The Holy Father´s Week: July 20, 2009
A report on Benedict XVI´s messages and activities.
by Maribel de Torres | Source: Zenit.org
Benedict XVI on vacation. During his vacation in the Italian Alps, he is planning to rest and do a little work.The Pope arrived today to his vacation spot in Les Combes of Introd, in the Aosta Valley of the Italian Alps. He vacationed there for two successive years in 2006 and 2005, and the chalet often housed a vacationing Pope John Paul II as well. During his vacation, the Holy Father will not have general audiences, but he will pray the midday Sunday Angelus with pilgrims and give his customary public address INTROD, Italy, JULY 13, 2009
"Do not be discouraged, Providence always helps those who do good." Benedict XVI said at the midday Angelus in Romano Canavese, where he is spending some vacation days. (Providence) “helps those who do not think only of themselves but of those who are worse off.”
Benedict XVI affirmed that even in the midst of economic difficulty, strength comes from living Gospel values such as respect for human life and the family.
He acknowledged the region's Christian roots, a land that "was bathed in the blood of martyrs at an early date."
He affirmed that "many families are experiencing a difficult economic situation because of the scarcity of jobs." And he mentioned his latest encyclical, "Caritas in Veritate," which he hopes will be able to mobilize forces to renew the world.
The Pope reminded his listeners of how their ancestors once had to emigrate to find work, but then the tables turned and economic development brought jobs back to the region.
He challenged the young people in a particular way, to analyze what sort of culture is emerging around them., and encouraged them to look at the proposed examples and models around them, and "determine whether they are such as to encourage you to follow the ways of the Gospel and authentic freedom."
He continued, "Youth is full of resources, but it must be helped to overcome the temptation of easy and illusory ways, to find the road of true and abundant life."
He ended with an invitation to entrust ourselves to the Madonna with filial confidence, invoking her with the prayer of the Angelus. ROMANO CANAVESE, Italy, JULY 19, 2009
Other papal messages and activities
Church bombings in Iraq. The Pope assured that he is praying "for a conversion of heart for the perpetrators of violence," and he urged authorities "to do everything possible to promote a just and peaceful coexistence for all of the sectors of the Iraqi population."
Aid to the Church in Need reported that St. Mary's Chaldean Church was damaged by a car bomb Sunday evening that exploded as parishioners were leaving Mass. Other attacks targeted St. George's Church and St. Joseph's Church. Most of the church buildings sustained damage. The attacks have left at least four dead and 35 injured.
The aid agency reported that the continued violence against Christians has already forced 200,000 to flee to neighboring countries, while some 50,000 have taken refuge in northern Iraq. BAGHDAD, Iraq, JULY 13, 2009
Pope mourns 168 plane crash victims. He sent a telegram after receiving the news. The aircraft, a Russian model Tupolev Tu-154, was traveling from Tehran, Iran, to Yerevan, Armenia's capital, when it caught fire 16 minutes after take-off.The Holy Father offered "heartfelt condolences to the civil authorities and the families of the victims." VATICAN CITY, JULY 16, 2009
Benedict XVI appointed Oklahoma-born Monsignor Peter Wells as assessor for the Secretariat of State's Section for General Affairs. Monsignor Wells will replace Monsignor Gabriele Giordano Caccia, who was named apostolic nuncio to Lebanon, and was elevated to the dignity of archbishop. VATICAN CITY, JULY 17, 2009
Benedict XVI fractured his wrist Thursday night due to a fall in his vacation chalet in the Italian Alps.He underwent surgery at the Umberto Parini hospital in Aosta. AOSTA, Italy, JULY 17, 2009
Due to wrist injury, the Holy Father most misses ability to write. Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude for the well wishes received after he fractured his wrist in a fall Thursday evening at his vacation chalet in northern Italy. Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, affirmed that "For him, the most painful thing is having to give up writing with his hand, something he intended to do a lot of during these days." ROMANO CANAVESE, Italy, JULY 19, 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.