Apr. 2 - Pope's Address to WYD Pilgrims:
"Christ needs you by his side to extend and build his Kingdom
of charity" – Translated conclusion (Apr. 3, 2012, Zenit.org).
…May Mary Most Holy, who remained silent at the foot of
the cross with her Son and waited patiently for the
fulfillment of his promises, be always for you Mother of
mercy, life, sweetness and hope.…
Apr. 4 - On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba: "When God is
excluded, the world becomes a place inhospitable to man." – Translated extracts
from the General Audience (Apr. 4, 2012, Zenit.org).
…The bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico and of
other Latin American countries, the twentieth anniversary of
diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Holy See, and
the fourth centenary of the discovery of the image of the
Virgin of Charity of El Cobre in the Republic of Cuba served
as the occasions for my pilgrimage.…
The final event of my Visit to Mexico, which
also took place in Leon, was the celebration of
Vespers in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Light with
bishops of Mexico and representatives from the
Episcopate of [Latin] America.…
The first Holy Mass that I had the joy of
celebrating on Cuban soil was placed within the
context of the fourth centenary of the discovery of
the image of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre,
Patroness of Cuba.…
Before leaving Santiago de Cuba, I went to the
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity in El Cobre, so
dear to the Cuban people. The pilgrimage to the
image of Our Lady of Charity gave rise to great
spiritual enthusiasm in the families of the Island,
representing a significant event in the New
Evangelization and an occasion to rediscover the
faith. I especially recommended to the Holy Virgin
all those who suffer and young Cubans.…
[The Holy Father then greeted the people
in various languages. In English, he said:]
From Santiago de Cuba, I went as a pilgrim to
the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre and
then to Havana, where I prayed for a rebirth of
faith, openness to God’s love and respect for the
truth about our human dignity and freedom revealed
Apr. 6 – The Mystery of the Passion Inspires Us to Continue in
Hope – Translated conclusion of the pope's address after the
Via Crucis (Apr. 6, 2012, VIS).
…Let us entrust ourselves to the Mother of Christ. May Mary,
who accompanied her Son along His way of sorrows, who stood
beneath the cross at the hour of His death, and who inspired
the Church at its birth to live in God’s presence, lead our
hearts and the hearts of every family through the vast 'mysterium
passionis' towards the 'mysterium paschale,' towards that
light which breaks forth from Christ’s resurrection and
reveals the definitive victory of love, joy and life over evil, suffering and death.
Apr. 8 - Pontiff's Urbi et Orbi
Greeting: "With him I can hope for a life that is good, full
and eternal." – Translated excerpt (Apr. 8, 2012, Zenit.org).
…But that faith never completely failed: especially in
the heart of the Virgin Mary, Jesus’ Mother, its flame
burned even in the dark of night.…
Apr. 15 - On Encountering the Risen Christ: "Let us welcome
the gift of peace that the risen Jesus offers us." – (Apr. 16, Zenit.org).
"…May Mary Most Holy, Mother of Mercy, obtain this for us."
Apr. 16 – Pope's Homily at Birthday Mass: I know "his light
is stronger than any darkness; that God's goodness is stronger
than any evil." – Translated extracts (Apr. 17, 2012,
…But precisely this simple girl, who was pure and
genuine in heart, who had a heart that sees, was able to see
the Lord's Mother and, in her, the reflection of the beauty
and goodness of God. Mary was able to show herself to this
girl and through her to speak to the century and beyond the
And Mary indicated to her the source: she
was able to discover the source, the living water,
pure and uncontaminated; water that is life, water
that gives purity and health. And through the
centuries, now, this living water is a sign on
Mary’s part, a sign that indicates where the
sources of life are, where we can be purified,
where we find what is uncontaminated.…
From Mary, from the Mother of the Lord,
from a pure heart, pure, genuine water also comes
which gives life, the water than in this century –
and in the centuries that might come – purifies and
Apr. 18 - On the Apostles' Response to Persecution: "In the face of trial, they pray, they get in touch with God." –
Translated extracts of the General Audience (Apr. 19, 2012, Zenit.org).
…In the audience before Holy Week we reflected on the
figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, present in the midst of
the apostles when they were awaiting the descent of the Holy
Apr. 18 - Papal Message to Biblical Commission: "The Word of
God is not confined to what is written." – Translated extract
(Apr. 20, 2012, Zenit.org).
…I entrust each one of you to the maternal protection of the
Virgin Mary, who with the whole Church we invoke as Sedes
Apr. 18 - Papal Message to Tourism Conference: "Traveling, which offers us the
possibility of admiring the beauty of peoples, cultures, and nature, can lead to
God." – Translated conclusion (Apr. 23, 2012, Zenit.org).
…I entrust the fruits of this Congress to the powerful
intercession of the Mary Most Holy under the title of Our
Lady of Guadalupe.…
Apr. 21 - Pope: Women Have Key Role in Building Up Church in
America: Considers Example of Two Women to Be Canonized –
Conclusion of Audience with the Papal Foundation (Apr. 23, 2012, Zenit.org).
…I commend you and your families to the loving intercession
of Mary, Mother of the Church.…
Apr. 22 - On Recognizing the Risen Jesus: "The Lord assures
us of his real presence among us through the Word and the
Eucharist." – Translated conclusion of the Regina Coeli
address (Apr. 23, 2012, Zenit.org).
…May the Mother of God help us to listen attentively to the
Word of the Lord and to worthily participate at the Table of
the Eucharistic Sacrifice, to become witnesses of the new humanity.…
Apr. 29 – Message of the Holy Father for the Forty-Ninth World Day
of Prayer for Vocations (Apr. 30, Vatican.va)
…May pastors and all the lay faithful always cooperate so
that in the Church these "homes and schools of communion"
may multiply, modeled on the Holy Family of Nazareth, the
harmonious reflection on earth of the life of the Most Holy Trinity.…
Apr. 29 – Pope's Homily at Ordinations:
"When the weight of the cross is the most heavy, know that
this is the most precious hour for you." – Translated conclusion (Apr. 30, 2012, Zenit.org).
…May the Virgin Mary, "Salus Popoli Romani," always keep
watch over each of you and your path.
Apr. 29 - On Vocations: "The Lord always calls but often we do not hear him." –
Translated conclusion of the Regina Coeli address (Apr. 30, 2012, Zenit.org).
…May the Blessed Virgin Mary – model of free receptivity
and obedience to the divine call, Mother of every vocation
in the Church – obtain all of this for us.
Apr. 30 - Pontiff's Address to
Social Sciences Academy: "The notion of forgiveness needs to
find its way into international discourse on conflict
resolution." – Conclusion (Apr. 30, 2012, Zenit.org).
…I commend your deliberations to the maternal guidance of Our Lady, Queen of Peace.