The Pope reflected on the lives of "two saintly priests". During the general audience, he spoke about St. Leonard Murialdo and St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo, two remarkable priests of the nineteenth century associated with the Italian city of Turin.
St. Leonard Murialdo, the founder of the Congregation of Saint Joseph, devoted his life to the education and pastoral care of disadvantaged young people. “He saw his priestly vocation as a gracious gift of God's love, to be received with gratitude, joy and love” the Pope affirmed and he emphasized that "the central nucleus of Murialdo's spirituality was the conviction of the merciful love of God: a Father who is always good, patient and generous, who reveals the greatness and immensity of his mercy with forgiveness."
“Love of God and love for God: this was the force of his journey of holiness, the law of his priesthood, the deepest meaning of this apostolate among poor young people and the source of his prayer.”
Saint Joseph Cottolengo, who lived a generation before Saint Leonard, was another outstanding apostle of charity. Early in his priesthood, after a dramatic encounter with human suffering, “all his capabilities, especially his economic and organizational abilities, were used to give life to initiatives in support of the neediest.” He founded the "Little Home of Divine Providence," involving scores of people -- priests, religious and laity alike -- in a great charitable outreach which continues today.
May the example of these two great priests, outstanding for their love of God and their devotion to Christ and the Church, continue to inspire and sustain the many priests today who generously devote their lives to God and to the service of our brothers and sisters in need. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 28, 2010
On ZENIT's Web page: Full text: www.zenit.org/article-29074?l=english
The Pope made a one day trip to Turin. After venerating the Shroud of Turin, he meditated on “The Mystery of Holy Saturday.”
“One could say that the Shroud is the icon of this mystery, the icon of Holy Saturday.” He said “After the two World Wars, the concentration camps, the gulags, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, our epoch has become in ever great measure a Holy Saturday: the darkness of this day questions all those who ask about life, it questions us believers in a special way. We too have something to do with this darkness.”
“This is the mystery of Holy Saturday! It is from there, from the darkness of the death of the Son of God, that the light of a new hope has shone: the light of the Resurrection. And it seems to me that looking upon this cloth with the eyes of faith one perceives something of this light.”
“I think that if thousands and thousands of people come to see it -- without counting those who contemplate copies of it -- it is because in it they do not see only darkness, but also light; not so much the defeat of life and love but rather victory, victory of life over death, of love over hatred; they indeed see the death of Jesus, but glimpse his resurrection [too].”
Even in the extreme solitude of death, there will be a voice that calls to us and a hand extended to us, Benedict XVI said.
“Dear friends, let us praise the Lord always for his faithful and merciful love. Departing from this holy place, we carry in our eyes the image of the Shroud, we carry in our heart this word of love, and we praise God with a life full of faith, of love and of charity.” TURIN, Italy, MAY 2, 2010
"If we are united to Christ, we can truly love" Benedict XVI said in his homily when he celebrated Mass in Turin. Jesus “gave himself to us as model and source of love. This is a love without limits, universal, able to transform all the negative circumstances and all the obstacles into occasions for progress in love.”
“Giving us the new commandment, Jesus asks us to live his own love, which is the truly credible, eloquent and efficacious sign that announces to the world the Kingdom of God.”
“Obviously with our own power we are weak and limited.” he affirmed, “But the Lord promised us to be present in our life, making us capable of this generous and total love, which knows how to overcome all obstacles.”
“Loving others as Jesus loved us is possible only with that strength that is communicated to us in our relationship with him, especially in the Eucharist, in which his Sacrifice of love that generated love is made present in a real way.”
“The Risen One has a strength of love that overcomes every limit, that does not stop at any obstacle. And the Christian community, especially in the situations that are the most pastorally demanding, must be a concrete instrument of this love of God.” The Holy Father noted.
“He who was crucified, who shared our suffering -- as the sacred Shroud also reminds us in an eloquent way -- is he who is risen and wants to reunite all of us in his love.”
“It is because of this that the Shroud is a sign of hope: Christ faced the cross to put up a wall against evil; to make us see, in his passion, the anticipation of that moment in which for us too, every tear will be wiped away, when there will be no death, no mourning, no lament anymore.”
“The first absolutely new thing realized by God was Jesus’ resurrection, his heavenly glorification. It is the beginning of a whole series of “new things” in which we also have a share. “New things” are a world full of joy, in which there are no more suffering and destruction, there is no rancour and hate, but only the love that comes from God and transforms everything.” TURIN, Italy, MAY 2, 2010
Other papal messages and activities
Papal prayer intentions for May. His general intention is: "That the shameful and monstrous commerce in human beings, which sadly involves millions of women and children, may be ended."
The apostolic intention is: "That ordained ministers, religious women and men, and laypeople involved in apostolic work may understand how to infuse missionary enthusiasm into the communities entrusted to their care." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2010
Benedict XVI appointed six members for the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which will take place October 10-24 in the Vatican. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 26, 2010
The Pope received a Bible in Chinese from the leader of the ecumenical Taizé community. Brother Alois presented to the Pope the ecumenical community's latest initiative to aid the Christian community in China by publishing and distributing free of charge one million Bibles throughout the country. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 27, 2010
On the occasion of the 8th European Migration Congress, which is taking place in Malaga, Spain, Benedict XVI sent a message. The congress is sponsored by the Council of European Bishops' Conferences. The Holy Father encouraged the participants "to continue with their efforts to offer adequate pastoral care to all those who suffer the consequences of having abandoned their homeland or who feel they are without a land of reference." Some 100 delegates of the various European episcopal conferences, representatives of civil society and others who work in this field are taking part in the meeting. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 28, 2010
The English translation of the Roman Missal will be published soon. The Holy Father welcomed the news but acknowledged that "many will find it hard to adjust to unfamiliar texts after nearly forty years of continuous use of the previous translation." He cautioned that the liturgical changes need to be made with sensitivity "and the opportunity for catechesis that it presents will need to be firmly grasped." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 28, 2010
The promotion of education is the way to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said Benedict XVI while meeting with that country's new ambassador to the Holy See. The Holy Father noted that even if the Congolese desire a good education for their children, "the weight of direct financing by the families is great and quite unsustainable for many." He expressed the hope "that a just solution can be found."
He noted that the country has lived "particularly difficult and tragic moments" in these years. "I am thinking in particular of women, of young people and children, whose dignity was derided continually through the violation of their rights," the Holy Father stated, adding that he wished to assure them of his "solicitude" and "prayer." VATICAN CITY, APRIL 29, 2010
The market is not capable of regulating itself, but the principles that should regulate it are accessible with reasoned reflection. The Holy Father affirmed this when he addressed the 16th plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences: "The worldwide financial breakdown has, as we know, demonstrated the fragility of the present economic system and the institutions linked to it. It has also shown the error of the assumption that the market is capable of regulating itself, apart from public intervention and the support of internalized moral standards."
"Economic life should properly be seen as an exercise of human responsibility, intrinsically oriented towards the promotion of the dignity of the person, the pursuit of the common good and the integral development -- political, cultural and spiritual -- of individuals, families and societies," he clarified. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 201
On ZENIT's Web page: Full text: www.zenit.org/article-29101?l=english
Music is a valuable tool in the educational process, particularly as the present situation of society requires a renewed commitment to youth. The Pope said this Thursday after a concert in his honor to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his election to the See of Peter. He affirmed that music is "capable of opening minds and hearts to the dimension of the spirit and of leading persons to raise their gaze on High, to open to absolute Goodness and Beauty, which have their ultimate source in God. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2010
On ZENIT's Web page: Full text: www.zenit.org/article-29100?l=english
Benedict XVI met with Legion of Christ visitors. The five bishops responsible for the apostolic visitation of the Legionaries of Christ met with representatives of the Holy See to discuss their reports and proposals after the visits to the centers of that congregation over the past months. A Vatican spokesman said it cannot be expected that particular decisions about the congregation will be made at this moment.These decisions will be made by the Holy Father in a later moment, "after careful study and reflection on the results of the visit," he added. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2010
Cardinal Paul Mayer passed away today at the age of 98. Though retired at the time of his death, the cardinal had served as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments and president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei." The Holy Father expressed "sentiments of heartfelt grief" to Nokter Wolf, abbot primate of the Benedictine Confederation, the congregation to which the cardinal belonged, to all the Benedictine family and to the relatives of the deceased.
With his death, the College of Cardinals now has 180 cardinals: 108 electors and 72 non-electors. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2010
The prison world has much need of hope and, hence, of the Gospel. Benedict XVI sent a message expressing his appreciation for a project designed to help prisoners and their relatives. The Italian Catholic charismatic movement, Rinnovamento nello Spirito announced the launch of the National Reinsertion and Work Agency, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and the Monsignor Francesco Di Vincenzo Institute of Human Promotion Foundation, to help prisoners and ex-convicts to join the community after serving their sentences. Some 20,000 members of the movement are currently gathered in Rimini for a national conference. VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2010
"Be witnesses of Christ in our times," the Pope told the young people who filled a rainy St. Charles Plaza, spotting it with their multicolored umbrellas. The youth sang a song about the holy Face, especially composed for the occasion. Just before going to venerate the cloth believed to be the one in which Jesus was buried, the Holy Father told the youth: "May the Holy Shroud be for you in a totally unique way an invitation to imprint on your spirits the face of the love of God, so as to be you yourselves, in your environments, with those of your age group, a credible expression of the face of Christ."
He reminded youth of their appointment with the Pope in Madrid in August 2011, where the next World Youth Day will be held. TURIN, Italy, MAY 2, 2010
On ZENIT's Web page: Full text: www.zenit.org/article-29116?l=english
Before praying the midday Regina Caeli the Holy Father spoke about the Virgin Mary who in Turin is venerated with the title Blessed Virgin of Consolation. “The Virgin Mary is she who more than any other contemplated God in the human face of Jesus” he said “From her we can always learn how to look upon Jesus with a gaze of love and of faith, to recognize in that human countenance, the Countenance of God.” “To her I entrust this city and all those who live here. O Mary, watch over the families and the workers; watch over those who have lost faith and hope; comfort the sick, those in prison and all who suffer. O Help of Christians, sustain the young people, the elderly and persons in difficulty. O Mother of the Church, watch over her pastors and the whole community of believers, that they may be “salt and light” in the midst of the world.” TURIN, Italy, MAY 2, 2010
The Pope visited the Little House of Divine Providence. He encouraged those who are ill and suffering, reminding them they have an important mission in the Church. The Holy Father had reflected on the testimony of its founder, Father Joseph Cottolengo (1786-1842) during his general audience last Wednesday. TURIN, Italy, MAY 2, 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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|Published by: mario|
|Date: 2010-05-10 10:34:31|
|im very happy about our shepard ss benedict XVI
the humble vineyard servant. i long for his thological teachings. soon as i have some money i will donate for sure! thank you sisters and brothers.
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