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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his talk during a meeting with young people outside the Maronite patriarch's residence in Bkerke, Lebanon, Sept. 15. At left are Cardinal Nasrallah P. Sfeir and Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Sept. 15, 2012) See LEBANON-YOUTH Sept. 15, 2012.
Sacramentum Caritatis – Benedict XVI on the Eucharist

BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON THE EUCHARIST AS THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF THE CHURCH'S LIFE AND MISSION INDEX Introduction [1] The food of truth [2] The development of the eucharistic rite [3] The Synod of Bishops and the Year of the Eucharist [4] The purpose of the present...

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Mary as the Model of Charity – Benedict XVI

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']O[/dropcaps] utstanding among the saints is Mary, Mother of the Lord and mirror of all holiness. In the Gospel of Luke we find her engaged in a service of charity to her cousin Elizabeth, with whom she remained for "about...

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Contemplation of Beauty – Joseph Ratzinger

This Lenten and Holy Week meditation on Psalm 45 and the contemplation of beauty represents a message that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) sent to a meeting of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation in August 2002. The group was meeting in...

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Romantic Love and Divine Love

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='65' color='' background_color='' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]e have come to believe in God's love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an...

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Holy Thursday Chrism Mass Homily

Benedict XVI's homily for the Chrism Mass of Holy Thursday 2009. The annual occasion on which the bishop, who is the only one who do so, blesses sacred chrism and other holy oils to be used throughout the diocese in the coming year. ...

Benedict XVI: Lent 2010

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='75' color='' background_color='' border_color='']"T[/dropcaps] he justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22)Dear Brothers and Sisters!Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of...

Benedict XVI: Lent 2006

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']"J[/dropcaps] esus, at the sight of the crowds, was moved with pity" (Matthew 9:36) Dear Brothers and Sisters! Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards Him Who is the fount of mercy. It is a pilgrimage in which He...