On the eve of the beginning of the ecumenical Week the invitation to pray for unity
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, Wednesday, 16 January, in the Paul VI Hall..
Continuing his weekly Reflections on the Year of Faith, Benedict XVI talked about the Revelation of God which “reached its culmination, its fullness” in Jesus. Indeed, the Incarnation expressed “the newness of the New Testament, that newness which appeared in the Bethlehem Grotto: God can be seen, God has shown his face, he is visible in Jesus Christ”.
The logo and calendar of important events now in Chinese
The Year of Faith has now landed in China. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization has put the logo and calendar online in Chinese characters, making them present in the communities and Churches of this vast Asian country. Our newspaper was told about it by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President, who in this interview almost 100 days after the opening of the celebrations sums up its first results and looks with optimism to the future.
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 human heart”. Calling to mind the words of Gaudium et Spes, the conciliar Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, the Holy Father underscored “the great and marvellous riches of the mystery of the Incarnation”: the mystery of a God, he explained at the General Audience on Wednesday, 9 January, “who came down from heaven to enter our flesh” and thereby to open for us “the way to his heaven, to full communion with him”.“This is one of those truths”, the Pope said, speaking to the faithful gathered in the Paul VI Hall, “to which we have grown so accustomed that the greatness of the event it expresses barely makes an impression on us, concerned as we are above all by the “external aspects” of the Christmas festivities. It is therefore necessary “to recover wonder, as we stand before this mystery”, letting ourselves be enveloped by the grandeur of this event: God, true God, Creator of all things, walked upon our roads, entering human time”.
The Pope wishes for a spirit of perseverance and mutual commitment in this particular moment in Italian history
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 the Benedict XVI's address on Monday, 7 January, to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See in the traditional meeting at the beginning of the year in the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace. The crisis that disrupts mankind mainly depends on the lack of social peace which, from the Christian point of view, is the close link between “the glorification of God and human peace on earth”. So much so that it is precisely forgetfulness of God which leads to violence. “Without openness to the transcendent”, the Pope stated, “human beings easily become prey to relativism and find it difficult to act justly and to work for peace”.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI
FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE
1 JANUARY 2013
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS
1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.
Fifty years after the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, which helped to strengthen the Church’s mission in the world, it is heartening to realize that Christians, as the People of God in fellowship with him and sojourning among mankind, are committed within history to sharing humanity’s joys and hopes, grief and anguish,  as they proclaim the salvation of Christ and promote peace for all.