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Best wishes to Benedict XVI on his eighty-ninth birthday

“We are on our way to encounter the largest humanitarian disaster since the Second World War.” Pope Francis said this in a meeting with journalists ...

The beginning of faith

Benedict XVI gave an interview to Jacques Servais which was then published in the Book Per mezzo della fede, edited by Jesuit Daniele Libanori (Cinisello ...

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI as the latter leaves for Castel Gandolfo

Tuesday, 30 June. Pope Francis went to the Benedict XVI's residence in the Vatican Gardens to greet him and wish him a good stay in ...

Courage and humility

“Today I ask you to join me in prayer for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility.” This is the Pope's ...

Pope Francis’ lunch with Benedict XVI

Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI had lunch together on Friday morning, 27 December, in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Pope Francis had invited his Predecessor ...

Beyond the crisis towards renewal

If Christ, by his Resurrection, has overcome the greatest crisis of faith – the pre-Easter crisis of the disciples – and more particularly the crisis ...

An open dialogue

An interlocutor’s respect is measured by his ability to listen. The more attentive he is to the words addressed to him, the more authentic the ...

Who comes down to serve

We are on the right path if we try to be people who “come down” to serve, who bear God's free gift to the world. ...

Much of Benedict XVI and all of Pope Francis

The question least expected at the Holy See Press Office on 5 July was: “Why has the order been reversed?”. Someone from the Wall Street ...

Inauguration of the statue of St Michael the Archangel in the Vatican Gardens

An extraordinary presence graced the unveiling of the statue of St Michael the Archangel outside the Governorate, and for the consecration of Vatican City State ...

Homilies for friends

The Italian edition of Volume XII of Joseph Ratzinger's Opera Omnia, edited by Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of ...

Benedict XVI in the monastery of Mater Ecclesiae

With great brotherly warmth Pope Francis welcomed Benedict XVI yesterday afternoon, Thursday 2 May, back to the Vatican after a little more than a two-month ...

Best wishes from Pope Francis to Benedict XVI

On Tuesday morning, 16 April, Pope Francis telephoned Benedict XVI to wish him a happy 86 th birthday. Just before the telephone call, he had ...

In priestly communion with Benedict XVI

Pope Francis telephoned Benedict XVI in the late morning of Thursday, 28 March, following the celebration of the Chrism Mass in the Vatican Basilica. On ...

We are brothers

“We are brothers”. Those three words which Pope Francis addressed to Benedict XVI are enough to describe the atmosphere of their meeting on Saturday, 23 ...

Best Wishes from Pope Francis to Benedict XVI

On Tuesday afternoon, 19 March, Pope Francis telephoned Pope emeritus Benedict XVI with his most heartfelt wishes on his name day, the Feast of St ...

Europe Beloved and alerted

“Unfortunately, from a demographic point of view, one must note that Europe seems to be following a path that could lead to its departure from ...

Like a simple pilgrim

At 8:00 p.m. Thursday, 28 February, the Pontificate of Benedict XVI endded the 'sede vacante' began. Just before, around 5:20 p.m. the Pope arrived at ...

An act of extraordinary historic and human significance

I renew to Benedict XVI — in the concluding moment of his mandate — the grateful and affectionate greeting of Italians. I felt and feel ...

Like the disciples of Emmaus

The following is the English translation of the greeting by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, addressed to Benedict XVI in the ...

The Church is reawakened in souls

Venerable and Dear Brothers, I welcome you with great joy and I offer each one of you my most cordial greeting. I thank Cardinal Angelo ...

From a humble worker to a humble pastor

In the week that precedes Lent the Byzantine liturgy sings this troparion: “In vain do you rejoice in not eating, my soul! You abstain from ...

In a new way

An extraordinary and moving General Audience and his meeting with cardinals: these were the last great public moments of Benedict XVI’s Pontificate. It is the ...

I have never felt alone

Not a return to private life nor abandonment of the Cross of Christ, but a service of prayer carried out still “within the bounds of ...

With simplicity and humility

At the end he won; Pope Benedict XVI transformed the last audience of his pontificate into a moving experience of Christian joy. Even at the ...

It is not abandonment

We have to believe in the total sincerity of the Pope when he says “it is not an abandonment.” This was said by the Secretary ...

Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father entrusted to the Apostleship of Prayer for the Year 2014

January Universal: That all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of all peoples. For Evangelization: That Christians of diverse denominations may walk ...

Called to scale the mountain

“At this moment of my life... the Lord is calling me 'to scale the mountain', to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation. But ...

The Pope meets with the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano

On the morning of Saturday, 23 February, at 11:30 a.m., Benedict XVI received in audience the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, accompanied by ...

The hand of God in the obscurity of the world

To believe means the ability “to touch the hand of God”. Especially in the “silence of the dark night”, when it seems that “the devil ...

Benedict XVI leaves the pontificate

The following is the English text of the words with which Benedict XVI , at the close of the Ordinary Public Consistory held Monday morning, ...

The Pope of consistence

Last 11 February, Pope Benedict XVI's unexpected announcement of his renunciation of his ministry stunned not only the Catholic Church but all Christendom and public ...

Benedict XVI, an example of faith also for the Lutherans

On the day after his election to the Papacy, which took place on 19 April 2005, Benedict XVI stated in a message to the Cardinals ...

The seed of new life

In our suffering and dying in total solidarity with Christ, a seed of life has been planted, a seed of resurrection and the beginning of ...

Wisdom is acquired through suffering

Evil, pain, and culpability are expressions of the limitation of human creatures. Yet the great means of communication teach us all about the ways and ...

Here is what qualifies the Catholic identity   of charitable organizations

Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid, and Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon propose various reflections on Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio "Intima Ecclesiae Natura", ...

The power and fruitfulness of humility

The following is our translation of the French article that appeared in the “Figaro Magazine” on 15 February 2013, entitled “The Encyclical Not Written By ...

If time is history radiating eternity

Walking with integrity, practising justice and truth of heart, but even to fight against calumny, to respect one's neighbour, to defend the dignity of the ...

The way of God and the way of man

“Thank you for your prayers in these days, difficult for me”. Pope Ratzinger was addressing his compatriots and expressing his gratitude for their support. He ...

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

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: ...

A period of silence

Retreat time of silence is beginning in the Vatican. After the Sunday Angelus, that, as usual Benedict XVI prayed at noon in St Peter’s Square ...

The future is God’s

An unprecedented event, the news of which is still ringing around the world: Benedict XVI has renounced the Papacy. The Pontiff himself made the announcement ...

The Church is Christ’s

At the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 13 February, in the Paul VI Hall, Benedict XVI repeated his decision to renounce the Pontificate “in full ...

Wisdom never ages

I am sorry about the Pope’s decision to renounce the Pontificate. This is an original decision as he is an original and courageous man. I ...

The news that changes your life

“It is the faith the must direct the gaze and action of the Christian, because it is a new criterion of the intelligence and action ...

The hierarchy of things

"In the foundations of Catholicism", Julia Kristeva – a naturalized French semiologist and psychoanalyst, originally from Bulgaria – said to the Italian newspaper Avvenire, "Benedict ...

The logic of ethics

Ongoing development should be given priority over mere assistance. Above all, however, it is necessary to found international cooperation on the logic of ethics. This ...

Respect and gratitude

After the surprise – respect and thankfulness. Amidst the world-wide reactions which have followed in the wake of Benedict XVI's announcement to resign from the ...

At the Pope’s house

At Marktl am Inn the clock seems to have been turned back by at least eight years. On Monday afternoon, 11 February, the little square ...

New Paths

The best and clearest understanding of Benedict XVI’s Church comes through at the moment of the greatest amazement and dismay of many: when the Pope ...

Have no fear if God calls

Man is not “the author of his own vocation”, he “gives a response to the divine proposal”. Thus, if God calls on “human weakness, we ...

An unexpected announcement ringing through the Consistory Hall

Dismay, surprise, astonishment and emotion were the immediate reactions to Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement to “renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome” in the Consistory ...

The world expresses surprise and respect

The news of Benedict XVI's renunciation from the pontificate has travelled quickly, monopolizing the news websites and live television broadcasts. It is catalyzing the focus ...

It is Peter who speaks

Once again Benedict XVI, speaking off the cuff for almost half an hour, talked about the nature of being Christian. His inspiration came from the ...

Youth without hope society without a future

“If young people no longer hope and move forward, if they do not integrate their energies, vitality and ability to anticipate the future in the ...

We and God

In the age of science and technology does speaking of creation still make sense? Benedict XVI put this disturbing question to the faithful at the ...

The strength of the Christian

A 'particularly intense' meeting between Benedict XVI and Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, took place on Monday afternoon, 4 February, in a small hall outside of ...

We must invest in family life

“Invest in life and in the family, also as an effective response to the current crisis”. Benedict XVI renewed his appeal to the Bishops of ...

We cannot separate faith and charity

There is neither separation nor opposition between faith and charity. Because in Christian life “everything proceeds from Love and tends towards Love”, the Pope explains ...

A Father who never tires of us

It is far from easy today to talk about God's fatherhood, especially in the Western world, marked by the break-up of families and by absorbing ...

Never again the horrors of the Shoah

A “terrible tragedy which deeply hit the Jewish people” which today “must represent a constant warning for all, so that the horrors of the past ...

Unity among Christians for peace in the Middle East

Christians in the Middle East “face painful trials and difficulties which are a source of deep concern to us all”. They must work together “in ...

Authenticity and truth in the culture of social networks

Engaging in “a wise and balanced way, help(s) to foster forms of dialogue and debate which, if conducted respectfully and with concern for privacy, responsibility ...

Christians against the tide

“Christians must not be afraid to swim 'against the tide' in order to live their faith, resisting the temptation to conform”. The Pope said this ...

The divisions among Christians disfigure the face of the Church

One of the gravest sins “that disfigure the Church’s face”is the sin “against her visible unity”, and, in particular, “the historical divisions which separated Christians ...

Before the only man who is the measure for all

With the Foreword to the Infancy Narratives, Joseph Ratzinger Benedict XVI has completed his trilogy on Jesus of Nazareth, whom the Church professes as the ...

Together for a just and fraternal society

“To advance in the ways of ecumenical communion thus demands that we become ever more united in prayer, ever more committed to the pursuit of ...

Seeking God's face

The desire “to see God's face” is innate in every human being, even in non-believers. The Pope said this at the General Audience this morning, ...

Heaven opens above the children

Twenty newborn babies were baptized by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday morning 13 January, The Liturgical Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, in the ...

The mystery of a God with human hands and a human heart

The Son of God “worked with human hands, he thought with a human mind, he acted with a human will and he loved with a ...

Good Samaritans for a suffering humanity

The attitude of the Good Samaritan, knelt in front of our suffering brothers and sisters, was re-proposed by Benedict XVI in his Message for the ...

Vintage Pope Benedict

A round-table of ambassadors to the Holy See representing three of the world's seven continents. This was the scene on Monday afternoon, 7 January, in ...

The bearing walls of a free society

A strong call to the “grave responsibility to work for peace” which is especially incumbent upon civil and political authorities. This was the core of ...

His leitmotif

The end of the civil year, which coincides with events of the Church, has for sometime now offered the Pope a special opportunity to address ...

The charity of the Pope for the humanitarian crises on the planet

388 armed conflicts, 20 of them very intense; 79 humanitarian crises, 41 desperate appeals requiring immediate responses. These are figures which reflect the dramatic situation ...

How a tweet from the Pope originates

“When we entrust ourselves to the Lord completely, everything changes. We are children of a Father who loves us, and never leaves us”. Benedict XVI ...

The poor knocking at the Pope's door

With 7,000 requests for financial assistance and approximately 900,000 Euros donated in 2011, the Office of Papal Charities testifies to the Pope's “hand” in charity ...

A earth where peace springs out

There is a good earth, a healthy earth freed of all selfishness and all lack of openness; a earth that God has prepared to come ...

The Pope visited Paolo Gabriele in prison

This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to inform him personally of his ...

Benedict XVI’s crib

This year too the Nativity scene in the private apartments of Benedict XVI has a familiar atmosphere: indeed it is set in Largo San Martino ...

The memory of humanity

Benedict XVI's Addres to the Roman Curia at the end of a year marked by shadow — but also by light — will be remembered ...

Record retweet for Benedict XVI

In his first week on Twitter with his Twitter handle @pontifex Pope Benedict XVI topped a record number of followers, exceeding pop stars like Justin ...

Christians without compromises

Today, Thursday, 20 December, the “Financial Times” has published an article that Benedict XVI wrote at the British newspaper's request on the occasion of Christmas ...

That silent force which triumphs over the din of the powers

The poverty of a Child who is born expresses that silent force of truth and love which overcome the tumult of the powers in the ...

Children of a God who is close

Advent is a time of joy because in this season expectation of the Lord's coming is wakened in the hearts of believers. His presence among ...

The Pope’s Christmas wishes

Veritas de terra orta est! (“Truth shall spring out of the earth”). Benedict XVI chose these words from Psalm 85:12 for this year’s Christmas card, ...

Pope Benedict XVI's new popemobile

Registration card n. 6,224 is for the new popemobile that Mercedes Benz has offered to Benedict XVI. It was first used last Saturday, 8 December, ...

Almost a small encyclical

The breadth of its outlook tempts one to describe the Message for the World Day of Peace as an encyclical in miniature. Two events that ...

Young people need truth

It is once again the educational emergency that worries the Pope. He therefore placed it among the main challenges we must face in our epoch. ...

Seeking signs of God in a distracted world

“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless you all from my ...

Christ decisive force to transform America

“The Catholic Church is convinced that the light for an adequate solution can only come from encounter with the living Christ, which gives rise to ...

That voice in the silence

Today's world needs to savour once again the atmosphere of that “moment crucial to humanity’s destiny”, in which “God was made man”. It is a ...

International aid for the people of the Congo

At the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 5 December, the Pope asked for peace and aid for the people of the Democratic Republic of the ...

@pontifex a tweet in 8 languages

The Press Office of the Holy See, packed as usual on these special occasions, a panel laid out for the presentation of perhaps the most ...

The primacy of man

A passionate defence of the human being who today is undervalued by a culture that reduces him to “cog in a productive and financial mechanism ...

The ignorance  of the faith

The ignorance of the content of the faith is one of the most serious problems of our time and is an obstacle for the mission ...

How to speak of God in 140 characters

It is clear that there are some people on the net who are in turmoil. Despite the fact that it has not been officially presented, ...

Speaking of God our time

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 28 November, the Holy Father called for access to effective drugs and appropriate treatment for those suffering from AIDS. ...

In the kingdom of the love that serves

Peace and respect for one another in the Middle East, justice and reconciliation in Colombia. The Pope entrusted his concerns for the situation in the ...

Protection, justice and work for seafarers

They are a vulnerable people, exposed not only to the threat of crime, but constricted to suffer heavy restrictions to their personal freedom; they are ...

For a justice that rehabilitates and recovers for society

“To practise justice” it is not enough that those found guilty of crimes be identified and punished. “Everything possible must be done to correct and ...

Brave decisions for peace

The time has come to “make brave decisions for peace” and “to put an end to a conflict” which is having negative repercussions throughout the ...

Where are you from?

The new book of Joseph Ratzinger-Benedetto XVI, The Infancy Narratives , was launched at the Vatican on Tuesday, 20 November. Published in Italian by Rizzoli ...

The protest of the Magi

At the beginning of the 1960s in certain even Catholic exegetic circles a wave of scepticism, if not actually self-sufficiency, concerning the canonical Gospels of ...

To increase in communion and in witness

The ceremony of the enthronement of Tawadros II took place in St Mark's Cathedral, Cairo. He is the 118th Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, ...

The true event

Jesus is “the true event which remains the firm and enduring point in the midst of the world’s upheavals”.The Holy Father said this at the ...

Missionaries of the new evangelization

“Missionary commitment is an essential dimension of faith. We cannot be true believers if we do not evangelize”. Benedict XVI wrote this in the Message ...

Ecumenism in the time of the New Evangelization

The “very close link that exists between the task of evangelization and overcoming the existing divisions between Christians” was highlighted by Benedict XVI in his ...

To respond with gentleness and respect to the practical atheism that clouds the ethical horizon

Christianity is the “life blood” from which to draw to encourage “the renewal of consciences” and a “harmonious orientation to the common good”. The invitation ...

Like an open book on life

“It is beautiful to be old!”. This is the Message that Benedict XVI left this morning, Monday, 12 November within the walls of the “home-family” ...

Responding to the global struggle against violence

The purpose of overcoming the violence that threatens the construction of a world based on justice and peace calls for responsibility to be taken by ...

Who gives order to the universe's chaos

The universe “is not chaos or the result of chaos, rather, it appears ever more clearly as an ordered complexity” originating “in God’s creative Word”. ...

The Holy Father's Message of good wishes

Benedict XVI has sent, through the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, a Message to Mr Barack Obama, reelected President of the United States. In his Message ...

Peace in Syria before it is too late

The Holy Father appeals for peace in Syria. At the end of the General Audience of Wednesday, 7 November, in St Peter's Square, the Pope ...

Even those who love deserved to be loved

When God's love is rooted in our hearts, we become capable of loving even those who do not deserve it. The Pope said this at ...

Benedict XVI's Message for the election of Tawadros II

His Holiness Anba Tawadros Pope-elect of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark I was filled with joy on learning of your election ...

Between heaven and earth

The communion “between heaven and Earth” is an “endless feast”. It is the meaning of the liturgical solemnity of All Saints and so it was ...

The Place of the faith

The Pope expressed his prayer and solidarity for those suffering the devastation caused by the hurricane which recently struck the East Coast of the United ...

Faith and hope among the possessions of emigrants

“Migrations: pilgrimage of faith and hope” is the theme chosen by the Pope for the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2013. ...

The light that opens the eyes of man

“The urgent need to proclaim Christ anew in places where the light of faith has been weakened, in places where the fire of God is ...

Mission countries

It was at the end of a terrible summer of war when on 12 September 1943 in Lyons a little book came out. Its title ...

For the unity and communion of the Church

Six new Cardinals will be created by the Pope at the Consistory on 24 November. Benedict xvi made this announcement at the end of the ...

How to be evangelizers

Bearing witness and proclaiming the Christian message, “configuring ourselves to Christ and following his same way of life”: this was Benedict XVI's suggest for “how ...

In Syria on behalf of the Pope and of the Synod

Benedict XVI has arranged to send a delegation to Syria to express solidarity and closeness to the tormented people of that nation, both on behalf ...

For a humanity free from hunger

Setting humanity free from hunger is possible. Benedict XVI is certain of it and even points out how: it would suffice to abandon policies “that ...

How hard it is for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God

The relationship between wealth and holiness is the topic of the reflection that the Pope proposed to the faithful gathered yesterday, Sunday 14 October, in ...

A pilgrimage in the deserts of today’s world

“A pilgrimage in the deserts of today’s world”. This is the suggestive image chosen by Benedict XVI to represent the Year of Faith, inaugurated this ...

More than a commemoration

Ever since Benedict XVI announced the Year of Faith it has been understood that the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council ...

It was a splendid day, Benedict XVI recalls

It was a splendid day on 11 October 1962 when the Second Vatican Council opened with the solemn procession into St Peter’s Basilica in Rome ...

The lesson of the Council

The Second Vatican Council documents remain “a compass in our time too that permits the Barque of the Church to put out into the deep”. ...

Recounting those years

Unexpectedly announced at the beginning of 1959, the Second Vatican Council was not only the most important religious event of the twentieth century but also ...

The trilogy to be completed by Christmas

It will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair from 10-14 October that Rizzoli Publications will present for the first time the new book by Joseph ...

The fire of the Gospel

The Synod opened with a great concelebration in St Peter's Square. Beforehand Benedict XVI had proclaimed two new Doctors of the Church, including the fourth ...

Hildegard of Bingen a woman and sage of the Church

The following is the English text of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, dated 7 October 2012, proclaiming Saint Hildegard of Bingen, professed nun ...

John of Avila preacher and spiritual master

The following is the English text of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, dated 7 October 2012, proclaiming Saint John of Avila, diocesan priest, ...

Making evangelization concrete

Confessio and caritas are pillars of evangelization. The path of the new evangelization must run along these lines. Benedict XVI stressed this in his reflection ...

The newness that springs up in the wilderness

Half a century has passed since the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. The largest gathering of bishops ever to be held in history opened ...

The Loreto House

Just as he went there fifty years ago, the Bishop of Rome has returned to Loreto. At that time it was John XXIII – “that ...

Where God lives we are all at home

In Loreto, following in the footsteps of John XXIII, Benedict has entrusted to the Blessed Virgin the Year of Faith and the Ordinary General Assembly ...

Towards the Year of Faith and the Synod

The Pope is going to the Shrine of Loreto on 4 October to commend “to the Mother of God the principal ecclesial events for which ...

Pace and security for the Congolese

The Pope appealed for the Congolese peoples who “because of persistent armed conflicts are subjected to suffering, violence and severe hardship”. At the Angelus on ...

Europe urgently needs a new evangelization

Against the background of social and spiritual challenges, the Church in Europe is called “to reflect on the perennial task of evangelization and on its ...

Moral perfection, the loftiest value of sport

Moral and spiritual perfection are worth more than any physical achievement and constitute the greatest value of sport. The Holy Father said this to those ...

The liturgy is a service and participation in God's action

The liturgy is a service “on behalf of the people and participation in “God's action”. The Pope said this at the General Audience on Wednesday, ...

The road map of peace

Benedict XVI pointed out the way to peace. It is now up to those who have the destiny of the Middle East in their hands ...

In God's logic there is no room for pride

In “God's logic” there is no room for pride, “for he is wholly fullness and is wholly oriented to loving and to giving life”. The ...

International protection of marriage and the family

If the commitment to searching for a solid, ethical foundation in social action and the decisive protection of the family in the international square is ...

Courage and optimism, a response to secularization

The Church in France, described by John Paul II at the Mass he celebrated at Le Bourget on 30 June 1980 as an “educator of ...

The ecumenical dimension of the Pope's Visit to Lebanon

A big step forward in achieving unity with the Christian Orthodox Churches. It is in this way that Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical ...

Rights and dignity of the indigenous peoples

The Church does not consider any legitimate human aspiration strange and makes her own the loftiest aspirations of the indigenous peoples who are all too ...

Christians and Muslims united for peace

Christians and Muslims united for peace. This was appeal was raised during those intense days of the recent Apostolic Journey to Lebanon, and reiterated on ...

The silence of arms, peace in hearts

Benedict XVI left Lebanon with a new appeal for peace in the Middle East. The Pope once again condemned the ferocity and hatred that invades ...

The true face of the Church

The Visit that Benedict XVI has just made to Lebanon was naturally a Journey of peace. Most of the media noted this. And their comments ...

That cedar the Pope planted

The image of the small cedar tree planted in a garden by Benedict XVI together with President Michel Sleiman will live on among the most ...

Under the sign of brotherhood and dialogue

I never thought of giving up this Journey. Benedict XVI repeated these words without hesitation in answering the questions put to him by journalists this ...

Religion and violence

On the papal Journey Benedict XVI's first words were clear and his message was strong and decisive. During the interview with the journalists on the ...

To Lebanon as a messenger of peace

The Pope is going to Lebanon as a “messenger of peace” and the dramatically mounting tension that still today affects the entire region of the ...

Peace with respect for differences

Two days before departing for Lebanon the Holy Father launched a new appeal for peace in the “land of the cedars” and throughout the Middle ...

A longed-for journey

A journey that has never been disputed, most of all because the Pope strongly desired and is very keen to go “to the Middle East ...

In search of a place of peace

A Sunday under the banner of peace. This is what yesterday, 9 September, was in the Pope's words and intentions. In a certain sense it ...

In Colombia hatred gives way to forgiveness

“Sow the Gospel and gather reconciliation, knowing that, wherever Christ goes, peace makes headway, hatred gives way to forgiveness and rivalry is transformed into brotherhood”. ...

Young Churches grow

The “ shared and joyful... lively and creative” faith of the young Catholic communities in mission countries is “a sign of hope for the future ...

Jesus holds the Church in his hand

Jesus holds the Church in his hand, speaks to her with the cutting force of a sharp sword and shows her the splendour of his ...

It is not we who possess the truth but the truth which possesses us

It is the truth that possesses us, it is something alive! It is not we who possess it; rather we are grasped by it”. The ...

The truth has us

The prophetic vision of ecumenism is what stuck in the minds of former students of Benedict XVI, gathered in the so-called Ratzinger Schülerkreis , who ...

A man of God who loved the Word and served the Church

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica and Vicar General of His Holiness for Vatican City, represented Benedict xvi at the funeral of Cardinal ...

The true religion is to live listening to God

True religion is “to live listening to God in order to do his will”. A way of life, which the Pope spoke about at the ...

With love it is impossible to stoop to compromises

“With love for Christ, for his words and for the Truth, we cannot stoop to compromises”. According to the Pope this is the lesson that ...

The meeting of the Pope's alumnae dedicated to ecumenism

The traditional summer seminar of Benedict XVI's former students, members of the so-called Ratzinger Schülerkreis, will be held in Castel Gandolfo from 30 August to ...

Cordial meeting between the Pope and Prime Minister Monti

The situation in Europe, the main challenges which the Union is facing and the contribution of the people, especially the younger generations, to human and ...

The mark of the Devil

Deceitfulness is “the hallmark of the Devil”. The Pope said at the Angelus on Sunday, 26 August, speaking of the betrayal of Judas to the ...

Lay people co-responsible for the being and acting of the Church

Co-responsibility demands a change of mindset, particularly with regard to the role of lay people in the Church. The Pope wrote this in a Message ...

The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi

On Wednesday afternoon, 22 August, the Jesuit Chinese Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, Bishop emeritus of Kaohsiung, died in Taiwan. He was born on 3 December ...

The Queen who serves

A Queen at the service of humanity who walks beside us every day, who loves us, listens to us and intercedes for us. In this ...

An event that promises hope

“An important event that promises hope for the future”. In this way the Pope defined the joint declaration signed by the Patriarch of Moscow and ...

God is man's home

The Assumption is understood in relation to Easter, the great mystery of Christian salvation. The creature “most immersed in this mystery” is Mary who in ...

The nine ways of prayer

Bowing as a sign of humility; lying prostrate on the ground to ask forgiveness for his sins; on his knees in penance, participating in the ...

God's horizon

We must not stop at a purely human horizon but open ourselves to the horizon of God, to the horizon of faith. Benedict addressed this ...

A Bavarian evening for Benedict XVI

On Wednesday afternoon, 1 August, they left Landshut, in the heart of Bavaria, on a special train. They stopped at Freising, Munich, Rosenheim, Prien and ...

Let us knock at the Lord’s door with trust

The Pope addressed invitation “to knock at the door of the Lord confidently, knowing that he cares for all his children” to the faithful who ...

Enough of violence and blood

The Pope calls for the end of “every form of violence and bloodshed” and expresses the hope of a future of peace and stability for ...

The Pope's condolences on the death of Osvaldo Payá Sardiñas

The Substitute of the Secretariat of State, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, sent a telegram to Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of San Cristobal de ...

Olympic brotherhood

The Evil One always endeavours to spoil God’s work, sowing divisions in human hearts and in interpersonal, social and international relations. It is therefore necessary ...

A 'Nobel Prize' for theology during the Synod of Bishops

The presentation of the “Ratzinger Prize”, in its second year, will take place on Saturday morning, 20 October, in the context of the upcoming Synodal ...

The importance of Vatican II

The documents of the Second Vatican Council contain an enormous wealth for the formation of the new generations of Christians. At Frascati, on Sunday, 15 ...

A shining star

The following is a translation of the message in Spanish that Benedict XVI sent to Bishop Jesús García Burillo on the occasion of the 450th ...

Blessed are the peacemakers

For the celebration of the 46th World Day of Peace of 1st January 2013, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has chosen the following theme: "Blessed ...

A symphony of peace

“To achieve peace it is necessary to be engaged, leaving violence and weapons aside” and to patiently search “for possible understandings”. This was the message ...

My friend Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI welcomes him and acknowledges him with the warmth one feels for an old and dear friend. Maestro Daniel Barenboim points to him as ...

The most beautiful memory of the Council

For Benedict XVI Monday, 9 July, on the occasion of his visit to the centre of the Verbite Missionaries on the Lake of Nemi, was ...

Benedict XVI renews his trust in Cardinal Bertone

To the Venerable and Beloved Brother Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone On the eve of my departure for Castel Gandolfo for the summer period, I wish to ...

The community of Castel Gandolfo welcomes Benedict XVI

For the second year in a row Benedict XVI will pass the entire summer period in the residence of the Pontifical Villas in Castel Gandolfo, ...

Reserves of love for the suffering

“Reserves of love” for the suffering. This is how the Pope described doctors, nurses and all those who guarantee religious assistance in clinics and hospitals ...

Christian brotherhood

With a homily as beautiful as it is profound – which goes far beyond the occasion but of course illuminates it — Benedict xvi celebrated ...

To the roots of communion

The Second Vatican Council, the 50th anniversary of whose opening is to be celebrated next 11 October, has marked “a new and important phase in ...

The way of Christian life

If people of our time want to find themselves, they must empty themselves of their selfishness and fill themselves with the love of God. This ...

I have seen that life begins again

“It is possible to build and rebuild”. In the heart of Emilia, devastated by earthquakes, the Pope stressed realism and hope. We are small and ...

To the victims of earthquakes to show the solidarity of the Church

The Visit that the Pope will make on Tuesday, 26 June, to the region of Emilia struck by earthquakes signifies “a sign of the whole ...

A faith purified and revitalized

In Colombia “the people of God are called to purify themselves and revitalize their faith”. Speaking this morning, Friday 22 June, to bishops from the ...

Putting a stop to bloodshed and violence in Syria

On Tuesday morning, 21 June, in the Clementine Hall, the Pope met with the members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the Eastern ...

Peace and reconciliation in Nigeria

The full collaboration of all the members of Nigerian society” is necessary in order to abandon “the path of revenge” and collaborate “in building a ...

Before the mystery of God

There is still a lot to do in order to realize a “real liturgical renewal” desired by the Council Fathers, especially regarding the full engagement ...

Like fragile earthen vessels

Union with God does not distance us from the world. On the contrary, it gives us the strength to really live and do what must ...

The choice between falsehood and truth

Thirty minutes for a Lectio Divina with a high theological profile, as that presented by the Pope on Monday evening, 11 June, in the Basilica ...

A voice  for the important questions

The activities of the University Centre in Bydgoszcz, Poland, for studies on the thought of Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI, begin today, Monday, 11 June. And they ...

The courage of faithfulness

“God’s faithfulness is the key to, and the source of, our own faithfulness”: a virtue that “for those who work in the Holy See, is ...

Returning to the sacred

The world needs the sacred. Its disappearance, in fact, “inevitably impoverishes culture” and risks leaving an open field for “many substitutes present in the society ...

Putting football to good use

For the European Championship of football — taking place from 8 June to 1 July in Poland and Ukraine — the Pope sent a Message ...

An inspiring example of dedication

“An inspiring example of dedication to duty and a commitment to maintaining the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, in keeping with a noble vision ...

Epiphany of the family

Milan, the city of the family – an epiphany of the family: with these two phrases Benedict XVI summed up the three days he spent ...

Milan and Christian joy

Benedict XVI’s stay in Milan will certainly be remembered as one of the most important Journeys of his pontificate. It combined his Visit to the ...

Milan secular and religious

It was and is secular and religious Milan that welcomed and surrounded with affection Benedict XVI, Successor of the Apostle Peter. Two dimensions, that of ...

Benedict XVI in Milan

Benedict XVI is in Milan for the conclusive celebrations of the Seventh World Meeting of Families. He arrived in the capital of Lombardy on Friday ...

The image of the Holy See falsified

Sorrow at what has happened in the Vatican in these past few days, but also trust in the Holy Spirit's support of the Church and ...

The Pope’s stolen papers

Bitterness and sorrow at what has happened in the past few days in the Vatican but also determination and trust in coping with a situation ...

From Babel to unity

"The break-up of Babel is contrasted with the unity of Pentecost”. In these words Benedict XVI recalled the “perennial truth” of the biblical narrative which ...

At the service of Truth

“Our Munich, our Bavarian land, is so beautiful for the Christian faith awakened its best forces; it took nothing from its vigour but made it ...

Let us start afresh from God

The “ancient and new mission” that the Pope announced to participants in the General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference at the Audience on Thursday ...

Christianity, a religion of trust

Christianity is not “a religion of fear but rather of trust and love”, because it reveals to human beings the true nature of a God ...

Pope's prayer for Italy

“Every time we pray the earth is united to Heaven” and so our invocation “reaches God himself”. With these words, pronounced yesterday, Sunday, 20 May, ...

The Gospel of gift and gratuitousness

Gratuitousness is not found in the marketplace nor can it be prescribed by the law. However both the economy and politics are need of the ...

Catholic unity and new evangelization

The “Catholic unity” as “an essential condition for the fulfilmentof the Church’s mission” was reiterated by the Pope on Friday morning, 18 May, in his ...

Prayer makes us free

Prayer helps to overcome all forms of slavery to free oneself from contradictions, and lets one enjoy the authentic freedom of being God's children. In ...

Building the city of man

Arezzo and Sansepolcro -- two communities that for centuries have embodied the model of the “city of man” built in the image of “The City ...

Words stronger than the bad weather

The words of Benedict XVI were stronger than the bad weather that prevented him from going to La Verna, the memorial of the Franciscan mystic, ...

Peter trusts God

Calm and trusting. St Peter's attitude during his imprisonment was one “which trusted in God, he knew that he was surrounded by solidarity and the ...

The indispensable union with Christ

Like branches joined to the vine: this is the Gospel image the Pope used to describe the task which is incumbent on Christians through Baptism. ...

The future of society young people formed in the faith

The contribution which Catholic educational institutions can offer to the building of a “society ever more solidly grounded in an authentic humanism” was a central ...

Social policies in response to poverty and insecurity

The world economic crisis continues to create poverty, to increase insecurity and exclusion and to feed people a sense of frustration and injustice that “can ...

Without love science loses its humanity

Only love guarantees the human and noble nature of science, sheltering it from relativism which weakens thought and blurs ethical values. Benedict XVI stated this ...

God never tires of reaching out to man

God never tires of reaching out to man; even if he often encounters an attitude of misunderstanding and diffidence, if not “obstinate opposition”, as the ...

The Pope calls for prayers for vocations

On Good Shepherd Sunday, also World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Benedict XVI ordained, in the Vatican Basilica, nine new priests of the Diocese of ...

Charity and justice are a spiritual service

There are no limits to helping our neighbours, but it is essential that it be done in the light of the Holy Spirit, so that ...

Committed to serving Peter's mission with conviction

About $80 million has gone to grants and works of charity that are especially dear to the Pontiff's heart. In nearly 25 years of work, ...

Joseph Ratzinger Theologian and Pope

As a tribute to Benedict XVI on his 85th birthday and the seventh anniversary of his election as Successor of Peter, the newspapers “Il Sole ...

Abuses in tourism destroy people's lives

For a “different type of tourism” that respects “the dignity of persons and of peoples” rather than being pervaded by by “the most abject of ...

A meeting on the Church in China in the Vatican from 23 to 25

The Commission, established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 to study the issues of greatest importance concerning the life of the Catholic Church in China, ...

Support for the evangelization and development of the poor

A support to the Church’s mission of evangelization and the integral development of those in poorer countries: this is how Benedict XVI stressed the value ...

I thank God in a special way once again for my years of life and ministry

“A great hymn of praise to God” and an occasion to give thanks to “God in a special way once again for my years of ...

The Word of God rule of the faith of the Church

The word of Scripture is not “an inert deposit within the Church” but the “supreme rule of faith and power of life”. Benedict XVI wrote ...

Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise

On Friday, 20 April, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall the Gewandhause Orchestra and Choir of Leipzig and the MDR Radio Choir will give a ...

The fraternity and imagination of a gentle man

A gentle and calm man, able to create friendship and cordiality, even during work meetings, which with him are never “routine and rigid, but infused ...

A Church that prays

A miracle. This is what happens when believers, tested because of their faith, find themselves united in prayer “like one person” to invoke the Lord's ...

Pope Benedict is not alone

The eighth year of the Pontificate of Benedict XVI is just beginning. On 19 April 2005 at the age of 78 he was elected in ...

The joy of faith

Recent news and opinions, marked by the logic of informative agendas, usually succeed one another so rapidly that because of the greater importance of other ...

A family celebration

Benedict XVI had a “Bavarian” celebration this morning, 16 April, receiving best wishes on his 85th birthday from a large delegation of civil and religious ...

The Brothers Lionheart

If you walk into Rome’s Feltrinelli bookshop and ask for The Brothers Lionheart, you will get it immediately. For it is a classic that is ...

In the simplicity of prayer

Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican on Friday, 13 April, after a week’s rest at Castel Gandolfo. He arrived 48 hours earlier than expected so ...

The beginning of the new world

“Today too the Risen One enters our homes and our hearts, even though the doors are sometimes closed”, to bring “joy and peace, life and ...

The witness of women in the Church’s journey

The Holy Father presented the witness of women in the Church’s journey to the faithful in Castel Gandolfo on Easter Monday, 9 April, before praying ...

A life changing encounter

The Church is close to “all human situations of suffering and injustice”, the Holy Father said after celebrating Mass in St Peter’s Square on Easter ...

Twenty important figures for Pope Benedict

Benedikt XVI. – Prominente über den Papst (Benedict XVI: important figures on the Pope) is the title of the book presented to the Pontiff by ...

The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Daoud

The Syrian Cardinal H.B. Ignace Moussa I Daoud died at eight o'clock in the morning of Holy Saturday, 7 April in Rome. He was Prefect ...

In the Cross is the strength and hope of the family

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once more in meditation, prayer and song, we have recalled Jesus’s journey along the way of the cross: a journey seemingly ...

The Pope's Greeting for Easter 2012

Surrexit Christus, spes mea (“ Christ my hope is risen” ). These these words – from the Easter Sequence Victime paschali laudes, which are sung ...

On the Mount where Jesus opened the path to freedom

In the prayer to the Father on the Mount of Olives, Jesus “resolved the false opposition between obedience and freedom”, and “opened the path to ...

The dynamic of true renewal

The true renewal of the Church is the configuration of self to Christ. That was Benedict XVI's prompt response to “a group of priests from ...

In the wake of the Second Vatican Council

In the Homily given during the Chrism Mass that ushers in the Sacred Triduum in the Heart of the of the Christian liturgical year, Benedict ...

Days of joy and hope

His Journey to Mexico and Cuba was marked by “unforgettable days of joy and hope” that “are carried in the heart” of the Pope. This ...

That loving gaze upon the world

Being able to look at the world with God's eyes: for Christians this is the “great message” that Palm Sunday brings. Benedict XVI proposed it ...

Moving ahead with courage and patience

A gift of God. This is how Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, described the Visit of Benedict XVI to Mexico and ...

The Pope's aid to the suffering people of Syria

It is well known that the Holy Father has made several appeals for a stop to the violence in Syria, so that a path for ...

When charity unites

“Cor Unum” will fund a new project for the agricultural development in two dioceses in Cuba. These projects are the very fruit of Benedict XVI's ...

Truth and freedom

Under the banner of both truth and freedom the Pope’s Visit to Cuba has concluded. It was the third Visit to America and twenty-third international ...

The politics of charity

Not by chance was this considered the most political day of the Pope’s stay in Cuba during which he paid a Courtesy Call on President ...

Pope's request for Cuba

The private meeting between Benedict XVI and Raúl Castro took place on Tuesday, March 27, at the Presidential Palace in Havana and lasted for about ...

In the footsteps of his Predecessor

Pope Wojtyła’s Visit to Cuba left an indelible mark, in the opinion of his Successor who arrived about 15 years later and chose to dedicate ...

An island of hope

Cuba, island of wonders and pirates, island of Márquez and Hemingway, of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, of Felix Varela and José Martí, enchantment and ...

The path of joy for evangelization

“Rejoice in the Lord always” ( Phil 4:4) Dear young friends, I am happy to address you once more on the occasion of the 27th ...

Sorrow and hope

“Hope” is the key word of Benedict XVI’s Visit to Mexico. A Visit that intentionally embraced the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean, the ...

Sign of God for our time

On the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council the Bishops’ Conference of France organized a meeting in Lourdes from 24 to ...

The overwhelming excitement of the Mexican people

It had to happen. The Pope in Mexico wearing a sombrero, it simply had to happen. Among the multitude who waited through the night in ...

Return to America

Benedict XVI’s Journey to Mexico and Cuba can be described as a return for two reasons: because it is in continuity with the successive visits ...

The open path to freedom

Pope Wojtyła has begun his Journey along a path, signifying hope, freedom and peace for the peoples of Mexico and Cuba. But now we must ...

Benedict XVI expected in Mexico and Cuba

Everything is in León is now ready to welcome Benedict XVI on his 23rd Apostolic Journey outside Italy. Mexico and Cuba are the destinations of ...

Towards Mexico and Cuba

The Pope asked the faithful to accompany him spiritually in Mexico and Cuba, where he will visit from 23 to 29 March. At the Angelus ...

In the life of the great ecclesial community

The Fathers of the Church (in particular Cyril of Jerusalem, John Chrysostom, Theodore of Mopsuestia) in their prebaptismal sermons especially during Lent, introduced, one could ...

Without Mary the Church does not exist

“It is impossible to talk about the Church unless Mary, Mother of the Lord is present”. This comment of Cromatius of Aquileia on the Acts ...

The ecumenical character of the Camaldolese spirit

Recalling St Gregory the Great’s “radiant witness”, the Pope celebrated the millenium of the Sacred Hermitage of Camaldoli together with the Archbishop of Cantebury and ...

Commitment to and Prayer for Unity

In the Church of the monastic complex of San Gregorio al Celio - “birthplace of the link between Christianity in Britain and the Church of ...

Prophecy of the contemplative life

We are publishing the homily given by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams, during First Vespers of the III ...

Reasoned defense of Christian marriage

It is urgent and necessary to take another look at marriage preparation programs especially to help the youth, who seem to be unaware that the ...

Hope for the Middle East

Benedict XVI made an Appeal during Wednesday's General Audience, 7 March, “to persevere with hope amid the grave suffering that afflicts these beloved peoples” of ...

On the mountain top to be closer to God

From “the wilderness” of the temptations to the “mountain” of the Transfiguration in order to experience the closeness of God: this is how the Pope ...

Toward the light

Benedict XVI concluded the week of Spiritual Exercises in the Vatican, which took place in the “Redemptoris Mater” Chapel. The meditations were given by Cardinal ...

Experiencing God’s presence in the wilderness

At noon on Sunday, 26 February, the First Sunday of Lent, before leading the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father ...

The human and Christian dignity of procreation

On Saturday morning, 25 February, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father addressed the participants at the end of the 18th General Assembly of ...

The New Evangelization is also carried out with charity

“The New Evangelization requires great openness of spirit and wise availability to all”, the Holy Father said to members of the Circolo di San Pietro ...

Humble and free from the pride of the world

Humility is born from the Christian reality which requires the ability to accept ourselves with our own limitations and trivial things in order to free ...

Towards a new dawn

Today we entered the season of forty days. They are days that represent the salient moments of faith of the People of God, during which ...

Health is a right that must be guaranteed

Everyone should be guaranteed the right of access to the means necessary for assuring their health. The Holy Father wrote these words in his Message ...

The unity of the Church is a gift to be protected and developed

"The unity of the Church is a divine gift to be protected and developed”, the Holy Father said to the22 new Cardinals and their relatives ...

Between mission and the New Evangelization

“The Announcement of the Gospel Today, Between 'missio ad gentes' and the New Evangelization” is the theme of the Day of Prayer and Reflection for ...

Path of brotherhood and cooperation

On Thursday, 16 February, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met with the participants at the Symposium of the Bishops of Africa and Europe ...

A new way of thinking as non-conformist Christians

Benedict XVI recommended a new way of thinking as non-conformist Christians to seminarians of the Diocese of Rome during the Lectio Divina held yesterday evening, ...

Ever in God's hands

Forgiveness, hope and entrustment: these are the three words that make Jesus' invocation in the imminence of death a demanding indication for “our prayer” and ...

Thirty years ago

Thirty years ago, on 15 February 1982, it was announced that John Paul II, complying with the wishes of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was relieving him ...

Africa is the continent of the future

While Africa is often described “in a belittling and humiliating way as the continent of infinite and insoluble wars and problems” on the contrary it ...

A bond strengthened over time

From Wojtyła to Ratzinger, Mexico has been in the heart of the Pope and the Pope in the heart of Mexico. This is the impression ...

When it seems as if God does not hear

At the General Audience of Wednesday, 8 February, the Pope launched an appeal for the people hit by the exceptional wave of cold weather which ...

Hearing the cry of the poor

"We should never be incapable of 'showing mercy' towards those who suffer. Our hearts should never be so wrapped up in our affairs and problems ...

On the good use of illness

“Illness can be a salutary moment in which to experience the attention of others and to pay attention to others”, but it can also be ...

Accepting and serving life

“In sickness we all need human warmth: to comfort a sick person what counts more than words is serene and sincere closeness”, the Holy Father ...

Fidelity and renewal

On Thursday, 2 February, Benedict XVI celebrated Vespers in St Peter’s Basilica on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also the World Day ...

The yes which frees

Like Christ in the Garden of Olives, we too “should be able to bring to God our labours, the suffering of certain situations, of certain ...

Authority means service, love and humility

Authority, according to the human interpretation and authority according to God’s interpretation were at the heart of the Reflection that Benedict XVI offered the many ...

Condolences of Benedict XVI on the death of Oscar Luigi Scalfaro

Having learned the news of the death of Senator Oscar Luigi Scalfaro during the night between Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 January, the Pope expressed ...

The priority Renewal of the faith

The priority of the Church as a whole is the renewal of faith. Of this Benedict XVI was convinced , who while meeting with participants ...

Christian unity a duty and a great responsibility for all

The re-establishment of unity is “a duty and a great responsibility”. For this reason the “active commitment” of all Christians is needed, because the reestablishment ...

The Church's centre and horizon

The proclamation of the faith is at the heart of the Church's life and is the horizon of every one of her projects and activities. ...

The centre and horizon of the Church

The proclamation of faith must be the centre and horizon of every ecclesial activity. The Pope underlined this in his 2012 Message for the 86th ...

Between silence and word

Benedict XVI's Message for the 46th World Day of Social Communications that will be celebrated next 20 May. The following is the text. Silence and ...

To the roots of unity

The search for unity insists on a “inner transformation” that opens believers to “a new life in Christ”, the Pope said, at the Angelus on ...

The canonical law is to be interpreted within the Church

The interpretation of canonical law can only be obtained through the Church. Benedict XVI underlined this point during the Audience with the members of the ...

The Eucharist is open to all and a true place of unity

The celebration of the Eucharist open to the parish community is the true place of the unity of all, the Holy Father said to members ...

Convincing witness in the face of radical secularism

In the face of the threats posed by radical secularism, Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Church's right to offer public moral witness. The Pope said this ...

United Christians on ethical and anthropological questions

Unity among Christians should be realized even on ethical and anthropological questions, in a way that can "help society and politicians to make wise and ...

For a common response to the spiritual thirst of our time

“How can we give a convincing witness if we are divided?”. It was in the perspective of the New Evangelization on Wednesday morning, 18 January, ...

Ecumenism today and the expectation of its fulfilment

“To work tirelessly to rebuild the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers”. This is the “impelling duty” of the successor of Peter. Already ...

To write the grammar of faith

In his first message to the cardinal electors with which he concluded the conclave that elected him Roman Pontiff, Benedict XVI forcefully reaffirmed his “determination ...

Millions that are not numbers

The Holy Father stressed the crucial role of the spiritual director on the journey of faith and, in particular, in the “response to the vocation ...

The Pope receives the Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy

On Saturday morning, 14 January, Benedict XVI received Mr Mario Monti, Senator and Prime Minister of the Italian Republic. The informal meeting that took place ...

Non-believers and the search for God

We are publishing the translation of an article from the journal “Palabra” by the Director of the Institute of Philosophical Investigation at the Universidad Nacional ...

Words never said

The following is our translation of almost all of an article posted on the website of the British daily, “The Guardian”. On Monday, Pope Benedict ...

Acceptance, solidarity, legality

Acceptance, solidarity and legality are the “fundamental values” that Benedict XVI pointed out to the administrators of the Lazio Region and of the Municipality and ...

The food that gives strength to those who are tired and bewildered

The Eucharist is the food of pilgrims which also becomes strength for those who are weary, worn-out and bewildered”. The Holy Father said this at ...

Respect for life and religious freedom

In the face of a “profound disquiet” generated by economic, political and social crises which has affected the world, it is necessary to “resolutely rediscover ...

Alongside the international community

Benedict XVI is frequently reproached for scant attention and scarce sensitivity to international scenarios and problems, but nothing is further from reality. Moreover his Discourse ...

With humble courage

A few months after the close of Vatican ii, it was Paul VI — the Pope who confirmed it and with respectful firmness guided it ...

Touched by God’s unrest

On Friday morning, 6 January 2012, the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St Peter’s Basilica. At this Mass, the ...

That wondrous exchange between the divine and the human

Christmas is “the point at which Heaven and earth meet” giving life to what St Athanasius of Alexandria describes as that “wondrous exchange” between divinity ...

Beside every weak and sick life

“Stand up and go; your faith has saved you” (Lk 17:19) Dear Brothers and Sisters, On the occasion of the World Day of the Sick, ...

The Pope and history

“Is the main point underlying the decisions to be made once again in the kind of relationship the Church of Rome wishes to establish with ...

Peace bread for humanity

History demonstrates it: the world needs peace “at least as much as bread”, Benedict XVI said on the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy, Mother of ...

At the school of prayer in the house in Nazareth

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our continuing catechesis on prayer leads us, during this Christmas season, to reflect on the place of prayer in the life ...

God opposes all violence

May “the hands of the violent” which “sow death” be stopped, and “may the Lord come to the help of humanity wounded by so many ...

The Pope and Lot’s wife

What does the Pope truly have at heart? With increasing clarity the answer comes from Benedict XVI himself. He has once again chosen the essential ...

A new way of being Christian

The joyous experiences of faith lived in Madrid with the youth of the world, then the recent Visit to Benin were moments of “great encouragement” ...

Horizons open to entering God's world

Dear Brothers and Sisters, As Christmas approaches, I offer prayerful good wishes to you and your families for a spiritually fruitful celebration of the Lord’s ...

Not a generic god but God who is alive and true

The Pope challenged those Roman university students who were to listen to him in the Vatican Basilica on 15 December. Speaking of the waiting for ...

Everyone’s Pope

As soon as Benedict XVI entered the chapel of Rebibbia Prison — a lovely modern church with splendid bronze doors — it was immediately clear ...

Justice and mercy

Joy and emotion. These were the sentiments expressed by Benedict XVI, speaking to the inmates in the Rebibbia district prison, with whom he spent the ...

Protagonists of evangelization

On Saturday morning, 17 December, the Holy Father met with Bishops of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference and of the Episcopal Conference of the ...

It is urgent to educate young people in justice and peace

Young people today, “can offer new hope” for the “sense of frustration at the crisis looming over society, the world of labor and the economy.” ...

The sign of God’s patience

On Thursday, 15 December, in the third week of Advent, the Holy Father presided at Vespers for the university students of Rome in St Peter’s ...

The realistic confidence of Pope Benedict

As always Pope Benedict went straight to the heart of the matter, preserving with firm and gentle clarity his vision of realistic confidence. Indeed, this ...

The logic of power breaks up society

Globalization and interdependence are not, “a threat, but an advantage,” if men and women understand that, “they have a common destiny,” said the Pope to ...

Hearts open to the needs of those beside us

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our continuing catechesis on prayer, we now consider Jesus’ own prayer, particularly in the context of his miracles of healing. ...

The Virgin and the flags

To see national flags in the Vatican Basilica is an unusual sight, yet they were there during the papal celebration for the bicentenary of the ...

New vocation of hope

The Pope encouraged Latin America and the Caribbean to renew, their, “vocation of hope,” in his homily at the mass celebrating the independence of countries ...

Witnesses of light

“In this world of darkness, we are called to be witnesses of light. This is our mission in the season of Advent: to be witnesses ...

The market must never lack solidarity

On Saturday morning, 10 December, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father addressed members of the Confederazione delle Cooperative Italiane [Confederation of Italian Cooperatives] ...

Hope in this difficult time

There is need for hope, “above all, in this moment which is so difficult for Italy, Europe and various other places in the world,” said ...

With the heart of little children

In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we are considering the teaching and example given us by Jesus himself. In the “cry of exultation” recorded ...

The moderate style of Christians

At noon on Sunday, 4 December, the Second Sunday of Advent, prior to leading the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square in the recitation of ...

The 28th language

This new edition will be presented on 9 December at the Beirut Arab Book Fair in Lebanon which opened Saturday. Nour al Aalam (Light of ...

A time of silence waiting for the Lord

On Friday, 2 December, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father attended a “Christmas Oratorio from the Alps” with songs and music by Hans ...

Young artisans in the meeting of cultures

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, headed by Archbishop Antonio Maria Vegliò, held its Third World Congress for the ...

New Evangelization inseparable from family

“The new evangelization is inseparable from the Christian family”. With these words on Thursday, 1 December, the Holy Father greeted the participants at the Plenary ...

Windows open to Heaven

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on prayer, we now turn to Jesus, who by his own example most fully reveals the mystery of ...

The egotism of the world and the hope of Africa

Old and new slavery makes Africa’s journey of development today still uncertain and difficult. Egotism of the market and special interest masked as piety, exclude ...

The pastoral approach to marriage  must be founded on truth

In 1998 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, introduced the volume: “On the Pastoral Care of the Divorced ...

An effective response to climate change

On Sunday, 27 November, the First Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father commented on this first Sunday of the new liturgical year, “a new journey ...

Illuminating disproportion

It should be immediately recognized that the second volume of Jesus of Nazareth by Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI forms a whole, together with the ...

Evangelization and conversion priorities of the Church

On Saturday morning, 26 November, Benedict xvi met with Bishops from the State of New York, Region ii of US Bishops on their “ad limina” ...

Beginning again from God

“The Question of God,” is the theme of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, currently meeting in Rome. An audience with ...

The courage of fraternity

The global economic crisis requires, “the courage of fraternity,” said the Pope on Thursday morning, November 24th, receiving in audience the participants at the Italian ...

A new season of hope

“ The Church in Africa”, the Holy Father said, “can play the lead in a new season of hope”. The Pope, addressing the faithful at ...

A new world

Why shouldn’t an African country show the rest of the world the way? Benedict XVI’s open-ended question on leaving Benin does not challenge only the ...

Pray for the Pope and for the little ones who suffer

Dear Young Friends, I thank Bishop René-Marie Ehuzu of Port Novo, Director of Social Ministry of the Benin Bishops’ Conference, for his words of welcome. ...

Spiritual renewal missionary consciousness

Your Eminences, Dear Archbishop Ganyé, President of the Episcopal Conference of Benin, Dear Brother Bishops, It is a great joy for me to meet this ...

May Africa be a light to the world

Your Eminences, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the course of this solemn liturgical celebration, we have given thanks to the ...

Cultivate Christian family values

Dear Brothers and Sisters, At the conclusion of this solemn Eucharistic celebration, having been made one in Christ, let us turn with confidence to his ...

From Benin the path of fraternity in justice

Mr President, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Authorities and Dear Friends, My Apostolic Journey to Africa has now come to an end. I thank God ...

We celebrate a king who identifies with the poor and sick

Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, Following in the footsteps of my blessed predecessor Pope John Paul II, it is a great ...

An extended hand

Benedict XVI’s Journey to Benin will live on and the images and words of the Pope on his return to Africa will long be remembered. ...

Open to a modernity rooted in values

Mr President, Your Eminence, Dear President of the Episcopal Conference of Benin, Civil, Ecclesiastical and Religious Authorities, Dear Friends, I thank you, Mr President, for ...

Africa needs servants of hope

Mr President, Distinguished civil, political and religious authorities, Distinguished heads of the diplomatic missions, Dear Brother Bishops, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, [ Solemn greeting ...

Let Christ shine through your life

Your Eminence, Bishop N’Koué, responsible for priestly formation, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear men and women religious, Dear seminarians and lay faithful, Thank you, ...

Under the shelter of Mary's mercy

Your Eminences, Most Reverend Archbishop and Dear Brother Bishops, Reverend Father Rector of the Cathedral, Dear Brothers and Sisters, The ancient hymn, the Te Deum ...

For the justice and good  of all Africans

Your Eminences, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, I cordially thank the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Nikola Eterović, ...

At the crossroads with gratuitousness

On November 17 & 18 th at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, the annual conference of the Social Doctrine of the Church was organized ...

Three reasons for a trip of hope

“We should not be afraid of modernity, but it cannot be constructed by forgetting the past.” The Pope, who has just arrived in Benin, has ...

Journeying with the Church in Africa

Perhaps more than ever before, this international trip to Benin - which Benedict XVI will begin on Friday morning, November 18th – is a sign ...

Love is stronger than hatred and evil

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 110, one of the famous “royal psalms”, originally linked to ...

Open doors for Benedict XVI at Italian universities

“How long ago those negative reactions to the Pope’s visit at the Sapienza University of Rome seem to us now!” said Giuseppe Costa, Director of ...

For reconciliation and justice in Africa

On Sunday, 13 November, at the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father asked the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square to pray for his ...

Nothing justifies the destruction of even one human life

The Church does not impede scientific progress, but on the contrary to guide it in a direction that is truly fruitful and beneficial to humanity. ...

Instruments of God’s Love for a more humane society

Visible instruments of God's love in the modern world. This is how the Pope defined those "millions of Catholic volunteers" who contribute to Church's charitable ...

Peace for Jerusalem and the Holy Land

Benedict XVI called for peace for Jerusalem and for the Holy Land, speaking to the members of the Israeli Religious Council, received in audience Thursday ...

The alphabet of God's law

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 119, a solemn celebration of the Torah , the Law ...

Sexual discrimination a serious crime against humanity

On Monday, 7 November, H.E. Mr Reinhard Schweppe, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to ...

Like a lamp to light us on our way through the night

Believing in God and living love means bearing “invincible hope, like a lamp to light them on their way through the night beyond death to ...

Man needs eternity

Faced by death “man needs eternity for every other hope is too brief, too limited for him”. The Pope said this at the General Audience ...

Moses extends the Covenant to all nations

At midday on Sunday, 30 October, the Holy Father greeted the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square and led them in the recitation of the ...

Teaching of religion does not hurt the secular nature of the State

“Teaching of a particular religion in State schools…does not only not prejudice the secularism of the State, it guarantees parents’ rights to chose the education ...

Brotherhood is stronger than division

In the Church, the “new family of those that believe in Christ”, there is no room for any kind of division because brotherhood is stronger ...

Journey of the spirit, journey of peace

“The journey of the spirit is always a journey of peace,” said Benedict XVI summarizing the most authentic message of the meeting in Assisi, which ...

Together towards the truth

No more war, no more violence, no more terrorism. Benedict XVI’s words echoed loud and clear again at the conclusion of the meeting in Assisi, ...

Let us continue on this path

In the afternoon of Thursday, 27 October, in the lower square of the Basilica of St Francis, in Assisi, the meeting for the Day of ...

God in history

In Assisi in an original reflection on the presence of God in history and on the important role of those who search for him, Benedict ...

The true God is accessible to all

God is not the "property" of believers and no one can in his name "feel vindicated in using force against others". This was the appeal ...

The journey of the spirit is always a journey of peace

"The journey of the spirit is always a journey of peace". This was, according to Benedict XVI, the most authentic message coming from the Day ...

The mosaic of peace

«‘Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace’ means the commitment which we want to solemnly renew, together with members of other religions and also with non-believers ...

Migrants and the New Evangelization

The following is the Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 98th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2012 on the theme: "Migration ...

Exemplary witnesses of the Gospel

On Sunday morning, 23 October, after presiding at Holy Mass for the Canonization of three new Saints, Pope Benedict XVI recited the Angelus with the ...

The vast and rich heritage that he left us

The "vast and rich heritage" left by John Paul II to the Church and the world was remembered by Benedict XVI in his Discourse to ...

Transformed by love

“Three new saints who allowed themselves to be transformed by divine love which marked their entire existence,” said Benedict XVI on Sunday morning, October 23rd ...

Changed by love

On Sunday, 23 October, World Mission Day, Guido Maria Conforti, Luigi Guanella and Bonifacia Rodríguez de Castro were canonized by Benedict XVI in St Peter’s ...

War a wound to human dignity

On Saturday, 22 October, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met with participants in the Sixth International Convention of Military Ordinariates and the Third ...

The Church promotes natural justice

On Friday, 21 October, the Holy Father received H.E. Mr Joseph Weterings, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Holy See, for the ...

Cooperation and solidarity

The following are excerpts of the address of the Ambassador H.E. Mr Joseph Weterings to Benedict XVI. Your Holiness, It is with mixed feelings that ...

A little corner of Australia in the centre of Rome

A "little corner of Australia to the ancient city of Rome": thus Benedict XVI defined the new welcome centre for Australian pilgrims in the Urbe, ...

The errors of the past should not condition the present

The errors of the past should not condition the present, rather it is necessary to continue propose solutions in "honesty and openness, in order to ...

The history of the goodness of God from creation to salvation

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 136. Known as the Great Hallel, this Psalm is ...

A journey that lasts a lifetime

Porta Fidei , [the “door of faith”], that is, the door God opened to the pagans at the time of the Emperor Claudius and of ...

Peace and harmony for the good of the Church

Peace and harmony for the good of the Church and for all people in the region of Kerala. To reach this goal the Pope calls ...

An urgent and exciting challenge

On Sunday, 16 October, after the Eucharistic celebration in St Peter’s Basilica concluding the first international meeting of the new evangelizers, the Pope prayed the ...

Leading us out of the desert into the life of Christ

“I have decided to proclaim a Year of Faith” which will begin on 11 October 2012 and end on 24 November 2013. The Holy Father ...

The door of faith

Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio data Porta Fidei of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI for the Indiction of the Year of Faith The “door of faith” ...

For a new relationship between family and work

In the current economic and social crisis “a new harmonious relationship between family and work” is to be sought, the Holy Father said to those ...

In the interest of citizens and of the common good

“You too are called in the exercise of your duties to combine authority and professionalism, especially at moments of tension and of conflict”. The Pope ...

For a peaceful coexistence in Egypt with respect for minorities

Distressed by the violent episodes targeting Coptic Christians which took place last Sunday, 9 October, in Egypt, the Pope expressed his profound sorrow for the ...

The train for Assisi

This morning, Tuesday, October 11, at the Vatican, trial runs are taking place for the arrival and departure of the train which will transport the ...

Signs from a seismic land

Cold, mud and fatigue were not enough to dim the signs of light during the eleven hours of Benedict XVI’s Visit to Calabria. The Pope ...

Care for others and for the common good

On Sunday, 9 October, the Holy Father departed from Ciampino Airport, Rome for his Pastoral Visit to Lamezia Terme and Serra San Bruno, in Calabria. ...

More attention to unemployment, youth and disabled persons

On Sunday, 9 October, after celebrating Mass in the former Società Italia Resine area in the industrial suburb of Lamezia Terme, the Holy Father introduced ...

Finding the essential in silence

In the late afternoon on Sunday, 9 October, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of Second Vespers in the Church of the Charterhouse at ...

Dialogue with religions and respect for minorities

An appeal to intensify dialogue with religions, with respect for differences and rights of minorities, was made by the Pope on the occasion of the ...

Care, water and food for people in the Horn of Africa

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Continuing our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. ...

Angels a sign of God’s care

At noon on Sunday, 2 October, before praying the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter’s Square the Holy Father commented on the Parable of ...

The Pope sends his best wishes to Rome’s Jewish community

On Thursday, 29 September, Benedict XVI sent a Telegram to the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Dr Riccardo Di Segni for Rosh Ha-Shanah, for Yom Kippur ...

I crossed Germany from north to south, from east to west

This past weekend I made an Apostolic Journey to my native land of Germany, visiting the cities of Berlin, Erfurt, Eichsfeld and Freiburg. The theme ...

New competences transferred to the Roman Rota concerning matters of marriage and ordination

Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio data Quaerit Semperof the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI with which the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus is amended and certain competences transferred ...

God respects our freedom

On Sunday morning, 25 September, the Holy Father concelebrated Holy Mass at Freiburg Airport with Archbishop Zollitsch of Freiburg and with the bishops of Germany's ...

Envoys of Christ to always be with him

Dear Seminarians, dear Sisters and Brothers! It is a great joy for me to be able to come together here with young people who are ...

We are all the early Church

Dear Cardinals, Brother Bishops, Distinguished Representatives of Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches! It is a great joy for me that we have come together here ...

That yes at the historical beginnings of our salvation

Dear Brothers and Sisters! At the end of this solemn celebration of holy Mass we now pray the Angelus together. This prayer constantly reminds us ...

From lukewarm Christians to lamps of hope

Dear young friends, Throughout today I have been looking forward to this evening, and to this opportunity to be together with you and to join ...

Confidence for the future of the Church

My dear Mr President of the Federal Republic, Distinguished Representatives of the Federal Government, of Baden Württemburg and its Communities, Dear Brother Bishops, Ladies and ...

How one must change the Church

Mr President of the Federal Republic, Mr Minister President, Mr Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, I am glad to be here ...

The real crisis facing the Church is a crisis of faith

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am grateful for this opportunity to come together, here in Freiburg, with you, the Council Members of the Central Committee ...

The third son

The Pope had announced to journalists on the flight to Berlin the purpose of this third Journey to his homeland since his election as Successor ...

Let us bot break the gift of unity

Dear Sisters and Brothers, “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through them” ...

The great and common task of ecumenism

Dear Brothers and Sisters, As I begin to speak, I would like first of all to say how deeply grateful I am that we are ...

Life as a response to the love of God

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I would like to greet all of you most warmly, all who have come here to Etzelsbach for this time of ...

Benedict XVI meets with victims of abuse

Benedict XVI was “moved and deeply shaken” by the suffering of a group of victims of sex abuse whom he met on Friday evening, 23 ...

Saints change the world

Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Praise the Lord at all times, for he is good.” These are the words that we sang just before the Gospel. ...

With a clear gaze

In the last days of the Second Vatican Council, at the end of a meeting with observers of other Churches and Christian professions, Paul VI ...

Politics at the service of rights and justice

Mr President of the Federal Republic, Mr President of the Bundestag , Madam Chancellor, Madam President of the Bundesrat , Ladies and Gentlemen Members of ...

From the "no" to God contempt for man is born

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, I am truly glad to be taking part in this meeting with you here in Berlin. I warmly thank President ...

We do not believe alone but with the whole Church

Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Sisters and Brothers, As I look around the vast Olympic Stadium, where you have gathered today in large numbers, ...

God has a human face and speaks with us

On Thursday morning, 22 September, the Holy Father flew from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Berlin on his third Apostolic Visit to his homeland. Soon ...

Natural rights of man common ground for religions

Dear Muslim Friends, I am glad to be able to welcome you here, as the representatives of different Muslim communities in Germany. I thank Professor ...

The sun over Germany

It is already possible to extend to the whole journey the poignant image of the sun over Berlin — as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung chose ...

To meet people and to speak to them about God

Mr President of the Federal Republic, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, I am honoured by the kind welcome which you have given to me here ...

Religion and freedom

Many people in Germany are looking forward to the Pope's Visit, despite the discord that is natural in a secularized society, and legitimate if expressed ...

The Pope meets the astronauts of the International Space Station

Four months after the historic call via satellite on 21 May with the astronauts of the Intenational Space Station, Benedict XVI received yesterday, 19 September, ...

Sentinels of creation in Castel Gandolfo

Similia similibus curantur. In reflecting on the significance of the gift offered to the Pope last Sunday by Coldiretti [Italy's largest farming group] – eight ...

The Church is a friend to the poor

Benedict XVI encouraged a group of Indian Bishops gathered for their "ad limina" visit, asking them "to carry forward the Church's efforts to promote the ...

Seeing God again on the world's horizon

A few days before his Journey to Germany, scheduled to take place from 22 to 25 September, Benedict XVI recorded a message for the programme ...

The cry of anguish that reveals Heaven

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we reflect on Psalm Twenty-two, a heartfelt prayer of lamentation from one who feels abandoned by God. Surrounded by enemies ...

The wine of the feast

In reporting Benedict XVI’s Visit to Ancona the Italian media reflected on the anxiety of the Pope, Bishop of Rome and Primate of Italy, concerning ...

The essential bond between religion and peace

The Holy Father sent a Message to Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany, for the International Meeting of Prayer for Peace, an ...

Stones and bread

A model of social organization that aims solely at material well-being, leaving out God and his revelation in Christ, ends by “giving human beings stones ...

Nothing justifies terrorism

On the occasion of the 10 th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Pope sent the following Letter to Archbishop Timothy ...

Policies for equality

Your Excellency, I am pleased to welcome you and to accept the Letters accrediting you as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of ...

Our common goals

The following is Ambassador Nigel Baker's address to the Holy Father, which he gave at the presentation of his Letters of Credence on Friday morning, ...

Quality of instruction for genuine Catholic schools

Your Eminence, Dear Brother Bishops, I offer you a warm fraternal welcome on the occasion of your visit ad Limina Apostolorum , a further occasion ...

God who responds to the cry of man

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We return today to our series of catecheses on prayer with a consideration of Psalm Three, in which the psalmist cries ...

The Eucharist, life of the world

The Eucharist is “the source of life and hope for every human being and for the whole world”, the Pope said before the Angelus on ...

The Pontiff’s condolences for the death of Cardinal Deskur

The Polish Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur died on Saturday, 3 September. He was 87 years old. Having learned of this sad news, Benedict XVI expressed ...

Music as a language communicates faith

In the late afternoon of Wednesday, 31 August, a concert was held in honour of the Holy Father in the courtyard at the Papal Residence ...

A colourful alphabet

For centuries, artists “have dipped their paintbrush into that colorful alphabet which is the Bible”. Benedict XVI cited an expression used by Marc Chagall to ...

The human being in God's loving plan

On Sunday, 28 August, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful at Castel Gandolfo with a meditation on the divergence ...

Already at work for Rio 2013

World Youth Day is a workshop that is always open. Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko knows something about that, already looking forward to the next event in ...

And even nature gives thanks

Even nature “thanks” the participants of WYD. Thanks to them, but above all thanks to the organizing machine’s particular attentiveness to respecting creation, the event ...

The new evangelization at the meeting of the Pope's former students

The topic of the new evangelization serves as a backdrop to the traditional summer seminar of Benedict XVI's former students - the so-called “Ratzinger Schülerkreis” ...

A hope for the future of the Church

“Rejoice in the Lord always”; “Go and make disciples of all nations”. These are the themes chosen for the next two World Youth Days – ...

A world day to the step of samba

If the one just ended is a WYD to the rhythm of chotis, a typical dance in Madrid, the next will be to the step ...

Next stop Rio de Janeiro

From 23 to 28 July 2013 Corcovado’s giant statue of Christ the Redeemer will welcome in its symbolic embrace young people from all over the ...

Four beautiful and demanding days

“Very happy and grateful to everyone”, Benedict XVI left Spain on Sunday evening, 21 August, and with his subsequent landing at Ciampino Airport and return ...

Effective cooperation between the Church and local authorities

On Saturday afternoon, 20 August, at the Apostolic Nunciature in Madrid, the Holy Father met with the local organizing committees for the wyd . They ...

No suffering can efface the dignity of every human life

On Saturday evening, 20 August, the Holy Father went to the Fundación Instituto San José (Foundation of Saint Joseph’s Institute) run by the Hospitaller Order ...

A great celebration of faith

From the Manzanares to the white beaches of Copacabana; from old Europe, whose Christian roots are threatened by secularization, to the new continent, in the ...

Rain and shine at Cuatro Vientos

Perhaps the most vivid memory the two million young people, who came from all over the world to take part in the World Day in ...

A scent of confidence before the future of the Church and the world

The Pope arrived shortly before 12 a.m. at the Barajas International Airport in Madrid on Thursday, 18 August. At the Welcome Ceremony after King Juan ...

Responsability for the world and the future

We cannot recover from the crisis which continues to embroil the world if we are not ready to recognize that the economy is not measured ...

The Pope's brief visit in Marsica

Yesterday Thursday, 11 August, the Pope made an unscheduled visit in the late afternoon to the small church of Santa Maria in the Porclaneta Valley, ...

God speaks in silence

Monasteries are true and proper oases of the spirit in which God speaks to humanity. The Pope said this to the faithful at the General ...

The beauty of music, a reflection of God in the world

As a tribute to the Holy Father in the year in which he is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, and ...

Reconciliation in Syria and a plan for peace in Libya

At the Marian prayer of the Angelus on Sunday, 7 August, with the faithful gathered in the courtyard of the Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo, ...

Why not rediscover the Bible during our vacation?

On Wednesday, 3 August, the Holy Father resumed the General Audiences which had been suspended during the month of July. The Audience was held in ...

Bavaria, ‘terra benedicta’

A family party: this was the atmosphere created on Saturday afternoon, 30 July, in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo. The ...

'No' to indifference to the starving

Before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful on Sunday, 31 July, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo the Holy Father ...

Abandon for ever the path of hatred

On Sunday, 24 July, before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father ...

The Pope's condolences on the death of Paolo Bertone

Paolo Bertone, 81, the elder brother of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, died after a long illness on Friday morning, 22 July. On the ...

His beloved Land

“Announcing the saving and liberating message of Jesus is the duty of the Church in all times and in all places. In our Land of ...

My Brother, the Pope

Mein Bruder, der Papst ( My Brother, the Pope ) is the simple and effective title of the book in German which Mons. Georg Ratzinger ...

The Pope’s closeness to the people in the Horn of Africa

As the Pope recalled in his appeal on Sunday July 17, after the Angelus, the famine caused by drought in the Horn of Africa is ...

International mobilization to stop the humanitarian disaster in the Horn of Africa

An “international mobilization” to assist the populations of the Horn of Africa and in particular, Somalia, where a “severe drought” – followed in some areas ...

If happiness is called Jesus

Showing that the happiness the human heart longs for has only one name: “Jesus”. This is the method for the new evangelization which the Pope ...

Respect and humanity for hostages at sea

“I assure the seafarers, who are unfortunately held hostage through acts of piracy, of my prayers”, said the Pope at the Angelus on 10 July. ...

Benedict XVI arrives at Castel Gandolfo

“Dear friends, I wish you all a good evening! I came here to begin my vacation and here I find everything: mountains, the lake, and ...

Raphael is more “disturbing” than Bosch

At the exhibition of works of sixty artists to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Pope’s ordination to the priesthood, inaugurated last Monday in the ...

From infant to blessed images of Karol Wojtyła

There is the kayak which in the 60s Karol Wojtyła, Auxiliary Bishop of Kraków, used for canoeing; there are his shoes and skis and a ...

“Welcome aboard, Your Holiness!”

Now that the space mission of our two Italian astronauts, Paolo Nespoli and Roberto Vittori, has successfully concluded and the scientific data they collected in ...

A newspaper that looks ahead

On Tuesday morning, 5 July, in the newspaper's offices the Holy Father met each staff member of ‘L’Osservatore Romano’ in honour of the newspaper's 150th ...

The Editor-in-Chief's greeting

The following is a translation of the greeting that Prof. Giovanni Maria Vian addressed spontaneously to Benedict XVI . Holy Father, Just a few words ...

A Pope in the newsroom

It’s not every day that a Pope comes into your office. Not even if the office is that of the Osservatore Romano . To imagine ...

Artists seekers of the truth and witnesses to love

The Church and artists should continue to dialogue with one another in order to make our world more human and more beautiful. The Pope said ...

Our responseto his «I love you»

“When Cardinal Ravasi invited me to participate in the tribute to the Pope on the occasion of his 60th anniversary of priesthood, I asked him ...

Artists, seekers of truth and witnesses of love

The Church and artists should continue to dialogue with one another in order to make our world more human and more beautiful, the Pope said ...

Consistent in their faith glad to be Christian

“The Church is not a social or philanthropic organization like many others” rather a community able to evangelize, the Pope said to the faithful from ...

Selfishness and food speculation are the cause of hunger in the world

Despite the commitments made by the international community, the number of hungry people in the world has not fallen and children are the first victims ...

The beauty of being together

On Friday, 1 July, the Holy Father was invited to lunch by members of the College of Cardinals in the Vatican's Hall of Dukes, to ...

A service to truth and to justice

To the Most Distinguished Prof. Giovanni Maria Vian Editor-in-Chief of L’Osservatore Romano One hundred and fifty years are truly a considerable length of time for ...

No longer servants but friends

Dear Brothers and Sisters, “I no longer call you servants, but friends” (cf. Jn 15:15). Sixty years on from the day of my priestly ordination, ...

The priesthood of Benedict XVI

Since 1897, during the long pontificate of Leo XIII, a Pope has not celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Benedict XVI ...

In following faith reason  corresponds with its vocation

“ We are grateful to the prizewinners because in their work they have shown that in following the route marked out by faith, reason corresponds ...

The most important moment of my life

In his essential and crystal-clear autobiographical account published in 1997 — the original German is entitled Aus meinem Leben. Erinnerungen 1927-1977 ( Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977) ...

The strength of communion

At noon on Sunday, 26 June, on which the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is celebrated in Italy and in many other countries, prior to leading ...

The value of fidelity in a changing society

On Saturday morning, 25 June, the Holy Father spoke to members of the Saints Peter and Paul Association at the end of the Mass which ...

Immediate assistance for those fleeing from suffering

On Friday, 24 June, the Holy Father met with members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the Eastern Churches ( roaco ). The ...

The language of the encounter with God

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. ...

A unique civilization

In our times of almost daily excess in the search for easy media consensus, the Pastoral Visit of Benedict XVI to the Diocese of San ...

The life of faith and social commitment

The history of San Marino shows that faith is “a powerful factor for ethical, cultural, social and in some way, political, edification”. The Holy Father ...

The good is born of love and freedom

On Trinity Sunday, 19 June, after presiding at Mass in the Serravalle Stadium during his Pastoral Visit to the Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro, the Pope ...

Your heart is a window open on the infinite

The last event of the Holy Father’s Pastoral Visit to San Marino-Montefeltro was his meeting with youth. The Holy Father was greeted on his arrival ...

For a peaceful and respectful coexistence

The “specific contribution of civilization” made by the Republic of San Marino down the ages was highlighted by the Holy Father at his official visit ...

Congratulations from the artists

On Friday, 17 June, “Lo splendore della Verità, la bellezza della Carità” [The Splendour of the Truth, the Beauty of Love], an exhibition organized by ...

Builders of unity and communion in the one family of God

The Pope recieved Latin rite bishops from the Indian provinces of Madras-Mylapore, Madurai, Pondicherry and Raipur in the Concistory Hall on Friday morning, 17 June, ...

When God disappears, man is slave to idolatry

When God “disappears” from man’s horizon, “man falls into the slavery of idolatry, as the totalitarian regimes of our times have shown and as the ...

A new season of evangelization for Rome

At 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening, 13 June, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St John Lateran where as Bishop of Rome he ...

Wherever God disappears men and women are enslaved by idolatry

“ The primary aim of prayer is conversion: the flame of God that transforms our heart and enables us to see God”, and thus to ...

Dialogue must always prevail over arms

At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration in the Vatican Basilica for the Solemnity of Pentecost the Holy Father reflected on this event before reciting ...

A new season of evangelization for Rome

On Monday evening, 13 June, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St John Lateran where as Bishop of Rome he inaugurated the 2011 ...

No more rejection and contempt for gypsies

The Holy Father received more than 2,000 gypsies from all over Europe on Saturday morning, 11 June, in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The following ...

The breath of the Holy Spirit fills the universe

On Sunday, 12 June, after presiding at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for the Solemnity of Pentecost, before reciting the Regina Caeli with the faithful ...

At the service of the Pope and of ecclesial communion

Making oneself a herald of the Pope’s words in the world is a specific task of Holy See diplomats. The Holy Father emphasized this aspect ...

The search for a dignity that is denied

When a few months ago the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People asked the Pope to grant an audience to ...

Human ecology is an imperative need

It is necessary to adopt lifestyles respectful of the environment and to support research in and the use of forms of energy that safeguard creation ...

Christ is a trustworthy hope for Europe

Europe must not be afraid of God because “he takes nothing from freedom but restores it to the continent and gives it the horizon of ...

The Country can help the EU rediscover what it denies

On Thursday, 9 June, H.E. Mr Stefan Gorda the Ambassador of Moldova to the Holy See presented his Letters of Credence in the Clementine Hall ...

The eradication of poverty and the increase of justice

On Thursday, 9 June, H.E. Mr Narciso Ntugu Abeso Oyana, Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea presented his Letters of Credence. The following is a translation of ...

An example of freedom of religion and worship

On Thursday, 9 June, Mr Henry Llewellyn Lawrence, Ambassador of Belize to the Holy See, presented his credentials to the Holy Father. The following is ...

The urgent need of true reform in political and social life

Monsieur l’Ambassadeur, C’est avec plaisir que je vous accueille ce matin au moment où vous présentez les Lettres qui vous accréditent en qualité d'Ambassadeur extraordinaire ...

Progress in the sign of freedom and justice

On Wednesday morning, 9 June, Benedict XVI received H.E. Ms Geneviève D. Tsegah, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the Holy See for the ...

For models of development that reflect a truly humane ecology

On Thursday morning, H.E. George Robert Furness Troup Ambassador of New Zealand to the Holy See presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. ...

L'hommage au Saint-Père de l'ambassadeur de Moldavie

Très Saint-Père, J'ai l'immense honneur de Vous adresser un message en Votre qualité de Chef d'Etat et tout aussi comme lideur spirituel largement reconnu dans ...

Discurso del embajador de Guinea Ecuatorial a Benedicto XVI

A Su Santidad el Papa Benedito XVI: Tengo el alto honor de presentar a Su Santidad las Cartas Credenciales que me acreditan como Embajador Extraordinario ...

The Ambassador of Belize's discourse to the Holy Father

Your Holiness, I bring warm greetings from the people and Government of Belize and cordial greetings from our Governor General, Sir Colville Young and our ...

Discurso del embajador de Siria al Papa

Su Santidad el venerable Papa Benedicto XVI Es un honor para mi, presentar a Su Santidad, mis cartas credenciales como Embajador Extraordinario y Plenipotenciario de ...

The Ambassador of Ghana's discourse to the Holy Father

Your Holiness, I have the honour and privilege to present to you the Letters by which His Exellency, Professor John Evans Atta-Mills, President of the ...

The Ambassador of New Zealand's discourse to the Holy Father

Your Holiness, It is a great honour for me to present to you the letter accrediting me as New Zealand's Ambassador to the Holy See. ...

The Family, Resource of the Future

The family is, “a decisive resource,” not only for, “regenerating the Church anew,” but also for, “giving life to the social fabric of the nation.” ...

Like the flame of a precious lamp

The insistent and prolonged applause in the Cathedral of Zagreb which concluded Benedict XVI’s homily in front of the tomb of Blessed Stepinac, perfectly captures ...

Europe united in diversity

On Saturday morning, 4 June, the Holy Father flew to Zagreb, Croatia, on his 19th Apostolic Journey. It had been arranged to coincide with the ...

A Clear Reflection

A reflection on the Europe of today came from Benedict XVI during a meeting with journalists who accompanied him to Croatia and upon his arrival ...

For a Catholicity open to all

Holy Father, you have already been to Croatia several times and your predecessor made three trips to this country. Can we speak of a special ...

Together in Christ to renew society

The Church in Croatia is ready to welcome Benedict XVI with great joy in Zagreb June 4th and 5th. The Pope comes on the occasion ...

Families open to life, a resource for the future

“ Do not give in to that secularized mentality which proposes living together as a preparation, or even a substitute for marriage!”, the Holy Father ...

On the Cross face to face with God

The Cross is Jesus’ prayer. Indeed, on the Cross he found himself face to face with God. Christians are called to identify with the Cross, ...

The courage of faith of Mary's unconditional yes

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am pleased to join you in prayer, at the feet of the Holy Virgin, whom we contemplate today on the ...

The voice of the Church speaks in the liturgy

In his letter to Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music on the occasion of its centenary, the Holy Father ...

Christian charity beyond any other affiliation

Dear Brother Bishops, I offer you a warm welcome on the occasion of your visit ad Limina Apostolorum, a particular moment of grace and a ...

The Gospel and the drama of fragmentation

Your Eminences, Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood Dear Brothers and Sisters, When, on June 28 of last year, at the First ...

A hymn of total trust in God

On Friday evening, 27 May, President Pál Schmitt of Hungary offered the Holy Father a concert in honour of Hungary’s Presidency of the Council of ...

The Church and Italy

Benedict XVI, bishop of Rome and primate of Italy wanted to pray with all of the bishops of the country – reciting the rosary in ...

Completely in accord with the Apostolic See

Your Eminences, Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Friends, I am pleased to have this opportunity to join you on the occasion of your General Assembly. ...

In dialogue while looking at the same truth

The most obvious way in which a Jewish reader could read the second book of Benedict XVI on Jesus of Nazareth is to look for ...

Jacob's long night

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to the biblical account of the Patriarch Jacob’s struggle with God at ...

A Europe of values rooted in Christianity

Common economic interests are not enough to build a solid base for a united Europe. Instead, it is necessary to look to, “authentic values which ...

A new humanism integral and transcendent

The Christian perspective does not set itself against scientific knowledge and the conquests of human intelligence, rather it considers faith the horizon of meaning, the ...

An adventure of the human spirit

It was truly an historic occasion, as the President of the Italian Space Agency announced to the world, but also an unprecedented event: the conversation ...

You Are Our Representatives

“In a sense, you are our representatives – spear-heading humanity’s exploration of new spaces and possibilities for our future, going beyond the limitations of our ...

Educating young people in justice and peace

The Holy Father Benedict XVI has chosen the following theme for the celebration of the 45th World Day of Peace of January 1, 2012: “ ...

A book and its cover

We publish below extracts from a talk given by the Director of Archivio, Julien Ries, of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart on the ...

Divine justice creates goodness through forgiveness

Divine justice is not “limited to punishing the guilty, as men do”, but seeks goodness and creates it through forgiveness which transforms the sinner, converts ...

Close in prayer to the Church in China

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During the Easter season, the liturgy sings to Christ risen from the dead, conqueror of death and sin, living and present ...

The interpretation of the Bible in the unity of God’s history

Inspiration and truth, key concepts for an ecclesial hermeneutic of the Sacred Scriptures, are in need of a fuller examination if they are to respond ...

For social justice throughout the world

“ The social question today is without a doubt one of world social justice”. The Pope said this to the participants in the International Congress ...

The Church for the rights of followers of all religions

“ Even if he encounters opposition, the Christian’s own charity and forbearance should serve to convince others of the rightness of religious tolerance, from which ...

The Church is mission

On Saturday morning, 14 May, the Holy Father met with participants in the Ordinary Assembly of the Superior Council of the Pontifical Mission Societies in ...

The true significance of the body

The body has a filial significance because it reminds us of our beginning; and in the family we discover that our relational character is not ...

Bridges of dialogue between peoples and nations

It is necessary to seek harmony between faith and reason so that they may always be inspired by ethical principles. This was the Pope’s recommendation ...

Witnesses open to the reasons of modern man

To live life in the logic of communion, solidarity and sharing, hence “in the Eucharistic logic, as a gift to God and to others”. This ...

Christians and Jews together to promote the rights of every man and woman

All believers should bear constant witness to the transcendent and "embody the conviction that a loving, compassionate Providence" guides history "no matter how difficult and ...

To transform the world

Benedict XVI’s Pastoral Visit ended in Venice’s monumental complex of the Madonna della Salute, on Sunday evening, 8 May, where he spoke to the worlds ...

Proud to serve the Pope

“I swear I will faithfully, loyally and honourably serve the Supreme Pontiff... and his legitimate successors”. These are the first words of the oath read ...

In a changed world the precious heritage of the Christian faith

The Holy Father urged the delegates of the Second Ecclesial Convention of Aquileia — to be held next spring — to spread God’s love for ...

In need of the Other

In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we have seen how prayer is part of the universal human experience. Our own age, marked by secularism, rationalism ...

Able to swim against the tide

There is a real need for Christians who can “swim against the tide”, to build “a society worthy of man”. The Holy Father said this ...

In the Waters of the World

All papal visits are privileged encounters between the successor of Peter and the Catholic community that invites him to confirm them in the faith. Their ...

Benedict XVI's Visit to Aquileia and Venice  7-8 May 2011

Art and water inexplicably converge in Venice. In particular the old and the new fuse together like no place else in the world, similar to ...

Public life needs the moral strength of believers

The need for the Italian Catholic laity to “place their own capabilities and their spiritual, intellectual and moral energy at the disposal of all” was ...

The Liturgy renews the Church

“ Tradition is a living reality, therefore it includes in itself the principle of development and of progress”. The Holy Father said this to the ...

Solidarity the mission of the Church

Benedict XVI thanked members of the Papal Foundation, whom he received in audience on 5 May in the Sala Clementina, for the solidarity they have ...

Freedom of religion a fundamental human right

In a message sent to participants in the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the Holy Father appealed again to all States ...

Invocation that awaits  a word from Heaven

“ Lord, teach us to pray”. At the General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, 4 May, the Holy Father introduced the new series ...

A papal welcome

The Holy Father sent this special message to “the Pope’s newspaper”, published on 1 May, to welcome the faithful to the John Paul II’s Beatification. ...

In Defense of Human Life John Paul II and Feminine Genius

Karol Wojtyla demonstrated his attention to and respect for women - as well as the sympathy with which he looked upon the other half of ...

At the service of the people for the progress of society

“ Yours is a ‘public service’, a service to the people, to help them each day to know and understand better what is happening and ...

New men and women at the heart of the earthly city

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 27 April, in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father commented on the first days of the Easter Season — ...

The splendour of God in the world

May Christ’s Resurrection mark the beginning of a new springtime for humanity. And “may people of good will open their hearts” in welcome to those ...

The day of the new creation

Man is not merely a random product of evolution; no, Reason is there at the beginning: creative, divine Reason. The Pope said this in his ...

Good Reason, God’s creative love

Benedict XVI’s Homily for the Easter Vigil this year, at the beginning of the seventh year of his Pontificate, is impressive. The text will live ...

New life from the Cross

On Good Friday evening, 22 April, the Holy Father led the traditional Way of the Cross at the Colosseum for which Sr Maria Rita Piccione, ...

Only the strength of love

In a rare interview broadcast today on Italian television RAI, Pope Benedict XVI answered questions submitted by people from around the world. ( See full ...

Only the strength of love

Holy Father, I want to thank you for your presence here, which fills us with joy and helps us remember that today is the day ...

Christian Tradition and Communications

A central dimension of Christianity, tradition – a theological term and concept often misunderstood by extreme opposing positions – includes, obviously, the communicative transmission of ...

Transforming the world

On Holy Thursday, 21 April, the Holy Father concelebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the Basilica of St John Lateran, the Cathedral of ...

Christians, not to boast but to open up the world to God

On Holy Thursday morning, 21 April, the Holy Father celebrated the Chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. Before the traditional blessing of the oils, Benedict ...

Human poverty lifted to God’s heights

In his prayer in the Garden of Olives at Gethsemane, Jesus took on the poverty, problems and suffering of the human being and raised them ...

A simple worker in the Lord’s vineyard

I don’t remember either when or where I read in one of Padre Pio’s old sermons about a Polish Pontiff who was to be a ...

The closeness of the Holy Father to the Church in China

On 11 – 13 April, the Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Commission, instituted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 to study the questions of major ...

Good wishes to Pope Benedict XVI from across the world

Congratulations and greetings to Pope Benedict XVI poured in from every part of the World. The Holy Father celebrated his 84th birthday on Saturday, 16 ...

The force of gravity that attracts us upwards

Men and women, especially in our day, want to be like God so as to feel totally free. Yet in order to reach God’s heights ...

The two loves

Possidius, a faithful friend of St Augustine and his first biographer, ends his Life of the Bishop of Hippo by saying that he lives on ...

The Church keeps watch over the right to life and the rights of the family

On Saturday, 16 April, H.E. Mrs María Jesús Figa López-Palop, Ambassador of Spain to the Holy See, presented her Letters of Credence to the Holy ...

A witness of the Church’s unity for peace in the Middle East

On Thursday morning, 14 April, in the Clementine Hall, Benedict XVI received H.B. Béchara Pierre Raï, the new Patriarch of Antioch for Maronites. The Holy ...

All the Pope’s saints

Holiness is “the very measure of Christian living”. The Holy Father said this at the General Audience of Wednesday, 13 April, in St Peter’s Square, ...

‘Youcat’ presented to Benedict XVI

Youcat , a manual of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for young people, was presented to Benedict XVI — who wrote the Preface — ...

Beyond the walls of death

Let the Resurrection of Jesus “break down the walls of death” and open a new land to humanity “united at last with God’s Heaven”. Theses ...

Peace for Côte d’Ivoire and Libya

On Wednesday, 6 April, at the end of the General Audience in St Peter’s Square, the Pope appealed once again for Côte d’Ivoire and Libya. ...

The great treasure of the little Thérèse

At the General Audience on Wednesday, April 6, in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about the “marvelous story of Love” ...

I remember him with love

“ I remembered him with affection in prayer”. The Pope said this to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square at noon, on Sunday, 3 ...

Our contemporary

The new book by Ratzinger-Benedict XVI, makes Jesus of Nazareth a contemporary of ours. In the great disarray that prevails under the heavens the arrival ...

School of coexistence and tool of harmony

In the encounter with Christ the families of Latin America and the Caribbean will find the strength to respond to the challenges posed by the ...

Let the weapons be silenced in Libya  and let dialogue begin

After praying the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 27 March, the Holy Father made the following Appeal for peace on ...

From the abyss of evil

Benedict XVI’s “pilgrimage” — as he chose to call it — to the Fosse Ardeatine to pay homage to the victims of the appalling massacre ...

There can be a future  free from hatred and revenge

On Sunday morning, 27 March, the Holy Father visited the Sacrarium of the Fosse Ardeatine to commemorate the 67th anniversary (24 March) of the 1944 ...

A place of dialogue and brotherhood  between believers and nonbelievers

Two days of discussion on the topic, “The Enlightenment, religion, common reason”, ended in Paris on Friday evening, 25 March, inaugurating the Courtyard of the ...

The last word on evil is the mercy of God

On Friday, 25 March, on the last day of the 22nd Annual Course on the Internal Forum, organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary, which began on ...

The world needs people of peace

On Wednesday, 23 March, at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father commented on St Lawrence of Brindisi, a Capuchin friar who ...

The Pope’s bear

At least three successors of the Founder of the Diocese of Freising were present at the Dedication of the Roman Parish of San Corbiniano — ...

In St Corbinian a sign of the Church’s unity and universality

St Corbinian tells us that the Church is founded on Peter who guarantees that “the Church founded on the rock will endure for ever”, the ...

Peace on the horizon for Libya

After praying the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 20 March, the Holy Father made the following Appeal on behalf of the people of ...

A natural outlet for national identity

The Unification of Italy 150 years ago was not “an artificial political construction of diverse identities” but a “natural political outlet for a strong and ...

More than a book a moving, fascinating, liberating testimony

Part Two, the second volume of the Holy Father’s book “Jesus of Nazareth - Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection” was ...

A book of the heart

Benedict XVI’s most recent publication is truly a book of the heart. Perhaps for this reason too he wanted to put his family name before ...

From pencil to e-book

Seven first editions for a total of 1,200,000 copies, contracts signed with 22 publishing houses across the world. These are the initial figures of Benedict ...

Fasting and almsgiving the wings of prayer

On Ash Wednesday, 9 March, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father reflected on the spiritual journey which started ...

The rock of Christ and the sands of power

After the Angelus on Sunday 6 March the Pope appealed for the protection of religious freedom and human dignity in Pakistan and for help to ...

Christian love sets us free

On Friday afternoon, 4 March, the Holy Father made his traditional annual Visit to the Roman Major Seminary on the Memorial of the Patroness, Our ...

Interreligious dialogue for the common good of humanity

On Thursday, 3 March 2011, the Holy Father received bishops from the Philippines in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall. This is the third “ad limina” visit ...

True liberty excludes violence

In an epoch such as ours that seeks freedom even with violence and unrest, the “fascination and full message on the reality of love that ...

New law on citizenship residence and access to the Vatican

On 22 February 2011, Feast of the Chair of St Peter, the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI promulgated the law on citizenship, residence and access, n. ...

A simpler and more modest lifestyle

On Sunday 27 February, before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father commented on the ...

Communicating God through the new digital languages

On Monday, 28 February, the Holy Father spoke to the members of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the Clementine Hall on the occasion ...

A wound to the human heart

The drama of abortion is “the most serious wound” to the moral conscience. Benedict XVI underlined this at an Audience for the General Assembly of ...

The voice of conscience

It is not difficult to foresee that many of the media will report on Benedict XVI’s Discourse to the Pontifical Academy for Life. And they ...

The anthropological newness of Christianity

Today it has become commonplace to speak of an anthropological crisis. On the one hand, in our secularized contexts, there is a relativistic atmosphere of ...

There can be no reform of the Church without personal conversion

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 23 February, the Holy Father commented on St Robert Bellarmine, the great Jesuit theologian and Doctor of the Church ...

Free from egoism in the logic of gift and love

In his Message for Lent 2011 the Pope invites us to immerse “ourselves in the death and resurrection of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism”, ...

Lives shaped by love

At noon on Sunday, 20 February, the Holy Father introduced the prayer of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square commenting on ...

Three founders to be saints on 23 October

On Monday morning, 21 February, in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, Benedict XVI held an Ordinary Public Consistory to approve the canonization of the three Blesseds: ...

The meaning of the Gospel in personal life and in society

On Friday morning, 18 February, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to Bishops of the Philippines during their “ad limina” visit. The following ...

Who gives man wings

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 16 February, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St John of the Cross (1542-1591), ...

Pope receives his WYD backpack

Benedict XVI is now ready for the World Youth Day in Madrid, as he now owns a wyd [jmj — Spanish] hat and fan. On ...

Love beyond human justice

At noon on Sunday, 13 February, before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square the Holy Father commented ...

We must be with Jesus to be able to be with others

On Saturday, 12 February, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall the Holy Father spoke to the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St Charles Borromeo who ...

Proposing Vocations in the Local Church

“ It is essential that every local Church become more sensitive and attentive to the pastoral care of vocations, helping children and young people in ...

My father’s Catechism

Catechists and preachers must be able “to combine harmoniously fidelity to dogmatic principles with the respect that is due to every person” the Pope said. ...

The salt, the light, the life

At noon on Sunday, 6 February, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square with comments ...

Internet in the seminary forming future priests

The educational emergency, the Internet in the seminary, intercultural education, the educational role of teaching of the Catholic religion at school: these are some of ...

In God’s field

On Saturday morning, 5 February, in St Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass during which he conferred Episcopal Ordination on five Archbishops, ...

The demands of justice

“ The pilgrim People of God on earth will be unable to realize its identity as a community of love unless it takes into consideration ...

Reliving Papal Visit to UK: ‘Heart speaks unto heart’

“And in the four busy and very beautiful days I spent in this noble land I had the great joy of speaking to the hearts ...

The Christian foundations of the common European home

On Thursday, 3 February, H.E. Mr Alfons M. Kloss, Ambassador of Austria to the Holy See, presented his Credentials to the Holy Father. The following ...

A Eucharistic life is a missionary life

On Thursday morning, 3 February, in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, the Holy Father spoke to Members of the Emmanuel Community on the occasion of the ...

The passion for the Gospel on the roads of humanity

Men and women religious are called to “represent the characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, the poor and the obedient One — in the ...

The friendship of God

Praying does not mean wasting time but rather discovering the very essence of our life: God’s love, the Pope said at the General Audience on ...

Vocations are not a human project but a gift of God

“ Vocations are not the result of a human project or of a skilful organizational strategy. At their deepest level they are a gift of ...

A new programme of life

At noon on Sunday, 30 January, before praying the Angelus the Holy Father Benedict XVI commented on the Beatitudes. Present among the faithful gathered in ...

The holiness of priests a sign of hope for the Church

The Holy Father spoke to the community of the Pontifical Ethiopian College in the Vatican on the holiness of priests as a sign of hope. ...

A decisive step towards full communion

The Holy Father received members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches at an Audience ...

Unity a moral imperative

On Tuesday evening, 25 January, at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 2011) the Holy Father celebrated Vespers at ...

Joan and the Name of Jesus

For Benedict XVI “the link between mystical experience and political mission” is one of the most significant aspects of Joan of Arc’s holiness. At the ...

Urgent need to evangelize the globalized world

The Holy Father stressed the need to evangelize in his Message for the 85th World Mission Day which will be celebrated on Sunday, 23 October. ...

Truth, even in the virtual world

The Holy Father invites us to be witnesses to the Gospel even in the digital era, in his Message for the 45th World Day of ...

How to avoid nullity

On Saturday, 22 January, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father addressed the Prelate Auditors and other Officials of the Tribunal of the Roman ...

The ethical principles on which law is founded

On Friday, 21 January, in the Vatican’s Hall of Blessings the Holy Father spoke to the Chief of Police and all the other officers and ...

Christian unity abides in prayer

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, “communion with God, expressed as brotherly communion, lived out in practice in social commitment, in Christian charity ...

If the interviewee were the Pope

The following is a translation of an article by Prof. Giovanni Maria Vian, Editor-in-Chief of “L’Osservatore Romano”. It was published in the Italian journal “Vita ...

Delight at John Paul II’s beatification

On Sunday, 16 January, World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the Holy Father led the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter's ...

Historic message of reconciliation

On Monday, 17 January in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Community of the Pontifical Polish Ecclesiastical Institute on the occasion ...

Preaching the Gospel is the duty of all Christians

The proclamation of the Gospel is “a commitment of all Christians as a consequence of Baptism”, the Holy Father reminded the members of the Neocatechumenal ...

John Paul II to be beatified 1 May

On Friday, 14 January, the Holy Father granted Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb , Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, a Private Audience ...

Political support for families, motherhood and work

The Holy Father asked for concrete policies of support for families, for motherhood and for work in his annual Address to the administrators of the ...

An exemplary life

The Beatification of John Paul II, at which his Successor will preside on the liturgical anniversary of his death, is an historic event which has ...

World solidarity for the people of Haiti

The Holy Father addressed a Message to the people of Haiti for the first anniversary of the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January ...

Cardinal Sarah celebrates Mass in Port-au-Prince

“The Pope is close to you all in this suffering with the presence of the President of ‘Cor Unum’. He sent me from Rome to ...

Religious freedom for all

The right to religious freedom is the “first of human rights”, Benedict XVI recalled to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy ...

The policy of the Church

The Pope explained to the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See — one of the most representative Diplomatic Corps in the world — the role ...

The ‘Christian name’ for a new birth

On Sunday, 9 January, after celebrating Mass in the Sistine Chapel Benedict XVI prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square. The ...

The Wise Men, the star and the Child

The “signature” of God exists in creation: a signature which man “can and must endeavour to discover and decipher”. In celebrating Mass in St Peter’s ...

Light in the Christmas Season

The Holy Father asked the faithful to “recover the meaning of this Christmas Season, divesting it of excessive moralistic sentimentality” at the first General Audience ...

Determination on the path to peace

“ The serious attack on the Christian Coptic community in Alexandria, Egypt”, the Pope said after praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St ...

The blood of the faithful

The massacre in Alexandria — which targeted the Orthodox Coptic faithful in the Egyptian city as they emerged from a liturgical celebration — met with ...

Europe in solidarity for the dignity of the human being

The Holy Year of Santiago de Compostela, which ended on 31 December 2010, is an invitation to reinforce the Christian roots of Europe and to ...

Authority is to serve others

At the last General Audience of the year 2010, held on Wednesday, 29 December, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on ...

Respect for religious freedom

On Christmas Day, Saturday, 25 December 2010, the Holy Father delivered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Message to the many faithful gathered in St Peter’s ...

Strength to resist the tyranny of power

On Christmas Eve the Holy Father celebrated Midnight Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. Concelebrating with him were 34 Cardinals, including Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of ...

Preferential guidance for the poor

On Sunday, 26 December 2010, the Holy Father invited more than 500 people to a lunch in the Atrium of the Paul VI Hall in ...

Freedom for all human beings from every time and place

On Friday, 24 December, in the programme “Thought for the Day”, the BBC in London broadcast a Radio Message from the Pope, recorded on Wednesday, ...

Let us allow a Child to surprise us

On Wednesday, 22 December, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father invited the faithful to let themselves be “surprised and ...

The just man the new man

At noon on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 19 December, before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter’s Square, the ...

Resolved in faith and in doing good

On Monday, 20 December, in the Vatican’s Regia Hall, the Holy Father met with the College of Cardinals and with members of the Roman Curia ...

The future of the world

The Discourses the Pope prepares for the exchanges of Christmas greetings afford an opportunity for reflection on the past year. From a particular viewpoint — ...

The Pope’s Visit to the Vatican Library

The Holy Father spent an hour among the ancient manuscripts and incunabulae of “his” library to bless all those who use it “to cultivate the ...

Those in need of care must not be forgotten or marginalized

“ If every person is our brother or sister, especially the weak, the sick and those in need of care must be the focus of ...

Distinction and collaboration

On Friday, 17 December 2010, H.E. Mr Francesco Maria Greco, the new Ambassador of Italy to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to ...

The Creator’s marvellous work of nature

On Friday morning, 17 December, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met pilgrims from the Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone (Bozen-Brixen). They were accompanied by ...

A new class of intellectuals for a culture at the service of man

On Thursday evening, 16 December, in St Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of Vespers with university students and teachers of Rome ...

Religious freedom, the path to peace

Benedict XVI's Message

For a harmonious human coexistence

On Thursday, 16 December, in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father received five new Ambassadors to the Holy See for the presentation of their Letters ...

New occasions for Catholics and Lutherans to grow closer

On Thursday morning, December 16, the Holy Father received the President of the Lutheran World Federation, Munib A. Younan in his Private Library. The following ...

The heart and face of Naples must be renewed

A “common effort, to enable Naples to rediscover the splendour of her best times”, is what the Pope called for in his Message to Cardinal ...

On the ‘via pulchritudinis’

On the occasion of the 15th Public Session of the Pontifical Academies, Pope Benedict XVI addressed a Message to Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the ...

The politics of brotherhood

The ancient Latin saying that advocates the preparation of weapons with peace in mind – si vis pacem para bellum – in a certain way ...

A true image of the Crucified Christ

On Wednesday, 15 December, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Veronica Giuliani, a Capuchin Poor ...

Jesus is the final Word of God

On Tuesday morning, 14 December, the liturgical Memorial of St John of the Cross and the day concluding the Fourth Centenary of the Order of ...

The light that changes the world

On the Third Sunday of Advent, 12 December, the Holy Father made a Pastoral Visit to the Parish of San Massimiliano Kolbe [St Maximilian Kolbe], ...

A pathway of light

The media, sidetracked by often vapid appearances, did not give much coverage to Benedict XVI’s Visit to one of the parishes of his Diocese. He ...

She teaches us to be holy

On Wednesday, 8 December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Holy Father went to Piazza di Spagna, the square near the Spanish Steps, for ...

Hail Mary Full of Grace

At noon on Wednesday, 8 December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Holy Father commented on Mary, “full of grace”, before leading the recitation ...

Audience with the Prime Minister  of the Republic of Hungary

On Monday morning, 6 December, the Holy Father received in Audience H.E. Mr Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary. During the cordial ...

Hearing God in the  desert of the world

At noon on Sunday, 5 December, the Second Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father Benedict XVI led the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful ...

Knowledge and love  the pillars of theology

“ Knowledge and love sustain one another” in theological research, the Holy Father reminded members of the International Theological Commission, whom he received in Audience ...

The Pope mourns the death of Cardinal Michele Giordano

On learning of the death of Cardinal Michele Giordano, Archbishop emeritus of Naples, on Thursday, 2 December, at the age of 80, the Holy Father ...

The defence of peace  passes through protection of the environment

On Friday, 3 December, H.E. Mr Fernando Felipe Sánchez Campos, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the ...

In the memory of God

Early on Thursday morning, 2 December, in the Pauline Chapel of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father celebrated a Holy Mass of suffrage for ...

Europe would no longer be Europe  if marriage disappeared

On Thursday morning, 2 December, H.E. Mr Gábor Győriványi, Ambassador of Hungary to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. ...

Cloistered monasteries, oases of peace

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 1 December, held in the Paul iv Audience Hall, the Holy Father talked about Dame Julian of Norwich. This ...

We must progress on the path to full communion

For the first time Cardinal Kurt Koch led the Holy See Delegation to the Phanar on 30 November for the Feast of St Andrew, Patron ...

Benedict XVI prays before her coffin

Manuela Camagni died from head injuries on Wednesday morning, 24 November, after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Rome. She was ...

The man who waits

On 28 November, the first day of Advent, before praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on ...

For unborn life

On Saturday evening, 27 November, in St Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, ...

A just and sustainable economy

On Monday morning, 29 November, in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall, the Holy Father met with the Bishops of the Philippines during their “ad limina” visit. ...

War does not resolve conflict

On Saturday morning, 27 November, H.E. Mr Hidekazu Yamaguchi, Ambassador of Japan to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. ...

Seekers of God  and prophets of brotherhood

On Friday, 26 November, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the International Union of Superiors General at their second meeting this ...

The reasons of faith  in public debate

On Friday, 26 November, the Holy Father spoke to the journalists taking part in the Assembly of the Italian Federation of Catholic Weeklies, whom he ...

A master of justice for young people

On Wednesday morning, 24 November, in St Peter's Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, celebrated the funeral Mass of Cardinal Urbano ...

Catherine's heart

On Wednesday, 24 November, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Catherine of Siena, in the world ...

Instrument for a new evangelization

“ Light of the World. The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times”: the book of Benedict XVI 's conversation with Peter Seewald ...

The ring of Cardinals

In the Homily before presenting the ring to the new Cardinals, Benedict XVI called attention to the fact that the last time he created Cardinals ...

Serving the Lordship of Christ

On Sunday, 21 November, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St Peter's Basilica, which he celebrated with ...

Prayer for the Christians in Iraq

The Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 21 November, the Solemnity of Christ the ...

A new page in the history of the Church

On Monday morning, 22 November, in the Paul VI the Holy Father spoke to the new Cardinals, their families and pilgrims who came for the ...

A champion for truth in anticipation of eternal beatitude

The International Symposium on the theme “The Primacy of God in the Life and Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman”, organized by the International Centre ...

The path of Christ

On Saturday morning, 20 November, the Holy Father held an Ordinary Public Consistory at which he created 24 new Cardinals in St Peter's Basilica. After ...

The unity of Christians dwells in prayer

On Thursday morning, 18 November, Benedict XVI spoke to participants in the Clementine Hall of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian ...

Justice in health care and the preservation of life priorities in the action of Governments

The Holy Father addressed a Message to participants in the 25th International Conference, organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (for Health Pastoral ...

Eucharistic springtime

On Wednesday, 17 November, at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square the Holy Father commented on St Juliana of Cornillon, better known as Juliana ...

Overcoming the economic crisis

At noon on Sunday, 14 November, the Holy Father prayed the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter's Square after Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of ...

The Bishops’ Conference should not substitute Bishops in pastoral mission

The Bishops’ Conference was born “as a practical application of the collegial affection of Bishops in hierarchical communion with the Successor of Peter to be ...

In sports there is no room for idolatry of the body

On Monday morning, 15 November, the Holy Father met Italian ski instructors and Hon. Mr Franco Frattini, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the Vatican's Clementine ...

New and creative languages in dialogue

On Saturday morning, 13 November, in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father spoke to participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture. ...

A force for unity in the Church

The Eucharist is the “centre from which the Gospel leaven spreads”, and the “driving force for building human society”. The Holy Father said this to ...

The truth open to researchers

On 9 November, Benedict XVI addressed a Message to Cardinal Raffaele Farina, sdb, Archivist and Librarian of Holy Roman Church. The text was read by ...

What distinguishes Christianity

It may be a coincidence but at a closer look it is not insignificant that the Papal Message to the Cardinal Archivist and Librarian on ...

In dialogue with the One who says and does

“As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the ...

God, Christians and the world

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini presents to the universal Church, the members of other Churches and Christian communities, to believers of non-Christian religious denominations, ...

The world is watching you

A summit of “global importance” and an expression of the “significance and responsibility which Asia has acquired on the international scene at the beginning of ...

Hope for Europe from Spain

On Wednesday, 10 November, the General Audience was held in two parts. The Holy Father first greeted the pilgrims from Carpineto Romano and from the ...

The responsibility to educate

“ All who have at heart the city of men and the good of the new generations” must feel involved in “the responsibility for education”. ...

Economic and social measures  to support women, families and life

On Sunday morning, 7 November, the Holy Father had a Private meeting with Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain in the Museum Hall ...

God resounds anew under the skies of Europe

On Saturday afternoon, 6 November, after his Visit to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the Holy Father went to the ‘Plaza del Obradoiro’ where ...

Respect for life and human dignity

On Sunday evening, 7 November Benedict XVI visited the “Obra Benéfico-Social del Nen Déu,” which serves the children of needy families, many of whom suffer ...

The poor shall always be welcome in the Church

After presiding at Mass on 7 November, the Holy Father left the Church of the Sagrada Família by the “Porta de Naizement” and entered the ...

Adiós Spain

On Sunday evening, 7 November Benedict XVI concluded his Visit. Before returning to Rome, a Departure Ceremony was held at Barcelona International Airport. After H.M. ...

Without Truth there is no real freedom

On Saturday, 6 November, Benedict XVI went from the airport to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where he prayed briefly at the Tomb of ...

The Church is the window  between Christ and men

On Saturday morning, 6 November Benedict XVI flew to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He was met by Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of ...

Unity and plurality in the consecrated life enriches the Church

Between religious communities and particular Churches there are neither ideas of isolation and independence nor the wish to absorb the other. The Holy Father said ...

Havana's new Archdiocesan Seminary

On Wednesday, 3 November, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of San Cristóbal de La Habana, inaugurated the new Catholic Seminary of San Carlos ...

A just social order

The Holy Father addressed a Message to Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, on the occasion of ...

Purification and reform come from personal commitment

Benedict XVI addressed a Message to Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Milan, on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of the Canonization of St Charles ...

The path to Eternity

On Thursday, November 4, the Holy Father celebrated Mass at St Peter's Basilica for the souls of the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops who died in ...

Marguerite's gentle Lord

On Wednesday, 3 November, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father spoke about the Medieval French Saint, Marguerite d'Oingt. ...

Atrocious violence against the defenceless

The Holy Father sent a Mcessage to Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad, the Republic of Iraq for the Syro-Catholics, on the occasion of ...

Sanctity is the point of Christian life

On Monday, 1 November, the Feast of All Saints, the Pope addressed the faithful in St Peter's Square before reciting the Angelus. The following is ...

God excludes no one

On Sunday, 31 October, the Holy Father, together with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, reflected on the Mercy of God before reciting the ...

A man of dialogue in the search for truth

On Friday morning, 29 October, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall Benedict XVI spoke to participants in a congress on Romano Guardini (1885-1968). This priest, author ...

Growing up means learning to love

On Saturday morning, 30 October, 100,000 young people from Italian Catholic Action met in St Peter's Square with the Holy Father. During the question and ...

The right to life and the common good meeting ground for faith and politics

On Thursday morning, 28 October, the Holy Father spoke to the Prelates of the Bishops’ Conference of Brazil, North East v Region, at the end ...

Science for the good of man and the development of people as a whole

On Thursday, 28 October, the Holy Father met with members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences for its Plenary Assembly. The following is his Address ...

A lady of dignity and distinction in the Church

On Wednesday, 27 October, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father dwelled on St Bridget of Sweden whom Pope John Paul ...

A foreigner searching for Eternity

On Monday morning, 25 October, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father received in Audience those taking part in the International Symposium on Erik Peterson. ...

The right to emigrate and enjoy the goods of the earth

The following is His Holiness Benedict XVI 's Message for the 97th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on the theme: “One human family”, to ...

The urgency of peace

Concern for Jerusalem and for the support of Christian people in the land of the Incarnation of the Son of God, dates back to ancient ...

Peace is possible! Peace is urgent!

On Sunday, 24 October, in St Peter's Basilica, at the tomb of the Apostle Peter, the Holy Father Benedict XVI presided at the Solemn Concelebration ...

Truth opens the way to dialogue

On Saturday, 23 October, the Holy Father met with the Synod Fathers for a luncheon for the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops for the ...

Protection of the family for a true social justice

On Friday, 22 October, H.E. Mr Luis Dositeo Latorre Tapia, Ambassador of Ecuador, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. The following is ...

Fundamental Christian values essential for the unity of the country

On Friday, 22 October, H.E. Mrs Maja Marija Lovrenčič Svetek, Ambassador of Slovenia to the Holy See, presented her Letters of Credence to the Holy ...

The benefits of collaboration between the Church and the civil authorities

On Friday, 22 October, H.E. Mr Manuel Tomás Fernandes Pereira, Ambassador of Portugal, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. The following is ...

Necessary renewal of ethical foundations of the economy

On Thursday morning, 21 October, His Holiness Benedict XVI received H.E. Mr Thomas Han Hong-soon, Ambassador of the Republic Korea to the Holy See, for ...

Making good use of freedom after the inherited injustices of the past

On Thursday morning, 21 October, H.E. Mr Bogdan Tătaru-Cazaban, the new Ambassador of Romania to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the ...

Universality of the Church

At the end of the General Audience on Wednesday, 20 October, the Holy Father announced that a Consistory would be held next 20 November at ...

Authority as a service to justice and charity

On Wednesday, 20 October, at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father met groups of the faithful, most of whom had come ...

The world needs priests

Men will always need God and God will always need men to speak about him on earth; this is why today it still makes sense ...

A celebration of Sainthood

On Sunday morning, 17 October, the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St Peter's Square for the Canonization of ...

A mosaic of music and the drama of the human condition

A concert was given on Saturday evening, 16 October, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, in honour of Pope Benedict XVI. Present were the Synod ...

Eradication of poverty, the drug trade and corruption

On Monday, 18 October, H.E. Mr César Mauricio Velásquez Ossa, Ambassador of Colombia, presented his Credentials to the Holy Father in his Private Library. The ...

The peace process is strengthened everyday

On Monday, 18 October, H.E. Mr Manuel Roberto López Barrera, Ambassador of El Salvador presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. The following ...

God's presence

Do we still need Saints and priests? It was Benedict XVI who asked this question in the context of the Canonizations at which he presided ...

Fighting hunger with a model based on fraternity

On the occasion of World Food Day 2010, celebrated on Saturday, 16 October, the Holy Father addressed a Message to Mr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of ...

God has thousands of ways to make himself known and loved

On Wednesday, 13 October, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on Blessed Angela of Foligno, a 13th-century mystic. The ...

Ubicumque et semper

Apostolic Letter in the form of MOTU PROPRIO Ubicumque et Semper of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI establishing the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New ...

The fall of the gods and the faith of the simple

On Monday morning, 11 October, after the celebration of Terce inaugurating the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, the ...

For peace and justice in the Middle East

On Sunday, 10 October, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, in St Peter's Basilica, at the Tomb of the Apostle Peter, the Holy Father Benedict XVI ...

The Church instrument of unity and reconciliation

On Sunday, 10 October, after presiding at Mass in St Peter's Basilica for the opening of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the ...

From a different perspective

With an impressive meditation Benedict XVI introduced the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops. It opened yesterday, in St Peter's, ...

May Eastern Catholic Churches flourish

On Saturday, 9 October, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to those taking part in the Study Congress commemorating the 20th anniversary ...

Pope receives French President

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received in Audience H.E. Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, on Friday morning, 8 October, at the Apostolic ...

Truth and reality the challenge of communicating

The true and the real constitute the heart of the challenge of communicating to which Catholic journalists must respond in the period when new technologies ...

Consolidating a national identity marked by Catholic sentiment

On Thursday, 9 October, His Holiness Benedict XVI received H.E. Mr Fernando Zegers Santa Cruz, Ambassador of Chile to the Holy See, in his Private ...

Friendship with Jesus lies at the heart of a happy life

On Wednesday, 6 October, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on St Gertrude the Great, a remarkable religious woman ...

The Mafia is a deadly path incompatible with the Gospel

On Sunday, 3 October, the concluding event on the Holy Father's agenda in Palermo, was his Address in Piazza Politeama to the young people and ...

Christ establishes the priest's status not the world

On Sunday afternoon, 3 October, in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Palermo, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops, priests, men and ...

The power of faith and the courage to do good overcome resignation

On Sunday, 3 October, the Holy Father left Rome from Ciampino Airport on his first Pastoral Visit to Palermo for the regional ecclesial Meeting of ...

In Christian communities may no one be marginalized or in need

On Sunday, 3 October, after presiding at Mass the Holy Father led the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful. Before the Marian prayer, he ...

Mission is not a search for new techniques but a service to Christ's Gospel

On Monday, 4 October, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of the North 1 and North East Regions of the Brazilian Bishops' Conference whom ...

Faith is a different force

On the evening of Friday, 1 October, in the Vatican's Paul vi Hall, ENI (the Italian oil and gas company) offered a concert to the ...

The Bible to be read and assimilated

On the eve of his return to Vatican City, on Wednesday afternoon, 29 September, the Holy Father met with the staff of the Papal Summer ...

The Liturgy a great school of spirituality

On Wednesday, 29 September, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on St Matilda of Hackeborn (Mechthild von Hackeborn), a ...

God loves the poor and asks us to serve others

At noon on Sunday, 26 September, before praying the Angelus with the faithful in the courtyard at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the ...

Where all aspirations find a response

On the occasion of the Second World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Pilgrimages and Shrines to be held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from ...

A renewed commitment of solidarity for the common good

On Monday morning, 27 September, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father took his leave ...

Forgiveness rebuilds human beings and encourages renewal of society

On Saturday morning, 25 September, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence, Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops ...

I started school 77 years ago

On Thursday afternoon, 23 September, in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo the Holy Father met students from the “Paolo VI” ...

Work and celebration on a family scale

“Work and celebration are closely connected with the life of families”, the Holy Father said in the Message he addressed to Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, President ...

An historic event

On Wednesday, 22 September at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father reflected on his Visit to the United Kingdom ...

Success for the Pope in the United Kingdom also in the ecumenical field

Benedict XVI's Visit to the United Kingdom was also a great success in the ecumenical context. Archbishop Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for ...

A keen intellect and a prolific pen at the service of God

On Sunday morning, 19 September, the Holy Father beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman. The Pope took his leave of the Apostolic Nuncio and travelled by ...

The Kindly Light

A Church which sought to be attractive in the eyes of the world would be on the wrong track because her duty is to make ...

The truth that sets us free calls for witness

On Saturday afternoon, 18 September, after his Visit to St Peter's Residence, a short drive in the popemobile brought Benedict XVI to Hyde Park where ...

Reason and faith need each other

On Friday afternoon, 17 September, the Holy Father went to Westminster Hall, the oldest room in Westminster Palace, today the Houses of Parliament. Here he ...

The Church must be inclusive but not at the expense of the truth

On Friday afternoon, 17 September, the Holy Father was driven to Lambeth Palace where he paid a Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace ...

Angels watch over the nation

Benedict XVI's Visit to the United Kingdom is turning out to be truly unprecedented. A positive and important journey which – after the meeting with ...

The Church does not seek power but serves Jesus with the force of love

On Thursday morning, 16 September, soon after take-off on his flight to Edinburgh, Scotland, the Holy Father spoke to the 70 journalists on the papal ...

The Christian foundations of a modern and multicultural society

On Thursday, 16 September, Benedict XVI departed from Castel Gandolfo on his 17th Apostolic Visit which was also an Official State Visit to the United ...

The Church is deeply indebted to women

On Wednesday, 15 September, (the day prior to his departure to the United Kingdom), at the General Audience held in the Paul VI Audience Hall ...

The Pope and Newman

In England's green and pleasant land saints have been thin on the ground of late, at least those recognised by the Church. So English Catholics ...

The Church cannot approve alternative models to the family

On Monday, 13 September, H.E. Mr Walter Jürgen Schmid, Ambassador of Germany to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. ...

The art of arts pastoral government with authority and charity

At the Audience on Monday morning, 13 September, the Holy Father spoke to 110 recently appointed Bishops ordained in 2009/2010, who took part in the ...

Repentance the measure of faith

At noon on Sunday, 12 September, before praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, ...

The Episcopate is a service of love

On Saturday morning, 11 September, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence, Castel Gandolfo, the Pope spoke to 102 Bishops who ...

A healthy ecumenism to combat indifferentism and ecclesiological relativism

On Saturday, 11 September, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops ...

Benedict XVI's good wishes to the Jewish Community of Rome

On the occasion of the Jewish Holy Days of Rosh Ha-Shanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, Benedict XVI addressed a Telegram to Dr Riccardo Di Segni, ...

Where faith encounters secularization

How well I remember the first visit of a reigning Pontiff to Britain. Pope John Paul II arrived on 28 May 1982. It was my ...

Following the example of Cardinal Newman

A week before his Visit to the U.K. the Holy Father sent a Video-Message to the British faithful. He did so during the General Audience ...

Death a sincere and most beloved friend

On Tuesday evening, 7 September, the Holy Father attended a concert in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo, offered by the ...

The natural dignity of every person root of the inviolability of human rights

At noon on Wednesday, 8 September, the Holy Father addressed the members of the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The ...

The special contribution of women to theology

On Wednesday, 8 September, the Holy Father came into Rome from Castel Gandolfo for the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall. As he ...

The land of St Ninian awaits Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI will arrive in Edinburgh, the Capital City of Scotland, on the 16th of September to begin a four day visit to the ...

Christians a beneficial force for social change

On Sunday morning, 5 September, the Holy Father left Castel Gandolfo by helicopter on a Pastoral Visit to Carpineto Romano, the birthplace of Vincenzo Gioacchino ...

Friendship with Christ a proposal that goes against the tide

Shortly after noon on 5 September, the Holy Father returned from his Pastoral Visit to Carpineto Romano where he presided at Holy Mass. Before leading ...

A Pope's wisdom

Speaking of Leo XIII in the bicentenary of his birth, his current Successor explained the duty of every Pope (and “of every Pastor of the ...

The search for a life truly greater

“ Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7). This is the theme of Pope Benedict XVI's Message for ...

Respectful agreement for lasting peace

On Thursday morning, 2 September, in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI received in Audience Mr Shimon Peres, President ...

The feminine genius in the history of the People of God

On Wednesday, 1 September, the General Audience was held in the square in front of the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo. The faithful filled ...

Asia is thirsting for Jesus Christ

The Holy Father sent a Message to Cardinal Stanis³aw Ry³ko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, on the occasion of the Congress of ...

The style of God means welcoming those who have nothing to give

That we are continuing to live as pagans was the theme of the Holy Father's brief Address – with reference to the Gospel passage for ...

Gentleness and humility transform outrage into blessing

The Gospel scene today, a Sabbath meal at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, begins with reciprocal observations. The host and his friends ...

From Christ we learn humility and gratitude

At noon on Sunday, 29 August, the Holy Father led the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in the courtyard of the Papal ...

Benedict XVI and Mother Teresa

The Holy Father sent a personal Message to Sister Mary Prema Pierick, mc, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, on the 100th anniversary of ...

Saints such as Augustine the travelling companions of Christians

On Wednesday, 25 August, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father commented on the importance of having “travelling companions” on the ...

A world of brothers and sisters to build the civilization of love

On Sunday, 22 August, the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, the Holy Father introduced the Angelus with comments on the Blessed Virgin Mary's title ...

‘Heart speaks unto heart’

The Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom is, without doubt, uniquely historical. The invitation for the Visit has been extended by Her ...

Committed pastoral ministry to ‘renew all things in Christ’

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 18 August, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father commented on Pope St Pius X ...

Holy Father appeals for flood victims in Pakistan

My thoughts go at this time to the beloved peoples of Pakistan, recently afflicted by a serious flood that has taken a heavy toll of ...

A Catholic statesman and an outstanding scholar

The Holy Father expressed his condolences upon the death of Francesco Cossiga, former President of the Italian Republic, in a Telegram addressed to his children, ...

Heaven is God's love in which there is also room for us

Early on Sunday, 15 August, Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption on the 60th anniversary of the definition of the Dogma ...

Under her protection all humanity finds refuge

On Sunday, 15 August, the Holy Father greeted pilgrims in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo. Before leading the Angelus, he ...

A strong hope

What really counts? Christian tradition has answered this question from time immemorial, even by situating right in the heart of the Liturgical Year a Feast ...

Martyrdom proof of total love

St Clare of Assisi's Feast day was celebrated on Wednesday, 11 August, when the Holy Father announced during the General Audience at Castel Gandolfo that ...

The use of goods and the logic of love

At noon on Sunday, 8 August, the Feast of St Dominic Guzmán, the Pope spoke to the faithful gathered in the courtyard of the Papal ...

The Pope in Abruzzo

On the Liturgical Feast of the Transfiguration, 6 August, the day on which the Gospel presents Jesus in prayer on the mountain, Benedict xvi went ...

The altar servers' hats

In these midsummer days Rome has been cheerfully invaded by more than 55,000 young people – boys and girls, the vast majority of whom were ...

Help priests to serve Christ and the Church

To communicate fearlessly to their peers the gift of friendship with the Lord was Benedict xvi's invitation to more than 55,000 people, mainly young altar ...

All States should ban cluster bombs

Cluster bombs “cause unacceptable damage to civilians”, the Holy Father said at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo after the Angelus on 1 August, ...

Nothing lasts forever

At noon on Sunday, 1 August, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel ...

The Lord carries us and carries me

On Thursday afternoon, 29 July, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father watched a screening ...

Those who pray are never alone

On Sunday, 25 July, the Feastday of St James the Greater, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo the Holy Father spoke to the ...

The Pope's working holiday

Benedict XVI has now spent about three weeks on holiday at Castel Gandolfo surrounded by the beauties of creation and of history, as the Pontiff ...

The Word of God remains all the rest will pass away

At noon on Sunday, 18 July, the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, before praying the Angelus with the faithful from the balcony overlooking the inner ...

«Religious freedom, the path to peace»

“ Religious freedom, the path to peace”. This is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the celebration of the 2011 World Day of ...

The logic of charity  is the logic of Christ

On Sunday, 11 July, the Memorial of St Benedict of Norcia, before reciting the Angelus with the pilgrims in the courtyard of the Papal Residence ...

Surrounded by the beauty  of creation and history

On Wednesday, 7 July, the Holy Father left Rome to spend the hot summer months at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo. After arriving ...

The People of God as a magisterium  that comes before theology

On Wednesday, 7 July, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father reflected on Blessed John Duns Scotus, a distinguished Franciscan theologian ...

The Pope blesses  the statue of St Hannibal Mary

Rogate ergo Dominum messis ut mittat operaios in messem suam , “Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (Mt ...

New languages and new methods  for proclaiming the Gospel to humanity

The need “to respond to the great challenge of inculturation” was a focal point in the Message that the Holy Father addressed to the Delegates ...

Benedict XVI's realism

A new message of encouragement and support comes from Benedict XVI's Visit to Sulmona in the Abruzzo region, severely tried by unemployment and by the ...

The simplicity and humility of Joseph

On Monday morning, 5 July, the Pope inaugurated the new fountain dedicated to St Joseph, the 100th fountain in the Vatican Gardens. Located near the ...

Without memory there is no future

On Sunday afternoon, 4 July, during his Pastoral Visit to Sulmona, the Holy Father spoke to the young people of the region in the Cathedral ...

Holiness never goes out of fashion

To honour Celestine v, the 13th-century hermit who resigned from his office as Pope, was the main purpose of the Holy Father's Pastoral Visit to ...

A moderate life keeps hearts and minds free

On Sunday, 4 July, after celebrating the Eucharist, the Pope recited the Angelus with the faithful. The following is a translation of the Address given ...

Muslims and Christians  together for peace and reconciliation

On Friday, 2 July, H.E. Mr Habbeb Mohammed Hadi Ali Al-Sadr, Ambassador of Iraq to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the ...

In Madrid to meet Christ ever young

“The World Youth Days are not merely mass meetings”, the Holy Father said at the Audience in the Vatican's Consistory Hall on Friday, 2 July, ...

A help close by for the family of God

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood (1 July 1960), the Holy Father addressed the following Letter to Cardinal ...

The Church's freedom  from material ties and spiritual evils

“The Petrine ministry is a guarantee of freedom in the sense of full adherence to the truth”, the Holy Father said on Tuesday morning, 29 ...

On the pillars of the Patrons of Rome

At the end of the Eucharistic concelebration on Tuesday, 29 June, the Holy Father led the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in ...

A true school of priestly life

On Wednesday, 30 June, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, as he had announced at the previous General Audience, the Holy Father commented ...

The Church is an immense force for renewal

On Monday evening, 28 June, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls where he celebrated First Vespers of the Solemnity of ...

Audience with  Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

1. The Holy Father today received in Audience [Monday, 28 June], Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria, and President of the Austrian Bishops' Conference. ...

How the Pope sees the primacy of God

The Libreria Editrice Vaticana [Vatican Publishing House] has already had the privilege of enriching its catalogue with dozens of Documents from the teaching and Magisterium ...

Vocation is obediance to the love of God

On Sunday, 27 June, the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Holy Father introduced the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter's Square with comments ...

The Pope in solidarity with the Bishops of Belgium

On Sunday, 27 June, the Holy Father sent a Message to Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Malines-Brussels concerning the recent events which occurred in Belgium. On ...

The Christian minority in the Middle East asks for religious freedom and peace

<!-- @page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } A:link { so-language: zxx } --> On Monday, 28 June, at the Vatican the ...

Holy See helps poor of Rome and the world

On Saturday morning, 26 June, the Holy Father met the members of the “Circolo San Pietro” (Circle of St Peter”) in the Vatican's Consistory Hall. ...

Lasting peace and freedom of religion for all

On Friday, 25 June, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the ...

Charity alone saves the world

On Thursday morning, 24 June, the Holy Father visited the Don Orione Centre on the Monte Mario Hill in north Rome, in order to bless ...

Pray for the sanctification of the Church

On Thursday morning, 24 June, after his Visit to the “Don Orione” Centre, the Holy Father went to the neighbouring Dominican Monastery of Our Lady ...

Human intelligence  facing the mysteries of faith

At the General Audience the Paul XVI Audience Hall on Wednesday, 23 June, the Holy Father continued his Reflection on the Christian culture of the ...

Peace and security  for the people of Kyrgyzstan

On Sunday, 20 June, after celebrating Mass in St Peter's Basilica and reciting the Angelus, the Holy Father made an appeal to the international community ...

A priesthood of prayer and service  not of prestige or power

On Sunday morning, 20 June, the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Holy Father presided in St Peter's Basilica at Holy Mass, during which he ...

Moral credibility encourages  acceptance of the Gospel

On Saturday morning, 19 June, in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of the East ii Region of the Brazilian ...

For a broad and confident  vision of human reason

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 16 June, in St Peter's Square the Holy Father continued his Reflection on the Christian culture of the Middle ...

The language of love  changes hearts and society

“Their eyes were opened, they recognized him and announced him: The Sunday Eucharist and the witness of charity” was the theme of the Convention of ...

The first workers of the civilization of love

On Sunday, 13 June, before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on the ...

The Papal Representative a sign of the Pope's presence and charity

On Monday morning, 14 June, the Holy Father spoke to the community of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in the Vatican's Consistory Hall. The role of ...

Un sacramento e una vita nuova  per fare spazio a Dio

Pubblichiamo il testo integrale del dialogo tra il Papa e i preti durante la veglia di preghiera svoltasi nella serata di giovedì 10 giugno, in ...

A sacrament and a new life to make room for God

On Thursday evening, 10 June, the Holy Father presided at a Prayer Vigil in St Peter's Square on the occasion of the International Meeting for ...

The human person the one true capital to be safeguarded

On Saturday morning, 12 June, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the 45th joint annual meeting of the Development ...

In priests the audacity  of a God close to us

On Friday, 11 June, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St Peter's Square for the conclusion ...

The Sacrament and the thirst of the world

Anyone who thought of the Year for Priests as the umpteenth invented celebration, worth little if not entirely useless, will have to think again in ...

A future of friendship and collaboration for the peoples of the Middle East

On Wednesday, 9 June, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke of his recent Apostolic Journey to Cyprus, from 4-6 ...

Christ's peace, fundamental theme

The purpose of his religious and Pastoral Visit to Cyprus, Benedict XVI told journalists on his flight, was to proclaim the faith, to foster dialogue ...

The Cross and the Church

Benedict XVI's Visit to Cyprus was a memorable success, as the Pope himself said in taking his leave of the country. As always, his words ...

The Pope sends condolences  on death of Bishop Luigi Padovese

When the Holy Father learned of the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, ofm cap, titular Bishop of Monteverde and Vicar Apostolic of Anatolia, Turkey, on ...

The Love which transforms the world

On Thursday evening, 3 June, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in the Basilica of St John Lateran instead ...

Violence does not settle controversy

On Wednesday, 2 June, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St Thomas Aquinas whose life and teaching have ...

Mary in the mystery of her Visitation  a clear example of missionary journey

The conclusion of May, the month of Mary, at the Vatican was marked by a candlelight procession that wound through the Vatican Gardens to the ...

Christians committed to love of God and love of neighbour

On Sunday, 30 May, Trinity Sunday, the Holy Father introduced the prayer of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, commenting on ...

Prayer and esteem for the Church and people in China

On Saturday, 29 May, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Pope spoke to participants in a pilgrimage promoted by the Diocese of Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia and ...

Brotherhood and justice for social balance

On Friday, 28 May, H.E. Mr C. Théodore Loko, the new Ambassador of Benin to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the ...

Respect for rights and duties

Because the free movement of people favours the construction of a society based on peace, the State should ensure respect for rights and duties both ...

Current crisis not only economic  but also cultural and spiritual

One should not consider tackling the economic crisis without taking into account the “cultural and spiritual crisis” that is afflicting Italy today. The Holy Father ...

Authority and hierarchy in the Church  service lived in pure giving

On Wednesday, 26 May, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke about the priest's ministry of governing, in the name of Christ, the flock ...

There is no Church without Pentecost

At noon on Sunday, 23 May, the Solemnity of Pentecost, before leading the recitation of the Regina Caeli with the faithful in St Peter's Square, ...

The fire of Christ

On Sunday, 23 May, Benedict XVI presided at Mass in St Peter's Basilica for the Solemnity of Pentecost. During his Homily, the Pope expounded on ...

Gospel enriches national culture

On Saturday morning, 22 May, Benedict XVI received H.E. Mr Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, along with an Official Delegation. The ...

Following after  Cyril and Methodius

After having met with the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Benedict XVI received H.E. Mr Trajko Veljanoski, President of the Assembly of the former Yugoslav Republic of ...

Politics has primacy over finances

On Saturday morning, 22 May, the Holy Father received participants in a study Conference promoted by the “Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice” Foundation in the ...

A critical judgment  of current cultural changes

On Friday, 21 May, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met with participants in the Ordinary Assembly of the Supreme Committee of the Pontifical ...

To build a good life  in one's country

On Friday, 21 May, the Holy Father met with Members and Consultors of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, on the occasion of their 24th ...

Europe breathes with both lungs

On Thursday evening, 20 May, the Holy Father was offered a concert by His Holiness Kirill i, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, as a ...

Freedom of worship brings social harmony

On Thursday, 20 May, Mrs Hissa Abdulla Ahmed Al-Otaiba, first Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, presented her Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. ...

Religion and culture  for cooperation between peoples

On Thursday, 20 May, Mr Lnvsantseren Orgil, Ambassador of Mongolia, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. The following is the Pope's Address ...

A message of hope from Fatima  reaching beyond the horrors of history

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 19 May, the Holy Father outlined the highlights of his recent Trip to Portugal from ...

With our eyes to Heaven we walk beside him

On Sunday, 16 May, prior to leading the Regina Caeli, the Holy Father greeted the over 200,000 faithful who gathered in St Peter's Square to ...

The Church is still a place of hope

From 12-16 May, Catholic and Evangelical representatives gathered in Munich for an ecumenical congress on the theme: “So That You Might Have Hope”. Some 130,000 ...

The Pope's rose

The Papal Trip to Portugal showed the kind heart and strength of Benedict XVI, ever more clearly seen in the Visits which he makes to ...

Prophetic mission of Fatima for the salvation of the world

On Thursday morning, 13 May, the Solemnity of Our Lady of Fatima and the 10th anniversary of the Beatification of Jacinta and Francisco, the Holy ...

The responsibility of authority a service for the growth of others

On Thursday evening, 13 May, the Holy Father travelled from the Church of the Most Holy Trinity to meet with the Bishops of Portugal at ...

A creative proposal from the Church to address the crisis

On Thursday afternoon, 13 May, the Holy Father went from “Nossa Senhora do Carmo House” to the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, where he ...

Mutual aid among priests to rise above weakness and infidelity

On Wednesday afternoon, 12 May, after praying in the Chapel of the Apparitions at Fatima, a five-minute drive through the faithful in the popemobile brought ...

The Church does not impose but proposes Christ to the world

On Friday morning, 14 May, the Holy Father took his leave of the people at the Casa. He travelled by helicopter from Fatima to Oporto. ...

For a Church renewed by holy priests

On Wednesday, 12 May, during the celebration of Vespers in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, the Holy Father made an Act of Entrustment, ...

A true homeland is a place with a window open to God

On Wednesday evening, 12 May, after celebrating Vespers at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, the Holy Father dined in private at the “Nossa ...

In human weakness the spring of divine power

On Thursday morning, 13 May, after celebrating Mass in the square in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, the Holy Father greeted ...

Agreement and responsibility to address the future

In the early afternoon of Friday, 14 May, the Holy Father was taken to the International Airport, where the Farewell Ceremony took place at which ...

Pope entrusts joys and sufferings of the Church to Mary

On Wednesday, 12 May, after addressing representatives of the world of culture, the Holy Father returned to the Apostolic Nunciature where he had a private ...

The ocean and tradition

Benedict is farsighted. This was evident in Lisbon, when celebrating Mass on the ocean shore – in front of a truly immense and joyful crowd ...

Time to point out new worlds

On Wednesday, 12 May, the Holy Father celebrated Mass privately at the Apostolic Nunciature in Lisbon. The Pope then went to Belém Cultural Centre. The ...

Fatima's response to the sufferings of the Church

On Tuesday, 11 May, Benedict XVI spoke with journalists on board his flight from Rome to Lisbon, answering the questions they had formulated for him. ...

Faith is not distribution of power but evangelical presence in the world

Late on Tuesday afternoon, 11 May, in Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square), Lisbon, after briefly addressing those present on the occasion of the 50th anniversary ...

Symbol of love for poor and oppressed

In the afternoon of Tuesday, 11 May, the Holy Father went to “Terreiro do Paço”, Palace Square, called after the royal palace that stood there ...

A future for building on the Gospel of Christ

On Tuesday, 11 May, after presiding at Mass on Palace Square, Lisbon, the Holy Father was driven back to the Apostolic Nunciature in the popemobile. ...

The optimism of Benedict XVI

Evil will not have the last word in history despite difficulty and suffering, injustice and death itself. On the flight over the Mediterranean to Portugal, ...

At the service of common good

On Tuesday, 11 May, after the Welcome Ceremony at the Airport of Lisbon, the Holy Father stopped at the Apostolic Nunciature, where he was staying, ...

The quality of Christian witness in a pluralistic society

On Tuesday morning, 11 May, the Holy Father left for Lisbon from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, Fiumicino, to take part in the celebrations ...

Praying for priests and for peace

On Sunday, 9 May, prior to leading the Regina Caeli with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on May, the ...

The courage to trust in God

In the late afternoon on Friday, 7 May, the Holy Father delivered the Homily at the end of the funeral Mass for Cardinal Luigi Poggi, ...

A new Christian conscience for Belgium

On Saturday morning, 8 May, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of Belgium at the end of their “ad limina” ...

A real association with the service of Peter

On Friday morning, 7 May, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met with the recruits of the Swiss Guards and their families after ...

A world without nuclear weapons

During the General Audience on Wednesday, 5 May, Benedict XVI called on the participants in the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, encouraging concrete ...

Priests: a gift for the Church and for the world

On Wednesday, 5 May, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father mentioned briefly the highlight of his recent Pastoral Visit to ...

Fraternal relations between Catholics and Jews

On the occasion of the 95th birthday of Rav Elio Toaff, Chief Rabbi of Rome emeritus, the Holy Father sent a hand-written Message of greetings. ...

Standing before the mystery of Holy Saturday

An extraordinary Icon for the mystery of Holy Saturday: this is how the oly Father described the Turin Shroud, having just knelt before it in ...

The Shroud and Nietzsche

The Pope also went to Turin as Successor of Peter to strengthen his brothers and sisters in the faith. Carrying in his heart the whole ...

The Benedictine who preferred nothing to the love of Christ

On Monday, 3 May, the Holy Father entered St Peter's Basilica at the end of the Funeral Mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of ...

A monk and pastor ever faithful

When the Holy Father learned of the death on Friday, 30 April, of Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, osb, President emeritus of the Congregation for Divine ...

Without public intervention and moral standards the market cannot regulate itself

On Friday, 30 April, the Holy Father met with members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on the occasion of its 16th Plenary Session, ...

An extraordinary educational commitment

On Thursday, 29 April, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, the Holy Father attended a concert in honour of the fifth anniversary ...

How to repair the social fabric of a country still at war

On Thursday, 29 April, H.E. Mr Jean-Pierre Hamuli Mupenda, new Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Holy See, presented his Letters ...

The fight against poverty starts with respect for the dignity of the human person

On Thursday, 29 April, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of The Gambia and Sierra Leone as well as those ...

Living charity in Christ and in the Church

On Wednesday, 28 April, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father talked about St Leonard Murialdo, Founder of the Congregation of ...

Upcoming publication of Missal translation

After the General Audience on Wednesday, 28 April, the Holy Father met with Members and Consultors of the “Vox Clara” Committee in the Vatican's “Casina ...

Love is the Lodestone

“If we look at Christ, he is all sympathy, and that makes him precious to us. Being sympathetic, being vulnerable, is part of being a ...

The Good Shepherd  an example for all priests

At noon on Sunday, 25 April, “Good Shepherd Sunday”, and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, before leading the Regina Caeli with the faithful ...

Seeking the true good  of the Country

On Saturday, 24 April, H.E. Mr Charles Ghislain, Ambassador of Belgium to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. The ...

Let us set sail on the «digital sea»

On Saturday morning, 24 April, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father spoke to participants at the end of a Congress on “ ...

Justice and forgiveness pillars of peace

On Thursday, 22 April, H.E. Mr Gjoko Gjorgjevski, Ambassador of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence ...

God's plan of love greater than storms and shipwrecks

On Wednesday, 21 April, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father reviewed his recent Apostolic Visit to Malta for the 1,950th ...

Christ is the heart where East and West meet

On Tuesday morning, 20 April, in St Peter's Basilica, the funeral of Cardinal Tomáš Špidlík, sj, Dean of Sant’Agata de’ Goti, who died on Friday, ...

The Church rejects no one

Texts of the Pope's Addresses Welcoming Ceremony Visit at the Cave of St Paul Eucharistic Celebration Homily at Floriana Granaries - Floriana Regina Caeli Floriana ...

The comfort of not being alone

The fifth anniversary of Benedict XVI's election as Pope was celebrated on Monday, 19 April. On this special day the Holy Father lunched in the ...

Christ shows us the way

Early on Thursday, 15 April, the Holy Father celebrated a Mass with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission in the Pauline Chapel. The following is ...

A practical witness of holiness and charity

On Friday morning, 16 April, at an Audience in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the members of The Papal Foundation who ...

The Eucharist: centre and source  of Petrine Ministry

On Thursday, 15 April, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of the North II Region of the Bishops' Conference of ...

Born to defy the Iron Curtain

“John Paul II's idea was truly daring: L'Osservatore Romano had to defy the impenetrable Iron Curtain. It was the only newspaper that entered a Country ...

In the Church Christ is never absent

On Wednesday, 14 April, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father reflected on the priest's configuration to Christ through the exercise ...

The Church brings God's mercy to the world

On Divine Mercy Sunday, 11 April, the Holy Father Benedict XVI led the prayer of the Regina Caeli with the faithful gathered in the courtyard ...

The Pope of charity

On Friday, 9 April, the Holy Father attended the screening of a film entitled “Under the Roman Sky” in the Hall of the Swiss at ...

Transparency and rigour after Benedict XVI's example

In an essay for the Italian daily edition of L'Osservatore Romano published on 10 April, Fr Federico Lombardi, sj, Director General of Vatican Radio, defined ...

Words and actions consistent with Gospel will witness to the Risen Jesus

On Wednesday, 7 April, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father reflected on the spiritual joy of Easter and on Christ's ...

The Resurrection opened history to the future

On Easter Sunday morning, 4 April, after celebrating Holy Mass in St Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI imparted to the faithful the traditional Message and ...

Christ is the only way to the immortality we seek

On Holy Saturday evening, 3 April, Benedict XVI presided at the Easter Vigil Mass in St Peter's Basilica. On this “night of watching by the ...

Christians as messengers of divine love

On Easter Monday, 5 April, known in Italy as “Lunedì del Angelo” or “Monday of the Angel”, the Holy Father spoke to the pilgrims and ...

With the Church, beside the Pope

“It is by now a cultural contrast: the Pope embodies moral truths that are not accepted so that priests' failings and shortcomings are used as ...

From betrayal to pardon From hatred to love

On Good Friday evening, 2 April, the Holy Father led the traditional Way of the Cross at the Colosseum for which Cardinal Camillo Ruini, his ...

Priestly prayer an examination of conscience for the Church

On Holy Thursday afternoon, 1 April, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St John Lateran. Here, celebrating the Mass of the Lord's Supper ...

Mistakes were made but not in Rome

“Mistakes were made in the Lawrence Murphy case. The mistakes were not made in Rome in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The mistakes were made here, ...

Sacramental oil a sign of God's mercy

On Holy Thursday morning, 1 April, the Holy Father celebrated the Chrism Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In explaining the meaning of the holy oils ...

The days that direct our lives

On Wednesday, 31 March, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father reflected on the celebration of the Easter Triduum and the ...

A travelling companion for people today

On Monday evening, 29 March, the Holy Father presided at a special Mass in St Peter's Basilica commemorating the Venerable Servant of God Pope John ...

Jesus Christ leads us to authentic humanity

This year on Palm or Passion Sunday, 28 March, also the 25th World Youth Day for the youth of the Diocese of Rome, the Holy ...

Holy Father expresses heartfelt condolences

When the Holy Father learned of the two bomb explosions in the Moscow Underground Stations of Lubyanka and Park Kultury during the Monday morning rush ...

Life must not be wasted

On Thursday evening, 25 March thousands of young people with candles thronged St Peter's Square. They had come to be with the Pope, continuing a ...

There was no cover-up

Transparency, firmness and severity in shedding light on various cases of sexual abuse committed by priests and religious: are the criteria that Benedict XVI has ...

A multiethnic society striving to live in universal brotherhood

The Holy Father addressed a Message to the faithful for the 84th World Mission Sunday, to be celebrated on 24 October. The following is a ...

Children have the right to be brought into the world

On Thursday, 25 March, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of Scandinavia who were in Rome for their “ad limina” ...

Nature is a book written by God

On Wednesday, 24 March, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, continuing his Catecheses on the Christian culture of the Middle Ages, the Holy ...

We are made for love

On the occasion of the opening of the 10th International Youth Forum – on the theme “Learning to love” – which began in Rocca di ...

Intransigent with sin but indulgent with people

On 20 March, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the Holy Father introduced the prayer of the Angelus for the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square ...

Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland

On Saturday, 20 March, the Pastoral Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland was released. Pastoral Letter of the Holy Father ...

Communicating the beauty that is truth

On his name day, 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph, the Holy Father attended a concert in the Clementine Hall organized by the Prefecture ...

Solid formation and inner renewal

On Saturday, 20 March, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of Burkina Faso and of Niger during their “ad limina” ...

Before God and before men

Confronted by the serious and shameful situation that the Church in Ireland has been going through for all too many years, Benedict XVI made the ...

A new season for rethinking the economy

On Thursday morning, 18 March, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to members of the “Unione degli industriali e delle imprese” [Union ...

Love sees further than reason

On Wednesday, 17 March, at the General Audience, held for the first time this year in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke on St ...

Praying for unity with great urgency

On 14 March, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, known as “Laetare” Sunday, the Holy Father visited the Evangelical Lutheran Community of Rome at the “Christuskirche” ...

Conferral of honorary citizenship

On Wednesday, 17 March, after the General Audience, honorary citizenship of the Italian city of Romano Canavese was conferred on the Holy Father in the ...

God the merciful Father will never cease seeking us in love

On 14 March, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy ...

Building a solid and enduring life plan

Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life”? ( Mk 10:17). This is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the 25th ...

Corruption and selfishness obstacles to peace

On Saturday morning, 13 March, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of Sudan who were in Rome for their “ad ...

Serving God and the world without compromises

On Friday, 12 March, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to those taking part in the Convention organized by the Congregation for ...

Pope expresses condolences on Sheikh Tantawi's death

On learning of the death of the Grand Imam and Sheikh of the University of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, ...

Only priests who ask forgiveness can teach others to do the same

On Thursday, 11 March, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the participants in the annual Course on the Internal Forum organized ...

The Church progresses in both newness and continuity

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday, 10 March, the Holy Father continued the commentary on St Bonaventure, which he ...

Living as Christians

On Sunday morning, 7 March, the Holy Father visited the Parish of San Giovanni della Croce [St John of the Cross] in Colle Salario, a ...

Seeing life from a faith perspective

On 7 March, the Third Sunday of Lent, prior to leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, the ...

Living icons of the Good Samaritan inspire hope

On Saturday morning, 6 March, in the Vatican's Paul vi Audience Hall, the Holy Father spoke to about 7,000 Members, Personnel and Volunteers, of the ...

Support for those who minister to refugees, orphans and AIDS victims

On Friday, 5 March, in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Uganda Episcopal Conference towards the end of their visit “ad ...

A man of action and contemplation

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday, 3 March, the Holy Father spoke of St Bonaventure, a distinguished theologian and ...

The word of God the guiding criterion for our lives

At noon on Sunday, 28 February, before leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father reflected on ...

Praying for a heart that listens

On Saturday morning, 27 February, in the Vatican's “Redemptoris Mater” Chapel, at the end of the Spiritual Exercises the Holy Father addressed the members of ...

To Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Benedict XVI sent a Message of good wishes to His Holiness Bartholomaios I, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, for his 70th birthday. The ...

Appeal for respect of Christian's rights in Iraq

Pope Benedict XVI, during the Spiritual Exercises being held for him and his collaborators of the Roman Curia, was deeply grieved by the news that ...

Reconciliation with God leads to freedom from the slavery of money

On the occasion of the Lenten ecumenical “Brotherhood Campaign” in Brazil, the Holy Father sent a Message to Archbishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha, President of the ...

A better world starts with each of us

On Sunday, 21 February, prior to leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father reflected on ...

The priest's mission to be the ‘bridge’ between God and the world

On Thursday, 18 February, in the Vatican's Hall of Blessings, the Holy Father met with the parish priests of the Diocese of Rome for a ...

Air travel an indispensable means of evangelization

On Saturday, 20 February in the Vatican's Paul vi Hall, the Holy Father spoke to around 6,000 members of the “Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile” ...

Six new Saints on 17 October

On Friday morning, 19 February, Pope Benedict xvi held an Ordinary Public Consistory for voting on the Canonization Causes of Bl. Stanis³aw So³tys (Kazimierczyk), a ...

The Pope as Pastor

In the span of a week Benedict xvi has met the seminarians and clergy of Rome. He wanted to meditate at length with them on ...

Every injustice stems from a lack of love

On the afternoon of Ash Wednesday, 17 February, the Holy Father participated in a procession which began at the Church of Sant'Anselmo and concluded at ...

We are dust yet destined to immortality

On Ash Wednesday, 17 February, at the General Audience in the Paul vi Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on this day that introduces the ...

‘Witness Awakens Vocations’

Dear Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood, Dear Brothers and Sisters, The 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on ...

Restoring moral credibility after the abuse scandal

On 15 and 16 February 2010, the Holy Father met the Irish Bishops and senior members of the Roman Curia to discuss the serious situation ...

The Gospel calls for a revolution of love

On Sunday, 14 February, before praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on the Beatitudes. The following ...

Beyond the logic of profit lies charity

On Sunday morning, 14 February, the Holy Father visited the “Don Luigi Di Liegro” Hostel of the Diocesan “Caritas”, located at Stazione Termini, Rome's main ...

The precious treasure of the Church

Benedict XVI's tears are the symbol that best sums up the meaning of his visit to the Caritas Hostel at Rome's Railway Station. They are ...

Life an inalienable subject of law

On Saturday morning, 13 February, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life taking part ...

In Christ God reveals himself as both reason and love

On Friday evening, 12 February, the Holy Father paid his annual Visit to the Roman Major Seminary, in honour of the Memorial of Our Lady ...

Catholics and Orthodox unite for society's moral and civil development

On Friday, 12 February, in his Private Library, the Holy Father met with Prelates of the Bishops' Conference of Romania at the end of their ...

God wants to heal the whole of man

On Thursday, 11 February, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes and the 18th World Day of the Sick, the Holy Father presided in St ...

The ultimate human goal God himself

On Sunday, 7 February, before praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on the Liturgy, as well ...

No impunity for violators of human rights

On Saturday, 6 February, H.E. Mr Alfonso Roberto Matta Fahsen, Ambassador of Guatemala to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy ...

Businesses have a social responsibility

On Saturday morning, 6 February, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the directors and personnel of the “Azienda Comunale Energia e ...

The Church defends the dignity of human life

Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland on Friday, 5 February, at the conclusion of their “ad Limina” ...

Love the greatest justice

In preparation for the upcoming Liturgical Season of Lent, which will begin on Ash Wednesday, 17 February, we publish Benedict XVI's Lenten Message. The theme ...

Building blocks of peace and friendship

On the occasion of the 21st Olympic Games and the 10th Palaympic Winter Games being held in Vancouver, Canada, the Holy Father addressed a Message ...

Cultivating the cultural dimension of faith

On Wednesday, 3 February, at the General Audience in the Paul vi Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Dominic, Founder of the Order ...

Consecrated life a school of mercy

On Tuesday afternoon, 2 February, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the 14th World Day of Consecrated Life, the Holy Father presided ...

Benedict XVI visits the exhibition ‘Power and Grace’

On Sunday, 31 January, Benedict XVI visited the exhibition entitled “Power and Grace: The Patron Saints of Europe” which was on display at the Palazzo ...

to the Gospel means serving freedom by offering truth

On Monday, 1 February, the Holy Father met with the Bishops of England and Wales on the occasion of their ‘ad Limina’ visit. The Pope ...

Love is the sign of Christians

On Sunday, 31 January, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square with comments on St ...

Charity founded on truth and justice

On Thursday, 29 January, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota on the occasion ...

Harmony between reason and faith after St Aquinas' example

On Thursday, 28 January, in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father met with the members of the Pontifical Academies who were participating in the 14th ...

Never again such tragedy in the name of racial and religious hatred

After the General Audience on Wednesday, 27 January, the “Day of Memory”, the Holy Father made an Appeal in remembrance of all victims of racial ...

The real historical Francis is the Francis of the Church

On Wednesday, 27 January, during his General Audience Catechesis Benedict xvi spoke to the faithful gathered in the Paul vi Audience Hall about St Francis ...

Diverse charisms come together to create a profound unity in the Church

At noon on Sunday, 24 January, the Feast of St Francis de Sales, prior to praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's ...

The Pope appeals for a future for Haiti

The Holy Father addressed Messages to H.E. Mr René Préval, President of the Republic of Haiti, and to Archbishop Louis Kébreau of Cap-Haïtien, President of ...

Faithful witnesses to the Gospel on the Web

The following is Benedict XVI's Message for the 44th World Communications Day, to be celebrated on 16 May. The Message was issued on 24 January ...

Message of Benedict XVI to the new Patriarch of Serbia

On Friday, 22 January, the Holy Father sent a Telegram to His Holiness Irinej, who was recently elected Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, thus ...

A precious collaboration

In the Letter we publish below Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed his trust in Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as Secretary of State. In the text the ...

Great progress and new difficulties along the path to Christian unity

At the General Audience in the Paul vi Audience Hall on Wednesday, 20 January, the Holy Father commented on the ecumenical goal of visible unity ...

«The biography of my heart»

On Saturday, 16 January, in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican the Holy Father was awarded honorary citizenship of Freising, Germany. Present were Mr Dieter ...

An irrevocable commitment to pursue the path of fraternity

On Sunday, 17 January, the Holy Father visited the Jewish Community at the Great Synagogue of Rome. After delivering his Discourse in the Synagogue, the ...

A moment of grace

Benedict XVI described his Visit to the Jewish Community of Rome – the most ancient Diaspora in the West – as a moment of grace. ...

Haiti's immense needs

At noon on Sunday, 17 January, the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, prior to praying the Angelus with the pilgrims gathered in St ...

Dialogue and brotherly friendship leads to unity

On Monday, 18 January, the Holy Father met in the Vatican's Private Library with members of an Ecumenical Delegation from Finland, celebrating the Feast of ...

The human person and the common good at the heart of political action

On Thursday, 14 January, the Holy Father spoke to Members of the Administrative Board of Lazio, the Municipality of Rome and the Province of Rome, ...

The Church lives for others

Benedict XVI's Discourse to the diplomats accredited to the Holy See looked to the future with a breadth of vision not usually found in international ...

The Face of God and the faces of men

Benedict XVI chose to speak to representatives of the world's peoples – who gathered in St Peter's as they do every year for the celebration ...

Transparent finances for the Holy See

With his “Apostolic Letter in the form of a ‘ Proprio’ for the prevention and countering of illegal activities in the area of monetary and ...

The mystery of the love of God in music

Fine music can express “something of the mystery of his [God’s] love for us and ours for him”, the Pope said to the children and ...

Regarding the new legislation for the prevention and countering of illegal activities in the financial and monetary sectors

1. Today, in implementation of the Monetary Convention of 17 December 2009 (2010/C 28/05) between Vatican City State and the European Union, four new Laws ...

Like a fire in the night

In the light of Christmas that is radiant in the Liturgy and shines in hearts, Benedict xvi found inspiration for his reflection which he did ...

In the presence of God

The end of the civil year – and for Christians the celebration of Christ's birth – is an opportunity for reflection and evaluation. It was ...

The efficacy of the Gospel

The phenomenon of holiness is a reality that has permeated and involved many religions since ancient times. In the Christian tradition it shows “the efficacy ...

The centrality of the human person

An effective motto for a message to be read with attention; the invitation to safeguard creation in order to cultivate peace is not in fact ...

Mary and the city

The media was struck by Benedict XVI's remarks in front of the image of Mary Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna on Tuesday afternoon. The relationship ...

A new alliance

The tie between the Church and art is almost as ancient as the Christian tradition to which the different expressions of art are historically linked, ...

The path of beauty

Benedict XVI's Discourse on cathedrals which, in Europe, are one of the most splendid legacies of the Middle Ages, demonstrates with exemplary clarity what Christian ...

In the name of the human family

A clear and realistic denunciation of an intolerable situation: the number of people suffering from hunger is increasing but people are unaware of it. Benedict ...

Under the banner of Montini

Giovanni Battista Montini left his native land when he was very young, shortly after his Ordination to the priesthood. He always remained deeply attached to ...

Reality in God's perspective

The Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops has ended after three weeks of hard work together, of prayer and of reciprocal ...

The primacy of God

The invocation of the Holy Spirit introduced the work of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, inaugurated in St Peter's ...

Freedom built on truth

“A Visit not only marked by obvious success but that will have lasting effects”: in these words the Czech President Václav Klaus summed up Benedict ...

With arms wide open

The Successor of Peter's Visit to the regions of Bohemia and Moravia was a Journey undertaken with open arms that revealed once again the kindliest ...

The meaning of encounter

“Encounter” is the key word that Benedict XVI chose on the flight to Prague to represent his Journey to the Czech Republic – the 13th ...

The heart of European history

Benedict XVI's Journey to the Czech Republic, his 13th International Visit, may be summed up as a trip to the heart of Europe to address ...

Humankind is in God's hands

During the episcopal Ordination of five of his close collaborators, Benedict xvi explained the Bible Readings, as is his custom on important occasions. And he ...

The work of Peter

Benedict xvi has made his 16th visit to a Diocese of Italy, the nation whose Primate is the Bishop of Rome. The Pope went with ...

The Church of Rome and the War

In the summer of 1939 Europe completed the last stage that led it to fall into the abyss of war. Only 20 years after the ...

Hope and realism

Realism and hope, despite the global economic crisis: this is Benedict XVI's third Encyclical in the briefest possible synthesis, or rather, in a summary approximation ...

Faith and the Apostles

On the Feast of the Holy Patrons of Rome, Benedict XVI addressed to all Catholics enduring words that also deserve to be heard beyond the ...

The hearts of Saints and the Church

In three days the Pope has prayed before the hearts of two of the Saints who are the most popular and dear to modern Catholic ...

Witnesses of God

The Church's ongoing need for reform is the setting and root of the Letter that the Pope has addressed to his priests for the beginning ...

The primacy of Christ

Benedict XVI returned to Monte Cassino, a place he had been to often before his election to the Chair of Peter, to say anew that ...

The friendship born from an empty tomb

A friend of the Israelis and a friend of the Palestinians: is how one could succinctly sum up the political meaning of the Pope's Journey ...

The catholicity of the Church

From the Galilee of the Gentiles – the biblical country where the greatest diversity of peoples and openness to pagans was found – the Papal ...

Building peace

From the heart of the Holy Land, from Jerusalem and from Bethlehem, Benedict XVI was looking to the future. And his look was a look ...

A journey of faith

An event as important as the Pope's Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with its multiple dimensions may have many different interpretations, including those already widely ...

In search of friendship

A journey of friendship to contribute to achieving authentic peace in one of the world's most troubled regions. On behalf of the Catholic Church and ...

In Moses' footsteps

A concrete example of the trilateral dialogue that the Pope had hoped for: that is exactly what Benedict XVI's pilgrimage is, to the places holy ...

Believing in the reason common to all peoples

The key to understanding Benedict XVI's journey to the Holy Land is expressed by one word: pilgrimage. The Pope said this and repeated it several ...

At the roots of the faith

Pope Benedict XVI’s itinerary through the Holy Land is a journey to the roots of the faith, returning to the paths of God. And not ...

The Pope and the mystery of the moon

The fifth year of Benedict XVI's Pontificate is beginning. He was elected with almost unprecedented speed by the largest Conclave ever held. Yet the new ...

The importance of the Pope's international journey

The Pope's latest international journey is indeed already important. And this has been perceived by the media, although they have reduced it to a single ...

A universal outlook

Benedict XVI's journey to Africa, the introduction of Chinese into the already multilingual Holy See website and the proclamation of a forthcoming Year of the ...

Like the Letter to the Galatians

A passionate text without precedent, stemming from the heart of Benedict XVI to contribute to peace within the Church: such is the Pope's Letter to ...

Hospitality and truth

A welcoming mother of peoples who has made herself a disciple of the truth: this is Rome in the opinion of her Bishop, Benedict, who ...

The last Roman Pontiff

After almost three centuries, on 2 March 1939, a Roman who was Secretary of State was once again elected Pope. Seventy years ago, the Cardinals' ...

Vatican II at work today

Pope John XXIII's announcement of Vatican ii half a century ago on 25 January 1959 came as a great surprise, unexpectedly crossing the visible boundaries ...

The voice of the Bishop of Rome

Pope Benedict xvi's Discourse to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See was realistic and practical; he embraced the world in a panoramic perspective ...

Universal and Gospel values

The exchange of greetings for the year that has just begun have given the Pope an opportunity to reflect on present times, especially during the ...

The Spirit and the Church

Pope Benedict xvi's discourse at the exchange of greetings with the Roman Curia was a long reflection on the Christian faith that is, on the ...

Open to reason and dialogue

The tragic events of the last few days, which have targeted and shaken a great country that for months has been the scene of repeated ...

The Name of God and human history

Benedict XVI's Visit to the Church in Liguria was exemplary. This is because by concentrating on the essential, which is characteristic of the Bishop of ...

Catholic Action serving God and Country today

The 140th anniversary of Italian Catholic Action, the General Assembly and the Meeting with the Pope offered an opportunity to reflect on this demanding journey ...

A historic journey

A historic journey: there could be no more fitting description of the Visit to the United States which Benedict XVI has just made, even if ...

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