Excerpts From The Holy Father’s Lectio Divina

We have heard three verses from the First Letter of St. Peter (cf. 1:3-5). Before going into this text, it seems to me important to be aware of the fact that it is Peter who is speaking. The first two words of the Letter are “Petrus apostolus” (cf. v.1): he speaks and he speaks to […]

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“May Christ’s Light Shine Throughout the World”


PHOTO ESSAY EPIPHANY CONSECRATIONS After the consecration Mass, Benedict XVI invited the faithful, gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus, to pray for the four new bishops At midday on January 6, Solemnity of the Lord’s Epiphany, the Holy Fa­ther appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with the faithful […]

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“It is a Radical Negation”


The Pope’s Complete Address to “Cor Unum” on Saturday, January 19, Rome Dear friends, I welcome you all with great affection and joy on the occasion of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. I thank the president, Cardinal Robert Sarah, for his words and I address my cordial greeting to each of […]

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Pope Benedict Christmas Eve 2012 Homily

Text of the homily Pope Benedict gave at Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Dear Brothers and Sisters! Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendor of truth. Again and again it astonishes us that God makes himself a child so that we may love […]

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Homily by Benedict XVI for the Creation of Six New Cardinals

Dear Brothers and Sisters, These words, which the new Cardinals are soon to proclaim in the course of their solemn profession of faith, come from the Niceno-Constantinopolitan creed, the synthesis of the Church’s faith that each of us receives at baptism. Only by professing and preserving this rule of truth intact can we be authentic […]

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Pope Benedict’s Homily at the Concluding Mass of the Synod

Dear Brother Bishops, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Brothers and Sisters, The miracle of the healing of blind Bartimaeus comes at a significant point in the structure of Saint Mark’s Gospel. It is situated at the end of the section on the “journey to Jerusalem,” that is, Jesus’ last pilgrimage to the Holy City, for […]

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Address of his holiness Benedict XVI


Nemi, Italy, Monday, July 9, 2012 JULY 9 VISIT TO THE AD GENTES HOUSE OF THE DIVINE WORD MISSIONARIES I am truly grateful for the possibility of seeing this house in Nemi once again after 47 years. I have a very beautiful memory of it, perhaps the most beautiful of the entire Council. I lived in […]

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The Ten Just Men Who Did Not Save Sodom and Gomorrah

The third chapter of the new book that the Pope is writing, week by week, on prayer. Here is Abraham’s prayer for the two sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. This prayer is a prophecy of the one Just Man able to take away the sins of all…   Dear brothers and sisters,   In […]

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Everything Started with the Sexual Revolution

It is no coincidence that the spread and growing social acceptance of homosexuality should be accompanied by a serious crisis in the area of marriage and the family, by a widespread mentality hostile toward life as also by a frightening sexual freedom. Without wanting to contest the plurality of causes of this phenomenon, it can […]

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Pope Bendict’s Easter Homilies

“Our Hearts Must Be Touched” Here is the homily delivered by Pope Benedict XVI for the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on April 5, Holy Thursday. He later went to St. John Lateran Dear Brothers and Sisters, At this Holy Mass our thoughts go back to that moment when, through prayer and the laying on […]

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“God Speaks Through the Silence”

Crucifixion by Guido Reni (1575-1642), Estense Gallery, Modena, Italy.

During recent weeks, Benedict XVI has stressed the value of silence several times, saying it is necessary for us to “hear” God. Here, the catechesis the Pope gave at his general audience on March 7. Benedict stresses “the importance of silence in our relationship with God” By Pope Benedict XVI In the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation […]

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“How Do We Proclaim the Gospel Today?”

Here is the text of the address Benedict XVI gave to the Roman Curia,  on December 22, 2011, in the Sala Clementina in the Apostolic Palace. The Pope reflected on the year just past, and on the crisis that faces the faith in our world. And offers some counsels… By POPE BENEDICT XVI Dear Cardinals, […]

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The Listening Heart: Reflections on the Foundations of Law


Visit to the Bundestag ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI Reichstag Building, Berlin Thursday, 22 September 2011 Mr President of the Federal Republic, Mr President of the Bundestag, Madam Chancellor, Madam President of the Bundesrat, Ladies and Gentlemen Members of the House, It is an honour and a joy for me to speak before this […]

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