William Blake, The Agony in the Garden, circa 1799-1800

The Church has the right and the duty to appeal to the God of mercy "with loud cries” (Heb 5,7). These "loud cries" should be the mark of the Church of our times...  cries that implore mercy according to the needs of man in the modern world... With this cry let us, like the sacred writers, call upon the God... who is faithful to Himself, to His fatherhood and His love. And, like the prophets, let us appeal to that love which has maternal characteristics and which, like a mother, follows each of her children, each lost sheep, even if they should number millions, even if in the world evil should prevail over goodness, even if contemporary humanity should deserve a new "flood" on account of its sins, as once the generation of Noah did.

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Benedict XVI to the International Forum of Catholic Action

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 addressed to the participants in the International Forum of Catholic Action, taking place in Iaşi, Romania. Benedict XVI emphasized the need for “a mature and committed laity” to be consolidated, “which can make its own specific contribution to the ecclesial mission with respect for the ministries and tasks that each one has in the life of the Church and always in cordial communion with the bishops”.

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