Jan. 1 -- Pope's Homily at Solemnity of
Mary, the Mother of God Translated extracts (Jan. 02, 2013,
... The biblical texts, especially the one just read from
the Gospel of Luke, ask us to contemplate the interior peace
of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. During the days in which
"she gave birth to her first-born son" (Lk2:7), many
unexpected things occurred: not only the birth of the Son
but, even before, the tiring journey from Nazareth to
Bethlehem, not finding room at the inn, the search for a
chance place to stay for the night; then the song of the
angels and the unexpected visit of the shepherds. In
all this, however, Mary remains even-tempered, she does not
get agitated, she is not overcome by events greater than
herself; in silence she considers what happens, keeping it
in her mind and heart, and pondering it calmly and serenely.
This is the interior peace which we ought to have amid the
sometimes tumultuous and confusing events of history, events
whose meaning we often do not grasp and which disconcert us.
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Jan. 1 -- On the New Year: "Our Lady Believed the Message
Revealed to Her by the Angel's Word" Translated extracts of
the Angelus address (Jan. 02, 2013, Zenit.org).
... God has made His face shine on us: at the beginning in a
very humble, hidden way--in Bethlehem, only Mary and Joseph
and some shepherds were witnesses to this revelation--but
little by little, like the sun that rises from dawn until
noon, the light of Christ has grown and spread
everywhere.... For this, eight days after Christmas,
when the Church, like the Virgin Mother Mary, shows the world
the infant Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we celebrate the
World Day of Peace.... In this first Angelus of the
New Year, we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, to
bless us, like a mother blesses her children who depart on a
[After the Angelus, in English]
I am pleased to greet all the English-speaking
pilgrims and visitors present today for this
prayer. Today, New Year's Day, we celebrate
the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. With
affectionate trust, Our Lady believed the message
revealed to her by the angel's word and bore Jesus
Christ, true God and true man. May her
powerful intercession bring you a happy and prosperous New Year!
Jan. 2 -- On the Identity of Jesus:
"The Incarnation is the Beginning of the New Creation"
Translated extracts of the General Audience (Jan. 02, 2013,
... From the stable in Bethlehem, where the shepherds
found "Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger." (Lk
2:16) Before this Holy Family, another and deeper
question arises: how can the small and weak child have
brought such radical novelty to the world to change the course of history?
The angel Gabriel announces: "The holy Spirit
will come upon you, and the power of the Most High
will overshadow you. Therefore the child to
be born will be called holy, the Son of God."(Lk
1:35) We repeat these words every time we
recite the Creed, the profession of faith: "et
incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto, ex Maria Virgine,"
"by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the
Virgin Mary." ...
If we carefully consider the expression "through
the Holy Spirit He became incarnate from the Virgin
Mary," we find that it includes four subjects that
interact. The Holy Spirit and Mary are
explicitly mentioned, but it is understood "He,"
that is, the Son, became flesh in the womb of the
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Jan. 2 -- Pope's Message for World Day of the Sick
Translated extracts (January 8, 2013, Zenit.org).
... In the Gospel the Blessed Virgin Mary stands out as one
who follows her suffering Son to the supreme sacrifice on
Golgotha. She does not lose hope in God's victory over
evil, pain and death, and she knows how to accept in one
embrace of faith and love, the Son of God who was born in the
stable of Bethlehem and died on the Cross. Her
steadfast trust in the power of God was illuminated by
Christ's resurrection, which offers hope to the suffering and
renews the certainty of the Lord's closeness and
I entrust this Twenty-first World Day of the Sick
to the intercession of Our Lady of Graces,
venerated at Altφtting, that she may always
accompany those who suffer in their search for
comfort and firm hope. May she assist all who
are involved in the apostolate of mercy, so that
they may become good Samaritans to their brothers
and sisters afflicted by illness and suffering.
Jan. 6 The Three Wise Men Were Seekers After God Translated
conclusion of the Mass homily (January 6, 2013, VIS)
... We ask Mary, who showed to the Wise Men the new King
of the world (cf. Mt 2:11), as a loving mother, to show
Jesus Christ also to you and to help you to be guides along
the way which leads to him.
Jan. 6 On the Epiphany: "Mary's Faith Becomes the First
Fruit and the Model of the Faith of the Church" -- Translated
extracts of the Angelus address (January 6, 2013, Zenit.org).
... on the one hand, looking upon Jesus we see the faith
of Mary, of Joseph and the shepherds; ...
The Virgin Mary, together with her husband, represent the "stump" of
Israel, the "remnant" foretold by the prophets,
from which the Messiah was to come forth....
There was at first a nucleus, personified above all
by Mary, the "daughter of Zion": a nucleus of
Israel, the people who knows and has faith in that
God who is revealed to the Patriarchs and along the
path of history. This faith reaches its
fulfillment in Mary, in the fullness of time; in
her, "blessed because she believed," the Word
became flesh, God "appeared" in the world.
Mary's faith becomes the first fruit and the model
of the faith of the Church, the People of the New
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Jan. 7 Pope Pays Homage to the Martyr
Church of Cambodia Translated conclusion of the Pope's
letter to the national Congress on the Church in Cambodia
(January 7, 2013, VIS).
... Beloved brothers and sisters, pastors and faithful
of Cambodia, may the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Mekong,
in her humility and fidelity to the will of the Lord,
enlighten you throughout this Year of Faith.
Jan. 9 -- On the Incarnation: "God Gives us the Greatest Gift Possible, the
Gift of Himself" Translated extract of the General Audience (January 09, 2013,
... Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin. (Const. Gaudium et Spes, 22)
Jan. 10 -- Epistula Data Sigismundo Zimowski nominato Misso Extraordinario ad Celebrationes XXI Diei Mundialis Infirmorum Extract (Jan. 10, 2013, Vatican.va).
Nos denique Te, Venerabilis Frater, in tua missione implenda precibus comitamur atque intercessioni Beatae Virginis Mariae Immaculatae, Mediatricis omnium gratiarum, ...
Jan. 13 -- On the Baptism of the Lord: "May Every
Christian, in This Year of Faith, Rediscover the Beauty of Being Reborn from
Above" Translated extracts of the Angelus address (January 13, 2013, Zenit.org).
... that Child, son of the Virgin, whom we contemplated in the mystery of
His birth, we see today as an adult immersing Himself in the waters of the
Jordan River, ...
Jan. 13 Pope Benedict's Homily on the Feast of the
Baptism of the Lord: "Upon Your Children Too, the Heavens Have Opened."
Translated conclusion (January 13, 2013, Zenit.org).
... As we invoke the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
upon these little ones, we entrust them to the
protection of the Holy Virgin. May she guard
them always with her maternal presence and accompany
them in every moment of their life.
Jan. 15 -- Pope's Address to Vatican Inspectorate of Public
Security: "May your presence [...] be an ever more effective guarantee of that
good order and tranquility" Translated conclusion (January 15, 2013,
... I wish to extend my best wishes for the new year also to your families, whom
I entrust to the maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin, so that she may
intercede with her divine Son to obtain for you prosperity, peace, harmony and
to guard you from every danger.
Jan. 20 -- On a Fault Disfiguring the Countenance of the Church: "The Injury to Her Visible Unity" Translated extract of the Angelus
address (January 20, 2013, Zenit.org)
... It happened that the wine had run out, and
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, pointed this out to her
Son. He told her that his hour had not yet
come; but then followed Mary's intervention and,
six large stone jars being filled with water, He
transformed the water into wine, an excellent wine,
better than the wine that had been served
... For both of these intentions let us invoke
the intercession of Mary Most Holy, the mediatrix
Jan. 24 -- Pope's Message for Communications Day: Social
Networks: Portals of Truth and Faith; New Spaces for Evangelization Translated
excerpt (January 24, 2013, Zenit.org).
... we know that Christian tradition has always been rich in signs and symbols:
I think, for example, of the Cross, icons, images of the Virgin Mary, Christmas
cribs, stained-glass windows and pictures in our churches.
Jan. 26 -- Papal Address to Roman Rota: "The Current Crisis
of Faith ... Brings with It a Crisis of the Conjugal Relationship" Translated
conclusion (January 28, 2013, Zenit.org).
... I entrust you to the protection of Mary Most Holy, Mother of Christ, ...
Jan. 26 -- Pope's Homily at Conclusion of Week of Prayer:
"Unity Is, in Itself, a Privileged Instrument" Translated conclusion (January 28, 2013, Zenit.org).
... let us invoke the Virgin Mary with confidence, the incomparable model of evangelization, ...
Jan. 27 On the Christian Sense of Carpe Diem: "Every Day Can Become the Today of Salvation" Translated conclusion of the Angelus
address (January 28, 2013, Zenit.org).
... May the Virgin Mary always be our model and our guide in knowing how to
recognize and welcome, each day of our life, God's presence, our Savior and that
Savior of all humanity.
Jan. 31 Pope's Telegram of Condolence to Victims of Venezuelan Prison Riot Translated extract (January 31, 2013, Zenit.org).
... the Pope invokes the loving protection of Mary ...