The Pope's trilogy on the life of Jesus is now complete
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 and by Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the book is available in English from Image Books and simultaneously in seven other languages (German, Brazilian, Croatian, French, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish), printed in 50 countries with more than a million copies in the first edition. In the coming months, this book — the last in the trilogy on Jesus of Nazareth — will be translated into another 20 languages for publication in 72 countries. The volume was presented to Benedict XVI by the publishers whom he received in audience.
Longevity is a blessing of God that must not be sacrificed to the logic of efficiency
“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” of the Sant’Egidio Community in Rome – to which he went “as an old man visiting his peers”, he said, but “addressing in spirit all the elderly” in the world, on the occasion of the European Year of Active Ageing and of Solidarity Between Generations.
It was a meeting full of warmth and familiarity, during which the Pope addressed a warning to society “dominated by the logic of efficiency and profit” that mortifies and marginalizes elderly people, deemed non-productive, hence “useless”. Indeed, in recalling the ancient proverb which says that a society, “I mean”, he explained, “a civilization”, is also judged by how it treats elderly people, Benedict XVI called for greater commitment on the part of families and institutions, to ensuring that “the elderly be able stay in their own homes” and be seen as what they are, “bearers” of a “great wealth”, thanks to the wisdom of life that has matured within them. Therefore, “those who make room for the elderly make room for life!”.
At the Angelus the Pope recalls that God teaches us to always love our neighbour and only the good
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 the Angelus on Sunday, 4 November, in St Peter's Square, reproposing the Gospel teaching of Jesus on “the greatest commandment, the commandment of love, which is two-fold: love God and love neighbour”.
Benedict XVI recalled that only “those who live a profound relationship with God” can fully put into practice the commandment of love, “just as a child”, he explained, “becomes capable of loving from a good relationship with his mother and father”. Before being a command, love indeed is “a gift, a reality that God allows us to know and experience, so that, like a seed, it can also germinate within us”.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2012
“Called to radiate the Word of truth” (Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, n. 6)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This year the celebration of World Mission Day has a very special meaning. The 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and of the opening of the Year of Faith and of the Synod of Bishops on the theme of the New Evangelization contribute to reaffirming the Church's desire to engage with greater courage and zeal in the missio ad gentes so that the Gospel may reach the very ends of the earth.
Benedict XVI opens the Year of Faith on the 50th anniversay of the beginning of Vatican II
The Pope insists on the need to “literally” return to the Council to find an authentic spirit and to rediscover the essential in order to live.
“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 morning Thursday, 11 October, with a mass in St Peter's Square – exactly 50 years after the opening of the Vatican Council and 20 years after the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
At the Homily that Pope underlined that the Year of Faith is “linked harmoniously with the Church’s whole path” over the last 50 years, “from the Council, through the Magisterium of the Servant of God Paul VI, who proclaimed a Year of Faith in 1967, up to the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, with which Blessed John Paul II re-proposed to all humanity Jesus Christ as the one Saviour, yesterday, today and forever”.