The Holy Father´s Week: September 13, 2010

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


Theology As Well Can Receive a Particular Contribution From Women, because they are capable of speaking of God and of the mysteries of the faith with their specific intelligence and sensitivity. The Holy Father affirmed this at the general audience in Paul VI Hall as he continued reflecting on St. Hildegard of Bingen, the great nun and mystic of the twelfth century.


   This saint brought a woman's insight to the mysteries of the faith. Her celebrated visions vividly interpreted the word of God for her contemporaries, calling them to a committed Christian life.


   The Holy Father focused on the writings of the saint, who is "distinguished for her spiritual wisdom and holiness." In her many works she contemplated the mystic marriage between God and humanity accomplished in the Incarnation, as well as the spousal union of Christ and the Church, he said.  She also explored the vital relationship between God and creation, and our human calling to give glory to God by a life of holiness and virtue.


   Benedict XVI noted how Hildegard was involved with medicine and the natural sciences, as well as with music, being gifted with artistic talent. She even composed hymns, antiphons and songs. [...] For her, the whole of creation is a symphony of the Holy Spirit, who in himself is joy and jubilation."


   Hildegard was a wise and audacious spiritual leader, the Holy Father continued. Her vast learning and spiritual authority also led her to work for the renewal of the Church in her day. She was even fearless in rebuking the emperor himself when he started a schism. She reminded the emperor that he, too, is subject to God.


   Benedict XVI concluded his reflection with an appeal that the faithful invoke the Holy Spirit so that he will raise up in the Church holy and courageous women, like St. Hildegard of Bingen, whose God-given gifts will enrich the life of the Church in our own time.  VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 8, 2010


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The Holy Father reflected on God’s mercy before praying the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo. In Chapter 15 of Luke's Gospel Jesus tells the three "parables of mercy" when he speaks of the "shepherd who goes after the lost sheep, of the woman who looks for the lost coin, of the father who goes to meet and embrace his prodigal son."


   "How can we not open our heart to the certainty that, although being sinners, we are loved by God?" The Pope asked, God "never tires to come to meet us, he is the first to take to the road that separates us from him."


   In the "parable of the son who returns "home,"we note that when the older brother appears indignant over the festive welcome given his brother, it is always the father who goes to meet him and plead with him."


   "Only faith can transform egotism into joy and restore right relations with our neighbour and with God". He affirmed.


   "Jesus speaks of the rejoicing in heaven which accompanies the return of sinners to the house of the Father. May his words encourage us to trust always in God's merciful love and forgiveness."


   "To the Virgin Mary, whose most holy name is celebrated today by the Church, I entrust our path of conversion to God." He ended. CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 12, 2010



The Pope asked the faithful to accompany him with prayer on his apostolic voyage to the United Kingdom. CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 12, 2010



Other papal messages and activities.


New apostolic nuncio to Jordan and Iraq was named. Benedict XVI named  Msgr. Giorgio Lingua, 50,and at the same time elevated him to the dignity of archbishop. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 6, 2010



The first Catholic university recognized in Sweden since 1477 was praised by a papal message encouraging the institute community to be dedicated with heart and mind to the pursuit of divine and human wisdom.


   The Newman Institute was actually founded by the Society of Jesus in 2001, however, the Swedish government accredited it just last April. UPPSALA, Sweden, SEPT. 7, 2010



The Pope assured his gratitude to the outgoing Japanese ambassador to the Holy See, Kagefumi Ueno, noting his appreciation for developments in the Vatican's relations with the Asian nation. Ueno's successor, Hidekazu Yamaguchi, will arrive in Rome at the end of this month. CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 7, 2010



Benedict XVI said he is "very much looking forward" to his visit to the United Kingdom, particularly the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, which will take place on the last day of the trip. After the general audience, Benedict XVI read a message in which he sends greetings to all the people of Great Britain and thanks the countless people who have been praying for the success of the visit and for a great outpouring of God's grace upon the Church and the people of that nation. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 8, 2010



The Pope warned against relativism in Human Rights work. Upon receiving in audience members of the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, he stated the need to develop a universal understanding of human rights. "On different occasions I have pointed out the risks associated with relativism in the area of values, rights and duties," the Holy Father said. "If these were to lack an objective rational foundation, common to all peoples, and were based exclusively on particular cultures, legislative decisions or court judgments, how could they offer a solid and long-lasting ground for supranational institutions such as the Council of Europe, and for your own task within that prestigious institution?


   The Bureau met with the Pontiff in honour of the 60th anniversary of the 1950 signing in Rome of the European Convention on Human Rights. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 8, 2010 



The Holy Father remembered the feast of Mary's birthday. At the conclusion of the general audience in Paul VI Hall, during his traditional greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds, he drew on the example of Mary's faith.


   He said: "For you, young people, I ask the Holy Virgin the gift of an ever more mature faith; for you the sick, an ever stronger faith; and for you, dear newlyweds, an ever deeper faith." VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 8, 2010



Benedict XVI noted the faith and hope in God's love expressed in the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, after a performance of Mozart's Requiem in the courtyard of the papal residence of Castel Gandolfo. "Mozart's Requiem is a lofty expression of faith, which recognizes the tragic character of human existence and which does not hide its dramatic aspects", he said, "and for this reason it is an appropriate expression of Christian faith, conscious that the whole of man's life is illuminated by the love of God." VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 8, 2010



The Pope greeted the prime minister of Cape Verde, Jose Maria Pereira Neves, after the general audience, held in Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. Cape Verde is an island country of 10 islands that are located off the coast of Western Africa, it has a population of some 430,00 inhabitants, 98% of whom are Catholics. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 8, 2010



A message signed by Benedict XVI's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, commended the 18th International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality. ROME, SEPT. 9, 2010



On the occasion of the Jewish festivities celebrated this month, the Pope sent a message of congratulations and friendship  to the chief rabbi of the Jewish community of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni. The Jewish calendar marks Rosh Hashana 5771 (New Year) Sept. 9-10; Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Sept. 18; and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Sept. 23-Sept. 29. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 9, 2010



Unity is a gift from God, Benedict XVI told the bishops of Brazil on the occasion of their five-yearly "ad limina" visit to Rome. He reminded them that "at the heart of all efforts for unity must be prayer, conversion and sanctification of life."


   He urged the bishops to promote dialogue among Christians in their country. In his address, the Holy Father recalled the Catholic heritage of Brazil, which goes back more than 500 years to the first Mass that took place in the country.


   "Division between Christians is in opposition to the will of the Lord that 'all be one.'" Benedict XVI lamented the "growing influence of new elements of society, which a few decades ago were practically foreign. This causes a consistent abandonment by many Catholics of the ecclesial life and even of the Church."


   The Holy Father urged the Church in Brazil to "commit herself to a new evangelization" and warned against an erroneous view of ecumenism that induces a certain doctrinal indifference that attempts to level, in an  a-critical Ireneism, all 'opinions' in a sort of ecclesiological relativism.  CASTEL GANDOLFO, SEPT. 10, 2010



Benedict XVI received in audience the president of Hungary, Pal Schmitt, whose government will hold the rotating presidency of the European Union in the first semester of 2011. VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 10, 2010



"God's justice is not blind but is imbued with mercy," Several Catholic bishops have requested clemency for Gregory Wilson, a prisoner scheduled for execution in a few days. Benedict XVI has joined them.


   The archbishop of Louisville noted that: "Our late Holy Father Pope John Paul II made a compelling argument that while states may have a right to use the death penalty as a way to safeguard society against an unjust aggressor; modern societies have the means to both protect society and allow for redemption." FRANKFORT, Kentucky, SEPT. 10, 2010


 
"Dedicate an adequate amount of time" to prayer, Benedict XVI told the newly ordained bishops participating in a seminar on evangelization, organized by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. "The Church places no small amount of hope, and she follows you with prayer and affection," he told those present.


   "The life of the bishop must be a continual oblation to God for the salvation of his Church, and especially for the salvation of the souls that have been entrusted to him," he added. CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 12, 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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