Baptismal Journey Angelus Address, March 2, 2008
brothers, let us allow Jesus to heal us, Jesus who can and
wants to give us the light of God! Let us confess our own
blindnesses, our myopias, and above all that which the Bible
calls the "great sin" (Psalm 18:14): pride. May Mary Most
Holy help us in this, who, giving birth to Christ in the
flesh, gave the world the true light.
Papal Address for the Sixth European
Day for Universities March 3, 2008
This, dear friends, is the duty
I consign to you today: Be disciples of and witnesses to the
Gospel, because the Gospel is the good seed of the Kingdom
of God, in other words, the civilization of love! Be builders
of peace and of unity! A sign of this catholic unity, that
is, universal and integral in the contents of the Christian
faith that unites all of us, is the initiative of giving to
each one of you the text of the encyclical "Spe Salvi," on
CD in five languages. May the Virgin Mary watch over you,
your families and your loved ones.
Address to Participants in an
annual course on matters of conscience, organized by the
Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary - March 7, 2008
May the Virgin Mary, Mother of
Mercy and of Hope, help you who are present here and all
confessors to carry out zealously and joyfully this great
service on which the Church's life so intensely depends.
On the Resurrection of Lazarus
Angelus Address, March 9, 2008
entrust this prayer to Mary Most Holy. May her intercession
strengthen our faith and our hope in Jesus, especially in
the moments of great trial and difficulty?
Papal Telegram for the Death of
Chiara Lubich - March 14, 2008
And, as I commend her soul to
divine goodness that she may be welcomed in the bosom of the
Father, I hope that those who knew and met her, admiring the
wonders that God achieved through her missionary ardor, may
follow her footsteps and keep her charism alive. With such
sentiments, I invoke the maternal intercession of Mary and
willingly impart my apostolic blessing to everyone".
Angelus Address March 16, 2008
address the Virgin Mary in prayer, so that she help us to
Week in spiritual union with Christ the Lord.
Is Stronger Than Hate; It Has Triumphed" Angelus address,
March 19, 2008
Turning now in prayer to Mary, we recognize
in her the human creature interiorly transfigured by the
grace of Christ, and we entrust ourselves to her guidance to
continue in the journey of Lent with faith.
Pope's greeting to students in St. Peter's Basilica:
commend each one of you and your families to Mary, who never
stopped contemplating the face of her son Jesus.
heartily wish you a happy Easter.
Catechesis in Paul VI Hall
Saturday is marked by a deep silence. The Churches are left
undecorated and there are no particular liturgies set aside
for this day. While waiting for the Resurrection, the
faithful persevere in the wait with Mary by praying and
meditating. A day of silence is necessary to ponder the
reality of human life, the forces of evil and the enormous
power of good unleashed by the passion and resurrection of
this commitment that involves all of us, let us allow
ourselves to be guided by Mary, who accompanied her divine
son on the road to his passion and cross, and who
participated with the strength of her faith in the
realization of his plan of salvation.
Pope's Message for Easter March
us invoke the fullness of his Paschal gifts, through the
intercession of Mary who, after sharing the sufferings of
the passion and crucifixion of her innocent Son, also
experienced the inexpressible joy of his resurrection.
Sharing in the glory of Christ, may she be the one to
protect us and guide us along the path of fraternal
solidarity and peace. These are my Easter greetings, which I
address to all who are present here, and to men and women of
every nation and continent united with us through radio and
television. Happy Easter!
Address to Participants of Salesian General Chapter
March 31, 2008
therefore warmly hope that the entire Salesian Congregation,
thanks to the results of your General Chapter, may live with
renewed dynamism and fervor the mission for which, through
the maternal intervention of Mary, Help of Christians, the
Holy Spirit brought it into being in the Church. I want
today to encourage you and all Salesians to continue on the
path of this mission in full fidelity to your original
charism, already in the context of the upcoming second
centenary of Don Bosco's birth.