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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 — ...

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 ...

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, ...

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” ...

Gentleness and mercy witness to the optimism of goodness

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 30 March, in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about a holy Doctor of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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), ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A thread of gold links man and God

On Wednesday 12 January, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Catherine of Genoa — in ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

International pilgrimage of altar servers

Fifty-three thousand altar servers have arranged to meet in Rome from 2 to 4 August for their International Pilgrimage, the youngest only 10 years old. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The importance of the Crucified One for a humanity born from the Christian faith

On Wednesday, 10 February, at the General Audience in the Paul vi Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Anthony of Padua, a contemporary ...

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 ...

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