The Holy Father´s Week: March 1, 2010

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

The Joys in our life are not our destination. At the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square Benedict XVI spoke about the transfiguration. The voice of our Heavenly Father instructs us to listen to Jesus, the beloved Son of God, the Pope noted “Jesus is everything that is given to the disciples of all times.”   
“He is the only voice to listen to, the only one to follow, he who, going up to Jerusalem, will give his life and one day "will transfigure our miserable body to conform it to his glorious body" (Philippians 3:21).
“(..) the Transfiguration reminds us that the joys sown by God in our life are not the destination, but they are lights that he gives us on the earthly pilgrimage, so that "only Jesus" is our Law and his Word the criterion that guides our existence.”
During this time of Lent the Pope invited everyone to meditate assiduously on the Gospel.
“May the Virgin Mary help us to live with intensity our moments of encounter with the Lord so that we can follow him every day with joy.” VATICAN CITY, FEB. 28, 2010

The Holy Father and members of the Curia completed spiritual exercises which were being preached by Salesian Father Enrico Dal Covolo. Benedict XVI's spiritual exercises this week have been a "profound experience" for the Pope, said a Vatican spokesman.  VATICAN CITY, FEB. 27, 2010

The Holy Father reflected on the priesthood and what it means to be a priest. This year's Lenten spiritual exercises focused on "The Lessons of God and of the Church in the Priestly Vocation." 
He thanked Salesian Father Enrico dal Covolo for this retreat. Father Enrico chose as his "starting point, as an always present background, as destination [...] Solomon's prayer for 'a heart that hears.'"
The Holy Father affirmed that man  “needs to listen, to listen to the other, above all the Other -- with a capital 'O' -- who is God. Only in this way does he know himself, only in this way does he become himself."
"St. Luke presents Mary precisely as a woman who listens from the heart," Benedict XVI explained, "who is immersed in the Word of God, who listens to the Word, who meditates (synballein) on it, composes and treasures it, who carries it in her heart."
"Mary is surrounded here by the fathers and the mothers of the Church, by the communion of saints. "And so we see and we have understood during these days that we cannot truly hear the Word in the isolated 'I' but only in the 'we' of the Church, in the 'we' of the communion of saints." 
Five exemplary figures of the priesthood, beginning with Ignatius of Antioch and continuing to the dear and venerable Pope John Paul II were shown, the Pope said. "Thus we have truly again perceived what it means to be a priest, to become priests more and more".VATICAN CITY, FEB. 28, 2010

Other papal messages and activities.

Pope urges end to Mosul's Christian killings. Before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope called the recent killings of Christians as "tragic news," and that it filled him with "deep sadness."  He called on the Iraqi government to do all they can to stop the recent killing spree of Christians in the northern city of Mosul. At least eight Christians have been killed in the last two weeks. The last murder occurred Tuesday, when an armed commando entered the home of an Assyrian Christian family, killing the father and two sons in front of his wife and daughter.  VATICAN CITY, FEB. 28, 2010

Free people from the slavery to money. Benedict XVI encouraged the Brazilian bishops in their efforts to bring people back to God and sent a message for this year's Lent campaign, which focuses on the theme, "Economy and Life," with the motto: "You cannot serve both God and money."
In the message, sent to the president of the Brazilian bishops' conference, Archbishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha of Mariana, the Pontiff wished the Brazilian Churches and ecclesial communities success in this campaign. VATICAN CITY, FEB. 22, 2010

Benedict XVI expressed his concern and promised prayers after heavy rains last Saturday caused flash floods on the autonomous Portuguese island of Madeira. He sent a telegram to Bishop António José Cavaco Carrilho of Funchal. VATICAN CITY, FEB. 23, 2010

Benedict XVI is praying for Chile, which was hit Saturday with a 8.8-magnitude earthquake. The latest death toll climbed to 708, and authorities said some 1.5 million Chileans were affected and 500,000 homes severely damaged. VATICAN CITY, FEB. 28, 2010

New bishops. Benedict XVI appointed Monsignor Joseph Bambera, 53. He will be ordained a bishop and installed in the Scranton Diocese on April 26.
The Pope also named Father Terry LaValley, 53, currently administrator of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York, as head of the same diocese. He will be ordained a bishop and installed in the diocese on April 30. SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, FEB. 23, 2010
Benedict XVI approved the canonization of Blessed Camilla Battista da Varano, (1458-1524).She was the daughter of the  prince of Camerino and spent her youth enjoying social life. But God called her and at 23, she entered the convent of St. Clare in Urbino. In 1505, Pope Julius II sent her to found a convent in Fermo, and in 1521 and 1522 she traveled to San Severino delle Marche to form the local religious who in that period had adopted the rule of St. Clare.
Camilla had a number of mystical experiences, reflected in her numerous writings, in which she reveals her ardent love for the crucified Christ. She died May 31, 1524, during a plague.
A Spanish nun, Blessed Candida, will also be canonized Oct. 17. In 1868, at age 23, she met Jesuit Father Miguel José Herranz, who helped her respond to her call to found a congregation. Thus it was that in 1871, the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus was born. . Today her congregation is working in eight Latin American countries, two European countries, six Asian countries, and in Mozambique in Africa
Maria Antonia Bandrés y Elósegui, who joined the congregation, will be beatified on the same day as her founder ROME, FEB. 23, 2010

On the 70th birthday of the Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Benedict XVI sent him a telegram to wish him well for this "happy event." VATICAN CITY, FEB. 28, 2010

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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