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  • Thank you from the heart to all those who in various ways are near me or follow me spiritually with affection and prayers from afar. To each one of you, I ask you to continue to support me by praying to God to let me be his gentle and firm pastor of his church.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • Terrorist activity is continually recurring in various parts of the world, sowing death and destruction and plunging many of our brothers and sisters into grief and despair.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • I send them my warmest encouragement to persevere in the patience and charity of Christ.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • We can be sure our beloved pope is standing today at the window of the father's house, that he sees us and blesses us.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • The family has always been at the center of attention of my venerable predecessors, especially John Paul II. He was convinced, and reiterated it many times, that a crisis within the family comes at the grave detriment of our civilization.
    (Pope Benedict)


  • Love is the only Christian response to the violence which threatens peace in the world.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • not tolerance but hypocrisy.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • With great pain, I feel the duty to express my strongest condemnation for such a terrorist act.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • The State of Israel has to be able to exist peacefully in conformity with the norms of international law. Equally, the Palestinian people has to be able to develop serenely its own democratic institutions for a free and prosperous future.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • We will never forget that blessing. It was the most pained and moving blessing, which left us with the extreme testimony of his will to complete his ministry until the end.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • It is imperative to deepen even further fraternal relations between communities in order to promote the harmonious development of society, recognizing the dignity of each person and allowing everyone the free exercise of his religion.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • Rock' music. . . is the expression of elemental passions, and at rock festivals it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship. People are, so to speak, released from themselves by the experience of being part of a crowd and by the emotional shock of rhythm, noise, and special lighting effects. However, in the ecstasy of having all their defenses torn down, the participants sink, as it were, beneath the elemental force of the universe.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • A good confession before Easter remains an obligation that should be fully valued and gives us the opportunity to start anew.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • It is extremely powerful, the idea in this psalm, that in this 'unformed' embryo God already sees the whole future. In the Lord's book of life, the days that this creature will live and will fill with works during his time on earth are already written.
    (Pope Benedict)

  • Even today there is need for conversion to God, to the God of love so that the world is freed from wars and from terrorism.
    (Pope Benedict)


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