The Holy Father´s Week: July 19, 2010

A report on Benedict XVI´s messages and activities.
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The Word of God is eternal and gives meaning to our daily activity, Benedict XVI said before praying the Angelus with those gathered at Castel Gandolfo. Benedict XVI said vacation time is a favorable moment to give first place to "what is effectively the most important thing in life, that is to say, listening to the Word of God."

   In today's Gospel we are reminded of the need to rest from our daily labours, so that we may give time to the one thing that is truly necessary in our lives -- listening to the word of God in attentive stillness. The Pope reflected on the celebrated episode of Jesus' visit to the house of Martha and Mary narrated by St. Luke (10:38-42). "Christ's word is quite clear:" the Holy Father affirmed, "no scorn for the active life, nor much less for the generous hospitality; but a plain reminder of the fact that the one thing that is truly necessary is something else: listening to the Word of the Lord; and the Lord is there in that moment, present in the person of Jesus!"

   "Everything else will pass and will be taken away from us, but the Word of God is eternal and gives meaning to our daily activity." The human person "has need of God before all else, who is the interior light of love and truth." "Without love, even the most important activities lose value and do not bring joy. Without a profound meaning, everything we do is reduced to sterile and disordered activism." "And who gives us love and truth if not Jesus Christ?" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 18, 2010

Other papal messages and activities.

"Religious freedom, the path to peace." is the theme chosen by Benedict XVI for the 44th World Day of Peace. Religious freedom is rooted in the equal and inherent dignity of man, it is oriented toward the search for "unchangeable truth," and thus can rightly be presented as the "freedom of freedoms." As such, religious freedom is authentically realized when it is experienced as the coherent search for the Truth and the truth of man. The World Day of Peace is observed every Jan. 1, which is also the Solemnity of the Mother of God. VATICAN CITY, JULY 13, 2010

The pope rejoices over the release of Chinese bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo. The bishop was released July 7, after 15 months of detention. In fact, it was the 13th time that he was arrested since 2004. In these detentions, he was segregated and subjected to political indoctrination so that he would become part of the Catholic Patriotic Association, organization of the Communist Party that wishes to erect a national church with no relation to the Holy See. According to sources of AsiaNews agency, the last detention of the bishop was to "put an end to the Vatican's intentions to reconcile the 'official' Church [recognized by the Communist Party] and the underground Church of Hebei, the region with the largest number of Catholics." Two other bishops of Hebei are still missing. Bishop James Su Zhimin, 76, the ordinary of Baoding, disappeared in 1996. Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang, 87, of Yixian disappeared in 2001. VATICAN CITY, JULY 14, 2010

Benedict XVI expressed his spiritual closeness and sent his condolences to the civil authorities and all those affected by the last massacre in Uganda, which left 74 people dead and numerous wounded. The Pontiff is praying for the victims, the wounded and for the families that have lost loved ones.

   A fundamentalist group had warned that it would act violently in Uganda because of the latter's participation in the peace mission established in anarchic Somalia to support the government. The attack occurred on the 12th 0f July in a rugby club in Kampala, while thousands of people were watching the final of the 2010 South African Soccer Cup. KAMPALA, Uganda, JULY 15, 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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