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To free the soul from the mould of things and from banality

· Spiritual Exercises in the Pope's presence ·

On the hill's peak, Moses prays with raised hands until the sun sets, while in the underlying valley the people of Israel fight against Amalek: this is the biblical icon chosen by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to represent the future presence of Benedict XVI in the Church.  “This image represents his principal role for the Church: intercession, to intercede”, he said to introduce the meditations of the Spiritual Exercises – begun on Sunday, 17 February, at the Vatican, in the presence of the Pope.  And always in the spirit of the biblical passage, the Cardinal ended his opening greeting by expressing a wish “in the name of all: Moses was 120 years old when he died; his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.  This is certainly the great wish that we address to you”.  Before beginning the meditations, the Cardinal wanted to present a symbolic representation of spiritual exercises as that which “frees the soul from the mould of things, from the mire of sin, from the sands of banality, from the nettles and weeds of chatter”.

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