Pope Bids Farewell to Germany

Sunday, September 25, 2011 1:53 PM Comments (2)

“Wherever God is present, there is hope: new and often unexpected horizons open up beyond the present and the ephemeral. In this sense I accompany in my thoughts and prayers the path of the Church in Germany.”

FULL TEXT:

Mr President of the Federal Republic,The Distinguished Representatives of the Federal Government,

of Baden Württemburg and its Communities,

Dear Brother Bishops,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Before leaving Germany, I would like very much to thank you for these days, so moving and eventful, spent in my native land.

I am grateful to you, President Wulff, for welcoming me in Berlin in the name of the German people and now, at the moment of my departure, for again honouring me...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI: Church Must Resolutely Reject Worldliness

Sunday, September 25, 2011 11:28 AM Comments (3)

The Pope has just delivered a keynote address to German Catholics working in the Church and civil society in which he warned of the dangers and consequences of worldliness entering the Church.

“In order to accomplish her true task adequately, the Church must constantly renew the effort to detach herself from the “worldliness” of the world,” he said. “In this she follows the words of Jesus: “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world”. One could almost say that history comes to the aid of the Church here through the various periods of secularization, which have contributed significantly to her purification and inner reform.”

Referring to the clerical abuse scandals of recent...READ MORE

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Pope: God's Heart Aches for Us

Sunday, September 25, 2011 9:10 AM Comments (0)
REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Pope Benedict XVI prepares to bless a child inside the popemobile as he arrives for the celebration of the Eucharist on the former airport site in Freiburg

– REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

In his homily for the final Mass of his visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI called on the faithful to have humble hearts, open to the love of Christ and the service of others.

Under clear blue skies at Freiburg’s former airfield, the Pope began by explaining that the ways of God are not those of man.

“There are theologians who, in the face of all the terrible things that happen in the world today, say that God cannot be all-powerful,” Benedict XVI said. “In response to this we profess God, the all-powerful Creator of heaven and earth. We are glad and thankful that God is all-powerful.”

But he stressed that “we have to be aware that he exercises his power differently from the way we...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI to Youth: Dare to be Saints

Saturday, September 24, 2011 3:38 PM Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims as he arrives for a prayer Vigil with young people in Freiburg September 24, 2011.(REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

“Dare to be glowing saints, in whose eyes and hearts the love of Christ beams and who thus bring light to the world,” the Pope said to young people at this evening’s prayer Vigil in Freiburg. “I am confident that you and many other young people here in Germany are lamps of hope that do not remain hidden. “You are the light of the world”.”

In a powerful discourse the Holy Father gave firm words of encouragement to the thousands of youth present.

He explained to them that belief needs to be supported by the faith of others, that they cannot remain silent about the existence of evil, that they can become saints, and that they must allow Christ to burn within themselves.

“In the final...READ MORE

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Pope: Church Must Seek New Paths of Evangelization

Saturday, September 24, 2011 1:49 PM Comments (2)

The Holy Father waves to the crowd from the popemobile as he arrives to visit the Freiburg Cathedral, September 24, 2011. (Reuters)

The Pope arrived in Freiburg this afternoon where, on this intensive trip, he had four meetings: with Orthodox Church leaders, seminarians, Church lay representatives, and the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

In his message to the Orthodox (full text below), the Holy Father encouraged a “common engagement” of Christians to “oppose vigorously every manipulative and selective intervention in the area of human life”. He called on both churches to build a society “equipped for the future”, and singled out defense of marriage and the family as a main concern.

To the Central Committee for German Catholics (ZdK), a lay body comprising representatives of various Catholic organizations in...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI: Imitate the Saints by Sharing the Faith

Saturday, September 24, 2011 5:25 AM Comments (0)

In his homily at this morning’s Mass under gloriously sunny skies in Erfurt, Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to those Germans who remained loyal to the faith under Nazism and Communism.

He also encouraged German Christians, who now live in relatively easier times for the Church yet have distanced themselves from it in large numbers, to shape their hard-won freedoms responsibly by imitating the saints and sharing their faith with others.

“Here in Thuringia and in the former German Democratic Republic, you have had to endure first a brown and then a red dictatorship, which acted on the Christian faith like acid rain,” the Pope said. “Many late consequences of that period are still having to...READ MORE

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Pope Meets German Abuse Victims

Saturday, September 24, 2011 5:20 AM Comments (0)

Yesterday evening after returning from Vespers in Etzelsbach, the Holy Father met with German victims of clerical abuse, two women and three men, in the seminary in Erfurt.  The meeting lasted for half an hour, during which the Pope expressed “deep compassion and regret” at the suffering of those abused by members of the clergy.

The full English text of the statement released by the Holy See Press Office:

This evening, in the seminary at Erfurt, Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of victims of sexual abuse committed by priests and church personnel. Subsequently he greeted some people who care for those injured by these crimes.

Moved and deeply shaken by the sufferings of the victims,...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Visits Catholic Enclave, Stresses Marian Devotion

Friday, September 23, 2011 12:36 PM Comments (0)

The Virgin Mary “wants to help us grasp the breadth and depth of our Christian vocation,” the Holy Father told a large number of pilgrims at Vespers this evening in Etzelsbach, a Marian Shrine and chapel of pilgrimage in the German region of Thuringen. “With a mother’s tenderness, she wants to make us understand that our whole life should be a response to the love of our God, who is so rich in mercy.”

Benedict XVI explained the meaning and purpose of Marian devotion, stressing that it is not “self-fulfilment that truly enables people to flourish, according to the model that modern life so often proposes to us.” That, he said, “can easily turn into a sophisticated form of selfishness.”...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin