Pope Benedict Quotes (87 Quotes)

    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.

    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.

    I send them my warmest encouragement to persevere in the patience and charity of Christ.

    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.

    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.

    Love is the only Christian response to the violence which threatens peace in the world.

    With great pain, I feel the duty to express my strongest condemnation for such a terrorist act.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    In today's world, God is absent. People need anesthesia to live. They live in a dark world.

    Thus, a vision of the whole gradually grew for me that was nourished by the various experiences and realizations I had encountered along my theological path. I rejoiced to be able to say something of my own, something new and yet completely within the faith of the Church. The feeling of aquiring a theological vision that was ever more clearly my own was the most wonderful experience of those years.

    Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not expensive gifts that cost time and money, but joy.

    With this liturgical assembly we enter into Holy Week, to live the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    We have all been touched by the case of little Tommaso. Let us pray for him and all victims of violence.

    Gestures and words of renewed fraternity between the pastors of the Lord's flock indicate a more intense collaboration in the truth and in charity will help increase the spirit of communion that should guide the paths of all baptized.

    Today I have the joy of presiding for the first time over a canonization rite.

    In Iraq, may peace finally prevail over the tragic violence that continues mercilessly to claim victims.

    In the light of this common mission, we cannot not denounce and combat with decisiveness the hate and incomprehension, the injustices and the violence that continue to sow worry in the soul of men and women of good will.

    In the mirror of the cross we have seen all the suffering of humanity today. We saw the suffering of abandoned, abused children ... threats against families, the division in the world in the pride of the rich and the misery of all those who suffer hunger and thirst.

    In this regard, one can only note with dismay the evidence of a continuing growth in military expenditures and the flourishing arms trade, while the political and juridical process established by the international community for promoting disarmament is bogged down in general indifference.

    After 40 years of fruitful collaboration, we look forward to continuing this journey of hope and promise, as we intensify our endeavors towards reaching that day when Christians are united in proclaiming the gospel message of salvation to all.

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