
Christ Jesus, King and Lord of the Church, in your presence I renew my unconditional loyalty to your Vicar on earth, the Pope. In him you have chosen to show us the safe and sure path that we must follow in the midst of confusion, uneasiness, and unrest. I firmly believe that through him you govern, teach, and sanctify us; with him as our shepherd, we form the true Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Grant me the grace to love, live, and spread faithfully our Holy Father’s teachings. Watch over his life, enlighten his mind, strengthen his spirit, defend him from calumny and evil. Calm the erosive winds of infidelity and disobedience. Hear our prayer and keep your Church united around him, firm in its belief and action, that it may truly be the instrument of your redemption. Amen.
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