The Holy Father´s Week: November 30, 2009

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

'Love alone makes us happy,” He invited the faithful to imagine what the world would be like if family, parish and community relationships were modeled on the Trinity, “where each one lives not only with the other, but for the other and in the other!”
During the general audience, he continued his catechesis on the Christian culture of the Middle Ages, and presented two theologians: Hugh and Richard of the monastery of Saint Victor of Paris.

Hugh of Saint Victor stressed the importance of the literal or historical sense of sacred Scripture as the basis of theology's effort to unite faith and reason in understanding God's saving plan.
“This theological view of history makes evident the surprising and salvific intervention of God, who really enters and acts in history, almost makes himself part of our history, but always safeguarding and respecting man's liberty and responsibility.” The Pope explained.
Richard of Saint Victor favored the allegorical sense, the symbolic meaning of Scripture. His work On the Trinity sought to understand the mystery of the triune God by analyzing the mystery of love, which entails a giving and receiving between two persons and finds its perfection in being bestowed upon a third person.

Both remind us that theology brings with it the immense joy of experiencing the eternal love of the Blessed Trinity, the Pope explained.
"The Trinity is truly perfect communion!", the Holy Father affirmed."Love alone makes us happy, because we live in relation, and we live to love and to be loved"
It is love that realizes this incessant miracle: as in the life of the Most Holy Trinity, plurality is repaired in unity, where everything is pleasure and joy. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 25, 2009

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“The contemporary world needs above all hope” Benedict XVI affirmed before praying the Angelus. “Seeing so many false securities crumble, we realize that we need a trustworthy hope, and this is found only in Christ, who, as the Letter to the Hebrews says, 'is the same yesterday, today and always.'
“The Lord Jesus came in the past; he comes in the present and will come in the future.” The Holy father said,  “He embraces all the dimensions of time, because he died and rose, he is "the Living One" and, sharing our human precariousness, remains forever and offers us God's very stability. He is "flesh" like us, and is "rock" like God.”
"Whoever desires liberty, justice and peace may now lift himself up, and raise his head, because in Christ liberation is close," Benedict XVI exhorted, "He is the hope that every human being constantly needs."

The Holy Father remembered we are beginning a new liturgical year, which opens naturally with Advent, a time of preparation for the Lord's nativity. He concluded inviting to follow the Virgin Mary’s example “to truly enter this time of grace and to welcome, with joy and responsibility, the coming of God to our personal and social history.”  VATICAN CITY, NOV. 29, 2009

Other papal messages and activities:

Kuwaiti Prime Minister and the Holy Father met in audience. The Pope and Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah held "cordial discussions." Kuwait has nearly 2.7 million inhabitants, 85% of whom are Muslim. There are some 250,000 Catholics in the country. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 23, 2009

Artists laud Benedict XVI´s step toward dialogue. The Holy Father is trying to introduce "more dialogue, more openness, more knowledge," between the world of art and the Church, an artist said. Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, who organized the event, explained that this meeting "must be understood as the beginning of a new dialogue, based on fraternity between faith and art." In this context, he announced a project to create for the first time a Holy See pavilion in the Venice Biennial art exhibition, which will next take place in 2011. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 23, 2009

Benedict XVI named the new bishop of Antigonish in Nova Scotia. Bishop Brian Dunn succeeds Bishop Raymond Lahey, 69, who retired in September. ANTIGONISH, Canada, NOV. 23, 2009

Holocaust survivor presented Benedict XVI with her autobiography. Cacilie Peiser, an 84-year-old Jewish woman, met with the Pontiff after the general audience. She is the founder and honorary president of the Child Survivors Deutschland Association, for those children who survived the Shoah and who still bear on their skin and in their psyche the signs of the traumatic experiences of those years. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 25, 2009

More papal visitors: The Pope greeted some 300 faithful and 10 bishops from Japan; also, a group of volunteers from the Associazione insieme fratelli indios of Perugia, Italy, who are dedicated to the assistance and promotion of native peoples of the Amazon and  personnel from the Tele Lumiere Noursat, a broadcasting station which hopes to establish itself on the outskirts of Beirut to broadcast a message of peace to the country and to the whole of the Middle East. VATICAN CITY, NOV. 25, 2009

The Pope sent a message of condolence on the death of the leader of the the Serbian Orthodox Church, his Beatitude Pavle, archbishop of Pec, metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci. In the message, Benedict XVI expressed his "heartfelt sympathy," and he affirmed that "in a long life at the service of the Gospel, the deceased patriarch gave witness of faith and spiritual fortitude including in particularly difficult moments, characterized by conflicts and wars." BELGRADE, Serbia, NOV. 25, 2009

Benedict XVI welcomed the Visitationists, the nuns from the contemplative order of the Visitation of Holy Mary founded by St. Frances de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal in 1610, who will live in the Vatican's cloistered convent over the next five years. They will lend their prayerful support to the activity of the Holy Father and his collaborators in the Roman Curia. Every five years, a different religious order takes up residence in the convent. The Benedictines were preceded by the Carmelites, and the latter by the Poor Clares.
Not only did the Pope thank these nuns, but also all women in the world dedicated to prayer.VATICAN CITY, NOV. 25, 2009

The Holy Father encourages Christians to aid migrants, especially children and youth. The Pope wrote a message, released by the Vatican today, for the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated Jan. 17, 2010. "The migrant is a human person who possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance," he stated.  VATICAN CITY, NOV. 27, 2009
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On the beginning of Vietnam´s Jubilee Year, the Pope sent a message. The jubilee year celebrates 350 years since the establishment of Vienam´s  first two apostolic vicariates and 50 years since the hierarchy was put in place, elevating Ha Noi, Hue and Sai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City) to archdioceses. In his message, the Holy Father encourages the faithful of the country to engage in "a profound evangelization that will lead the whole of Vietnamese society to the evangelical values of charity, truth, justice and rectitude."  VATICAN CITY, NOV. 27, 2009

World AIDS Day will be observed Thursday, and the Holy Father prayed for the end of this epidemic. "My thoughts and my prayers go to all persons affected by this sickness, in particular children, to the poorest and to those who are rejected," he said. "The Church does not cease to combat AIDS, through her institutions and the personnel dedicated to it," the Holy Father noted. "I exhort everyone to make their own contribution with prayer and care, so that those who are affected by the HIV virus will feel the presence of the Lord who gives support and hope.” "Finally, I hope that, by multiplying and coordinating efforts, this sickness will be halted and eradicated."VATICAN CITY, NOV. 29, 2009

Peace is not simply about avoiding war, Benedict XVI noted. It's about respecting human rights, supporting the family, and aiding individuals in the struggle against poverty and corruption. The presidents of Chile and Argentina, visited the Holy Father to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1984 Peace and Friendship Treaty, which successfully averted a border war between the two Conuntries.  VATICAN CITY, NOV. 29, 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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