The Holy Father´s Week: June 8, 2009

A report on Benedict XVI´s messages and activities.
by Maribel de Torres | Source:

While at work, with its frenetic rhythms, and during vacation, we have to reserve moments for God” Benedict XVI affirmed at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, when he spoke about a great writer of the Church in the Middle Ages: Rabanus Maurus, an 8th century monk from Germany .
Rabanus Maurus was an exegete, philosopher, poet, pastor and man of God.
He is probably the author of the famous hymn Veni Creator Spiritus.
He wrote exegetical explanations for almost all of the biblical books of the Old and New Testaments with a clearly pastoral objective and contributed through his vast learning and pastoral zeal to the transmission of a Christian culture deeply nourished by the Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church. He also confronted one of the problems that most interested the faithful and sacred ministers of his time: that of penance. 
The Holy Father concluded his address by citing one of Rabanus' phrases: "He who neglects contemplation is deprived of the vision of the light of God; he who is carried away with worry and allows his thoughts to be crushed by the tumult of the things of the world is condemned to the absolute impossibility of penetrating the secrets of the invisible God."
I believe that Rabanus Maurus addressed these words to us today, the Holy Father explained: "While at work, with its frenetic rhythms, and during vacation, we have to reserve moments for God. [We have to] open our lives up to him, directing a thought to him, a reflection, a brief prayer.” 
 "And above all, we mustn't forget that Sunday is the day of Our Lord, the day of the liturgy, [the day] to perceive in the beauty of our churches, in the sacred music and in the Word of God, the same beauty of our God, allowing him to enter into our being."
"Only in this way is our life made great; it is truly made a life." The Pope affirmed.

“The human “genome” is profoundly imprinted with the Trinity”.  Affirmed the Holy Father before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square. “The Trinity does not live in a splendid solitude, but is rather inexhaustible font of life that unceasingly gives itself and communicates itself”
He explained that “The strongest proof that we are made in the image of the Trinity is this: only love makes us happy, because we live in relation, and we live to love and be loved. Using an analogy suggested by biology, we could say the human “genome” is profoundly imprinted with the Trinity, of God-Love.”
“Today we contemplate the Most Holy Trinity as it was made know to us by Jesus. He revealed to us that God is love “not in the unity of a single person, but in the Trinity of a single substance”
“May Mary, mirror of the Most Holy Trinity, help us to grow in the faith of the Trinitarian mystery” He concluded.  VATICAN CITY, JUNE 7, 2009

On the eve of the beginning of the Year of the Priest, the Pope outlined the profile of the priest, citing a description of Cardinal E. Suhard, archbishop of Paris during the Second World War:
 "The eternal paradox of the priest: He has the contraries within himself. He reconciles, at the price of his life, fidelity to God and fidelity to man. He has the air of poverty and powerlessness. He does not have the political means, financial resources, or weapons, which others use to conquer the earth. His power is to be disarmed and 'to be able to do all things in him who gives him strength.'"  
The formation of future priests, who will be entrusted with souls for whom Christ gave his life, is a "delicate mission," said the Holy Father when he received in audience the community of the Pontifical French Seminary. He  pointed out that "the attitudes required of future priests are many: human maturity, spiritual qualities, apostolic zeal, intellectual rigor."
He affirmed that seminarians should know "that if the Church is demanding with them, it is because they must take care of those whom Christ drew to himself at so high a price."

Other papal messages and activities.

The Holy Father's itinerary through September of public liturgical celebrations and trips, was released today His agenda for the coming months includes the end of the Pauline Jubilee Year and the start of the Year for Priests, as well as his annual vacation and his 13th apostolic journey. VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2009

The general intention chosen by the Pope in June is: "That international attention towards the poorer countries may give rise to more concrete help, in particular to relieve them of the crushing burden of foreign debt."
The Holy Father also chooses an apostolic intention for each month. In June he will pray: "That the particular Churches operating in regions marked by violence may be sustained by the love and concrete closeness of all the Catholics in the world." VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2009

Upon receiving in audience the president of Ukraine, Benedict XVI addressed the need for unity among Christians. VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2009

Pope laments Air France tragedy that claimed 228 lives on a flight en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The Pope gave his apostolic blessing to all those people affected by the tragedy, "asking God to give his support and consolation to all the harshly tested people," and hoping that they "can find the help that they need around them in these hours of anguish."  VATICAN CITY, JUNE 2, 2009

The Holy Father received in audience and addressed eight new ambassadors, giving each a written statement afterward. The envoys present represented Mongolia, India, Benin, New Zealand, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Namibia and Norway. VATICAN CITY, MAY 29, 2009

Pope's Message to South African Ambassador. “The size of your country, its population and economic resources and the generosity of your people make South Africa one of the most influential nations on the continent. This gives her a unique opportunity to support other African countries in their efforts to achieve stability and economic progress”. Benedict XVI wrote George Johannes, the new ambassador from South Africa to the Holy See. “The people of South Africa have shown great moral courage and wisdom in facing past injustices. I am confident that in the current struggle against poverty and corruption, such courage and wisdom will again prevail.”  VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2009

Papal message to Envoy From New Zealand. “Far from threatening the tolerance of differences or cultural plurality, truth makes consensus possible, ensures that political choices are determined by principles and values, and enriches culture with all that is good, uplifting and just.” Benedict XVI wrote to the new ambassador from New Zealand to the Holy See. VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2009

Papal message to Envoy From Norway. “In opening its doors to significant numbers of refugees and immigrants, Norway has for many years shown itself to be a generous and welcoming nation”. The Holy Father also affirmed “The Holy See very much appreciates your country’s contribution to conflict resolution in some of the world’s most troubled areas”
"I am confident that the high ethical principles and the generosity so characteristic of Norway's activity on the international scene will also prevail at home, so that all the citizens of your country will be free to practice their religion, and all the different religious communities will be free to order their affairs in accordance with their beliefs and juridical systems, in this way making their particular contribution to the common good." VATICAN CITY, JUNE 3, 2009

Papal message to Envoy From Namibia. "I encourage the nation to continue along the path of strengthening the common good by consolidating democratic institutions and practices and seeking justice for all.” Benedict XVI wrote to the new ambassador from Namibia to the Holy See. VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2009

The Holy Father asked for hope and dignity for each child. The Pope sent a message urging the international community to give its best to children on the day the United Nations is launching the World Appeal for Childhood.
The Pope assured the campaign organizers of his prayers and support for the world appeal, which was launched on the 20th anniversary of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. The appeal affirms, "Children must be considered fully as human beings, true right-holders, entitled to enjoy human rights in an inalienable way and without discrimination." VATICAN CITY, JUNE 4, 2009

Benedict XVI elevated the apostolic prefecture of Mongo to an apostolic vicariate. The Pope named Jesuit Bishop-designate Henri Coudray  to be the first apostolic vicar of Mongo.
The number of Catholics in the region has increased by 15% in the last 20 years. Catholics cannot always attend Mass each Sunday because of a lack of priests, but they gather to read and pray the Bible, and to seek "what they should do to change that in their lives which is not in conformity with the Gospel." MONGO, Chad, JUNE 5, 2009

Benedict XVI sent a message of condolence to the victims of a devastating daycare fire in Hermosillo, Mexico, that left 40 children dead and 33 hospitalized. In his telegram to the Archbishop José Ulises Macías Salcedo of Hermosillo, the Pope expressed his closeness to the parents of the children and hoped for the speedy recovery of those hurt in the accident. VATICAN CITY, JUNE 7, 2009

Archbishop Paolo Sardi named Pro-Patron of Order of Malta. The archbishop succeeds Cardinal Pio Laghi (1922-2009), and as pro-patron will promote the spiritual interests of the order and its members and its relations with the Holy See. Today the order carries out humanitarian assistance and medical and social activities in 120 countries.  VATICAN CITY, JUNE 7, 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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