Author Archive for Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jospeh
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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jospeh

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As we follow the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, let us fix our gaze on Jesus, Mary and Joseph and adore the mystery of a God who chose to be born of a woman, the Blessed Virgin, and to enter this world in the way common to all humankind. By so doing he sanctified the […]

Dating the Last Supper: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Dating the Last Supper: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection by Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI The Dating of the Last Supper The problem of dating Jesus’ Last Supper arises from the contradiction on this point between the Synoptic Gospels, on the one hand, […]

Homily for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God
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Homily for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, “May God bless us and make his face to shine upon us.” We proclaimed these words from Psalm 66 after hearing in the first reading the ancient priestly blessing upon the people of the covenant. It is especially significant that at the start of every new year God sheds upon us, […]

Christmas is a Time for Christians to Engage with the World
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Christmas is a Time for Christians to Engage with the World

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Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God,’ was the response of Jesus when asked about paying taxes. His questioners, of course, were laying a trap for him. They wanted to force Him to take sides in the highly-charged political debate about Roman rule in the land of Israel. […]

Pope Benedict XVI Christmas Address to the Roman Curia
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Pope Benedict XVI Christmas Address to the Roman Curia

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ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI ON THE OCCASION OF CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO THE ROMAN CURIA Clementine Hall Friday, 21 December 2012 Dear Cardinals, Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is with great joy that I meet you today, dear Members of the College of Cardinals, Representatives of the Roman Curia and the Governorate, for this […]

Consider the Faith of Mary
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Consider the Faith of Mary

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As part of our catechesis for this Year of Faith, it is fitting, during these last days of Advent, to consider the faith of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ. At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel greets Mary with an invitation to rejoice because the Lord is with her. This joy is that of the […]

Homily at Creation of New Cardinals
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Homily at Creation of New Cardinals

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Your Eminences, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today’s Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, the crowning of the liturgical year, is enriched by our reception into the College of Cardinals of six new members whom, following tradition, I have invited to celebrate the Eucharist with me this morning. I greet […]

The Holy Father's Palm Sunday Homily: The Great Doorway Leading into Holy Week
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The Holy Father’s Palm Sunday Homily: The Great Doorway Leading into Holy Week

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Palm Sunday is the great doorway leading into Holy Week, the week when the Lord Jesus makes his way towards the culmination of his earthly existence. He goes up to Jerusalem in order to fulfil the Scriptures and to be nailed to the wood of the Cross, the throne from which […]

Pope's Address to US Bishops During "Ad Limina" Visit
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Pope’s Address to US Bishops During “Ad Limina” Visit

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Dear Brother Bishops, I greet all of you with fraternal affection and I pray that this pilgrimage of spiritual renewal and deepened communion will confirm you in faith and commitment to your task as Pastors of the Church in the United States of America. As you know, it is my intention in the course of […]

Homily for Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
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Homily for Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is always a joy to celebrate this Holy Mass with the baptism of children on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. I greet you all with affection, dear parents, godparents and all of you, relatives and friends! You have come here — you said so aloud — so […]

Christmas Address to the Roman Curia
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Christmas Address to the Roman Curia

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Dear Cardinals, Brother Bishops and Priests, dear Brothers and Sisters, The occasion that brings us together today is always particularly moving. The holy feast of Christmas is almost upon us and it prompts the great family of the Roman Curia to come together for a gracious exchange of greetings, as we wish one another a […]

Pope Benedict XVI: Address to the Laity
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Pope Benedict XVI: Address to the Laity

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It seems to me particularly important that the theme “The Question of God Today” was chosen this year for the Plenary assembly.Wemust never tire of re-proposing this question, of “recommencing from God,” in order to give back to man the whole of his dimensions, his full dignity. For a mentality that has been spreading in […]

Pope Benedict XVI: Speech in Assisi
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Pope Benedict XVI: Speech in Assisi

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Distinguished Heads and Representatives of Churches, Ecclesial Communities and World Religions, Dear Friends, Twenty-five years have passed since Blessed Pope John Paul II first invited representatives of the world’s religions to Assisi to pray for peace. What has happened in the meantime? What is the state of play with regard to […]

Benedict XVI: The Door of Faith
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Benedict XVI: The Door of Faith

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The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that […]

The Listening Heart: Reflections on the Foundations of Law
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The Listening Heart: Reflections on the Foundations of Law

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Mr President of the Federal Republic, Mr President of the Bundestag, Madam Chancellor, Madam President of the Bundesrat, Ladies and Gentlemen Members of the House, It is an honour and a joy for me to speak before this distinguished house, before the Parliament of my native Germany, that meets here as a democratically elected representation […]

Wednesday Audience: The Need for Silence and Beauty
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Wednesday Audience: The Need for Silence and Beauty

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, In every age, men and women who have consecrated their lives to God in prayer – like monks and nuns – have founded their communities in particularly beautiful places: in the countryside, on hilltops, in mountain valleys, on the shores of lakes or of the sea and even on small islands. […]

WYD 2011: Pope Benedict XVI Addresses Young Professors
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WYD 2011: Pope Benedict XVI Addresses Young Professors

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Full text of the Pope’s address to young professors Dear friends, I have looked forward to this meeting with you, young professors in the universities of Spain. You provide a splendid service in the spread of truth, in circumstances that are not always easy. I greet you warmly and I thank you for your kind […]

WYD 2011: Pope Benedict XVI’s Welcome Address
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WYD 2011: Pope Benedict XVI’s Welcome Address

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I am grateful to Your Majesty for your presence together with the Queen, and for the kind and deferential words with which you welcomed me, reviving in me the unforgettable gestures of kindness which I received during my previous Apostolic Journeys to Spain, and most particularly during my recent Visit to Santiago de Compostela and […]

Address to Roman Rota: Marriage, a Bond of Justice and Love
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Address to Roman Rota: Marriage, a Bond of Justice and Love

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Dear Members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, I am glad to meet you at this annual event on the occasion of the inauguration of the Judicial Year. I address a cordial greeting to the College of Prelate Auditors, starting with the Bishop Antoni Stankiewicz, the Dean, whom I thank for his courteous words. […]

Homily at the Mass for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
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Homily at the Mass for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

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Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Rome, June 29, 2011 Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Non iam dicam servos, sed amicos” — “I no longer call you servants, but friends” (cf. Jn 15:15). Sixty years on from the day of my priestly ordination, I hear once again deep within me these words […]

Technology Must Help Nature Blossom
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Technology Must Help Nature Blossom

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ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO SIX NEW AMBASSADORS ACCREDITED TO THE HOLY SEE Thursday, 9 June 2011 Your Excellencies, I receive you with joy at the Apostolic Palace this morning for the presentation of the Letters accrediting you as Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of your respective countries to the Holy See: Moldova, Equatorial […]

Wednesday Audience: The Psalms Teach Us How to Pray
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Wednesday Audience: The Psalms Teach Us How to Pray

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? Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we have looked to a number of Old Testament figures who represent models of prayer. We now turn to the great “prayerbook” of sacred Scripture: the Book of Psalms. These inspired songs teach us how to speak to God, expressing ourselves and the whole […]

Wednesday Audience: Moses, Model of Intercessory Prayer
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Wednesday Audience: Moses, Model of Intercessory Prayer

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Continuing our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to the great prophetic figure of Moses. As the mediator between God and Israel, Moses is a model of intercessory prayer. We see this clearly in the episode of the golden calf (Ex 32). As Moses descends from Mount Sinai where he […]

Wednesday Audience: Jacob and the Long Night of Prayer
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Wednesday Audience: Jacob and the Long Night of Prayer

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to reflect with you on a text from the Book of Genesis which recounts a rather curious incident in the narrative of the Patriarch Jacob. It is a passage that is not easy to interpret, but it is important for our life of faith and prayer; we […]

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