October 2012



Oct. 3- On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer: The Liturgy is the Act Whereby We Enter Into Contact with God-Translated comments after the General audience (Oct. 3, 2012,

Dear brothers and sisters, tomorrow I will visit the Sanctuary of Loreto on the 50th anniversary of the famous pilgrimage of Blessed Pope John XXIII to that Marian shrine, which occurred one week before the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

I ask you to join me in prayer in recommending to the Mother of God the major ecclesial events that we are about to live: the Year of Faith and the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization. May the Holy Virgin accompany the Church in her mission of proclaiming the Gospel to the men and women of our day.

Oct. 3—Special Envoy for 475th Anniversary of First Diocese in South America – Translated extract (Oct. 18, 2012, VIS).

…"Mary can guide us towards this most holy Sacrament, because she herself has a profound relationship with it". … (quote from Bl. John Paul II, "Ecclesia de Eucharistia").>

Oct. 4-Pope's Homily at Shrine of Loreto: "Faith Lets Us Reside, or Dwell, But It Also Lets Us Walk on the Path of Life"- Translated opening (Loreto, Italy, Oct. 4, 2012,

On 4 October 1962, Blessed John XXIII came as a pilgrim to this Shrine to entrust to the Virgin Mary the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, due to begin a week later. On that occasion, with deep filial devotion to the Mother of God, he addressed her in these words: "Again today, and in the name of the entire episcopate, I ask you, sweetest Mother, as Help of Bishops, to intercede for me as Bishop of Rome and for all the bishops of the world, to obtain for us the grace to enter the Council Hall of Saint Peter's Basilica, as the Apostles and the first disciples of Jesus entered the Upper Room: with one heart, one heartbeat of love for Christ and for souls, with one purpose only, to live and to sacrifice ourselves for the salvation of individuals and peoples. Thus, by your maternal intercession, in the years and the centuries to come, may it be said that the grace of God prepared, accompanied and crowned the twenty-first Ecumenical Council, filling all the children of the holy Church with a new fervor, a new impulse to generosity, and a renewed firmness of purpose" (AAS 54 [1962], 727).

To read the entire article visit: Pope's Homily at Shrine of Loreto..

Oct. 7-On the Holy Rosary: "We Let Ourselves be Guided by Mary, the Model of Faith, in Meditating on the Mysteries of Christ"-Translated extracts (Oct. 7, 2012,

Let us turn now in prayer to Mary Most Holy, whom we venerate today as Queen of the Holy Rosary. At this time at the shrine in Pompeii, the traditional "Supplication" is being prayed and joined in by countless people around the world. As we too spiritually associate ourselves with this choral invocation, I would like to propose that everyone make a special effort to pray the Rosary during the upcoming Year of Faith. With the Rosary, in fact, we let ourselves be guided by Mary, the model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel so that it gives form to our whole life. Thus, following the lead of my predecessors, especially Blessed John Paul II, who gave us the apostolic letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" 10 years ago, I invite you to pray the Rosary personally, in the family and in community, placing ourselves in the school of Mary, who leads us to Christ, the living center of our faith.

[In English] … Entrusting these intentions to our Lady of the Rosary, I invoke upon all of you God's abundant blessings!

Oct. 7 - Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Opening Mass of Synod of Bishops: "The Holy Spirit Has Nurtured in the Church a New Effort to Announce the Good News"-Translated conclusion (Oct. 7, 2012,

… Let us place ourselves under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the New Evangelization. With her let us invoke a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit that from on high he may illumine the Synodal assembly and make it fruitful for the Church's way ahead.

Oct. 10 -- On the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council: "An Event of Light That Shines Forth Even Until Today" – Translated extracts (Oct. 10, 2012,

… Ephesus in 431, which defined Mary as the Mother of God; …

… May the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and of all the Church, help us to realize and to bring to completion what the Council Fathers, animated by the Holy Spirit, kept alive in their hearts: the desire that all people might come to know the Gospel and encounter the Lord Jesus as the way, the truth and the life.

…I warmly greet young people, the sick and newlyweds, by inviting them to direct their thoughts to Mary, who is invoked in this month of October as Queen of the Holy Rosary. May you look to her, dear young people, especially those of you who are students at the Schools of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Campania and of the Basilicata, and may you be ready to renew your "yes" to God's plan of love for each one of you. Dear sick, may you share your sufferings with Mary, by offering them as a give of salvation for your brothers and sisters. May you persevere in prayer, together with her in prayer, dear newlyweds, like the Apostles in the Upper Room, and may your families experience the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit.

Oct. 11 -- Pope Benedict's Homily at Opening Mass of the Year of Faith: "Through Christ, God is the Principal Subject of Evangelization in the World" – Translated conclusion (Oct. 11, 2012,

…11 October 1962 was the Feast of Mary Most Holy, Mother of God. Let us entrust to her the Year of Faith, as I did last week when I went on pilgrimage to Loreto. May the Virgin Mary always shine out as a star along the way of the new evangelization. May she help us to put into practice the Apostle Paul's exhortation, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom […] And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Col 3:16-17)

Oct. 11 – Pope Benedict XVI's Recollection of Vatican II: "It Was a Moment of Extraordinary Expectation" – Excerpt (Oct.12, 2012,

… In 1931 Pius XI had dedicated this day to the feast of the Divine Motherhood of Mary, mindful that 1,500 years earlier, in 431, the Council of Ephesus had solemnly recognized this title for Mary in order to express God's indissoluble union with man in Christ. Pope John XXIII had chosen this day for the beginning of the Council so as to entrust the great ecclesial assembly, which he had convoked, to the motherly goodness of Mary and to anchor the Council's work firmly in the mystery of Jesus Christ.…

Oct. 12 – Pope's Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees: "Faith and Hope are Inseparable in the Hearts of Many Migrants" – Translated conclusion (Oct. 29, 2012,

… I entrust each of you to the Blessed Virgin Mary, sign of sure hope and consolation, our "guiding star", who with her maternal presence is close to us at every moment of our life.

Oct. 14 - On Wealth: "The Church's History is Full of Examples of Rich People Who Used their Possessions in an Evangelical Way" – Translated conclusion of the Angelus address (Oct. 14, 2012,

…May the Virgin Mary, Seat of Wisdom, help us to welcome Jesus' invitation with joy so that we might enter into the fullness of life.

Oct. 18 --Pope's Message for World Youth Day: "Accept Christs Love and You will be the Witnesses so Needed by our World" -- Conclusion (Nov. 16, 2012,

... May Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelization, whom we also invoke under the titles of Our Lady of Aparecida and Our Lady of Guadalupe, accompany each of you in your mission as a witness to God's love.

Oct. 21 - On World Mission Sunday: "Let Us Turn to Her Who is the Queen of all the Saints" – Translated extract of the Angelus address (Oct. 21, 2012,

… let us turn to her who is the Queen of all the Saints, the Virgin Mary, thinking of Lourdes, stricken by a grave overflowing of the Gave, which has also flooded the grotto of the apparitions of Our Lady. Today we would especially like to entrust missionaries to the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary – priests and laity, who sow the good seed of the Gospel in every part of the world.…

Oct. 21 –Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Mass of Canonization of Seven New Saints: "May the witness of these new saints[...]speak today to the whole Church" – Translated extract (Oct. 21, 2012,

… she [Marνa Carmelo Sallιs y Barangueras] she, on seeing the progress of the Congregation of the Conceptionist Missionary Sisters of Teaching, which she founded in 1892, was able to sing with the Mother of God, "His mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation" (Lk 1:50). Her educational work, entrusted to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, continues to bear abundant fruit among young people through the generous dedication of her daughters …

Oct. 24- Faith Means Believing in the Love of God Which Redeems Us from Slavery –Translated extracts of the General Audience. (Oct. 24, 2012, VIS).

… Believing means entrusting oneself in all freedom and joy to God's providential plan for history, as did the Patriarch Abraham, as did Mary of Nazareth.…

… I invite everyone to pray for them [the new cardinals], asking for the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin May that they may always love Christ and His Church with courage and commitment. …

Oct. 28 –On the Conclusion of the Synod of Bishops: "The Synod is Always a Moment of Vibrant Ecclesial Communion" – Translated conclusion of the Angelus address (Oct. 28, 2012,

…We entrust to the Virgin Mary the fruits of the word of this synodal meeting just concluded. May she, Star of the new evangelization, teach us and help us to bring all to Christ, with courage and joy.

Oct. 31 -- Pope's Homily at 500th Anniversary of the Sistine Chapel's Inauguration: "Contemplated in Prayer, the Sistine Chapel is Even More Beautiful" – Translated extract (Nov. 2, 2012,

… Michelangelo's Last Judgment, where the blue background of the sky, recalled in the mantle of the Virgin Mary, gives a ray of hope to the entire vision, which is quite dramatic: "Christe, redemptor omnium, / conserva tuos famulos, / beatae semper Virginis / placates sanctis precibus" – says the first verse of the Latin hymn of these Vespers. And it is in fact what we see: Christ the Redeemer at the center, crowned by his Saints, beside him Mary in an act of suppliant intercession , as though wishing to mitigate the tremendous judgment. …



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