May 3, 2013 / Maria News Pope Francis welcomes home Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI news.va – Pope Francis had words of welcome today as he greeted Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, who returned to take up residence inside Vatican city. Linda Bordoni reports… In style with his own personal manner, Pope Francis left the formalities of ...
You might think of him as “just the copy guy” but the Vatican’s copy guy actually has a different handle: “Monsignor 007.” Why the codename? That’s because Mitja Leskovar, the Slovenian priest who oversees photocopies of sensitive Vatican documents, is also responsible for a sweeping series of new security measures.
In its annual Vesak message to Buddhists all over the world, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue reflected on the growing phenomenon of interreligious education.
On this Christmas 2011, let us then turn to the Child of Bethlehem, to the Son of the Virgin Mary, and say: “Come to save us!” Let us repeat these words in spiritual union with the many people who experience particularly difficult situations; let us speak out for those who have no voice.
The Lord’s Nativity teaches us the concreteness of Christianity that is not a sentiment, but a relationship of the mind and heart with a Person, Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate.Those who look at the Child of Bethlehem with faith do not see only a man, but God, the Invisible made visible, the Word made Flesh, Grace in Person who has taken our human nature.
It was the second time in as many days that Benedict has pointed to the need to rediscover faith to confront the problems facing the world today.
Christmas, and how we should celebrate the festive season, was at the heart of the Holy Father’s catechesis this week as he appealed to believers not to allow the external symbols of Christmas time swallow up its truest, most sacred sense. That the Lord is born for us all, even today, for mankind of the third millennium.
Those closest to Pope Benedict XVI have observed that he is showing the signs of aging. The Holy Father is 84 years old, and will turn 85 on April 16. The demands and the rigors of the job with an Emperor’s responsibility, would be a herculean task for even a young man. But motivated by Spirit and responsibility, Benedict continues to keep a busy schedule.
“A pastoral approach which truly wants to help the people concerned must always be grounded in the truth,”
“irradiate and express to the world the love and presence of Christ”