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At the General Audience the Pope recalls that faith should be communicated through words and example

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. The Pope reminded the large gathering of faithful in the Paul VI Hall that the upcoming 1 December is the “World AIDS Day”, proclaimed by the United Nations,“to focus attention on a disease that has taken a toll of millions of lives and caused tragic human suffering, accentuated in the world's poorest regions that only with great difficulty have access to effective medicines”. Hence Benedict XVI's encouragement of the “many projects in the context of the ecclesial mission which are promoted to eliminate this scourge”. And he had a special thought for the large number of children “who each year contract the virus from their mothers, despite the preventive treatment that exists”.

The Pope made the appeal at the end of the Audience which he dedicated especially to the topic of communicating faith. “How can we talk about God in our time?” was “the central question” around which the Pope developed his reflection”. “We can speak of God”, was the answer he gave, first of all “because God has spoken to us”. Indeed, he “is not a remote hypothesis concerning the world's origins” , or “mathematical knowledge that is far removed from us”, but “he cares about us” and “he loves us”.

Speaking of God, therefore, does not mean “bringing to the men and women of our time an abstract God, a hypothesis, but rather a real God who has entered history and is present in history”. For this reason Benedict XVI recommends “a recovery of simplicity, a return to the proclamation itself”. The model to look to continues to be St Paul, who does not communicate a philosophy but rather a reality that became part of his life; and he does so not in order to “make himself a fan club” but to win people over to the “true and real” God.

There was also an invitation from the Pope to view the family as “a privileged place for talking about God” and for communicating faith in “joyful tones”.

L'Osservatore Romano, November 29, 2012

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