There's no reason to fear the "storms" and "shipwrecks" of life "because the plan of the love of God is even greater than the storms and shipwrecks." The Pope reflected today at the general audience on the "truly extraordinary" welcome he found during his 26-hour trip to Malta. He says he was welcomed with the same warmth given to St. Paul some 1,950 years ago after he shipwrecked on the island. "It was for me," he affirmed, "a motive of joy and also of consolation, to feel the particular warmth of that people, which gives the feeling of a great family, united by the faith and Christian vision of life." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2010
“The first form of witness that awakens vocations is prayer, as is shown to us by the example of St. Monica, who, supplicating God with humility and persistence, obtained the grace of seeing her son Augustine become Christian.” The Pope stated this before praying the midday Regina Caeli in St. Peter's Square.
He invited parents to pray that the heart of their children open to listening to the Good Shepherd, and "each tiny seed of a vocation ... grow into a mature tree, bearing much good fruit for the Church and for all humanity"
He spoke about today's celebration of the 2010 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which has as its theme "Witness Awakens Vocations." And he exhorted ordained ministers so that “they are moved to a stronger and more incisive witness to the Gospel in today's world."
At the end the Holy Father mentioned the two priests being beatified today: Angelo Paoli, a Carmelite in Rome, who was called "Father of the Poor" and dedicated himself especially to the sick of the Hospital of St. John. His apostolate drew strength from the Eucharist and from devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and from an intense life of penance. The other is José Tous y Soler, a Capuchin, being beatified in Barcelona, Spain. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 25, 2010
Other papal messages and activities.
The Pope reflected on true freedom, eternal life and penance. He improvised a homily during a Mass for the members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. "Today we often have a little fear of speaking about eternal life. We talk about the things that are useful to this world, we show that Christianity also helps to improve the world, but we do not dare say that its goal is eternal life and that from such a goal come the criteria for life”.
"We must have the courage, the joy, the great hope that there is eternal life," the Pope exhorted, "that it is the true life and that from this true life comes the light that also enlightens this world."
“And I must say that we Christians, even in recent times, we have often avoided the word penance, it seemed too harsh to us. Now, under the attacks of the world that speaks to us of our sins, we see that being able to do penance is a grace. And we see that it is necessary to do penance, that is, recognize what is wrong in our life, to open up to purification, to transformation, this pain is grace, because it is renewal, it is the work of divine mercy.”
“In faith, in this "transformation of self" that penance gives, in this conversion, along this new road of living, we reach life, true life.” VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2010
On ZENIT's Web page: Full text: www.zenit.org/article-28961?l=english
On the 5th anniversary of his Pontificate, at a celebratory luncheon in the Apostolic Palace, attended by 46 cardinals, Benedict XVI thanked the College of Cardinals for the help he receives everyday. According to L'Osservatore Romano he affirmed "At this moment the Pope feels very intensely that he is not alone, he feels he has around him the College of Cardinals and shares with it his tribulations and consolations." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2010
Christ wills for his followers eternal life. "What an immense gift to hear this will of God from his own mouth," the Holy Father exclaimed. "I think that the great men of faith live immersed in this grace, they have the gift to perceive this truth with particular force, and so can also go through harsh trials." The Pope said in a reflection he gave at the conclusion of the funeral for Cardinal Tomas Spidlik, 90, who died Friday in Rome. The Holy Father noted that among the prelate's dying words were these: "I have looked for the face of Jesus during my whole life, and now I am happy and at peace because I am about to see it." Benedict XVI then reflected on how the Czech cardinal was similar to Pope John Paul II. Both were given to ingenious joking and jokes, even though having had as youths difficult personal circumstances, similar in some aspects. He spoke of how men of faith such as them are characterized by confidence and a "lively sense of humour, which is certainly a sign of intelligence but also of interior liberty." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 20, 2010
On ZENIT's Web page: Full text: www.zenit.org/article-28981?l=english
Papal letter recognizes Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in its 86th national day. In it Benedict XVI affirms the decisive contributions that creative minorities make to culture and ,in this regard the Catholic Church must understand that she is a creative minority who has a heritage of values that are not things of the past, but a very lively and relevant reality. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 20, 2010
The Pope’s summer schedule includes a visit to Turin where he will view the renowned Shroud of Turin, believed to be the cloth in which Christ was buried. A few days later, May 11-14, the Holy Father will make his 15th international trip, visiting Portugal.
He will close May with a celebration of Pentecost on the 23rd, celebrating a 10 a.m. Mass in St. Peter's. In June, Benedict XVI will mark the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 3, celebrating Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, followed by the traditional procession.
The next day, he will begin a three-day trip to Cyprus.June 10-11 will bring a close to the Year for Priests: On the 10th, the Pope will have a 6 p.m. prayer vigil with priests in St. Peter's Square. And the next day, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, he will have a 10 a.m. closing Mass for the year, also in St. Peter's Square.
July and August will be calmer months, with only a pastoral visit to Sulmona, Italy, on July 4 for the 800th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. Celestine V.On Sept. 5, the Holy Father will made a visit to Carpineto Romano, Italy, for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Pope Leo XIII.
And finally, he will take his 17th international trip from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19, visiting the United Kingdom. ROME, APRIL 20, 2010
Some 1,200 students from Roman universities signed a letter congratulating Benedict XVI for the fifth anniversary of his election to the See of Peter, which he celebrated Monday. ROME, APRIL 20, 2010
Benedict XVI appointed new bishops. The Vatican announced the appointment of Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida, as archbishop of Miami and Bishop Thomas Paprocki, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as bishop of Springfield, Illinois.
He also appointed Bishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Da Lat, president of the Vietnamese episcopal conference, as coadjutor archbishop of Hanoi. APRIL, 2010
Remember the Christian practice of "offering sufferings". During his traditional greetings at the end of the general audience he invited the sick to offer their sufferings so that numerous and holy vocations will mature.
He also expressed his hope that young people would "find in the dialogue with God your personal response to his plan of love"; and that newlyweds would "draw from daily prayer the strength to build a genuine Christian family." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2010
Nearly 400 priests from the Diocese of Rome, accompanied by Benedict XVI's vicar-general for the diocese, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, and his auxiliary bishops, participated in the audience to thank the Pope for his five years in the See of Peter, and to congratulate him for his 83rd birthday. The general audience concluded with the tune of "Happy Birthday." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2010
A statue of the Virgin Mary that survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan was blessed today by the Pope. The statue is on a peace pilgrimage to Spain and the United States. Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki was with a group of pilgrims to greet the Holy Father at the end of the audience; he explained how he linked the image of Mary that endured the Japanese bombing with another Marian image that survived the 1937 bombing of Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War. In the two images, Bishop Takami says he sees a sign of peace, which is the focus of the current pilgrimage. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2010
Benedict XVI greeted Macedonia's new ambassador to the Holy See, Gioko Gjorgjevski. The Bishop of Rome said he hopes that Macedonia can become part of the European Union without losing its "human and Christian values, embodied in the life of the people." He also focused on the good relations between the Holy See and Macedonia, as well as praising the religious coexistence that succeeds there.
Macedonia's two million people are approximately 65% Orthodox and 33% Muslim, with Catholics being a small minority. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 22, 2010
Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of another Irish bishop. Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare and Leighlin said that even if he has not been directly criticized he offers his resignation.
The Pope also accepted the resignation of Bishop Roger Joseph Vangheluwe of Bruges, Belgium. APRIL 2010
The Holy Father asks Catholics to add soul to Internet communications and networks in an audience in Paul VI Hall with participants in a national conference on "Digital Witnesses: Faces and Languages in the Cross-Media Age," an initiative promoted by the Italian bishops' conference. Citing "Caritas in Veritate," he affirmed that "the media can become a factor in humanization not only when, thanks to technological development, it increases the possibilities of communicating information, but above all when it is geared towards a vision of the person and the common good that reflects truly universal values." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 25, 2010
On ZENIT's Web page: Full text: http://zenit.org/article-29033?l=english
Benedict XVI thanked and encouraged all those who work to protect children from violence and exploitation. He addressed these workers after praying the midday Regina Caeli.
He directed a special greeting to the Meter Association, which, for the past 14 years, has promoted the national day for children who are victims of violence, exploitation and indifference.Last year the association, founded by Father Fortunato Di Noto, helped U.S. and Italian authorities uncover and prosecute 100 online pedophile communities. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 25, 2010
The Church would like that its right to expression be respected, "The Church respects the right of everyone to think differently from it;” Benedict XVI said, “it would like that its right to expression also be respected." He explained that "The Church, having the common good as its objective, asks nothing other than the freedom to be able to propose this message, without imposing it on anyone, in respect for freedom of conscience,"
The Gospel awakens an ethics that is a friend to the person, above all if he is in need or marginalized, the Pope stated in an audience with the new Belgian ambassador to the Holy See, Charles Ghislain. He recalled that "it was in nourishing himself with this ecclesial teaching in a radical way that Joseph de Veuster became he who is now called 'St. Damien.'"
"It led him to share the marginalized life of the lepers," the Holy Father affirmed, "to the point of exposing himself to the illness from which they suffer." The universal fame that he enjoys is a legitimate reason for pride among the Belgian people, he added. “In the light of similar witnesses everyone can understand that the Gospel is a force that there is no reason to fear”. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 25, 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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