This is an index of all files in the EWTN "Papal Documents" Document Library as of 10/31/2014 sorted by library and title



LIBRARY - FILENAME - TITLE
AUTHOR
DESCIPTION

1. Papal Documents - JP890111.HTM - 'He descended into hell'
John Paul II

General Audience of Pope John Paul II on January 11, 1989

2. Papal Documents - JP951022.HTM - 'Lumen Gentium' Is Key to Council, Angelus
Pope John Paul II

10/22/95

3. Papal Documents - P12CLERG.HTM - 'Menti Nostrae'
Pope Pius XII

Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Pius XII to the Clergy of the Entire World on the Development of Holiness in Priestly Life Given in 1950. PIUS XII CLERGY PRIEST CELIBACY HUMILITY SANCTITY OBEDIENCE MASS EUCHARIST DIVINE OFFICE VOCATION

4. Papal Documents - PASMUNUS.HTM - 'Pastorale Munus'
Pope Paul VI

Motu Proprio of Pope Paul VI, on the powers and privileges granted to bishops issued November 30, 1963. MASS ALTAR CONFESSION INFIRM PRIESTS

5. Papal Documents - P5QUOPRI.HTM - 'Quo Primum'
Pope Pius V

Issued July 14, 1570. Pope Pius V's Bull promulgating the reform of the liturgy. PIUS V QUO PRIMUM LITURGY

6. Papal Documents - P6SACLIT.HTM - 'Sacram Liturgiam'
Pope Paul VI

Motu Proprio of His Holiness Pope Paul VI issued on January 25, 1964. PAUL VI LITURGY DIVINE OFFICE SACRAMENTS

7. Papal Documents - P12SIDIL.HTM - 'Si Diligis'
Pope Pius XII

Delivered by Pope Pius XII to the Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops who came to Rome for the canonization of St. Pius X. The Allocution was read at a special audience granted on May 31, 1954. PIUS XII PIUS X BISHOPS THEOLOGIANS

8. Papal Documents - JP96YOUT.HTM - 'Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see'
John Paul II

This is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 12th World Youth Day to be held in Paris in 1997. In his Message the Pope invites us to reflect on these words of the Gospel in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. This file contains a translation of his Message, dated 15 August, which was written in Italian.

9. Papal Documents - P6VOI.HTM - 'Voi Forse Sapete'
Pope Paul VI

Address of our Holy Father Paul VI, to a general audience, 1 June, 1966. Taken from 'The Pope Speaks' (1966) 372ff. Pope Paul VI discusses the importance of belonging to the Church and WHO belongs to the Church and how this belonging is conferred. Uploaded by CRNET member Gordon E Nixon. PAUL VI CATHOLIC CHURCH MEMBERSHIP BAPTISM SALVATION

10. Papal Documents - I4CARMRL.HTM - 'Whatever Is for the Honor of the Creator of All'
Pope Innocent IV

Quae honorem conditoris omnium Innocent IV Papal Bull of October 1, 1247 Contains the text of Carmel's mitigated rule.

11. Papal Documents - b16adlimhung.htm - Ad limina Apostolorum: Bishops' Conference of Hungary
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 May 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of Hungary during their ad limina visit to Rome. In his discourse, the Pope praised and encouraged the Bishops in their efforts to meet the challenges to faith in a post-Communist, secular era. FAMILY MARRIAGE DIVORCE YOUTH PILGRIMAGES PRIESTS

12. Papal Documents - b16adlimthai.htm - Ad limina Apostolorum: Bishops' Conference of Thailand
Pope Benedict XVI

On 16 May 2008, the Holy Father met with Bishops from Thailand at the Vatican on their ad limina Apostolorum visit. The Pope commended the contribution made to Thai youth by Catholic education, and he urged Religious to remain close to students and their families. CATECHISTS MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT BUDDHISTS SOLIDARITY INDIVIDUALISM

13. Papal Documents - f1bpsneth13.htm - Ad limina Apostolorum: Bishops' Conference of the Netherlands
Pope Francis

It is "important and essential" that bishops stand beside their priests to support and guide them in time of need. This was the recommendation Pope Francis addressed to the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Netherlands, who he received on Monday morning; 2 December 2013, on the occasion of their visit ad limina Apostolorum. The Holy Father also wished to express compassion and the assurance of prayers to victims of sexual abuse and to their families. TRANSCENDENCE SOCIAL DOCTRINE CULTURE SECULARIZATION POVERTY VOCATIONS

14. Papal Documents - b16adlimukra.htm - Ad Limina Apostolorum: Greek Catholic Bishops of Ukraine
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 February 2008, in his Private Library, the Holy Father met with the Greek Catholic Bishops of Ukraine who were making their first ad limina visit since 1937. Encouraging them to overcome "possible misunderstandings" with Latin-rite Ukrainians, the Pope placed the accent on the oneness of the Church with both its Rites. PRIESTS FORMATION CONSECRATED LIFE ORTHODOX ECUMENISM

15. Papal Documents - b16canada.htm - Ad Limina Addresses to Bishops of Canada
Benedict XVI

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of Canada, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. LAITY MASS EUCHARIST SUNDAY HOLINESS CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS

16. Papal Documents - JP2DILAM.HTM - Dilecti Amici
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addressed an Apostolic Letter, dated 31 March 1985, to the Youth of the Word, on the occasion of the International Youth Year. He took as his inspiration the words of Christ to young people in the Gospel, particularly the young man who asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" SALVATION CONSCIENCE COMMANDMENTS VOCATION SACRAMENTS MARRIAGE MATERIALISM CONSUMERISM EDUCATION WORK

17. Papal Documents - b16lorahead.htm - L'Osservatore Romano: A Newspaper That Looks Ahead
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 July 2011, in the newspaper's offices the Holy Father met each staff member of L'Osservatore Romano in honour of the newspaper's 150th anniversary. Indeed the "Pope's paper" celebrated its birthday in a family atmosphere by receiving Benedict XVI. The following is a translation of the Pope's address, which was given off-the-cuff in Italian. COMMUNICATION MEDIA CULTURE

18. Papal Documents - f1missproeccl.htm - Missa Pro Ecclesia with the Cardinal Electors
Pope Francis

Pope Francis gave his first homily as the Holy Father on Thursday morning, 13 March 2013, in the Sistine Chapel with the Cardinal Electors. In his words, "When we journey without the cross ... and when we confess a Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." JOURNEY BUILD PROFESS

19. Papal Documents - JP2OGNIQ.HTM - Ogni Qualvolta
Pope John Paul II

In August 1990, the Holy Father sent a Letter with the title Ogni Qualvolta to Bishop Paul Joseph Cordes, who was personally mandated to follow the apostolate of the Neocatechumenal Communities. At the time he was the Vice-President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The Holy Father recognized "the Neocatechumenal Way as an effective means of Catholic formation for society and for the present time". BAPTISM CHARISMS CATECHESIS EVANGELIZATION MISSIONARY

20. Papal Documents - b16omnium.htm - Omnium Mentem
Pope Benedict XVI

This Motu Proprio Omnium in Mentem of Benedict XVI contains several amendments to the Code of Canon Law regarding the ministerial function of deacons and the Sacrament of Marriage. This is a translation of the text, which was published in Latin and dated 26 October 2009. See also The Basis of the Two Changes. FORMAL ACT OF SEPARATION DISPARITY OF CULT MIXED MARRIAGE

21. Papal Documents - b16sacramcarit.htm - Sacramentum Caritatis
Pope Benedict XVI

"The Sacrament of Love" is the Holy Father's postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation on the conclusions of the Synod of Bishops, October 2005. The document gathers the proposals made during the synod, whose theme was "The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church." MASS TRINITY SACRIFICE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM CONFIRMATION HOLY ORDERS MATRIMONY MARRIAGE RECONCILIATION PENANCE CONFESSION INDULGENCES ANOINTING OF SICK VIATICUM CELIBACY VOCATIONS LITURGY MUSIC INCULTURATION LATIN ADORATION EVANGELIZATION

22. Papal Documents - JP2SPIRI.HTM - Spiritus et Sponsa
Pope John Paul II

On the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Holy Father wrote this Apostolic Letter to review important thems of the Constitution, and to reflect on the degree of success achieved in its implementation. Introducing this document is a letter to Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. VATICAN II EUCHARIST DIVINE OFFICE LITURGY OF THE HOURS MUSIC SCRIPTURE WORD OF GOD PRAYER SUNDAY SILENCE

23. Papal Documents - b16syndbps11ope.htm - 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: Opening Papal Reflection
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 October, the First General Congregation of the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops opened with the celebration of the Hour of Terce. The Holy Father delivered in Italian this Reflection to those gathered in the Synod Hall. God's presence with us enables us to obey His commands, but only as we obey His commands can we enter into His presence. HOLY SPIRIT PARACLETE

24. Papal Documents - b16assump08.htm - 15 August, Solemnity of the Assumption
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 August 2008, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in the Pontifical Parish of St. Thomas of Villanova in Castel Gandolfo where he spent the summer at the Papal Residence. In his homily, the Pope said that all humanity is involved in Mary's Assumption to God, and also all creation, whose birth-pangs were spoken of by St. Paul. RESURRECTION HEAVEN

25. Papal Documents - P12XMAS.HTM - 1944 Christmas Message
Pope Pius XII

'Addressed to the people of the entire world on the subject of democracy and a lasting peace.' Discusses the problems of democracy and what a true democracy should be. PIUS XII DEMOCRACY CHRISTMAS PEACE WAR

26. Papal Documents - JP2PR96.HTM - 1996 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests
Pope John Paul II

March 17, 1996.

27. Papal Documents - JPLENT96.HTM - 1996 Lenten Message
Pope John Paul II

'Give them something to eat' (Mt 14:16)

28. Papal Documents - JP970316.HTM - 1997 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests
John Paul II

For Holy Thursday 1997, given from the Vatican on March 16, 1997.

29. Papal Documents - JP2US.HTM - 1998 Ad Limina addresses to the U.S. Bishops
Pope John Paul II

Every five years diocesan bishops are required to make a visit "ad limina apostolorum" (to the 'doorstep' of the apostles), to pay their respects at the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul and to provide the Holy See with an accounting of their ministry during the previous 5 years.

Subjects include: spiritual hunger, proclaiming the truth, the mystery of the Church, the New Evangelization and catechesis, being men of supernatural faith and loyalty to Christ and the Church, priestly ministry and spiritual life, rights of students to the Church's teaching, the responsibility of lay people, consecrated life, forming consciences according to the objective moral order, encouraging those who defend life, fidelity to doctrinal foundations of the liturgical renewal and the role of law in the Church and marital nullity trials. LITURGY LATIN CHANT MASS EUCHARIST DOCTRINE PROLIFE UNITED STATES US

30. Papal Documents - JP2LNT04.HTM - 2004 Lenten Message
Pope John Paul II

With the theme, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me," the Holy Father's Lenten Message was issued for 2004. "Jesus' words call upon us to see how children are treated in our families, in civil society and in the Church." We are also reminded that believers must cultivate the "similicity and trust" of children, whose lot the Son of God chose to share, when He became little and poor. FAMILY AIDS ABUSE

31. Papal Documents - b16wyd20ind.htm - 20th World Youth Day Papal Addresses, 18-21 August 2005
Pope Benedict XVI

An index page for Benedict XVI's addresses at the 20th World Youth Day, Cologne, Germany, 18-21 August 2005. This, the Holy Father's first international apostolic trip as Pope, concluded with a Mass attended by over a million people. INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE EUCHARIST UNIVERSALITY PENTECOST EUROPE NAZISM TOLERANCE DECALOGUE TEN COMMANDMENTS PRIESTHOOD MARY ECUMENISM LUTHERANS JUSTIFICATION FAMILY TOTALITARIANISM EVANGELIZATION ADORATION CREATION REDEMPTION SECULARISM

32. Papal Documents - b16pcl24.htm - 24th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity
Pope Benedict XVI

On 21 May 2010, the Holy Father met with Members and Consultors of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, on the occasion of their 24th Plenary Assembly. In his address, the Pope spoke of the Church's mission to form the faithful as disciples of Christ, that they may witness to His presence everywhere. CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI POLITICS DEMOCRACY RELATIVISM HEDONISM INDIVIDUALISM

33. Papal Documents - b16wyd11flit.htm - 26th World Youth Day In-flight Press Conference
Pope Benedict XVI

Here is the text of the press conference the Holy Father gave on Thursday, 18 August 2011, on the flight to Madrid. Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, Director of the Vatican Press Office and of the Vatican Television Centre, put to the Pope questions selected from those submitted by the journalists on the papal flight. This press conference has been added to our index page for the 26th World Youth Day papal addresses in Madrid. FRIENDSHIP EUROPE ECONOMY SOCIAL DOCTRINE TOLERANCE TRUTH POSITIVISM

34. Papal Documents - b16wyd11ind.htm - 26th World Youth Day, Madrid, 18-21 August 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

An index page provides links to the addresses of Pope Benedict XVI during his Apostolic Visit to Madrid, Spain, for the 26th World Youth Day, 18-21 August 2011. EUROPE FAITH BELIEF

35. Papal Documents - f1wyd2013ind.htm - 28th World Youth Day Papal Addresses 2013
Pope Francis

An index page provides links to the addresses of Pope Francis during his Apostolic Visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 28th World Youth Day, 22-29 July 2013. INDULGENCES EVANGELIZATION DISCIPLES PRAYER

36. Papal Documents - JP2UZHOR.HTM - 350th Anniversary of the Union of Uzhorod
Pope John Paul II

In his Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father celebrated the Union of Uzhorod (1646), which restored communion between an Orthodox Ruthenian community and the Catholic Church. The Pope encouraged Eastern Catholics to work for full, visible communion between the Catholic Church and all Orthodoxy. COUNCIL OF FLORENCE KOINONIA BYZANTINE RITE JUBILEE CYRIL METHODIUS

37. Papal Documents - f1wcd48.htm - 48th World Communications Day
Pope Francis

In a world that seems to be getting smaller due to developments in communication technology, there is still division between people. The Pope wrote this in his message for the 48th World Communications Day. The theme of the message is "communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter". The day will be celebrated on 1 June 2014. POVERTY GLOBALIZATION SOCIAL MEDIA DIGITAL HIGHWAY MISSIONARY DIALOGUE

38. Papal Documents - b16borr400.htm - 4th Centenary of the Canonization of St Charles Borromeo
Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI addressed a Message to Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Milan, on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of the Canonization of St Charles Borromeo. The Pope's Message was read during Mass in the Cathedral of Milan on Thursday evening, 4 November 2010. REFORM CONVERSION EUCHARIST LOVE CHARITY HOLINESS

39. Papal Documents - f1com50j23.htm - 50th Anniversary of the Death of John XXIII
Pope Francis

On 3 June 2013, the 50th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John XXIII, Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo presided at an afternoon Mass in St Peter's Basilica. At the end of the celebration, Pope Francis met the faithful who had come to Rome from Bergamo on pilgrimage. This is the Pope's address. RONCALLI OBEDIENCE GOOD POPE HOLY SPIRIT

40. Papal Documents - JP2WWII.HTM - 50th Anniversary of the End of World War II
Pope John Paul II

Message of the Pope for the Anniverary. JOHN PAUL II WORLD WAR EUROPE

41. Papal Documents - f1genaud15.htm - A Celebration of Faith and Brotherhood
Pope Francis

A great "celebration of faith and brotherhood" is how Pope Francis described the spirit of the World Youth Day celebrated last July in Rio de Janeiro. Resuming his series of catecheses after the summer break, in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 4 September 2013, the Holy Father recalled his visit to Brazil, inviting the young to be a "force of love and mercy that has the coruage to want to transform the world". APARECIDA HOSPITALITY MISSION

42. Papal Documents - b16champtruth.htm - A Champion for Truth in Anticipation of Eternal Beatitude
Pope Benedict XVI

The International Symposium on the theme "The Primacy of God in the Life and Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman", organized by the International Centre of Newman Friends, was held at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome on 22 and 23 November 2010. For this occasion, Pope Benedict XVI addressed a Message to the Director of the International Centre of Newman Friends, extolling Newman's commitment to truth. CONVERSION CONSCIENCE SANCTITY HOLINESS GROWTH

43. Papal Documents - P6YOUNG.HTM - A Church Ever Young and New
Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul, in his general audience (9/11/68), praised the spiritual energy of many "sons of the Church" following the Council, but warned against "anti-institutional" tendencies and deviations from norms of the Faith. UNITY LAITY PRESBYTER CHARISMATIC

44. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr11.htm - A Colourful Alphabet
Pope Benedict XVI

Art is one of the paths that lead men and women to the encounter with God, the source of every form of beauty. This was the topic of the Holy Father's reflection at the General Audience on Wednesday, 31 August 2011, for the faithful in the square outside the Papal Residence at Castel Gandolfo. VIA PULCHRITUDINIS BACH CHAGALL CLAUDEL

45. Papal Documents - JP2CONST.HTM - A Concilio Constantinopolitano I
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter to the Bishops of the World commemorating the 1600th anniversary of the First Council of Constantinople and the 1550th anniversary of the Council of Ephesus. GENERAL ECUMENICAL DOGMA DOCTRINE CREED

46. Papal Documents - f1genaud31.htm - A Date to Remember
Pope Francis

The Holy Father began the new secular year on a new topic: the Sacraments, beginning with Baptism. At the General Audience on 8 January 2014, Pope Francis once again asked the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square to go home that day, learn the date of their Baptism and cherish it like a feast day. CHRISTIAN INITIATION CHURCH

47. Papal Documents - JP2TB89.HTM - A Deeper Understanding of the Church and Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 August 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, looking more closely at the two-way analogy found in Ephesians 5, between the relationship of husband and wife and the relationship of Christ and His Church. MARRIAGE

48. Papal Documents - JP2TB119.HTM - A Discipline That Ennobles Human Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 August 1984, the Holy Father continued his reflections on Humanae Vitae, turning his attention to natural regulation of fertility, which is consistent with responsible parenthood, though artificial contraception is not. CHASTITY CONTINENCE NFP NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING LAW PROCREATION

49. Papal Documents - JP840828.HTM - A Discipline That Enobles Human Love
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 28, 1984. Seventh in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONTRACEPTION FERTILITY REGULATION

50. Papal Documents - jp2j23.htm - A Faith Both Traditional and Open
Pope John Paul II

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was born and baptized on 25 November 1881 in the village of Sotto il Monte, Bergamo, Italy. One hundred years later, Pope John Paul II traveled there to celebrate Mass for the centenary of his Predecessor's birth. The following is a translation of Pope Wojtyła's homily, which was delivered in Italian and is featured in L'Osservatore Romano's special edition for the canonization. It was originally published in their newspaper on 4 May 1981 (n. 18, p. 1). PAUL VI FAMILY CATECHESIS FAITH JOURNAL OF A SOUL PACEM IN TERRIS

51. Papal Documents - b16creed15.htm - A Father Who Never Tires of Us
Pope Benedict XVI

It is difficult today to talk about the fatherhood of God, especially in the Western world. However, in revealing God the Bible shows us what being a loving father truly means. This was the subject of the Holy Father's Catechesis at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Wednesday morning, 30 January 2013. CREED CHRIST REVELATION EVIL SUFFERING POWER CONVERSION

52. Papal Documents - b16erikpet.htm - A Foreigner Searching for Eternity
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 October 2010, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father received in Audience those taking part in the International Symposium on Erik Peterson. Peterson was a German theologian, who began as an Evangelical and converted to Catholicism, though, with his dual perspective, he remained a foreigner in both camps. OPEN THEOLOGY HISTORY CHURCH SCRIPTURE TRADITION APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

53. Papal Documents - JP2TB27.HTM - A Fundamental Disquiet in All Human Existence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 2 June 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. The shame experienced by man after his fall expressed a deeper shame, called "cosmic," reflecting a new disorder in his nature, by which not only was the relationship between man and woman affected, but the relationship between body and spirit. ORIGINAL SIN SEX

54. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr13.htm - A God Who Answers the Cry of Man
Pope Benedict XVI

When people ask for help, God answers. In the Holy Father's Catechesis to the faithful in St Peter's Square at the General Audience on Wednesday, 7 September 2011, he reflected on Psalm 3, in the Jewish tradition attributed to King David, in which the Psalmist cries out to God to save him from his foes. PSALTER TRUST PRAYER

55. Papal Documents - JP971206.HTM - A Great History Still To Be Achieved
John Paul II

"The celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life which will be observed for the first time on 2 February, is intended to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels and, at the same time, is intended to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervour which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord", the Holy Father said in his Message for the first World Day for Consecrated Life. Here is a translation of his Message, which was written in Italian and dated Janurary 6, 1997.

56. Papal Documents - f1biblicomm.htm - A History of Salvation
Pope Francis

"The texts inspired by God have been entrusted to the community of believers, to Christ's Church, in order to nurture faith and guide the life of charity". The Holy Father said this to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commision whom he received in Audience on Friday morning, 12 April 2013, in the Vatican's Hall of Popes, at the end of the Commission's Plenary Assembly on the theme: "Inspiration and Truth in the Bible". REVELATION DEI VERBUM TRADITION MAGISTERIUM SCRIPTURE

57. Papal Documents - f1genaud44.htm - A Humble Victory
Pope Francis

The only answer to the suffering and death of children is the humility of Christ's victory. At the Wednesday General Audience on 16 April 2014 in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis prepared the faithful to celebrate the Lord's passion, death and resurrection by reflecting on the mystery of suffering, especially the suffering of the innocent. He then explained the nature of Jesus' victory over sin and death. HUMILIATION CRUCIFIX CROSS DARKNESS

58. Papal Documents - jp2testament.htm - A Life Entrusted to the Mercy of God
Pope John Paul II

This is a translation of excerpts of the Venerable John Paul II's Testament, written by the late Pontiff on 3 March 1979 and then integrated with subsequent additions. TOTUS TUUS MARTYRS PERSECUTION THIRD MILLENNIUM

59. Papal Documents - b16conc13synbps.htm - A Light to Open the Eyes of Men
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 28 October 2012, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father Benedict XVI presided at the Solemn Concelebration of the Eucharist with the Synodal Fathers, thus, closing the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. In his homily, the Pope reflected on St Mark's account of the healing of Bartimaeus. FAITH NEW EVANGELIZATION CATECHESIS SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION MISSIO AD GENTES

60. Papal Documents - f1genaud38.htm - A Little Shame Can Be Healthy
Pope Francis

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square, 19 February 2014, the Pope continued his series of catecheses on the Sacraments, this week reflecting on the Sacrament of Penance. RECONCILIATION HEALING CONFESSION FORGIVENESS

61. Papal Documents - b16mospeace.htm - A Mosaic of Peace
Pope Benedict XVI

On 26 October 2011, the eve of the Day of Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Peace and Justice in the World — held in Assisi and marking the anniversary of the meeting convened by John Paul II 25 years earlier — Benedict XVI presided at a celebration of the Word in the Paul VI Audience Hall. ZECHARIAH PASCHAL MYSTERY CROSS ANAWIM KINGDOM VIOLENCE RECONCILIATION

62. Papal Documents - b16newhuman.htm - A New Humanism Integral and Transcendant
Pope Benedict XVI

The Christian perspective does not set itself against scientific knowledge and the conquests of human intelligence, rather it considers faith the horizon of meaning, the way to full truth, the guide for authentic development. The Pope said this on Saturday morning, 21 May 2011, when he received the "Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart]" in audience in the Paul VI Hall on the 90th anniversary of its founding. HUMANISM EMPIRICAL SCIENCE THEOLOGY ABSOLUTE CHARITY CULTURE LOVE TRUTH CONTEMPLATION

63. Papal Documents - b16gabenin.htm - A New Season of Hope
Pope Benedict XVI

"The Church in Africa", the Holy Father said, "can play the lead in a new season of hope". The Pope, addressing the faithful at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, on 23 November 2011, was telling them about his three-day Apostolic Visit to Benin. AFRICAE MUNUS RECONCILIATION ST KIZITO SACRED SCRIPTURE BIBLE

64. Papal Documents - f1genaud52.htm - A People Who Bless
Pope Francis

Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses at the General Audience on Wednesday, 18 June 2014, in St Peter's Square. This series will be centred on the Church, focusing this week on her role as mother and family. ABRAHAM HOSEA FAITHFULNESS INFIDELITY PRAYER

65. Papal Documents - f1genaud30.htm - A Place for the Poor on Christmas
Pope Francis

At the General Audience on 18 December 2013 in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis spoke about the Birth of Jesus and invited the faithful to set a place at their Christmas table to remember the poor and all those who were suffering on account of war. NATIVITY INCARNATION

66. Papal Documents - b16posocdev.htm - A Positive Social Development to Restore Dignity
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father presided at a solemn Eucharistic celebration in Ancona on Sunday morning, 11 September 2011, for the conclusion of the 25th Italian National Eucharistic Congress. In his homily, the Pope declared that it is from the Eucharist that we must begin in order to restore the primacy of God in society. BREAD OF LIFE OUR FATHER CROSS PASCHAL MYSTERY LOVE

67. Papal Documents - b16creed1.htm - A Return to God
Pope Benedict XVI

The Creed will be the guiding thread of the new series of Catecheses dedicated to the Year of Faith that the Holy Father inaugurated at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 17 October 2012: "I would like to offer you help," he explained, "in taking up and deepening your knowledge of the central truths of cosmic reality". CHRIST LOVE WORD OF GOD KERYGMA CATECHISM SECULARIZATION RELATIVISM INDIVIDUALISM

68. Papal Documents - f1genaud22.htm - A Secret Hidden in the Daughter of Israel's Heart
Pope Francis

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on 23 October 2013, the Holy Father spoke about the life of Mary, calling her the model of faith, charity and union with Christ. LOVE CHURCH

69. Papal Documents - b16annivavila.htm - A Shining Star
Pope Benedict XVI

Here is a translation of the Message in Spanish that Benedict XVI sent to Bishop Jesús García Burillo of Avila, Spain, on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the Monasatery of San José in Avila and the beginning of the reform of Carmel by St Teresa of Jesús. It was dated 16 July 2012. CARMELITES DISCALCED MYSTICISM GOSPEL HOLINESS

70. Papal Documents - symphofhearts.htm - A Symphony of Hearts Prays for Christian Unity
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 January 2006, the Holy Father traveled to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls to preside at the Liturgy of Vespers for the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In his Homily at the Service, the Pope pointed out that "at the base of the commitment to ecumenism there is the conversion of heart", and that "it is the presence of Christ that makes the common prayer of those gathered in his Name effective." CHARITY

71. Papal Documents - JP2DEC99.HTM - A Time of Grace for Every Family
Pope John Paul II

"The Jubilee...will be a favourable time to strengthen the bonds of affection in every family and to bring broken families together again", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, 29 December 1999. In his talk, the Pope stressed the importance of the loving communion between husband and wife and between parents and children, of unfailing fidelity and openness to the gift of life, so that families may become ever more aware of their "important mission in the Church and in the world". HOLY FAMILY MARRIAGE

72. Papal Documents - JP2JDE29.HTM - A Time of Grace for Every Family
Pope John Paul II

"The Jubilee...will be a favourable time to strengthen the bonds of affection in every family and to bring broken families together again", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 29 December 1999. In his talk, the Pope stressed the importance of the loving communion between husband and wife and between parents and children, of unfailing fidelity and openness to the gift of life, so that families may become ever more aware of their "important mission in the Church and in the world". MARRIAGE

73. Papal Documents - f1genaud40.htm - A Time of Purification and Renewal
Pope Francis

Growing accustomed to un-Christian and convenient behaviour narcotises the heart! Pope Francis gave this warning to those gathered in St Peter's Square for the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 5 March 2014, Ash Wednesday. He explained that Lent is a time to "leave behind old habits and the lazy addiction to the evil tht deceives and ensnares us". CONVERSION BAPTISM REDEMPTION

74. Papal Documents - f1genaud7.htm - A True Father
Pope Francis

The Holy Spirit tells us "that God is love, that God is expecting us, that God is the Father, that he loves us as a true father". Pope Francis reminded us on Wednesday, 8 May 2013, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square. LIFE CREED LIVING WATER

75. Papal Documents - f1womantide.htm - A Woman Against the Tide
Pope Francis

The solemn conclusion of the month of Mary was celebrated on Friday evening, 31 May 2013, in St Peter's Square. At 8:00 pm the traditional torchlight procession passed through the Arco delle Campane, while Vatican Radio speakers guided the reflection and the prayer of the Sorrowful Myteries of the Rosary. After the Rosary, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Vicar General for Vatican City, paid a brief tribute to the Pope, who then gave his reflection in Italian. This is a translation of the Holy Father's words. VISITATION LISTENING DECISION ACTION

76. Papal Documents - P6WRLDFA.HTM - A World in Need of Faith
Pope Paul VI

In his address during the Public Audience June 12, 1968, the Holy Father Paul VI spoke warningly of the dangers to all arising from the general lack of faith in our materialistic world. SECULARISM DEMYTHOLOGIZE DEATH OF GOD

77. Papal Documents - P6NEEDFA.HTM - A World in Need of Faith
Pope Paul VI

In his address during the Public Audience on 13 June 1968, the Pope Paul VI spoke warningly of the dangers to all arising from the general lack of faith in our materialistic world. SECULARIZATION DESACRALIZATION ATHEISM REASON SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY

78. Papal Documents - b16wound.htm - A Wound to the Human Heart
Pope Benedict XVI

The drama of abortion is "the most serious wound" to the moral conscience. Benedict XVI underlined this at an Audience for the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life on Saturday morning, 26 February [2011], in the Clementine Hall. POST-ABORTION SYNDROME STEM CELLS

79. Papal Documents - b16fastalms.htm - About Lent 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

On Ash Wednesday, 9 March 2011, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father reflected on the spiritual journey which started on this day and is traditionally marked by fasting, almsgiving and prayer. ASHES TEMPTATION ABRAHAM TRANSFIGURATION SAMARITAN WOMAN LIVING WATER LAZARUS

80. Papal Documents - JP2EDPOL.HTM - Action Must Be Educational and Political
Pope John Paul II

In a letter to Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore, Chairman of the US Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, the Holy Father commends the US Bishops on their recent statement, Living the Gospel of Life, and observes that the pro-life concern must be present in every aspect of the Church's pastoral activity. CULTURE OF DEATH

81. Papal Documents - JP2USPRO.HTM - Action must be educational and political
Pope John Paul II

In a letter in February 1999 to Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore, the Holy Father reflects on the nature of authentic prolife action. ABORTION EUTHANASIA POLITICS DEMOCRACY PROTEST

82. Papal Documents - JJP2DCNS.HTM - Active Apostles of the New Evangelization
Pope John Paul II

On 18-20 February 2000, permanent deacons from around the world celebrated their Jubilee in Rome. At the Holy Father's audience with permanent deacons, he described their spirituality as one of service, which is threefold, catechetical, liturgical, and charitable. DEACONS HOLY DOOR CLERGY CONVERSION

83. Papal Documents - b16adlimaustral.htm - Ad Limina Address to Bishops of Australia
Pope Benedict XVI

The errors of the past should not condition the present, rather it is necessary to continue to propose solutions in "honesty and openness, in order to build, with humility and resolve, a better future for all concerned". The Pope said this to the Bishops of Australia, received in audience on Thursday morning, 20 October 2011, on the occasion of their "ad limina Apostolorum" visit. WORLD YOUTH DAY VOCATIONS ST MARY MACKILLOP CATECHESIS FORMATION CLERGY PASTORS

84. Papal Documents - JP2ANTIL.HTM - Ad Limina Apostolorum: Bishops of Antilles
Pope John Paul II

On 7 May 2002, the Holy Father received the Bishops of the Antilles, for their visit ad limina Apostolorum. The Pope reminded the bishops that they are first and foremost priests, not corporate executives. He then spoke of the mission of the laity, which is to evangelize secular society, not to assume liturgical or administrative functions properly belonging to the priesthood. COMPLEMENTARITY INCULTURATION MISSIONARY SECULARIZATION CLERICALIZE VOCATIONS APOLOGETIC EVANGELIZATION

85. Papal Documents - b16adlimcuba.htm - Ad limina Apostolorum: Bishops' Conference of Cuba
Pope Benedict XVI

On Friday morning, 2 May 2008, in his Private Library at the Vatican, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of Cuba during their visit ad limina Apostolorum. The Pope assured them the "only on the basis of a personal experience of encounter with Jesus Christ and with a sound doctrinal preparation rooted in the ecclesial community can Christians become the salt and light of the world." EVANGELIZATION MISSION PRIESTS FORMATION EUCHARIST LITURGY OF THE HOURS CHARISMS

86. Papal Documents - b16adlimelsalv.htm - Ad limina Apostolorum: Bishops' Conference of El Salvador
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 February 2008, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of El Salvador at the end of their ad limina visit. The Pope spoke of the common desire for financial improvement. However, material betterment cannot satisfy man's yearning for fullness of life, but only God. VIOLENCE EVANGELIZATION PRIESTS

87. Papal Documents - JP2YOUTH.HTM - Ad Limina Apostolorum: Canadian Bishops – Quebec: Youth Need Sound Catechesis and Solid Sacramental Life
Pope John Paul II

An address,Thursday, 22 April, to the Bishops of Quebec, in which the Holy Father salutes their efforts to offer the young a renewed presentation of the faith, and to awaken their faith, especially within the framework of the family. The Pope also reminds the Bishops that the pastoral care of priestly vocations is an essential dimension of their ministry. WORLD YOUTH DAY ADOLESCENTS EDUCATION SPIRITUAL LIFE

88. Papal Documents - b16maybrusin.htm - Ad limina Apostolorum: Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 June 2008, Pope Benedict XVI addressed Bishops from Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore on their visit ad limina Apostolorum. The Holy Father advised them that the Faith "needs to strike deep roots in Asian soil, lest it be perceived as a foreign import, alien to the culture and traditions of your people." ST PAUL EVANGELIZATION MATERIALISM RELATIVISM ENLIGHTENMENT INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

89. Papal Documents - JP2ADTU.HTM - Ad tuendam fidem
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter of 15 July 1998, issued Motu Proprio, Ad Tuendam Fidem (To Protect the Faith) by which certain norms are inserted into the "Code of Canon Law" and into the "Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches." These changes reflect the content of the "Profession of Faith" promulgated in 1989 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the obligation of Catholics to believe "definitive teachings," and not just those defined by a solemn exercise of papal infallibility. DOGMA DOCTRINE MAGISTERIUM FAITH DISSENT OATH PROFESSION

90. Papal Documents - JP2APNUN.HTM - Address at Apostolic Nunciature, Astana
Pope John Paul II

In Astana on Sunday, 23 September, after the Mass at the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father gave this address at the Apostolic Nunciature to the Ordinaries of Central Asia, the Nuncio and the Papal Entourage. He spoke to them about the difficulties of their task of starting again. MARTYR EVANGEL COMMUNIS ECUMEN CONVERSION DIALOGUE

91. Papal Documents - JP2ARDAM.HTM - Address at Arrival in Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday afternoon, 5 May 2001, the Holy Father arrived in Syria at the international airport of Damascus, where he was met by various ecclesiastical and civil authorities, including the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, Dr Bashar Al-Assad. The Holy Father spoke in English: "I come as a pilgrim of faith".  ECUMEN MUSLIM ORTHODOX

92. Papal Documents - JP2ETCHM.HTM - Address at Cathedral of Etchmiadzin
Pope John Paul II

On 25 September 2001, the Holy Father traveled from the airport to the Apostolic Cathedral of Etchmiadzin, where he joined in the ongoing ecclesial celebrations for the 1,700 years of Armenian fidelity to the Christian faith as a particular Church. He thanked Karekin II for his warm hospitality in receiving the Holy Father into his home. CHRIST GREGORY ILLUMINATOR ECUMEN

93. Papal Documents - JP2CONKZ.HTM - Address at Palace of Congress, Astana
Pope John Paul II

In his last public appearance, 24 September 2001, at the Palace of Congresses in Astana, the Holy Father addressed representatives from the world of culture, art and science. He condemned terrorism and expressed the Church's respect for Islam. ECUMEN EVANGEL TERROR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

94. Papal Documents - JP950520.HTM - Address at the Airport of Prague-Ruzyne, Czech Republic
Pope John Paul II

May 20, 1995 JOHN PAUL II CZECH REPUBLIC

95. Papal Documents - JP2AZERB.HTM - Address at the Presidential Palace, Azerbaijan
Pope John Paul II

On 22 May 2002, in Baku at the Presidential Palace, the Holy Father met with Religious Leaders and Representatives of Politics, Culture and the Arts. In his address the Holy Father highlighted the rich spiritual heritage of the culture of Azerbaijan, making a strong appeal for peace, respect and dialogue between the great monotheistic faiths. INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE MUSLIMS JEWS ORTHODOX DIGNITY PERSON BEAUTY HOLINESS

96. Papal Documents - JP2US95B.HTM - Address at Vespers, Newark Cathedral, October 4, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father offers encouragement to all the members of the Church in Newark and New Jersey, urging them to take an active part in the Church's mission of evangelization. He also affirms the role which the United Nations Organization is called to play in the service of world peace and solidarity.

97. Papal Documents - JP2BRICE.HTM - Address at Williams-Brice Stadium
Pope John Paul II

Given by Pope John Paul II at Columbia, S.C., on September 11, 1987. The Holy Father speaks about married life and the family. JOHN PAUL II BRICE STADIUM FAMILY MARRIAGE

98. Papal Documents - b16goodfri09.htm - Address Following the Way of the Cross: Good Friday 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Good Friday evening, 10 April 2009, at the end of the traditional Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful, reminding them of the centurion at the cross and his confession of faith in the crucified Man. PASSION GOLGOTHA SUFFERING

99. Papal Documents - p6genaudhumvit.htm - Address if Pope Paul VI: General Audience, 31 July 1968
Pope Paul VI

At the General Audience at the Papal Summer Residence of Castel Gandolfo on 31 July 1968, Pope Paul VI spoke about the preparation, motives and background of his Encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The following is a reprint of the Pope's Catechesis translated from Italian as it appeared in L'Osservatore Romano English edition, p. 5, 8 August 1968. MARRIAGE FAMILY

100. Papal Documents - JP2CNGMD.HTM - Address of Holy Father on the Occasion of Receiving the Congressional Gold Medal
Pope John Paul II

On 8 January 2001, Pope John Paul II received a bipartisan delegation of 50 U.S. Congressmen and women, who presented him with the Congressional Gold Medal. In response, the Holy Father said that he had endeavored to "proclaim the word of God, which on the very first page of the Bible tells us that man and woman have been created in his very image and likeness. From this great truth, there flows all that the Church says and does to defend human dignity and to promote human life."

101. Papal Documents - JP2TRANS.HTM - Address of Holy Father to International Congress on Transplants
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father confirms the Church's positive attitude toward organ transplants, from willing donors, when the donor's death is certain. The Pope supplies clarification of the evidence sufficient for moral certainty that death has occurred. He also underlines the Church's rejection of human cloning to obtain organs. DIGNITY PERSON SOUL XENOTRANSPLANT

102. Papal Documents - JP850413.HTM - Address of John Paul II on the Apostleship of Prayer
Pope John Paul II

April 13, 1985

103. Papal Documents - JP2BUSH2.HTM - Address of the Holy Father to Pres. George W. Bush
Pope John Paul II

On 4 June 2004, the Holy Father received Mr George W. Bush, President of the U.S.A., together with his wife, Mrs Laura Bush, and entourage. The Pope recalled the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Rome and of the many American soldiers "who gave their lives for their Country and for the freedom of the peoples of Europe," and expressed his concern for the Middle East, international terrorism, and conditions in Africa. WORLD WAR II IRAQ ISRAEL PALESTINIANS

104. Papal Documents - JP950529.HTM - Address on 50th Anniversary of Pax Christi Movement
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father urges 'Pax Christi' to promote reconciliation on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its foundation. May 29, 1995. JOHN PAUL II PAX CHRISTI PEACE RECONCILIATION

105. Papal Documents - JP2FEED.HTM - Address on Breastfeeding
Pope John Paul II

Address of Friday, May 12, 1995 to the participants in a study session on breast-feeding, science and society organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society [of Great Britain]. JOHN PAUL II BREASTFEED INFANTS MOTHERS

106. Papal Documents - JP960113.HTM - Address on the occasion of the Exchange of Greetings with the Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul II

Saturday, January 13, 1996

107. Papal Documents - b16artists.htm - Address to Artists From Around the World
Pope Benedict XVI

On 21 November 2009, beneath Michelangelo's Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, the Holy Father addressed about 250 artists from across the world, believers and non-believers. The Pope encouraged new opportunities for collaboration, since the Church needs art for her proclamation, as artists need the Church, to discern the ultimate Beauty toward which true art points. PAUL VI JOHN PAUL II PLATO DOSTOEVSKY BIBLE BALTHASAR HESSE AUGUSTINE

108. Papal Documents - JP2SYRFA.HTM - Address to Catholic and Orthodox Faithful
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday evening 6 May 2001, the Holy Father went to the Syrian Orthodox Cathedral of St. George in Damascus where he met with clergy, religious men and women and important laity of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. "These will be the marks of our fidelity to God: to pray, to carry the Cross, to obey God's will, and to honour everyone as a brother or sister." ECUMEN

109. Papal Documents - JP2GRCAT.HTM - Address to Catholic Bishops of Greece
Pope John Paul II

In the late afternoon of Friday, 4 May 2001, after the visits to the President and the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens, the Holy Father met with the Catholic Bishops of Greece. "You are the 'frontier' Bishops: because of the particular conditions in which you are living, you greatly desire the obstacles which stand in the way of full union ... to be quickly overcome". ECUMEN ORTHODOX MEMORY

110. Papal Documents - B16CARDS.HTM - Address to College of Cardinals
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 April 2005, after an address given by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Holy Father spoke to the Cardinals as Pope in the Clementine Hall. He told them of his state of mind on the occasion of the death of his "Venerable Predecessor John Paul II" and then during the Conclave, and especially at its conclusion. PONTIFICATE

111. Papal Documents - B16SERVU.HTM - Address to College of Cardinals in Sistine Chapel
Pope Benedict XVI

On 20 April 2005, following Mass in the Sistine Chapel the day after his election as Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI addressed the Cardinals outlining his resolutions for his Pontificate and the new Pope's determination "to make Christ's light shine out before the men and women of today". PETER PETRINE MINISTRY YOUTH EUCHARIST UNITY ECUMENICAL INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

112. Papal Documents - P6CHOIRS.HTM - Address to Congress of Church Choirs
Pope Paul VI

Addressing participants in the IX Congress of Church Choirs, 14 April 1969, Pope Paul VI commended the importance of suitable music to liturgical worship, with pride of place belonging to Gregorian chant. He expressed the hope that, rather than taking the people's place in singing, parish choirs would help the people to sing. The congress was attended by choirs from all over Europe and the International Federation of "Pueri Cantores". AMBROSE SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM

113. Papal Documents - JP2DIPLM.HTM - Address to Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul II

In an address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, gathered in the Apostolic Palace for the annual exchange of New Year's greetings, the Holy Father told the envoys that "it is up to the leaders of societies to safeguard the human race, ensuring that science is at the service of the human person, that people are never objects to be manipulated or to be bought and sold, that laws are never determined by commercial interests or by the selfish claims of minority groups". ECOLOGY TERROR PERSECUTION LIBERTY TECHNOLOGY ABORTION EUTHANASIA CULTURE

114. Papal Documents - JP2SYREC.HTM - Address to Ecumenical Gathering
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father together with His Beatitude Ignace I Hazim, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, His Holiness, Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, and other representatives of other Churches and Ecclesial Communities of the country met in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady in Damascus on Saturday evening of 5 May 2001. In his address, the Holy Father recalled the original unity of the first Christian communities in the Patriarchate of Antioch. SYRO-MALANKAR EASTER DATE

115. Papal Documents - B16ECREP.HTM - Address to Ecumenical Representatives
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 April 2005, the Holy Father Benedict XVI spoke to the Delegates of other Churches and Ecclesial Communities, all of whom had come to Rome on the occasion of his election as Pope. "Above all", he said, the path to full unity "requires persistent prayer and with one heart, in order to obtain from the Good Shepherd the gift of unity for his flock". DIALOGUE ECUMENISM

116. Papal Documents - B16GERM.HTM - Address to German Pilgrims
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 April 2005, the Holy Father met the German pilgrims who had come to Rome for the inauguration ceremony of the new Pope. In his Address, the Pontiff discussed his new role as Pastor of the Universal Church and asked for his listeners' support and trust in carrying out his new ministry. CONCLAVE YOUTH

117. Papal Documents - JP2HINDU.HTM - Address to Hindu & Muslim Leaders
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II on Jan 21, 1995 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. JOHN PAUL II HINDU MUSLIM BUDDISM

118. Papal Documents - JP2HLYSN.HTM - Address to Holy Synod
Pope John Paul II

On the afternoon of Friday, 4 May 2001, the Holy Father went to the Palace of the Archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, to pay a formal visit to him and the Holy Synod. He addressed the Greek Orthodox authorities in English. "For all the occasions past and present, when sons and daughters of the Catholic Church have sinned by action or omission against their Orthodox brothers and sisters, may the Lord grant us the forgiveness we beg of him". PURIFICATION OF MEMORY ECUMEN PAUL VI ATHENAGORAS

119. Papal Documents - JP2UNJRS.HTM - Address to International Union of Catholic Jurists
Pope John Paul II

"For many of our contemporaries, the right to life, a primordial and absolute right which does not depend on positive law but on the natural right and dignity of every human being, is unrecognized or undervalued", the Holy Father said on Friday, 24 November 2000, to jurists taking part in a meeting of the International Union of Catholic Jurists organized for the Great Jubilee. The Pope emphasized that our "world needs men and women who courageously and publicly oppose the countless violations of rights which unfortunately continue to demean individuals and humanity". PARTICULARISM ROMAN LAW JURISPRUDENCE PERSON DIGNITY ABORTION EUTHANASIA

120. Papal Documents - JP1JOURN.HTM - Address to Journalists
Pope John Paul I

On 1 September 1978, John Paul I received, in the Hall of Benedictions, journalists accredited to the Holy See and the audio-visual personnel who had been present in Rome during the important events of the past days. He praised them for their coverage of the death of Paul VI and his own election, and urged them to strive for communion among men through social communication. MEDIA ETHICS

121. Papal Documents - JP2MCOLL.HTM - Address to Mariological Colloquium
Pope John Paul II

On 13 October 2000, the Holy Father met participants in the Eighth International Mariological Colloquium, who were studying the theme: "St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort: Trinitarian Spirituality in Communion with Mary"'. The Pope thanked the Lord for enabling him to experience theme of this colloquium, i.e., "that when the believer accepts Mary into his life in Christ and the Spirit, he is brought into the very heart of the Trinitarian mystery".

122. Papal Documents - b16pontaclife.htm - Address to Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life
Pope Benedict XVI

On 13 February 2010, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life taking part in their General Assembly. The Pope reaffirmed that it is in combining bioethics with the natural moral law that the dignity of the human person is protected. TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE LIFE

123. Papal Documents - JP2SYRMU.HTM - Address to Muslims of Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday evening, 6 May 2001, the Holy Father left the Syrian Orthodox cathedral to go to the Umayyad Great Mosque of Damascus, to visit the memorial of St John the Baptist with the Grand Mufti, Shiek Ahmad Kuftaro, and other Muslim authorities. The Holy Father addressed the Muslims in the courtyard of the mosque. ECUMEN INTERRELIGIOUS

124. Papal Documents - JP2CARDN.HTM - Address to New Cardinals
Pope John Paul II

Given Nov. 26 to the consistory in Rome at which the 30 new cardinals he named Oct. 30 received red hats. JOHN PAUL II CARDINALS COLLEGIALITY COMMUNION COMMUNICATION

125. Papal Documents - JP2PIO3.HTM - Address to Pilgrims - Beatification of Padre Pio
Pope John Paul II

On 3 May 1999, the Day of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the Holy Father addressed the thousands of pilgrims who had come to Rome for the event. For more information on this humble Capuchin friar, see our Padre Pio mini-site.

126. Papal Documents - JP2RTLIF.HTM - Address to Pontifical Academy for Life
Pope John Paul II

On 27 February 2002, the Holy Father addressed the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life on the theme: The nature and dignity of the human person as the foundation of the right to life. NATURAL LAW RIGHTS REASON

127. Papal Documents - JP2ACTHE.HTM - Address to Pontifical Academy of Theology
Pope John Paul II

In his address, 16 February 2002, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the International Forum of the Pontifical Academy of Theology on the relationship between theology and the magisterium. AQUINAS PHILOSOPHY ECCLESIAL COMMUNION

128. Papal Documents - JP2BUSH.HTM - Address to President Bush
Pope John Paul II

On Monday 23 July 2001, the Holy Father received in audience at Castel Gandolfo the President of the United States, Mr George W. Bush with his entourage and gave an address in English, in which he expressed his concern that the G8 program for globalization not leave less developed nations out of consideration, and that the President uphold America's traditional values in supporting the right to life. President Bush's response follows. SOLIDARITY DIGNITY BILL OF RIGHTS TECHNOLOGY ECONOMY TRADE EUTHANASIA INFANTICIDE EMBRYO STEM CELL

129. Papal Documents - b16recentbps.htm - Address to Recently to Appointed Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 September 2008, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to recently appointed Bishops who had been taking part in a Congress organized by the Congregation for Bishops. The Pope pointed to the example of St. Paul, whom St. Gregory the Great called "the greatest Pastor of all." EPISCOPAL ORDINATION HOLINESS PRIESTS

130. Papal Documents - b16Romcon - Address to Rome's Ecclesial Diocesan Convention
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 June 2005, the Holy Father gave the inaugural Address at the Ecclesial Diocesan Convention of Rome in St John Lateran Basilica, the Cathedral of Rome. His subject was the theme of the convention, "Family and Christian community: formation of the person and transmission of the faith." RELATIVISM INDIVIDUALISM MARRIAGE MISSION MISSIONARY BODY MAN WOMAN MALE FEMALE FREEDOM CHILDREN PRIESTHOOD CONSECRATED LIFE

131. Papal Documents - JP2AMCON.HTM - Address to Second American Missionary Congress
Pope John Paul II

The Second American Missionary Congress was held in Guatemala City from 25 to 30 November 2003 on the theme: "Church in America, your life is mission". For this occasion the Holy Father sent a Message via Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and his Special Envoy at the Congress, addressed to Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, Archbishop of Guatemala. EVANGELIZATION MISSIONARY HOLINESS

132. Papal Documents - P120639.HTM - Address to Seminarians
Pius XII

On the 24th of June, 1939, His Holiness Pius XII delivered this speech to the assembled students of seminaries, colleges, and institutes of both the secular and regular clergy of all nationalities, who were being trained for the priesthood in Rome.

133. Papal Documents - b16cathmusfor.htm - Address to the Catholic-Muslim Forum
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday, 6 November 2008, the Holy Father met with participants at the Catholic-Muslim Forum organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. The Pope indicated the centrality and dignity of the person as the common ground for Catholic-Muslim relations. ISLAM LOVE HUMAN RIGHTS FREEDOM OF RELIGION

134. Papal Documents - b16civmilan.htm - Address to the Civil Authorities of Milan
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday afternoon, 2 June 2012, the Holy Father met with the civil and military Authorities and businessmen of Milan in the Throne Room of the Archiepiscopal Residence. In his Address, the Pope took a lesson from St Ambrose on politics. MINISTER JUSTICE FREEDOM SECULARISM STATE EDUCATION CHILDREN GOVERNMENT LOVE

135. Papal Documents - JP2RMCL.HTM - Address to the Clergy of Rome
Pope John Paul II

In his address to the clergy of Rome, 14 February 2002, the Holy Father spoke on the shortage of priests. He denied that it was compensated for by increased apostolic commitment on the part of lay people. "On the contrary, he said, "the more numerous are the lay people who intend to live their own baptismal vocation generously, the more necessary are the presence and pastoral work of the ordained ministers." MISSION VOCATION FAMILY CATECHESIS

136. Papal Documents - b16toccs.htm - Address to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Pope Benedict XVI

On 19 December 2009, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. The Pope recalled the steps taken toward foundation of the dicastery, and summarized the progression of a cause toward canonization. BEATIFICATION SENSUS FIDELIUM EVANGELICAL PERFECTION HEROIC VIRTUES MIRACLES

137. Papal Documents - b16convrome.htm - Address to the Convention of the Diocese of Rome, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

"Their eyes were opened, they recognized him and announced him: The Sunday Eucharist and the witness of charity" was the theme of the Convention of the Diocese of Rome which the Holy Father opened at the Basilica of St John Lateran on 15 June 2010, reviewing the main topics for the pastoral year which has concluded. In his discourse, the Pope emphasized the importance of teaching the full doctrine of the Eucharist. TRANSUBSTANTIATION SACRIFICE MEMORIAL ZAKAR CROSS MASS LITURGY ADORATION BLESSED SACRAMENT COMMUNION

138. Papal Documents - JP1DPLMT.HTM - Address to the Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul I

On 31 August 1978, His Holiness John Paul I received the Diplomatic Corps in Audience. In reply to the speech of the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, the Pope spoke of the Vatican's complementary role in international diplomacy. SOCIAL HUMANANIT

139. Papal Documents - b16diplocorps.htm - Address to the Diplomatic Corps
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 January 2009, the Holy Father received the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings. The Pontiff launched an appeal for an end to intolerance and harassment of Christians. CLUSTER MUNITIONS POVERTY ISRAELIS PALESTINIANS IRAQ PHILIPPINES CONGO SOMALIA ZIMBABWE TURKEY CAUCASUS KOSOVO SERBIA

140. Papal Documents - b16diplom10.htm - Address to the Diplomatic Corps, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 January 2010, the Holy Father received the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings. In his address, the Pope stressed the importance, in the pursuit of justice and peace, of the protection of the environment. MATERIALISM RELATIVISM ECOLOGY AFRICA NARCOTICS NUCLEAR WEAPONS MIDDLE EAST MEDIA ISRAEL PALESTINE JERUSALEM

141. Papal Documents - b16ecclesconv4.htm - Address to the Fourth National Ecclesial Convention, Verona, Italy
Pope Benedict XVI

On 19 October 2006, the Holy Father met with participants at the Fourth National Ecclesial Convention, held in Verona, Italy, on the theme: "Witnesses of the Risen Jesus, Hope of the World". The Resurrection of Christ is central to our preaching, because it was a "decisive jump towards a profoundly new dimension of life, the entry into a decidedly different order that regards above all Jesus of Nazareth, but with him also us, the whole human family, history and the entire universe." ILLUMINISM LAICISM RELATIVISM UTILITARIANISM EVANGELIZATION LOGOS EDUCATION POLITICS

142. Papal Documents - b16ambgermany.htm - Address to the New Ambassador of Germany to the Holy See
Pope Benedict XVI

On 13 September 2010, H.E. Mr Walter Jürgen Schmid, Ambassador of Germany to the Holy See, presented his Letters of Credence to the Holy Father. The Pope recalled the ecumenical witness of priests martyred under the Nazi regime, and he affirmed that the Church cannot approve alternative models to the family. PERSONAL GOD MARRIAGE NATURAL LAW MEDIA

143. Papal Documents - JP2LAITY.HTM - Address to the Participants of the Symposium...
Pope John Paul II

the Symposium on the Participation of the Laity Given in Rome by Pope John Paul II on April 22, 1994. LAITY MINISTRY PRIESTHOOD JOHN PAUL II

144. Papal Documents - b16pontbibcom.htm - Address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Biblical Commission
Pope Benedict XVI

On 23 April 2009, in the Vatican's Hall of the Popes, the Holy Father spoke to the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. The Pope reminded them of the "three criteria that always apply for an interpretation of Sacred Scripture in conformity with the Spirit that inspired it." INSPIRATION EXEGESIS HERMENEUTICS TRADITION

145. Papal Documents - b16pontacsci.htm - Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Pope Benedict XVI

On 31 October 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father received participants at the Plenary Meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences to discuss the theme: "Scientific Insight into the Evolution of the Universe and of Life". The Pope observed that creation has to do not only with the beginning of the universe, but with the ongoing developments sustained by the Creator. EVOLUTION COSMOS COSMOLOGY BEING SPIRITUAL SOUL

146. Papal Documents - JP2ACSCI.HTM - Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Pope John Paul II

On 13 November 2000, the Holy Father received participants in a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Addressing them, the Pope reflected on the meeting's theme, "Science and the future of mankind," with special attention to the humanistic dimension of science. TRUTH EPISTEMOLOGY ANTHROPOLOGY

147. Papal Documents - b16pontifsci.htm - Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 October 2010, the Holy Father met with members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences for its Plenary Assembly. In his Address for the occasion, the Pope advised against two extreme views of science, as the panacea for all ills, or as the inventer of dangerous ills. NATURE LOGOS REASON PHILOSPHY

148. Papal Documents - b16socsci.htm - Address to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
Pope Benedict XVI

On 4 May 2009, the Holy Father met with Members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on its 15th Plenary Session. After a greeting by Professor Mary Ann Glendon, the Pope addressed the Academy on the grounding of human rights in the Natural Law, which is accessible to human reason without regard to religious affiliation. DEMOCRACY GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY SUBSIDIARITY

149. Papal Documents - JP2RROTA.HTM - Address to the Roman Rota
Pope John Paul II

Addressing the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the Holy See's court of appeals (28 January 2002), the Holy Father reemphasized the indissolubility of marriage, and warned lawyers and judges against cooperating with clients who seek a divorce from unworthy motives. This is the full text of the address. ANNULMENT FAMILY NATURAL LAW CONVALIDATION VALIDITY NULLITY

150. Papal Documents - JP2RTA95.HTM - Address to the Roman Rota
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II's address to the Roman Rota on Friday February 10, 1995 for the traditional opening of the judicial year. JOHN PAUL II CONSCIENCE LAW ROMAN ROTA JUDICIAL

151. Papal Documents - b16romrota10.htm - Address to the Roman Rota on the Indissolubility of Marriage
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 January 2010, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota on the occasion of the inauguration of the Judicial Year. The Holy Father warned against a charity devoid of truth, which ignores the indissolubility of marriage. JUSTICE CANON LAW ANNULMENTS NULLITY APOSTOLIC TRIBUNAL

152. Papal Documents - JP1SCRCL.HTM - Address to the Sacred College
Pope John Paul I

On 30 August 1978, the Holy Father, John Paul I, received the Sacred College of Cardinals in the Consistorial Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace. He observed the diversity of nations reflected in the college and spoke of the office of Pope as "a sign and instrument" of the unity of the Church. PAPACY

153. Papal Documents - JP2MASCD.HTM - Address to the Society of Christian Doctrine
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday, 9 May 2001, the Holy Father venerated the relics of Bl. Dun Gorg Preca in the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at Hamrun. He was welcomed to the Church by the Superiors of the men's and women's branches of the Society of Christian Doctrine, founded by the new blessed in 1907 to train young people to gave a religious formation to others. At the end of the liturgy of the Word, the Holy Father addressed the members on planting the seed of God's Word. CATECHESIS EVANGEL

154. Papal Documents - b16signat11.htm - Address to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

"The pilgrim People of God on earth will be unable to realize its identity as a community of love unless it takes into consideration the demands of justice", the Holy Father said to those taking part in the Plenary Assembly of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura whom he received in Audience in the Vatican's Consistory Hall on Friday morning, 4 February 2011. LEX PROPRIA MARRIAGE ROMAN ROTA COMMUNION

155. Papal Documents - CHALDEAN.HTM - Address to the Synod of Chaldean Bishops
Pope John Paul II

On 12 June 2000, the Holy Father received the prelates taking part in the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Church. He appealed once again for an end to the suffering of the Iraqi people, while urging the Eastern Catholic Pastors to keep alive their beautiful liturgical tradition. PATRIARCH

156. Papal Documents - b16romrota09.htm - Address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 January 2009, the Holy Father addressed the Tribunal of the Roman Rota on the occasion of the inauguration of the judicial year. The Pope warned against facile annulments, observing the difference between clinical criteria of mental capacity and canonical criteria. MARRIAGE NULLITY CANON LAW PSYCHOLOGY MATRIMONY

157. Papal Documents - JP2US95D.HTM - Address to the United Nations General Assembly, October 5, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations rganization on the occasion of the U.N.'s 50th anniversary. He reflects on the recent changes in the world situation and their significance for the future of humanity and the building of a true culture of freedom.

158. Papal Documents - JP2SYRYO.HTM - Address to Young People in Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Monday evening, 7 May 2001, in the Melkite Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady, the Holy Father met with young people for a session of prayer and personal witness. In his his address, delivered in French, he said, "Christ is calling you and awakening in you a desire to make your life something magnificent and beautiful". ECUMEN EVANGEL

159. Papal Documents - b16madrcross.htm - Address to Young People of Madrid Receiving the World Youth Day Cross
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 April 2009, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father spoke to a group of young people from the Archdiocese of Madrid who had come to receive the World Youth Day Cross and the Icon of Mary that their Australian peers consigned to them at the end of Mass on Palm Sunday. JOURNEY CHURCH SPAIN

160. Papal Documents - b16WYDcross.htm - Address to Young People of Madrid Receiving the World Youth Day Cross
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 April 2009, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father spoke to a group of young people from the Archdiocese of Madrid who had come to receive the World Youth Day Cross and the Icon of Mary that their Australian peers consigned to them at the end of Mass on Palm Sunday. JOURNEY HOLY WEEK BAPTISM

161. Papal Documents - f1collcard13.htm - Address, Audience with the College of Cardinals
Pope Francis

In his first Address to the College of Cardinals, 15 March 2013, Pope Francis expressed gratitude to his "brother Cardinals" for leading the Church during the Sede Vacante, and to his "venerable Predecessor Benedict XVI for his wisdom. He spoke of his desire to "serve the Gospel with renewed love, helping the Church to become increasingly, in Christ and with Christ, the fruitful vine of the Lord." HOLY SPIRIT PESSIMISM

162. Papal Documents - f1mediareps.htm - Address, Audience with the Media Representatives
Pope Francis

On Saturday morning, 16 March 2013, Pope Francis met with journalists in the Paul VI Audience Hall. He thanked them for their coverage of the recent events, and he cautioned them that ecclesiastical events do "not readily correspond to the 'worldly' categories which we are accustomed to use." The Church's nature is "not essentially political, but spiritual." PEOPLE OF GOD CHRIST PETER HOLY SPIRIT POOR POVERTY FRANCIS OF ASSISI CREATION

163. Papal Documents - JP1.HTM - Addresses and Homilies
Pope John Paul I

This is a collection of John Paul I's words of faith and encouragement expressed during his short but inspiring reign.

164. Papal Documents - b16switz.htm - Addresses to the Bishops of Switzerland
Pope Benedict XVI

During their ad limina visit from 1-5 February 2005, the Members of the Bishops' Conference of Switzerland were to have been received by the late Pope John Paul II, but illness prevented him from granting them the customary Audience. Pope Benedict XVI desired to honour this custom and invited the Swiss Bishops to return for a conference and meeting with him, 7-9 November 2006. This index page provides links to the Holy Father's three addresses. FAITH WORKS MISSIONARY EVANGELIZATION BIBLE SCRIPTURE EXEGESIS CATECHESIS PRIESTHOOD ST. GREGORY

165. Papal Documents - P6RELIG.HTM - Adress to the General Chapters of Religious Orders and Congregations
Pope Paul VI

May 23, 1964. On the continued importance of religious life and work in the world. RELIGIOUS VOWS OBEDIENCE POVERTY CHASTITY DISCIPLINE WORK

166. Papal Documents - JP2TB35.HTM - Adultery According to the Law and as Spoken by the Prophets
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 20 August 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He examines the emphasis of the matrimonial law on the "procreative end of marriage," and of the prophets on the uniqueness of the spousal relationship between God and Israel, contrary to the prevailing polygamy. ONANISM NUDITY COVENANT

167. Papal Documents - JP2TB36.HTM - Adultery: A Breakdown of the Personal Covenant
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 27 August 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechetical cycle on Theology of the Body, on the subject of adultery. Adultery is a sin of the body, violating exclusive matrimonial rights between a man and a woman, which constitutes a breakdown of the personal covenant between them. MONOGAMY IDOLATRY HOSEA PROPHETS MARRIAGE

168. Papal Documents - b16Chrstbrth.htm - Advent: Awaiting God's Justice
Pope Benedict XVI

On 19 December 2007, at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father delivered the following instruction on the Birth of Christ. Waiting for the Judge, hoping for justice to be done, means doing justice ourselves, preparing ourselves and the world for His justice. ADVENT CHRISTMAS EVANGELIZATION

169. Papal Documents - b16famrights.htm - Affirm Inalienable Rights of the Family
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday evening, 18 January 2009, the Holy Father spoke via videoconference broadcast live by satellite to the families taking part in the Sixth World Meeting of Families being held in Mexico City after its concluding Mass. The Pope called on all the baptized to reaffirm publicly the "unique, irreplaceable value of the family founded on the marriage of a man and a woman open to life, and also of human life in all of its stages." FREEDOM SOCIETY GUADALUPE

170. Papal Documents - b16africaemunus.htm - Africae Munus: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation
Pope Benedict XVI

The Apostolic Exhortation, delivered to the Church on 19 November 2011, while the Holy Father was in Benin for his second trip to Africa, consists of two parts: the first addresses the basic structures of the Church in the service of reconciliation, justice and peace (these being the three main elements of the 2009 Synod). The second part of the exhortation addresses the practical contributions that the Church has made to African society through education, health care and social communications. JUSTICE BEATITUDES HUMAN PERSON FAMILY ELDERLY HARMONY LIFE MIGRANTS GLOBALIZATION ECUMENICAL INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN RELIGIONS ISLAM BISHOPS PRIESTS MISSIONARIES DEACONS CONSECRATED PERSONS SEMINARIANS CATECHISTS LAY PEOPLE EDUCATION HEALTH CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY NEW EVANGELIZATION

171. Papal Documents - P6INGAET.HTM - Age Limit Set for Functions by Cardinals
Pope Paul VI

Motu Proprio "Ingravescentem Aetatem" issued by Pope Paul VI on November 21, 1970 , establishing an age limit for the exercise of major functions by Cardinals.

172. Papal Documents - JP951018.HTM - All Believers Have Right to Receive Catholic Doctrine In Its Integrity
Pope John Paul II

Address on October 18, 1995 of Pope John Paul II to a group of Brazilian Bishops.

173. Papal Documents - P6ALLAPO.HTM - All Called to the Apostolate
Pope Paul VI

At a packed General Audience on Thursday 16 May 1968, the Pope Paul delivered an inspiring exhortation on the duty, necessarily devolving an all the People of God, of being true apostles within the Church. LAITY YOUTH FAMILY PARISH

174. Papal Documents - f1genaud32.htm - All Disciples and Missionaries
Pope Francis

At the General Audience on 15 January 2014, the Holy Father expanded on last week's reflection on Baptism, focusing on its role in the transmission of the faith from generation to generation. He made special mention of the history of Christianity in Japan, where the faith was severely persecuted. For centuries, it was by the grace of Baptism alone that the faith was preserved. PEOPLE OF GOD AQUINAS MISSIONARY DISCIPLES COMMUNITY

175. Papal Documents - JP950712.HTM - All Must Strive for Goal of Full Unity
Pope John Paul II

General Audience July 12, 1995 The Holy Father continues his catechesis on the missionary activity of the Church, focusing on ecumenism and her commitment to restoring Christian unity. 'The Church's unity is expressed as fidelity to Christ, sustained and protected by Mary's maternal presence.' JOHN PAUL II UNITY ECUMENISM

176. Papal Documents - f1families.htm - All the Days of Your Life
Pope Francis

"How is it possible to live the joy which comes from faith, in the family, today?" Pope Francis responded to this question on Saturday, 26 October 2013, in St Peter's Square, where he presided over a meeting of prayer and celebration with families from around the world. The event was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family on the occasion of the Year of Faith. JOY REST MARRIAGE FORGIVENESS PRESENTATION

177. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch144.htm - All the Pope's Saints
Pope Benedict XVI

Holiness, which characterizes a Saint, is "the very measure of Christian living". It is being "united with Christ, in living his mysteries, in making our own his example, his thoughts, his behaviour." The Holy Father said this at the General Audience of Wednesday, 13 April 2011, in St Peter's Square, concluding the series of his commentaries on the saints over the last two years. ST AUGUSTINE BAPTISM CHARITY LOVE HOLY SPIRIT

178. Papal Documents - P511029.HTM - Allocution to Midwives
Pius XII

Given by the Holy Father on October 29, 1951. ". . . he who approaches this cradle of life's origin and exercises his action in one way or another must know the order which the Creator wishes maintained and the laws which govern it. For here it is not a case of purely physical or biological laws which blind forces and irrational agents obey, but of laws whose execution and effects are entrusted to the voluntary and free cooperation of man."

179. Papal Documents - P1251918.HTM - Allocution to the Fathers of Families
Pius XII

Given by Pope Pius XII on September 18, 1951. "It is clear that your first duty in the sanctuary of the family home is to provide-with due respect and the perfection, humanly possible, of its integrity, of its unity, of the natural hierarchy which unites the members among themselves-for the preservation of the physical, intellectual, moral and religious sanctity of the family. Evidently, this obligation includes that of defending and promoting its sacred duties; in the first place that of fulfilling the obligations due to God, to constitute a Christian society in the full sense of the word; secondly to defend the rights of the family against all attacks or external influences which could attack its purity, faith, and holy stability."

180. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch79.htm - Ambrose Autpert
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 April 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father dwelled on Ambrose Autpert, an eighth-century Benedictine monk and abbot. Although many of his writings were ascribed to better known people, he is remembered for his most important work, the first Latin commentary on last book of the Bible, the Apocalypse. CHARLEMAGNE VIRTUES VICES GREED REVELATION MARY MARIOLOGY

181. Papal Documents - P12BADRD.HTM - An Address by Pope Pius XII on Bad Reading
Pope Pius XII

Excerpts

182. Papal Documents - JP2STANI.HTM - An Eloquent Witness of Victory in Christ
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father sent a congratulatory Letter, dated 8 May 2003, to the Archdiocese of Kraków and the Church in Poland on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the canonization of St Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr and Patron of Poland since his canonization by Pope Innocent IV on 17 September 1253. SAINTS

183. Papal Documents - f1genaud37.htm - An Encounter That Changes Your Life
Pope Francis

A Eucharistic Celebration may be impeccable to the eye but if it does not lead to encounter with Jesus, it will unlikely bear any kind of nourshment for our heart and our life. This was a central point in the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, 12 February 2014. BROTHERS SISTERS EUCHARIST MASS SINNERS FORGIVENESS REPENTANCE COMMUNITY

184. Papal Documents - b16historev.htm - An Historic Event
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 September 2010 at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father reflected on his Visit to the United Kingdom from which he had just returned. ENGLAND SCOTLAND NEWMAN BEATIFICATION NINIAN BRITISH PARLIAMENT WESTMINSTER ABBEY CATHEDRAL

185. Papal Documents - JP2JURIS.HTM - An Instrument of Wise Jurisprudence
John Paul II

On Saturday, 17 January 1998, the Holy Father received the Dean, Prelate Auditors and other officials of the Roman Rota, who were accompanied by the Rotal advocates, the students of the Studio Rotale and their relatives, for the opening of the judicial year. CANON LAW JUDGES MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL

186. Papal Documents - b16passoplet.htm - An Open Letter to the World
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father sent a Message to Mary Ann Glendon, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, on the occasion of their 18th Plenary Session, which was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of John XXIII's Encyclical Pacem in Terris. The Message was written in English and dated 27 April 2012, the day the Plenary Session began. COLD WAR PEACE HOPE

187. Papal Documents - JP2TB95.HTM - Analogy of Spousal Love Indicates the Radical Character of Grace
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 29 September 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body by further examination of the spousal relationship between Christ and His Church in Ephesians 5. Of the various biblical analogies of the mystery of God's love, the marriage analogy most emphasizes God's gift of Himself to His people. ISRAEL COVENANT GRACE SACRAMENT

188. Papal Documents - JP2TB19.HTM - Analysis of Knowledge and of Procreation
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 5 March 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on the Theology of the Body, by examining the meaning of the biblical statement that "Adam knew Eve his wife" (Gn 4:1-2). SEX MARRIAGE PERSON

189. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch11.htm - Andrew, the Protoclete
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on 14 June 2006, continuing his Catechesis on the Church's apostolic ministry, the Holy Father reflected on the Apostle Andrew, the Protoclete, who has a Greek name and, according to some ancient traditions, preached the Gospel among the Greeks until his crucifixion. GREEKS CROSS

190. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch125.htm - Angela of Foligno
Pope Benedict XVI

On 13 October 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on Blessed Angela of Foligno, a 13th-century mystic. The Pope described the stages of her conversion, from repentance based on fear of hell, to loving union with Christ Crucified. CONFESSION VISIONS

191. Papal Documents - JP2ANGKZ.HTM - Angelus in Kazakhstan
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday, 23 September 2001, at the end of the Mass on the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father prayed the Angelus with the people gathered for the Mass. He greeted the people from various countries. Then he made an appeal for peace in the world. MARY MUSLIM

192. Papal Documents - f1angelus.htm - Angelus Message
Pope Francis

At his first Angelus as Pope Francis, the Holy Father spoke on the woman taken in adultery, as recorded in John 8:1-11, the Gospel reading for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. MERCY FORGIVENESS PATIENCE

193. Papal Documents - JP95629A.HTM - Angelus Message, June 29, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. JOHN PAUL II BARTHOLOMEW I ORTHODOX EASTERN UNITY

194. Papal Documents - b16angelgand.htm - Angelus, Castel Gandolfo: Sunday, 17 September
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 17 September, prior to leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father referred to his Address at the University of Regensburg. He was "sorry for the reactions in some countries," where his words were thought "offensive to the sensibilities of Muslims." ISLAM CROSS

195. Papal Documents - b16angeluscast.htm - Angelus, Castel Gandolfo: Sunday, 17 September
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 17 September 2006, prior to leading the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful gathered at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father expressed concern for the offense taken by Muslim's to a portion of his Regensburg University Address. BAVARIA GERMANY EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

196. Papal Documents - b16secdeath.htm - Angelus: Beware of the Deadly Second Death
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 5 November 2006, prior to praying the Angelus with the faithful in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father delivered the following Reflection. By tasting death for all of us, Christ took the fear out of death for those who belong to Him. ALL SOULS

197. Papal Documents - b16lent1ange.htm - Angelus: First Sunday of Lent 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 1 March [2009], prior to introducing the recitation of the Angelus with the faithful in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on the temptation of Jesus in the desert and on the angels who ministered to him. KENOSIS IMPECCABILITY SATAN

198. Papal Documents - b16diplom07.htm - Annual Papal Address to the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See
Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday, 8 January [2007], the Holy Father received the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings. The Pope sketched out for his audience an itinerary of national and international concerns in almost every corner of the world. Here is a translation of the Holy Father's Address, which he delivered in French. HUNGER MIGRATION MIGRANTS FAMILY HUMAN RIGHTS AFRICA LATIN AMERICA ASIA MIDDLE EAST EUROPE

199. Papal Documents - b16portflght.htm - Answers to Journalists on the Flight to Lisbon
Pope Benedict XVI

On Tuesday, 11 May 2010, the Holy Father spoke with journalists on board his flight from Rome to Lisbon, answering the questions they had formulated for him. The questions concerned the Church in Portugal, the economic crisis in Europe, and the relevance of the "third secret" to the sufferings of the Church today. SEXUAL ABUSE MINORS POPE JOHN PAUL II

200. Papal Documents - P11ANSEM.HTM - Anti-Semitism Is Not Christian
Pius XI

A copy of Pius XI's definitive statement against anti-Semitism. Quoted in: "Jacques Maritain and the Jews".

201. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch58.htm - Aphraates, the Sage
Pope Benedict XVI

On 21 November 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his Talks on significant early Church figures by discussing the life of Aphraates, a fourth-century sage. Aphraates is an important representative of Syriac Christianity, of the Semitic world from which the Bible itself had come. ASCETICISM FASTING HUMILITY PRAYER

202. Papal Documents - b16apostitin.htm - Apostle to the Gentiles' Itinerant Life and the Refugee Experience
Pope Benedict XVI

For the 95th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, celebrated on 18 January 2009, the Holy Father wrote a Message to honour the 2,000th anniversary of St. Paul's birth. The Message, dated 24 August 2008, observed that the Apostle was "all things to all people," an incentive to solidarity. IMMIGRANTS REFUGEES MISSIONARY EVANGELIZATION

203. Papal Documents - b16anglican.htm - Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus
Pope Benedict XVI

As promised at a press conference (10/11/2009) by Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, an Apostolic Constitution was published, 9 November 2009, providing a canonical structure which allows groups of Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their spiritual and liturgical patrimony. PERSONAL ORDINARIATES CATECHISM LITURGY CELIBACY MARRIED CLERGY INCARDINATION APOSTOLIC LIFE CONSECRATED LIFE

204. Papal Documents - P6PAEN.HTM - Apostolic Constitution on Penance
Pope Paul VI

'Paenitemini' Issued by Pope Paul VI on February 17, 1966. Norms and prescriptions for the practice of penitence. PENITENCE FASTING LENT ABSTINENCE PAUL VI

205. Papal Documents - P6MISSAL.HTM - Apostolic Constitution Promulgation of the Roman Missal
Pope Paul VI

Apostolic Constitution "Promulgation of the Roman Missal, Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council." April 3, 1969. (The same as document III of the files GIRMALL.TXT and GIRMALL.ZIP) PAUL VI MISSALE ROMANUM ROMAN MISSAL MASS GIRM RUBRICS SACRAMENTARY

206. Papal Documents - f1evangaud.htm - Apostolic Exhortation Evangelium Gaudii
Pope Francis

“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus”; thus begins the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”, by which Pope Francis develops the theme of the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world, drawn from, among other sources, the contribution of the work of the Synod held in the Vatican from 7 to 28 October 2012 on the theme “The new evangelization for the transmission of the faith”. MISSIONARY MISSION PASTORAL WORKERS CONVERSION COMMUNAL COMMITMENT EXCLUSION IDOLATRY MONEY FINANCIAL INEQUALITY INCULTURATION URBAN SELFISHNESS PESSIMISM WORLDLINESS POPULAR PIETY CHARISMS CULTURE HOMILY LITURGY PREACHING KERYGMA CATECHESIS SOCIETY POOR ECONOMY SOCIAL DIALOGUE PEACE MARY

207. Papal Documents - f1koreaind.htm - Apostolic Journey of His Holiness to the Republic of Korea, 13-18 August 2014
Pope Francis

Marking his third international pilgrimage, the Pope's visit to this Asian country is occasioned by the 6th Asian Youth Day, as well as the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs. This is an index page with links to the Words of the Holy Father to the people of Korea. APOSTOLIC VISIT

208. Papal Documents - f1albaniaind.htm - Apostolic Journey of His Holiness to Tirana (Albania) 21 September 2014
Pope Francis

This is an index page to the words of the Holy Father during his Apostolic Journey to Tirana, Albania, on 21 September 2014. The trip focused on the importance of dialogue with Islam, as the Muslim-majority nation with a notable Christian presence. ISLAM MOTHER TERESA ORTHODOX MARTYRS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM COMMUNISM

209. Papal Documents - b16usjrnindx.htm - Apostolic Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States
Pope Benedict XVI

This is an index page, providing links to the Holy Father’s addresses during his Apostolic Journey to the United States, and visit to the United Nations Headquarters, 15 – 21 April 2008. POPE FREEDOM AMERICA FAITH DEMOCRACY UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

210. Papal Documents - b16benind.htm - Apostolic Journey to Benin, 18-20 November 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

On his Journey to Benin, the Holy Father brings hope to all Africa. Evangelization began in Benin 150 years ago, and spread to the neighboring countries. The Pope's first priority in Benin will be the signing of the postsynodal apostolic exhortation of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. DIVINE LOVE

211. Papal Documents - b16brazilind.htm - Apostolic Journey to Brazil: Fifth General Conference of CELAM, 9-14 May 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

The first Apostolic Journey of Pope Benedict XVI outside of Europe took place when he visited Brazil, 9-14 May 2007, to open the Fifth General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean. This index page provides links to the papal addresses delivered during that visit. APARECIDA BISHOPS YOUTH HAPPINESS EVANGELIZATION MARRIAGE MATRIMONY CANONIZATION FREI GALVÃO FAMILY CATECHESIS APOSTOLIC TRADITION MAGISTERIUM CELIBACY PRIESTS DRUG ADDICTION ABUSE ROSARY DEACONS SEMINARIANS RELIGIOUS PROSELYTISM HOLY SPIRIT PRE-COLUMBIAN RELIGIONS GLOBALIZATION MISSIONARIES WORD OF GOD COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA MASS EUCHARIST MARXISM POLITICS CONSECRATED PERSONS LAITY VOCATIONS

212. Papal Documents - b16africindx.htm - Apostolic Journey to Cameroon and Angola, 17-23 March 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI made an Apostolic Journey to Cameroon and Angola, 17-23 March 2009, to show his solidarity with the peoples of Africa, and to issue the Instrumentum Laboris for the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2009. MISSIONARIES YOUTH EVANGELIZATION PRIESTS FORMATORS RELIGIOUS CONSECRATED LIFE FAMILY LITURGY SECTS LAITY GLOBALIZATION INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS CATECHISTS FATHERHOOD ST SAINT JOSEPH DAVID VIRGINITY CELIBACY MUSLIMS REASON SICK SUFFERING HEALTH CARE SIMON OF CYRENE HOPE KENOSIS ST MARK MISSIONARIES EVANGELIZATION SCRIPTURE EUCHARIST DIALOGUE SOLIDARITY ST PAUL YOUTH SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN MOTHERS HUSBANDS FATHERS CHILDREN PORTUGUESE

213. Papal Documents - b16croatind.htm - Apostolic Journey to Croatia, 4-5 June 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday morning, 4 June 2011, the Holy Father flew to Zagreb, Croatia, on his 19th Apostolic Journey. It had been arranged to coincide with the Croatian National Day for Catholic Families on 5 June and the Pope went especially to strengthen them in the faith. Links to all the Pope's addresses on his Journey are provided on this index page. FAMILY MARRIAGE MATRIMONY HOUR GLORY FREEDOM ALOJZIJE STEPINAC BISHOPS PRIESTS RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS

214. Papal Documents - b16cyprind.htm - Apostolic Journey to Cyprus, 4-6 June 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

This index page provides links to the addresses of Pope Benedict XVI during his Apostolic Journey to Cyprus, 4-6 June 2010. The Holy Father's Journey included his consignment of the Instrumentum Laboris of the upcoming Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops. ECUMENISM ORTHODOXY CHRYSOSTOMOS II CROSS CORPUS CHRISTI POPIEŁUSZKO MARONITES

215. Papal Documents - b16germ11ind.htm - Apostolic Journey to Germany, 22-25 September 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

An index page provides links to the addresses of Pope Benedict XVI during his Apostolic Journey to Germany, 22-25 September 2011, where he is scheduled to visit Berlin, Erfurt, Etzelbach, and Freiburg im Breisgau. JEWS LUTHERANS MUSLIMS ECUMENISM ORTHODOX SEMINARIANS YOUTH

216. Papal Documents - b16lebanonind - Apostolic Journey to Lebanon 2012
Benedict XVI

The addresses of Pope Benedict XVI during his Apostolic Voyage to Lebanon on the Occasion of the Signing and Publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Middle East. 1. Arrival at the International Airport of Beirut "Rafiq Hariri" 2. Melkite Greek Basilica of St. Paul, Harissa, for the signing of the Post-Synoda Apostolic Exhortation on the Middle East ECCLESIA MARONITE MELKITE

217. Papal Documents - b16mexcubind.htm - Apostolic Journey to Mexico and the Republic of Cuba, 23-29 March 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

This index page provides links to the Holy Father's addresses during his first Apostolic Journey to Mexico and the Republic of Cuba, 23-29 March 2012, the 23rd foreign trip of his pontificate. FAITH PEACE

218. Papal Documents - b16port2010.htm - Apostolic Journey to Portugal
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the Holy Father went to Portugal from May 11 to May 14, 2010, visiting Lisbon (Lisboa), Fátima, and Porto (O Porto):

1. Welcoming Ceremony (May 11, 2010). Official Reception at Lisbon Portela International Airport.
2. Courtesy Visit to the President of Portugal (11 May 2010). Greeting to the personnel of Belém Presidential Palace, Lisbon.
3. Homily of Mass in Lisbon (May 11, 2010). Holy Mass in Lisbon's Terreiro do Paço.
4. Anniversary of Christ the King Shrine (May 11, 2010). Message of the Holy Father in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Christ the King Shrine in Almada.
5. Greeting to Young People (11 May 2010). In front of the Apostolic Nunciature, Lisbon.
6. World of Culture Address (12 May 2010). Meeting with the world of culture in the Cultural Center of Belém.
7. Homily of Vespers (12 May 2010). The Holy Father celebrates Evening Prayer with priests, religious, deacons and seminarians in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Fátima.
8. Act of Entrustment (12 May 2010). Entrustment and Consecration of Priests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Fátima.
9. Recitation of the Holy Rosary (May 12, 2010). Chapel of the Apparitions in the Cova da Iria, Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima.
10. Homily at Mass in Fátima (May 13, 2010). On the Esplanade of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima.
11. Address to Pastoral Care Organizations (13 May 2010). Meeting with social pastoral care organizations in the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Fátima.
12. Address to Portuguese Bishops (13 May 2010). Meeting with the Bishops of Portugal in the Conference Hall of the Casa Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Fátima.
13. Homily at Mass in Porto (14 May 2010). Holy Mass in Av. dos Aliados Square in O Porto.
14. Farewell Ceremony (14 May 2010). International Airport, O Porto.
FATIMA APPARITION MARY LUCIA THIRD SECRET

219. Papal Documents - b16spn2indx.htm - Apostolic Journey to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6&7 November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI made his second Apostolic Visit to Spain, stopping at Santiago de Compostela to commemorate the Jubilee Year, and then at Barcelona, to dedicate the Church of the Sagrada Família designate it a minor basilica. The Pope said he came as a pilgrim, to confirm the faith of the faithful. This index page provides links to the words of the Holy Father. BEAUTY TRUTH FREEDOM HOLY FAMILY NEW EVANGELIZATION EUROPE ART WORLD YOUTH DAY SAINT JAMES

220. Papal Documents - f1holylandind.htm - Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land (May 24-26, 2014)
Pope Francis

Courtesy Visit to the King and Queen of Jordan and Meeting with the Authorities (24 May 2014)

Holy Mass, International Stadium, Amman Jordan (24 May 2014)

Prayer at the Place of Jesus' Baptism and Meeting with Refugees and Disabled Young People (24 May 2014)

Welcoming Ceremony and Courtesy Visit to the President of the State of Palestine & Meeting with Authorities (25 May 2014)

Holy Mass and Regina Coeli in Manger Square in Bethlehem(25 May 2014)

Visit to the Grotto of the Nativity, Bethlehem and Greeting of Children from the Refugee Camps(25 May 2014)

Welcoming Ceremony upon arrival in Israel (25 May 2014)

Ecumenical Celebration on the 50th Anniversary of the Meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras (25 May 2014)

Visit to the Grand Mufti, the highest Islamic Authority of Jerusalem (26 May 2014)

Visit to the Western Wall and Visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial (26 May 2014)

Courtesy Visit to the Chief Rabbis of Israel (26 May 2014)

Courtesy Visit to the President of the State of Israel (26 May 2014)

Meeting with Priests, Men and Women Religious and Seminarians (26 May 2014)

Holy Mass with the Ordinaries of the Holy Land in the Cenacle, the Room of the Last Supper and of Pentecost (26 May 2014)

Farewell Ceremony at Tel Aviv International Airport (26 May 2014)

221. Papal Documents - b16ukindex.htm - Apostolic Journey to the United Kingdom (16-19 September 2010)
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father pays an Apostolic visit to the United Kingdom, on the occasion of the Beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman in Birmingham, England, on Sunday 19 September 2010.

Meeting with state authorities in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Edinburgh, 16 September 2010)

Mass celebrated in Bellahouston Park (Glasgow, 16 September 2010)

Meeting with the world of Catholic Education in the Chapel and Sports Arena of St Mary’s University College in Twickenham (London Borough of Richmond, 17 September 2010)

Meeting with Religious Leaders in the Waldegrave Drawing Room of St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham (London Borough of Richmond, 17 September 2010)

Courtesy Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace (London Borough of Richmond, 17 September 2010)

Meeting with representatives of civil society, academic, cultural and entrepreneurial world, diplomatic corps and religious leaders at Westminster Hall (City of Westminster, 17 September 2010)

Ecumenical Celebration at Westminster Abbey (City of Westminster, 17 September 2010)

Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (City of Westminster, 18 September 2010)

Visit to St Peter's Residence for the elderly (London Borough of Lambeth, 18 September 2010)

Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Hyde Park (City of Westminster, 18 September 2010)

Mass with the Beatification of Venerable Cardinal John Henry Newman at Cofton Park of Rednal (Birmingham, 19 September 2010)

Recitation of the Angelus Domini (Birmingham, 19 September 2010)

Meeting with the Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland in the Chapel of the Francis Martin House, Oscott College (Birmingham, 19 September 2010)

Farewell Ceremony (International Airport of Birmingham, 19 September 2010)

NEWMAN ORATORY ENGLAND SCOTLAND WALES OXFORD

222. Papal Documents - b16turkey.htm - Apostolic Journey to Turkey
Pope Benedict XVI

An index page provides a list of links to the Holy Father's addresses during his Apostolic Journey to the Republic of Turkey, 28 November to 1 December 2006. MUSLIMS ISLAM CULTURE FREEDOM OF RELIGION WORSHIP DIALOGUE DIPLOMACY CONSCIENCE

223. Papal Documents - JP2ARMEN.HTM - Apostolic Letter for the 1,700th Anniversary of the Baptism of the Armenian People
Pope John Paul II

In his Apostolic Letter, the Holy Father honors the Armenians as the "first officially Christian people" in history, and recalls their fidelity down through the centuries in the face of persecution and martyrdom. The Pope looks forward to the day when the cordial relations between the Apostolic Church of Armenia and the Catholic Church will become full communion. ECUMEN GREGORY ILLUMINATOR

224. Papal Documents - b16dunscotus.htm - Apostolic Letter for the 7th Centenary of the Death of Blessed John Duns Scotus
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father addressed an Apostolic Letter to Cardinal Joachim Meisner, of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop of Cologne, Germany, on the occasion of the International Scientific Congress held in honour of the seventh centenary of the death of John Duns Scotus. The Letter was written in Latin, dated 28 October and published on 24 December 2008. FAITH REASON PAPACY MARY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION EUCHARIST

225. Papal Documents - JP2GRKCT.HTM - Apostolic Letter for the Third Centenary of Union of the Greek-Catholic Church if Romania with the Church of Rome
Pope John Paul II

On this occasion, the Holy Father recalls that the Romanians are a Latin people. Though heirs by geography of the Byzantine tradition, they overcame the division between East and West, being restored to complete communion with the Apostolic See. And in adopting the "values promoted by the Holy See," they have communicated to the entire Catholic world the "values of the Christian East." JUBILEE ECUMEN ORTHODOX SCHISM MARTYRS

226. Papal Documents - JP2CAMPO.HTM - Apostolic Letter of 25 December 2001
Pope John Paul II

On 15 August 2001, Bishop Licinio Rangel, together with 25 priests of the Union of St John Mary Vianney Campos, Brazil, addressed a letter to the Holy Father in which he expressed his full submission to the Catholic Church asking to be absolved from the excommunication incurred on 28 July 1991, when he accepted ordination to the office of Bishop without papal mandate. On the Solemnity of Christmas 2001, the Holy Father sent an Autograph Letter to Bishop Rangel, absolving him from the excommunication and receiving him back into full Catholic communion. The letter was presented on 18 January 2002 by Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. LEFEBVRE SSPX UNION ST JOHN MARY VIANNEY PAPACY ECCLESIA DEI

227. Papal Documents - JP2HUNG.HTM - Apostolic Letter to Catholic People of Hungary for Conclusion of Hungarian Millenium
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addresses the Hungarian people on the commemoration of the Baptism of their ancestors, a thousand years ago, through the work of St Stephen of Hungary, their king, whose virtues are the subject of the Pope's address. FAMILY EDUCATION PRAYER

228. Papal Documents - b16austrindx.htm - Apostolic Visit to Austria, 7-9 September 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

This index page provides links to the Holy Father's Addresses during his Apostolic Visit to Austria, 7-9 September 2007, for the 850th anniversary of the Shrine of Mariazell. ABORTION EUTHANASIA GLOBALIZATION MATERIALISM TOLERANCE REASON

229. Papal Documents - b16maltindx.htm - Apostolic Visit to Malta, 17-18 April 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

This index page provides links to the addresses of Pope Benedict XVI during his Apostolic Visit to Malta, 17-18 April 2010. The Holy Father's Visit was to celebrate the 1,950th anniversary of St. Paul's shipwreck on the island, the result of which was the planting of the Christian Faith, where it has flourished to this day. IMMIGRATION PROVIDENCE CULTURE TA’ PINU SEXUAL ABUSE CONVERSION HERITAGE

230. Papal Documents - b16czechrep.htm - Apostolic Visit to the Czech Republic
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 30 September 2009, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on his recent Apostolic Visit to the Czech Republic. The Pope described it as a pilgrimage, because of the lands' history of faith and holiness, and a mission, because Europe needs to be recalled to its foundation in God. INFANT OF PRAGUE BOHEMIA MORAVIA

231. Papal Documents - b16czechind.htm - Apostolic Visit to the Czech Republic
Pope Benedict XVI

This index page provides links to the Holy Father's addresses during his first Apostolic Visit to the Czech Republic, 26-28 September 2009, the thirteenth foreign trip of his pontificate. CYRIL METHODIUS INFANT OF PRAGUE EUROPE CULTURE COMMUNISM HEDONISM CONSUMERISM FREEDOM

232. Papal Documents - b16bavariaind.htm - Apostolic Visit: München, Altötting and Regensburg, Germany
Pope Benedict XVI

This index page provides links to the Holy Father's addresses during his Apostolic Visit to München, Altötting and Regensburg, Germany, 9-14 September 2006. BAVARIA MARY PROSELYTISM REVELATION FAMILY CANA PRIESTHOOD LITURGY OF THE HOURS ADORATION CREED JUDGMENT FAITH REASON ISLAM MUSLIMS QU'RAN KORAN HOLY WAR HELLENISM GREEK PHILOSOPHY LOGOS HELLENIZATION DEHELLENIZATION SCIENCE INCULTURATION CULTURE ECUMENISM COMMUNION INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE LITURGICAL MUSIC

233. Papal Documents - b16valspnind.htm - Apostolic Visit: Valencia, Spain, 8-9 July 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

The 5th World Meeting of Families took place, 8-9 July 2006, in Valencia, Spain. The theme of the meeting was the transmission of the Faith in the family. Pope Benedict XVI made an Apostolic Visit to Spain for the occasion. This index page lists the Holy Father's addresses. MARRIAGE CATECHESIS CHILDREN SECULARISM

234. Papal Documents - b16lebanonind.htm - Apostolic Voyage to Lebanon, 14-16 September 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

This index page provides links to the words of the Holy Father on his Apostolic Voyage to Lebanon on the Occasion of the Signing and Publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Middle East. MELKITES CULTURE ARMENIANS MARONITES

235. Papal Documents - JP2APOST.HTM - Apostolos Suos
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of 21 May 1998, issued Motu proprio, on the theological and juridical significance of episcopal conferences. It contains norms on how and when their decisions become binding.

236. Papal Documents - f1apchledrs.htm - Appeal to Church Leaders
Pope Francis

Pope Francis expressed his concern at the conditions of life and the endless danger to which Chritians in many parts of the Middle East are exposed. The Holy Father met with the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches on 21 November 2013, in the Clementine Hall. EASTERN CHURCHES ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

237. Papal Documents - P12APPSY.HTM - Applied Psychology
Pope Pius XII

Address of His Holiness Pope Pius XII to the Rome Congress of the International Association of Applied Psychology, April 10, 1958. PIUS XII PSYCHOLOGY

238. Papal Documents - JP2ARARM.HTM - Arrival at Yerevan, Armenia
Pope John Paul II

On 25 September 2001, the Holy Father arrived at the airport of Yerevan for his visit to Armenia. After greeting the President, civil authorities, and Diplomatic Corps, he thanked the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos, Karekin II, for his encouragement for this "spiritual journey." MARTYR GENOCIDE

239. Papal Documents - JP2ARUKR.HTM - Arrival Ceremony Address (23 June 2001)
Pope John Paul II

In his arrival address at the Boryspil International Airport, Kyiv, 23 June 2001, the Holy Father recalls the history of the Faith in Ukraine, and reassures the Orthodox he's not come to proselytize, but to bear common witness with fellow Christians to Christ. Also included, his prayer to Our Lady of Zarvaniza at the Church of St Nicholas. ECUMEN NAZI COMMUN CHERNOBYL

240. Papal Documents - JP2ARAST.HTM - Arrival in Astana
Pope John Paul II

At the Astana International Airport, on his arrival in Kazakhstan 22 September 2001, the Pope blessed the ground and then responded to the welcome of the President with this address in English. ISLAM ORTHODOX

241. Papal Documents - JP2ARMAL.HTM - Arrival in Malta
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's Jubilee pilgrimage to Malta "in the footseps of the Apostle Paul", began with ceremonies at Gudja International Airport, Malta, where he arrived from Syria at on Tuesday, 8 May 2001. On hand to welcome the Pope were Mr Guido Di Marco, President, and Archbishop Joseph Mercieca, with dignitaries of Church and State. "For two millennia you have been faithful to the vocation involved in that singular encounter [with St Paul]", he said.

242. Papal Documents - JP2TB61.HTM - Art Must Not Violate the Right to Privacy
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 29 April 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining the limits beyond which art must not go in depicting masculinity or femininity. SHAME PORNOGRAPHY COMMUNION OF PERSONS NAKEDNESS NATURALISM

243. Papal Documents - JP2ARTST.HTM - Artistic Heritage Has Evangelizing Role
Pope John Paul II

On 31 March 2000, the Holy Father met with and addressed the members, consultors and staff of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, which was holding its plenary assembly. JUBILEE HUMAN ECUMEN LITURGY

244. Papal Documents - JP2BEATI.HTM - As An Everlasting Memorial
Pope John Paul II

The Apostolic Brief of Pope John Paul II declaring the Beatification of Msgr. Josemaria Excriva, founder of Opus Dei, on May 17, 1992. Uploaded by Robert Sheehan. OPUS DEI ESCRIVA BEATIFICATION

245. Papal Documents - JP2THIRD.HTM - As the Third Millennium Draws Near
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic letter Tertio millennio adveniente written by Pope John Paul II to 'ensure that the great challenge of the year 2000 is not overlooked.' Released on November 14, 1994. JOHN PAUL II THIRD MILLENNIUM YEAR 2000 JUBILEE EUCHARIST

246. Papal Documents - b16ashwed11.htm - Ash Wednesday at St Sabina on the Aventine Hill, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

"Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs his forgiveness, his love, it needs a new heart". The Pope said this during his Homily during the traditional Papal Lenten Station of Ash Wednesday, 9 March [2011], at St Sabina. The celebration began with the penitential procession on the Aventine Hill led by the Holy Father from St Anselm's Church to the Basilica of St Sabina close by. The Holy Father then presided at the Liturgy of the Word, delivered the Homily and distributed ashes. PRAYER FASTING ALMSGIVING CONVERSION REPENTANCE

247. Papal Documents - b16ashwed12.htm - Ash Wednesday Homily 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

Christian salvation passes through the "dust" of the earth. As a sign of our mortal state it becomes "the way to resurrection, to paradise finally regained". The Holy Father said this during the penitential celebration at which he persided in the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill, for Ash Wednesday, on 22 February 2012. PENANCE FASTING ASHES CURSE

248. Papal Documents - b16ashwed08.htm - Ash Wednesday Homily: Basilica of Santa Sabina, 6 February
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 February 2008, the main celebration of Ash Wednesday took place in the Dominican Basilica of St. Sabina. Taking part were Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops, the Benedictine monks of St. Anselm's, the Dominican friars of St. Sabina's and a large group of the faithful. The Pope, presiding at the Holy Mass, delivered the Homily and distributed the Ashes. PRAYER LENT SUFFERING HOPE CONSCIENCE COMPASSION

249. Papal Documents - b16assiaddr.htm - Assisi: Address in the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels
Pope Benedict XVI

God is not the "property" of believers and no one in his name can "feel vindicated in using force against others". The Holy Father spoke to Leaders of the world's religions at the Meeting for Peace in Assisi on Thursday, 27 October 2011 at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli [St Mary of the Angel]. FREEDOM VIOLENCE TERRORISM ATHEISM ANTI-RELIGION AGNOSTICISM

250. Papal Documents - b16assumpt11.htm - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant, "the Covenant of love, which God desired to establish with the whole of humanity, in Christ." This was the message the Holy Father addressed to those taking part in the Mass of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at which he presided on Monday morning, 15 August 2011, at the Pontifical Parish Church of San Tommaso da Villanova in Castel Gandolfo. MOSAIC LAW JOHN DAMASCENE DORMITION DAVID ELIZABETH

251. Papal Documents - b16musreps.htm - At a Meeting with Muslim Representatives
Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday, 25 September 2006, in the Hall of the Swiss at Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father received Representatives of the Muslim communities. The Pope reiterated his "esteem and profound respect" for all Muslim believers. RELATIVISM ISLAM DIALOGUE

252. Papal Documents - JP2MIL3.HTM - At the Beginning of the Third Millennium
Pope John Paul II

In his apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, signed at the end of the Mass of the Epiphany, 2001, at the close of the Great Jubilee, the Holy Father addressed some of the great challenges faced by Christians in the Third Millennium. These include the New Evangelization, Christian unity, growth in interreligious dialogue, defense of the family and the environment, and the ethical implications of biotechnology. PENITENCE YOUTH DAY ECUMEN HOLY LAND DEBT HOLINESS INCULTURATION MARTYRS VOCATIONS

253. Papal Documents - b16pent08.htm - At the Pentecost Solemnity Mass, St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 11 May 2008, the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Speaking of the 120 assembled in the Upper Room, the Pope observed that it was a multiple of Twelve, with the Apostles as the new Patriarchs, and the assembly as a New Israel, the birth of the Church. QAHAL PRAYER COVENANT HOLY SPIRIT IRENAEUS LANGUAGES CULTURES UNIVERSALITY CATHOLICITY PEACE RECONCILIATION

254. Papal Documents - b16cdf12.htm - At the Plenary Meeting of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Benedict XVI

On 27 January 2012, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. In his Address, the Pope reflected on "several doctrinal aspects concerning the ecumenical path of the Church." IRENISM INDIFFERENTISM VATICAN II TRUTH DIALOGUE UNITY

255. Papal Documents - b16prstfthfl.htm - At the Service of the Common Priesthood of the Faithful
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 September 2011, in the courtyard at Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father met with the recently appointed bishops who had been taking part in the annual course organized by the Congregations for Bishops and for the Eastern Churches. In his Address, the Pope urged them to work always in communion with their episcopal brothers and with the Successor of Peter. MINISTERIAL PRIESTHOOD CHARISMS FATHER

256. Papal Documents - b16eursym6.htm - At the Sixth European Symposium of University Professors
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 June 2008, the Holy Father met with participants at the Sixth European Symposium for University Professors in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. The Symposium was taking place in Rome from 5-8 June with an estimated 400 university professors participating from 26 European countries. Speaking of the current cultural crisis, the Holy Father urged a relaunching of Christian philosophy, with new attention to the "anthropological question." MODERNITY CULTURE

257. Papal Documents - b16ann3jp2.htm - At the Third Anniversary Mass of the Death of Pope John Paul II
Pope Benedict XVI

Servant of God Pope John Paul II died on 2 April 2005, a date "impressed in the Church's memory". On 2 April 2008, the third anniversary of his death, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Holy Mass in memory of his beloved Predecessor in front of St. Peter's Basilica. The Holy Father extolled Pope Wojtyla's many human and supernatural qualities and highlighted his exceptional spiritual and mystic sensibilities. PETRINE MINISTRY SUFFERING FAUSTINA KOWALSKA DIVINE MERCY

258. Papal Documents - b16renewspirit.htm - Audience for Renewal in the Spirit
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father encouraged the thousands participating in the meeting sponsored by Renewal in the Holy Spirit to celebrate the Movement's 40th anniversary to continue spreading a "culture of Pentecost". The Audience was held on Saturday, 26 May 2012 in St Peter's Square, after the Mass at which Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, Italy, had presided. CHARISMATIC RENEWAL NEW EVANGELIZATION

259. Papal Documents - JP2AUGUS.HTM - Augustine of Hippo
Pope John Paul II

'Augustinum Hipponensem' Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the 16th centenary of the conversion of St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor, August 28, 1986. JOHN PAUL II AUGUSTINE CONFESSIONS

260. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch65.htm - Augustine the Writer
Pope Benedict XVI

On 20 February 2008, after greeting pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father went to the Paul VI Auditorium for the General Audience. The Pope continued his catechesis on St. Augustine, commenting on select titles from the Father's enormous literary opus. CONFESSIONS POSSIDIUS RETRACTIONS CITY OF GOD TRINITY DONATISTS

261. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch66.htm - Augustine's Conversion
Pope Benedict XVI

On 27 February 2008, after greeting pilgrims in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father proceeded to the Paul VI Audience Hall where he concluded his Catechesis on St. Augustine. The great convert of Hippo learned that conversion is a lifelong process and encountering Christ is the only answer to the restlessness of a human heart. PLATO LOGOS

262. Papal Documents - f1authcons.htm - Authentic and Consistent
Pope Francis

On Saturday afternoon, 6 July 2013, the Holy Father met with the seminarians, novices and young people discerning their vocation, all taking part in the pilgrimage entitled: "Mi fido di te! [I trust in you!], organized on the occasion of the Year of Faith by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. The following is a translation of the Pope's extemporaneous address, which was given in Italian. JOY CALL CHASTITY CELIBACY AUTHENTICITY CONFESSION TRANSPARENCY FORMATION COMMUNITY LIFE STUDY GOSSIP BROTHERHOOD FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY

263. Papal Documents - P6AUTHEN.HTM - Authentic Christian Life Develops Social Spirit
Pope Paul VI

In a discourse delivered (9/4/68) to a group gathered in the courtyard at Castel Gandolfo, Pope Paul showed how grand is the Church's view of man, as compared to secular views, in regard to both man as an individual and also as belonging to the human community. PERSON DIGNITY ANTHROPOLOGY SOCIAL CONSCIENCE LIBERTY

264. Papal Documents - b16baptLord06.htm - Baptism of the Lord 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 8 January 2006, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father celebrated Mass and baptized 10 infants in the Sistine Chapel. During his Homily, the Pope explained what happens in the Sacrament of Baptism, and the gift of new life and of friendship with the Lord that it brings. ETERNAL LIFE POMPS DEVIL DEATH OIL

265. Papal Documents - b16baptLord13.htm - Baptism of the Lord 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

Twenty newborns — eleven girls, nine boys, among them a set of twins, and all children of Vatican employees — were baptized by Pope Benedict XVI in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday morning, 13 January 2013, the Liturgical Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. In his Homily, the Holy Father explained that, by their baptism, these children would be "deeply united with Jesus for ever, immersed in the mystery of his power." HOLY SPIRIT CONVERSION SHEPHERD PARENTS GODPARENTS EDUCATION

266. Papal Documents - b16baptLrd09.htm - Baptism of the Lord, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 11 January 2009, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father presided in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at Holy Mass, during which he baptized 13 babies. In his homily, the Pope spoke of the responsibility of parents to "teach the child to recognize God as Father and to be able to relate to him with a filial attitude." JOHN THE BAPTIST SACRAMENT

267. Papal Documents - JP97112B.HTM - Baptism Saves Us From Slavery to Sin
John Paul II

"Baptism frees man from original sin and forgives his sins, saves him from slavery to evil and is a sign of his rebirth in the Holy Spirit, it imparts to him a new life", the Holy Father said during the Mass he celebrated in the Sistine Chapel on January 12, 1997, before baptizing 19 babies of various nationalities.

268. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch28.htm - Barnabas, Silas and Apollos
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 31 January 2007, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father resumed his Catecheses on the Apostles of the Church. He focused on the most important missionary companions of St. Paul: Barnabas, Silas (also called Silvanus), and Apollos. EVANGELIZATION APOSTOLIC MEN

269. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch20.htm - Bartholomew
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 4 October 2006, the Holy Father continued his Reflections on the Apostles for the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square by commenting on St. Bartholomew. The Apostle Bartholomew shows the followers of Christ that attachment to Jesus can be lived daily without doing sensational, extraordinary deeds. NATHANAEL

270. Papal Documents - JP96MIDM.HTM - Be Faithful to God's Gift on Christmas Night
John Paul II

Homily given by the Holy Father at Midnight Mass on December 24, 1996.

271. Papal Documents - JP970205.HTM - Be Faithful Witnesses to the Father's Love
John Paul II

"God, our supreme good, is the source of all good things. I hope that you will all be 'good', that is, faithful witnesses to the love of our heavenly Father who fills us with so many gifts", the Holy Father said, speaking from his study window on Wednesday, February 5, 1997. The Wednesday General Audience was canceled because "influenza has come to the Pope's home" as he told pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter's Square.

272. Papal Documents - JP970119.HTM - Be Reconciled to God and to One Another
John Paul II

"The true and ultimate reason for the division between Christians is human sin, which is a rebellion against God's will. Precisely for this reason the Second Vatican Council stated: 'There can be no ecumenism worthy of the name without interior conversion' (Unitatis redintegratio, n. 7). This is why a firm will to conform one's life to the Gospel, a will sustained by constant prayer, is required of all who wish to be effective builders of unity", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on January 19, 1997, as he reflected on the significance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

273. Papal Documents - JP961203.HTM - Be United to Christ and Peter's Successor
John Paul II

Address of Pope John Paul II to the Church in China, dated December 3, 1996, the memorial of St. Francis Xavier. The Pope commends Chinese Catholics on their fidelity and urges them to maintain full communion.

274. Papal Documents - JP97021.HTM - Bearing Witness to Christ in Secular Life
John Paul II

"The members of secular institutes ... express their full fidelity to the profession of the evangelical counsels in a form of life full of risks and often unforseeable demands, but rich in a specific and original potential", the Holy Father said in his talk to members of secular institutes on the occasion of the international symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution Provida Mater Ecclesia. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Italian on February 1, 1997.

275. Papal Documents - JP2BTMTR.HTM - Beatification Homily: Mother Teresa
Pope John Paul II

On 19 October 2003, the Pope John Paul II raised Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the honours of the altar, presiding at the Mass for her beatification in St Peter's Square. In his Homily the Pope praised this diminutive woman of Albanian descent (1910-1997), who founded the Missionaries of Charity to help "the poorest of the poor" in whose broken bodies she saw Our Lord Jesus Christ. MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY EVANGELIZATION RELIGIOUS

276. Papal Documents - JP950604.HTM - Beatification of Damien de Veuster
Pope John Paul II

June 4, 1995, Brussels, Belgium. JOHN PAUL II DAMIEN LEPER BEATIFICATION BELGIUM

277. Papal Documents - JJP2FRJA.HTM - Beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto
Pope John Paul II

In his homily in the beatification Mass at Fatima, the Holy Father celebrated the wisdom of simple children, to whom God was pleased to reveal His Blessed Mother, through whom He called the world to conversion. APPARITION REPARATION

278. Papal Documents - JP961103.HTM - Beauty Has Important Role In Eastern Spirituality
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Angelus, November 3, 1996.

279. Papal Documents - b16shroud.htm - Before the Shroud
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday evening, 2 May 2010, before leaving Turin, the Holy Father went to the Cathedral where he knelt in prayer before the solemnly exposed Shroud. This was the culminating moment of a day spent in recalling Jesus' suffering and sorrow. In his address, the Pope spoke of the mystery of Holy Saturday. NIETZSCHE PASSION ABANDONMENT HELL

280. Papal Documents - JP960117.HTM - Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, January 17, 1996

281. Papal Documents - f1genaud55.htm - Betweeen Memory and Hope
Pope Francis

Memory, hope and witness. Pope Francis summarized in those three words the significance of his journey to Korea, to which he dedicated the Catechesis during the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday, 20 August 2014. KOREAN MARTYRS LAITY

282. Papal Documents - JP2TB2.HTM - Biblical Account of Creation Analysed
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 September 1979, the Holy Father compared two accounts of man's creation from Genesis, establishing basic principles for his study of the Theology of the Body. METAPHYSICS BEING EXISTENCE MALE FEMALE IMAGE OF GOD

283. Papal Documents - b16austria.htm - Bishop's Conference of Austria
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 November 2005, the Holy Father spoke to members of the Austrian Bishops' Conference on the occasion of their ad limina visit to Rome. He encouraged the Bishops to give clear, public testimony of their faith. "It is true that we Bishops must act prudently. However, this prudence must not prevent us from presenting the Word of God in its full clarity, even those things that people are less willing to hear or that never fail to arouse protests and derision." CONVERSION EUROPE

284. Papal Documents - JP96084B.HTM - Bishop's Martyrdom Must Become Seed of Love
John Paul II

August 4, 1996 The Holy Father condemns Algerian bomb attack and calls for peace and brotherhood.

285. Papal Documents - JP950613.HTM - Bishops Conference of Brazil
Pope John Paul II

Ad Limina Visit June 13, 1995 The Church's welfare demands careful selection of priesthood candidates. JOHN PAUL II BRAZIL PRIESTHOOD FORMATION SEMINARY

286. Papal Documents - JP2INDON.HTM - Bishops Conference of Indonesia
Pope John Paul II

On 29 March 2003, the Holy Father addressed the Bishops of the Indonesian Episcopal Conference in the Clementine Hall on the occasion of their Ad Limina visits to Rome. He stressed that war must never be allowed to divide world religions. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EDUCATION CATECHESIS INCULTURATION TERRORISM INTERRELIGIOUS FORMATION

287. Papal Documents - b16bpsbraz.htm - Bishops from Brazil: Ad Limina Visit, West I and West II Regions
Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday morning, 7 September 2009, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to the first group of Bishops from Brazil to make their visit "ad limina Apostolorum" this year. The Pope stressed the importance of good formation of candidates for the priesthood. PRIESTS SECULARIZATION YOUTH SEMINARY

288. Papal Documents - b16bpsbraz2.htm - Bishops from Brazil: Ad Limina Visit, North East II Region
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday, 17 September 2009, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of the North East II Region of Brazil. They were the second group of Brazilian Prelates to make their "ad limina visit" to Rome this year. The Pope reminded the Bishops of the irreplaceability of priests, warning against the clericalization of the laity. COMMON MINISTERIAL PRIESTHOOD ORDAINED MINISTERS VOCATIONS EUCHARIST LITURGY OF THE HOURS CURÉ D'ARS FRA ANTHONY OF ST ANNE GALVÃO

289. Papal Documents - b16bpsbraz3.htm - Bishops from Brazil: Ad Limina Visit, North East Regions I and IV
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 September 2009, in the Consistory Hall at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to the third group of Brazilian Bishops to make their "ad limina" visit this year. He focused on the family based on marriage. LIFE FATHER MOTHER CHILDREN COHABITATION HUSBAND WIFE ADULTERY

290. Papal Documents - b16bpsbraz4.htm - Bishops from Brazil: Ad Limina Visit, South I Region
Pope Benedict XVI

On 14 November 2009, in the Consistory Hall at the Vatican, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of the South I Ecclesiastical Region of the Brazilian Bishops' Conference on their "ad limina" visit. The Pope stated the necessity of a Christian formation of conscience for social development. LIFE MARRIAGE BIOETHICS TECHNOLOGY

291. Papal Documents - b16englwal10.htm - Bishops of England and Wales: Ad Limina Visit 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 February 2010, the Holy Father met with the Bishops of England and Wales on the occasion of their 'ad Limina' visit. The Pope encouraged the Bishops to continue their important work in "ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue" and to effectively present Christ's message to the world. He also asked that they "assist those groups of Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church". GREAT BRITAIN NEWMAN UNITY MAGISTERIUM PRIESTHOOD

292. Papal Documents - f1bpswobord.htm - Bishops Without Borders
Pope Francis

"The Church's identity is defined by the love of Christ who knows no borders". Pope Francis highlighted this message in his address to the bishops appointed over the past year, who participated in a training course sponsored by the Congregation for Bishops and that for the Eastern Churches. The Pontiff received them on Thursday morning, 18 September 2014, when he wished them fruitfulness, patience, humility and much prayer". PRESENCE FIDELITY PRIESTS PATIENCE SENTINELS PASTORS SHEPHERDS

293. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN1.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 1
Pope John Paul II

On 28 November 2003, the Holy Father spoke to the first group of French Bishops on their ad limina visit. He urged the Bishops to "pay attention to [their] own spiritual life," at a time when the Church was viewed negatively by secular society. The Pope also encouraged dioceses to work together in providing such services as catechesis. VOCATIONS COMMUNION YOUTH EUCHARIST EVANGELIZATION UNITY

294. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN2.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 2
Pope John Paul II

On 6 December 2003, the Holy Father received at the Vatican a second group of French Bishops on their visit ad limina Apostolorum. He encouraged them to face the crisis in priestly vocations with hope, making several suggestions as to how it may be met more effectively. PRIESTHOOD FORMATION SEMINARY DIOCESES CELIBACY RELATIVISM YOUTH

295. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN3.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 3
Pope John Paul II

On 18 December 2003, the Holy Father spoke in his Private Library to French Bishops from the Ecclesiastical Province of Marseilles and the Archbishop of Monaco on the essential role of committed consecrated persons in our day. Without the consecrated life, the Church would be deprived of many spiritual gifts, places to seek God, specific apostolates, and missionary motivation. RELIGIOUS ORDERS CHARISMS VOCATIONS SOLIDARITY EVANGELIZATION

296. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN4.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 4
Pope John Paul II

On 24 January 2004, the Holy Father spoke at the Vatican to a fourth group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome. He focused on the "alarming situation" in their Country of the dwindling number of priests and the lack of vocations, encouraging them "to hope and to be ever more determined." DEACONS CELIBACY FRATERNITY LAITY

297. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN5.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 5
Pope John Paul II

On 30 January 2004, in his Private Library at the Vatican, the Holy Father spoke to the fifth group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome. They came from the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Dijon and Tours and the Prelature of the Mission of France. In his talk, the Pope urged the Bishops to reaffirm the need for all Catholics to take part in the Sunday Eucharist. LAITY VOCATIONS YOUTH FAMILY MARRIAGE

298. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN6.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 6
Pope John Paul II

On 7 February 2004, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Lyons and Clermont, France, the sixth group in the series of French Prelates currently making their ad limina visits to Rome. The Pope urged the Bishops to be open to new charisms, associations, and movements. He underlined the true nature of a diocese as a "family of communities." SYNODAL PROCESS FORMATION CATECHESIS MISSION COMMUNION LITURGY LAITY

299. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN7.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 7
Pope John Paul II

On 13 February 2004, the Holy Father spoke to a seventh group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome. They came from the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Bordeaux and Poitiers in Southwestern France. The Pope's theme was youth. He suggested that the diocesan community pay greater attention to the formation of young people at home and at school. EVANGELIZATION MEDIA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FAMILY EDUCATION CHAPLAINCIES PRIESTS VOCATIONS HOLINESS

300. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN8.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 8
Pope John Paul II

On 20 February 2004, the Holy Father spoke to an eighth group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome, from the Ecclesiastical Province of Paris and the Military Ordinariate of France and were led by Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris. The Holy Father focused in his Discourse on evangelization and catechesis and the need to inspire in their people a "new springtime". YOUTH CATECHISTS LITURGY

301. Papal Documents - JP2FRAN9.HTM - Bishops' Conference of France - 9
Pope John Paul II

On 27 February 2004, the Holy Father spoke to the ninth and final group of French Bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome. The Pope's talk focused on the role of the Church and Christians in France, in Europe and in the world. He also recommended that the Bishops pursue relations with the civil Authorities and with those elected to the national and European Parliaments, and especially Catholics. EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH VOCATION MISSION FREEDOM OF RELIGION INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE AFRICA

302. Papal Documents - b16confjapan.htm - Bishops' Conference of Japan
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 December 2007, the Holy Father met at the Vatican with the Bishops of Japan as part of their ad limina visit to Rome, which took place from 10-15 December. In his Address to the Japanese Prelates, the Pope observed that, "even though Christians form only a small percentage of the population, the faith is a treasure that needs to be shared with the whole of Japanese society." EVANGELIZATION CATECHESIS MARTYRDOM HOPE YOUTH FRANCIS XAVIER

303. Papal Documents - JP2SPN1.HTM - Bishops' Conference of Spain - 1
Pope John Paul II

On 24 January 2005, the Holy Father spoke to the first group of Bishops from Spain, from Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y Léon, Extremadura, Madrid, Navarra and the Basque Country, making their ad limina visit. The Pope reminded the Bishops of their country's deep Christian roots, warned against the secularist mentality that threatens religious liberty, and encouraged promotion of vocations. INDIFFERENTISM EUCHARIST UNITY EVANGELIZATION IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

304. Papal Documents - JP2SUDA1.HTM - Bishops' Conference of Sudan
Pope John Paul II

On 15 December 2003, the Holy Father met with members of the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference during their visit ad limina Apostolorum. In his Address the Pope spoke of two saints "whose lives are intimately connected with your land: Saint Josephine Bakhita and Saint Daniel Comboni". He also highlighted the importance of the formation of priests, both before and after ordination. INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE EVANGELIZATION LAITY CATECHESIS CELIBACY INCULTURATION

305. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch115.htm - Bl John Duns Scotus
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 July 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father reflected on Blessed John Duns Scotus, a distinguished Franciscan theologian in the Middle Ages, noted for his teaching on the Immaculate Conception and on the Incarnation as the centerpiece of God's plan, independent of the fall of man. FRANCISCANS PASSION ORIGINAL SIN BLESSED SACRAMENT PREVENTIVE REDEMPTION SENSUS FIDEI VOLUNTARISM

306. Papal Documents - JP950607.HTM - Bl. Damien de Veuster - Witness to God's Presence in History
Pope John Paul II

June 7, 1995 JOHN PAUL II DAMIEN LEPER SAINTS

307. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch83.htm - Bl. Rabanus Maurus
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 June 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father focused on another great monk of the High Middle Ages, Bl. Rabanus Maurus, Abbot of Fulda and then Archbishop of Mainz. He was credited with "keeping alive that theological, exegetic and spiritual culture" of the Fathers who had preceded him. BENEDICTINES CAROLINGIANS AESTHETICS HYMNS VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS LITURGY PENANCE BEAUTY

308. Papal Documents - JP951214.HTM - Blessed Is the People Founded on Love
Pope John Paul II

December 14, 1995 Homily of the closing Mass of the Synod for Lebanon.

309. Papal Documents - JP2BVM38.HTM - Blessed Virgin Is Model of Perfect Love
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 4 December 1996, the Holy Father focused on Mary's role in raising her Son Jesus. "Looking at the results, we can certainly conclude that Mary's teaching was deep and effective, and found very fertile soil in Jesus' human psychology", the Holy Father said. This was the 38th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MOTHER TEACHER JOSEPH WORK FORMATION

310. Papal Documents - JP961204.HTM - Blessed Virgin Is Model of Perfect Love
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's General Audience, December 4, 1996 in which he focused on Mary's role in raising her Son Jesus. This was the 38th in the series on the Blessed Virgin.

311. Papal Documents - JP2BVM63.HTM - Blessed Virgin Is Mother of the Church
Pope John Paul II

Mary as Mother of the Church was the topic of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 17 September 1997. "The title 'Mother of the Church' reflects the deep conviction of the Christian faithful, who see in Mary not only the mother of the person of Christ, but also of the faithful." This was the 63rd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. CANA CALVARY CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX

312. Papal Documents - JP96058B.HTM - Blessed Virgin Was Filled with God's Grace
John Paul II

Holy Father's May 8, 1996 General Audience.

313. Papal Documents - JP2BVM19.HTM - Blessed Virgin Was Filled With God's Grace
Pope John Paul II

"Everything in Mary derives from a sovereign grace. All that is granted to her is not due to any claim of merit, but only to God's free and gratuitous choice", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 8 May 1996, as he examined the meaning of the title "full of grace" given to Mary by the Angel at the Annunciation. This was the 19th in the series. For the series, see Index Page. KECHARITOMENE MERCY

314. Papal Documents - JP2US95I.HTM - Blessing of the Office of the Permanent Mission, October 7, 1995
Pope John Paul II

As the Holy Father dedicates the new facilities of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Organization, he recalls the purpose of the Mission and expresses gratitude for the support which the Path to Peace Foundation provides both to the Mission itself and to the Church's work of evangelization.

315. Papal Documents - JP2US95L.HTM - Blessing of the Office of the Permanent Mission, October 7, 1995
Pope John Paul II

As the Holy Father dedicates the new facilities of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Organization, he recalls the purpose of the Mission and expresses gratitude for the support which the Path to Peace Foundation provides both to the Mission itself and to the Church's work of evangelization.

316. Papal Documents - JP2TB71.HTM - Body's Spiritualization Will Be Source of Its Power and Incorruptibility
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 February 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by concluding his study of St. Paul's teaching on the general resurrection. Resurrected man, no longer weakened through his resistance to the Spirit, will be fully vivified, attaining the fullness for which he was created. ESCHATOLOGY ADAM ANIMAL BODY SPIRITUAL HOLY SPIRIT

317. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch68.htm - Boethius and Cassiodorus
Pope Benedict XVI

On 12 March 2008, during the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, the Pontiff continued his catechesis on the early Church, focusing on two sixth-century Christian writers who helped preserve the heritage of Greek and Roman learning handed down by generations of Christians. PHILOSOPHY PROVIDENCE MONASTICISM MONKS

318. Papal Documents - I23BONIP.HTM - Boni Pastoris
Pope John XXIII

In his Apostolic Letter, issued Motu Proprio 22 February 1959, Pope John XXIII, showing his concern for the degrading influence of much that passed for entertainment in the media, decreed that the Pontifical Commission for Motion Pictures, Radio and Television, created by Pius XII (Miranda Prorsus), have a "fixed and permanent status as an Office of the Holy See." He also called for "the erection of National Offices in each country for directing and co-ordinating whatever concerns Catholic participation in the field of Motion Pictures, Radio and Television." CULTURE COMMUNICATIONS

319. Papal Documents - JP2TB4.HTM - Boundary Between Original Innocence and Redemption
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience on 26 September 1979, the Holy Father considered a continuity between man's state of original innocence and the state of original sin, which left him open to the grace of redemption. PROTO-GOSPEL MESSIAH THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

320. Papal Documents - P6BRAIN.HTM - Brain and Conscious Experience
Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI, in an address from 3 October 1964 to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, says that the Church does not fear the progress of science, but applauds it, and is willing to share her own insights when science is faced with gleams of transcendence. CONSCIENCE

321. Papal Documents - C5FRMIN.HTM - Bull on the Rule of the Friars Minor
Pope Clement V

'Exivi de Paradiso' May 6, 1312 AD

322. Papal Documents - b16lastang.htm - Called to Climb the Mountain
Pope Benedict XVI

"The Lord is calling me to 'scale the mountain', to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation", the Holy Father said to the faithful packed in and around St Peter's Square for the last Angelus of his Pontificate on Sunday, 24 February 2013. TRANSFIGURATION EXODUS

323. Papal Documents - f1supsgenwom.htm - Called to the Path of Adoration and Service
Pope Francis

Consecrated life is "the path of adoring the Lord and of serving him in our brothers and sisters". Pope Francis said this to participants in the 19th Plenary Assembly of International Union of Superiors General who he received on Wednesday morning, 8 May 2013, in the Paul VI Hall. SELF-EMPTYING OBEDIENCE CHASTITY POVERTY SERVICE ECCLESIALITY

324. Papal Documents - b16romrota12.htm - Canonical Law Is To Be Interpreted Within the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

The interpretation of canonical law can only be obtained through the Church. Benedict XVI underlined this point during the Audience with the members of the Roman Rota on Saturday morning, 21 January 2012, on the occasion of the inauguration of the judicial year of the Tribunal. “The hermeneutics of Canon Law”, the Pope explained, “is most closely tied to the conception itself of the law of the Church”. YEAR OF FAITH LEX AGENDI LEX CREDENDI NATURAL LAW DIVINE HUMAN POSITIVE LAW LEGALISM POSITIVISM SENTIRE CUM ECCLESIA JURIDICAL

325. Papal Documents - JP950521.HTM - Canonization of Bl. Jan Sarkander and Bl. Zdislava of Lemberk Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Pope John Paul II

May 21, 1995 JOHN PAUL II CZECHOLOVAKIA SARKANDER ZDISLAVA CANONIZATION APOLOGY

326. Papal Documents - JP2STEIN.HTM - Canonization of Edith Stein and Homily
Pope John Paul II

The formula of canonization of Blessed Edith Stein and the homily of the Holy Father on that occasion, 11 October 1998. TERESA BENEDICTA JEWS AUSCHWITZ POLAND MARTYR SAINT

327. Papal Documents - JP2ESCRV.HTM - Canonization of St. Josemaria Escriva
Pope John Paul II

In his homily at the canonization, the Holy Father stressed that St. Josemaría was led by the Spirit, had an apostolic vision, and didn't try to hide the centrality of the Cross. OPUS DEI WORK HOLINESS PRAYER

328. Papal Documents - f1genaud61.htm - Capacity to Love
Pope Francis

There are many charisms in the Church, but one is common to everyone: the capacity to love. Pope Francis spoke about this on Wednesday morning, 1 October 2014, the Feast of St Teresa of the Child Jesus, at the General Audience. GRACE COMMUNITY GIFT SENSUS FIDEI

329. Papal Documents - b16catmalta.htm - Catechesis on His Pastoral Visit to Malta
Pope Benedict XVI

On 21 April 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father reviewed his recent Apostolic Visit to Malta for the 1,950th anniversary of St Paul's shipwreck off Malta and the Apostle's three-month stay there. MALTESE EVANGELIZATION

330. Papal Documents - JP2ANGEL.HTM - Catechesis on the Angels
Pope John Paul II

During the course of his catechesis on the Creed the Holy Father gave 6 Wednesday audience talks on the Holy Angels. ANGEL DEMON FALL SALVATION

331. Papal Documents - b16trid10.htm - Catechesis on the Easter Triduum
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday, 31 March 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father reflected on the celebration of the Easter Triduum and the Liturgies of these days that "invite us to ponder Christ's saving sacrifice and his promise of new life". HOLY CHRISM MASS HOLY THURSDAY GOOD FRIDAY HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL

332. Papal Documents - f1genaud59.htm - Catholic and Apostolic
Pope Francis

Pope Francis spoke about the catholic and apostolic nature of the Church to the faithful in St Peter's Square at the General Audience, 17 September 2014. He stated that the Church "speaks all languages" and is capable of causing "the Good News of God's salvation and love to spread to all, even to the ends of the earth". ST CYRIL PENTECOST UNIVERSAL HOLY SPIRIT MISSIONARY

333. Papal Documents - JP2US95M.HTM - Catholic Relief Services Message, October 8, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Message, October 8, 1995 during his visit to the

334. Papal Documents - JP97223.HTM - Catholic Schools Offer Education Based on Gospel Values
John Paul II

Today, co-operation between family, parish and school is more necessary than ever, not to restrict the freedom of adolescents, but to mould it and enable it to make responsible and well-motivated choices, the Holy Father said at the Villa Flaminia Institute, a large Catholic school conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The Pope addressed the teachers and students of this school and the children of Holy Cross Parish in the Flaminio neighbourhood, where he made a visit on Sunday, February 23, 1997.

335. Papal Documents - JP951003.HTM - Celebrate and Serve Life!
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II audience on October 3, 1995 to the participants of the World Pro-Life Congress.

336. Papal Documents - JP970112.HTM - Celebrate the day of your Baptism!
John Paul II

"We should celebrate the day of our Baptism as we do our birthday! But how many of the baptized are fully aware of what they have received? We must give a new impetus to catechesis, to rediscover this gift which also means taking on a great responsibility", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, January 12, 1997, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

337. Papal Documents - b16gdshep.htm - Celebrating Mass Is a Mission
Pope Benedict XVI

In his homily for Good Shepherd Sunday, 29 April 2012, the Holy Father said the priest "is called to live within himself what Jesus experienced personally, that is, to give himself without reserve to preaching and to healing man of every evil of body and of spirit, then, at the end, to sum up everything in the supreme gesture of 'laying down his life', which finds its sacramental expression in the Eucharist". ORDINATION SACRIFICE PRIESTHOOD

338. Papal Documents - b16allsaints - Celebrating the Solemnity of All Saints 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday, 1 November [2006], Solemnity of All Saints, the Holy Father presided at a special Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. He reminded the people that, to be Saints, extraordinary works or exceptional charisms are not necessary, but only following Jesus. VENERATION BEATITUDES

339. Papal Documents - b16wdpeace09.htm - Celebration of the World Day of Peace, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

In his message for the World Day of Peace, 1 January 2009, the Holy Father addressed poverty as a factor in conflicts around the world, not only material poverty, but moral and spiritual poverty, "seen in people whose interior lives are disoriented and who experience various forms of malaise despite their economic prosperity." GLOBALIZATION DEMOGRAPHIC GROWTH ABORTION AIDS DISARMAMENT FOOD MALNUTRITION MARGINALIZATION FINANCE REDISTRIBUTION ECONOMICS

340. Papal Documents - JP2TB80.HTM - Celibacy for the Kingdom Affirms Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 5 May 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by concluding his considerations on Christ's words recommending continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Renunciation of marriage for the sake of the Kingdom affirms the value of what is renounced, in the gift of self to God. VIRGINITY CELIBACY FAMILY

341. Papal Documents - JP2TB79.HTM - Celibacy Is a Particular Response to the Love of the Divine Spouse
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 April 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by further explaining continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven as the particular response of virginity/celibacy to the self-gift of the divine Spouse in the Paschal and Eucharistic Mystery. SEXUALITY MARRIAGE

342. Papal Documents - P6MONTES.HTM - Centenary of the Birth of Maria Montessori
Pope Paul VI

On September 17, 1970, Pope Paul VI received participants in the International Congress held in Rome to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maria Montessori. The President of the Italian section of the International Montessori Association, Dr. Maria Jervolino, and the international Secretary, Dr. Mario Montessori, Maria Montessori's son, were present.

343. Papal Documents - JP2CSAMU.HTM - Centenary of the Motu Proprio Tra Le Sollecitudini
Pope John Paul II

In a statement (dated 23 November 2003, feast of St. Cecilia, patroness of music) on the centenary of St. Pius X's Tra le Sollecitudini, On Sacred Music, Pope John Paul II affirmed that music used for sacred rites must have sanctity as its point of reference, and the more closely united it is to the liturgical action, the holier it will be. MASS EUCHARIST EXPERIMENTATION CHOIRS SCHOLA CANTORUM MODERN MUSIC ARTISTS

344. Papal Documents - b16certain.htm - Certainty Is Born from Faith
Pope Benedict XVI / Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone conveyed the Holy Father's Message to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi of Rimini for this year's 32nd Rimini meeting from 21 to 27 August 2011 on the theme: "And Existence Becomes an Immense Certainty" organized by the Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples. The Pope observed that, without being certain of his destiny, man cannot live, and that certainty comes from Christ. HEIDEGGER EXISTENCE FUTURE HOPE

345. Papal Documents - P6691126.HTM - Changes In Mass for Greater Apostolate
Paul VI

Address of Pope Paul VI to a General Audience, November 26, 1969.

346. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr31.htm - Charity and Justice a Spiritual Service
Pope Benedict XVI

At his General Audience in St Peter's Square on 25 April 2012, the Holy Father pointed out that charity and justice are not only "social actions" but are a "spiritual service," part of the Church's mission. This "unity of life between prayer and action" is exemplified by the Saints. CONTEMPLATION ACTIVISM CONSECRATION DEACONS

347. Papal Documents - b16stpaul6.htm - Charity: Gratitude for God's Ineffable Gift
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on 1 October 2008, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on St. Paul's relationship with the Twelve, analyzing two events: the Council of Jerusalem and the episode in Antioch when Paul rebuked Peter for abstaining from eating with the Gentiles. MOSAIC LAW CIRCUMCISION JEWS GENTILES FREEDOM LITURGY

348. Papal Documents - f1chircnclcard.htm - Chirograph Establishing the Council of Cardinals
Pope Francis

Pope Francis signed a Chirograph, dated 28 September 2013, by which a Council of Cardinals is established to assist the Holy Father in the governance of the universal Church and to study possible revisions of the Apostolic Constitution "Pastor Bonus" on the Roman Curia. Here is a translation of the papal document which was written in Italian. PAPACY

349. Papal Documents - JJP2CRSM.HTM - Chrism Mass
Pope John Paul II

At Mass in the morning on 20 April 2000, Holy Thursday, when holy oils for the year are consecrated, the Holy Father spoke on the priesthood of Christ, the common priesthood of the faithful, and the priesthood of the ordained ministry. JUBILEE TRIDUUM SACRAMENT

350. Papal Documents - b16chrsmass10.htm - Chrism Mass 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday morning, 1 April 2010, the Holy Father celebrated the Chrism Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In explaining the meaning of the holy oils blessed on this occasion, the Pope described the priestly vocation and, more generally, the mission of Christians. SACRAMENT OIL HOLY SPIRIT CHRISTIAN ORDINATION PRIESTHOOD MERCY BATTLE GLADNESS ENTERTAINMENT

351. Papal Documents - b16chrism11.htm - Chrism Mass 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday morning, 21 April 2011, the Holy Father celebrated the Chrism Mass in St Peter's Basilica. Before the traditional blessing of the oils, Benedict XVI delivered his Homily in which he said that "Christians should make the living God visible to the world, they should bear witness to him and lead people towards him." ANOINTED HOLY SPIRIT AUGUSTINE BAPTISM CONFIRMATION ORDINATION ANOINTING OF SICK JOHN PAUL II

352. Papal Documents - b16chrsmass12.htm - Chrism Mass 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

On the morning of Holy Thursday, 5 April 2012, Benedict XVI celebrated Chrism mass in St Peter's Basilica. Before the traditional blessing of the oils, the Holy Father delivered his Homily, reflecting on the path for true renewal in the Church. The following is the English text of the Pope's Homily which was given in Italian. PRIESTHOOD ORDINATION DISOBEDIENCE VATICAN II

353. Papal Documents - f1chrism2013.htm - Chrism Mass 2013
Pope Francis

The Holy Father celebrated Chrism Mass on Thursday morning, 28 March 2013, in St Peter's Basilica. The Pope called on priests to go out and give of themselves to anoint the people. ANOINTED ONES OIL UNCTION

354. Papal Documents - f1chrsmas14.htm - Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday, 2014
Pope Francis

On Holy Thursday morning, 17 April 2014, Pope Francis concelebrated Chrism Mass with over 1,700 priests, 44 cardinals and many more bishops. He spoke to them about the "guarded joy" of the Priesthood. This joy is guarded not only by the flock but also by the "three sisters who surround it, tend it and defend it: sister poverty, sister fidelity and sister obedience." ANOINTS MISSIONARY IMPERISHABLE

355. Papal Documents - JP2DENVR.HTM - Christ Alone Gives the Fullness of Divine Life
Pope John Paul II

The celebration of the eighth World Youth Day began on Saturday evening, 14 August 1993, with a Prayer Vigil in Cherry Creek State Park, Denver Colorado. The service was marked by Scripture readings, prayers, hymns and testimonies by young people from various nations. At three different moments of the celebration the Pope addressed the young people on themes suggested by the Scripture, focusing his remarks on Christ’s words "I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly". MEANING ABORTION LIFE ADDICTIONS

356. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch1.htm - Christ and the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 March 2006, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly General Audience. The Pope announced that in the coming weeks, his Catecheses will focus on the mystery of Christ and the Church. This week he drew attention to Christ's evident intention to found a Church in the commissioning of His Apostles. Jesus without His Church is an "imaginary Jesus." TWELVE ISRAEL LAST SUPPER INDIVIDUALISM

357. Papal Documents - JP2TB23.HTM - Christ Appeals to Man's Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 16 April 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by turning to Christ's teaching, in the Sermon on the Mount, on adultery in the heart. ETHOS DECALOGUE MORAL LAW

358. Papal Documents - JJP2PALM.HTM - Christ Became Obedient Unto Death
Pope John Paul II

Pilgrims from around the world gathered in St Peter's Square for the Palm Sunday liturgy celebrated by the Holy Father. In his homily, the Pope looked to the suffering Christ for the answer to life's problems. JUBILEE PASSION

359. Papal Documents - JP2TB48.HTM - Christ Calls Us to Rediscover the Living Forms of the New Man
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 3 December 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, with regard to adultery in the heart, by focusing on the ethos of redemption, which calls for temperance in the natural erotic attraction between a man and a woman. ESCHATOLOGY MARRIAGE LUST SEX PURITY

360. Papal Documents - JP2BVM41.HTM - Christ Calls Women to Share His Mission
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 8 January 1997, reflecting on the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, the Holy Father cited the the words of Simeon on Mary's part in the sufferings of Christ, and the zeal of Anna the prophetess. He said, "The primacy of Christ does not rule out but supports and demands the proper, irreplaceable role of woman." This is the 41st in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. REDEMPTION COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX EVANGELIZATION

361. Papal Documents - JP970108.HTM - Christ Calls Women to Share His Mission
John Paul II

"The resurrection of many is a marvellous effect of the Redemption. This proclamation alone kindles great hope in the hearts of those to whom the fruit of the sacrifice already bears witness" the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, 8 January, as he focused on the co-operation of women in the work of Redemption. Here is a translation of the Pope's catechesis, which was the 41st in the series on the Blessed Virgin.

362. Papal Documents - f1convpaul14.htm - Christ Cannot Be Divided
Pope Francis

Pope Francis concluded the ecumenical celebration of Vespers on Saturday afternoon, 25 January 2014, in the Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls by greeting the representatives of each of the various Christian denominations. In his homily, the Holy Father said, "Christ alone can be the principle, the cause and the driving force behind our unity." DIVISIONS DIALOGUE ECUMENISM

363. Papal Documents - b16prstatus.htm - Christ Establishes the Priest's Status, Not the World
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday afternoon, 3 October 2010, in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Palermo, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops, priests, men and women religious and seminarians who came from Palermo and from other parts of Sicily. The Pope urged all priests to find the source of their identity in Christ the Priest. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION PRAYER EUCHARIST MASS PUGLISI MAFIA SEMINARY

364. Papal Documents - f1ChrKng13.htm - Christ Is the Centre
Pope Francis

Christ is the centre of creation, Christ is the centre of his people and Christ is the centre of history. These were the words of Pope Francis in his homily at the Mass he celebrated in St Peter's Square on Sunday morning, 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, concluding the Year of Faith. FORGIVENESS RECONCILIATION

365. Papal Documents - JP2MDFL.HTM - Christ is the Mediator and Fullness of Revelation
Pope John Paul II

On 28 January 2000, the Holy Father received the members, consultors and staff of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who had just finished their plenary assembly in Rome. In his address, the Pope spoke of the uniqueness and universality of Christ's revelation and saving mediation, rejecting a current of thought that would relativize Christ and the Catholic Church. SALVATION INDIFFERENT

366. Papal Documents - b16stpaul5.htm - Christ Lives and Speaks to Us Today
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on 24 September 2008, the Holy Father continued his Catecheses on the life of St. Paul, focusing this week on Paul's relationship with the Church and the other Apostles. TRADITION EUCHARIST CROSS RESURRECTION

367. Papal Documents - JP2TB100.HTM - Christ Opened Marriage to the Saving Action of God
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 24 November 1982, the Holy Father reexamined Ephesians 5 in light of the words of the Gospel, in which Christ, speaking to the Pharisees and in the Sermon on the Mount, confirmed marriage as a sacrament instituted by the Creator at the beginning. It is the sign of God's original covenant, according to which man, both male and female, would be sanctified and adopted by God. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CREATION REDEMPTION

368. Papal Documents - JP961215.HTM - Christ Reveals Man to Himself
John Paul II

"Christ is the light because, in his divine identity, he reveals the Father's face. But he is so too because, being a man like us and in solidarity with us in everything except sin, he reveals man to himself", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on December 15, 1996.

369. Papal Documents - JP970223.HTM - Christ's Divine Life Fully Humanizes Us
John Paul II

"In raising us to the heights of his divine life, [Christ] does not take away our humanity, but on the contrary, he humanizes us, giving our personal and social life full meaning", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, February 23, 1997, as he reflected on the Gospel text for the Second Sunday of Lent.

370. Papal Documents - JP2BVM22.HTM - Christ's Grace Preserved Mary From Sin
Pope John Paul II

The explanation of how Mary's Immaculate Conception came to be accepted and explained by theologians was the topic of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 5 June 1996. The Immaculate Conception also shows how Christ not only frees us from sin but also preserves us from its power. This was the 22nd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. AUGUSTINE DUNS SCOTUS HOLINESS ORIGINAL SIN

371. Papal Documents - JP2TB92.HTM - Christ's Redemptive Love Has Spousal Nature
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 8 September 1982, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the fifth chapter of Ephesians, focusing on the meaning of the word "mystery," as it applies to God's plan, its revelation in Christ, Christ's relationship to the Church, and the sacraments of the Church. MARRIAGE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY SACRAMENTALITY

372. Papal Documents - JP960421.HTM - Christ's Resurrection Was A Concrete Event
John Paul II

Before reciting the Regina Caeli on Sunday, 21 April, the Holy Father reflected on the concrete reality of Christ's Resurrection as the basis of the Christian faith. He also called for peace in the Middle East and for a ban on the production and use of anti-personnel mines. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Italian.

373. Papal Documents - JP2TB67.HTM - Christ's Words on the Resurrection Complete the Revelation of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 16 December 1981, the Holy Father continued his focus on Christ's words about our condition after the general resurrection in his catechesis on theology of the body. Each person sharing in the beatific vision will have his own subjectivity perfected, and yet, in view of the Communion of the Trinity, experience a new depth of intersubjectivity which is the Communion of Saints. It will be virginal, and yet reveal the full nuptial meaning of the body, as a gift to God first, and through Him to others. MARRIAGE PSYCHOSOMATIC VIRGINITY

374. Papal Documents - b16pmsem11.htm - Christian Love Sets Us Free
Pope Benedict XVI

On 4 March 2011, the Holy Father made his traditional annual Visit to the Roman Major Seminary on the Memorial of the Patroness, Our Lady of Trust. He met 200 seminarians in all, including those studying for the priesthood elsewhere in Rome. The Pope's address was a meditation on Ephesians 4:1-4, on the "bond of peace." PARAKLITOS CALLING VOCATION LOWLINESS MEEKNESS PATIENCE COMMUNION EKKLESIA UNITY

375. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr1.htm - Christian Prayer
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 4 May 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father began a new catechetical series on the subject of prayer. In his first catechesis, the Pope drew attention to the fact that in ancient cultures, prayer was almost always addressed to God. SPIRITUALITY EGYPT MESOPOTAMIA GREECE PLATO APULEIUS MARCUS AURELIUS PAGANISM

376. Papal Documents - JP2TB126.HTM - Christian Spirituality of Marriage by Living According to the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 November 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of Humanae Vitae for the light it sheds on the role of chastity in married life. The virtue of chastity not only regulates manifestations of affection, but opens the couple to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, by which they are enabled to achieve a communion of persons. MARRIAGE CONJUGAL ACT FEAR MOTHERHOOD FATHERHOOD NATURAL CYCLES OF FERTILITY CONTINENCE

377. Papal Documents - b16Xianunity.htm - Christian Unity
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 17 January [2007], in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and encouraged everyone to join in praying for this important, deeply desired grace. ECUMENISM JEWS

378. Papal Documents - f1genaud32a.htm - Christian Unity
Pope Francis

On Wednesday, 22 January 2014, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father took up the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which was about to end on the following Saturday. Pope Francis quoted St Paul against dividing Christ. ECUMENISM

379. Papal Documents - b16unitpray.htm - Christian Unity Abides in Prayer
Pope Benedict XVI

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (1/18-25/2011), "communion with God, expressed as brotherly communion, lived out in practice in social commitment, in Christian charity and in justice" was the Holy Father's focus at the General Audience on 19 January 2011. SHARING EUCHARIST BREAKING OF THE BREAD PRAYERS COMMUNITY

380. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr35.htm - Christianity a Religion of Trust
Pope Benedict XVI

In his General Audience of 23 May 2012, in St Peter's Square, the Pope explained the fatherhood of God as having two dimensions, the first as our Creator, a relationship shared by all human beings, the second as our Father by adoption, reserved to those who receive the Holy Spirit from Christ, the true Son. TRUST ABBA LOVE PRAYER BAPTISM CONFIRMATION

381. Papal Documents - JP960901.HTM - Christianity Has Deeply Marked Culture of Peoples
John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus on September 1, 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the union between faith and culture.

382. Papal Documents - b16creed14.htm - Christians Against the Current
Pope Benedict XVI

"To live out their faith, Christians must not be afraid to go against the current, to resist the temptation to conform", the Holy Father said. Speaking to the faithful at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 23 January 2013, he began a new series of reflections on the Creed, focusing on the testimony of the biblical figure of Abraham. SCRIPTURE BIBLE FAITH

383. Papal Documents - JJP2MRTR.HTM - Christians Have Been United in Suffering
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday evening, 7 May 2000, Pope John Paul II presided at the Ecumenical Commemoration of Witnesses to the Faith in the 20th Century. Joining the Holy Father at the ancient Colosseum of Rome were ecumenical representatives from various Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities and thousands of the faithful. In his homily, the Pope praised the witness of those of all communions, who gave their lives in the past century in imitation of their Lord. MARTYR

384. Papal Documents - JP2BVM56.HTM - Christians Look to Mary Queen
Pope John Paul II

"Mary is Queen not only because she is Mother of God, but also because, associated as the new Eve with the new Adam, she co-operated in the work of the redemption of the human race", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 23 July 1997, as he reflected on Mary's universal queenship. This was the 56th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ASSUMPTION CORONATION COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX

385. Papal Documents - b16seekface.htm - Christians' Quest: To Seek the Face of Jesus
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 September 2006, the Holy Father paid a visit to the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello, in the Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto, Italy. The Holy Face or Cloth of Manoppello is traditionally believed to be Veronica's Veil. In order to contemplate the Face of Christ, the Pope said, we need to have "clean hands and a pure heart." CONTEMPLATION

386. Papal Documents - JP951225.HTM - Christmas 1995 Message - Urbi et Orbi
Pope John Paul II



387. Papal Documents - b16simplsol.htm - Christmas 2008: Rediscover Simplicity and Solidarity
Pope Benedict XVI

On 17 December 2008, at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father interrupted his Catecheses on St. Paul to speak of Holy Christmas. The Pope spoke of God's humility, who became a Baby to overcome our arrogance. LOGOS MEANING INCARNATION CONSUMERISM

388. Papal Documents - b16xmascuria.htm - Christmas Address to the Roman Curia
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 December 2005, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Roman Curia, whom he received at the traditional annual Audience to offer them his Christmas greetings. The Pope spoke to them of major events in the year, including the death of Pope John Paul II. He also commented, at the end of its 40th anniversary, on the Second Vatican Council, its goals and implementation. SUFFERING WORLD YOUTH DAY EUCHARIST VATICAN II SCIENCE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

389. Papal Documents - b16urborb10.htm - Christmas Blessing Urbi et Orbi, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On Christmas Day, Saturday, 25 December 2010, the Holy Father delivered the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Message to the many faithful gathered in St Peter's Square. From the central loggia of the Basilica he greeted the faithful in 65 different languages. He then imparted his Blessing to the City and to the World. INCARNATION EMMANUEL LOVE

390. Papal Documents - JP961223.HTM - Christmas Carols Have Shaped Our History
John Paul II

"God is born, man's might is amazed: the Lord of heaven empties himself) The fire subsides, the splendour is veiled, the Infinite is encompassed", the Holy Father said to the Polish community of Rome, whom he received in audience on December 23, 1996, in Paul VI Auditorium for the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. The Pope based his talk on an 18th-century Polish Christmas carol, Bog sie rodzi (God is born), written by Franciszek Karpinski.

391. Papal Documents - f1xmas13.htm - Christmas Eve Mass 2013
Pope Francis

The poor, sick, marginalized and persecuted were the focus of Pope Francis' homily at his first Christmas Mass, celebrated on 24 December 2013 in St Peter's Basilica. He addressed words of hope and encouragement to them throughout the course of the celebration, which began at 9:30 pm. At the end of the Mass the Holy Father carried the statue of the Child Jesus in procession down the aisle, and placed it in the Nativity crib. LIGHT DARKNESS ABRAHAM GRACE TENT

392. Papal Documents - b16xmascard10.htm - Christmas Greeting to Cardinals, Curia, and Governorate, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On 20 December 2010, in the Vatican's Regia Hall, the Holy Father met with the College of Cardinals and with members of the Roman Curia and of the "Governatorato" for the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. In summing up the year's events, the Pope recalled in particular the Year for Priests, the meeting with abuse victims, the Synod of the Churches of the Middle East and his Apostolic Journeys, including, especially, the Visit to the United Kingdom for Cardinal John Henry Newman's beatification. PRIESTHOOD ABUSE ST HILDEGARD PAEDOPHILIA ETHOS SCRIPTURE BIBLE PERSECUTION CONSCIENCE

393. Papal Documents - JP2CHR94.HTM - Christmas Message
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Christmas message 'urbi et orbi' December 25, 1994. Pope John Paul discusses the family as the vital cell of the Church. As he closed the Year of the Family he called for members of familes everywhere to make a mutual gift of themselves for the good of their families and lamented that selfishness and violence tear the greater human family. JOHN PAUL II FAMILY URBI ET ORBI WAR

394. Papal Documents - b16xmas06.htm - Christmas Message of His Holiness, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

On Christmas Day 2006, the Holy Father delivered the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Message (to the city and to the world). The Pope expressed the need to welcome "the Saviour of the world" in a world were humanity knows no limits in its pursuit of nature's secrets; this humanity of the 21st century which appears as a self-sufficient master of its own destiny, the avid proponent of uncontested triumphs. For this reason, he said, that "in this post-modern age, perhaps [humanity] needs a Saviour all the more." SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SALVATION

395. Papal Documents - b16Chrstmas07.htm - Christmas Message, Urbi et Orbi: 25 December 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

At noon on Christmas Day 2007, the Holy Father delivered the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Message (to the city and to the world). The Pope expressed the need to let God who is light bring hope and happiness into a world full of darkness. It is this "great light" that can give "true" peace to men. LOGOS

396. Papal Documents - JJP2XMAS.HTM - Christmas Midnight Mass
Pope John Paul II

In his homily, the Holy Father recalled the opening of the Holy Door on the same night a year ago, and the beginning of the Great Jubilee. He concluded with a prayer that God would "pour out [His] Spirit upon us, that the grace of the Incarnation may inspire in every believer a determination to respond more generously to the new life received in Baptism." HOLY LAND MIDDLE EAST

397. Papal Documents - b16midmassXms07.htm - Christmas Midnight Mass Homily, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On Christmas Eve in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at the solemn Midnight Mass. In his Homily, the Pope encouraged the many faithful from various parts of the world to leave room in their hearts for God: Man is so preoccupied with himself... that nothing remains for others — for his neighbour, for the poor, for God". HUMILITY DAVID RESTORATION HEAVEN

398. Papal Documents - b16chrstmas11.htm - Christmas, Urbi et Orbi: 25 December 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

On Christmas Day, 25 December 2011, the Holy Father delivered his traditional 'Urbi et Orbi' Message to the many faithful gathered in St Peter's Square and over the airwaves via radio and television. He prayed the "the Lord come to the aid of our world torn by so many conflicts which even today stain the earth with blood." SAVIOR SAVIOUR PRIDE

399. Papal Documents - JP950725.HTM - Church & Illegal Immigration
Pope John Paul II

July 25, 1995 for World Migration Day 1996

400. Papal Documents - JP2PARDN.HTM - Church Asks Pardon for her Members' Sins
Pope John Paul II

"Recognition of the community implications of sin spurs the Church to ask forgiveness for the 'historical' sins of her children", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 1 September 1999. This repentance corresponds "to a necessary requirement of the truth, which, in addition to the positive aspects, recognizes the human limitations and weaknesses of the various generations of Christ's disciples". HISTORY SCANDAL REPENTANCE

401. Papal Documents - JP2BVM54.HTM - Church Believes in Mary's Assumption
Pope John Paul II

"The Assumption is the culmination of the struggle which involved Mary's generous love in the redemption of humanity and is the fruit of her unique sharing in the victory of the Cross", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 2 July 1997, as he reflected on the Assumption of Mary as a truth of faith. This was the 54th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. RESURRECTION DORMITION

402. Papal Documents - JP960911.HTM - Church Commemorates Thousand-Year Old Roots
John Paul II

The Holy Father's General Audience message for September 11, 1996.

403. Papal Documents - JP97214.HTM - Church Defends Moral Rights of Citizens
John Paul II

The Church "will make use of all available means to defend life from conception to its natural end. For this reason, when radically unjust legislation is introduced, such as abortion and euthanasia, she will continue to be the faithful and staunch defender of the moral rights of citizens who seek to have their convictions respected", the Holy Father said to H.E. Mr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, when he received him in audience during his official visit on Friday, February 14, 1997. The Pope stated that it is the Christian message that sheds full light on man and authentic human progress.

404. Papal Documents - JP95118B.HTM - Church Grew in Understanding of Mary's Role
Pope John Paul II

11/8/95

405. Papal Documents - JP2BVM4.HTM - Church Grew In Understanding of Mary's Role
Pope John Paul II

"The sparse information on Mary's earthly life is compensated by its quality and theological richness, which contemporary exegesis has carefully brought to light", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 8 November 1995, in his fourth reflection in a series on the Virgin Mary. For the series, see Index Page. SCRIPTURE GOSPELS HOLY SPIRIT

406. Papal Documents - JP960925.HTM - Church has benefited from French Christianity
John Paul II

At the General Audience of September 25, 1996, the Holy Father spoke of his recent Pastoral Visit to France to mark the 15th centenary of the Baptism of King Clovis, stressing that the meaning of this sacrament was the basic inspiration of his spiritual pilgrimage.

407. Papal Documents - JP951026.HTM - Church Is Neighbor to the Rejected
Pope John Paul II

10/26/95

408. Papal Documents - JP950905.HTM - Church Must Face Challenge of Sects Throughout Latin America
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II address to the Bishops' Conference of Brazil during their Ad limina visit on September 5, 1995. "In ... Latin America, this need for ecumenical dialogue has become urgent, since we are facing the serious problem of the sects, spreading like an oil slick and threatening to undermine the structure of faith in many nations", the Holy Father said to the eighth group of Brazilian Bishops from the North Eastern Regions I and 4, whom he received in audience on the occasion of their ad limina visit to Rome.

409. Papal Documents - JP2ABR.HTM - Church Must Proclaim ‘Gospel of Life’
Pope John Paul II

Promulgated May 19, 1991. ABORTION EUTHANASIA JOHN PAUL II BISHOPS

410. Papal Documents - JP961127.HTM - Church Proclaims Mary 'Mother of God'
John Paul II

The Holy Father's General Audience of November 27, 1996 discusses the Blessed Virgin's title "Mother of God."

411. Papal Documents - JP2BVM37.HTM - Church Proclaims Mary Mother of God
Pope John Paul II

The Church "contemplates with wonder and celebrates with veneration the immense greatness conferred on Mary by the One who wanted to be her Son", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 27 November 1996, as he discussed the Blessed Virgin's title "Mother of God". This was the 37th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. INCARNATION THEOTOKOS EPHESUS NESTORIUS

412. Papal Documents - JP2BVM68.HTM - Church Urges Faithful to Venerate Mary
Pope John Paul II

The veneration of the Virgin Mary was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 29 October 1997. Quoting the Second Vatican Council, the Pope urged that "the cult ... of the Blessed Virgin, be generously fostered, and that the practices and exercises of devotion towards her, recommended by the teaching authority of the Church in the course of centuries, be highly esteemed". This was the 68th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ROSARY ANGELUS ICONOCLASM

413. Papal Documents - JP960804.HTM - Church Venerates Fathers of East and West
John Paul II

In his August 4, 1996, Angelus address the Holy Father reflected on the complementarity of the Eastern and Latin theological traditions, emphasizing their harmony and common faith.

414. Papal Documents - JP2TB118.HTM - Church's Position on Transmission of Life
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience of 22 August 1984, the Holy Father continued his reflections on Humanae Vitae, by focussing on the "essence of the Church's doctrine on the transmission of life." The language of the body, in order to be true, as conforming to the moral order, should signify not only the unitive aspect, but the procreative aspect, of marriage. CONTRACEPTION SEX COMMUNION THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

415. Papal Documents - P12CIRI.HTM - Ci Riesce
Pius XII

On Dec. 6, 1953, His Holiness Pope Pius XII addressed a discourse to the National Convention of Italian Catholic Jurists. Our Holy Father spoke on the problems of religious liberty in the growing community of nations. The following is the Vatican Press Office translation of his remarks.

416. Papal Documents - JP2MOVIE.HTM - Cinema: Communicator of Culture and of Values
Pope John Paul II

Message issued by Pope John Paul II for the 1995 World Day of Communications, May 28. Released at the Vatican Jan. 24. JOHN PAUL II CINEMA MOVIE CULTURE

417. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch35.htm - Clement of Alexandria
Pope Benedict XVI

On 18 April 2007, in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father resumed his General Audience Catecheses on the early Church Fathers by commenting on St. Clement of Alexandria. For this great catechist, faith and reason are the two "wings" by which we reach intimate knowledge of Christ, the Logos. GREEK PHILOSOPHY GNOSIS GNOSTIC IMAGE OF GOD

418. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch31.htm - Clement of Rome
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 7 March 2007, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father delivered an address on the third successor of St. Peter. In the early Church, almost canonical authority was ascribed to his Letter to the Corinthians. APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION PAPACY LAITY

419. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch76.htm - Climbing Towards Union with God
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 February 2009, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, resuming his Catecheses on the great Christian writers of both East and West, the Holy Father commented on St John Climacus. This 7th century eastern hermit became famous for his spiritual work, the Ladder of Divine Ascent. EREMITE CENOBITE HOLY SPIRIT HESYCHASTS HESYCHIA EROS FAITH HOPE LOVE

420. Papal Documents - JJP2POL.HTM - Closing Mass of Politicians' Jubilee
Pope John Paul II

In his homily, the Holy Father appealed to governors and legislators to discover "a new dimension of politics." He proposed that politics be conceived as a "service," that it be lived with integrity and morality, that "the true meaning of participation" by citizens be rediscovered, and that dialogue be used as "the irreplaceable instrument for every constructive confrontation." CICERO SHEMA CITIZEN THOMAS MORE

421. Papal Documents - b16wmfam7.htm - Closing Mass, Seventh World Meeting of Families
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 3 June 2012, on the esplanade of Bresso park, Milan, the Holy Father presided at the Eucharistic celebration that concluded the Seventh World Meeting of Families, in which more than a million of the faithful took part. In his homily, the Pope urged the faithful to "live our communion with God and with one another according to the model of Trinitarian communion." TRINITY HOLY FAMILY MARRIAGE CHILDREN SUNDAY

422. Papal Documents - P6CLOSIN.HTM - Closing Speech at Vatican II
Pope Paul VI

Given Dec. 8, 1965. Closing speech and remarks addressed to men and women of all states in life. Decree that the faithful shall observe all the decisions of the the Council. COUNCIL GREETING MARY RULERS SCIENCE ARTISTS WOMEN POOR WORKERS YOUTH

423. Papal Documents - JP97J25.HTM - Co-Operation of Priests and Laity Is Essential to Fostering Parish Life
John Paul II

"A parish's vocation can be defined only according to the Church's sacramental structure. It is here that Christ's presence in the paschal mystery is visibly signified.... No effort should be spared to make available the principal gifts, which are the sacraments, at every stage of our life", the Holy Father said to the third group of French Bishops to make their ad limina visit to Rome, when he received them on January 25, 1997.

424. Papal Documents - P6COLCTV.HTM - Collective Medicine Should Not Become Inhuman
Pope Paul VI

Receiving in private audience (10/9/68) about 600 participants of the Fifth International Congress of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, reminded them that concern for individuals must take precedence over scientific inquiry. PERSONS DIGNITY

425. Papal Documents - b16HolySpirit.htm - Come, Holy Spirit
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 May 2008, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square the Holy Father welcomed His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. In his Catechesis, the Holy Father asked the faithful to pray more fervently for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all Christians, as we seek to "advance on the path of ecumenism". ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH PENTECOST CHARISMS

426. Papal Documents - JP2ASXR.HTM - Common Christological Declaration Between Catholic Church and Assyrian Church of the East
John Paul II and Mar Dinkha IV

On Friday, 11 November 1994, His Holiness John Paul II, Bishop of Rome and Pope of the Catholic Church, and His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, signed a Common Christological Declaration. "Both of them consider this meeting as a basic step on the way towards the full communion to be restored between their Churches." ECUMENICAL MONOPHYSITE

427. Papal Documents - JP2RMNIA.HTM - Common Declaration
Pope John Paul II & Teoctist Patriarch of Romania

On 12 October 2002, Teoctist, the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Romania, and John Paul II signed a Common Declaration in which they pledged to take further steps along the path of collaboration and open dialogue toward full communion. UNITY ECUMENICAL ATHEISM EUROPE

428. Papal Documents - b/16/b16abpathens.htm - Common Declaration
Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop H.B. Christodoulo

On 14 December 2006, a Common Declaration was signed by Pope Benedict XVI and by H.B. Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, in the Holy Father's Private Library at the Vatican. The Declaration stated a common purpose of seeking communion through theological dialogue, and urged all religious leaders "to strengthen interreligious dialogue and to strive to create a society of peace and brotherhood between individuals and peoples." ECUMENISM EVANGELIZATION SCIENCE HUMAN RIGHTS SOLIDARITY ORTHODOXY

429. Papal Documents - JP2XODLS.HTM - Common Declaration
Pope John Paul II and Archbishop Christodoulos

The Holy Father and the Archbishop of Greece addressed European leaders from the Areopagus in Athens, urging them not to forget Europe's Christian heritage, in opting for a union of secular states. GLOBALIZATION EUROPEAN UNION

430. Papal Documents - JP2COMDE.HTM - Common Declaration
Pope John Paul II and Archbishop Christodoulos

On Friday evening, 4 May 2001, at 6:30 p.m., the Holy Father met His Beatitude the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and Primate of Greece at the Areopagus where they listened to the reading of Acts 17:22-34, venerated the ikon of St Paul the Apostle and then listened to Cardinal Sodano who read in English the Common Declaration. In the Declaration, the Pope and Archbishop express their desire for unity among all Christians, their concern for justice to the poor, for peace, for a "globalization of brotherhood", and an acknowledgement from nations of the European Union of their Christian roots. ECUMEN

431. Papal Documents - JP2COMDC.HTM - Common Declaration
Pope John Paul II and Catholicos Karekin II

At Etchmiadzin, on 27 September 2001, the Holy Father and the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos, Karekin II, issued a joint challenge to the modern world to make a choice between good and evil. They committed themselves to the path to Christian unity so that Christian division might not undermine the witness the world needs today. ARMENIA MARTYR GENOCIDE ECUMEN EVANGEL

432. Papal Documents - JP2B1ECO.HTM - Common Declaration on Environmental Ethics
Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Bartholomew I

On 10 June 2002, at the conclusion of a symposium on ecology sponsored by Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, he and Pope John Paul II signed a historic joint document on the environment, an event filled with ecumenical overtones. CONVERSION SOLIDARITY PERSON CHILDREN NATURAL LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SUBSIDIARITY

433. Papal Documents - ARMENDEC.HTM - Common Declaration signed by Pope John Paul
John Paul II & Catholicos Karekin I

At the end of their meeting, on December 13, 1996, His Holiness Pope John Paul II and His Holiness Catholicos Karekin I Sarkissian signed a Common Declaration. "The communion already existing between the two Churches and the hope for and commitment to recovery of full communion between them should become factors of motivation for further contact and more regular and substantial dialogue, leading to a greater degree of mutual understanding", the Pope and the Catholicos said in their joint statement, which was written in English.

434. Papal Documents - BARTHDEC.HTM - Common Declaration Signed in the Vatican
Pope John Paul II & Patriarch Bartholomew I

'Common Declaration Signed in the Vatican' June 29, 1995 'We invite all to forgive one another and to express a firm will that a new relationship of brotherhood and active collaboration will be established.' The pope and the patriarch issued this declaration at the end of the patriarch's three-day visit to the Vatican. JOHN PAUL II BARTHOLOMEW I DECLARATION EASTERN UNITY ECUMENISM ORTHODOX

435. Papal Documents - b16digitcom.htm - Communicating God Through the New Digital Languages
Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday, 28 February 2011, the Holy Father spoke to the members of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the Clementine Hall on the occasion of their Plenary Assembly. The Pope reflected on the challenges presented by the new digital technologies to our "ability to speak and listen to a symbolic language that talks about transcendence." LANGUAGE REVELATION DIGITAL CULTURE MEDIA SYMBOLS

436. Papal Documents - JP971224.HTM - Communicating Way, Truth and Life
John Paul II

"In the Church, the year 1997, as the first part of a three-year period of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, is being devoted to reflection on Christ, the Word of God, made man by the power of the Holy Spirit (cf. n. 30). Appropriately therefore the theme of World Communications Day is 'Communicating Jesus Christ: the Way, the Truth and the Life'", the Holy Father said in his Message for the 31st World Communications Day, to be held on May 11, 1997. Here is the English text of his Message, which was dated January 24, 1997, the memorial of St. Francis de Sales patron of the Catholic press.

437. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch5.htm - Communion in Time
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on 26 April 2006, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on communion, focusing this week on Tradition, which embraces all generations and all epochs. "Tradition", the Holy Father said, "is the communion of the faithful around their legitimate Pastors down through history, a communion that the Holy Spirit nurtures". PARACLETE APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

438. Papal Documents - L13TESTE.HTM - Concerning New Opinions, Virtue, Nature & Grace, with Regard to Americanism
Pope Leo XIII

'Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae' Apostolic Letter of Pope Leo XIII promulgated on January 22, 1899 and addressed to James Cardinal Gibbons. In this letter the Holy Father condemns the error of 'Americanism.' LEO XIII GIBBONS AMERICANISM UNITED STATES

439. Papal Documents - P12CHDOM.HTM - Concerning the Discipline to be Observed with Respect to the Eucharistic Fast
Pope Pius XII

'Christus Dominus' The Apostolic Constitution Of His Holiness Pope Pius XII issued on January 6, 1953. Also contains 'An Instruction on the Discipline to be Observed with Reference to the Eucharistic Fast' Issued by the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office on the same date. PIUS XII FAST EUCHARIST

440. Papal Documents - JJP2CNCL.HTM - Concluding Liturgy of 47th International Eucharistic Congress
Pope John Paul II

The 47th International Eucharistic Congress closed on Sunday evening, 25 June 2000, with a solemn Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in St Peter's Square. Concelebrating with the Pope were Cardinals, Bishops and priests who had taken part in the Congress and were joined by thousands of the faithful from Rome and around the world. In his homily, the Holy Father spoke of the Old Covenant and how it was fulfilled in the New. PASSOVER SACRIFICE

441. Papal Documents - P6YRFTH.HTM - Concluding the Year of Faith
Pope Paul VI

In view of the end of the "Year of Faith," Pope Paul, in his General Audience (6/19/68), emphasized the need for a living faith, fulfilled in charity, and warned against letting faith die through ignorance and concern for human respect. CATECHETICS CULTURE

442. Papal Documents - b16prayxianunity.htm - Conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 January 2010, the Holy Father celebrated Second Vespers for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul in the Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls, with which he also concluded the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Benedict XVI noted in his Homily that this year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Edinburgh Missionary Conference, an historic ecumenical event. WITNESS PROCLAMATION EVANGELIZATION COMMUNION SECULARIZATION

443. Papal Documents - JP2TB128.HTM - Conclusion to the Series: Redemption of the Body and Sacramentality of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 November 1984, the Holy Father concluded his four-year catechesis on Theology of the Body with a summary of his conclusions. His catechesis was divided into two parts: the first was a study of Christ's words on marriage and their implications for the redemption of the body, and the second, an analysis of the sacramentality of marriage as presented in Ephesians 5, with added insights from Humanae Vitae. PERSONALISM

444. Papal Documents - JP2TB38.HTM - Concupiscence as a Separation From Matrimonial Significance of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 September 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body. He gave a description of the inner effects of lust from the Wisdom tradition and then compared it with the teaching of Christ on "adultery in the heart." NUPTIAL MEANING PROCREATION

445. Papal Documents - C11UNIGE.HTM - Condemnation of the Errors of Paschasius
Pope Clement XI

'Unigenitus' Section 3 of the Dogmatic Constitution 'Unigenitus' issued by Pope Clement XI on Sept. 8, 1713. CLEMENT XI PASCHASIUS JANSENISM UNIGENITUS

446. Papal Documents - G16SUP.HTM - Condemning Slave Trade
Pope Gregory XVI

In Supremo Apostolatus Apostolic Letter condemning the slave trade, written by Pope Gregory XVI and read during the 4th Provincial Council of Baltimore, December 3, 1839. GREGORY SLAVE TRADE

447. Papal Documents - L10EXDOM.HTM - Condemning the Errors of Luther
Pope Leo X

'Exsurge Domine' Bull of Pope Leo X issued June 15, 1520. LEO X LUTHER BAPTISM PENANCE EUCHARIST INDULGENCES PURGATORY

448. Papal Documents - I11COEL.HTM - Condemning the Errors of Miguel de Molinos
Pope Innocent XI

'Coelestis Pastor' Apostolic Constitution of Pope Innocent XI issued November 20, 1687. Condemns the error of Quietism in which mental prayer was discarded in favor of continuous mystical contemplation. INNOCENT XI MOLINOS QUIETISM CONTEMPLATION PRAYER

449. Papal Documents - b16pallium09.htm - Conferral of the Pallium to 34 Metropolitan Archbishops, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 June 2009, the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, the Holy Father celebrated the 58th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a Eucharistic Concelebration during which he conferred the pallium on 34 Metropolitan Archbishops. In his homily, the Pope, following St Peter, spoke of Christ as the "Bishop of souls," who is the prototype of every episcopal and presbyteral ministry. EPISCOPOS SHEPHERD FAITH REASON COMMUNION EUCHARIST SOUL

450. Papal Documents - JP960322.HTM - Confession Must Be Humble, Complete and Accompanied by Firm Purpose of Amendment
John Paul II

March 22, 1996 To Cardinal William W. Baum Major Penitentiary

451. Papal Documents - f1genaud26.htm - Confessions of a Pope
Pope Francis

"Priests and bishops too have to go to confession". And "even the Pope confesses every 15 days, because the Pope is also a sinner [and] we are all in need of this forgiveness". The Holy Father confided this to the faithful at the General Audience on 20 November 2013, in St Peter's Square. Continuing his reflections on the Creed, the Holy Father expanded on the remission of sins, in reference to the "power of the keys." HOLY SPIRIT FORGIVENESS PENITENCE PRIEST RECONCILIATION PENANCE

452. Papal Documents - P6DEVIL.HTM - Confronting the Devil's Power
Pope Paul VI

This General Audience address of Pope Paul VI raises a series of questions concerning the problem of evil in the world: What of the things that don't work properly in our lives? What of suffering and death, cruelty and sin? Isn't the presence of evil in the world an unexplainable mystery? The Christian answer to these questions involves an active force-a living, spiritual, perverted being, the Devil. (November 15, 1972) PAUL VI DEVIL EVIL SIN

453. Papal Documents - JP2RTBAP.HTM - Consecrated Life Is Rooted In Baptism
Pope John Paul II

Holy Father discusses consecrated life in his general audience of Oct. 26th 1994. Taken from the Nov. 2, 1994 issue of 'L'Osservatore Romano,' English edition. JOHN PAUL II CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS

454. Papal Documents - JP901208.HTM - Consecration of the Church and World To the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pope John Paul II

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1990.

455. Papal Documents - JP2TB34.HTM - Content of the Commandment: You Shall Not Commit Adultery
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 13 August 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He presented Our Lord's teaching against adultery "in the heart" as a return to the spirit of the law, whose letter had been stretched to allow polygamy. CASUISTRY MONOGAMY

456. Papal Documents - JP841107.HTM - Continence Deepens Personal Communion
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of November 7, 1984. Thirteenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONTINENCE CONJUGAL

457. Papal Documents - JP2TB125.HTM - Continence Deepens Personal Communion
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience on 7 November 1984, Pope John Paul II continued his analysis of the virtue of continence in light of Humanae Vitae. The virtue of continence has "not only the capacity to contain bodily and sensual reactions, but even more the capacity to control and guide man's whole sensual and emotive sphere." EXCITEMENT EMOTION UNITIVE PROCREATIVE FATHERHOOD MOTHERHOOD COMMUNION OF PERSONS

458. Papal Documents - JP2TB74.HTM - Continence for the Sake of the Kingdom Meant to Have Spiritual Fulfillment
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 24 March 1982, the Holy Father continued his talks on celibacy/virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. It is a charismatic sign that in heaven people will no longer marry, because God will be everything to everyone. Departure from the Old Testament tradition of marriage and procreation was effected especially by the example of Christ himself. CONTINENCE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

459. Papal Documents - JP841031.HTM - Continence Frees One From Inner Tension
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of October 31, 1984. Twelfth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONTINENCE CONJUGAL

460. Papal Documents - JP2TB124.HTM - Continence Frees One from Inner Tension
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 31 October 1984, the Holy Father continued his treatment of the virtue of continence in light of the teaching of Humanae Vitae. He distinguished between excitement, which tends toward the conjugal act, and emotion which is an affectionate response to the masculinity or femininity of the marital partner. Continence gives direction to both. THEOLOGY LANGUAGE OF THE BODY PROCREATION MARRIAGE FATHERHOOD MOTHERHOOD FAMILY

461. Papal Documents - JP841024.HTM - Continence Protects the Dignity of the Conjugal Act
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of October 24, 1984. Eleventh in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONJUGAL CONTINENCE

462. Papal Documents - JP2TB123.HTM - Continence Protects the Dignity of the Conjugal Act
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 24 October 1984, the Holy Father gave close examination to the virtue of continence, in light of the teaching of Humanae Vitae. Continence in marriage not only resists concupiscence, but enlarges the capacity of husband and wife to love each other. CHASTITY VIRTUES AFFECTION UNITIVE PROCREATIVE

463. Papal Documents - b16convertbap.htm - Conversion, Renewal for the Baptized
Pope Benedict XVI

On Ash Wednesday, 6 February 2008, at the General Audience held in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on the liturgical Season of Lent. In our need for infinite joy, we take our Lenten journey to make room for the God who satisfies beyond the material horizons of success, prestige and commodities. CATECHUMENATE ALMSGIVING

464. Papal Documents - b16corpchrist12.htm - Corpus Christi 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, 7 June 2012, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St John Lateran before leading the traditional procession with the Blessed Sacrament to St Mary Major. In his Homily, the Pope spoke of the world's need of the sacred. Its disappearance "inevitably impoverishes culture" and risks giving a free hand to "the many substitutes that exist in the consumer society." EUCHARISTIC WORSHIP ADORATION COMMUNION CONTEMPLATION PRIESTHOOD

465. Papal Documents - f1corpchristi14.htm - Corpus Christi 2014
Pope Francis

During the Mass celebrating the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on Thursday, 19 June 2014, the Pope recalled that Eucharistic Bread is the "true food" which satiates human hunger. The Mass was held on the steps of the Basilica of St John Lateran at 7:00 pm. Concelebrating were 21 cardinals. At the end of the rite of Communion, there was an aux flambeaux procession to the Basilica of St Mary Major, where the Pope administered the Eucharistic blessing. MANNA SLAVERY EUCHARIST

466. Papal Documents - b16corpchr07.htm - Corpus Christi Homily 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 June 2007, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in front of the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Speaking to the faithful, the Pope emphasized the universality of the Blessed Sacrament. "It was the Apostles who received the gift of the Eucharist from the Lord in the intimacy of the Last Supper" he said, "but it was destined for all, for the whole world". HOLY THURSDAY TRANSUBSTANTIATION

467. Papal Documents - b16bari.htm - Corpus Domini in Bari, Italy: Sunday, 29 May
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 29 May [2005], when the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Domini, the Holy Father presided at the Eucharistic Concelebration to close the 24th Italian National Eucharistic Congress on the esplanade of Marisabella, at Bari, Southern Italy. In the Pope's homily, he recalled the Martyrs of Abitene, who died for celebrating the Sunday Eucharist. MASS MANNA

468. Papal Documents - JP2COSM.HTM - Cosmology and Fundamental Physics
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II, in an address from 3 October 1981, to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, encourages the world scientific community in its research into the origin of the universe, and also in molecular biology, for the treatment of diseases. He warns however against any procedure that would undermine man's "most precious possession: the dignity of his person." COSMOGONY CREATION WAR NUCLEAR WEAPONS

469. Papal Documents - JP2BVM9.HTM - Council's Teaching on Mary
Pope John Paul II

The treatment of Mary as type and exemplar of the Church by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council was the subject of the Holy Father's weekly address at the General Audience of Wednesday, 13 December 1995. This was the ninth in a series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MEDIATRIX WOMAN OF FAITH

470. Papal Documents - JP951213.HTM - Council's Teaching on Mary Is Rich and Positive
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, December 13, 1995 The Holy Father reflects on the particular presence of Mary at the Second Vatican Council.

471. Papal Documents - P12TCHRS.HTM - Counsel to Teaching Sisters
Pope Pius XII

An address given September 15, 1951 to the first International Congress of Teaching Sisters. Deals with the problems facing the educational institutions and young people of the time and difficulties in the religious life. PIUS XII RELIGIOUS SISTER TEACH EDUCATION SCHOOL CONSTITUTION VOCATION

472. Papal Documents - JP2TB13.HTM - Creation as a Fundamental and Original Gift
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 2 January 1980, the Holy Father continued his study of the Theology of the Body, analyzing the consciousness of our first parents, in how they perceived each other, without shame in their nakedness, as good, and a mutual gift, part of the good gift of God's creation. COMPLEMENTARITY IMAGE OF GOD

473. Papal Documents - f1priestscaserta - Creative Men Open to the Holy Spirit
Pope Francis

On Saturday afternoon, 26 July 2014, Pope Francis met with the priests of the Diocese of Caserta. The Pope engaged in a question-and-answer session with the priests in the Palatine Chapel in the Reggia di Caserta. Bishop Giovanni D'Alise of Caserta began the conversation. CONVERSION CHARISMS POPULAR PIETY INDIVIDUALISM INTIMISM RELIGIOSITY CREATIVITY PRAYER ROSMINI TRANSCENDENCE CLOSENESS FORGIVENESS DIALOGUE CONTEMPLATIVE BISHOP PRESBYTERY BITTERNESS

474. Papal Documents - P6CREDO.HTM - Credo of the People of God
Pope Paul VI

Issued June 30, 1968. Profession of Faith in honor of the 19th centenary of the martyrdom of Peter and Paul. ONE GOD TRINITY CHRIST HOLY SPRIT MARY ORIGINAL SIN BAPTISM CHURCH MASS

475. Papal Documents - JP950806.HTM - Culture Needs Women's Genius
Pope John Paul II

8/6/95

476. Papal Documents - JP950625.HTM - Culture of Equality is Urgently Needed Today
Pope John Paul II

'The Gospel message about women however has lost none of its timeliness,' the Holy Father said in His Angelus reflection on June 25, 1995. JOHN PAUL II EQUALITY MEN WOMEN

477. Papal Documents - JP2GENMP.HTM - Dangers Of Genetic Manipulation
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's address to members of the World Medical Association (October 29, 1983) JOHN PAUL II GENETIC MANIPULATION MEDICAL PHYSICIANS

478. Papal Documents - JP931013.HTM - Deacon Has Many Pastoral Functions
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, 13 October, 1993, the Holy Father continued his discussion of the diaconate, focusing this week on the deacon's role as a liturgical minister and as one who promotes the apostolate of the laity.

479. Papal Documents - JP931020.HTM - Deacons Are Called to Life of Holiness
Pope John Paul II

The spirituality of the deacon was the topic of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of October 20, 1993.

480. Papal Documents - JP951130.HTM - Deacons Are Configured to Christ the Servant
Pope John Paul II

Address of the Pope to those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy, November 30, 1995.

481. Papal Documents - JP931005.HTM - Deacons Serve the Kingdom of God
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II audience of October 5, 1993.

482. Papal Documents - JP2DEDSH.HTM - Dedication of the Shrine of Divine Mercy
Pope John Paul II

On 17 August 2002, the Holy Father consecrated the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Lagiewniki. During his homily, the Pope took the opportunity with a solemn Papal act to entrust the world to the mercy of God and expressed his burning desire that the message of God's merciful love may be made known to all. FAUSTINA CONVERSION REPENTANCE FORGIVENESS CALVARY

483. Papal Documents - P12MUNIF.HTM - Defining the Dogma of the Assumption
Pope Pius XII

Munificentissimus Deus November 1, 1950. PIUS XII ASSUMPTION DOGMA MARY

484. Papal Documents - JP2DEMOC.HTM - Democracy Must Be Based on Moral Norms
Pope John Paul II

"Democracy—Reality and Responsibility" was the theme of the Sixth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which was held in the Vatican on 23-26 February 2000. For the occasion the Holy Father sent the academicians a Message, in which he stressed the importance of absolute moral norms as "the unshakable foundation and solid guarantee of a just and peaceful human coexistence, and hence of genuine democracy". SUBSIDIARITY PERSON RELATIVISM TOTALITARIAN ECUMEN

485. Papal Documents - JP961108.HTM - Democracy Without Values Threatens Peace
John Paul II

"The central theme of your plenary assembly is the relationship between democracy and values, to which I have frequently referred. It involves a range of the most timely and decisive issues for preserving and improving democratic systems", the Holy Father said to the those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace when he received them in audience on Friday, 8 November. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in French. Taken from the November 20, 1996 issue of L'Osservatore Romano.DEMOCRAT DEMOCRATIC DEMOCRACY

486. Papal Documents - b16denshoah.htm - Denial of the Shoah Is Intolerable
Pope Benedict XVI

On 12 February 2009, the Holy Father spoke to a Delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in the Vatican's Consistory Hall. The Holy Father restated the Church's rejection of all anti-Semitism and the commitment to build "good and lasting relationships" with the Jewish community. ISRAEL NOSTRA AETATE AUSCHWITZ

487. Papal Documents - JP2US95O.HTM - Departing Remarks, October 8, 1995
Pope John Paul II

During his visit to the United Nations and the United States.

488. Papal Documents - JP2KZDEP.HTM - Departure From Astana
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father delivered his farewell address, 25 September 2001, at the International Airport in Astana, where he expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and success of his visit, and urged the people to be "committed to respect for life". SOLIDARITY DIALOGUE ISLAM

489. Papal Documents - JP2SYRDE.HTM - Departure From Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Tuesday morning, 8 May 2001, at the international airport of Damascus, the Holy Father took his formal leave from the Syrian Arab Republic in a ceremony at which he gave the following address. "The world looks to the Middle East with hope and concern, expectantly awaiting every sign of constructive dialogue ...." PEACE ISRAEL MUSLIM

490. Papal Documents - JP2TB40.HTM - Depersonalizing Effect of Concupiscence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 24 September 1980, the Holy Father further examined "adultery in the heart," spoken of by Our Lord in His Sermon on the Mount. When a woman is looked at lustfully by a man, she ceases to be regarded as a subject of personal attraction or communion, but only as an object of sexual satisfaction. And when this "intention" reaches the will, the man himself becomes enslaved. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

491. Papal Documents - JP97LENT.HTM - Developing Special Concern for the Homeless
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's Lent 1997 message for the first year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000

492. Papal Documents - P6ADORE.HTM - Devotion to Holy Eucharist Outside Mass
Pope Paul VI

The duty and importance of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament not only during but also after and apart from the Mass were re-affirmed by Pope Paul VI in a letter sent, 10 January 1969, to the Superior General of the Congregation of Priests of the Blessed Sacrament. ADORATION REAL PRESENCE FORTY HOURS SACRIFICE

493. Papal Documents - JP961124.HTM - Devotion to Mary Gave Direction to Their Lives
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Angelus, November 24, 1996.

494. Papal Documents - JP2BVM50.HTM - Devotion to Mary Is Based on Jesus' Will
Pope John Paul II

"The words, 'Behold, your mother!', express Jesus' intention to inspire in his disciples an attitude of love for and trust in Mary, leading them to recognize her as their mother, the mother of every believer", the Holy Father said at the General Audience on 7 May 1997. This was 50th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

495. Papal Documents - JP2DAPEA.HTM - Dialogue Between Cultures for a Civilization of Love and Peace
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father observes a "growing hope that relationships between people will be increasingly inspired by the ideal of a truly universal brotherhood," and warns that "unless this ideal is shared, there will be no way to ensure a stable peace." CULTURE MEDIA WEST HUMAN NATURE COMMUNICATION MIGRATION SOLIDARITY JUSTICE LIFE EDUCATION RECONCILIATION CATHOLICITY

496. Papal Documents - JP2DIAL.HTM - Dialogue calls for conversion of heart
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addressed the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on 30 October 1998. NON-CHRISTIAN BUDDHISM HINDUISM JEW JUDAISM MOSLEM MUSLIM ISLAM

497. Papal Documents - JP950823.HTM - Dialogue with Reform Communities
Pope John Paul II

8/23/95

498. Papal Documents - JP2RELIG.HTM - Dialogue With the Great World Religions
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience on Wednesday, 19 May, the Holy Father spoke of the Church's esteem for "whatever is true and holy" in all religions, while stating that interreligious dialogue "cannot be limited to the search for a least common denominator". The Christian must always bear witness to what is distinctive in God's definitive revelation in Jesus Christ. ECUMENISM RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE MYSTICISM INDIFFERENTISM

499. Papal Documents - f1ccl14.htm - Diamonds in the Rough
Pope Francis

Vocations must be guarded and fostered so "that they may bear mature fruit". They are "diamonds in the rough" to be fashioned "with care, respect for a person's conscience and patience, so that they may shine in the midst of the People of God". On Friday morning, 3 October 2014, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met with the Congregation for the Clergy at the start of their Plenary Assembly. ORDAINED MINISTRY FORMATION PRIESTS EVANGELIZATION PASTORS

500. Papal Documents - JP2DIES.HTM - Dies Domini
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter on Sunday The Day of the Lord. Bishop Marini, pointing out that this letter "has its reference point in Vatican Council II, in particular on the conciliar liturgical reform," said: "'Dies Domini' on making Sunday holy, is placed above all in the framework of the preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. ... The Pope indicates Sundays as a qualifying element of the identity of a Christian and of the Church which is presented to the generation of the new millennium. ... The better one celebrates Sunday, the better the Jubilee will be celebrated."

501. Papal Documents - JP97016.HTM - Different Traditions Can Be Mutually Enriching
John Paul II

"Let us invoke the grace of deeper relations of understanding and communion between Christians of the East and West. Indeed, not only must different liturgical traditions not become an obstacle to unity, but they must be an incentive to reciprocal knowledge and enrichment', the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on January 6, 1997, the feast of Epiphany.

502. Papal Documents - b16romguard.htm - Discourse at a Congress on Romano Guardini
Pope Benedict XVI

On Friday morning, 29 October 2010, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Benedict XVI spoke to participants in a congress on Romano Guardini (1885-1968). This priest, author and academic was an important Catholic intellectual figure in Germany, seeking to know not what others had said about Christian truth, but what is true. WELTANSCHAUUNG AUTONOMY DIALOGUE ETHOS LITURGY

503. Papal Documents - b16ratzpriz.htm - Discourse at the Conferral of the First Ratzinger Prize
Pope Benedict XVI

The first Ratzinger Prize, for outstanding work in promoting the truths of Christianity in the context of contemporary culture, was awarded on 30 June 2011 to three theologians, Prof. Manlio Simonetti, Prof. Olegario González de Cardedal, and Prof. Maximilian Heim. In his address, the Holy Father spoke of reason's vocation to follow faith. SCIENCE THEOLOGY HISTORY CUSTOM LOGOS REASON FAITH

504. Papal Documents - f1acandcult.htm - Discourse to the Academic and Cultural World 2013
Pope Francis

Today's crisis "can become a time of purification and a time to rethink our socio-economic models". The Pope said this to representatives of the academic and cultural world whom he met on Sunday afternoon, 22 September 2013, in the lecture hall of the Pontifical Regional Theological Faculty. ECONOMIC CRISIS APOCALYPTIC UNIVERSITY SOLIDARITY

505. Papal Documents - JP96D12.HTM - Disregard of Family Threatens Society
John Paul II

"A child's greatest poverty is to be deprived of the love, protection and tender warmth of a family", the Holy Father said to the Bishops who serve as Presidents of Latin American Episcopal Commissions for the Family, whom he received in audience on December 12, 1996, during a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family.

506. Papal Documents - JP2BYZKY.HTM - Divine Liturgy (Byzantine Rite) at Kyiv
Pope John Paul II

In his homily at Chayka Airport, 25 June 2001, the Holy Father calls for a fulfillment of the Savior's words in the Upper Room, "that they may all be one," in the reunion of Catholicism and Orthodoxy. ECUMEN PENTECOST PAPACY

507. Papal Documents - JP2BEATF.HTM - Divine Liturgy (Byzantine Rite) With Beatifications
Pope John Paul II

In his beatification homily, 27 June 2001, at the Hippodrome, Lviv, the Holy Father honors 28 Ukrainian Greek-Catholics, who died for the Faith, as examples of the "highest measure of service of God and of the Church." "They have shown that love is stronger than death." MARTYR

508. Papal Documents - JP96101.HTM - Divine Sonship is Our Inheritance
Pope John Paul II

Homily for January 1, 1996 the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, and the 29th World Day of Peace, celebrated in St Peter's Basilica.

509. Papal Documents - JP2THERE.HTM - Divini Amoris Scientia
Pope John Paul II

This apostolic letter of 19 October, 1997, proclaimed St. Therese of Lisieux a Doctor of the Church. SAINT FLOWER PRAYER WAY

510. Papal Documents - JP2DIVPE.HTM - Divinus Perfectionis Magister
Pope John Paul II

This Apostolic Constitution, published 25 January 1983, streamlined the process by which a candidate for canonization is investigated, relieving the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of some of the responsibility, and entrusting more to diocesan authorities. BEATIFICATION PETITIONER POSTULATOR SERVANT OF GOD MARTYRDOM RELATORS CONSULTORS PROMOTOR OF THE FAITH MIRACLES CULT

511. Papal Documents - f1marriage.htm - Do Not Fear Forever
Pope Francis

An open dialogue made up of questions and answers between Pope Francis and thousands of young couples preparing for marriage took place on Friday, 14 February 2014, in St Peter's Square. This is a translation of the questions these couples from all over the world asked the Pope and his answers. FIDELITY LOVE RELATIONSHIP C0HABITATION LIVING TOGETHER COURTESY GRATITUDE APOLOGY CELEBRATION

512. Papal Documents - JP97111.HTM - Do Not Lose Heart As You Preach Christ's Gospel to the Indifferent
John Paul II

"It is by listening to what 'the Spirit says to the Churches' (Rv 2:7) that [the Bishop] can exercise his responsibilities, starting with an open and well-disposed discernment of the successes or failures, of the dynamic initiatives or unfortunate passivity which mark the progress of the People of God", the Holy Father said to the first group of French Bishops to make their ad limina visit when he received them in audience on January 11,1997.

513. Papal Documents - JP2TB69.HTM - Doctrine of the Resurrection according to St. Paul
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 27 January 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by further examining St. Paul's teaching, in 1 Corinthians 15, on the general resurrection. The resurrection of the body completes man's redemption from the effects of sin. CREATION COSMOS DEATH

514. Papal Documents - JP2DOLEN.HTM - Dolentium Hominum
Pope John Paul II

With this Apostolic Letter, issued Motu Proprio, 11 February 1985, the Holy Father established the Pontifical Commission for the Apostolate of Health Care Workers. The Commission has the task of stimulating and fostering the work of study, formation, and action carried out by the various international Catholic organizations in the health care field. SICK SUFFERING DOCTORS NURSES PARAMEDICS PHARMACISTS

515. Papal Documents - JP2TB29.HTM - Dominion Over the Other in the Interpersonal Relation
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 June 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body. Because of their sin, the man and woman feel shame toward each other, their communion is weakened, and he will exercise dominion over her. EQUALITY LUST MALE FEMALE

516. Papal Documents - b16eastrsun09.htm - Easter Sunday 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Easter Sunday morning, 12 April 2009, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square. In his homily, the Pope followed St. Paul in identifying the paschal lamb of the Jewish Passover with the Lamb which is Christ, sacrificed for us. LEAVEN UNLEAVENED BREAD RESURRECTION

517. Papal Documents - JJP2URBI.HTM - Easter Sunday, Urbi et Orbi
Pope John Paul II

On a warm, bright Easter Sunday morning, 23 April 2000, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St. Peter's Square with the thousands of pilgrims who had come to Rome for Easter of the Holy Year. At the end of the solemn liturgy, the Pope read his Message Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world). PEACE RACISM XENOPHOBIA

518. Papal Documents - b16eastrid11.htm - Easter Triduum 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

In his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus took on the poverty, problems and suffering of all mankind and raised them to "God's heights". This was the essence of the Pope's meditation at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 20 April 2011, the eve of the Easter Triduum. HOLY WEEK HOLY THURSDAY EUCHARIST PRIESTHOOD CHRISM MASS PASCHAL MYSTERY APATHY ADORATION SUFFERING WILL ABBA PROSFEREIN HEAVEN HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL RESURRECTION

519. Papal Documents - b16eastvig08.htm - Easter Vigil
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Saturday evening, 22 March 2008, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass in which seven catechumens received the Sacraments of Christian initiation. In his homily, focused mainly on Baptism, the Holy Father said that in this sacrament, Christ "comes to you and joins his life with yours." CONVERSION WATER LIGHT FIRE

520. Papal Documents - b16eastrvig07.htm - Easter Vigil 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Saturday evening, 7 April 2007, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father celebrated the Mass of the Easter Vigil. In his homily, the Pope took as his theme the words of the ancient liturgy of Easter Sunday, "Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum, I arose, and am still with you." BAPTISM DEATH SHEOL RESURRECTION

521. Papal Documents - b16eastrvg09.htm - Easter Vigil 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Saturday evening, 11 April 2009, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father celebrated the Mass of the Easter Vigil. The Pope explained the meaning of the Resurrection in terms of three symbols in the Easter Vigil celebration: the light of the Paschal candle, the water of Baptism, and a new song, the alleluia. CREATION TORAH ILLUMINATION RED SEA

522. Papal Documents - b16estvgl11.htm - Easter Vigil 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

In his homily at the Easter Vigil, at which he presided on Holy Saturday, 23 April 2011, in the Vatican Basilica, the Holy Father stated that man is not merely a random product of evolution; no, Reason is there at the beginning: creative, divine Reason. PASCHAL CANDLE BAPTISM LIGHT WATER CREATION CREATOR LOGOS FREEDOM SABBATH COVENANT

523. Papal Documents - f1eastvig2013.htm - Easter Vigil 2013
Pope Francis

At the Easter Vigil Mass in St Peter's Basilica on the evening of Holy Saturday, 30 March 2013, the Holy Father reflected on the unexpectedness of the Resurrection, urging us not to "be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives." EMPTY TOMB

524. Papal Documents - f1estrvig14.htm - Easter Vigil 2014
Pope Francis

"'Do not be afraid!' 'do not fear': these are words that encourage us to open our hearts to receive the message". The Pope said this in his homily at the Easter Vigil at which he presided on Saturday evening, 19 April 2014, in the Vatican Basilica. The Holy Father reiterated the words of Jesus, that we should "go to Galilee," to meet Him there. RESURRECTION BAPTISM ENCOUNTER

525. Papal Documents - b16eastvig10.htm - Easter Vigil Mass 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Saturday evening, 3 April 2010, Benedict XVI presided at the Easter Vigil Mass in St Peter's Basilica. On this "night of watching by the Lord" the Pope baptized six catechumens. In his homily he described Baptism as a "garment of light," which begins to fit us for the presence of God. ENOCH DEATH TREE OF LIFE

526. Papal Documents - b16eastvig12.htm - Easter Vigil Mass 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

Easter is the day of light, of that light which explodes into our world, bursting through "the darkness enshrouding God and obscuring values", which is "the real threat to our existence and to the world in general", the Holy Father said on Saturday eveining, 7 April 2012, at the Easter Vigil Mass he celebrated in St Peter's Basilica. RESURRECTION NEW CREATION PASCHAL CANDLE

527. Papal Documents - b16eastrvig06.htm - Easter Vigil: I, But No Longer I!
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Saturday evening, 15 April 2006, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father celebrated the Mass of the Easter Vigil. Explaining the significance of Christ's Resurrection, the Pope said that "this event is not just some miracle from the past.... It is a qualitative leap in the history of 'evolution' and of life in general towards a new future life, towards a new world which, starting from Christ, already continuously permeates this world of ours, transforms it and draws it to itself". BAPTISM

528. Papal Documents - JP960929.HTM - Eastern Spirituality Emphasizes the 'Heart'
John Paul II

The Holy Father's Angelus message for September 29, 1996.

529. Papal Documents - JP960811.HTM - Eastern Theology Has Enriched the Whole Church
John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus on August 11, 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the development of Eastern theology and stressed the importance of having a positive outlook.

530. Papal Documents - ECCLESIA.HTM - Ecclesia Dei
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic letter of Pope John Paul II issued "Motu proprio" on July 2, 1988. In this letter the Pope establishes a commission to facilitate the full ecclesial communion of those who have been linked to Lefebvre's society. He declares Archbishop Lefebvre and the four men that he consecrated as bishops excommunicated for their disobedience. He encourages a wide and generous application of Vatican directives for use of the Tridentine Mass. SSPX PIUS X SOCIETY TRIDENTINE MASS LEFEBVRE LATIN 1962

531. Papal Documents - JP2AFRIC.HTM - Ecclesia in Africa
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II made public on September 15, 1995. The theme of this apostolic exhortation is the evangelizing mission of the Church in Africa as the year 2000 approaches.

532. Papal Documents - JP2AMER.HTM - Ecclesia in America
Pope John Paul II

The Apostolic Exhortation The Church in America was issued on 23 January 1999 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalulpe in Mexico City. It is the Pope's response to the Synod of the Bishops of America held in Rome in 1997 and should be considered the millennial program of Catholic life and evangelization for the Church in America - the single continent stretching from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

533. Papal Documents - JP2ASIA.HTM - Ecclesia in Asia
Pope John Paul II

On 6 November 1999, in New Delhi, India, the Holy Father officially closed the work of the Synod for Asia by promulgating the Apostolic Exhortation The Church in Asia. The work of the Synod is intended to guide the Church in Asia into the Third Millennium, in its evangelization of that continent. NEW EVANGELIZATION JUBILEE THIRD MILLENNIUM

534. Papal Documents - JP2ECEUR.HTM - Ecclesia in Europa
Pope John Paul II

In his Apostolic Exhortation, published 28 June 2003, the Holy Father summarizes the conclusions of the 2nd Synod of Bishops for Europe, 1999, offering guidance to a new Europe, aided by the Gospel. The Pope appeals to European Catholics to live the Gospel to the utmost, as he detects in the Church in Europe symptoms of worldliness. He invites the faithful not to lose their Christian identity, to recover the interior life, and to maintain communion. He urges a "healthy cooperation" between Church and State, to promote agreement on "values expressed in law and in life." He warns that the European Union "will not have solidity if it is reduced to the geographic and economic dimension only." HOPE REVELATION SECULARISM LAICISM SOLIDARITY FAMILY RELATIVISM CULTURE AGNOSTICISM MEDIA MESSIANISM MILLENARIANISM COMPLEMENTARITY MARTYRDOM HOLINESS ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS COMMUNITIES INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE ECUMENISM PERSON DIGNITY EUCHARIST CHARISMS VOCATIONS MISSION BISHOPS PRIESTS CELIBACY CONSECRATED LIFE LAITY WOMEN PROCLAMATION CATECHISM SENSUS FIDEI JEWS ISLAM EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION YOUTH LITURGY SACRAMENTS RECONCILIATION PRAYER LORD'S DAY MARRIAGE MARY

535. Papal Documents - JP2OCEAN.HTM - Ecclesia in Oceania
Pope John Paul II

On 22 November 2001, Pope John Paul II made cyberhistory with the first publication of an official document on the Internet. The apostolic exhortation "Ecclesia in Oceania" has the conclusions of that continent's Synod of Bishops, held in Rome in 1998. COMMUNIO KOINONIA AUSTRALIA PAPUA NEW ZEALAND NEW GUINEA MELANESIA POLYNESIA MICRONESIA MISSION EVANGEL INCULTURATION KERYGMA HUMAN RIGHTS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES LIFE ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION HEALTH SCRIPTURE LITURGY EUCHRIST PENANCE ANOINTING SICK LAITY YOUTH MARRIAGE FAMILY WOMEN PRIEST DEACON CONSECRATED MARY

536. Papal Documents - b16ecclesunit.htm - Ecclesiae Unitatem
Pope Benedict XVI

This document concerns the structure of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" which deals with questions involving the Society of Saint Pius X and which as of now becomes dependent upon the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. LEFEBVRE SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM

537. Papal Documents - JP2ARMEC.HTM - Ecumenical Liturgy, Yerevan
Pope John Paul II

On 26 September 2001, the Holy Father took part in a liturgy of prayer for unity at the newly consecrated Cathedral of St Gregory in Yerevan, where he and the Catholicos, Karekin II, venerated the relic of St Gregory the Illuminator. The Holy Father hopes for a stronger ecumenical dialogue, in view of how little separates the Armenian Church from the Catholic Church. UNITY HEALING MEMORIES

538. Papal Documents - b16ecumen.htm - Ecumenism a Result of Divine Action and Human Responsibility
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on 20 January 2010, the Holy Father commented on the ecumenical goal of visible unity among Christians. He spoke of great progress and new difficulties along this path. WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES EVANGELIZATION REVELATION NICENE CREED ORTHODOX PROTESTANT CHURCHES

539. Papal Documents - b16ecunewevang.htm - Ecumenism in the Time of the New Evangelization
Pope Benedict XVI

The "very close link that exists between the task of evangelization and overcoming the existing divisions between Christians" was highlighted by Benedict XVI in his Discourse to those taking part in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, whom he received in Audience in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on Thursday, 15 November 2012. ECUMENISM YEAR OF FAITH COMMUNION

540. Papal Documents - JP961207.HTM - Ecumenism Is Now An Urgent Task for the Catholic Church
John Paul II

"An increasingly intense fraternal life between the communities of the different rites will call all our Christian brothers and sisters to unite around their Lord; it will also be a Gospel witness for all your compatriots", the Holy Father said to the members of the Episcopal Conference of Romania whom he received in audience on 7 December 1996, during their ad limina visit to Rome.

541. Papal Documents - JP950523.HTM - Ecumenism of Martyrs and Saints
Pope John Paul II

May 23, 1995. Address to the official delegation from Bulgaria visiting Rome to celebrate the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. JOHN PAUL II MARTYRS SAINTS ECUMENISM EASTERN ORTHODOX

542. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch97.htm - Encountering God Through Beauty
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 18 November 2009, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall the Holy Father focused on how the Christian faith of the Middle Ages inspired some of the greatest works of art of all time: the cathedrals of Europe. ARCHITECTURE ROMANESQUE GOTHIC ARTISTS INCARNATION

543. Papal Documents - JP950903.HTM - Enhance Women's Role in Church Life
Pope John Paul II

9/3/95

544. Papal Documents - JP2ENTHU.HTM - Enthusiastic Faith Alone Is Not Enough
Pope John Paul II

In his address (1 June 1998) to the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, holding their eighth international meeting in Rome, the Holy Father stated that, to avoid subjectivism and mature in faith, it is necessary to grow in knowledge of its truths. RENEWAL MAGISTERIUM CHARISMS

545. Papal Documents - f1epiph14.htm - Epiphany 2014
Pope Francis

"To lift our gaze towards the star" and to place ourselves on the journey following the Magi "as wise companions on the way". This was Pope Francis' call to the faithful at Holy Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, which was celebrated on Monday, 6 January 2014, in St Peter's Basilica. Concelebrating with the Pope were 29 cardinals and more than 200 bishops and prelates of the Roman Curia. LIGHT PILGRIMAGE HEROD CUNNING

546. Papal Documents - JP2CATH.HTM - Epiphany Celebrates Church's Catholicity
Pope John Paul II

On 6 January, the Solemnity of Epiphany, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica and ordained 12 new Bishops, who will serve in 11 different countries around the world. In his homily, delivered on this occasion, the Pope says that the new Pastors represent the universality of the Church on the feast which celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the nations. EPISCOPATE CONSECRATION

547. Papal Documents - b16epiphfam.htm - Epiphany of the Family
Pope Benedict XVI

"A city of families" is the impression of Milan that lives on in the Holy Father's heart after the three days he spent in the Ambrosian Archdiocese, presiding at the concluding events of the Seventh World Meeting of Families. He talked about the event on Wednesday morning, 6 June 2012, at the General Audience with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square. AMBROSE CELIBACY VIRGINITY MARRIAGE

548. Papal Documents - f1adlimpol14.htm - Episcopal Conference of Poland, Ad Limina Visit 2004
Pope Francis

On Friday, 7 February 2014, the Holy Father met with Polish Bishops for their visit 'ad limina Apostolorum' in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. After consigning his address to the Bishops, he thanked them "for these days of visiting, which have been beautiful." Here is a translation of the prepared text the Holy Father consigned to them in Polish. POLAND FAMILY DIVORCE CATECHESIS YOUTH VOCATIONS PRIESTS SEMINARIANS CONSECRATED LIFE WOMEN RELIGIOUS POOR

549. Papal Documents - JP950820.HTM - Equal Opportunity Still Urgently Needed
Pope John Paul II

8/20/95

550. Papal Documents - f1fstsocdoc3.htm - Equality in Difference
Pope Francis

The sphere and the polyhedron. Pope Francis used the example of these shapes to warn against globalization turning into homologation, to the demise of "the elements that compose the one human family in a plurality." The Pope addressed these words in a videomessage which was released on Thursday afternoon, 21 November 2013, at the opening of the Festival of the Social Doctrine of the Church, in Verona. YOUNG OLD SOLIDARITY COOPERATIVES

551. Papal Documents - JP2TB46.HTM - Eros and Ethos Meet and Bear Fruit in the Human Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 5 November 2004, the Holy Father explained that the warning of Christ against looking lustfully at a woman is less an accusation than an appeal, that what the heart desires (eros) should also be what is right (ethos). SEX PLATO PHILOSOPHY THEOLOGY OF THE BODY EROTIC ETHICS

552. Papal Documents - ESELEM.HTM - Essential Elements of Religious Life
Pope John Paul II

(1) Letter of Pope John Paul II asking the Bishops of the U. S. to 'render special pastoral service to the religious' of their dioceses during the 1983 Holy Year. (2) A document ('Essential Elements in the Church's Teaching on Religious Life as Applied to Institutes Dedicated to Works of the Apostolate') from the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS BISHOPS RELIGIOUS LIFE JOHN PAUL II

553. Papal Documents - P6CANONS.HTM - Essential Role of Canon Law in the Life of the Church
Pope Paul VI

On 25 May 1968 Pope Paul VI received in special audience those who took part in the Second International Congress of Canonists which was held in Rome under the direction of the Pontifical Commission for the revision of the Code of Canon Law. In his address to canonists, the Holy Father stressed how canon law, far from undermining personal dignity, is essential to the full "flowering of the Christian life." RIGHTS OF MAN ECCLESIASTICAL LEGISLATION SCEPTICISM

554. Papal Documents - JP2TB41.HTM - Establishing the Ethical Sense
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 1 October 1980, the Holy Father continued his analysis of the words of Our Lord, in His Sermon on the Mount, concerning adultery in the heart. It is not merely a matter of lusting after a woman who is not one's wife, but of looking at her in a way dismissive of her dignity as well as of one's own. MARRIAGE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY SEX

555. Papal Documents - JP960731.HTM - Eternal Son of God Is Also Born of Mary
John Paul II

The profound relationship between Mary's virginity and the mystery of the Incarnation was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of July 31, 1996.

556. Papal Documents - JP2BVM28.HTM - Eternal Son of God Is Also Born of Mary
Pope John Paul II

The profound relationship between Mary's virginity and the mystery of the Incarnation was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 31 July 1996. Through the Redemption accomplished by her Son, Mary becomes the spiritual mother of all those who receive new birth to eternal life. The 28th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. VIRGINAL CONCEPTION ANNUNCIATION

557. Papal Documents - JP970105.HTM - Eternal Word Fully Entered Human Family
John Paul II

"By becoming man, the Eternal Word of God fully entered the human family putting himself in the lineage of a specific family tradition", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, 5 January 1997, as he reflected on the ancestry of Jesus and the title "son of David" he is given in the Gospels.

558. Papal Documents - f1genaud28.htm - Eternity Begins Now
Pope Francis

On 4 December 2013, the Holy Father continued his reflection on the Creed, this week focusing on what the resurrection of the body means. "The resurrection of us all will take place on the last day, at the end of the world, through the omnipotence of God, who will return life to our bodies by reuniting them to our souls, through the power of Jesus’ Resurrection." SACRAMENTS EUCHARIST EZEKIEL

559. Papal Documents - JP2TB24.HTM - Ethical and Anthropological Content of the Commandment: You Shall Not Commit Adultery
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience of 23 April 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body. He examined the meaning of adultery, which is a breach in the unity of husband and wife, even if only by an interior act ("adultery in the heart"). He cited the case of David and Bathsheba. MARRIAGE SEX UNITIVE

560. Papal Documents - JP2TB62.HTM - Ethical Responsibilities in Art
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 6 May 1981, the Holy Father concluded his reflections on looking lustfully (from the Sermon on the Mount) with respect to artistic depictions of the human body. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CULTURE PORNOGRAPHY NAKEDNESS SUBLIMATION CONCUPISCENCE CHASTITY

561. Papal Documents - JP2EUROP.HTM - Europe Must Rediscover Shared Values
Pope John Paul II

On 6-7 May celebrations were held in Budapest, Hungary, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe, the oldest institution formed to overcome political divisions in the wake of World War II. For the occasion, the Holy Father sent a Message, whose theme was the dignity of the human person. "The focal point of our common European heritage—religious, juridical and cultural—is the singular and inalienable dignity of the human person." As European nations have striven for political unity, so they must overcome religious differences, which undermine the individual and dissipate the energies of peoples. RIGHTS FREEDOMS BUDAPEST DECLARATION TOTALITARIANISM BALKANS KOSOVO

562. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch40.htm - Eusebius of Caesarea
Pope Benedict XVI

On 13 June 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on Eusebius of Caesarea, the first historian of the Church and best known for his Ecclesiastical History, an invaluable source of information about the Church in the early centuries. CONSTANTINE HERESIES APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION COUNCIL OF NICAEA

563. Papal Documents - P6EVAN.HTM - Evangelization in the Modern World
Pope Paul VI

Evangelii Nuntiandi, an Apostolic Exhortation by Paul VI, prom. on Dec. 8, 1975. On evangelization in general, and the particular needs of the modern world as regards evangelization. APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION CHRIST EVANGELIZATION CHURCH PAUL VI

564. Papal Documents - f1evngpryr.htm - Evangelization Is Done in Prayer
Pope Francis

Evangelization is done on one's knees. Pope Francis said this in his homily during Mass on Sunday, 7 July 2013, the day during the Year of Faith dedicated to seminarians, novices and those discerning their vocation. YOUTH JOY CONSOLATION FEAR CROSS

565. Papal Documents - b16creed13.htm - Even Nonbelievers Seek the Face of God
Pope Benedict XVI

Continuing his Catecheses on the year of Faith the Holy Father commented on the Revelation of God's face at the General Audience on Wednesday, 16 January 2013, in the Paul VI Audience Hall. "The desire to know God truly, that is, to see God's face, is innate in every human being, even atheists", said the Pope. ISRAEL WORD JESUS MEDIATOR EUCHARIST

566. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr27.htm - Ever in God's Hands
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 15 February 2012, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, continuing his series of Catecheses on the Christian prayer, the Holy Father reflected on Jesus' prayer in the imminence of death, in particular, the three words from the Cross recorded by St Luke. REPENTANT THIEF INTERCESSION HOPE TRUST ENTRUSTMENT

567. Papal Documents - f1genaud29.htm - Every Day Is the Final Judgement
Pope Francis

"The final judgement is already in progress, it begins now over the course of our lives". Pope Francis spoke these words to the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the General Audience on 11 December 2013. The Pope dedicated his weekly catechesis to the last article of the Creed, "I believe in eternal life." MARANATHA SALVATION JESUS

568. Papal Documents - JP97202A.HTM - Every Human Life Is Sacred
John Paul II

"Life, one's own and that of others cannot be disposed of at will: it belongs to the Author of life. Love inspires the culture of life, while selfishness inspires the culture of death", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, February 2, 1997, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, as well as the first World Day for Consecrated Life and, in Italy, Pro-Life Day.

569. Papal Documents - JP2TB83.HTM - Everyone Has His Own Gift from God, Suited to His Vocation
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 7 July 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by further examination of St. Paul's statement that it is better to choose continence than to marry. While the gift of continence allows an undivided love for God, the grace of marriage is a true gift, suited to that state in life. CELIBACY

570. Papal Documents - f1holycross14.htm - Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Holy Mass with the Rite of Marriage
Pope Francis

In St Peter's Square, Sunday, 14 September 2014, Feast of the Holy Cross, Pope Francis presided over a Mass that included a wedding ceremony for 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome. “This is what marriage is all about,” he said. “Man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man.” FAMILY MOSES SERPENTS BRONZE SERPENT

571. Papal Documents - P12CINWD.HTM - Exhortations to the Representatives of the Cinema World
Pope Pius XII

In his Audiences of 21 June and 28 October 1955, with representatives of the Italian motion picture industry, Pope Pius XII spoke of the influence movies have on the community. He encouraged self-governance by the industry, but also called for the intervention of public authority, if necessary, to "hinder or check the most dangerous influences," which threaten to debase human dignity and work against the common good. The Holy Father evaluated the "ideal film" in relation to 1) the spectator, 2) the content of the film, and 3) its effect on the community. MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT ART

572. Papal Documents - N3SEMIN.HTM - Exiit qui seminat
Nicholas III

The constitution made by Pope Nicholas III on the confirmation of the rule of the friars Minor, August 14, 1279 A.D. Translated from the latin text transcribed from the Registers of Nicholas III, p. 232-241, #564 This file contains both the English and the Latin versions.

573. Papal Documents - b16stpaul14.htm - Faith Active in Love Witnesses to the Free Gift of Justification in Christ
Pope Benedict XVI

On 26 November 2008, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father continued his Catechesis on St. Paul by commenting on the Apostle's teaching on faith and works in regard to justification. The apparent difference, the Pope observed, between St. Paul and St. James is one of emphasis, not of substance. LOVE AGAPE

574. Papal Documents - b16divinitiat.htm - Faith in the Divine Initiative — the Human Response
Pope Benedict XVI

On 31 March 2009, the Holy Father published his Message for the 46th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, scheduled for 3 May. The Pope urges Catholics to pray for vocations with the confidence that God never ceases to call, and that he will give the graces for a generous response. PRIESTS PRIESTHOOD CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS MARY

575. Papal Documents - JP95716A.HTM - Faith is the Greatest Gift
Pope John Paul II

Homily given July 16, 1995 at Mass in St. Lorenzo's parish in Les Combes, Val d'Aosta. JOHN PAUL II FAITH EUCHARIST

576. Papal Documents - JP2EDUC.HTM - Faith offers complete vision of man
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addressed the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Catholic Education on 26 October 1998. SCHOOL COLLEGE UNIVERSITY SEMINARY

577. Papal Documents - JP2BVM67.HTM - Faithful Have Filial Devotion to Mary
Pope John Paul II

"When the faithful call upon Mary as 'Mother of God' and contemplate in her the highest dignity conferred upon a creature, they are still not offering her a veneration equal to that of the divine Persons. There is an infinite distance between Marian veneration and worship of the Trinity and the Incarnate Word", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 22 October 1997, as he spoke about the nature of the Church's devotion to Mary. This was the 67th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ADORATION CANA COMFORTER ADVOCATE HELPER

578. Papal Documents - b16lectdivrom.htm - Faithful Workers in the Lord's Vineyard
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 March 2011, the Holy Father received in Audience the priests of the Diocese of Rome, in the Hall of Blessings. In a "Lectio Divina" the Pope focused his prayerful reflection on the Acts of the Apostles (20:17-38). Speaking of their service as priests, he said, "True humility is not to appear before men but to stand beneath God's gaze and work humbly for God and thus really to serve humanity." CONVERSION METANOIA POENITENTIA PRIESTHOOD TEACHING PREACHING MARTYRDOM PRESBYTERS EPISKOPOI EPISCOPOS POIMAINEIN PASCOLARE

579. Papal Documents - JP2TB117.HTM - Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 8 August 1984, the Holy Father continued his analysis of Humanae Vitae, in comparing natural regulation of fertility with contraception. There is an essential difference between the two, the former following the lead of nature, the latter obstructing it. BIRTH CONTROL THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

580. Papal Documents - JP840808.HTM - Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 8, 1984. Fifth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE FERTILITY CONTRACEPTION

581. Papal Documents - JP2FAMIL.HTM - Familiaris Consortio (On the family)
Pope John Paul II

Familiaris Consortio was issued on December 15, 1981. In this apostolic exhortation, John Paul II covers the situation of the Christian family in the modern world, God's plan for marriage and the family, the role of the Christian family and the pastoral care of the family. MAN JESUS CHILDREN LOVE WOMEN MEN CHURCH LIFE EDUCATION PRAYER DONATION GIFT VIRGINITY CELIBACY

582. Papal Documents - JP2CRPUS.HTM - Families Draw Their Life From the Eucharist
Pope John Paul II

On Thursday, 19 June 2003, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass for the Solemnity of "Corpus Christi" in the square of the Basilica of St John Lateran, and took part in the traditional procession to St Mary Major after Mass. In his Homily, the Pope pointed out that Christian families discover the source of their unity and love in the Eucharist, which "lights up our journey". EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

583. Papal Documents - JP960509.HTM - Family Must Be Focus of Pastoral Care
John Paul II

The Holy Father's address to the members of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, to mark the celebration of their 15th anniversary, given on May 9, 1996.

584. Papal Documents - JP2FRWL.HTM - Farewell Address to the People of Ukraine
Pope John Paul II

In bidding farewell, 27 June 2001, at the International Airport in Lviv, the Holy Father urged Ukraine to become a part of Europe, whose historical role and capability of "spreading civilization" depends on the sharing of the "complementary values" of the peoples of East and West.

585. Papal Documents - JP2ARMFR.HTM - Farewell to Armenia
Pope John Paul II

On 27 September 2001, the Holy Father said farewell before boarding the plane back to Rome. He reiterated his gratitude to the President and the Catholicos, and to all who helped make his visit a success, and also pledged his moral support as Armenia engages in the task of rebuilding after the disaster of totalitarianism. MARTYR DIGNITY PERSON SOLIDARITY

586. Papal Documents - JP2MALFA.HTM - Farewell to Malta
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday evening, 9 May 2001, the Holy Father departed for Rome from the International Airport of Gudja. His farewell address was in English. "The future of peace in the world depends on strengthening dialogue and understanding between cultures and religions. Continue in your traditions". LIFE PERSON FAMILY SOLIDARITY

587. Papal Documents - JP960908.HTM - Fathers of the East Knew How to Listen to Spirit of God
John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus on September 8, 1996, the Holy Father spoke of the repeated demand for spirituality and the contribution of Eastern Christianity.

588. Papal Documents - b16peterpaul12.htm - Feast of Sts Peter and Paul 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

On Friday, 29 June 2012, the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the conferral of the sacred Pallium on 43 Metropolitan Archbishops in St Peter's Basilica. In his homily, the Pope spoke on Peter, the visible foundation of the the Church, to whom were given the keys of the kingdom. ROCK SKANDALON PAPACY JEREMIAH PASSION SWORD

589. Papal Documents - b16baptLord10.htm - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 10 January 2010, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father presided at Mass in the Sistine Chapel before baptizing 14 infants, 7 boys and 7 girls, all children of Vatican employees. The Pope reminded the parents and godparents, that in bringing the children to be baptized, they commit themselves to raising them in the faith. MANIFESTATION TRINITY EPHPHETHA LIGHT ILLUMINATION

590. Papal Documents - b16baptLord11.htm - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 9 January 2011, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in the Sistine Chapel during which he administered the sacrament of Baptism to 21 newborn babies. In his homily, the Pope spoke of the Son's obedience to His Father, in receiving a baptism of repentance in solidarity with sinners, whom He had come to save. JOHN THE BAPTIST SERVANT ISAIAH SACRAMENT INFANT BAPTISM

591. Papal Documents - JP2FETUS.HTM - Fetal Life Must Be Protected and Nurtured
Pope John Paul II

On 3 April 2000, the Holy Father addressed participants in an international congress on the "Fetus as a Patient", organized by the Gynaecological and Obstetrical Clinic of Rome's "La Sapienza" University, approving fetal therapies while condemning artificial means of reproduction. FERTILIZ GENETIC EMBRYO

592. Papal Documents - JP2FIDEI.HTM - Fidei Depositum
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution promulgating the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Issued 11 october, 1992. DOCTRINE DOGMA CREED DEPOSIT FAITH

593. Papal Documents - f1fideldispens.htm - Fidelis Dispensator et Prudens
Pope Francis

With his Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio 'Fidelis Dispensator et Prudens,' dated 24 February 2014, Pope Francis has established a new structure to coordinate the economic and administrative affairs of the Holy See and the Vatican City State. The following is the English text of his Motu Proprio. FINANCES PASTOR BONUS COUNCIL FOR THE ECONOMY SECRETARIAT FOR THE ECONOMY AUDITOR GENERAL CURIA

594. Papal Documents - JP961229.HTM - Fidelity of Husband and Wife Stands Like a Solid Rock on which Children's Trust Rests
John Paul II

"The message that comes from the Holy Family is first and foremost a message of faith: the house of Nazareth is a home which truly centers on God", the Holy said before he prayed the Angelus on December 29, 1996.

595. Papal Documents - b16fidperdoct.htm - Fides per Doctrinam
Pope Benedict XVI

With this Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio "Fides per Doctrinam", the Holy Father transfers the competence for catechesis from the Congregation for Catholic Education to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. The following is a translation of the Motu Proprio, which was written in Latin and dated 16 January 2013. It was published in Italian and Latin on 25 January. CATECHESIS CATECHISM RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION

596. Papal Documents - JP96-904.HTM - Fifth Centenary of First American Baptisms
John Paul II

Holy Father's Letter addressed to the Bishops of the Dominican Republic for the fifth centenary of the first Baptisms conferred in the New World.

597. Papal Documents - JP970210.HTM - Filipino Families Are Seeking Sound Doctrine, Grace and Human Empathy
John Paul II

"It is to the majority of the faithful who struggle each day to live up to the demands of their Christian dignity in marriage and the family that pastoral efforts are principally directed . . . . They look to their spiritual guides for the support of sound doctrine, the grace of the sacraments and the human empathy which will sustain them in the never easy mission of being a true 'domestic church', the first community to be evangelized, so that it in turn can be the proximate and immediate evangelizer of its members", the Holy Father said on February 10, 1997 to the third group of Philippine Bishops to make their ad limina visit to Rome. The Pope's talk focused on the family and the promotion of social justice.

598. Papal Documents - b16silence.htm - Finding the Essential in Silence
Pope Benedict XVI

In the late afternoon on Sunday, 9 October 2011, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of Second Vespers in the Church of the Charterhouse at Serra San Bruno. At this last event of his Pastoral Visit to Calabria, the Pope spoke on the importance of silence and solitude to experience the presence of God. ST BRUNO CARTHUSIANS MEDIA VIRTUALITY TECHNOLOGY MONKS REALITY

599. Papal Documents - JP2JOURN.HTM - First Address to Journalists
Pope John Paul II

During his first meeting with the representatives of the international press on 21 October 1978, the Holy Father commended them on their coverage of recent events, the death of Paul VI, the election and death of John Paul I, and his own election, and encouraged them to use the freedom of information and expression which they enjoy to "sets facts in their true significance for the Church and for mankind." COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA

600. Papal Documents - JP1ANGAD.HTM - First Angelus Address
Pope John Paul I

In his first Angelus address, the Holy Father reflected on his election as Pope and how he chose a double name.

601. Papal Documents - JP2ANGL1.HTM - First Angelus With the Faithful
Pope John Paul II

On 22 October 1978, in his first Angelus with the faithful as Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II recalled that, with the Blessed Virgin's fiat to the Angel of the Annunciation, the Church was conceived, with the conception of the Word made flesh. INCARNATION

602. Papal Documents - f1firstbened.htm - First Benediction Urbi et Orbi of Holy Father Francis
Pope Francis

This is the first Benediction Urbi et Orbi of newly elected Pope Francis, given from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, on Wednesday evening, 13 March 2013. BLESSING ROME

603. Papal Documents - B16GAUD1.HTM - First General Audience: 27 April 2005
Pope Benedict XVI

On 27 April 2005, the Holy Father spoke to the many pilgrims and visitors who had gathered in St Peter's Square for the first General Audience of his Pontificate. In his Catechesis, Pope Benedict XVI explained to the faithful why he had chosen the name "Benedict". ST BENEDICT XV

604. Papal Documents - b16vespetpaul.htm - First Vespers Homily: Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday evening, 28 June 2008, at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, the Holy Father presided at First Vespers of the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul for the opening of the Pauline Year that will continue until 29 June 2009. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, H.H. Bartholomew I, also took part. FAITH FREEDOM EUCHARIST SUFFERING

605. Papal Documents - b16vesptpl.htm - First Vespers of the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday evening, 28 June 2010, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls where he celebrated First Vespers of the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome. In his homily, the Pope announced the creation of a new Pontifical Council whose principal task is a renewed evangelization. MISSION MISSIONARY UNITY

606. Papal Documents - JP2PIJO.HTM - Five Men Linked by a Desire for Holiness
Pope John Paul II

On 3 September 2000, the Holy Father presided at a solemn concelebrated Mass in St Peter's Square, at which he beatified five servants of God: Popes Pius IX and John XXIII, Archbishop Tommaso Reggio of Genoa, Fr William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Marianists, and Dom Columba Marmion, Abbot of Maredsous and a noted spiritual author. Here is the Holy Father's homily. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION VATICAN MARTHA MARIANIST

607. Papal Documents - JP2FRANC.HTM - Follow the Example of Francis Faithfully
Pope John Paul II

On 9 August 2003, the Holy Father met with participants of the Third International Convention of "Young People to Assisi", held in Assisi from 3-10 August. He told the participants that as Francis encountered Christ in the poor and lepers, "so too you, faithfully following his example, will be able to welcome the Redeemer and to serve him... in every suffering and marginalized person". FRANCISCANS SAN DAMIANO

608. Papal Documents - JPSUMMIT.HTM - Food Security Results from Ethic of Solidarity
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Address to World Food Summit November 13, 1996.

609. Papal Documents - b16laverna.htm - For His Visit to La Verna
Pope Benedict XVI

Mount La Verna, where St Francis of Assisi received the wounds of the Passion of Christ, was to be visited by the Pope on Sunday afternoon, 13 May 2012, but his visit had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. This is a translation of the Address which the Holy Father intended to give and which was prepared in Italian. CROSS CRUCIFIX BONAVENTURE HUMILITY POVERELLO

610. Papal Documents - b16wdsick08.htm - For the 16th World Day of the Sick: 11 February
Pope Benedict XVI

This is the Holy Father's Message for the 16th World Day of the Sick, held on 11 February 2008. The Message, dated Friday, 11 January 2008, was a reminder to the sick that "pain, received with faith, becomes the door by which to enter the mystery of the redemptive suffering of Jesus and to reach with him the peace and happiness of his Resurrection." LOURDES EUCHARIST MARY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

611. Papal Documents - b16asspryr20.htm - For the 20th Anniversary: Interreligious Prayer Meeting for Peace, Assisi
Pope Benedict XVI

In honour of the 20th anniversary of John Paul II's Interreligious Prayer Meeting for Peace in Assisi, the Holy Father addressed a Message to Bishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino. The "spirit of Assisi" was an effort to achieve peace through collaboration among religions, though without intent of watering down differences in religious belief. RELATIVISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE TERRORISM VIOLENCE SYNCRETISM ST FRANCIS

612. Papal Documents - JP2UZHHO.HTM - For the 350th Anniversary of the Union of Uzhhorod
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II issued April 18, 1996.

613. Papal Documents - JP244ITA.HTM - For the 44th Italian Catholic Social Week
Pope John Paul II

On the occasion of the 44th Italian Catholic Social Week, 7-10 October 2004, the Holy Father, inspired by the theme of the Week, "Democracy: new scenes, new powers", sent a Message to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar of Rome. The Pope's message stressed that "authentic democracy" must centre on the person and acknowledge the truth, which "is the best antidote to ideological fanaticism in scientific, political and even religious circles." SUBSIDIARITY GOVERNMENT SOCIETY POLITICS RELATIVISM

614. Papal Documents - b16wdp45.htm - For the 45th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope Benedict XVI

For the 45th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated this year on 13 April 2008, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the Holy Father wrote a Message with the theme: "Vocations at the service of the Church on mission". While all Christians are called to spread the faith, some are called to evangelize the nations. EVANGELIZATION MISSIONARY APOSTLES PRIESTHOOD

615. Papal Documents - b16sacrdheart.htm - For the 50th Anniversary of Haurietis Aquas
Pope Benedict XVI

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pope Pius XII's Encyclical Haurietis Aquas (1956) on the centenary of the extension of the Feast of the Sacred Heart to the whole Church by Pius XII, the Holy Father sent a Letter to Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, Superior General of the Society of Jesus. We must draw from the source of the "Redeemer's pierced side" to which Haurietis Aquas refers us, the Pope wrote, if we want to attain "true knowledge of Jesus Christ and a deeper experience of his love". DEVOTION

616. Papal Documents - b16celam50.htm - For the 50th Anniversary of CELAM
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father wrote a Message, dated 14 May [2005], to mark the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Latin American Episcopal Council. Promoting vocations and family builds the new evangelization. CELAM MARRIAGE

617. Papal Documents - b16matmag50.htm - For the 50th Anniversary of John XXIII's Encyclical Mater et Magistra
Pope Benedict XVI

"The social question today is without a doubt one of world social justice". The Pope said this to the participants in the International Congress sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace whom he received in Audience on 16 May 2011 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of John XXIII's Encyclical Mater et Magistra. NEW EVANGELIZATION CHRISTIFIDELES LAITY TRUE HUMAN GOOD IMBALANCES CULTURAL SYNTHESES INEQUALITIES GLOBALIZATION PARICIPATORY DEMOCRACY EDUCATION SOCIAL PLANNING

618. Papal Documents - b16pryrvoc50.htm - For the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope Benedict XVI

'Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith': this is the theme chosen by Benedict XVI in his Message for the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on 21 April 2013, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Here is the English text of the Pope's Message which was dated 6 October 2012. COVENANT FAITHFULNESS PRIESTHOOD CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS LOGOS PRAYER YOUTH

619. Papal Documents - JP2WMS78.HTM - For the 78th World Mission Sunday: 17 October 2004
Pope John Paul II

On 29 April 2004, the Message of the Holy Father for the 78th World Mission Sunday (17 October 2004) was released by the Vatican. With his theme of "Eucharist and Mission," the Pope stresses the need to "re-launch the mission 'ad gentes' with courage, starting with the proclamation of Christ, Redeemer of every human person", and to draw the strength of resolve in this task from the Most Holy Eucharist. EVANGELIZATION MASS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

620. Papal Documents - b16centstclare.htm - For the Centenary of St Clare's Conversion
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of the Clarian year (16 April - 11 August 2012), commemorating the consecration and conversion of St Clare of Assisi, Benedict XVI addressed this Message to Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino. It was read on Saturday evening, 31 March, in the Cathedral of San Rufino at First Vespers of Palm Sunday. ST FRANCIS ST DAMIAN POOR CLARES FRANCISCANS

621. Papal Documents - b16Assishrines.htm - For the Coordination of Pastoral Activities at the Basilicas of St Francis
Pope Benedict XVI

Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio for the coordination of pastoral activities and initiatives at the well-known Basilicas of St. Francis and of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Umbria, in Central Italy, the Holy Father issued an Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio," dated 9 November 2005, containing new measures to meet the needs of our day. CONVENTUAL FRIARS MINOR

622. Papal Documents - f1monylaund.htm - For the Countering of Money Laundering, Financing of Terroism and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Pope Francis

On Thursday, 8 August 2013, Pope Francis issued a Motu Proprio for the prevention and countering of money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This Motu Proprio conforms to the steps already taken by Benedict XVI in this area with the Motu Proprio of 30 December 2010 for preventing and countering illegal activities in the areas of finance and currency. FINANCIAL INFORMATION AUTHORITY FINANCIAL SECURITY COMMITTEE

623. Papal Documents - b16diocesrome.htm - For the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 June 2006, in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome, whose theme was: "The joy of faith and the education of the new generations". This does not mean a shift in emphasis from the family, since it is the family that is primarily responsible for educating new generations. CATECHESIS RELATIVISM REASON SCIENCE AGNOSTICISM

624. Papal Documents - P10ANIV.HTM - For the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception
Pope Pius X

Extracts of an Allocution of Pope Pius X to the Bishops assembled in Rome on the anniversary. Given December 12, 1904. Pope St. Pius X exhorts the bishops to 'watch over your seminaries and over candidates for the priesthood.' PIUS X SEMINARIANS PRIESTHOOD

625. Papal Documents - b16dayfam08.htm - For the International Day of the Family
Pope Benedict XVI

On 16 May 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Forum of Family Associations and the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations meeting for the annual celebration of the International Day of the Family (15 May). The Pope spoke of the "urgent need for a common commitment to support families by every means available." MARRIAGE RIGHTS FIDELITY

626. Papal Documents - b16corchrs08.htm - For the Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday evening, 22 May 2008, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in front of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and then led the traditional Corpus Christi procession down the Via Merulana to St. Mary Major Basilica, before imparting the Eucharistic Blessing. In his homily, the Holy Father spoke of three aspects of the day's celebration, gathering in the Lord's Presence (Mass), walking with the Lord (Procession), and kneeling before the Lord (Adoration). STATIO UNITY PARTICULARISM ELIJAH

627. Papal Documents - b16migrants12.htm - For World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

Here is the Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 98th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2012 on the theme: "Migration and the New Evangelization" to be celebrated on 15 January 2012. The Pope sees "the phenomenon of migration today [as] a providential opportunity for the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world." IMMIGRATION MIGRANT WORKERS GLOBALIZATION ASYLUM

628. Papal Documents - b16synod12inter.htm - Fourteenth General Congregation: Holy Father's Intervention
Pope Benedict XVI

During the Fourteenth General Congregation, 14 October 2008, the Holy Father Benedict XVI intervened with a reflection on the Synodal theme. The Holy Father dwelt upon the fundamental criteria of Biblical exegesis, upon the dangers of a secularized and positivistic approach to the Sacred Scriptures and upon the need for a closer relationship between exegesis and theology. HISTORICAL-CRITICAL METHOD CANONICAL EXEGESIS BIBLE DEI VERBUM HERMENEUTICS

629. Papal Documents - JP2UKRN.HTM - Fourth Centenary of the Union of Brest
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II for the Fourth Centenary of the Union of Brest. Issued November 12, 1995. EASTERN ORTHODOX BYZANTINE

630. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch103.htm - Franciscan and Dominican Orders in the Middle Ages
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 13 January 2010, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father continued his Catecheses on medieval Christian culture, commenting on the movement of ecclesial reform promoted by the two great Mendicant Orders — the Franciscans and the Dominicans. REFORM FRANCIS OF ASSISI DOMINIC PAUPERS' MOVEMENTS POVERTY FRIARS MINOR PREACHERS CATHARS

631. Papal Documents - JP2FREED.HTM - Freedom of Conscience and of Religion
Pope John Paul II

September 1, 1980. John Paul submits a few special considerations on human rights, especially freedom of conscience, to the authorities of the Helsinki Final Act's signatory countries, with a view to encouraging a serious examination of the present situation of this liberty so as to ensure that it is effectively guaranteed everywhere. DIGNITY PRAYER PARENTS SCHOOLS MEDIA CIVIC DISCRIMINATION

632. Papal Documents - b16freerelig.htm - Freedom of Religion a Fundamental Human Right
Pope Benedict XVI

In a Message sent to participants in the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the Holy Father made a new appeal to all States for the "recognition of the fundamental human right to religious freedom" and called on them to "respect, and if need be protect, religious minorities". FREEDOM OF RELIGION WORSHIP TERTULLIAN LIBERTAS RELIGIONIS

633. Papal Documents - b16frndschrst.htm - Friends of Christ
Pope Benedict XVI

On 4 November 2011, in St Peter's Basilica the Pope presided at Vespers with the communities of the Pontifical Universities of Rome for the opening of the academic year. In his Homily to the staff and students, the Holy Father reminded them that the "only legitimate ascent to the ministry of the pastor is not that of success, but of the Cross." PRIESTHOOD VOCATIONS SEMINARIANS SHEPHERD SACRAMENTS SERVICE LITURGY

634. Papal Documents - b16creed11.htm - From a Woman's Womb Comes the New Creation
Pope Benedict XVI

The first General Audience in 2013 was held on Wednesday morning, 2 January. In his Catechesis for the faithful gathered in the Paul VI Hall, Benedict XVI reflected on the true origins of Jesus. "His true origins are in the Father, God," and as expressed in the Creed, “by the Holy Spirit [he] was incarnate of the Virgin Mary.” ANNUNCIATION NATIVITY EMMANUEL MARY NEW ADAM

635. Papal Documents - b16triduum.htm - From Darkness to Light!
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, 12 April 2006, the Holy Father commented on the Sacred Triduum and the role of these holy days in preparing the faithful spiritually for the celebration of Easter. HOLY THURSDAY GOOD FRIDAY HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL RESURRECTION

636. Papal Documents - f1gypsies.htm - From Hostility to Integration
Pope Francis

The lack of integration and social promotion today renders gypsies "among the most vulnerable" to new forms of exploitation and slavery. Pope Francis denounced this in his address on Thursday, 5 June 2014, to the participants in the meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, whom he received in the Clementine Hall. POVERTY SOLIDARITY

637. Papal Documents - JP2SUB.HTM - From Subiaco Shines a Beacon of Faith
Pope John Paul II

The Benedictine monastic family is preparing to celebrate the 1,500th anniversary of the foundation of St Benedict's first monastery at Subiaco, Italy. For the occasion the Holy Father sent a Message to the Abbot, Dom Mauro Meacci, in which he speaks of the centrality of prayer and reflection on God's Word in monastic life. RULE INTERIORIZATION LECTIO DIVINA

638. Papal Documents - f1msgwdp14.htm - Fruit Borne of Good Soil
Pope Francis

"Vocations, witness to the truth". This is the theme of the message written by Pope Francis for the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations to be celebrated 11 May 2014, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The Holy Father urged the disposition of our hearts to be "good soil," to receive the word of truth. HARVEST JERMIAH FOLLOW YOUNG PEOPLE PRIESTHOOD CONSECRATED LIFE

639. Papal Documents - JP950830.HTM - Full Christian Unity Can Be Achieved
Pope John Paul II

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640. Papal Documents - JP2TB12.HTM - Fullness of Interpersonal Communication
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience of 19 December 1979, the Holy Father continued his series on the Theology of the Body, analyzing the absence of shame in our first parents, despite their nakedness, and its bearing on their communication with each other. COMMUNION PERSONS

641. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch121.htm - Further Reflection on St Hildegard of Bingen
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 September 2010, the Holy Father came into Rome from Castel Gandolfo for the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The Pope's Catechesis focused once again on St Hildegard of Bingen, the gifted German religious and mystic who lived in the 12th century. VISIONS WOMEN BARBAROSSA ALEXANDER III

642. Papal Documents - JP950524.HTM - General Audience
Pope John Paul II

May 24, 1995 The Pope devotes this catechesis to the Pastoral Visit he made to Czecholovakia and Poland and links this visit to the document 'Tertio millennio adveniente.' JOHN PAUL II CZECHOLOVAKIA POLAND ECUMENISM

643. Papal Documents - JP950531.HTM - General Audience
Pope John Paul II

May 31, 1995 'The difficulties that sometimes accompany the development of evangelization highlight a delicate problem, whose solution is not to be sought in purely historical or sociological terms: the problem of the salvation of those who do not visibly belong to the Church.' JOHN PAUL II EVANGELIZATION SALVATION

644. Papal Documents - b16befxmas.htm - General Audience Before Christmas
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday, 22 December 2011, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father invited the faithful to let themselves be "surprised and illumined by this act of God which is totally unexpected: God makes himself a Child". REDEMPTION NATIVITY

645. Papal Documents - JP950503.HTM - General Audience May 3, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Pope speaks on the fundamental commitment of the Church to evangelization and how missionaries fulfill the principle that the whole Church is missionary. JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS EVANGELIZATION

646. Papal Documents - JP2F2295.HTM - General Audience of February 22, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II continues his discussion of consecrated life speaking on the role of male religious who do not receive Holy Orders. JOHN PAUL II RELIGIOUS INSTITUTES LAY BROTHERHOOD

647. Papal Documents - JP2F295.HTM - General Audience of Wednesday, February 15, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II continues his catechesis on consecrated life, speaking about religious priests. JOHN PAUL II CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS PRIESTS

648. Papal Documents - P6CATHRN.HTM - General Audience on Saint Catherine
Pope Paul VI

In his General Audience of 30 April 1969, Pope Paul VI recalled the devotion of St. Catherine of Siena, her love for the Church and the priesthood, and her pivotal role in returning the Papacy from Avignon to Rome in the 14th century. MYSTICISM STIGMATA WESTERN SCHISM HIERARCHY

649. Papal Documents - JP2PS150.HTM - General Audience, 26 February 2003
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience, commenting on Psalm 150, in which all resources of the Temple were called upon to offer worthy praise to God, the Holy Father called for an examination of conscience that would rid our churches of ugly texts and music. WORSHIP LITURGY PRAYER SAINTS

650. Papal Documents - b16gnaud113005.htm - General Audience: 30 November 2005
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 30 November 2005, the Holy Father commented on Psalm 137[136]:1-6, a lament over the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Exile. Quoting St. Augustine, the Pope spoke of those who are committed to peace and the common good, though lacking explicit faith in Christ. These too may be saved through the working of God's grace in them. SALVATION HOLOCAUST JEWS INVINCIBLE IGNORANCE BABYLON HEAVEN

651. Papal Documents - f1genaudind.htm - General Audiences
Pope Francis

At his Wednesday General Audiences, beginning on 27 March 2013, the Holy Father has a given a series of teachings on various subjects. This index page provides links to these addresses. WOMEN GOD THE FATHER JESUS ADVOCATE LAST JUDGMENT ST JOSEPH CHURCH FAMILY CULTURE WASTE REFUGEES EQUALITY

652. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch.htm - General Audiences: Christ and the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

At his Wednesday General Audiences, beginning 15 March 2006, the Holy Father gives a series of catechetical reflections on the relationship between Christ and His Church, which may be accessed through this index page. The series counters the notion that Christ is separable from the Catholic Church. TRINITY APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION TWELVE SHEPHERD MISSION ISRAEL LAST SUPPER INDIVIDUALISM

653. Papal Documents - JP2TBIND.HTM - General Audiences: John Paul II's Theology of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audiences, from September 1979, intermittently over a period of three years, and again in 1988, Pope John Paul II explained his Theology of the Body. Starting with the creation of man and woman as recorded in the Book of Genesis, he drew all the implications of that record for human love in the plan of God. This is an index page (in development) for the Holy Father's series of teachings on this subject. MARRIAGE UNITIVE MALE FEMALE SEX PROCREATION PERSONS METAPHYSICS BEING EXISTENCE IMAGE OF GOD ADAM MYTH ORIGINAL INNOCENCE SIN PROTO-GOSPEL MESSIAH SOLITUDE ANTHROPOLOGY LOGIC FREE WILL COVENANT PRAXIS COMMUNION CORPORALITY MOTHERHOOD FATHERHOOD MASCULINITY FEMININITY ADAM EVE MARY EUSEBEIA WISDOM REDEMPTION BEATITUDES HOLINESS LUST CHASTITY UNCHASTITY MODESTY TEMPERANCE PIETY FAMILY PEDAGOGY CULTURE OBJECTIVIZATION NUDITY PORNOGRAPHY NATURALISM NAKEDNESS SUBLIMATION LIFE DEATH REVELATION PHARISEES LEVIRATE LAW PLATO ARISTOTLE THOMAS AQUINAS GRACE SOUL SPIRIT PSYCHOSOMATIC ESCHATOLOGY BEATIFIC VISION WIVES HUSBANDS CHILDREN MASTERS SLAVES SERVANTS COMMUNIO PERSONARUM PROPHETISM FIDELITY ADULTERY CONJUGAL ACT CYCLES OF FERTILITY CONTINENCE FEAR

654. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr.htm - General Audiences: On Prayer
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 4 May 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father began a new catechetical series on the subject of prayer, the prayer "which Jesus taught and which the Church continues to teach us." This index page provides links to the sequence of General Audiences in which the Pope speaks on the subject. SPIRITUALITY EGYPT MESOPOTAMIA GREECE PLATO APULEIUS MARCUS AURELIUS PAGANISM ENLIGHTENMENT HOMO RELIGIOSUS IMAGE OF GOD AQUINAS HOMO ORANS WITTGENSTEIN KNEELING COVENANT SODOM GOMORRAH INTERCESSION JUSTICE

655. Papal Documents - b16creed.htm - General Audiences: On the Creed for the Year of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

The Creed will be the guiding thread of the new series of Catecheses dedicated to the Year of Faith that the Holy Father inaugurated at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 17 October 2012. This index page provides links to the sequence of General Audiences in which the Pope speaks on central truths of the Faith. CHRIST LOVE WORD OF GOD KERYGMA CATECHISM SECULARIZATION RELATIVISM INDIVIDUALISM

656. Papal Documents - b16stpaulind.htm - General Audiences: St. Paul the Apostle
Pope Benedict XVI

At his Wednesday General Audiences, beginning 2 July 2008, the Holy Father gives a series of catechetical reflections on St. Paul the Apostle, which may be accessed through this index page. The series coincides with the Year of St. Paul, 29 June 2008 to 29 June 2009. ROMAN EMPIRE JEWS HELLENISM STOICISM

657. Papal Documents - P6DIACON.HTM - General Norms for Restoring the Permanent Diaconate in the Latin Church
Paul VI

"Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem" Motu Proprio issued June 18, 1967.

658. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr36.htm - God Comforts in Trial and Tribulation
Pope Benedict XVI

Living every situation united to Christ is the only way to overcome discouragement in the face of suffering and troubles, Benedict XVI said to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square at the General Audience of Wednesday, 30 May 2012. ST PAUL SUFFERING PERSECUTION PRAYER AMEN

659. Papal Documents - JP2PELCZ.HTM - God Demands No More Than We Can Give
Pope John Paul II

On 18 May 2003, the Holy Father canonized four Saints at a Mass in St Peter's Square: Bl. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, Bishop of Przemysl, Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; Bl. Ursula Julia Ledochowska, virgin, Foundress of the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Agony; Bl. Maria De Mattias, virgin, Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ; Bl. Virginia Centurione Bracelli, widow, Foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge on Mount Calvary, and of the Daughters of Our Lady on Mount Calvary. HOLINESS MARY

660. Papal Documents - f1genaud3.htm - God for a Father
Pope Francis

Christ's Resurrection and its meaning for Christian life were the subject of Pope Francis' Reflection during the General Audience, held in St Peter's Square on Wednesday morning, 10 April 2013. Because of the Resurrection, we can become children of God. BAPTISM ABBA HOPE

661. Papal Documents - f1genaud48.htm - God Forgives: Nature Does Not
Pope Francis

On 21 May 2014, the Holy Father gave a catechesis at the General Audience on the spiritual gift of knowledge. In this gift we are lead "to grasp, through creation, the greatness and love of God and his profound relationship with every creature". For this, he urged the faithful to respect creation, that precious gift of God through which we come to know him and of which we were made guardians. GENESIS CREATOR FRANCIS OF ASSISI

662. Papal Documents - JP97216.HTM - God has made a new covenant in Christ
John Paul II

"At the beginning of Lent, Christ's victory over the devil gives us an indication of how to defeat evil with asceticism, of which fasting is an expression, in order to live this season in a genuine way", the Holy Father said, during Mass he celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent, February 16, 1997, at the Roman Parish of St Andrew Avellino.

663. Papal Documents - JP2MATR.HTM - God Himself Is the Author of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

On 1 February 2001, the Holy Father received the Prelate Auditors, officials and advocates of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota for the opening of the new judicial year. The Pope took the occasion to speak of marriage as a natural institution, stressing: "When the Church teaches that marriage is a natural reality, she is proposing a truth evinced by reason for the good of the couple and of society, and confirmed by the revelation of Our Lord". FAMILY NATURE SACRAMENT PERSON CULTURE LAW

664. Papal Documents - stampaf1.htm - God Is Always Opening Doors
Andrea Tornielli

Here is an English translation of the interview given by Pope Francis to the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa, published on Sunday, 15 December 2013. In his interview,the Holy Father addresses such questions as what Christmas means to him and the suffering of the innocent. HOPE POVERTY HUNGER JOY HOLY LAND CHILDREN MARXISM ECONOMY PAPACY ECUMENISM SACRAMENTS BAPTISM DIVORCE POLITICS WOMEN IOR

665. Papal Documents - JP2BVM17.HTM - God Is Ever Faithful to His Covenant
Pope John Paul II

In the General Audience of 24 April 1996, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Blessed Virgin by focusing on the the spousal imagery of husband and wife used in the Old Testament to portray the Covenant relationship between God and Israel. This was the 17th in the series. For the series, see Index Page. SALVATION HISTORY INFIDELITY IDOLATRY HOSEA

666. Papal Documents - JP2STWRD.HTM - God Made Man the Steward of Creation
Pope John Paul II

The effort to prevent ecological catastrophe was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of Wednesday, 17 January 2001. The Pope reminded his listeners that man's lordship over creation is not "absolute, but ministerial: it is a real reflection of the unique and infinite lordship of God. Hence man must exercise it with wisdom and love, sharing in the boundless wisdom and love of God". ECOLOGY PARADIS NYSSA BUBER

667. Papal Documents - JP97101A.HTM - God Never Tires of Loving and Forgiving Us
John Paul II

"It is hard and sometimes even appears to be impossible to forgive, but it is the only way, because all revenge and all violence give rise to further revenge and violence", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Wednesday, 1 January, World Day of Peace.

668. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr9.htm - God Speaks in Silence
Pope Benedict XVI

Monasteries are true and proper oases of the spirit in which God speaks to humanity. The Pope said this to the faithful at the General Audience of Wednesday, 10 August 2011, that was held in the courtyard of the Papal Residence at Castel Gandolfo. ST CLARE POOR CLARES ST DAMIAN SAN DAMIANO

669. Papal Documents - b16normsts.htm - God Wants Normal Saints
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo on Wednesday, 20 August 2008, the Holy Father reflected on several Saints, "remarkable examples of holiness", who are commemorated in the liturgical calendar this week: St. John Eudes, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Pope St. Pius X and St. Rose of Lima. HOLINESS

670. Papal Documents - JP951119.HTM - God Will Judge the World With Justice
John Paul II

November 19, 1996 Pope John Paul II reflects on the "last things".

671. Papal Documents - f1masyndbps14.htm - God's Dream
Pope Francis

On Sunday, 5 October 2014, Pope Francis presided at the celebration of Holy Mass in the Vatican Basilica on the occasion of the opening of the third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: "The Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization". VINEYARD GREED PRIDE SHEPHERDS

672. Papal Documents - JP961221.HTM - God's Grace Will Nourish Your Love
John Paul II

"But what is salvation? We must rediscover the rich meaning of this word that is central to the Christian proclamation, that is evoked by the very name of Jesus: God saves", the Holy Father said on Saturday, 21 December 1996, when he received in audience the members of the Roman Curia for the annual exchange of Christmas greetings. The Holy Father reviewed the year's principal events and appealed to "all who have power and responsibility not to draw back from the critical emergencies".

673. Papal Documents - JJP2COM.HTM - God's Law Is Written on the Human Heart
Pope John Paul II

At his General Audience of 1 March 2000, the Holy Father reflected on his recent journey to Egypt, the first stage of his Jubilee Pilgrimage, speaking especially of its high point, the visit to Mount Sinai, where God gave His law to Moses. COMMANDMENTS BEATITUDES MORAL

674. Papal Documents - f1genaud20.htm - God's Orchestra
Pope Francis

On Wednesday morning, 9 October 2013, the Holy Father delivered his General Audience catechesis to the faithful gathered in a rainy St Peter's Square. The Pope explained the meaning of catholicity, universality and unity in a diverse Church. CATHOLIC UNIVERSAL UNITY HARMONY DIVERSITY HOLY SPIRIT

675. Papal Documents - JP2TB43.HTM - Gospel Values and Duties of the Human Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 15 October 1980, the Holy Father continued his analysis of "adultery in the heart" by distinguishing condemnation of lust from a condemnation of the body. MANICHAEISM GNOSIS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY MASCULINE FEMININE

676. Papal Documents - JP970215.HTM - Great Jubilee Will Benefit All Humanity
John Paul II

The Church's gaze ... is turned to the Year 2000, which is a highly significant date, a Holy Year of special importance for many of our contemporaries, the Holy Father said to members of the Regional Board and Council of the Lazio region, whom he received in audience on Saturday, February 15, 1997. The Pope spoke of the need for Church and government officials to work together in planning for the Great Jubilee.

677. Papal Documents - JP2US95N.HTM - Greeting in Baltimore Cathedral October 8, 1995
Pope John Paul II

during his visit to the United Nations and the United States.

678. Papal Documents - JP2US95J.HTM - Greeting in St. Patrick's, October 7, 1995
Pope John Paul II

Following the recitation of the Rosary, the Holy Father greets those present, addressing special words to Religious and to Catholic families. Recognizing the particular difficulties which these two groups encounter in living out their vocations, he encourages Religious in their witness to the newness of life in Christ and asks families to grow in unity and to foster God's gift of life. He especially commends family prayer and recourse

679. Papal Documents - JP2US95C.HTM - Greeting to the United Nations Staff, October 5, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addresses a special greeting to the staff members of the United Nations Organization and expresses the Church's support for their work on behalf of international justice and peace. In the international order, the Church is the voice of human conscience, proclaiming that the human person must be the true focus of all social, political and economic activity. His Holiness encourages the staff members to allow re

680. Papal Documents - JP2MSSZL.HTM - Grow in Faith and Missionary Zeal
Pope John Paul II

On the afternoon of Christmas Day, the Holy Father opened the Holy Door in the Basilica of St John Lateran and led the faithful into the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, where he celebrated Second Vespers of the Solemnity of Christmas. The Pope expressed the hope that the mystery of Christmas would fill the hearts of Rome's diocesan community with lasting light and recalled that they had entered through the Holy Door, "which represents Christ himself." HOLY YEAR JUBILEE

681. Papal Documents - JP2SPYR.HTM - Grow in Love of Christ and His Church as St. Paul Tells Us
Pope John Paul II

In his Message to those taking part in the Convention in Speyer, Germany, a follow-up to the meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in St Peter's Square on the eve of Pentecost last year, the Holy Father urged them to be committed to a common witness. He rejoiced to see how new movements and communities "feel the need to come together in ecclesial communion...to share the gifts they have received, support one another in difficulty and cooperate to face the challenges of the new evangelization together." ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS SPEYER CONVENTION CHARISMS

682. Papal Documents - P12LAYAP.HTM - Guiding Principles of the Lay Apostolate
Pope Pius XII

Address of His Holiness Pope Pius XII to the Second World Congress of the Lay Apostolate October 5, 1957. Also contains an appendix with a summation of the conclusions adopted by the Congress. PIUS XII LAY APOSTOLATE

683. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch7.htm - Having a Vision from on High
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on 10 May 2006, the Holy Father explained the origin of Apostolic Succession and the meaning of episcopal ministry. BISHOP IRENAEUS

684. Papal Documents - f1genaud50.htm - He Who Warms the Heart
Pope Francis

It isn't just compassion or pietism, but awareness of the Lord's love, which "warms the heart and moves us quite naturally to prayer and to celebration". This is how Pope Francis — continuing his catecheses dedicated to the gifts of the Holy Spirit — explained the meaning of piety to the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the General Audience on Wednesday 4 June 2014. ADORATION GENTLENESS

685. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr21.htm - Hearts Open to the Needs of Those Beside Us
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience of 14 December 2011, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father continued his Catecheses on the prayer of Jesus. In prayer, the Pope said, Christians strengthen their "personal relationship with God" and at the same time open "their hearts to the needs of those beside them". MIRACLES EPHPHATHA SIGH LAZARUS HEALING DEAF MUTE

686. Papal Documents - JP2HEAVN.HTM - Heaven, Hell and Purgatory
Pope John Paul II

In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of the spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. ESCHATOLOGY SALVATION PURIFICATION DAMNATION

687. Papal Documents - f1genaud13.htm - Help for Refugee Families
Pope Francis

"Unity is a grace that we must ask of the Lord, that he free us from the temptation of division, of fighting among ourselves, of selfishness, of gossip". The Pope said this at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. ST PAUL CHURCH BODY OF CHRIST

688. Papal Documents - P6HIERSV.HTM - Hierarchical Function Is Service
Pope Paul VI

At his General Audience, 12 March 1969, Pope Paul VI devoted his address to the topic of service, which is the responsibility of all to whom authority has been given.

689. Papal Documents - b16hildbing.htm - Hildegard of Bingen, a Woman and Sage of the Churc
Pope Benedict XVI

The following is the English text of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, dated 7 October 2012, prclaiming Saint Hildegard of Bingen, professed nun of the Order of Saint Benedict, a Doctor of the Universal church. RELIGIOUS LIFE REFORM REVELATION MYSTIC VISIONS BIBLE LITURGY BODY ADAM EVE HOMO VIATOR SACRAMENTS CHURCH SENSES VIRTUE WOMAN

690. Papal Documents - JP2URB1.HTM - His First Urbi et Orbi Address
Pope John Paul II

On the morning of Tuesday 17 October 1978, the day after his election as Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass together with the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. At the end of the Mass, His Holiness addressed the cardinals and the world, pledging fidelity to Vatican II. ECCLESIOLOGY PAPACY BISHOPS COLLEGIALITY MAGISTERIUM ECUMENISM

691. Papal Documents - JP2HEART.HTM - His Heart is the Heart of the Church
Pope John II

In his message for the Centenary of the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Father calls on all believers, inspired by the "living image of the infinite love of Christ", to participate in the work of salvation. Their consecration commits believers to join in the "missionary activity of the Church herself, because it answers the desire of Jesus' Heart". LEO XIII VATICAN II EUCHARIST

692. Papal Documents - b16journafr.htm - His Recent Journey to Africa
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 April 2009, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke of his first Apostolic Visit to Africa, referring to the days he spent in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and in Luanda, Angola. ST JOSEPH PEACE

693. Papal Documents - b16hlyprsts.htm - Holiness in Priests Before Culture and Eloquence
Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope met with the rectors, professors and students of the Pontifical Seminaries of Campania, Calabria and Umbria on 26 January 2012, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, on the occasion of the centenary of the Seminaries’ foundation. In his Address, the Holy Father emphasized that "the study of theology must always be closely tied to the life of prayer." REGIONAL SEMINARIES FORMATION PHILOSOPHY PRIESTS

694. Papal Documents - b16chrsmass08.htm - Holy Chrism Mass
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday morning, 20 March 2008, the Holy Father celebrated the Chrism Mass, focused on the priesthood, in St. Peter's Basilica. The Adsum -- "Here I am" -- uttered by the priest on the day of his ordination, should be a continuing response to God's call, "Whom shall I send?" (Isa 6:8) ARS CELEBRANDI WORD OF GOD SERVANT VOCATION

695. Papal Documents - b16chrsmass06.htm - Holy Chrism Mass: God in Us, We in God
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday morning, 13 April 2006, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father was the Principal Celebrant at the Chrism Mass, with more than 1,500 priests us concelebrants. In his homily, the Holy Father reflected on the mystery of the priesthood, that a mere human being can "speak with his "I": in persona Christi," so that Christ exercises his priesthood through the priest. EUCHARIST ANOINTING PRAYER

696. Papal Documents - b16chrsmass07.htm - Holy Chrism Mass: In Persona Christi
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday morning, 5 April 2007, the Holy Father celebrated the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. In his homily, the Pope related the "exchange of clothing" in Baptism, wherein the Christian puts on Christ, to the exchange in ordination, when the priest begins to act and speak "in persona Christi." HOLY ORDERS MASS VESTMENTS VESTING ARS CELEBRANDI

697. Papal Documents - JP2HLYCT.HTM - Holy City is Mother of All Churches
Pope John Paul II

In a letter to the Patriarch, Auxiliary Bishops, priests and deacons, men and women religious, and the faithful of the Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem for Latins, the Holy Father recalls the importance of Jerusalem to all Christians. SHRINE ISRAEL PALESTIN FRANCISCAN

698. Papal Documents - JP951231.HTM - Holy Family Radiates Example of True Love
John Paul II

Given on the Feast of the Holy Family, December 31, 1996. The Holy Father adds a new title to the Litany of Loretto, Queen of the Family.

699. Papal Documents - JP2JA18B.HTM - Holy Father Greets Delegations From 22 Churches and Ecclesial Communities
Pope John Paul II

Following the Ecumenical Celebration held on 18 January 2000 at the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls, the Holy Father went to the Benedictine Abbey attached to the basilica for a luncheon with the members of the delegations from various Churches and Ecclesial Communities that had participated in the service. At the end of the fraternal meal the Pope expressed his gratitude to all the delegations and to the Benedictine monks who hosted the gathering. JUBILEE ECUMENICAL

700. Papal Documents - JJP2MRNT.HTM - Holy Father to Maronite Pilgrims
Pope John Paul II

On 10 February 2000, the Holy Father received members of the Maronite community, who had come to Rome for the Jubilee of Maronites. In his address, the Pope commended the See of Antioch for its fidelity to the See of Rome, in commitment to the unity of the Church. ST MARON EVANGELIZATION LEBANON

701. Papal Documents - JP2HT95.HTM - Holy Father's 1995 Letter to Priests For Holy Thursday
Pope John Paul II

The Pope discusses the important role of women in priests' life. Released April 7, 1995 by the Vatican. JOHN PAUL II HOLY THURSDAY WOMEN PRIESTS

702. Papal Documents - JP2ROTA.HTM - Holy Father's Address to Roman Rota
Pope John Paul II

On 21 January 2000, the Holy Father addressed officials of the Roman Rota in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace. The Pope spoke of the possible juridical effect of the current divorce mentality on marital consent and reiterated the Church's constant teaching that a ratified consummated marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power, not even the Roman Pontiff's. MAGISTERIUM ANNULMENT TRIBUNAL

703. Papal Documents - JP2PTRNS.HTM - Holy Father's Apostolic Letter: Three Co-patronesses of Europe
Pope John Paul II

In December 1980, the Holy Father declared the brothers Cyril and Methodius co-patrons of Europe, with St Benedict. Now (Oct '99) the Pope has designated three patronesses, Sts Bridget of Sweden, Catherine of Siena, and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. "Three great saints, three women who at different times—two in the very heart of the Middle Ages and one in our own century—were outstanding for their fruitful love of Christ's Church and their witness to his Cross." SANCTITY PROPHECY HOLOCAUST

704. Papal Documents - JJP2CORP.HTM - Holy Father's Homily for Corpus Christi
Pope John Paul II

On Thursday evening, 22 June 2000, thousands of the faithful gathered in front of the Basilica of St John Lateran for the Holy Father's Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi. The Holy Father's homily was centred on the three themes suggested by the Scripture readings of the feast: the institution of the Eucharist, the sacrifice of Melchizedek and the multiplication of the loaves. At the end of Mass the Pope, prelates, clergy, religious and lay faithful escorted the Blessed Sacrament in solemn procession to the Basilica of St Mary Major, where Benediction was celebrated. EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS

705. Papal Documents - b16radtvint.htm - Holy Father's Interview with Vatican Radio, German Television Networks
Pope Benedict XVI

On 13 August 2006, Vatican Radio (VR) broadcast an interview of the Holy Father with the station and various German television networks: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Rundfunkanstalten Deutschlands (ARD), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) and Deutsche Welle (DW). The interview, in preparation for the Pope's Visit to Germany (9-14 September 2006), was taped in German at the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo on Saturday, 5 August. The translation is from L'Osservatore Romano. SECULARIZATION YOUTH MIDDLE EAST POLITICS PAPACY PROTESTANTS MARRIAGE ABORTION AIDS EUROPE WOMEN BEATIFICATIONS CANONIZATIONS

706. Papal Documents - JJP2LENT.HTM - Holy Father's Message for Lent 2000
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father highlights the special character of Lent in the year of the Great Jubilee. It is a time for all the faithful to "renew their fidelity to Christ and proclaim his mystery of salvation with renewed ardour in the new millennium." PILGRIM HOLY LAND CONVERSION PERSON

707. Papal Documents - JP2LNT03.HTM - Holy Father's Message for Lent 2003
Pope John Paul II

Published 6 February, the Lenten Message of the Holy Father for 2003 has for its theme, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Ac 20,35). He draws a close connection between the virtue of charity and the new evangelization, and shows the need for charity to form the basis for social assistance. SOLIDARITY COMPASSION

708. Papal Documents - JP2LNT05.HTM - Holy Father's Message for Lent 2005
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II in his Message for Lent 2005 exhorted the faithful to express their affection and respect for the elderly, in the face of proposals to introduce euthanasia. In a text from the Book of Deuteronomy "Loving the Lord ... Means Life to You, and Length of Days," the Holy Father expresses the hope that this Lent will help "to deepen the awareness of the role that the elderly are called to play in society and in the Church." MORTIFICATION MEDICINE PALLIATIVE CURES SOLIDARITY

709. Papal Documents - JP2HL2K.HTM - Holy Land Pilgrimage
Pope John Paul II

From 20 to 26 March 2000, Pope John Paul II made a personal and apostolic pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He visited Mt. Nebo and Wadi Al Kharrar in Jordan, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Mt Tabor, Tabgha and Capernaum in Israel, and Bethlehem in the territory of the Palestinian Authority. In addition to celebrating Catholic liturgies in the Basilicas of the Annunciation, Nativity and Holy Sepulcher, on the Mt. of Beatitudes and in Amman Stadium, the Holy Father met with various dignitaries such as King Abdullah, Yassar Arafat, President Weizman and Prime Minister Barak and conducted ecumenical and religious meetings with Jewish rabbis, Moslem muftis, Orthodox and Catholic Patriarchs and bishops, and other Christians. Among the most moving events were his visits to the Holocaust Memorial, the Western Wall and the Dheisheh refugee camp.

710. Papal Documents - JP2UKRBE.HTM - Holy Mass (Latin Rite) and Beatifications
Pope John Paul II

On 26 June 2001, at the Hippodrome, Lviv, the Holy Father beatified the servants of God, Józef Bilczewski and Zygmunt Gorazdowski, whose lives were an unceasing response to Our Lady's call for obedience to her Son, "Do whatever he tells you." UKRAINE

711. Papal Documents - JP2KYIV.HTM - Holy Mass (Latin Rite) at Kyiv
Pope John Paul II

On 24 June 2001, the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, the Holy Father's homily at Chayka Airport, Kyiv, recalls the baptism of St. Volodymyr and his countrymen, which "began the flowering of Christian life" in "the land of the ancient Rus'." UKRAINE BYZANTINE

712. Papal Documents - f1WWImem.htm - Holy Mass at the Military Memorial of Redipuglia
Pope Francis

Here is the translation of Pope Francis' homily, 13 September 2014, during Mass at the World War I memorial in Redipuglia, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war's beginning. The Holy Father addresses the ironic words of war, "What does it matter to me?" hanging above the entrance of the cemetery. IDEOLOGY CAIN MONEY POWER

713. Papal Documents - b16epiph13.htm - Holy Mass for Epiphany 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 January 2013, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the Eucharistic Celebration in St Peter's Basilica, during which the Holy Father ordained four men to the Episcopate. In his Homily, the Pope spoke on the kind of man a Bishop must be. PILGRIMAGE MAGI COURAGE AGNOSTICISM FEAR OF GOD

714. Papal Documents - b16synod12p12.htm - Holy Mass in Memory of the Supreme Pontiff Pius XII on the 50th
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 October 2008, during the 12th Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father Benedict XVI presided at the Holy Mass in the Vatican Basilica, in memory of the Supreme Pontiff Pius XII on the 50th Anniversary of his death. Pope Benedict recalled the measures taken by Pope Pius to safeguard the Jews of Rome, as well as his Encyclicals on ecclesiology, Scripture and liturgy. WORLD WAR II BIBLE SCRIPTURE LITURGY BEATIFICATION

715. Papal Documents - JP2CHM95.HTM - Holy Thursday Chrism Mass
Pope John Paul II

On the morning of Holy Thursday, April 13, 1995, Pope John Paul II celebrated the traditional Chrism Mass and gave this homily. JOHN PAUL II PRIESTS CHRISM HOLY THURSDAY

716. Papal Documents - b16chrsmas09.htm - Holy Thursday Chrism Mass 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday morning, 9 April 2009, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father was the Principal Celebrant at the Chrism Mass, with the Cardinals, Bishops, and priests of Rome. In his homily, the Pope urged priests to be holy by living the essence of their vocation, as reflected in the prayer of Christ, that his followers be consecrated in truth. CONSECRATE SANCTIFY SACRIFICE DISCIPLES PRIESTHOOD TRUTH HOLINESS

717. Papal Documents - b16LordSup10.htm - Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday, 1 April 2010, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St John Lateran. Here, celebrating the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Cathedral of Rome, the Pope reflected on Jesus' priestly prayer which, he said, "gives us the assurance that the preaching of the Apostles will never fail throughout history". UNITY PRIESTHOOD KNOWLEDGE NAME LIFE CHURCH

718. Papal Documents - JP2HSCHL.HTM - Home and school must work together
Pope John Paul II

On 6 June 1998 the Holy Father met the Italian Association of Parents of Catholic Schools. He encouraged them to work with teachers in providing a Christian education for their children and once again called on the Italian State to give full parity to Church-run schools. EDUCATION PAROCHIAL

719. Papal Documents - b16hombaptind.htm - Homilies on Baptism
Pope Benedict XVI

Central in the preaching of Benedict XVI is the Sacrament of Baptism, by which the Church gives birth to the children of God. This page provides links to the Holy Father's Homilies, over a seven-year period, on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and on the Easter Vigil, in which Baptism was a major theme. Included is an extemporaneous Lectio Divina on Baptism, given on 11 June 2012. HOLY FAMILY WATER CATECHISM IMMERSION CONVERSION JOHN BAPTIST SACRAMENT MANIFESTATION TRINITY ILLUMINATION LIGHT EPHPHETHA SERVANT ISAIAH INFANT BAPTISM ETERNAL LIFE POMPS DEVIL OIL WORD HOLY SPIRIT GODPARENTS PRAYER DEATH SHEOL RESURRECTION FIRE NEW CREATION TORAH RED SEA ENOCH TREE OF LIFE PASCHAL CANDLE LOGOS SABBATH COVENANT CREATOR

720. Papal Documents - JP2LOURD.HTM - Homily and Other Words of the Holy Father, at Lourdes 2004
Pope John Paul II

During his pilgrimage to Lourdes, 14-15 August 2004, the Holy Father gave the homily for Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption. He spoke of the joy of the Blessed Mother, as expressed in the Magnificat, for being "looked upon" by God in her lowliness, for the service she was able to give her cousin Elizabeth, and for the blessedness promised to those of "low degree." Also the Holy Father's Introduction to Recitation of the Rosary, Introduction to the Torchlight Procession, and the Angelus message. WOMEN YOUTH FREEDOM SILENCE

721. Papal Documents - JP2US95F.HTM - Homily at Aqueduct Racetrack, October 6, 1995
Pope John Paul II

In the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Holy Father invokes the Holy Spirit, the active agent of the Church's mission of evangelization, and challenges his listeners to recognize that the true 'progress of peoples' is linked to evangelization. He asks if there is room in America for the mystery of God's Kingdom and its message of life and salvation. Emphasizing the urgent need to honor and defend marriage and family life for the good of soc

722. Papal Documents - JP2ASTAN.HTM - Homily at Astana, Kazakhstan
Pope John Paul II

On 23 September 2001, in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, on the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father celebrated Mass and gave the homily. In his homily he reminded Catholics that "Christians are both inhabitants of this world and citizens of the Kingdom of heaven. They commit themselves wholeheartedly to the building of earthly society, but they remain focused upon the good things of eternity ..." MUSLIM ORTHODOX INTERRELIGIOUS EVANGEL

723. Papal Documents - JP2PIO.HTM - Homily at Beatification of Padre Pio
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday 2 May 1999, Pope John Paul II beatified Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, giving this homily. For more information on this humble Capuchin friar, see our Padre Pio mini-site.

724. Papal Documents - JP2US95H.HTM - Homily at Central Park, October 7, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father rejoices at the presence of so many young people who have responded to the promptings of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit's work in human history is reflected in the first three Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. The Spirit makes believers children of God (the Annunciation), prompting them to reach out to others (the Visitation) and to draw near to the Incarnate Son of God (the Nativity). His Holiness encourages the young people t

725. Papal Documents - JP2US95E.HTM - Homily at Giants Stadium, October 5, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father points out the Church's responsibility for proclaiming God's Kingdom and calls upon the Catholic laity to take their part in the new evangelization, bearing witness to their faith in their daily lives. He encourages Americans to be faithful to their best tradition as an hospitable and generous society. Christians in particular are called to defend those whose right to life is threatened or denied.

726. Papal Documents - JP960206.HTM - Homily at Holy Christ Shrine
Pope John Paul II

February 6, 1996 during his Pastoral Visit to Guatemala. Hail, O Cross of Christ, sign of our victory over sin and death!

727. Papal Documents - JJP2SUPP.HTM - Homily at Mass of the Lord's Supper
Pope John Paul II

On Holy Thursday, 2000, the Holy Father recalled the Jewish Passover, which relives the exodus from Egypt, and the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery, to which Christ gave new meaning: the New Covenant, sealed by God with the Death and Resurrection of his Son. EUCHARIST PRIESTHOOD

728. Papal Documents - b16xmaseve12.htm - Homily at Midnight Mass 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

On Christmas Eve, 24 December 2012, the Holy Father presided at Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica. Thirty Cardinals concelebrated, as well as many members of the Episcopate and the Roman Curia. In his homily, the Pope raised the question of whether we have room for God in our lives. CONVERSION TRUTH GOODNESS MONOTHEISM

729. Papal Documents - JJP2REGI.HTM - Homily at Regina Coeli Prison
Pope John Paul II

On 9 July 2000, the Holy Father celebrated the Jubilee in Prisons by visiting Rome's "Regina Coeli" Prison, where he celebrated Mass. In his homily, the Pope stressed the spiritual sense of the liberation that Christ came to bring us, liberation from sin. PERSON REHABILITATION RETRIBUTION CLEMENCY

730. Papal Documents - JP2JA18A.HTM - Homily at St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls
Pope John Paul II

On 18 January 2000, the first day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Holy Father presided at an Ecumenical Celebration at the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls and opened the Holy Door of the fourth and last of Rome's patriarchal basilicas. Present were Metropolitan Athanasios, of Heliopolis and Thera, and Dr George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, with representatives of over 20 Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities. During the service the Pope preached on the theme of Christian unity. ECUMENISM JUBILEE BAPTISM EVANGELIZATION

731. Papal Documents - JP2BEGIN.HTM - Homily at the Beginning of His Pastoral Ministry
Pope John Paul II

In his first homily as Supreme Pontiff, 22 October 1978, John Paul II, reflected on St. Peter's confession and the words of Christ founding His Church on Peter. According to the Lord's will, Peter came to Rome, as have his successors. QUO VADIS PAPACY TRIREGNUM TIARA

732. Papal Documents - JP2PIOCN.HTM - Homily at the Canonization of Padre Pio
Pope John Paul II

At the canonization Mass for Padre Pio, 16 June 2002, the Holy Father recalled the "spirituality of the Cross lived by the humble Capuchin friar from Pietrelcina." FRANCISCAN STIGMATA CONFESSION CHARITY PRAYER

733. Papal Documents - b16synod12close.htm - Homily at the Close of the 12th Synod of Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 26 October 2008, the Holy Father concelebrated Mass with the Synod Fathers in St. Peter's Basilica for the conclusion of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The Church's task, according to the Holy Father, is to nourish us on God's Word for an effective new evangelization. SACRED SCRIPTURE BIBLE

734. Papal Documents - JP2WY10B.HTM - Homily at the Closing Mass of the 10th World Youth Day
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father exhorted young people to 'build bridges of dialogue and communication with your parents' and 'to break down the barriers which have been raised between generations!' The Pope warned young people against falling into 'subtle but real forms of moral slavery' by abusing drugs, alcohol or 'the beautiful gift of sexuality.' This homily was given on January 15 in Manila, the Philippines. JOHN PAUL II WORLD YOUTH D

735. Papal Documents - JJP2ESTV.HTM - Homily at the Easter Vigil
Pope John Paul II

According to the Holy Father, "all the 'work' of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 is in some way linked to this night of Vigil, which brings to fulfilment the night of the Lord’s Nativity. Bethlehem and Calvary evoke the same mystery of the love of God ..." PASSOVER INITIATION

736. Papal Documents - b16ordpriests.htm - Homily at the Ordination of Priests
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 20 June 2010, the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Holy Father presided in St Peter's Basilica at Holy Mass, during which he conferred Priestly Ordination on 14 deacons for the Diocese of Rome. In his homily, the Pope stressed that it is a priesthood of prayer and service, not of prestige and power. CROSS POTESTAS SACRA EUCHARIST

737. Papal Documents - homstannes.htm - Homily at the Vatican's Church of St. Anne
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 February 2006, the Holy Father visited the Parish of St. Anne, just inside the Vatican gate, where he presided at the concelebration of Sunday Mass. The Lord "gives us his hand, lifts us up and heals us", the Pope said. "dispelling the fog of ideologies and forms of idolatry". WOMEN OUR FATHER LIFE

738. Papal Documents - b16synod12hom.htm - Homily by the Holy Father
Pope Benedict XVI: 12 October 2008

On Sunday, 12 October 2008, the Holy Father celebrated the Eucharist on the parvis of the Vatican Basilica and then proceeded with the canonization of the Blessed Gaetano Errico, priest, founder of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; Maria Bernarda (Verena) Bütler, virgin of the Congregation of the Franciscan Poor Clares; Narcisa de Jesús Martillo Morán, lay person. RECONCILIATION CONFESSION SAINTS

739. Papal Documents - JP2MRCNG.HTM - Homily Closing Marian Congress
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday, 24 September 2000, the Holy Father presided at a solemn Eucharistic concelebration in St Peter's Square closing the International Mariological-Marian Congress, on the theme: "The Mystery of the Trinity and Mary." In his homily, the Pope reflected on the Marian instruction in Jesus' act of identifying with a child, and saying, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me". PRIMACY HUMILITY

740. Papal Documents - b16ashwed09.htm - Homily for Ash Wednesday 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday afternoon, 25 February [2009], the Holy Father's celebration of Ash Wednesday began at the Church of Sant'Anselmo on the Aventine Hill and continued after he had led the procession to the nearby Basilica of Santa Sabina, where he presided at the Liturgy of the Word and blessed and distributed Ashes. In his homily the Pope said that Christ, who has conquered sin and death, is patient with our imperfections. LENT BAPTISM PRAYER ALMSGIVING FASTING

741. Papal Documents - f1ashwed14.htm - Homily for Ash Wednesday 2014
Pope Francis

In the afternoon of Ash Wednesday, 5 March 2014, Pope Francis participated in the traditional penitential procession and led the celebration of Holy Mass on the Aventine Hill in Rome. The Holy Father processed from the Basilica of Sant'Anselmo to Santa Sabina, where he blessed the Ashes during the Eucharistic celebration. In his homily, the Holy Father commented on the words of the Prophet Joel, "Rend your hearts and not your garments.” CONVERSION CONSCIENCE PRAYER FASTING ALMSGIVING LENT

742. Papal Documents - b16dmsun80.htm - Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday and the Holy Father's 80th Birthday
Pope Benedict XVI

On the Second Sunday of Easter, 15 April 2007, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, the Holy Father presided at a concelebrated Holy Mass in St Peter's Square. The celebration was also a Mass of Thanksgiving in remembrance of the Pope's 80th Birthday, 16 April. He expressed his gratitude for his own family and being a part of the family of God. IN ALBIS BAPTISM FATHERHOOD PETER

743. Papal Documents - JJP2BSHP.HTM - Homily for Jubilee of Bishops
Pope John Paul II

The Jubilee of Bishops concluded on Sunday morning, 8 October 2000, with a solemn Mass in St Peter's Square and the Act of Entrustment to Mary Most Holy. Concelebrating with the Pope were 76 Cardinals and over 1,400 Bishops from around the world. APOST MAGISTERIUM

744. Papal Documents - JJP2FAM.HTM - Homily for Jubilee of Families
Pope John Paul II

In his homily, the Holy Father celebrated God's great gift of the family, where human beings may live in communion with each other through the gift of self, after the example of the Family of Nazareth. MARRIAGE ADOPTION SOCIETY

745. Papal Documents - JJP2WORK.HTM - Homily For Jubilee Workers
Pope John Paul II

The Jubilee of Workers was celebrated on 30 April-l May with the theme: "Work for All: Paths of Solidarity and Justice". Over 200,000 working men and women gathered on the grounds of the University of Rome Tor Vergata for Mass celebrated by the Holy Father, whose homily concerned the meaning and value of work. LABOR SOCIAL GLOBAL ECON

746. Papal Documents - b16masptpl10.htm - Homily for Mass of Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Pope Benedict XVI

"The Petrine ministry is a guarantee of freedom in the sense of full adherence to the truth", the Holy Father said on Tuesday morning, 29 June 2010, the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul. The Pope presided at a Eucharistic concelebration in the Vatican Basilica with 38 Metropolitan Archbishops upon whom he conferred the Pallium. UNITY PERSECUTION APOSTOLIC SEE ORTHODOXY CHURCH PAPACY

747. Papal Documents - b16epiph07.htm - Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany: 6 January
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 January 2007, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. In his homily, the Pope addressed the question of how we proclaim Christ, the Light of the world, in today's world. MAGI GLOBALIZATION SCIENCE

748. Papal Documents - JP2WY10A.HTM - Homily for World Youth Day's Prayer Vigil
Pope John Paul II

The Pope responding to questions raised by youth that young people 'are not being sent to proclaim some abstract truth.' He said, 'The Gospel is not a theory or an ideology! The Gospel is life! Your task is to bear witness to this life.' This homily was delivered on January 14, 1995, at Luneta Park in Manila, the Philippines. JOHN PAUL II WORLD YOUTH DAY MANILA VOCATION MARY

749. Papal Documents - JP2US95K.HTM - Homily in Orioles Park at Camden Yards, October 8, 1995
Pope John Paul II



750. Papal Documents - JP212995.HTM - Homily of January 29, 1995
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's homily on Sunday, January 29 at the solemn Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at which he beatified Rafael Guizar Valencia, Modestino of Jesus and Mary, Genoveva Torres Morales and Grimoaldo of the Purification. JOHN PAUL II VALENCIA MODESTINO MORALES GRIMOALDO BEATIFY

751. Papal Documents - JP2CLAUD.HTM - Homily of the Canonization Mass for Saint Claude La Colombiere
Pope John Paul II



752. Papal Documents - JP1CATHE.HTM - Homily on Taking Possession of His Cathedral
Pope John Paul I

On 23 September 1978, Pope John Paul I took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St John Lateran, as Bishop of Rome. After the gospel of the Mass which followed the ceremony of taking possession, the Pope delivered the homily. POOR AUTHORITY LAITY LEO GREGORY LITURGY

753. Papal Documents - b16stsptpl.htm - Homily on the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul: 29 June
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 June 2007, Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome, the Holy Father presided at a Eucharistic concelebration in St. Peter's Basilica during which he conferred the Pallium upon 46 Metropolitan Archbishops, and upon five other Prelates to whom the palium was sent. After the imposition of the Pallium, the Holy Father preached on St Peter's confession at Caesarea-Philippi. Jesus was to be identified not only as a prophet, but as the Son of God. PASSION CROSS

754. Papal Documents - b16openyrfaith.htm - Homily Opening the Year of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

"Making the truth and beauty of the faith shine out in our time, without sacrificing it to the demands of the present or leaving it tied to the past": this was the task of Vatican II and is the Church's task today. The Holy Father said this in his Homily at the Mass inaugurating the Year of Faith, celebrated in St Peter's Square on Thursday morning, 11 October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Council. NEW EVANGELIZATION JOHN XXIII DESERTIFICATION MISSION

755. Papal Documents - b16hompbc.htm - Homily to Members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 April 2010, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission in the Pauline Chapel. In his homily, the Pope invited all to a personal meditation on certain passages from the day's liturgy. OBEDIENCE AUTONOMY DICTATORSHIPS ARCHEGOS SEQUELA METANOIA

756. Papal Documents - f1corpchrist13.htm - Homily, Corpus Christi 2013
Pope Francis

In the Eucharist the power of God's love transforms "the little we have" into riches. The Holy Father said this in his Homily at the Mass of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which he celebrated on Thursday evening, 30 May 2013, outside the Basilica of St John Lateran. SEQUELA FOLLOWING COMMUNION SHARING SOLIDARITY

757. Papal Documents - b16baptLord08 - Homily, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, 13 January 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

On 13 January 2008, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father presided at the Baptism of 13 children during Mass in the Sistine chapel. In his homily for the occasion, the Pope spoke on the wonder of new life, God's life, which Christ came to give us through Baptism. IMMERSION CONVERSION

758. Papal Documents - b16baptLord07.htm - Homily, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord: 7 January
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 7 January [2007], the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, in the Sistine Chapel the Holy Father presided at the solemn Rite of Baptism of 13 babies. "In Baptism God himself acts, Jesus acts through the Holy Spirit", the Pope said. "God is present here today. He takes on your children and makes them his own". HOLY FAMILY WATER CATECHISM

759. Papal Documents - f1goodshep13.htm - Homily, Good Shepherd Sunday 2013
Pope Francis

Ten priests called to serve the Diocese of Rome were ordained by Pope Francis in the Vatican Basilica, on Good Shepherd Sunday, 21 April 2013, also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The homily delivered by the Holy Father is based on the one that appears in the 'Pontificale Romanum' for the ordination of priests, with a few personal additions. PRIESTHOOD BISHOPS TEACHER EUCHARIST SACRIFICE BAPTISM PENANCE

760. Papal Documents - f1prshstanna.htm - Homily, Holy Mass in the Parish of St. Anna in the Vatican
Pope Francis

In his homily for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 17 March 2013, the Mass being celebrated at the Parish of St Anna in the Vatican, the Holy Father said that the Lord's mercy, as exemplified toward the woman taken in adultery, was His most powerful message. SOLITUDE FORGIVENESS

761. Papal Documents - f1inaugural.htm - Homily, Inaugural Mass of the Pontificate
Pope Francis

Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his Mass of Installation in St. Peter's Square, 19 March 2013, Solemnity of St. Joseph. He called for us to "be protectors of God's gifts" - of God’s creatures, respecting the environment, of people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need. POOR HORIZON HOPE ECOLOGY ABORTION EUTHANASIA

762. Papal Documents - b16intheocom.htm - Homily, Mass with the International Theological Commission
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 December 2009, in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican, the Pope presided at Mass for the Members of the International Theological Commission on the occasion of the first Annual Plenary Session of the current quinquennium. It was held at the Domus Sanctae Marthae in the Vatican from 30 November to 4 December. The Pope's homily was on the need for humility to understand the mysteries of theology. LITTLE ONES CHILDREN WISDOM SOFIA THEOLOGIANS

763. Papal Documents - f1palmsun13.htm - Homily, Palm Sunday 2013
Pope Francis

"Please do not let yourselves be robbed of hope!", Pope Francis implored the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square on Palm Sunday, 24 March 2013. "Jesus on the Cross feels the whole weight of evil, and with the force of God's love he conquers it." That day also marked the 28th World Youth Day. KINGSHIP THRONE RECONCILIATION

764. Papal Documents - b16solemassum.htm - Homily, Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 August 2006, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father presided at Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption at the local parish church, St. Thomas of Villanova. In his homily, the Pope recalled Mary's prophecy that all generations would call her blessed. She is blessed "because -- totally, in body and soul and for ever -- she became the Lord's dwelling place," which is the reason for her Assumption. FEAR OF GOD MAGNIFICAT

765. Papal Documents - b16ashwed07.htm - Homily: Ash Wednesday, 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On Ash Wednesday, 21 February 2007, the Holy Father inaugurated the Lenten Season by celebrating Holy Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on Rome's Aventine Hill. In his Homily the Pontiff recalled that the Lenten fast "is not motivated by the physical or aesthetical order, but stems from the need that man has for an interior purification that detoxifies him from the pollution of sin and evil; it educates him to that healthy renunciation which releases the believer from the slavery to self". CONVERSION FASTING

766. Papal Documents - jp2beat102598.htm - Homily: Beatification of Zefirino Agostini, Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão, Faustino Míguez and Theodore Guérin
Pope John Paul II

Thousands of pilgrims from Italy, Brazil, Spain, France and the United States filled St Peter's Square on Sunday morning, 25 October 1998, as the Holy Father beatified four servants of God: Zefirino Agostini, Antônio de Sant'Anna Galvão, Faustino Míguez and Theodore Guérin. Basing his homily on the liturgical readings for the 30th Sunday of the Year, the Pope presented the new blesseds as concrete examples of what God accomplishes in the lives of those who humble themselves and generously follow the way of the Gospel. HUMILITY

767. Papal Documents - JP2JUAND.HTM - Homily: Canonization Mass of Blessed Juan Diego
Pope John Paul II

On 31 July 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized Blessed Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, in a Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. In his homily, the Holy Father recalled how it was in Juan Diego that two worlds met, and that he became the "catalyst for the new Mexican identity, closely united to Our Lady of Guadalupe." TEPEYAC TILMA INDIANS SPANISH INCULTURATION EVANGELIZATION

768. Papal Documents - JP2PEDRO.HTM - Homily: Canonization of Brother Pedro de San José de Betancur
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II presided at the canonization of Pedro de San José Betancur on 30 July 2002 in Guatemala. Although Brother Pedro was born in Spain, the people of Guatemala claim him as their own. Upon his arrival in the New World, when he reached Guatemala, he announced, "This is where I am going to live and die." He is revered as a forceful defender of the rights of native Indian peoples. SAINT BETHLEMITE LATIN AMERICA

769. Papal Documents - b16conclafrbps.htm - Homily: Conclusion of the Second Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 25 October 2009, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at the Eucharistic Celebration with the Synod Fathers for the conclusion of the Second Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. In his homily, the Pope urged the African continent to "Take courage! Get up," being called by the Heavenly Father, whom their ancestors had worshiped as Creator, who is now revealed to them in Jesus Christ. LIGHT PRIESTHOOD RECONCILIATION MISSIONARIES EVANGELIZATION GLOBALIZATION

770. Papal Documents - b16pentec09.htm - Homily: Pentecost 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 31 May 2009, the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. In his homily, the Pope described the Holy Spirit as being to our spiritual life what air is to our biological life. Breathing in the Spirit is the antidote to the pollutants in the culture around us. FIRE WIND CENACLE THEOPHANY SINAI PROMETHEUS

771. Papal Documents - b16corpchr06.htm - Homily: Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday evening, 15 June [2006], Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Holy Father presided at the Eucharistic Celebration held in the Square in front of St. John Lateran, Rome's Cathedral, and at the Eucharistic Procession to St. Mary Major which followed immediately after. In his homily, the Pope spoke on the sacramental signs of bread and wine, and how they manifest the mystery of Christ. PASSION MASS

772. Papal Documents - b16corpchr09.htm - Homily: Solemnity of Corpus Christi 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday, 11 June 2009, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, at 7 p.m., the Holy Father presided at Mass in the square outside the Basilica of St John Lateran. The Pope gave the Old Testament background for the Lord's words at the Last Supper, instituting the New Covenant. EUCHARIST CROSS ISRAEL SACRIFICE BIBLE JOHN VIANNEY PRAYER DAILY BREAD

773. Papal Documents - b16MthrGod08.htm - Homily: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the 41st World Day of Peace
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 January 2008, Octave of Christmas and Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, as well as the 41st World Day of Peace, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In his homily, the Pope observed that Mary's divine motherhood was based on both her bringing forth of God in the flesh and her total obedience to God in her heart. THEOTOKOS FAMILY CIRCUMCISION

774. Papal Documents - b16assumpt09.htm - Homily: Solemnity of the Assumption. 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 August 2009, the Solemnity of the Assumption, in keeping with tradition, the Holy Father celebrated Holy Mass at the Parish Church of San Tommaso da Villanova in Castel Gandolfo. In his homily, the Pope spoke of the Christian life as a journey to Christ, a journey in which we have been preceded by the Virgin Mother. ANNUNCIATION BAPTISM RESURRECTION

775. Papal Documents - b16immaconcep.htm - Homily: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 December 2005, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St Peter's Basilica. The pope recalled that it was on this day and in this Basilica 40 years ago (8 December 1965) that Paul VI concluded the Second Vatican Council. Not only its setting but its whole focus was Marian, the Holy Father said. He ended his homily by asking the Lord "to put Mary on our path like a light that also helps us to become a light and to carry this light into the nights of history". REMNANT ISRAEL MOTHER OF THE CHURCH ORIGINAL SIN IMAGE OF GOD

776. Papal Documents - b16beatjp2.htm - Homily: The Beatification of Pope John Paul II
Pope Benedict XVI

In his homily in the Mass for the Beatification of his predecessor, 1 May 2011, Pope Benedict XVI thanked God for "the gift of having worked for many years with Blessed Pope John Paul II." SANCTITY MARY ST PETER KAROL WOJTYŁA MARXISM

777. Papal Documents - b16madridrecap.htm - Hope for the Future of the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 24 August 2011, in the courtyard at Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father chose to relive the emotions of the recent World Youth Day in Madrid by describing the salient moments. The Day, he said, was "a precious gift that promises hope for the Church's future". SPAIN FORMATORS SEMINARIANS PRAYER VIGIL

778. Papal Documents - b16marimmac.htm - Hope in This Difficult Time
Pope Benedict XVI

Addressing the faithful of Rome who filled Piazza di Spagna on 8 December 2011 for the Pope's traditional tribute and prayer to Mary Immaculate, the Holy Father spoke of our need for hope in this difficult time, invoking the help of the Blessed Virgin. PIUS IX REVELATION COMMUNION OF SAINTS DRAGON

779. Papal Documents - b16mngchrstmas.htm - Horizens Open to God's World
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on 21 December 2011, departing from his reflections ont the prayer of Jesus, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about the forthcoming Christmas celebrations and dwelt in particular on the Mystery of the Lord's Birth. TODAY TIME PASCHAL MYSTERY REDEMPTION DEATH RESURRECTION

780. Papal Documents - JP2CNSLF.HTM - How Great A Good Is Consecrated Life!
Pope John Paul II

Given by the Pope on February 2, 1995, the Feast of the Presentation at the solemn Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica attended by thousands of consecrated men and women. JOHN PAUL II RELIGIOUS CLERGY PRIESTS PRESENTATION

781. Papal Documents - b16musicfaith.htm - How Sacred Music Can Foster Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI described the ways in which "sacred music can foster faith and cooperate in the new evangelization" during his Audience with the participants in the Italian national congress of 'Scholae Cantorum', organized by the Italian Associazione Santa Cecilia. He spoke to them on Saturday morning, 10 November 2012, in the Paul VI Hall. ST AMBROSE AUGUSTINE LITURGY CLAUDEL

782. Papal Documents - b16avnull.htm - How To Avoid Nullity
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 January 2011, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father addressed the Prelate Auditors and other Officials of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota when he received them in Audience for the solemn opening of the Judicial Year. On this occasion, the Pope emphasized the unity of juridical and pastoral dimensions in the preparation for marriage. CANON LAW IUS CONNUBII MATRIMONY BENE DISPOSITUS WEDDING ANULLMENT

783. Papal Documents - f1genaud42.htm - How to Become a Priest
Pope Francis

One enters the priesthood only through the Lord's initiative. "He calls each of those whom he wills to become priests". The Sacrament of Holy Orders was the focus of Pope Francis' catechesis at the General Audicnce on 26 March 2014, in St Peter's Square. VOCATIONS BISHOP PRIEST MATRIMONY

784. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch98.htm - Hugh and Richard of Saint-Victor
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 25 November 2009, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on two outstanding 12th-century theologians associated with the Monastery of Saint-Victor in Paris: Hugh of Saint-Victor and Richard of Saint-Victor, one of Hugh's disciples. MONASTIC SCHOLASTIC THEOLOGY FAITH REASON TRINITY SCRIPTURE CONTEMPLATION

785. Papal Documents - b16humanecol.htm - Human Ecology an Imperative Need
Pope Benedict XVI

It is necessary to adopt lifestyles respectful of the environment and to support research in and the use of forms of energy that safeguard creation and pose no danger to human beings. The Pope spoke about this to six new ambassadors to the Holy See whom he received on Thursday morning, 9 June 2011, for the presentation of their credentials. DISASTERS ENERGY NATURE ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGY HUMANISM

786. Papal Documents - JP2CONJG.HTM - Human Life Must Originate in the Conjugal Act
Pope John Paul II

On 27 August 1999, the Holy Father received participants in an international study week organized by the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In his address to them, the Pope urged "deeper reflection on God's plan for the person, marriage and the family," in order to meet challenges to the family posed by contemporary attitudes. SEXUAL PROCREATION REPRODUCTION

787. Papal Documents - JP970211.HTM - Human sickness is call to conversion
John Paul II

For the human person sickness is also a call to conversion, to entrust oneself entirely to Christ, the one source of salvation for every man and for the whole man. The Holy Father this in an address at the end of Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica for World Day of the Sick on February 11, 1997.

788. Papal Documents - JP950805.HTM - Human Society is Not Built by Destroying the...
Pope John Paul II

...Person, Make Every Effort to Avoid New Tragedies (Hiroshima/Nagasaki Anniversary) August 5, 1995

789. Papal Documents - JP961231.HTM - Human Time Shares in God's Eternity
John Paul II

"Since God sent his Only-Begotten Son so that we might receive adoption as children (cf. Gal 4:5), there can be no greater task for us than to be totally at the service of the divine plan", the Holy Father said at the Vespers he celebrated in the Roman church of St. Ignatius on Tuesday, 31 December 1996. During the service, which for the third year has been transferred from the Church of the Gesu where it is traditionally held because of the unfinished restoration work, the Pope also reflected on Rome's involvement in the final preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

790. Papal Documents - JP960524.HTM - I Appeal to World's Scientific Authorities: Halt the Production of Human Embryos!
John Paul II

Given by Pope John Paul II to those attending a Symposium on "Evangelium vitae and Law", and the 11th International Colloquium on Roman and Canon Law, when he received them in audience on Friday, 24 May.

791. Papal Documents - JP961101.HTM - I Thank God for My Priesthood and Pray That He Will Send More Labourers into His Harvest
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Homily for Mass Commemorating his 50th Jubilee November 1, 1996.

792. Papal Documents - JP2SHEP.HTM - I Will Give You Shepherds
Pope John Paul II

'Pastores Dabo Vobis' Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II on the formation of priests in the circumstances of the present day. Given on March 25, 1992. It covers the challenges facing priestly formation, the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood, the spiritual life of the priest, priestly vocation in the Church's pastoral work, the formation of candidates for the priesthood and the ongoing formation of priests. JOHN PAUL II PRIESTS FORMATI

793. Papal Documents - JP961117.HTM - Icons Show the Human Face of God
John Paul II

The Holy Father's Angelus address of November 17, 1996. The Pope continued his series of meditations on the heritage of the Eastern Churches, reflecting this week on the importance of icons.

794. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch32.htm - Ignatius of Antioch
Pope Benedict XVI

On 14 March 2007, in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father delivered his Catechesis on the third Bishop of Antioch, 70-107 AD. St. Ignatius, on his way to martyrdom, from Syria to Rome, reinforced the faith of Christians wherever he stopped. HIERARCHY MYSTICISM CATHOLIC UNITY MISSION

795. Papal Documents - JP2BVM23.HTM - Immaculate Conception Defined by Pius IX
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 12 June 1996, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Immaculate Conception, this time discussing the dogmatic definition of the doctrine by Pope Pius IX. This was the 23rd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ORIGIN SIN HOLINESS REDEMPTION

796. Papal Documents - JP2TB115.HTM - Importance of Harmonizing Human Love with Respect for Life
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 25 July 1984, the Holy Father continued his reflections, linking Humanae Vitae with the theology of human love in God's plan. The Theology of the Body, offering confirmation of the moral norm in the Encyclical, prepares us to consider more deeply, from a pastoral perspective, the difficulty of complying with the norm. PROCREATION

797. Papal Documents - JP840725.HTM - Importance of Harmonizing Human Love with Respect for Life
Pope John Paul II

General Audience of Pope John Paul II of July 25, 1984, third in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE GUADIUM ET SPES MARRIAGE PAUL VI

798. Papal Documents - b16prayrpriest.htm - Importance of Prayer in the Year for Priests
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 July 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful on the most essential elements of the priestly ministry, Word and Sacrament. They are rooted in the priest's own communion with Christ, which depends on prayer. JOHN VIANNEY CURE D'ARS SACRIFICE CONSECRATION GRACE MISSION WORSHIP

799. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr10.htm - In Madrid with the World's Youth
Pope Benedict XVI

The day before departing for Madrid, for the 26th World Youth Day, the Holy Father asked the faithful, taking part in the General Audience of Wednesday, 17 August 2011, at Castel Gandolfo, to join with their prayers in this important ecclesial event. The Pope went on to explain "rumination" on truths of the faith in mental prayer. MARY MEDITATION RECOLLECTION

800. Papal Documents - JP1PRAYR.HTM - In Prayer is the Hope for Peace
Pope John Paul I

In his Angelus message for 10 September 1978, Pope John Paul I called for prayer for the three presidents, Carter, Begin, and Sadat, in their Camp David peace talks. In passing, the Holy Father cited Isaiah the Prophet in ascribing maternal care to God the Father. Some have sought support here for their attempts to overthrow the whole weight of Scripture and Tradition, which consistently refers to God in masculine terms, and to the first Person as Father. Tradition also acknowledges that in God is found the source of all that is good in creation, including maternal love. FEMINISM ISRAEL EGYPT

801. Papal Documents - b16XKing12.htm - In the Kingdom of the Love that Serves
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 25 November 2012, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the Holy Father concelebrated at Holy Mass with six new-created Cardinals in the Vatican Basilica. In his homily, the Pope reflected on the words of Jesus, clarifying the nature of His kingship. ROME PILATE PASSION MESSIAH

802. Papal Documents - f1genaud58.htm - In the School of Mercy
Pope Francis

In St Peter's Square on Wednesday morning, 10 September 2014, Pope Francis tells the faithful at the General Audience that "the essential, according to the Gospel, is mercy". Continuing the cycle of catechesis dedicated to "Mother Church", who educates Christians by example and through her action, the Pontiff spoke about works of mercy. BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

803. Papal Documents - f1genaud63.htm - In the Tent of God
Pope Francis

The Church is "called to become a city, the symbol par excellence of human coexistence and relationality" where "there will no longer be isolation, prevarication or distinctions of a social, ethnic or religious nature". These concepts were highlighted by Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 5 October 2014, in St Peter's Square. BRIDE BRIDEGROOM NEW JERUSALEM SPOUSE SECOND COMING

804. Papal Documents - JP2TB7.HTM - In the Very Definition of Man, the Alternative Between Death and Immortality
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience on 31 October 1979, the Holy Father addressed again the solitude in which man was created, in relation to other creatures, but also with regard to his freedom of moral choice. The alternatives of death and immortality lay with him. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY PRAXIS PERSON WILL

805. Papal Documents - B16INSTA.HTM - Inaugural Mass of the Pontificate
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 24 April, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Holy Mass for the faithful in St Peter's Square as part of the beginning of his Petrine Ministry. During the liturgy, the Pontiff received the Pallium and Fisherman's Ring, ancient symbols of his inauguration, and explained the deep significance of both, and of his own role as Successor of Peter. LITANY COMMUNION OF SAINTS CONCLAVE PAPACY PONTIFICATE

806. Papal Documents - JP1INAUG.HTM - Inauguration Homily
Pope John Paul I

On the evening of Sunday, 3 August 1978, Pope John Paul I was chief celebrant at the Mass for the inauguration of his ministry as Supreme Pastor of the Catholic Church. After the Gospel, which was sung first in Latin and then in Greek, the Pope gave the homily, the first part of which was in Latin as being the official language of the Church. PETER PAPACY

807. Papal Documents - b16premp6.htm - Inauguration of New Premises of the Paul VI Institute
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 November 2009, the Holy Father visited Concesio, Paul VI's birthplace. From the house where Giovanni Battista Montini was born, the Pope walked to the Paul VI Institute for the official inauguration of the premises. In his address, the Pope recalled Paul VI's dedication to the education of youth. SOURCES CHRÉTIENNES TRUTH FUCI CERTAINTY CONFORMISM VATICAN II

808. Papal Documents - JP961128.HTM - Incarnation Inspires Christian Genius
John Paul II

"I trust that in the light of [the Year 2000], your Pontifical Academies will be able to make an original contribution to creating a renewed Christian humanism, presenting the humanity of Christ as a model for the generations of the new millennium", the Holy Father said at the first joint public session of all the Pontifical Academies, which he attended on November 28, 1996. During his address he announced the creation of the annual Pontifical Academies Prize, "to support promising talents or initiatives which will emerge in the various cultural fields you cultivate...".

809. Papal Documents - JP2JUBIL.HTM - Incarnationis mysterium
Pope John Paul II

The Papal Bull of Indiction of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, released on the First Sunday of Advent and the first day of the Year of the Father, 29 November 1998, in anticipation of the beginning of the Jubilee on Christmas Eve 1999. Attached are the conditions established for the gaining of the Jubilee Indulgence.

810. Papal Documents - JP2INDE.HTM - Inde a Pontificatus
Pope John Paul II

Published 25 March 1993, this Apostolic Letter, issued Motu Proprio, united the Pontifical Council for Culture with the Pontifical Council for Non-Believers in a new Pontifical Council for Culture. It was the Holy Father's purpose to foster dialogue with unbelievers "in the privileged area of culture, a fundamental dimension of the spirit, which ... unites [people] in what is most truly theirs, namely, their common humanity." A close relationship is to be maintained also with the Pontifical Commission for Preserving the Church's Patrimony of Art and History. CURIA EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION

811. Papal Documents - JP2TB99.HTM - Indissolubility of Sacrament of Marriage in Mystery of the Redemption of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 27 October 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on marriage in light of Ephesians 5. Man and woman becoming one flesh in marriage, as signifying the relationship between Christ and His Church, is a sign of the redemption of the body at the end of time. DIVORCE SACRAMENTS CREATION ESCHATOLOGY

812. Papal Documents - JP2INDLG.HTM - Indulgences Are Expressions of God's Mercy
Pope John Paul II

The Catholic teaching on indulgences was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 29 September 1999. "The starting-point for understanding indulgences is the abundance of God's mercy revealed in the Cross of Christ." "The meaning of indulgences must be seen against this background of man's total renewal by the grace of Christ the Redeemer through the Church's ministry." PENANCE CONVERSION SATISFACTION MERIT

813. Papal Documents - f1genaud11.htm - Infected by the Culture of Waste
Pope Francis

The sacrifice of human beings to the idols of profit and consumerism: this is what the Pope calls a "culture of waste". At the General Audience on World Environment Day, 5 June 2013, Pope Francis addressed to the faithful in St Peter's Square a strong appeal to diminish waste and the destruction of foodstuffs, and to safeguard creation. GENESIS CULTIVATE ENVIRONMENTAL HUMAN ECOLOGY FOOD FINANCE MONEY CULTURE OF WASTE

814. Papal Documents - JP950730.HTM - Initial Education in Family Relies on 'Feminine Genius'
Pope John Paul II

July 30, 1995

815. Papal Documents - JP2INQUI.HTM - Inquisition requires calm, objective analysis
Pope John Paul II

On 31 October 1998 the Holy Father addressed the International Symposium on the Inquisition, organized by the Central Committee for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, and which was held at the Vatican.

816. Papal Documents - JP970222.HTM - Institutions Must Focus on the Person
John Paul II

"Renewed attention is being given to the tasks and responsibilities of public administration. This widespread sensitivity to institutions is accompanied by a growing demand for participation in the running of public affairs, and the desire to give increasing importance to autonomous local bodies.... There is a growing desire to take part in the decisions concerning the future of the whole community and, at the same time, an increasing awareness that no institution can be 'used', but must be 'served' with selfless dedication," the Holy Father said to members of the Provincial Board and Council of Rome at their annual meeting on Saturday February 22, 1997.

817. Papal Documents - JP2INAES.HTM - Instruction on the Holy Eucharist
Pope John Paul II

Inaestimabile Donum Instruction concerning worship of the Eucharistic Mystery prepared by the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, approved and confirmed by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. Promulgated on March 17, 1980. EUCHARIST ABUSE COMMUNION WOMEN EXPOSITION JOHN PAUL II

818. Papal Documents - JP951125.HTM - Integral Vision of Health Care
Pope John Paul II

Address to Italian Catholic Doctors November 25, 1995

819. Papal Documents - JP2INTER.HTM - Inter Munera Academiarum
Pope John Paul II

In this Apostolic Letter, published 28 January 1999, the Holy Father renewed and revised the statutes of the Pontifical Roman Theological Academy and the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas. THOMISM METAPHYSICAL REALISM

820. Papal Documents - P6INTDPT.HTM - Inter-Departmental Co-operation in the Curia
Pope Paul VI

On 11 June 1968 Pope Paul VI presided over the Cardinals of the Roman Curia, in their first interdepartmental meeting, according to the rules set out in the Apostolic Constitution on the Curia, Regimini Ecclesiae, issued 15 August 1967. Opening the proceedings, His Holiness addressed the Cardinals in Latin. HOLY SEE DICASTERIES

821. Papal Documents - f1pent14.htm - Interior Master
Pope Francis

On Sunday, 8 June 2014, the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost, thereby closing the Easter Season. The Pope described the Holy Spirit, who descended on the Apostles that day, as the Interior Master, who teaches us the path, the Way, which is Jesus. MEMORY PRAYER FRATERNAL DIALOGUE PROPHECY MARY CHURCH

822. Papal Documents - JP2TB42.HTM - Interpreting the Concept of Concupiscence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 8 October 1980, the Holy Father concluded his analysis of adultery in the heart, by observing that it is an attitude of a man toward a woman (or vice versa) which reduces the communion of persons to satisfaction of an instinct. One may be guilty of this attitude towards one's own spouse. MARRIAGE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY LUST

823. Papal Documents - b16raiuno.htm - Interview on In His Image by Rai Uno
Pope Benedict XVI

On the afternoon of Good Friday, 22 April 2011, Benedict XVI was interviewed for the programme entitled: "In his image — A Good Friday Special", broadcast by Rai Uno, a national television channel in Italy. In the interview, the Holy Father responded to a series of questions sent from various parts of the world. SUFFERING LOVE SOUL IRAQ IVORY COAST MUSLIMS VIOLENCE PEACE HELL RESURRECTION GLORIFIED BODY MARY

824. Papal Documents - zb16interview.htm - Interview With Benedict XVI
ZENIT

Here is a translation of an interview Benedict XVI gave to a panel of four German journalists 5 August 2006 in the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. The 40-minute interview was broadcast 16 August on German public television channels ARD and ZDF, on Germany's state-funded worldwide TV service Deutsche Welle, and on Vatican Radio. GERMANY WEST CULTURE YOUTH MIDDLE EAST ECUMENISM MARRIAGE ABORTION EUROPE LATIN AMERICA WOMEN BEATIFICATIONS CANONIZATIONS FILM

825. Papal Documents - b16intima.htm - Intima Ecclesiae Natura
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 December 2012, the Holy Father's Apostolic Letter, Intima Ecclesiae Natura, was issued Motu Proprio (on his own initiative), which concerns the work of charity in and by the Church, with new regulations to better organise that work. It is the responsibility of Bishops to see that Catholic charitible activities conform to the teachings of the Church, as well as "respect the legitimate norms laid down by civil authorities." DIAKONIA CARITAS

826. Papal Documents - JP2BVM13.HTM - Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled in Incarnation
Pope John Paul II

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel" (Is 7:13-14). These well-known words from the prophet Isaiah were the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 31 January 1996, as he continued with his 13th reflection on Mary's role in salvation history. For the series, see Index Page. ALMAH PARTHENOS VIRGIN BIRTH

827. Papal Documents - JP960131.HTM - Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled in Incarnation
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, January 31, 1996

828. Papal Documents - b16lovegives.htm - It Is Love That Gives Life
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 23 May 2007, in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on his recent Pastoral Visit to Brazil. The various stops during his recent Apostolic Journey to Brazil became a pilgrimage for the Pope to carry Gospel hope to Latin America and the world. CULTURE ANTHONY OF ST. ANNE GALVÃO NEW EVANGELIZATION DISCIPLES MISSIONARIES

829. Papal Documents - b16splendiday.htm - It Was a Splendid Day
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, L'Osservatore Romano published Pope Benedict XVI's preface to their newspaper's Special Edition commemorating the event. The Pope recalls details of the Council, at which he was present as a peritus (expert). ECCLESIOLOGY ECUMENICAL COUNCILS LITURGY ECUMENISM RELIGIOUS LIBERTY NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS

830. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch12.htm - James the Greater
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience, 21 June 2006, the Holy Father, continuing his portraits of the Apostles, reflected on St. James the Greater, whose famous Shrine at Santiago de Compostela is still honoured as a pilgrimage destination. St. James, the Pope said, was one of the three "privileged disciples" who Jesus allowed to witness important events in his life, including his Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and his Transfiguration. SPAIN MARTYRDOM

831. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch13.htm - James, the Lesser
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 28 June 2006, in St. Peter's Square, continuing his Catecheses on the Church's apostolic ministry, the Holy Father commented on St. James, "the son of Alphaeus" but often identified as "James the Lesser" and "James, the brother of the Lord". JOSEPHUS MARTYR FAITH WORKS

832. Papal Documents - JP960915.HTM - Jesus of Nazareth is Heart of Christian Faith
John Paul II

The Holy Father's Angelus message for September 15, 1996.

833. Papal Documents - f1genaud4.htm - Jesus the Advocate
Pope Francis

We have a great Advocate who always defends us and always forgives us: he is Christ, ascended into heaven; and we must not be afraid to turn to him. This was Pope Francis' counsel to the many pilgrims who took part in the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 17 April 2013, in St Peter's Square. CREED ASCENSION

834. Papal Documents - JP2BVM44.HTM - Jesus Works Miracle at Mary's Request
Pope John Paul II

"Mary's request: 'Do whatever he tells you', keeps its ever timely value for Christians of every age.... It is an exhortation to trust without hesitation, especially when one does not understand the meaning or benefit of what Christ asks", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 26 February 1997, as he spoke of Mary's role at the wedding in Cana. This is the 44th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. INTERCESSION WEDDING FAITH PRAYER

835. Papal Documents - JP970226.HTM - Jesus Works Miracle At Mary's Request
John Paul II

Mary's request: 'Do whatever he tells you', keeps its ever timely value for Christians of every age.... It is an exhortation to trust without hesitation, especially when one does not understand the meaning or benefit of what Christ asks, the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, February 26, 1997, as he spoke of Mary's role at the wedding in Cana.

836. Papal Documents - f1genaud39.htm - Jesus' Caress
Pope Francis

Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, "it is the Lord Jesus himself who makes himself present in the Sacrament, who takes us by the hand, who caresses us as he did with the sick, and who reminds us that we already belong to him and that nothing — not even evil and death — can ever separate us from him". Pope Francis spoke these words at the General audience held in St Peter's Square on 26 February 2014. EXREME UNCTION GOOD SAMARITAN OIL

837. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr25.htm - Jesus' Prayer in Gethsemane
Pope Benedict XVI

At his General Audience, on 1 February 2012 in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father continued his Catechesis on prayer, reflecting on the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane. The Pope spoke of the human freedom brought about by saying Yes to God, exemplified in the Son's obedience to His Father. DEATH HOUR ABBA

838. Papal Documents - b16jnavila.htm - John of Avila, Preacher and Spiritual Master
Pope Benedict XVI

The following is the English text of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, dated 7 October 2012, proclaiming Saint John of Avila, diocesan priest, a Doctor of the Universal Church. AUDI FILIA JOHN OF THE CROSS TERESA OF JESUS PRIESTS PRIESTHOOD HOLINESS WISDOM BIBLE SCRIPTURE SPIRITUALITY

839. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch101.htm - John of Salisbury
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 16 December 2009, in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father talked about John of Salisbury, an outstanding philosopher and theologian in the 12th century. John supported St Thomas Becket in opposing the attempt of Henry II to control the Church in England, and he taught the proper subjection of the juridical order to natural law. METALOGICON POLICRATICUS CULTURE KNOWLEDGE FAITH

840. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch84.htm - John Scotus Erigena
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 June 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on John (Johannes) Scotus Erigena, an influential Christian thinker of the Carolingian period who had a profound knowledge of the Christian Fathers of both East and West. PATRISTICS DIONYSIUS AREOPAGITE PANTHEISM PLATONISM REASON SCRIPTURE

841. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch15.htm - John the Theologian
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 August 2006, the Holy Father arrived by helicopter from the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo for the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall in Rome. The Pope continued his Catecheses on the Church's apostolic ministry, speaking this week on the Apostle John, the theologian, and highlighting the distinctive Christian doctrine in his writings: "God is love". APOSTLES IMITATION OF CHRIST

842. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch14.htm - John, Son of Zebedee
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 5 July 2006, in St. Peter's Square, continuing his Catecheses on the Church's apostolic ministry, the Holy Father commented on John, "son of Zebedee" and "disciple whom Jesus loved", who teaches "an important lesson for our lives: the Lord wishes to make each one of us a disciple who lives in personal friendship with him". APOSTLES SILENCE

843. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch16.htm - John, the Seer of Patmos
Pope Benedict XVI

On 23 August 2006, the Holy Father arrived from Castel Gandolfo for the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall. The Pope continued his Catecheses on the Church's apostolic ministry, this week dwelling on the Apostle John's teaching in the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse) and leading up to the ultimate meaning of history in God's providential plan: Christ's triumph over persecution and death. MARY APOCALYPTIC

844. Papal Documents - JP2ARMNN.HTM - Joint Communiqué
Pope John Paul II and Catholicos Karekin II

On 9 November 2000, the Holy Father welcomed His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, with Armenia's Minister for Religious Affairs and an entourage of Bishops from Armenia and other nations. After meeting privately in the Pope's library, they published this Joint Communiqué. GREGORY ILLUMINATOR APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION COMMUNION ECUMEN GENOCIDE

845. Papal Documents - JP2DIM1.HTM - Joint Declaration
Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Dimitrios I

Pope John Paul II and the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I signed a joint declaration on 7 December 1987, expressing satisfaction at the progress made toward unity between Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and their commitment to collaboration for the good of humanity. ECUMENICAL HUMAN DIGNITY COMMUNION

846. Papal Documents - ZJP2ARMN.HTM - Joint Declaration by Pope and Armenian Patriarch
Pope John Paul II & Armenian Catholicos Karekin II

This joint declaration is a major step toward mending the 1500 year old breach between the Catholic Church and the Armenian Church, over a dispute in Christology. JUBILEE CHALCEDON RELIC GREGORY ILLUMINATOR GENOCIDE ECUMEN

847. Papal Documents - JP2US95G.HTM - Joseph's Seminary (New York), October 6, 1995'.
Pope John Paul II

During the celebration of Vespers at the Major Seminary in Dunwoodie, the Holy Father speaks of the wisdom of God in his plan of salvation for the world. The Seminary is to form priests in this wisdom, thus preparing them to proclaim the truth of the Gospel before the world and reflect the love, compassion and mercy of Jesus Christ.

848. Papal Documents - b16recmexcub.htm - Journey to Mexico and Cuba Recalled
Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope described his Journey to Mexico and Cuba as having been marked by "unforgettable days of joy and hope" during his Catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 4 April 2012, in St Peter's Square. HUMAN RIGHTS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM JOY OUR LADY OF CHARITY EL COBRE PASSOVER HOUR

849. Papal Documents - JJP2CATE.HTM - Jubilee and Catechists and Religion Teachers
Pope John Paul II

Under a brilliantly sunny sky, thousands of catechists and religion teachers from around the world gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 10 December 2000, to celebrate their Jubilee with the Holy Father. The Pope said to them: "Go! Like the Baptist, prepare the way for the Lord who comes" so that "all flesh may see in Christ the salvation of God". EVANGELIZATION TRADITION CATECHISM

850. Papal Documents - JJP2ART.HTM - Jubilee Celebration for Artists
Pope John Paul II

On 17-19 February artists from around the world came to Rome for their Jubilee celebration. In his address, after the Mass on Friday, the Holy Father called for a "return to that fruitful alliance between the Church and artists which has deeply marked the path of Christianity in these two millenniums." BEAUTY HOLINESS

851. Papal Documents - JJP2LRNG.HTM - Jubilee for Men and Women of Learning
Pope John Paul II

The Jubilee for Men and Women from the World of Learning was held in the Vatican from 23 to 25 May. Following the Mass on the last day, the Holy Father addressed the participants, urging them to bear witness to their fidelity to Christ and to develop a "culture and a scientific approach which will always let God's providential presence and intervention be disclosed". CREATION SCIENCE TECHNOLOG PERSON

852. Papal Documents - JJP2SACE.HTM - Jubilee for Priests and 80th Birthday of Holy Father
Pope John Paul II

In his homily celebrating the Great Jubilee for priests, the Pope recalled his Holy Land pilgrimage, when he offered Mass in the Cenacle, where the priesthood "arose from the mind and heart of Christ." He prayed for all priests, and asked the faithful to pray also. EUCHARIST SACRIFICE MARTYRS

853. Papal Documents - JJP2ROME.HTM - Jubilee for the Diocese of Rome
Pope John Paul II

On 28 May 2000, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square for the Jubilee of the Diocese of Rome. Bishops, priests, religious and thousands of the faithful participated in the solemn liturgy for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. In his homily, the Pope emphasized Rome's unique vocation and its particular mission in the Jubilee Year. PETER PAPACY

854. Papal Documents - JJP2LAY.HTM - Jubilee of Apostolate of the Laity
Pope John Paul II

On 26 November 2000, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square for the Jubilee of the Apostolate of the Laity. Thousands of lay people from around the world participated in the solemn liturgy. Thirty-five years after the close of the Council, the Holy Father said, "we must return to the Council. We must once again take the documents of the Second Vatican Council in hand to rediscover the great wealth of its doctrinal and pastoral motives". EVANGELIZATION MISSION LUMEN GENTIUM MARTYR

855. Papal Documents - JJP2CONS.HTM - Jubilee of Consecrated Life
Pope John Paul II

An estimated 40,000 consecrated men and women from every part of the world joined John Paul II for Mass in St Peter's Square on 2 February 2000, for the Jubilee of Consecrated Life. In his homily, the Holy Father gave words of encouragement. EVANGELIZ MONAST COMMUNIT

856. Papal Documents - JJP2CRFT.HTM - Jubilee of Craftsmen
Pope John Paul II

On 19 March, the Second Sunday of Lent, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square for the Jubilee of Craftsmen. In his homily he proposed St Joseph as their model and patron. CULTURE FAMILY

857. Papal Documents - JJP2PLIC.HTM - Jubilee of Italian Police Officers
Pope John Paul II

On 20 January, the feast of St Sebastian, the Holy Father met members of the Italian Municipal Police Forces, who were celebrating the Jubilee on their patron's feast day. The Pope congratulated them on the contribution they make to social order and urged them to cultivate a concern for individuals and renewed fidelity to the Gospel. SOLIDARITY URBAN LAW

858. Papal Documents - JJP2JOUR.HTM - Jubilee of Journalists
Pope John Paul II

From 1 to 4 June 2000 the Jubilee of Journalists was celebrated in Rome with 7,000 media professionals and their family members from every continent of the globe. On Sunday morning, 4 June, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray celebrated Mass for the media professionals in the Paul VI Hall, and afterwards they were addressed by the Holy Father. GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY ETHIC COMMUNICATION PERSON

859. Papal Documents - JJP2AGRI.HTM - Jubilee of the Agricultural World
Pope John Paul II

On 12 November 2000, the Holy Father celebrated a solemn Mass with thousands of farmers from around the world who had come to Rome to observe their Jubilee. In his homily the Pope said: "God entrusted the earth to human beings 'to till it and keep it' (cf. Gn 2:15)", but he reminded them that "when this principle is forgotten and they become the tyrants rather than the custodians of nature, sooner or later the latter will rebel". CREATION ECOLOGY TECHNOLOGY EUCHARIST

860. Papal Documents - jp2jubafpol.htm - Jubilee of the Armed Forces and the Police
Pope John Paul II

Thousands of members of the armed forces and the police from all over the world gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 19 November 2000, to celebrate their Jubilee with the Holy Father who presided at a solemn Eucharistic concelebration for them. The Pope thanked them for their commitment and reminding them that "countless people look to you and trust in you, in the hope of being able to enjoy a life of serenity, order and peace." SECOND COMING LAST JUDGMENT MILITARY HUMANITARIAN INTERFERENCE PEACE

861. Papal Documents - JJP2DSBL.HTM - Jubilee of the Disabled
Pope John Paul II

On 3 December 2000, the First Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Jubilee of the Disabled at the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls. Thousands of the disabled from around the world participated in the sacred liturgy. In his homily the Pope told his listeners that the Church "would like to draw closer to you and to your families, knowing that inattentiveness sharpens suffering and loneliness, whereas faith shown in love and generosity gives strength and meaning to life". HANDICAP REDEMPTION SECOND COMING DIGNITY SOLIDARITY

862. Papal Documents - JJP2ELDR.HTM - Jubilee of the Elderly
Pope John Paul II

At the Mass concelebrated on Sunday, 17 September 2000, in St Peter's Square for the Jubilee of the Elderly, the Holy Father described old age as "a time of grace which is an invitation to be more closely united to Christ's saving mystery and to participate more deeply in his plan of salvation." In his homily he speaks of the special contributions and opportunities of the elderly. SUFFERING SENIOR

863. Papal Documents - JJP2ENTR.HTM - Jubilee of the Entertainment World
Pope John Paul II

Thousands of theatre and cinema actors, television and radio personalities, circus performers, amusement park workers, street artists and members of musical bands gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 17 December 2000, for the Jubilee of the Entertainment World. The Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent, and in his homily, he said, "Society should be grateful to those who produce and present intelligent and relaxing broadcasts and programmes.... Spreading authentic joy can be a genuine form of social charity". COMMUNICATION MEDIA

864. Papal Documents - JJP2RMCR.HTM - Jubilee of the Roman Curia
Pope John Paul II

On 22 February 2000, the feast of the Chair of. St Peter, the Cardinals, Bishops, priests, religious and laity who assist the Holy Father in his Petrine ministry through their work in the Roman Curia celebrated their Jubilee with the Pope. They walked in procession through the Holy Door of the Vatican Basilica and then participated in a solemn concelebrated Mass at the Altar of the Confession. Holy Father gave the homily in Italian. PAPACY PRIMACY CONVERSION

865. Papal Documents - JP970130.HTM - Jubilee Will Focus World Attention on Rome
John Paul II

"With renewed vigour the Church wishes to present to every Christian living in Rome and to all its citizens the message of salvation which is incarnate in the person, words and deeds of Jesus Christ', the Holy Father said to the Hon. Francesco Rutelli, Mayor of Rome, and to the members of the city's Capitoline Administration, whom he received in audience on January 30, 1997. The theme of the Pope's speech was the importance of preparing Rome properly for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

866. Papal Documents - JP2DEBT.HTM - Jubilee Year Calls for Urgent Debt Relief
Pope John Paul II

In September 1999, the Holy Father received the organizers and supporters of the "Jubilee 2000 Debt Campaign", who are working to reduce the crushing debt of the poorest countries of the world. In his address, the Pope observed that scientific progress was widening the gap between rich and poor nations, and will continue to widen unless debt relief is accorded by the rich to the poor in the Year of Jubilee. INEQUALITY POVERTY PERSONS

867. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch21.htm - Judas and Matthias
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 18 October 2006, the Holy Father continued to reflect on the Church's Apostolic Ministry for those gathered in St. Peter's Square by speaking of the Apostles Judas Iscariot and Matthias. As the Pope observed, there is no lack of traitorous Christians like Judas in the Church; it is up to each of us to counterbalance this treachery with the fidelity of Matthias. BETRAYAL REPENTANCE

868. Papal Documents - L13APCUR.HTM - Judgement on Anglican Ordinations
Leo XIII

"Apostolicae Curae" Apostolic Letter issued on September 13, 1896.

869. Papal Documents - JP960122.HTM - Judges Cannot Bend the Objective Norm or Interpret Divine Law in an Arbitrary Way
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's address to the officials of the Roman Rota given on January 22, 1996.

870. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch131.htm - Julian of Norwich
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 1 December 2010, held in the Paul IV Audience Hall, the Holy Father talked about Dame Julian of Norwich. This English anchoress who lived in the late 14th and early 15th centuries is best known for her book "Revelations of Divine Love in Sixteen Showings". RECLUSE ANCHORESS MYSTICAL THEOLOGY LOVE EVIL SUFFERING

871. Papal Documents - b16ribprison.htm - Justice and Mercy in the Logic of God
Pope Benedict XVI

Institutions should encourage an attentive analysis of the situation in jails today so that "inmates never have to serve a 'double sentence'". Benedict XVI said this on the fourth Sunday of Advent, 18 December 2011, during a morning visit to the Rebibbia District Prison of Rome. The Holy Father spoke on justice and mercy, as well as the overcrowding in jails, and then answered several questions put to him by the inmates. CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY DETENTION SYSTEM

872. Papal Documents - b16justgood.htm - Justice and the Common Good
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 July 2009, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on his new social Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate — charity in truth. The Pope's third Encyclical was officially presented on 7 July and is dated 29 June. DEVELOPMENT SUBSIDIARITY SOLIDARITY GLOBALIZATION TECHNOLOGY POLITICS

873. Papal Documents - JP2TB50.HTM - Justification in Christ
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 17 December 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining the conflict between "flesh" and "spirit" in the teaching of St. Paul. The lusts of the worldly man can be overcome by his spirit when empowered by the Holy Spirit. FRUITS WORKS VIRTUES SARX ARETE

874. Papal Documents - b16stpaul13.htm - Justification in Christ: God's Free Gift
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 19 November 2008, in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke on St Paul's teaching on our justification. We are made just not by the Mosaic Law, but by faith in Christ, which includes conforming to Christ in His charity. ISRAEL GOOD WORKS LIBERTINISM LUTHER

875. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch33.htm - Justin, Philosopher and Martyr
Pope Benedict XVI

On 21 March 2007, in St. Peter's Square, continuing his Catecheses on the Fathers of the early Church, the Holy Father reflected on St. Justin (c. 100-165), "the most important of the second-century apologist Fathers." APOLOGETICS PHILOSOPHY LOGOS PAGANISM

876. Papal Documents - JP2RESP.HTM - Keener Awareness of Shared Responsibility
Pope John Paul II

On 7 April 2000, the Holy Father addressed Mr Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, and the Administrative Committee on Coordination of the United Nations system, on the subject of solidarity in globalization. LIFE FAMILY PERSON ECONOMY JUSTICE

877. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr8.htm - Keep the Holy Bible Within Reach
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday, 3 August 2011, the Holy Father resumed his General Audiences at Castel Gandolpho, continuing his catecheses on the "school of prayer." In this catechesis, the Pope suggested for vacation reading books of the Bible that are less well known, for example, Tobit, Esther, Ruth. SPIRITUAL READING SCRIPTURE RELAXATION

878. Papal Documents - b16stpaul7.htm - Know Historical Jesus Beyond the Flesh
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square, 8 October 2008, the Holy Father commented on St Paul's relationship to the so-called "historical" or earthly Jesus. The Apostle knew many details about the life of Jesus, as well as the substance of His teaching. KYRIOS CROSS RESURRECTION KINGDOM ABBA

879. Papal Documents - b16intheocom10.htm - Knowledge and Love the Pillars of Theology
Pope Benedict XVI

"Knowledge and love sustain one another" in theological research, the Holy Father reminded members of the International Theological Commission, whom he received in Audience on Friday morning, 3 December 2010, in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, at the end of the Plenary Assembly. In his address, the Pope encouraged their reflection on the Christian vision of God, for the good of the faithful, but also for interreligious dialogue. LOGOS RATIO REASON SOCIAL DOCTRINE

880. Papal Documents - JP2TB21.HTM - Knowledge-Generation Cycle and Perspective of Death
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 26 March 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He further examined biblical "knowledge," as the nuptial relationship before the fall, a mutual, disinterested gift of self between spouses, contrasting it with the same relationship as a remedy for death after the fall. EROS MASCULINE FEMININE SEX

881. Papal Documents - JP970227.HTM - Known and Loved by People of Rome
John Paul II

Cardinal Ugo Poletti, former Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, died on 25 February at the age of 82. I recall with great feeling the many meetings I had with him and the enthusiasm with which he spoke of the Diocese, the priests, the religious, the laity, the problems of the ordinary people, of the lights and shadows discernible in the rapid changes in the texture of urban life, the Holy Father said in the homily he preached at the funeral Mass celebrated for the late Cardinal on Thursday, February 27, 1997.

882. Papal Documents - JP2LAETM.HTM - Laetamur magnopere
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II from 15 August 1997, promulgating the Latin typical edition of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church." CATECHETICS CATECHETICAL

883. Papal Documents - JP2TB106.HTM - Language of the Body Strengthens the Marriage Covenant
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 26 January 1983, the Holy Father continued his analysis of the "language of the body" as expressed in the marriage covenant between spouses. They "reread" the language of the body in their living together as a communion of persons. MAN WOMAN PROPHETISM MATRIMONY

884. Papal Documents - b16lastaud.htm - Last Audience with the College of Cardinals
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday morning, 28 February 2013, the last day of his Pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, took his leave of all the cardinals who are in Rome at this time. GUARDINI

885. Papal Documents - JP1LAST.HTM - Last Document of Pope John Paul I
Pope John Paul I

In his last document, a letter dated 28 September 1978, to Bishop Hugh Aufderbeck, Apostolic Administrator of Erfurt-Meiningen, John Paul I recalled the venerable history of the Church of St. Severus, whose seventh centenary the Bishop was then celebrating.

886. Papal Documents - b16creed18.htm - Last General Audience of His Pontificate
Pope Benedict XVI

He is not returning to private life; he is not abandoning the Cross of Christ. "I no longer bear the power of office for the governance of the Church", the Pope told us, "but in the service of prayer I remain, so to speak, in the enclosure of St Peter". On Wednesday, 27 February 2013 — at his last General Audience and on the last full day of his Pontificate — Pope Benedict XVI spoke lovingly and thoughtfully to the crowd gathered in St Peter's Square, as he looked back at their journey together. PETRINE MINISTRY CHURCH

887. Papal Documents - JP2LASTM.HTM - Last Messages of the Holy Father
Pope John Paul II

Two messages, sent by the Holy Father to the faithful, one on Good Friday, to the faithful following the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, the other to all taking part in the Easter Vigil Mass. In the first, he spoke on the sanctification of suffering, and in the second, on the "blazing light of the Risen Christ." TRIDUUM DEATH RESURRECTION

888. Papal Documents - JP960214.HTM - Latin America Is Truly Blessed with Faith
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, February 14, 1996.

889. Papal Documents - b16latinaling.htm - Latina Lingua
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 November 2012, the Holy Father issued a "Motu Propio" Apostolic Letter which established a Pontifical Academy for Latin. The new academy will be used as a means to study and promote the Latin language, which has "always been held in the highest esteem by the Catholic Church and by the Roman Pontiffs." VETERUM SAPIENTIA HUMANITIES

890. Papal Documents - JP2RGHTS.HTM - Laws must support rights of family
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father gave this address to members of the Forum of Catholic Family Associations of Italy whem he received them in audience on 27 June 1998. MARRIAGE FAMILY LAW STATE RIGHTS

891. Papal Documents - P6LAYMAN.HTM - Layman Should Be World's Perfect Citizen
Pope Paul VI

In his General Audience, 23 April 1969, Pope Paul VI described the role of the Catholic layman in the world today. CONSECRATION LAITY WORLD SECULAR

892. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch78.htm - Lead Us Not into the Temptation of Violence
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 March 2009, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his Catecheses on early Christian writers of the East and West, commenting this week on St Boniface, the Apostle of the Germans. Speaking of the Saint's "ardent zeal for the Gospel," the Pope urged us to renew our faith in order to give the "precious pearl of the Gospel" to our time. MISSIONARY BENEDICTINES GREAT BRITAIN ENGLAND EVANGELIZATION GAUL FRANCE MONASTERY MONASTIC MONKS APOSTOLIC SEE ROME NORTHERN IRELAND

893. Papal Documents - b16lectiodiv.htm - Lectio Divina with Rome's Parish Priests
Pope Benedict XVI

On 18 February 2010, in the Vatican's Hall of Blessings, the Holy Father met with the parish priests of the Diocese of Rome for a "lectio divina" in which he meditated on passages from the Letter to the Hebrews on the priesthood of Christ. By participation in Him, priests are to be a bridge between God and the world. KING AARON MELCHIZEDEK MEDIATION HOLY ORDERS EUCHARIST COMPASSION PASSION SACRIFICE PERFECTION OBEDIENCE FREEDOM DEATH RESURRECTION GLORY JERUSALEM PEACE PAGANS

894. Papal Documents - JP2FSSP.HTM - Legitimate diversity must not divide
Pope John Paul II

On 26 October 1998 the Holy Father addressed a group of pilgrims in Rome for beatification ceremonies, as well as members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and others celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Motu Proprio Ecclesia dei, permitting the celebration of the Mass and other sacraments according to the liturgical books of 1962. LATIN TRIDENTINE LITURGY FSSP SSPX

895. Papal Documents - f1lent14.htm - Lenten Message 2014
Pope Francis

The Poverty of Jesus "frees us and enriches us". His poverty is "his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbor." Pope Francis wrote this in his Lenten Message released, on 4 February 2014, in which he invites Christians to help relieve material, moral and spiritual destitution. CONVERSION EVANGELIZATION

896. Papal Documents - f1genaud56.htm - Less Gossip in the Parish
Pope Francis

When one speaks of "sins against the unity" of the Church, one should consider not only the great schisms. Parishes, rather than being "places of sharing and communion", are often "sadly marred by envy, jealousy, antipathy". This was Pope Francis' reflection at the General Audience on Wednesday, 27 August 2014, on St Peter's Square. ONE HOLY DIVISION

897. Papal Documents - JP2DYPRD.HTM - Let Us Forgive and Ask Forgiveness
Pope John Paul II

On 12 March 2000, the Holy Father celebrated a Mass of Penitence, in which a Universal Prayer was offered, asking God's forgiveness for all sins committed in the name of the Church. This is the homily he gave at the Mass. LENT JUBILEE RECONCILIATION

898. Papal Documents - JP960101.HTM - Let Us Give Children a Future of Peace
Pope John Paul II

Message for the World Day of Peace, January 1, 1996.

899. Papal Documents - f1genaud62.htm - Let Us Not Give in to Division
Pope Francis

During the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 8 October 2014, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the nature and beauty of the Church. Whereas many have resigned themselves to division in the Church, he urged instead that we take the path to reconciliation and full communion. UNITY SCHISMS

900. Papal Documents - JP2COMEV.HTM - Let Us Offer the World New Signs of Hope
Pope John Paul II

At a commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Encyclical "Evangelium vitae," the Holy Father observed how "policies and laws opposed to life are causing societies to decline, not only morally but demographically and economically." The Encyclical's message is not only a prescription for moral rebirth, but a formula for civil salvation. CONTRACEPTION ABORTION EUTHANASIA DEATH

901. Papal Documents - P6RIVALR.HTM - Let Us Renounce Rivalry and Discord
Pope Paul VI

The homily which His Holiness Pope Paul VI delivered in the afternoon of Holy Thursday, 3 April 1969, at celebration of Mass "In Coena Domini" in the basilica of St. John Lateran, was centred around a heartfelt call to return to the inner unity of the Church. PASCH PASSOVER EUCHARIST UNITY SCHISM PLURALISM

902. Papal Documents - JP2ASDEC.HTM - Letter and Decalogue of Assisi for Peace
Pope John Paul II

A month after the Assisi Meeting 24 January 2002, the Holy Father sent a Letter dated 24 February to all Heads of State and Governments of the world to make known the "Decalogue of Assisi for Peace". In his Letter the Pope said that "humanity must choose between love and hatred." TERRORISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE SOLIDARITY FAMILY

903. Papal Documents - b16centpism.htm - Letter for the Centenary of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
Pope Benedict XVI

In his letter to Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music on the occasion of its centenary, the Holy Father encouraged the Institute's community to continue providing professional training for students to equip them with "a serious and profound competence in the various disciplines". PIUS X GREGORIAN CHANT SCOLA CANTORUM TRADITION PROGRESS

904. Papal Documents - JP2LTRPR.HTM - Letter of His Holiness to Priests 2000
Pope John Paul II

A special feature of the Pope's yearly letter to priests on Holy Thursday, in the Year of the Great Jubilee, was its signing in the Cenacle in Jerusalem, where the priesthood was instituted, and where the Holy Father had come on pilgrimage. EUCHARIST PASSOVER APOSTLES PERSONA CHRISTI ORDER

905. Papal Documents - JP2NEWM.HTM - Letter on the Occasion if the 2nd Centenary of the Birth of Cardinal John Henry Newman
Pope John Paul II

On the second centenary of the birth of the Venerable Servant of God John Henry Newman, the Holy Father joins his "Brother Bishops of England and Wales, the priests of the Birmingham Oratory and a host of voices throughout the world in praising God for the gift of the great English Cardinal and for his enduring witness." FAITH REASON ANGLICAN

906. Papal Documents - b16yrpriests.htm - Letter Proclaiming a Year for Priests
Pope Benedict XVI

On Friday, 19 June 2009, the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and day of prayer for the sanctification of the clergy, Benedict XVI inaugurated a Jubilee Year for Priests during vespers in the Vatican basilica. This is the letter the Holy Father sent to priests for this Jubilee, which has been called to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron of parish priests. CURÉ OF ARS PRIESTHOOD LAITY MASS CONFESSION REPENTANCE CHASTITY

907. Papal Documents - f1lttrscalf.htm - Letter to a Non-Believer
Pope Francis

This is a translation of the letter sent by Pope Francis to Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of “La Repubblica” Italian newspaper. The Holy Father responds to questions raised by Mr Scafari, in various articles, about the Christian faith. LIGHT JESUS DIALOGUE ENCOUNTER LUMEN FIDEI AUTHORITY EXOUSIA JEWS TRUTH ABBA

908. Papal Documents - JP2ARTIS.HTM - Letter to Artists
Pope John Paul II

This letter of the Pope to Artists was released on 4 April 1999, Easter Sunday. ART SCULPTURE

909. Papal Documents - JP2BPS79.HTM - Letter to Bishops for Holy Thursday 1979
Pope John Paul II

A letter from the Holy Father to all the Bishops of the Church, for the first Holy Thursday of his pontificate, in which he encourages his brothers in the episcopate to show fatherly solicitude for priests, for "their spiritual advancement" and "perseverance in the grace of the sacrament of the priesthood." TRIDUUM COLLEGIALITY CELIBACY HOLY ORDERS

910. Papal Documents - JP2CHRIS.HTM - Letter to Children
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's Letter to Children in the Year of the Family, 1994. It was dated Dec 13 and released at the Vatican Dec. 15. JOHN PAUL II CHILDREN CHRISTMAS

911. Papal Documents - JP2FAMLT.HTM - Letter to Families
Pope John Paul II

Gratissimam Sane, released February 22 at the Vatican. This letter marks the 1994 celebration of the International Year of the Family. The Pope speaks directly to every family throughout the world about the beauty and power of their witness to humanity. JOHN PAUL II FAMILY MOTHERHOOD FATHERHOOD MARRIAGE

912. Papal Documents - JP2CLINT.HTM - Letter to President Clinton
Pope John Paul II

Released on April 5, 1994 by the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. Pope John Paul from the draft document for next September's International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt a 'distrubing surprise.' This file is the text of the letter sent to President Clinton. JOHN PAUL II CLINTON POPULATION CONFERENCE ABORTION CONTRACEPTION CAIRO

913. Papal Documents - JP2PR79.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 1979
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's first Holy Thursday Letter to Priests in which he addresses such topics as the pressure on priests to become more like the laity, the shortage of vocations, fidelity till death, and the meaning of celibacy. PRIESTHOOD OF LAITY DIRECTION OF SOULS PERSONALISM PRAYER CONVERSION FORMATION MARY

914. Papal Documents - JP2HT99.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 1999
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul's annual letter to priests, on the occasion of the anniversary of the institution of the Sacred Priesthood. Given in the Year of the Father.

915. Papal Documents - JP2HLYTH.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2001
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father chooses the theme of sacramental reconciliation for his Holy Thursday letter to priests. The mercy of God is shown not only in this Sacrament, but in the ministers of this Sacrament, who are called from among sinful men as Peter was. Priests are called to minister God's mercy with a "sense of endless thanksgiving." PENANCE CONFESSION CATECHE

916. Papal Documents - JP2HLTHR.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2002
Pope John Paul II

In his annual message to priests, on the paschal anniversary of the institution of the priesthood, the Holy Father draws attention to the close connection between the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Holy Eucharist presumes communion with Christ, which, if broken, must be restored by Penance. GENERAL CONFESSION ABSOLUTION PENITENTS ZACCHAEUS SEVERITY LAXITY MYSTERIUM INIQUITATIS

917. Papal Documents - JP2HTH05.HTM - Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday 2005
Pope John Paul II

His Letter to Priests this year was written by the Pope from his hospital bed at the Gemelli Hospital. It is a meditation on the words of Eucharistic consecration, and the meaning these words should have for the priest. "For us," writes the Holy Father, "the words of institution must be more than a formula of consecration: they must be a formula of life." MASS PRO MULTIS TRANSUBSTANTIATION SALVATION MISSION MEMORIAL

918. Papal Documents - JP2PR04.HTM - Letter to Priests, Holy Thursday 2004
Pope John Paul II

In his 25th Holy Thursday Letter to Priests, the Holy Father underlined the close relationship between Priesthood and the Eucharist, such that "the same mystery of sanctification and love, the work of the Holy Spirit, which makes the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, is at work in the person of the minister at the moment of priestly ordination." Priests who love the Eucharist are most effective at leading others to the priesthood. VOCATIONS HOLY ORDERS MASS ALTAR SERVERS

919. Papal Documents - b16semin.htm - Letter to Seminarians
Pope Benedict XVI

Men will always need God and God will always need men to speak about him on earth; this is why today it still makes sense to enter into the priesthood. Benedict XVI elaborates this idea in his Letter to Seminarians in celebration of the Feast of St Luke the Evangelist, 18 October [2010]. The Pope reminds them of the suffering of the abuse victims, and reiterates that even though these acts are reprehensible, nevertheless, they should not discredit the priestly mission, which remains "great and pure". PRAYER EUCHARIST PENANCE LITURGY POPULAR PIETY STUDY SCRIPTURE THEOLOGY MATURITY SEXUALITY CELIBACY MOVEMENTS VOCATIONS

920. Papal Documents - b16chrchchina.htm - Letter to the Catholic Church in China
Pope Benedict XVI

In a Letter to the Church in China (signed 27 May, released 30 June 2007), Pope Benedict XVI called for unity and reconciliation. The Letter indicated the Vatican's openness to dialogue with government officials in China, with no wish to interfere in the internal affairs of the political community. Yet the Holy Father reconfirmed the Church's position on religious freedom. ASIA PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION COMMUNISM ECCLESIOLOGY BISHOPS EPISCOPATE PAPACY EVANGELIZATION PRIESTS CELIBACY FAMILY MISSIONARY

921. Papal Documents - JP2ELDER.HTM - Letter to the Elderly
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II issued this letter to the elderly on 1 October 1999. In it he speaks of the blessings of mature years and the contributions which the elderly continue to make. AGED INFIRM GERIATRIC SENIOR

922. Papal Documents - JP2GER.HTM - Letter to the German Bishops
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father sent a Letter to the Bishops' Conference of Germany, asking that Church-run counseling centers no longer issue a certificate that may be subsequently used to procure an abortion not punishable by German law. The letter was written in German and dated 11 January 1998. ABORTION GERMANY CLINICS

923. Papal Documents - P6LIBBRO.HTM - Liberty, Brotherhood and Responsibility
Pope Paul VI

In a brief speech given by Pope Paul VI, before recital of the Angelus on Trinity Sunday 1968, he bemoaned the violent death of Robert Kennedy, as of his brother John and Martin Luther King, urging his listeners to the moral courage of these three victims. VALUES LIBERTY CIVIL RESPONSIBILITY

924. Papal Documents - JP2TB52.HTM - Life in the Spirit Based on True Freedom
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 January 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by further examination of St. Paul's teaching on life according to the Spirit. It is purity of heart, which is the necessary condition for charity and true freedom. LAW LUST SELF-CONTROL TEMPERANCE HOLINESS

925. Papal Documents - JP960406.HTM - Light Shines in the Risen Christ
John Paul II

Easter Vigil Homily April 6, 1996

926. Papal Documents - f1genaud57.htm - Like a Good Mother
Pope Francis

Christians are not orphans because they have the Church as a mother. These were Pope Francis' words to the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 3 September 2014. VIRGIN MARY WORD OF GOD SATAN

927. Papal Documents - f1genaud21.htm - Like a River Coursing Through Time
Pope Francis

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 16 October 2013, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his reflection on the four marks of the Church. This week he explored what it means to say that the Church is apostolic. APOSTLE TRADITION PROCLAMATION EVANGELIZATION

928. Papal Documents - b16listen.htm - Listening to Each Other
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 24 January 2007, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father continued his Commentary on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and reviewed the most important events of the year. ECUMENISM PROTESTANTS ORTHODOX

929. Papal Documents - JP2LITER.HTM - Literacy Is Essential Duty for Man's Future
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II's 1995 Lenten message given on September 7, 1994. The Pope reflects on the 'terrible affliction' of illiteracy and expresses his appreciation for those involved in its alleviation. JOHN PAUL II ILLITERACY LITERACY EDUCATION

930. Papal Documents - JP960503.HTM - Liturgy Preserves Faith Experience of Generations
John Paul II

Holy Father's address to those taking part in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on May 3, 1996.

931. Papal Documents - P6PASCH.HTM - Live the Paschal Mystery
Pope Paul VI

In his General Audience on 9 April 1969, His Holiness Pope Paul VI gave a clear, succinct, and yet profound explanation of the meaning of the expression, "Paschal Mystery," which has been widely used since Vatican II. LITURGY PASSION DEATH RESURRECTION PASSOVER COMMUNION

932. Papal Documents - JP950614.HTM - Local Churches Have Missionary Task
Pope John Paul II

General Audience, June 14, 1995 'The Universal Church exists within the local Churches, while they express the universal character of the Catholic Church in their life as individual communities.' JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS EVANGELIZATION

933. Papal Documents - b16lookChrst.htm - Look to Christ
Pope Benedict XVI

On 12 September 2007, the Holy Father commented on his recent Apostolic Visit to Austria during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square. The Pope recalled the distinctly Marian tone of his Visit, noting that meeting Mary leads us all to her Son. MARIAZELL EUROPE SUNDAY DIVINE OFFICE

934. Papal Documents - JP2FUT.HTM - Look to the Future in Perspective of Past
Pope John Paul II

On Tuesday, 22 June, the Holy Father received in audience those taking part in the symposium on The Last 100 Years of Evangelization in Latin America, organized by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America to commemorate the first centenary of the continent's Plenary Council. Recalling that the Popes have always had a special apostolic concern for Latin America, the Holy Father cites Leo XIII's Apostolic Letter Cum diuturnum, convoking the Latin American Bishops to their First Plenary Council in Rome (1899).

935. Papal Documents - b16loretvigl.htm - Loreto: Prayer Vigil, 1 September 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday afternoon, 1 September 2007, the Holy Father travelled by helicopter from the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo to Loreto, to preside at the Italian National Meeting which ends the first year of the Agora (gathering) of Italian youth organized by the Italian Bishops' Conference. On Saturday evening, 1 September, on the Plain of Montorso, Loreto, the Holy Father encouraged the young people during the Prayer Vigil and offered them recommendations. MARY MARRIAGE MISSIONARIES

936. Papal Documents - b16loretoqa.htm - Loreto: Questions and Answers, 1 September 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

During the Prayer Vigil at Loreto, 1 September 2007, two young people asked the Pope questions. The first regarded the hopelessness of youth, the second, on the "silence of God." MARGINALIZATION PARISH YOUTH BEAUTY CREATION

937. Papal Documents - JP2TB97.HTM - Loss of Original Sacrament Restored with Redemption in Marriage-Sacrament
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 13 October 1982, Pope John Paul II continued his exposition of the fifth chapter of the Letter to the Ephesians, by relating Christ's redemptive love to marriage as instituted in the beginning, when it was a sacrament of God's gift of Himself to man and woman at their creation. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY ORIGINAL SIN MYSTERY COVENANT

938. Papal Documents - JP2DYING.HTM - Love and Solidarity for the Dying
Pope John Paul II

In an address to the Pontifical Academy of Life on 27 February 1999, the Holy Father once again condemns euthanasia and assisted suicide. DEATH DYING DIGNITY

939. Papal Documents - JP2TB110.HTM - Love Is Ever Seeking and Never Satisfied
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 6 June 1984, the Holy Father concluded his analysis of the Song of Songs in connection with his catechesis on Theology of the Body. On the basis of a love which is both spiritual and sensual, the significance of the body is reread, and their union becomes the sign of the mutual gift of self. MARRIAGE AGAPE

940. Papal Documents - JP2TB111.HTM - Love Is Victorious in the Struggle Between Good and Evil
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 27 June 1984, the Holy Father examined the Book of Tobit for the light it sheds on Theology of the Body. Here the devotion of the spouses is expressed not in words of loving transport, as in the Song of Songs, but in the "choices and the actions that take on all the weight of human existence in the union of the two." MARRIAGE SACRAMENT

941. Papal Documents - JP960818.HTM - Love of Mary Shared by East and West
John Paul II

In this Angelus address on August 18, 1996, the Holy Father spoke of the devotion to Our Lady and to the saints that is shared by the Eastern and Western Churches.

942. Papal Documents - JP961225.HTM - Love One Another as Brothers and Sisters
John Paul II

Christmas Message and Blessing to City and World Urbi et Orbi, 1996

943. Papal Documents - JP2TB25.HTM - Lust is the Fruit of the Breach of the Covenant With God
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 April 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He examined the three-fold lust, of the flesh, of the eyes, and the pride of life, by which man broke God's original covenant. ELOHIM ORIGINAL INNOCENCE SIN

944. Papal Documents - JP2TB30.HTM - Lust Limits Nuptial Meaning of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 25 June 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. The sin of Adam and Eve distorted the "nuptial meaning of the body," its masculinity/femininity, which was meant to shape their communion. Their relationship was corrupted by lust, which includes the desire to possess the other, rather than receive him/her as a free gift. SEX DOMINATION

945. Papal Documents - JP951124.HTM - Magisterium Exercises Authority in Christ's Name
Pope John Paul II

Address to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 11/24/95

946. Papal Documents - JP961226.HTM - Make Room for the Son of God Who Is Given to Us at Christmas
John Paul II

"The Only Begotten One who comes into the world invites every believer to choose the path of life . . .This is the profound meaning of his coming among us", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on December 26, 1996.

947. Papal Documents - f1genaud24.htm - Make the Joy and Sorrow of Others Your Own
Pope Francis

At the General Audience, 6 November 2013, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father recalled the dramatic story of a little girl diagnosed with an incurable neurodegenerative disorder, asking the faitful to pray for her and to rediscover that communion "that renders us capable of entering into the joy and sorrow of others to make it sincerely our own". SACRAMENTS BAPTISM EUCHARIST CONFIRMATION SALVATION MISSIONARY CHARISMS CHARITY

948. Papal Documents - b16joyevent.htm - Making Room for Christ
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 January 2007, at the first General Audience of the New Year held in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father reflected on the joyful event of Christ's birth, but also on "the power of darkness that attempts to dim the splendour of the divine light" and the consequent rejection of God by many in the world today. CHRISTMAS

949. Papal Documents - JP2MALBE.HTM - Malta Mass of Beatification
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday, 9 May 2001, the Holy Father presided at Mass in Granaries Square, Floriana, for the beatification of three Servants of God, the first Maltese to be raised to the honours of the altar: Fr George Preca, founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine, Ignatius Falzon, a devout layman, and Sr Maria Adeodata Pisani, professed nun of the Order of St Benedict. The Pope recalled the famous devotion and missionary zeal of the Maltese. Concluding remarks after the Mass recalled those he had wished to meet though unable. EVANGEL RELIGIOUS unable to meet

950. Papal Documents - JP2TB16.HTM - Man and Woman: A Mutual Gift for Each Other
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 6 February 1980, the Holy Father reexamined the nuptial meaning of the body, in the mutual gift of self by our first parents, in the context of their original innocence. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY COMMUNION PERSONS DONATION SHAME SEX

951. Papal Documents - JP2TB9.HTM - Man Becomes the Image of God by Communion of Persons
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 November 1979, the Holy Father located the image of God, in which man was created, not only in the solitude of his humanity, but also in the communion of persons, in the creation of the first man and woman in relation to each other. MASCULINE FEMININE COMMUNION THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CORPORALITY

952. Papal Documents - JP2TB107.HTM - Man Called to Overcome Concupiscence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 9 February 1983, the Holy Father continued his analysis of the "language of the body," expressed in the marriage covenant, but now with consideration of its misreading in the man of concupiscence. He/she is called by Christ to return from sin to chastity in rereading the truth of the body in the mystery of redemption. ADULTERY COMMUNION OF PERSONS ORIGINAL SIN

953. Papal Documents - JP2TB18.HTM - Man Enters the World as a Subject of Truth and Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 20 February 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on the Theology of the Body. Created in the image of God, man (Adam and Eve) entered the world as a primordial sacrament, a sign to the visible world of the invisible mystery hidden in God, the mystery of truth and love, the mystery of divine life, in which man really participates. MARRIAGE PROCREATION SUBJECTIVITY OBJECTIVITY SHAME

954. Papal Documents - b16peacemass13.htm - Man Is Made for Peace
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 January 2013, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and the 46th World Day of Peace, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In his Homily, the Pope answered the question, "what is the basis, the origin, the root of peace?" PEACEMAKERS MARY CIRCUMCISION BLESSING

955. Papal Documents - b16eternity.htm - Man Needs Eternity
Pope Benedict XVI

Faced by death "man needs eternity for every other hope is too brief, too limited for him". The Pope said this at the General Audience on Wednesday, 2 November 2011, offering the faithful gathered in the Paul VI Hall some thoughts on the reality of death. ALL SOULS FAITHFUL DEPARTED COMMUNION OF SAINTS JUDGMENT

956. Papal Documents - JP2TB6.HTM - Man's Awareness of Being a Person
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience on 24 October 1979, the Holy Father linked "man's original solitude," as different from and superior to other living creatures, with consciousness of his body. ANTHROPOLOGY FREE WILL COVENANT THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

957. Papal Documents - JP2SCIEN.HTM - Man's dignity stems from his spiritual nature
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father gave this address on 27 October 1998 to the members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gathered to discuss modern concepts of nature. MAN THEOLOGY PHILOSOPHY SCIENCE ANTHROPOLOGY METAPHYSICS

958. Papal Documents - JP2MANE.HTM - Mane Nobiscum Domine
Pope John Paul II

In his Apostolic Letter, published 8 October 2004, the Holy Father reinforced the importance of this sacrament for the life of Catholics. He suggested that the celebration of Sunday Mass be intensified, as well as Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, the rosary and Eucharistic processions, especially on the feast of Corpus Christi. These are ways of "witnessing with greater force to the presence of God in the world." Therefore, he asks Catholics not to be afraid to speak of God and to "bear proud witness to our faith." WORLD YOUTH DAY MILLENNIUM SUNDAY ROSARY MYSTERYS OF LIGHT WORD SACRAMENT SCRIPTURE BIBLE MEAL SACRIFICE REAL PRESENCE MUSIC COMMUNION MASS LORD'S DAY MISSION SOLIDARITY

959. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch128.htm - Marguerite d'Oingt
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 November 2010, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father spoke about the Medieval French Saint, Marguerite d'Oingt, and how she considered the Lord as a book, a mirror, from which light entered her soul. CARTHUSIAN PASSION CONTEMPLATION FAMILY CONSCIENCE

960. Papal Documents - JP2MARIT.HTM - Marital Act must be Total Gift of Person
John Paul II

A letter to the Centre for Research and Study on the Natural Regulation of Fertility of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, which held a convention 28 February - 1 March 1998. HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE SEX SEXUALITY INTERCOURSE PERSONALISM

961. Papal Documents - JP2TB86.HTM - Marital Love Reflects God's Love for His People
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 July 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body by laying the groundwork for an examination of St. Paul's teaching on marriage in the fifth chapter of Ephesians. Marriage, as a sacrament, signifies the relationship between Christ and His Church, and before that, the spousal love between God and his chosen people. WIVES HUSBANDS

962. Papal Documents - JP2TB98.HTM - Marriage an Integral Part of New Sacramental Economy
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 20 October 1982, the Holy Father continued his commentary on Ephesians 5, to give further insights into his Theology of the Body. Marriage is so fundamental to the order of redemption established by Christ that "all the sacraments of the new covenant find their prototype in marriage as the primordial sacrament." SACRAMENTAL ECONOMY SCHOLATICISM

963. Papal Documents - JP2TB63.HTM - Marriage and Celibacy in the Light of the Resurrection of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 11 November 1981, the Holy Father began a new segment of his catechesis on theology of the body, basing his talk on the words of Christ to the Sadducees on the general resurrection. "These words are of fundamental importance for understanding marriage in the Christian sense and also the renunciation of conjugal life for the kingdom of heaven." PHARISEES LEVIRATE LAW

964. Papal Documents - JP2TB77.HTM - Marriage and Continence Complement Each Other
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 April 1982, the Holy Father continued his instruction on the relationship between marriage and continence. Those called to either state fulfill their calling in a spiritual paternity or maternity toward those in their care. And the nature of both is conjugal, being expressed in the total gift of oneself. CELIBACY VIRGINITY

965. Papal Documents - b16romrota13.htm - Marriage Between Faith and the Natural Order
Pope Benedict XVI

On 26 January 2013, for the occasion of the inaugruation of the judicial year, the Holy Father addressed the members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, whom he received in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. The Pope affirmed that the decision of a man and a woman to bind themselves for a lifetime is not at cross-purposes with the person's freedom and autonomy, although putting it into practice requires the light of faith that "makes man capable of self-giving". SALUS ANIMARUM FOEDUS FAITH SACRAMENTAL INTENTION ANNULMENTS BONUM CONIUGUM CARITAS CHARITY

966. Papal Documents - JP2TB22.HTM - Marriage in the Integral Vision of Man
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 2 April 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body. Only by going back to the "beginning," as Christ did in answering the Pharisees on divorce, can we get a total vision of man, male and female, and only so can we adequately understand marriage and procreation. COMMUNION ANTHROPOLOGY

967. Papal Documents - JP2TB96.HTM - Marriage Is the Central Point of the Sacrament of Creation
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 6 October 1982, the Holy Father continued his exposition of fifth chapter of the Letter to the Ephesians, for the light it sheds on marriage as the "primordial" sacrament in the state of man's original innocence. SIN THEOLOGY OF THE BODY HOLINESS

968. Papal Documents - JP2TB10.HTM - Marriage One and Indissoluble in First Chapters of Genesis
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 21 November 1979, the Holy Father spoke on the communion of the first man and woman, how it renewed their original unity before separation in creation, and revealed the meaning of their bodies by their complementarity. MALE FEMALE SEX PROCREATION THEOLOGY OF THE BODY PERSONS

969. Papal Documents - JP2TB101.HTM - Marriage Sacrament an Effective Sign of God's Saving Power
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 1 December 1982, the Holy Father drew together texts from the Gospel, Romans, and I Corinthians to shed further light on marriage as presented in Ephesians 5. This primordial sacrament prepares for the eschatological hope of the general resurrection in procreating sons and daughters who are to participate in the resurrection, and thus experience the redemption of the body. CONCUPISCENCE

970. Papal Documents - JP950702.HTM - Martyrdom Unites Us With All Believers
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's homily given at the Mass during which he canonized Marek Krizin, Stefan Pongracz and Melichar Grodziecky of Kosice. July 2, 1995 JOHN PAUL II SLOVAKIA MARTYRS KOSICE

971. Papal Documents - JP951001.HTM - Martyrdom: A Special Gift of the Spirit, Beatification of Martyrs of...
Pope John Paul II

...French Revolution and Spanish Civil War October 1, 1995

972. Papal Documents - JP960919.HTM - Martyrs in the Vendee Courageously Remained Faithful to Christ's
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II in France to Young People--September 19, 1996. The Holy Father praises the martyrs of the Vendee, who gave their lives during the French Revolution rather than renounce the freedom and independence of the Church.

973. Papal Documents - JP960821.HTM - Mary and Joseph Lived Gift of Virginity
John Paul II

The grace to live both the charism of virginity and the gift of marriage, which was given to Mary and Joseph, was the Holy Father's subject at his General Audience, August 21, 1996.

974. Papal Documents - JP2BVM30.HTM - Mary and Joseph Lived Gift of Virginity
Pope John Paul II

The grace to live both the charism of virginity and the gift of marriage, which was given to Mary and Joseph, was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 21 August 1996. Although Joseph did not physically generate the Lord, his was a very real fatherhood. This is the 30th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. HOLY FAMILY

975. Papal Documents - JP2BVM53.HTM - Mary and the Human Drama of Death
Pope John Paul II

Reflecting on the Dormition of the Mother of God, at the General Audience of 25 June 1997, the Holy Father said, "The experience of death personally enriched the Blessed Virgin: by undergoing mankind's common destiny, she can more effectively exercise her spiritual motherhood towards those approaching the last moment of their life." This was the 53rd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ASSUMPTION

976. Papal Documents - b16mothrpriest.htm - Mary as the Mother of Priests
Pope Benedict XVI

On 12 August 2009, at the General Audience held at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, in the context of upcoming Solemnity of the Assumption the Holy Father reflected on the connection between Our Lady and the priesthood. ST BERNARD INCARNATION ST JOHN

977. Papal Documents - JP2BVM42.HTM - Mary Co-operates by Personal Obedience
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 15 January 1997, the Holy Father reflected on the finding of Jesus in the temple and its meaning for His Mother. "At the temple in Jerusalem, in this prelude to his saving mission, Jesus associates his Mother with himself; no longer is she merely the One who gave him birth, but the Woman who through her own obedience to the Father's plan, can co-operate in the mystery of Redemption." This is the 42nd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. HIDDEN LIFE JOSEPH FATHER COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX FIAT

978. Papal Documents - JP970115.HTM - Mary Co-operates by Personal Obedience
John Paul II

"At the temple in Jerusalem, in this prelude to his saving mission, Jesus associates his Mother with himself, no longer is she merely the One who gave him birth, but the Woman who through her own obedience to the Father's plan, can co-operate in the mystery of Redemption", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of January 15, 1997, as he reflected on the finding of Jesus in the temple. Here is a translation of his catechesis, which was the 42nd in the series on the Blessed Mother.

979. Papal Documents - JP2MCOOP.HTM - Mary Cooperates in God's Saving Plan
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 12 January 2000, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's place in our journey to the Father, who "desired Mary's presence in salvation history". The Virgin Mother has a mediating role, but one subordinate to the Saviour's. Her cooperation is founded on Christ's mediation and her sharing in his work takes nothing from him as the unique Mediator. MEDIATRIX COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX

980. Papal Documents - JP2BVM25.HTM - Mary Freely Co-operated in God's Plan
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 3 July 1996, the Holy Father spoke of Our Lady's response to the angel's announcement that she would be the mother of the Messiah. The Pope said: "Mary is asked to assent to a truth never expressed before. She accepts it with a simple yet daring heart." This was the 25th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ANNUNCIATION INCARNATION ZECHARIAH FAITH

981. Papal Documents - JP960703.HTM - Mary Freely Cooperated in God's Plan
John Paul II

In St. Luke's Gospel, Elizabeth's greeting to Mary presents her as the one whose faith makes her the model of all who live according to the beatitudes. Papal audience of July 3, 1996.

982. Papal Documents - JP2BVM60.HTM - Mary Fully Adhered to Revealed Truth
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 20 August 1997, as he reflected on Mary's virginity as a model for the Church, the Holy Father said, "Having fully adhered to the Word of the Lord, Mary represents for the Church an unsurpassable model of 'virginally integral’ faith, for with docility and perseverance she accepts the revealed Truth whole and entire." This was the 60th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. CHASTITY CELIBACY

983. Papal Documents - JP2BVM46.HTM - Mary Had Role in Jesus' Public Ministry
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 12 March 1997, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's role in Jesus' public ministry. He said, "Separation did not mean distance of heart, nor did it prevent the Mother from spiritually following her Son ... as she had done during Jesus' hidden life in Nazareth." This was 46th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. MISSION CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX

984. Papal Documents - JP2BVM66.HTM - Mary Has Always Been Specially Venerated
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 15 October 1997, the Holy Father reflected on the development of Marian devotion in the history of the Church. "The Second Vatican Council, in stressing the particular character of Marian devotion, says: 'Mary has by grace been exalted above all angels and men to a place second only to her Son, as the most holy Mother of God who was involved in the mysteries of Christ: she is rightly honoured by a special cult in the Church'" (Lumen gentium, n. 66). This was the 66th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. NEW EVE THEOTOKOS DORMITION ASSUMPTION PR0TOEVANGELIUM

985. Papal Documents - JP2BVM40.HTM - Mary Has Role in Jesus' Saving Mission
Pope John Paul II

"Beginning with Simeon's prophecy, Mary intensely and mysteriously unites her life with Christ's sorrowful mission: she was to become her Son's faithful co-worker for the salvation of the human race", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 18 December 1996, reflecting on the significance of Simeon's predictions at the Presentation in the temple. This is the 40th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX SUFFERING SERVANT PROPHECY

986. Papal Documents - JP961218.HTM - Mary Has Role in Jesus' Saving Mission
John Paul II

In his General Audience of December 18, 1996, the Holy Father reflects on the significance of Simeon's predicitons at the Presentation in the temple.

987. Papal Documents - JP2BVM64.HTM - Mary Has Universal Spiritual Motherhood
Pope John Paul II

The Blessed Virgin, "having entered the Father's eternal kingdom, closer to her divine Son and thus closer to us all, can more effectively exercise in the Spirit the role of maternal intercession entrusted to her by divine Providence", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 24 September 1997, as he discussed Mary's motherhood in the order of grace. This was the 64th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ADVOCATE HELPER BENEFACTRESS MEDIATRIX

988. Papal Documents - JP2MARY1.HTM - Mary has universal spiritual motherhood
Pope John Paul II

In his Wednesday Audience of 24 September 1998 the Holy Father explained the meaning of Mary's titles of: Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix (as taught by Vatican II).

989. Papal Documents - JP970305.HTM - Mary Is Active in Her Son's Mission
John Paul II

By emphasizing Mary's initiative in the first miracle and then recalling her presence on Calvary at the foot of the Cross, the Evangelist helps us understand how Mary's co-operation is extended to the whole of Christ's work the Holy Father said at the General Audience of Wednesday, March 5, 1997, as he reflected on Mary's role at Cana and her co-operation in her Son's messianic mission.

990. Papal Documents - JP2BVM45.HTM - Mary Is Active in Her Son's Mission
Pope John Paul II

"By emphasizing Mary's initiative in the first miracle and then recalling her presence on Calvary at the foot of the Cross, the Evangelist helps us understand how Mary's co-operation is extended to the whole of Christ's work", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 5 March 1997, as he reflected on Mary's role at Cana and her co-operation in her Son's messianic mission. This was the 45th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MARRIAGE NEW EVE COVENANT EUCHARIST INTERCESSION

991. Papal Documents - JP950815.HTM - Mary is Church's Pattern; Mary is First to Receive Glory
Pope John Paul II

(Feast of the Assumption), 8/15/95

992. Papal Documents - JP2BVM55.HTM - Mary Is First Creature to Enjoy Eternal Life
Pope John Paul II

Reflecting on Mary's Assumption in the Tradition of the Church, at the General Audience of 9 July 1997, the Holy Father drew implications for our own resurrection. He said, "By looking at her, the Christian learns to discover the value of his own body and to guard it as a temple of God, in expectation of the resurrection." This was the 55th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION WOMEN NEW EVE HEAVEN

993. Papal Documents - JP2BVM59.HTM - Mary Is Model for Church's Motherhood
Pope John Paul II

"In contemplating Mary, the Church imitates her charity, her faithful acceptance of the Word of God and her docility in fulfilling the Father's will. By following the Blessed Virgin's example, she achieves a fruitful spiritual motherhood", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 13 August 1997. This was the 59th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. NEW EVE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

994. Papal Documents - JP951101.HTM - Mary Is Model of Care for the Sick
Pope John Paul II

Message for the 4th World Day of the Sick 1996, November 1, 1995.

995. Papal Documents - JP2BVM6.HTM - Mary Is Model of Persevering Silence
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience on 22 November 1995, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Virgin Mary with a reflection on significant aspects of her personality, in particular, her quiet humility and loving obedience. This is the sixth in a series. For the series, see Index Page. FAITH HOPE SILENCE HUMILITY PURITY ECUMENICAL

996. Papal Documents - JP2BVM58.HTM - Mary Is Outstanding Figure of Church
Pope John Paul II

As he reflected on Mary as "the Church's type and outstanding model in faith and charity," at the General Audience of 6 August 1997, the Holy Father said, "The plan of salvation which orders the prefigurations of the Old Testament to fulfilment in the New Covenant likewise determines that Mary would live in a perfect way what was later to be fulfilled in the Church." This was the 58th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. TYPES

997. Papal Documents - JP2BVM1.HTM - Mary Is Pattern of Church's Holiness
Pope John Paul II

"The Blessed Virgin is the perfect realization of the Church's holiness and its model", the Holy Father said in the first of a series of reflections on Mary's role in the Church at the General Audience of Wednesday, 6 September 1995. For the series, see Index Page. MOTHER HOLY SPIRIT FAMILY PRAYER

998. Papal Documents - JP2BVM57.HTM - Mary Is Pre-eminent Member of Church
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 30 July 1997, the Holy Father reflected on Mary as a pre-eminent member of the Church from its origins. He said, "Mother of the only begotten Son of God, Mary is Mother of the community which constitutes Christ's mystical Body and guides its first steps." This was the 57th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MOTHER OF THE CHURCH DAUGHTER OF THE FATHER TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

999. Papal Documents - JP2DVLV.HTM - Mary is the Image of the Heavenly Church
Pope John Paul II

In his homily at the dedication of the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love, the Holy Father likens the new building to the Church on earth, whose members are living stones, cemented together by charity, and to the Church in heaven. Mary is the image and first- fruits of the heavenly Church, where love is fulfilled in communion with the Blessed Trinity. ROME PIUS XII WORLD WAR II

1000. Papal Documents - JP960505.HTM - Mary Is the Mother Who Intercedes for Everyone
John Paul II

Angelus message for May 5, 1996.

1001. Papal Documents - JP2BVM2.HTM - Mary Is the Virgin Mother of God
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 13 September 1995, the Holy Father continued the catechesis he had begun the previous week on the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this talk he discussed the mystery of Mary's virginal motherhood and the title officially attributed to her by the Council of Ephesus in 431. This was the second in a series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. THEOTOKOS VIRGIN BIRTH CELIBACY

1002. Papal Documents - JP950913.HTM - Mary Is the Virgin Mother of God
Pope John Paul II

9/13/95

1003. Papal Documents - JP96-815.HTM - Mary Leads Us to Eucharist
John Paul II

The Holy Father's August 15, 1996 message to those attending the 19th International Marian Congress in Czestochowa, Poland, on August 24-26.

1004. Papal Documents - JP2BVM32.HTM - Mary Offers Sublime Model of Service
Pope John Paul II

"Mary makes the Father's will the inspiring principle of her whole life, seeking in it the necessary strength to fulfil the mission entrusted to her", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 4 September 1996, as he reflected on Mary's response to the angel at the Annunciation. This was the 32nd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. SERVANT

1005. Papal Documents - JP960904.HTM - Mary Offers Sublime Model of Service
John Paul II

Mary makes the Father's will the inspiring principle of her whole life, seeking in it the necessary strength to fulfill the mission entrusted to her", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of September 4, 1996, as he reflected on Mary's response to the angel at the Annunciation, an act of free submission to God.

1006. Papal Documents - JP2BVM52.HTM - Mary Prays for Outpouring of the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 28 May 1997, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's presence in the Upper Room at Pentecost. He said, "In contemplating Mary's powerful intercession as she waits for the Holy Spirit, Christians of every age have frequently had recourse to her intercession ... to receive the gifts of the Paraclete in greater abundance." This was the 52nd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. PARACLETE INCARNATION

1007. Papal Documents - JP950701.HTM - Mary Prepares Hearts for Conversion
Pope John Paul II

July 1, 1995 The Holy Father visited the Shrine of the Sorrowful Virgin in Sastin, where he celebrated Mass in front of the basilica. JOHN PAUL II MARY CONVERSION

1008. Papal Documents - JP2BVM18.HTM - Mary Responds to God With Spousal Love
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of Wednesday, 1 May 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the Angel's greeting to Mary at the Annunciation and Mary's role as the new "daughter of Zion" . She represents all humanity, called to the marriage banquet which celebrates God's Covenant with His people. This is the 18th in the series. For the series, see Index Page. HAIL MARY ISRAEL SALVATION PROPHECY INCARNATION

1009. Papal Documents - JP960501.HTM - Mary Responds to God with Spousal Love
John Paul II

General Audience of May 1, 1996.

1010. Papal Documents - JP961018.HTM - Mary Says: 'Do Whatever He Tells You'
John Paul II

Message for 1997 World Day of the Sick (February 11, 1997, Fatima) Pope John Paul II October 18, 1996

1011. Papal Documents - JP951206.HTM - Mary Shed Light on the Role of Women
John Paul II

At the General Audience of December 6, 1995, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Virgin Mary, calling particular attention to her as the model for woman's role in the contemporary world. His address was the eighth in the series on the Blessed Virgin.

1012. Papal Documents - JP2BVM8.HTM - Mary Sheds Light on Role of Women
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 6 December 1995, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Blessed Mother, calling attention in light of the equality of the sexes to the distinctiveness of femininity, as exemplified in the Virgin Mary. This was the eighth address in the series. For the series, see Index Page. FEMININISM HUMILITY MOTHERHOOD VIRGINITY CIVILIZATION

1013. Papal Documents - JP960814.HTM - Mary Shines As A Sign of Certain Hope
John Paul II

August 14, 1996 The Holy Father reflects on how the messianic expectations were fulfilled in Mary.

1014. Papal Documents - JP951129.HTM - Mary Shows Us God's Respect for Women
John Paul II

The Pope's catechesis on Mary and the value of woman at the General Audience of November 29, 1995, was the seventh in the series on the Blessed Mother.

1015. Papal Documents - JP2BVM7.HTM - Mary Shows Us God's Respect for Women
Pope John Paul II

"The figure of Mary shows that God has such esteem for woman that any form of discrimination lacks a theoretical basis", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 29 November 1995, in his seventh reflection in a series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. FEMINISM VOCATION DIGNITY EQUALITY

1016. Papal Documents - JP2BVM35.HTM - Mary Sings the Praises of God's Mercy
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 6 November 1996, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Virgin Mary with a reflection on her song known as the Magnificat. "With her wise reading of history, Mary leads us to discover the criteria of God's mysterious action. Overturning the judgements of the world, he comes to the aid of the poor and lowly." This was the 35th in his series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. HUMILITY

1017. Papal Documents - JP2BVM47.HTM - Mary United Herself to Jesus' Offering
Pope John Paul II

"With our gaze illumined by the radiance of the Resurrection, we pause to reflect on the Mother's involvement in her Son's redeeming Passion, which was completed by her sharing in his suffering", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 2 April 1997, as he reflected on Mary's participation in the mystery of Redemption and her presence at the foot of the Cross. This was 47th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX

1018. Papal Documents - JP2BVM20.HTM - Mary Was Conceived Without Original Sin
Pope John Paul II

The perfection of holiness that Mary enjoyed from the first moment of her conception, defined by the Church only after a long period of doctrinal reflection, was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 15 May 1996. This was the 20th in his series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. SANCTIFYING GRACE NEW CREATION EVE

1019. Papal Documents - JP2BVM24.HTM - Mary Was Free From All Personal Sin
Pope John Paul II

The doctrine of Mary's perfect holiness was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 19 June 1996. This truth asserts "that Mary, free from original sin, was also preserved from all actual sin and that this initial holiness was granted to her in order to fill her entire life." This was the 24th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION KECHARITOMENE GOSPELS

1020. Papal Documents - JP951025.HTM - Mary Was United to Jesus on the Cross
Pope John Paul II

10/25/95

1021. Papal Documents - JP2BVM3.HTM - Mary Was United to Jesus on the Cross
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 25 October 1995, the Holy Father returned to his catechesis on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her participation in her Son's saving work. Down the centuries the Church’s tradition has appreciated ever more profoundly Mary’s role in her Son’s redemptive mission. The third in a series. For the series, see Index Page. COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX REDEMPTION SALVATION

1022. Papal Documents - JP2BVM51.HTM - Mary Was Witness to Whole Paschal Mystery
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 21 May 1997, the Holy Father reflected on the question of whether the Lord appeared to Mary after his Resurrection, concluding that "the unique and special character of the Blessed Virgin's presence at Calvary and her perfect union with the Son in his suffering on the Cross seem to postulate a very particular sharing on her part in the mystery of the Resurrection." This is the 51st in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. EASTER

1023. Papal Documents - JP970129.HTM - Mary's 'Hidden Life' Is Example to Mothers
John Paul II

"We can conclude that the atmosphere of tranquillity and peace in the house of Nazareth and their constant seeking to fulfil God's plan gave an extraordinary and unique depth to the union of mother and son", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of January 29, 1997, as he reflected on Mary's role in the hidden life of Christ. The Pope also referred to our lives, "hidden with Christ in God".

1024. Papal Documents - JP960815.HTM - Mary's Assumption Reminds Us That Our True Dwelling Place Is in Heaven
John Paul II

August 15, 1996 Holy Father's Angelus reflection for the feast of the Assumption.

1025. Papal Documents - JP2BVM29.HTM - Mary's Choice Inspires Consecrated Virginity
Pope John Paul II

"Mary's virginal life inspires in the entire Christian people esteem for the gift of virginity and the desire that it should increase in the Church as a sign of God's primacy over all reality", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 7 August 1996, as he continued his reflection on Mary's choice of virginity, the fruit of the Holy Spirit's grace. This was the 29th of the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ANNUNCIATION RELIGIOUS CONSECRATION CELIBACY CHASTITY

1026. Papal Documents - JP2BVM48.HTM - Mary's Co-operation Is Totally Unique
Pope John Paul

At the General Audience of 9 April 1997, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the role of the Blessed Mother, calling attention to her unique "role of co-operator in the Redemption, which she exercised throughout her life and in a special way at the foot of the Cross." This was the 48th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX NEW EVE

1027. Papal Documents - JP2BVM21.HTM - Mary's Enmity Towards Satan Was Absolute
Pope John Paul II

The scriptural texts on which the dogma of the Immaculate Conception is based were the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 29 May 1996. This was the 21st in a series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. PROTOEVANGELIUM DEVIL SIN REDEMPTION

1028. Papal Documents - JP2BVM43.HTM - Mary's Hidden Life Is Example to Mothers
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 29 January 1997, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's role in the hidden life of Christ. He said, "We can conclude that the atmosphere of tranquillity and peace in the house of Nazareth and their constant seeking to fulfil God's plan gave an extraordinary and unique depth to the union of mother and son." This was the 43rd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. HOLY FAMILY

1029. Papal Documents - JP2MARY2.HTM - Mary's mediation derives from Christ
Pope John Paul II

In his Wednesday Audience of 1 October 1998 the Pope explains the mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom the Church calls Mediatrix of Grace.

1030. Papal Documents - JP2BVM65.HTM - Mary's Mediation Derives From Christ's
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 1 October 1997, the Pope focused on Mary's role as Mediatrix. "Far from being an obstacle to the exercise of Christ's unique mediation, Mary instead highlights its fruitfulness and efficacy," the Holy Father said. This was the 65th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. INTERCESSION MEDIATOR

1031. Papal Documents - JP2BVM10.HTM - Mary's Place Is Highest After Christ
Pope John Paul II

The proper way to explain Marian doctrine was the topic of the Holy Father's weekly catechesis at the General Audience of 3 January 1995. Mariology is not a product of sentimentality, but of the same rigorous method used in all theology. This is the tenth in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MAXIMALIST MINIMALIST

1032. Papal Documents - JP2BVM11.HTM - Mary's Relationship With the Trinity
Pope John Paul II

Citing Lumen Gentium, n. 53, the Holy Father gave a concise explanation of the Trinitarian dimension of Marian doctrine at the General Audience of 10 January 1996. This was the 11th in the series. For the series, see Index Page. DAUGHTER FATHER TEMPLE SPOUSE HOLY SPIRIT

1033. Papal Documents - b16evematerdei.htm - Mary's Yes Brings Life to the World
Pope Benedict XVI

At 6:00 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday, 31 December 2008, New Year's Eve, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. In his homily, the Pope had our gaze, contemplating the Child in the manger, turn "in gratitude also to his Mother, who with her 'yes' made possible the gift of Redemption." TE DEUM INCARNATION DIVINE MOTHERHOOD

1034. Papal Documents - f1mthrGod14.htm - Mary, Mother of God 2014
Pope Francis

In the sorrowing heart of Mary there is room for all men, be they good or bad. Pope Francis said this in his homily at the Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which he celebrated in the St Peter's Basilica on Wednesday, 1 January 2014, on the occasion of the 47th World Day of Peace. NEW YEAR COUNCIL OF EPHESUS

1035. Papal Documents - b16maryexemp.htm - Mary, the Exemplar
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 16 August 2006, the faithful gathered in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo for the Pope's Catechesis on the Assumption. "From on high, Mary follows our footsteps with gentle concern, dispels the gloom in moments of darkness and distress, reassures us with her motherly hand." TAIZÉ BROTHER ROGER

1036. Papal Documents - P6GREAT.HTM - Mary, the Great Sign
Pope Paul VI

'Signum Magnum.' Issued May 13, 1967. Expounds the role of Mary as our 'Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix,' as well as our example. MARY MOTHER GENITRIX EXAMPLE IMMACULATE QUEEN

1037. Papal Documents - JP2BVM33.HTM - Mary, the New Eve, Freely Obeyed God
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 18 September 1996, the Holy Father examined the significance of Mary as the New Eve. "In stating her total 'yes' to the divine plan, Mary is completely free before God. At the same time, she feels personally responsible for humanity, whose future was linked with her reply." This was the 33rd in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ANNUNCIATION INCARNATION REDEMPTION

1038. Papal Documents - JP960918.HTM - Mary, the New Eve, Freely Obeyed God
John Paul II

The Holy Father examines the significance of Mary as the New Eve in his General Audience discourse on September 18, 1996.

1039. Papal Documents - JP2BVM61.HTM - Mary: Model of Faith, Hope, and Charity
Pope John Paul II

Mary as the Church's model of faith, hope and charity was the subject of the Holy Father's weekly catechesis at the General Audience of 3 September 1997. He said that, on their way to holiness, the faithful are encouraged by the example of their Mother who is the "model of virtues." This was the 61st in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. ORIGINAL SIN IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

1040. Papal Documents - JP2BVM62.HTM - Mary: Model of the Church at Prayer
Pope John Paul II

Mary's role as a model of the Church at worship was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 10 September 1997. Her example encourages Christians to "offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pt 2:5). This was the 62nd in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. ANNUNCIATION MYSTERIES

1041. Papal Documents - b16mssyrfth2012.htm - Mass at the Opening of the Year of Faith, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday, 11 October 2012, the Holy Father Benedict XVI presided at the Eucharistic Celebration in the Square of Saint Peter’s Basilica on the occasion of the opening of the Year of Faith and for the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of Vatican Council II and the 20th Anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. NEW EVANGELIZATION

1042. Papal Documents - JP2MSATH.HTM - Mass at the Sport Palace in Athens
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 5 May 2001, the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the Sport Palace in the complex of the Olympic Centre of Athens: "In order to proclaim the good News to the men and women of our time, the Church must be attentive to their cultures and their ways of communicating, without allowing the Gospel message to be altered or its meaning or scope diminished". ECUMEN EVANGELIZATION CONVERSION COMMUNICATION INCULTURAT PHILOSOPHY

1043. Papal Documents - f1catechst13.htm - Mass for Catechists 2013
Pope Francis

On Sunday, 29 September 2013, at the Mass for Catechists in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father defined a catechist as "a Christian who is mindful of God, who is guided by the memory of God in his or her entire life and who is able to awaken that memory in the hearts of others." WORLDLINESS MAGNIFICAT REMEMBER REMEMBRANCE HYPOMONE

1044. Papal Documents - b16conseclif13.htm - Mass for Consecrated Life 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

Men and women religious are called to cultivate a faith that illuminates their vocation, that recognizes "the wisdom of weakness" in the midst of societies that recognize only success. The Holy Father said this during the Mass he celebrated in St Peter's Basilica on Saturday afternoon, 2 February 2013, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the 17th World Day of Consecrated Life. PURIFICATION SACRIFICE PRIESTHOOD SUFFERING HOLY SPIRIT MARY KENOSIS PILGRIMS

1045. Papal Documents - b16concyrprs.htm - Mass for the Conclusion of the Year for Priests
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 June 2010, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St Peter's Square for the conclusion of the Year for Priests. At the end of the Year commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 'dies natalis' of St John Mary Vianney, the Pope stressed: "The priest is not a mere office-holder" but does something "no human being can do of his own power: in Christ's name he speaks the words which absolve us of our sins", and in this way changes our entire life. CONSECRATION TRANSUBSTANTIATION SHEPHERD VOCATIONS PRIESTHOOD SEX ABUSE COMMANDMENTS SACRAMENTS

1046. Papal Documents - b16ord5abps.htm - Mass for the Episcopal Ordination of Five Archbishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday morning, 5 February 2011, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass during which he conferred Episcopal Ordination on five Archbishops, three of whom have been appointed to offices in the Roman Curia and two as Apostolic Nuncios. The Pope urged the new Archbishops not to be marsh reeds that bend in the wind, but "brave enough to go against current trends." COMMUNIO REGULA FIDEI PERSEVERANCE APOSTOLIC TRADITION SUCCESSORS EUCHARIST PRAYER DUC IN ALTUM

1047. Papal Documents - b16ord5bps.htm - Mass for the Episcopal Ordination of Five New Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday morning, 12 September 2009, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass for the second episcopal Ordination of his Pontificate. He ordained five new Bishops. In his homily, the Pope spoke of three characteristics which Our Lord required of His servants. They are fidelity, prudence, and goodness. CONSECRATION HOLY ORDERS PRIESTHOOD GOODNESS MARY

1048. Papal Documents - b16ratzschul.htm - Mass for the Ratzinger Schülerkreis
Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI concluded the traditional summer seminar for the association known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis, on Monday, 3 September [2012], at Castel Gandolfo's Mariapoli Centre. The day before, Sunday 2, he celebrated Mass privately with his former students at the Centre. This is a translation of the Holy Father's Homily, which was given extemporaneously in German. TRUTH LAW ISRAEL CHURCH INTOLERANCE

1049. Papal Documents - b16peacemas12.htm - Mass for World Day of Peace 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 1 January 2012, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and the 45th World Day of Peace, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass in St Peter's to start the New Year. In his homily, the Pope stressed the role of education in pursuing justice and peace. BLESSING CHURCH MEDIATOR YOUTH

1050. Papal Documents - b16peterpaul08.htm - Mass Homily: Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 June 2008, the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass for the conferral of the Pallium on 40 Metropolitan Archbishops in St. Peter's Basilica. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I also took part, in accordance with the annual tradition of the Orthodox-Catholic exchange of visits for the patronal Feasts of their respective Churches. MARTYRDOM CENTURION APOSTOLATES CATHOLIC SHEPHERD APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

1051. Papal Documents - f1stfranc13.htm - Mass in St Francis' Square 2013
Pope Francis

On 4 October 2013, the Feast of St Francis, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Francis Square, Assisi. In his homily, the Holy Father asked for respect for creation and for every human being, that we be instruments of peace and not of destruction. POVERTY JESUS CROSS PATRON ITALY

1052. Papal Documents - JP2MSSYR.HTM - Mass in the Abbassyin Stadium of Damascus
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday morning, 6 May 2001, the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the Abbassyin Stadium of Damascus. In his homily he spoke of the Conversion of St Paul, which took place nearby, as an "extraordinary event" which was "decisive for the future of Paul and the Church". The homily is followed by the Pope's short Regina Caeli message, in which he remarks on the devotion of Syrian Christians to the Mother of God. ECUMEN ORTHODOX MUSLIM JEW FAMILY EVANGEL

1053. Papal Documents - JP2ASCAT.HTM - Mass in the Cathedral, Astana
Pope John Paul II

On 24 September 2001, in the cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Astana, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with the priests, religious and seminarians of Kazakhstan in honour of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, and delivered the homily in which he asked those who serve the Church to proclaim the love of Christ in Central Asia with the power of witness and the gentleness of dialogue. EVANGEL INTERRELIGIOUS MARTYR COMMUNIS

1054. Papal Documents - b16pentecst11.htm - Mass of Pentecost 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

On the Solemnity of Pentecost, Sunday, 12 June 2011, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In his homily, the Pope spoke of Pentecost as "a new Sinai, as the gift of a new Covenant in which the Covenant with Israel was extended to all the peoples of the earth." HOLY SPIRIT CREATOR CREATION CREED SACRAMENTS CHURCH

1055. Papal Documents - B16LATER.HTM - Mass of Possession of the Chair: St. John Lateran Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 May 2005, the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, took possession of the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. In his homily, the Pope said that, as Peter led the Apostles in expressing his faith in Christ, so Peter's successors must guide the Church in professing their faith in Christ. PAPACY REVELATION HOLY SPIRIT BISHOPS MAGISTERIUM

1056. Papal Documents - B16PEN05.HTM - Mass of Priestly Ordination: Pentecost Sunday, 15 May 2005
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 May 2005, Pentecost Sunday, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father Benedict XVI ordained 21 priests for the Diocese of Rome. In his Homily at the Mass, the Pope encouraged the new priests to evangelize the world, particularly through the use of the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance. HOLY SPIRIT ELIJAH

1057. Papal Documents - b16Lrdsup08.htm - Mass of the Lord's Supper
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday evening, 20 March 2008, the Holy Father presided at the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. In his homily, the Pope examined the meaning of Christ washing the disciples' feet, and of our washing one another's feet. METABASIS SACRAMENTUM BAPTISM FORGIVENESS

1058. Papal Documents - b16LordSup07.htm - Mass of the Lord's Supper 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday evening, 5 April 2007, the Holy Father presided at the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Against the background of the Passover in Exodus, the Pope recalled that an offering of praise to God comes back to man as a blessing, culminating in the Blessed Eucharist, which is the new Passover. LAMB IMMOLATION SACRIFICE LAST SUPPER

1059. Papal Documents - b16Lrdsup09.htm - Mass of the Lord's Supper 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday evening, 9 April 2009, the Holy Father presided at the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. In his homily, the Pope reflected on the Roman Canon, and in particular, the narrative of the institution of the Holy Eucharist. QUI PRIDIE BERAKHA EUCHARISTIA EULOGIA AGAPE COMMUNION COVENANT TESTAMENT CHALICE LAST SUPPER

1060. Papal Documents - b16Lordsup11.htm - Mass of the Lord's Supper 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday, 21 April 2011, the Holy Father concelebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Basilica of St John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome, with 25 cardinals, as well as archbishops, bishops and priests. In his Homily the Pope said that "faith requires love; otherwise, even as faith, it is dead". EUCHARIST DESIRE ENCOUNTER BLESSING THANKSGIVING UNITY LAST SUPPER ST PETER

1061. Papal Documents - b16Lordsup12.htm - Mass of the Lord's Supper 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father presided at the afternoon Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, 5 April 2012, in the Basilica of St John Lateran. Speaking of Gethsemane, the Pope said, "In his anguished prayer on the Mount of Olives, Jesus resolved the false opposition between obedience and freedom, and opened the path to freedom." NIGHT EXODUS ABBA POSTURE KNEELING PRIDE

1062. Papal Documents - b16LordSup06.htm - Mass of the Lord's Supper: Washing One Another's Feet
Pope Benedict XVI

On Holy Thursday evening, 13 April 2006, the Holy Father presided at the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The Pope also performed the traditional "Washing of the Feet", a concrete sign by Jesus of the meaning of love. "God descends and becomes a slave, he washes our feet so that we may come to his table. In this, the entire mystery of Jesus Christ is expressed." MAUNDATUM

1063. Papal Documents - b16schuler.htm - Mass with Members of the Ratzinger Schülerkreis
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 30 August 2009, at the Mariapoli Congress Centre, Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father presided at Mass with the members of the Ratzinger Schülerkreis, the circle of his former university students. In his homily, the Pope took issue with liberal theology, which reduces the teaching of Christ to a system of morality. TRUTH LAW TORAH PURITY SANCTIFICATION JOY PHARISEES FREEDOM MORALISM

1064. Papal Documents - b16XRking.htm - Mass, Christ the King: 25 November 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 November 2007, Solemnity of Christ the King, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, concelebrated with the 23 new Cardinals who received their "red hat" at the Consistory held the previous day. The Pope described the Kingship of Christ in light of the three readings: on the Crucifixion, on the anointing of David, and the Christological Hymn of St Paul. ROYALTY

1065. Papal Documents - JPMASTER.HTM - Master In the Faith
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of His Holiness John Paul II for the Fourth Centenary of the Death of Saint John of the Cross. Given in Rome on December 14, 1990.

1066. Papal Documents - B16ChrstChrch17.htm - Matthew, the Tax Collector
Pope Benedict XVI

On 30 August 2006, the Holy Father continued his Catecheses on the Church's apostolic ministry, commenting this time on St. Matthew, the tax collector. This Apostle illustrates the truth that "those who seem to be the farthest from holiness can even become a model of the acceptance of God's mercy." APOSTLES GRACE LEVI

1067. Papal Documents - JP951224.HTM - May Christ Teach Us to Be A Gift for Others
Pope John Paul II

December 24, 1996 To members of the Roman Curia during traditional exchange of Christmas wishes.

1068. Papal Documents - JP2CUBA.HTM - May Cuba open her doors to Christ
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father gave this address to the bishops of Cuba when he received them in audience on 9 June 1998.

1069. Papal Documents - JP960825.HTM - May Martyrs' Witness Bring Full Communion
John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo on Sunday, August 25, 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the martyrs of the Eastern and Western Churches who died for Christ.

1070. Papal Documents - JP880904.HTM - May the Mother of the Church be an Inspiration for the Discovery of a New Feminine Identity
John Paul II

Address to Women Religious, Turin, September 4 1988.

1071. Papal Documents - JP2TB37.HTM - Meaning of Adultery Transferred from the Body to the Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 3 September 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, focusing on adultery, its place in the Wisdom tradition, and the change in emphasis introduced by Christ. MARRIAGE LUST CONCUPISCENCE

1072. Papal Documents - JP2TB5.HTM - Meaning of Man's Original Solitude
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience on 10 October 1979, the Holy Father examined man's solitude, not as male, distinct from female, but in his nature as distinct from other living things, his difference in superiority, revealed to him in his self-consciousness. CREATION ANTHROPOLOGY LOGIC

1073. Papal Documents - JP2TB11.HTM - Meaning of Original Human Experiences
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 December 1979, the Holy Father observed that, in the Genesis account, the shame at their nakedness, experienced by the first man and woman after the Fall, contrasts with their original innocence, which invites further study of their original consciousness of their bodies. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY CREATION ANTHROPOLOGY

1074. Papal Documents - JP1ROMCL.HTM - Meeting the Roman Clergy
Pope John Paul I

On 7 September 1978 Pope John Paul I addressed the clergy of his new diocese for the first time. DISCIPLINE PRIEST GREGORY CURE DE SALES

1075. Papal Documents - JP2SYRMT.HTM - Meeting With Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday 6 May 2001, the Holy Father went to the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Palace in Damascus to dine with the Patriarchs and 35 Catholic bishops of Syria along with the Cardinals and Bishops of the Papal entourage, which included the Greek Orthodox and Syrian Orthodox Patriarchs. The Pope spoke of Christ's presence with us, which is demanding as well as consoling, obliging us "not to keep for ourselves the treasure we have received". ECUMEN EVANGEL

1076. Papal Documents - b16aosta - Meeting With Diocesan Clergy, Aosta, Italy
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 July 2005, the Holy Father spoke to parish priests of the Alpine Diocese of Aosta, Italy, in the Parish Church at Introd. His topics included the state of the Church in the West, discernment of vocations, and the need for priests to deepen their relationship with the Lord. The Pope also responded to questions from the priests, on Baptism, preserving the dignity of prisoners, and the situation of the divorced and remarried. EUCHARIST PRIESTHOOD LITURGY OF THE WORD CATECHESIS CATECHISM COMPENDIUM

1077. Papal Documents - b16gypsies.htm - Meeting with Gypsies from All over Europe
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father received more than 2,000 gypsies from all over Europe on 11 June 2011, in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The Pope recalled the persecution gypsies have suffered, and in particular Blessed Ceferino Giménez Mall, the 75th anniversary of whose martyrdom was the occasion for the Audience. SECOND WORLD WAR II ROMANES MIGRANTS

1078. Papal Documents - b16rompriest09.htm - Meeting with Parish Priests of the Diocese of Rome
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday morning, 26 February 2009, in the Vatican's Hall of Blessings, the Holy Father met with the priests of the Diocese of Rome. Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar of the Diocese, greeted Pope Benedict XVI at the beginning of the meeting at which the Pope answered questions put to him by eight parish priests. EVANGELIZATION CULTURE LIFE WORD WITNESS CATECHUMENATE EDUCATION ECONOMY ORIGINAL SIN JUSTICE LITURGY MYSTAGOGY PETRINE PAPACY MARY SCRIPTURE

1079. Papal Documents - b16prestmeet.htm - Meeting with Priests of the Diocese of Albano, Italy
Pope Benedict XVI

On 31 August [2006], in the Swiss Hall at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to a group of priests of the Italian Diocese of Albano, led by their Pastor, Bishop Marcelo Semeraro. After the Bishop's tribute to the Pope, five priests asked him questions on: certain problems concerning the life of priests; "integrated pastoral care"; the Liturgy; families; and young people. The Holy Father answered the priests' questions extemporaneously. PRAYER MARRIAGE SACRAMENTS ARS CELEBRANDI FAMILY YOUTH

1080. Papal Documents - JP2POLCU.HTM - Meeting With Representatives of Political Life, Culture, Science and Business
Pope John Paul II

In a meeting, 23 June 2001, at the presidential palace in Kyiv, with the president, representatives of government, and authorities of Ukrainian culture and science, the Holy Father reminds them that "it is Christianity that has inspired the greatest figures of your culture and art, and richly nourished the moral, spiritual and social roots of your country." ECUMEN ORTHODOX SKOVORODA SOVIET NAZI

1081. Papal Documents - JP2ALUKR.HTM - Meeting With Representatives of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations
Pope John Paul II

Addressing the Churches and other Religious Organizations of Ukraine, 24 June 2001, at the National Philharmonic in Kyiv, the Holy Father praises their common commitment to spiritual and religious values, "which are indispensable for the building of a genuinely free and democratic society." He reminds them that "Christianity is an inseparable part of your civil, cultural and religious identity!" ECUMEN ORTHODOX NAZI COMMUN JEWS FREEDOM

1082. Papal Documents - b16greatsynag.htm - Meeting with the Jewish Community at the Great Synagogue of Rome
Pope Benedict XVI

On 17 January 2010, the Holy Father visited the Jewish Community at the Great Synagogue of Rome. In his address, the Pope spoke of the increased fraternity between Jews and Catholics since Vatican II's Declaration Nostra Aetate, and expressed the hope for future development of our mutual understanding. NAZIS ANTI-SEMITISM DECALOGUE TEN COMMANDMENTS BIBLE SCRIPTURES LIFE FAMILY SHEMA INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

1083. Papal Documents - b16romcuriaxms.htm - Meeting with the Roman Curia To Exchange Christmas Greetings
Pope Benedict XVI

On 21 December 2009, the Holy Father met with the members of the Roman Curia and Papal Representatives in the Vatican's Clementine Hall for the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. The Holy Father summed up the year from the viewpoint of his three international Apostolic Visits, to Africa, to the Holy Land and to the Czech Republic, with particular attention to the quest for God, even of unbelievers. YEAR FOR PRIESTS LITURGY RECONCILIATION PENANCE YAD VASHEM JOY NEW EVANGELIZATION

1084. Papal Documents - JP2UKREP.HTM - Meeting With the Ukrainian Catholic Episcopate
Pope John Paul II

Addressing the Catholic Bishops of Ukraine, 24 June 2001, the Holy Father gives thanks for the fullness of tradition represented there, where the Church breathes with the two lungs of eastern and western. And he gives paternal admonitions on points of particular concern. BYZANTINE SEMINAR CATECHESIS FAMILY YOUTH EVANGEL ORTHODOX

1085. Papal Documents - JP2YTHUK.HTM - Meeting With Young People of Ukraine
Pope John Paul II

In his meeting with the youth of Ukraine, before the Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Lviv, the Holy Father reminds young people that the future of their country depends on them. Recently freed from a totalitarian regime, they should know that true freedom is to avoid sin and heed the Lord's "words of eternal life." NATURAL LAW MATERIALISM

1086. Papal Documents - JP2KZYTH.HTM - Meeting With Youth of Kazakhstan
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday, 23 September 2001, in the auditorium of the Eurasia University in Astana, the Holy Father met with 640 young people whom he mandated to build a culture of unity and accord between peoples, and urged to seek an encounter with Jesus of Nazareth. MISSION EUROPE ASIA ECUMEN INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

1087. Papal Documents - b16youthrome.htm - Meeting with Youth of Rome and the Lazio Region: 6 April
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 April 2006, Pope Benedict XVI met with young people from Rome and the Lazio Region in St. Peter's Square, in preparation for the 21st World Youth Day that was celebrated on Palm Sunday, 9 April 2006. After the proclamation of the Word of God, the Holy Father answered various questions that were addressed to him by five young people. BIBLE SCRIPTURE LECTIO DIVINA MARRIAGE PRIESTHOOD SCIENCE REVELATION

1088. Papal Documents - b16wdsick18.htm - Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes: 18th World Day of the Sick
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 February 2010, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes and the 18th World Day of the Sick, the Holy Father presided in St Peter's at a Mass for the sick and their carers. In his homily, the Pope recalled the visitation of Our Lady to her cousin Elizabeth, who was undergoing pregnancy at an advanced age. HEALING SUFFERING MAGNIFICAT ANOINTING OF THE SICK

1089. Papal Documents - JP950709.HTM - Men and Women Must Live for the Other
Pope John Paul II

Angelus July 9, 1995 Reflecting on the relationship between the woman and the man, the Pope said that 'This complementarity and reciprocity emerges in every context of coexistence.'

1090. Papal Documents - JP96N30.HTM - Mentally Ill Are Also Made In God's Image
John Paul II

"Whoever suffers from mental illness 'always' bears God's image and likeness in himself, as does every human being In addition, he 'always' has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such", the Holy Father said on November 30, 1996, addressing participants in the international conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health-Care Workers, on the theme: "In the Image and Likeness of God: Always? Illness of the Human Mind".

1091. Papal Documents - b16euchcong50.htm - Message at the Close of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress
Pope Benedict XVI

"Much still remains to be done on the path of real liturgical renewal" as it was intended by the Council Fathers, especially regarding the "full and active participation" in the celebration of the Eucharist. This was part of Benedict XVI's message to participants in the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin via videolink to Croke Park at the end of the 'Statio Orbis' on Sunday, 17 June 2012. LITURGY COMMUNION YEAR OF FAITH HOLINESS ENCOUNTER

1092. Papal Documents - JP2WY14.HTM - Message for 14th World Youth Day
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father reflects on the 14th World Youth Day, to be held in dioceses in 1999, in light of the Year of the Father and the final preparation for the Great Jubilee.

1093. Papal Documents - b16wyd21.htm - Message for 21st WYD, Palm Sunday, 9 April 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps 119[118]:105) is the theme of the Holy Father's Message for the 21st World Youth Day, celebrated in the Diocese of Rome and in other dioceses on Palm Sunday, 9 April 2006. Young people are reminded that true freedom comes from heeding the word of God rather than the "errors or illusions of aberrant ideologies." They are encouraged to practice lectio divina. BIBLE

1094. Papal Documents - JP2JCOMM.HTM - Message for 34th World Communications Day
Pope John Paul II

The theme of the thirty-fourth World Communications Day (4 June 2000), Proclaiming Christ in the Media at the Dawn of the New Millennium, is an invitation to look ahead to the challenges we face, and also back to the dawn of Christianity itself, for the light and courage we need. Published 24 January 2000. MEDIA TELEVISION TV RADIO PRESS NEWS MOVIES HOLLYWOOD

1095. Papal Documents - JP2VOCTI.HTM - Message for 39th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope John Paul II

In his message of 8 September 2001, for the 39th World Day of Prayer for Vocations (to be observed 21 April 2002), the Holy Father says that, while all in the Church are called to holiness, some are called "in a thoroughly unique manner," i.e., to ordained ministry and to consecrated life. EVANGEL RELIGIOUS PRIEST FAMILY

1096. Papal Documents - b16sempcjp.htm - Message for an International Seminar: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of the International Seminar organized in Rome on 11 and 12 April 2008 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on "Disarmament, Development and Peace. Prospects for Integral Disarmament", the Holy Father addressed a Message to Cardinal Renato R. Martino, the Dicastery's President, in which he drew attention to the constant increase of the arms trade and the production of arms that are tending to create a disturbing overlap between the civil and military economies. POVERTY POOR WAR SOLIDARITY HUMANISM DEFENSE DISARMAMENT WEAPONS UNITED NATIONS

1097. Papal Documents - JP2MSLNT.HTM - Message for Lent
Pope John Paul II

In his message for Lent 2001, the Holy Father links reconciliation with God to reconciliation with enemies, which, on the international level, is the way to peace among peoples. CONVERSION SOLIDARITY CHARITY

1098. Papal Documents - b16lent06.htm - Message for Lent 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father's first lenten Message of his pontificate, he addressed the problem of poverty in the world. Encouraging a form of "globalization that is focused upon the true good of mankind," the Pope urged "political leaders and those with economic and financial power to promote development based on respect for the dignity of every man and woman." SECULARIZATION CONVERSION CHARITY

1099. Papal Documents - b16lent07 - Message for Lent 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

Christ on the cross shows God's desire to be loved by humanity, Benedict XVI says in his message for Lent 2007. "It is in the mystery of the cross that the overwhelming power of the heavenly Father's mercy is revealed in all of its fullness," the papal message reads. "In order to win back the love of his creature, he accepted to pay a very high price: the blood of his only begotten Son." EROS AGAPE EUCHARIST

1100. Papal Documents - b16lent09.htm - Message for Lent 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

In preparation for the liturgical season of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, 25 February 2009, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI wrote a Message for Lent. The theme of this year's Message is taken from the Gospel of St Matthew 42: "He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry". FASTING SELF-DENIAL ALMSGIVING POOR

1101. Papal Documents - b16lent10.htm - Message for Lent 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

In his Message for Lent 2010, the Holy Father made the concept of justice his theme for reflection. Though justice is giving to each his due, what man needs can only be satisfied by God, who gives man more than his due. In return, man is obliged to give God His due in meeting the needs of his fellowman. ORIGINAL SIN SELFISHNESS EGOISM SEDAQAH GRACE EXPIATION

1102. Papal Documents - b16lent2011.htm - Message for Lent 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

In his Message for Lent 2011 the Pope invites us to immerse "ourselves in the death and resurrection of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism", freeing our heart from "the burden of material things". The theme of the Message is that "You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him" (cf. Col 2: 12). PRAYER WORD EASTER GRACE HOLY SPIRIT DEATH FASTING ALMSGIVING

1103. Papal Documents - b16lent12.htm - Message for Lent 2012
Benedict XVI

In his Message for Lent 2012 the Holy Father invites us to reflect on our journey of faith and on the importance of Christian life: participating “in the liturgy and community prayer, mindful of the eschatological goal of full communion in God”, keeping in our heart the “concern for others, reciprocity and personal holiness”. The Message was presented at the Holy See Press Office on 7 February. BROTHERHOOD GOOD MERCY COMPASSION RECIPROCITY HOLINESS

1104. Papal Documents - b16lent13.htm - Message for Lent 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

This is the English text of Pope Benedict XVI's Lenten message for 2013, which is a meditation on the relationship between faith and charity. Faith is a "personal adherence" to the love of God revealed to us in Jesus Christ. It was presented on 1 February at the Holy See Press Office and is dated 15 October 2012. DEUS CARITAS EST TRUTH FIDEISM MORAL ACTIVISM HOLY SPIRIT

1105. Papal Documents - b16lent08.htm - Message for Lent: Ash Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

In preparation for the sacred liturgical season of Lent 2008, his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI wrote a Message for all the faithful. The theme of this year's Message, "Christ made himself poor for you," emphasized almsgiving, which "is not mere philanthropy: rather it is a concrete expression of charity, a theological virtue that demands interior conversion to love of God and neighbor, in imitation of Jesus Christ, who, dying on the cross, gave His entire self for us." GOODS RICHES

1106. Papal Documents - JP2SOULS.HTM - Message for Millennium of All Souls Day
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father issued this Message on 2 June 1998 to mark the millennium of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, commonly known as All Souls' Day and established by St Odilo, as well as the centenary of the foundation of the Archconfraternity of Our Lady of Cluny, and the 40th anniversary of the bulletin Lumiere et vie. PURGATORY

1107. Papal Documents - b16wdsick09.htm - Message for the 17th World Day of the Sick: 11 February 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

This is the Holy Father's Message for the 17th World Day of the Sick, celebrated in all Catholic dioceses and parishes on Wednesday, 11 February 2009. The Pope said that, in the "mystery of suffering," we should fix our eyes on the Crucified Lord, who took on himself the "physical and moral sufferings of the people of all times." CHILDREN FAMILIES DIGNITY HEALTH-CARE

1108. Papal Documents - b16wdcomm9.htm - Message for the 2009 World Day of Communication
Pope Benedict XVI

For the 43rd World Communications Day, Sunday, 21 May 2009, the Holy Father reflects on the theme, New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship. His Message, dated 21 January, Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, praises the techological developments that enable increased solidarity and a broader outreach for evangelization, but warns against the "sharing of words and images that are degrading of human beings." INTERNET MEDIA CONSUMERISM DIGITIAL SOCIAL NETWORKS

1109. Papal Documents - jp2wyd20 - Message for the 20th World Youth Day 2005
Pope John Paul II

On 6 August 2004, Pope John Paul II announced, the theme of the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne, August 2005, which he had planned to attend. The theme is "We have come to worship him," the words of the Wise Men of the East who recognized the star as a sign of God and followed it to find the newborn Child. The Pope encouraged young people to take part in the World Youth Day. He said they would become better acquainted there with some of the saints whose intercession they should pray for, and reminded them that all are called to holiness. MAGI EUCHARIST IDOLATRY NEW EVANGELIZATION

1110. Papal Documents - b16wyd22.htm - Message for the 22nd World Youth Day: Palm Sunday, 1 April 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

"Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another" (Jn 13:34). This is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the 22nd World Youth Day that will be celebrated in the various Dioceses of the Universal Church on 1 April 2007, Palm Sunday. In his Message the Holy Father emphasizes the dynamics of true Christian love. TRINITY CROSS FAMILY CHARITY

1111. Papal Documents - b16youthday09.htm - Message for the 24th World Youth Day: Palm Sunday 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

"We have set our hope on the living God" (1 Tim 4:10). This is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the 24th World Youth Day, celebrated in the various Dioceses of the Universal Church on 5 April 2009, Palm Sunday. In his Message, the Holy Father emphasizes the importance of hope in the Christian life today. ST PAUL PRAYER EUCHARIST SACRAMENTS MARY

1112. Papal Documents - b16wyd25.htm - Message for the 25th World Youth Day
Pope Benedict XVI

"Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life"? (Mk 10:17). This is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the 25th World Youth Day that will be celebrated in the various Dioceses of the Universal Church on 28 March [2010], Palm Sunday, in view of the upcoming International Day to be celebrated in Madrid, August 2011. In his Message, the Holy Father emphasizes the importance of hope in Christian life today. YOUNG PEOPLE PLAN SEQUELA PRIESTHOOD MARRIAGE COMMANDMENTS

1113. Papal Documents - b16msg27wyd.htm - Message for the 27th World Youth Day
Pope Benedict XVI

"Be enthusiastic witnesses of the new evangelization", bring joy to those who are suffering and those who are searching. This is the Pope's Message, released 27 March 2012, to young people throughout the world, in this year's Message for the Day dedicated to them, to be celebrated at the diocesan level, with a view to the international meeting scheduled in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2013. MASS LOVE CONVERSION TRIAL WITNESS

1114. Papal Documents - JP2COM36.HTM - Message for the 36th World Day of Communications
Pope John Paul II

In his Message for World Communications Day 2002, the Holy Father takes up the challenge of the Internet. "In these troubled times, how can we ensure that this wondrous instrument first conceived in the context of military operations can now serve the cause of peace? .... The Church believes it can; and to ensure that this is what will happen she is determined to enter this new forum, armed with the Gospel of Christ, the Prince of Peace". EVANGELIZATION CATECHESIS RELATIVISM GLOBALIZATION CULTURE

1115. Papal Documents - b16worldcom08.htm - Message for the 42nd World Communications Day, 4 May 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

In a message released 24 January for World Communications Day 2008, to be celebrated 4 May, the Holy Father warned that the mass media, rather than reporting on reality, sometimes create reality, thus wielding tremendous power over all dimensions of human life. The Pope urged this power to be used responsibly, as instruments of justice and solidarity, rather than for "agendas dictated by the dominant interests of the day." IDEOLOGY CONSUMERISM FAMILY MATERIALISM RELATIVISM CULTURE

1116. Papal Documents - b16wrldcomday10.htm - Message for the 44th World Communications Day, 16 May 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

In his Message for the 44th World Communications Day, to be celebrated on 16 May, the Holy Father urges priests, specially called to proclaim the Word of God, to do so via the new communications technologies. The Message was issued on 24 January 2010, the Feast of St Francis de Sales. DIGITAL COMMUNICATION DIALOGUE CATECHESIS EVANGELIZATION MISSION

1117. Papal Documents - b16prayvocat47.htm - Message for the 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope Benedict XVI

In his message for the 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 25 April 2010, the Holy Father stressed the example of priests, who give witness to the desirability of a priestly vocation by their own lives. FRIENDSHIP GIFT COMMUNION PRIESTHOOD CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS LIFE

1118. Papal Documents - b16wdsocom13.htm - Message for the 47th World Day of Social Communications
Pope Benedict XVI

In his Message for the 47th World Day of Social Communications, the Holy Father reflected on the development of digital social networks which are creating a new “agora”, "an open public square in which people share ideas, information and opinions, and in which new relationships and forms of community can come into being." PERSUASION ARGUMENTATION DEBATE DIALOGUE

1119. Papal Documents - f1wcomd48.htm - Message for the 48th World Communications Day
Pope Francis

In a world that seems to be getting smaller due to developments in communication technology, there is still division between people. The Pope wrote this in his message for the 48th world Communications Day. The theme of the message is "Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter". The day will be celebrated on 1 June 2014. WEALTHY POOR POVERTY SOCIAL MEDIA NEIGHBOR MISSIONARY DIALOGUE GOOD SAMARITAN

1120. Papal Documents - b16vocations48.htm - Message for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope Benedict XVI

In his Message for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on 15 May 2011, the Holy Father wrote, "It is essential that every local Church become more sensitive and attentive to the pastoral care of vocations, helping children and young people in particular at every level of family, parish and associations". PRIESTHOOD BISHOPS

1121. Papal Documents - b16wdvoc49.htm - Message for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope Benedict XVI

“Every specific vocation is in fact born of the initiative of God; it is a gift of the Love of God!” The Pope wrote this in the Message for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on the theme: Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God, to be celebrated on 29 April 2012, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. AUGUSTINE PRIESTHOOD CONSECRATED LIFE

1122. Papal Documents - b16worldmiss07.htm - Message for the 81st World Mission Day: Sunday, 21 October 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

For the 81st World Mission Sunday, Sunday, 21 October 2007, also the 50th anniversary of Pius XII's missionary Encyclical, Fidei Donum, the Holy Father addressed a Message to the faithful. Focusing on the theme this year, "All the Churches for all the world", the Pope wrote that this is an invitation to the local Churches of every continent to have "a shared awareness of the urgent need to relaunch missionary action in the face of the many serious challenges of our time". EVANGELIZATION MISSIO AD GENTES MARTYRS

1123. Papal Documents - b16wdmigr10.htm - Message for the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Pope Benedict XVI

For the 96th World Day of Migrants (1/17/10), the Holy Father urges attention to the plight of minors, who, having the same human rights as adults, lack the same voice, and often suffer hardships from living in a foreign land. IMMIGRATION CHILDREN ADOLESCENTS CULTURE ASYLUM

1124. Papal Documents - b16peace08.htm - Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace
Pope Benedict XVI

In his message for the World Day of Peace, New Year's Day 2008, the Holy Father chose the theme of community among members of the human family. It is in the natural family, a husband and wife with their children, that we learn the fundamentals of peaceful solidarity with the human community. ECONOMY ENVIRONMENT NATURAL MORAL LAW SOCIETY UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

1125. Papal Documents - b16compostela10.htm - Message for the Compostela Holy Year 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

The opening of the Holy Door in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on Thursday, 31 December 2009, which marked the beginning of the Compostela Holy Year 2010, reminds the Spanish faithful and pilgrims from around the world that the Apostle James the Greater, the "friend of the Lord" lies buried here according to tradition. PILGRIMAGE EMMAUS GREAT PARDON

1126. Papal Documents - JJP2PRIS.HTM - Message for the Jubilee in Prisons
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father calls for improved prison conditions and a gesture of clemency toward prisoners in this Jubilee Year. SOCIETY PENAL REFORM

1127. Papal Documents - b16biblinterp.htm - Message for the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

Inspiration and truth, key concepts for an ecclesial hermeneutic of the Sacred Scriptures, are in need of a fuller examination if they are to respond better to the needs today with regard to the interpretation of the sacred texts. The Pope said this in the Message he wrote to the participants in the Plenary meeting of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, held at the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta, 2-6 May 2011. BIBLE WORD OF GOD

1128. Papal Documents - JP2MVMNT.HTM - Message for the World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addressed this written Message to the World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity and held in Rome from 27 to 29 May 1998.

1129. Papal Documents - JP2DYPC.HTM - Message for the World Day of Peace
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father, in his message for World Day of Peace, 1 January 2001, focuses on terrorism and the Christian response to it. He highlights society's right to defend itself against terrorist groups, yet warns that the response must foster authentic reconciliation among peoples. JUSTICE PEACE ORDER FUNDAMENTALISM INTERRELIGIOUS

1130. Papal Documents - b16peace12.htm - Message for the World Day of Peace 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

Here is the Holy Father's message for the world Day of Peace to be celebrated on 1 January 2012 on Educating Young People in Justice and Peace, dated 8 December 2011. EDUCATION YOUTH EDUCATORS MAN FREEDOM

1131. Papal Documents - b16peace13.htm - Message for the World Day of Peace 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

This is the English text of the Holy Father's message for the World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on 1 January 2013. The Message was dated 8 December 2012. In the face of a "profound spiritual and moral crisis, in which there are still bloody conflicts and numerous threats to peace," the Pope invites us to become peacemakers. BEATITUDES RELATIVISM NATURAL LAW FREEDOM LIFE MARRIAGE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION RIGHTS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WORK ECONOMY EDUCATION

1132. Papal Documents - f1wdpeace14.htm - Message for the World Day of Peace 2014
Pope Francis

Here is the English text of the Holy Father's message for the World Day of Peace to be celebrated on 1 January 2014. The message, dated 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is focused on fraternity as the foundation and path to peace. GLOBALIZATION INDIFFERENCE CAIN ABEL CROSS SOCIAL JUSTICE NEIGHBOR SOLIDARITY POVERTY ECONOMY FREEDOM

1133. Papal Documents - b16wdsick10.htm - Message for the World Day of the Sick, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father wrote a Message for the 18th World Day of the Sick, to be celebrated on 11 February 2010. The Pope addresses the sick as the "preferred children of the kingdom of God" and "brothers of the suffering Christ," who with Him are saving the world. PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR HEALTH-CARE WORKERS CROSS GOOD SAMARITAN PRIESTS

1134. Papal Documents - b16wdsick12.htm - Message for the World Day of the Sick, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

Inviting priests to welcome generously and lovingly every human life, above all the weak and the sick, and emphasizing the value of "the sacraments of healing", such as Penance, Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick, are the focus of Benedict XVI's Message for the 20th World Day of the Sick to be celebrated on 11 February 2012. LOURDES HEALTH SUFFERING EUCHARIST VIATICUM COMMUNION

1135. Papal Documents - b16wdsick13.htm - Message for the World Day of the Sick, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

The image of the Good Samaritan keeling over the suffering man was invoked by Benedict XVI in his Message for the 21st World Day of the Sick, to be celebrated on 11 February 2013, at the Marian Shrine of Altötting, in Bavaria on the theme: "Go and do likewise". SUFFERING LOURDES SAINT ST THÉRÈSE TERESA OF CALCUTTA

1136. Papal Documents - b16peace44.htm - Message for the XLIV World Day of Peace, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

Here is the the text of Benedict XVI's Message for the 44th World Day of Peace, which was observed 1 Jan. 2011. The theme of the Pope's Message was religious freedom as the path to peace. IRAQ PERSON DIGNITY RELATIVISM FAMILY EDUCATION COMPLEMENTARITY RELATIONSHIP FANATICISM FUNDAMENTALISM SECULARISM TOTALITARIANISM SYNCRETISM POLITICS PLURALISM PERSECUTION

1137. Papal Documents - JP2VOCAT.HTM - Message for the XXXVIII World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope John Paul II

In his message, published 25 November 2000, the Holy Father looked forward to the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 6 May 2001. He focussed especially on youth, "who thirst for values and yet are often unable to find the way that leads to them." "Truly, only Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. And so we need to lead them to meet the Lord and help them to establish a deep relationship with him." DIGNITY GAUDIUM ET SPES EVANGELIZATION PRIEST

1138. Papal Documents - JP2PEACE.HTM - Message for World Day of Peace, 1 January 2002
Pope John Paul II

Presiding at Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presented his annual Peace message, with the theme, "There can be no peace without justice, and no justice without forgiveness." TERRORISM LIFE DIGNITY PERSON FUNDAMENTALISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

1139. Papal Documents - JP2PEAC.HTM - Message for World Day of Peace, 1 January 2004
Pope John Paul II

In this year's message for the World Day of Peace, the Holy Father addressed the fatalism many feel in the face of terrorism. Peace is possible, and therefore a duty to strive for it. The way to peace begins with respect for law, but it ends only with charity. INTERNATIONAL ORDER UNITED NATIONS

1140. Papal Documents - b16wdpeace10.htm - Message for World Day of Peace, 1 January 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

The theme chosen by Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on 1 January 2010, is intended to raise awareness of the close link in our globalized world between the safeguard of Creation and the cultivation of peace. The Holy Father's message, drawing on his latest Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, stresses the urgent need for the protection of the environment, a challenge for all humanity. ECOLOGY CULTURE SOLIDARITY ECOCENTRISM

1141. Papal Documents - JP96VOC.HTM - Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations for Fourth Sunday of Easter
Pope John Paul II

April 28, 1996, Pope John Paul II

1142. Papal Documents - JP2SICK.HTM - Message for World Day of the Sick for the Year 2000
Pope John Paul II

In a message delivered 6 August 1999, the Holy Father prepared for the Eighth World Day of the Sick, to be celebrated in Rome on 11 February 2000. He urge imitation of Jesus, the suffering Servant, who "has led great saints and simple believers to turn their illnesses and pain into a source of purification and salvation for themselves and for others." JUBILEE SUFFERING

1143. Papal Documents - JP2TOUR.HTM - Message for World Day of Tourism
Pope John Paul II

On 19 June 2001, the Holy Father published this message for the 22nd World Day of Tourism. He denounced "sex tourism," which exploits women and children, emphasizing instead the opportunities for cultural exchange between tourists and the host countries. He urged the tourist industry to promote a code of ethics, as proposed by the World Tourism Organization. ETHNIC GLOBAL SOLIDARITY

1144. Papal Documents - f1wfd2013.htm - Message for World Food Day 2013
Pope Francis

On World Food Day "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition", Pope Francis sent a message to Mr José Graziano da Silva, Dirctor General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The text was read by the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the FAO, Archbishop Luigi Travaglino, during the solemn ceremony held on Thursday, 16 October 2013, at the Organizations' headquarters in Rome. HUNGER MALNUTRITION SLAVERY PROFIT SOLIDARITY WASTE INDIVIDUALISM GLOBALIZATION INDIFFERENCE HUMANITY

1145. Papal Documents - JP2MIGRT.HTM - Message for World Migration Day
Pope John Paul II

"In celebrating the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Church does not want to forget the tragedies which have marked the century now drawing to a close", for she "hears the suffering cry of all who are uprooted from their own land, of families forcefully separated, of those who, in the rapid changes of our day, are unable to find a stable home anywhere", the Holy Father said in his Message for the 86th World Migration Day. REFUGEES JUBILEE GLOBALIZATION

1146. Papal Documents - b16wmd11.htm - Message for World Mission Day 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

In his Message for the 85th World Mission Day, to be celebrated on Sunday, 23 October 2011, the Holy Father stressed the Church's need to evangelize for her own vitality, as well as for the benefit of those hearing the Gospel. PROCLAMATION EVANGELIZATION MISSIONARY GLOBALIZATION RELATIVISM CHARITY

1147. Papal Documents - f1missionday13.htm - Message for World Mission Day 2013
Pope Francis

In his message for the 87th World Mission Day, which is to be celebrated Sunday, 20 October 2013, the Holy Father measured our faith by our willingness to share it. “The strength of our faith, at a personal and community level can be measured by the ability to communicate it to others, to spread and live it in charity, to witness to it before those we meet and those who share the path of life with us.” YEAR OF FAITH NEW EVANGELIZATION SALVATION MISSIONARY GENTILES PERSECUTION

1148. Papal Documents - b16wmd09.htm - Message for World Mission Day, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

The Church does not work "to extend her power or assert her dominion", but rather "to lead all people to Christ" and to be "at the service of all humanity", the Holy Father wrote in his Message to the faithful for the 83rd World Mission Sunday, to be celebrated on 18 October 2009. The message was written in Italian and dated 29 June 2009. EVANGELIZATION MARTYRDOM MISSIO AD GENTES MISSIONARY

1149. Papal Documents - JP2MISSN.HTM - Message for World Mission Sunday
Pope John Paul II

"The Church is missionary in order to proclaim untiringly that God is Father, filled with love for all mankind.... It is the duty of believers to proclaim and testify that while he 'dwells in unapproachable light' (1 Tm 6:16), the heavenly Father in his Son, who was born of the Virgin Mary, died and is risen, has made himself near to all human beings", the Holy Father said, in his annual Message for World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated this year on 24 October. The Pope invited the faithful to "thank the Lord for the immense good work achieved by missionaries as, turning our eyes to the future, we confidently await, the dawn of a new day". JUBILEE OUR FATHER

1150. Papal Documents - JJP2MISS.HTM - Message for World Mission Sunday
Pope John Paul II

On Pentecost 2000, the Holy Father looked forward to Mission Sunday, October 22, in the year of the Great Jubilee, addressing a "special, heartfelt appeal to all the baptized to be heralds of the Gospel with humble courage, responding to the call of the Lord and the needs of the men and women of our day." EVANGELIZATION MARTYR CATECHIST FORMATION

1151. Papal Documents - f1wrldmissun14.htm - Message for World Mission Sunday, 2014
Pope Francis

The great urgency of the mission 'ad gentes' today urges the Church to rediscover the joy of the Gospel so that "the Church may become a welcoming home, a mother for all peoples". Pope Francis wrote this in his Message for World Mission Sunday that will be celebrated on 19 October 2014. This is the English text. MISSIONARY EVANGELIZATION GOOD NEWS SALVATION DISCIPLES VOCATIONS MARY

1152. Papal Documents - JP2WMS05.HTM - Message for World Mission Sunday: 23 October 2005
Pope John Paul II

On 22 February, Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Pope John Paul II signed the annual Message for World Mission Sunday, to be celebrated on 23 October 2005. The Message was released to the public on 16 April, as was willed by the late Holy Father, to provide Dioceses with an adequate time of preparation for the celebration. Its theme is "Mission: Bread broken for the life of the world." EUCHARIST MISSIONARIES EVANGELIZATION

1153. Papal Documents - JP2WY15.HTM - Message for World Youth Day 15
Pope John Paul

In preparation for World Youth Day 15, to be held in Rome during the Year of the Great Jubilee, the Holy Father has addressed this message to the youth of the world.

1154. Papal Documents - b16wyd2013msg.htm - Message for World Youth Day 2013
Pope Benedict XVI

This is the English text of the Holy Father's Message for the 28th World Youth Day to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2013. The theme of the meeting, at which young people will be encouraged to be missionaries of the new evangelization, is the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations!” YEAR OF FAITH LIFE SALVATION DISCIPLES MISSIONARY YOUCAT GOSPEL HOLY SPIRIT COMMUNICATION MIGRATION BAPTISM CATECHESIS PRAYER EUCHARIST SACRAMENTS

1155. Papal Documents - f1wydmsg14.htm - Message for World Youth Day 2014
Pope Francis

In his first annual Message Pope Francis asks young people to prepare for the 29th World Youth Day (2014), focusing on the theme "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven". The Pope reminds young people that Jesus himself showed the way by embodying the Beatitudes in his life. It is a real challenge for young people to imitate Jesus, and pointed to the example of St Fracis of Assisi. HAPPINESS BLESSED ANAWIM EVANGELICAL POVERTY

1156. Papal Documents - b16frwyd11.htm - Message for World Youth Day, Madrid, August 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

"Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith" (cf. Col 2:7). This is the theme of Pope Benedict XVI's Message for the 26th World Youth Day that will be celebrated in Madrid in August 2011. In his Message, the Holy Father emphasizes the importance of our personal relationship with the living Christ. RELATIVISM FAITH CHURCH

1157. Papal Documents - JP820513.HTM - Message of Mary's Maternal Love
John Paul II

On Thursday, 13 May, the second day of Pope John Paul's 1982 pilgrimage to Portugal, the Holy Father visited Fatima to commemorate in a very special way the first anniversary of the attempt on his life and the sixty-fifth anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition at Fatima. During the Mass at the Shrine the Holy Father delivered this homily. FATIMA

1158. Papal Documents - JP2LENT.HTM - Message of the Holy Father for Lent 2002
Pope John Paul II

The theme of this year’s Lenten Message is the Lord’s words: “You received without paying, give without pay” (Mt 10:8). As we have received the life of grace freely, through the self-offering of Christ, we must in turn offer ourselves freely to our brothers and sisters. CONVERSION PASCHAL MYSTERY GENEROUSITY

1159. Papal Documents - b16unitaly150.htm - Message on the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy
Pope Benedict XVI

The Unification of Italy 150 years ago was not "an artificial political construction of diverse identities" but a "natural political outlet for a strong and firmly established national identity". These are the words of the Holy Father in his Message to the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the national Unification. ART LANGUAGE FRANCIS OF ASSISI RISORGIMENTO ROMAN QUESTION PAPACY PAPAL STATES CAMALDESE CODE LATERAN PACTS CONCORDAT

1160. Papal Documents - JP2AUSCH.HTM - Message on the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Pope John Paul II

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from the extermination camp of Auschwitz, the Holy Father sent a Message dated 15 January 2005. The Pope's Special Envoy to the celebrations there was Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Archbishop of Paris. In his Message the Pope called all to remember Auschwitz, "the tragic outcome of a programme of hatred," and above all, never to pass by with indifference "the tragedy of the Shoah." HOLOCAUST NAZIS ANTISEMITISM JEWS

1161. Papal Documents - JP2ARAM.HTM - Message to Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, for the 1,700th Anniversary of the Baptism of Armenia
Pope John Paul II

On the occasion of the 1,700th anniversary of the Baptism of the Armenian nation, the Holy Father sent the following Message to His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, in which he recalled the venerable history of the Armenian Church, and looked forward to its eventual reunion with the Catholic Church. Appended is a short "Religious History of Armenia." GREGORY ILLUMINATOR

1162. Papal Documents - JP2CHART.HTM - Message to Cardinal Javierre
Pope John Paul II

On 16 December 2000 Cardinal Javierre presided at an academic convocation celebrating the 1,200th anniversary of the imperial coronation of Charlemagne by Leo III. In his Message for the occasion the Holy Father spoke of the European Union's "Charter of Fundamental Rights", expressing his disappointment that "in the Charter's text there is not a single reference to God. Yet in God lies the supreme source of the human person's dignity and his fundamental rights". CULTURE ROMAN EMPIRE TYRANNY HUMANISM

1163. Papal Documents - JP2EAST.HTM - Message to Cardinal Silvestrini
Pope John Paul II

The Congregation for the Oriental Churches organized a meeting of Bishops and Religious Superiors of the Eastern Catholic Churches in America and Oceania in Boston, USA, on 7-12 November 1999. For the occasion the Holy Father sent a Message to Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, in which the Pope called the Eastern Churches to a twofold fidelity, to the traditions handed down to them, and to the men and women of today. IMMIGRATION ORTHODOXY

1164. Papal Documents - JJP2BAUM.HTM - Message to Cardinal William W. Baum
Pope John Paul II

"I strongly urge priests to teach the faithful...to take advantage of the great good of indulgences according to the mind and heart of the Church", the Holy Father said in a Message to Cardinal Baum, Major Penitentiary, in which he urges priests to assign indulgenced practices to their penitents as sacramental penance. CONFESSION FORUM RECONCILIATION JUBILEE

1165. Papal Documents - JP2PA.HTM - Message to Catholic Church in China
Pope John Paul II

With the approach of the Holy Year, the Holy Father sent a Message to the Catholic community in China, assuring all Catholics, whether visibly loyal to the Pope or not, that they are close to his heart "as Pastor of the universal Church." He addressed in a "special way the Shepherds and faithful of mainland China, who cannot as yet show forth, in a full and visible way, their communion with this Apostolic See," urging them to unity. JUBILEE INDULGENCE PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION

1166. Papal Documents - JP2CHINA.HTM - Message to Catholics in China
Pope John Paul II

Broadcast over church-run Radio Veritas January 14. Among other things the Holy Father spoke of the need to accept the principle of communion with the successor of Peter. JOHN PAUL II CHINA UNITY

1167. Papal Documents - JP2CARML.HTM - Message to the Carmelite Family
Pope John Paul II

For the 750th anniversary of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Holy Father sent a Message to the Prior Generals of the two Carmelite Orders (ancient and reformed) in which he spoke of the important role of devotion to Mary in Carmelite spirituality. THEOTOKOS CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX

1168. Papal Documents - b16crtgenport.htm - Message to the Court of the Gentiles in Portugal
Pope Benedict XVI

The Church in Portugal hosted — in Guimarães on Friday, 16 November 2012, and in Braga on Saturday, 17 — the meeting of the Court of the Gentiles. On this occasion the Pope sent a Message in Portuguese to participants, in which he urged even nonblievers to live "as though God existed." LIFE EVOLUTION DEATH ATHEIST TRUTH

1169. Papal Documents - JP2DIORO.HTM - Message to the Diocese of Rome
Pope John Paul II

After the close of the Great Jubilee the Holy Father wrote a Message to the Diocese of Rome, thanking the clergy, religious and faithful for their participation in the Holy Year and encouraging them to continue their missionary outreach to all who live in the Eternal City. YOUTH EVANGEL FORMATION VOCATION FAMILY

1170. Papal Documents - JP961022.HTM - Message to the Pontifical Academy of Science on Evolution
John Paul II

The Magisterium is concerned with the question of evolution, since it involves the conception of man. Pope John Paul II's message to the Academy delivered on October 22, 1996.

1171. Papal Documents - JP2AIDS.HTM - Message to the U.N. Secretary General
Pope John Paul II

On 21 June 2001, the Holy Father sent this Message to Mr Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, focusing on two problems: the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child in Africa, and the high cost of treatment, beyond the means of developing countries. MEDICAL PRIVATE PROPERTY HEALTH

1172. Papal Documents - JJP2ORBI.HTM - Message Urbi et Orbi
Pope John Paul II

In his Christmas message to the Church for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, the Holy Father expresses concern for violence in the Holy Land, for the massacre of Christians in Indonesia, and for the "culture of death" that poses a threat to the future. "Yet however dense the darkness may appear, our hope for the triumph of the Light which appeared on this Holy Night at Bethlehem is stronger still."

1173. Papal Documents - b16midmass06.htm - Midnight Mass Homily: St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI

On Christmas Eve 2006, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at the solemn Midnight Mass which he concelebrated with 22 Cardinals. In his Homily, the Pope told the many faithful from various parts of the world to see God's sign: "a child born in a stable". This simplicity shows that God comes to us as a baby — defenceless. "He wants nothing other from us than our love", the Pope said, which we spontaneously learn to live and give to him. HUMILITY CHILDREN EUCHARIST

1174. Papal Documents - b16midmass08.htm - Midnight Mass, Christmas 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

In his homily, delivered at the Midnight Mass, Christmas Eve 2008, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father called for the end of hate and violence in the Holy Land, with particular concern for the defense of children. SHEPHERDS HUMILITY PEACE

1175. Papal Documents - b16xmas09.htm - Midnight Mass, Christmas 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Christmas Eve, 24 December 2009, the Holy Father presided at Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In his homily, the Pope said that, like the shepherds of Bethlehem, we must be awake and vigilant, to hear the message of God who is with us. ORIGEN NEIGHBORS NATIVITY INCARNATION PAGANISM

1176. Papal Documents - b16midmass10.htm - Midnight Mass, Christmas 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On Christmas Eve 2010, the Holy Father celebrated Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica. Concelebrating with him were 34 Cardinals, including Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State. In his homily, the Pope preached on Christ as the new-born King. BEAUTY ANGELS BROTHERHOOD FIRST-BORN

1177. Papal Documents - b16midmass11.htm - Midnight Mass, Christmas 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

At the Midnight Mass for Christmas 2011, celebrated Christmas Eve in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father meditated on the fact that, in Christ, God has appeared to us, as declared in St Paul's Letter to Titus. EPIPHANY ISAIAH FRANCIS OF ASSISI MANGER

1178. Papal Documents - P6MINORS.HTM - Ministeria Quaedam
Pope Paul VI

In this Apostolic Letter given Motu proprio (on his own initiative), Pope Paul VI on 15 August 1972 provides for a number of changes to the practice of minor orders. He suppresses the orders of porter, exorcist and sub-deacon, and opens the remaining orders of lector and acolyte, now called ministries, to laymen, that is, to those not in formation for the priesthood. MINISTRY

1179. Papal Documents - b16ministinst.htm - Ministrorum Institutio
Pope Benedict XVI

With this Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio 'Ministrorum Institutio', the Holy Father transfers the competence for seminaries from the Congregation for Catholic Education to the Congregation for the Clergy. The following is a translation of the Motu Proprio, which was written in Latin and dated 16 January 2013. It was published in Italian and Latin on 25 January. SACRED MINISTERS CANON LAW SHEPHERDS FORMATION PRIESTS DEACONS HOLY ORDERS

1180. Papal Documents - JP2MISER.HTM - Misericordia Dei
Pope John Paul II

Published 2 May 2002, an Apostolic Letter "In The Form Of Motu Proprio On Certain Aspects of the Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance." A primary theme of the Letter is that, since both guilt and repentance are entirely personal, the only ordinary way to receive sacramental absolution is after individual confession. RECONCILIATION PENITENCE BISHOPS PRIESTS GENERAL ABSOLUTION MORTAL GRAVE SIN NECESSITY CONFESSIONALS

1181. Papal Documents - JP950716.HTM - Mission of Motherhood Makes Woman A Guardian of Life, Who Must Encourage...
Pope John Paul II

...Child's Dialogue with the World. Angelus Message, July 16, 1995 'Woman's singular relationship with human life derives from her vocation to motherhood'.

1182. Papal Documents - JP950510.HTM - Missionary Activity
Pope John Paul II

May 10, 1995 The Pope continues the reflection he began on May 3, 1995 'on the objections and doubts about the value of missionary activity, and in particular, about its evangelizing goal.' JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS EVANGELIZATION

1183. Papal Documents - f1missconvers.htm - Missionary Conversion
Pope Francis

Today there is an imperious need for missionary conversion: a conversion which concerns every baptized person and every parish. The Holy Father emphasized this need in the Church. This is a translation of the address the Bishop of Rome consigned on 20 September 2014 to the bishops who work at Propaganda Fide. EVANGELIZATION MARTYRS PASTORS CHINESE

1184. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch94.htm - Monastic and Scholastic Theology
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 October 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father reflected on the flourishing of Latin theology in the 12th century. It developed along two lines, according as it was monastic or scholastic in method. SCHOLAE SCRIPTURE BIBLE SACRA PAGINA LECTIO DIVINA QUAESTIONES SUMMAE

1185. Papal Documents - JP2TB93.HTM - Moral Aspects of the Christian's Vocation
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 15 September 1982, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the fifth chapter of Ephesians, by showing how the mystery of God's love, hidden for ages, was revealed in Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on his spousal donation of Himself to the Church and His members' participation in the mystery. MARRIAGE ISRAEL ADULTERY PROPHETS

1186. Papal Documents - JP970117.HTM - Morality Must Inspire Law of Nations
John Paul II

On January 13, 1997, the Holy Father received the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, who had come to the Apostolic Palace for the traditional exchange of New Year's greetings. This file is a translation of the Holy Father's address.

1187. Papal Documents - JP2TB113.HTM - Morality of Marriage Act Determined by Nature of the Act and of the Subjects
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 11 July 1984, the Holy Father turned to reflections on Paul VI's Humanae Vitae as an application of his catechesis on the theology of human love in God's plan. He spoke on the inseparable connection "between the unitive significance and the procreative significance which are both inherent to the marriage act." LANGUAGE OF THE BODY

1188. Papal Documents - JP840711.HTM - Morality of the Marriage Act Determined by the Nature...
Pope John Paul II

...of the Act and of the Subjects. Text of the general audience of Pope John Paul II, July 11, 1984, first of a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II MARRIAGE HUMANAE VITAE PAUL VI

1189. Papal Documents - b16motherGod.htm - Mother of God
Pope Benedict XVI

On 2 January 2008, at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father commented on Mary's ancient title of "Theotokos" or "Mother of God", confirmed at the Council of Ephesus in the fifth century, which expresses her special mission in the history of salvation. CHALCEDON NATIVITY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MYSTICAL BODY

1190. Papal Documents - JP960306.HTM - Motherhood is God's Special Gift
John Paul II

The Old Testament not only shows that motherhood is a gift of God but also suggests a special link between the destiny of mothers and their sons. General Audience on March 6, 1996.

1191. Papal Documents - JP2BVM14.HTM - Motherhood Is God's Special Gift
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father spoke on the gratuitousness of motherhood at the General Audience of 6 March 1996. "The Bible's message regarding motherhood reveals ... God's particular covenant with woman and the special bond between the destiny of the mother and that of the son." This was the 14th of his series of reflections on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. MAGNIFICAT GRACE GRATUITOUSNESS

1192. Papal Documents - JP96127.HTM - Motherhood: Woman's Gift to Society
John Paul II

"Motherhood shows a creativity on which the humanity of each human being largely depends; it also invites man to learn and to express his own fatherhood. Thus women contribute to society and to the Church their ability to nurture human beings", the Holy Father said to those taking part in an international meeting entitled "Women", when he received them in audience on December 7, 1996.

1193. Papal Documents - b16pubcomp - Motu Proprio for Approval and Publication of the Compendium
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 June 2005, the vigil of the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, the Holy Father issued his Motu Proprio "for the approval and publication of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church". This Compendium "contains, in concise form, all the essential and fundamental elements of the Church's faith". CATECHESIS DOCTRINE DOGMA

1194. Papal Documents - P6PONTIF.HTM - Motu Proprio on Pontifical Insignia
Pope Paul VI

This Apostolic Letter limiting the use of pontifical insignia by clerics not of episcopal rank was issued by Pope Paul VI on 21 June 1968. PRELATE LEGATE ABBOTT APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR

1195. Papal Documents - P10PRASC.HTM - Motu Proprio on the Bible
Pope Pius X

'Praestantia Scripturae' November 18, 1907 This motu proprio bound Catholics in conscience to embrace the decisions of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and imposed the penalty of excommunication on those who contradicted 'Lamentabili' or Pascendi.' PIUS X BIBLE SCRIPTURES BIBLICAL COMMISSION

1196. Papal Documents - P6PALLIU.HTM - Motu Proprio on the Conferring of the Sacred Pallium
Pope Paul VI

In July 1978, Pope Paul VI published this motu proprio, restricting the use of the Pallium, "among the insignia proper to the office of the Bishop," to Metropolitans and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. ARCHBISHOP

1197. Papal Documents - f1sececonomy.htm - Motu Proprio on the Transfer of Competence
Pope Francis

On Wednesday, 9 July 2014, the Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio by Pope Francis and dated Tuesday, 8 July, was published. It regards the transferral of the ordinary section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) to the Secretariat for the Economy. FINANCES

1198. Papal Documents - JP2MUSLM.HTM - Muslims and Christians Adore the One God
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of Wednesday, 5 May 1999, the Holy Father spoke about religious dialogue with Islam. While mentioning the point on which Christians and Muslims most differ, the mystery of the Trinity, the Pope observed that, like Christians and Jews, Muslims look upon Abraham as a model of submission to God's will, and know that in God we find our origin and end. We are "called in one spirit of love to defend and always promote human dignity, moral values and freedom". DIALOGUE MARY POLYTHEISM VIOLENCE

1199. Papal Documents - JP2TB39.HTM - Mutual Attraction Differs from Lust
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 17 September 1980, the Holy Father continued his analysis of adultery in his series on Theology of the Body. The mutual attraction between a man and a woman, encompassing a "gamut of spiritual-corporal desires," to which a "proportionate pyramid of values" corresponds, differs from lust, in that the latter reduces the pyramid to one level, sex, as an object of gratification. MARRIAGE INTENTON AXIOLOGY CONCUPISCENCE

1200. Papal Documents - JP2TB15.HTM - Mystery of Man's Original Innocence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 January 1980, the Holy Father pursued his examination of the Theology of the Body by dwelling on the mystery of man's original innocence, that purity of heart which enabled Adam and Eve to give themselves to each other in love, as the effect of grace. NUPTIAL ORIGINAL RIGHTEOUSNESS JUSTICE

1201. Papal Documents - JP2TB85.HTM - Mystery of the Body's Redemption Basis of Teaching on Marriage and Voluntary Continence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 21 July 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. The eschatological redemption of the body, in victory over death, is the inspiration for man's victory over sin in daily life, whether in marriage or in celibacy. CONTINENCE VIRGINITY RESURRECTION CONCUPISCENCE

1202. Papal Documents - JP2TB20.HTM - Mystery of Woman Revealed in Motherhood
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 March 1980, the Holy Father further examined the concept of mutual "knowledge" between the first man and woman. The woman is brought to full awareness of the mystery of creation, in its renewal in human generation. MARRIAGE SEX PROCREATION THEOLOGY OF THE BODY MOTHERHOOD FATHERHOOD MASCULINITY FEMININITY IMAGE OF GOD ADAM EVE MARY

1203. Papal Documents - JP2BVM36.HTM - Nativity Shows Mary's Closeness to Jesus
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 20 November 1996, the Holy Father speaking on the Nativity, observed the Blessed Mother's association in rejection with her Son. He said, "Mary experiences childbirth in a condition of extreme poverty ... she has to lay him 'in a manger', an improvised cradle which contrasts with the dignity of the 'Son of the Most High'". This was the 36th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX INCARNATION CONTEMPLATION CHRISTMAS

1204. Papal Documents - JP961120.HTM - Nativity Shows Mary's Closeness to Jesus
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II General Audience, November 20, 1996.

1205. Papal Documents - JP96D07.HTM - Natural Methods Strengthen Harmony of Married Couples
John Paul II

Natural family planning "supports the process of freedom and emancipation of women and peoples from unjust family planning programmes, which bring in their sad wake the various forms of contraception abortion and sterilization", the Holy Father said on December 7, 1996 to those attending a course for teachers of the natural methods of fertility regulation, sponsored by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

1206. Papal Documents - P6LATIN.HTM - Need for Latin Remains Unchanged
Pope Paul VI

On 26 April 1968, Pope Paul VI, in receiving the prize winners of the 11th "Certamen Vaticanum", recalled the importance of Latin in the history of the Church, and reaffirmed that, in permitting use of the vernacular in the liturgy, Vatican II did not intend to abandon the use of Latin.

1207. Papal Documents - P6MUSIC.HTM - Need for Worthy Expression in Chant and Sacred Music
Pope Paul VI

In addressing the Italian Association of St. Cecelia (9/18/68), Pope Paul encouraged creative liberty in new liturgical music, so long as it is fitting to its high subject, and does not displace the Church's musical heritage. GREGORIAN RENEWAL LITURGY ART

1208. Papal Documents - f1prstmerci.htm - Never Tire of Being Merciful
Pope Francis

"Never tire of being merciful". Pope Francis addressed these words to 13 candidates he ordained to the priesthood on Sunday morning, 11 May 2014, during the Holy Mass celebrated in St Peter's Basilica. He based his homily on the one suggested in the "Rite of Ordination of Priests" and paused now and then to emphasize several particular passages. TEACHER PRIEST SHEPHERD SACRIFICE FORGIVENESS

1209. Papal Documents - JP2NWCAT.HTM - New Catechism: Gift to the Church
Pope John Paul II

Given on December 7, 1992. Pope John Paul II officially presents the new Catechism of the Catholic Church in a special ceremony attended by Cardinals. heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, representatives of the doctrinal commissions of Episcopal Conferences, and members of the Editorial Commission. In his address, the pope expresses his appreciation for the work done and the hope that all in

1210. Papal Documents - P6HORIZ.HTM - New Horizons for the Women Religious
Pope Paul VI

Given on Sep. 8, 1964 at Castel Gandolfo on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. On the union of women religious with Mary and the Church. MARY SISTERS CHURCH VOCATION JOY

1211. Papal Documents - b16waycross11.htm - New Life from the Cross
Pope Benedict XVI

On Good Friday evening, 22 April 2011, the Holy Father led the traditional Way of the Cross at the Colosseum for which Sr Maria Rita Piccione, wrote the meditations. At the end, the Pope spoke briefly to the faithful present. CRUCIFIXION LIFE

1212. Papal Documents - J23V2ADR.HTM - New Pentecost
Pope John XXIII

These excerpts from Bl. John XXIII's opening address to the Second Vatican Council show the care with which he distinguished the deposit of faith, which is unchangeable, and the way it should be presented to the modern world. TRADITION TRENT

1213. Papal Documents - P6ORDIN.HTM - New Rites for Sacred Ordination
Pope Paul VI

In his Apostolic Constitution of 18 June 1968, Pope Paul approved new rites for the Ordination of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops, for which the essential parts (matter and form) are given here. PONTIFICAL HIPPOLYTUS DIACONATE PRESBYTERATE EPISCOPATE

1214. Papal Documents - f1nwstatsfia.htm - New Statutes of the Financial Intelligence Authority
Pope Francis

Here is the English text of the Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio — dated 15 November 2013 — by which Pope Francis approved the new statutes of the Financial Intelligence Authority that then entered into force on 21 November. The statutes update the internal structure, establishing an office for the prudential supervision and regulation of those entitites that carry out professionally a financial activity. FINANCIAL SECURITY COMMITTEE CANON CIVIL LAW

1215. Papal Documents - JP2TB68.HTM - New Threshold of Complete Truth About Man
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 13 January 1982, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the words of Christ on the general resurrection, as applied to Theology of the Body. In some way difficult to imagine, the meaning of the human body will be revealed as the means of mutual self-giving in the communion of Saints. MARRIAGE ESCHATOLOGY PERSONS MALE FEMALE DIVINIZATION GLORIFICATION

1216. Papal Documents - JP2EUTH.HTM - No Authority Can Justify Euthanasia
Pope John Paul II

In an address to the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers in October 1998, the Pope defends the right to life of the elderly, increasing threatened by civil laws permitting euthanasia. DEATH DYING AGED DIGNITY

1217. Papal Documents - f1leonana.htm - No Room for the Mediocre
Pope Francis

In following Jesus, there is no place for mediocrity, as Pope Francis instructed seminarians from the Pontifical Leonine College in Anagni, whom he received on Monday morning, 14 April 2014, in the Clementine Hall. FORMATION SEMINARY STUDY FRATERNITY APOSTOLIC LIFE DEACON PRIEST PRAYER SHEPHERDS

1218. Papal Documents - b16orgtrans.htm - No Suspicion or Arbitration in Certifying Death
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 November 2008, the Holy Father addressed participants at an international congress organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life on the theme of organ donation. The Pope praised scientific advances while warning of the need to guard against unethical practices. TRANSPLANTS MEDICAL EMBRYOS

1219. Papal Documents - b16normnoneng.htm - Normas Nonnullas
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI issued an Apostolic Letter, Normas Nonnullas, a Motu Proprio document revising Pope John Paul II's norms in Universi dominici gregis, which required a period of no less than 15 days after the Holy See became vacant before the papal conclave could begin. The new Motu Proprio gives the College of Cardinals the faculty to determine an earlier time, once they are "certain of the presence of all the Cardinal electors." The original Latin, with text in Italian, may be reached by link from the English translation. PONTIFF CONCLAVE

1220. Papal Documents - JP2LATIN.HTM - Normative Text Entrusted to the Church
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's address on the occasion of entrusting to the Church the Latin typical edition of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church." This text is the normative one with which all versions and translations must agree.

1221. Papal Documents - P6PASTOR.HTM - Norms for General Absolution
Pope Paul VI

Approved June 16, 1972. Pastoral Norms concerning the Administration of General Sacramental Absolution. CONFESSION ABSOLUTION DANGER AURICULAR PENANCE

1222. Papal Documents - b16nothimpos.htm - Nothing Is Impossible to God
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday, 20 May 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father, commented on his recent Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land. In expressing his hope for an end to the spiral of violence in the Middle East, the Pope said, "Nothing is impossible to God and to those who trust in him." JEWS MUSLIMS JERUSALEM JORDAN SHOAH

1223. Papal Documents - b16adltstmcells.htm - Nothing Justifies the Destruction of Even One Human Life
Pope Benedict XVI

The Church does not impede scientific progress, but on the contrary guides it in a direction that is truly fruitful and beneficial to humanity. The Pope reiterated this at an audience on 12 November 2011 for the participants in the international conference "Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture" hosted by the Pontifical Council for Culture and NeoStem/Stem for Life Foundation. CHRONIC DEGENENERATIVE ILLNESS REGENERATION THERAPY EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS

1224. Papal Documents - b16stpaul15.htm - Nothing Triumphs over Christ's Light
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 December 2008, at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father considered St. Paul's teaching on the relationship between Adam, the first man, and Christ, the second Adam. ORIGINAL SIN GRACE PASCAL EVIL

1225. Papal Documents - JP960615.HTM - Now Is the Time to Take a Great Step Forward in the Work of Evangelization
John Paul II

On Saturday, 15 June, the Holy Father received in audience the fourth group of Bishops from Colombia on their ad limina visit to Rome. "Both the mission ad gentes and the new evangelization to which the whole Church is summoned spring from the certainty that there are 'unsearchable riches' in Christ which do not suppress the culture of any age and which men can always turn to for spiritual enrichment. These riches are first and foremost Christ himself', the Pope said. Here is a translation of his address, which was given in Spanish.

1226. Papal Documents - P6NUGAL.HTM - Nuclei of Galaxies
Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI, in an address from 18 April 1970, to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, observes that each of science and faith proceeds in its own domain, according to its own methods and principles, but there can be no conflict between the truths uncovered by each, since God is the author of all truth. It is the tendency of some scientists to deny to faith its philosophical method that leads to agnosticism. CULTURE REASON ASTRONAUTS PHILOSOPHY METAPHYSICS

1227. Papal Documents - b16octeast08.htm - Octave of Easter
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, 26 March 2008, the Holy Father focused on the Risen Jesus and the events of the Octave of Easter. The Resurrection of Christ is fundamental to Christianity, which established that all He taught was the truth. PASSOVER CRUCIFIXION EMMAUS BREAKING OF BREAD

1228. Papal Documents - b16eastroct11.htm - Octave of Easter
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 27 April 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about how the Resurrection of Christ differed from that of Lazarus, the daughter of Jairus, and the young man of Nain. LITURGICAL CALENDAR SLAVERY FREEDOM CHARITY

1229. Papal Documents - b16eastroct07.htm - Octave of Easter 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 April 2007, the Holy Father arrived in the Vatican by helicopter from Castel Gandolfo for the General Audience in St Peter's Square. The Pope reflected with the faithful on the Risen Lord's appearances to the disciples after his crucifixion and burial in the tomb. RESURRECTION THOMAS MARY MAGDALENE WITNESS

1230. Papal Documents - P6OCT.HTM - Octogesima Adveniens - On the Eightieth Anniversary
Paul VI

Issued on May 14, 1971, eighty years after, and in commemoration of, the landmark social encyclical of Pope Leo XIII Rerum novarum. URBANIZATION UNEMPLOYMENT IMMIGRATION EMIGRATION WOMEN YOUNG DISCRIMINATION ECOLOGY ENVIRONMENT

1231. Papal Documents - JP2TB1.HTM - Of the Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

On 5 September 1979, in the first of his General Audiences on the Theology of the Body, the Holy Father expounded the words of Christ, "In the beginning the Creator made them male and female." MARRIAGE UNITIVE

1232. Papal Documents - JP970101.HTM - Offer Forgiveness and Receive Peace
John Paul II

"With deep conviction therefore I wish to appeal to everyone to seek peace along the paths of forgiveness. Forgiveness is inspired by love, that love which God has for every man and woman, for every people and nation, and for the whole human family." The Holy Father's Message for the World Day of Peace, January 1, 1997.

1233. Papal Documents - JP2PBC.HTM - Old Testament essential to know Jesus
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father spoke to the members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission when he received them in audience on 11 April 1998. PBC BIBLE SCRIPTURE TESTAMENT EXEGESIS

1234. Papal Documents - f1pathpeace.htm - On a Path that Seeks Unity
Pope Francis

"It is my hope that this meeting will be a path to seeking the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide". Pope Francis thus explained the meaning of the meeting of prayer for peace in the Holy Land which was held in the late afternoon of Sunday, 8 June 2014, with the Israeli and Palestinian Presidents and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomaios I in the Vatican Gardens. WAR VIOLENCE

1235. Papal Documents - P12BEES.HTM - On Bees
Pope Pius XII

Given by Pope Pius XII on November 27, 1947 to the National Congress of Italian Apiarists. PIUS XII BEES

1236. Papal Documents - JP2CATEC.HTM - On Catechesis in Our Time
Pope John Paul II

'Catechesi Tradendae' Issued on October 16, 1979. In this Apostolic Exhortation John Paul hopes to strengthen the solidity of the faith and of Christian living. The Pope ardently desires to 'spread among communities the joy of bringing the mystery of Christ to the world.' CHRISTOCENTRICITY TEACHER TRADITION SCRIPTURE CREED TRENT

1237. Papal Documents - JP2UNIVE.HTM - On Catholic Universities
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution "Ex Corde Ecclesiae." Issued on August 15, 1990. It states that a Catholic university has the honor and responsiblity to consecrate itself without reserve to the cause of truth. This is its way of serving at one and the same time both the dignity of man and the good of the Church. KNOWLEDGE THEOLOGY COMMUNITY BISHOPS SOCIETY MINISTRY

1238. Papal Documents - b16electpont.htm - On Certain Changes in the Norms for Election of the Roman Pontiff
Pope Benedict XVI

In a motu proprio, (Litterae Apostolicae Motu Proprio Datae de aliquibus mutationibus in normis de electione Romani Pontificis,) published in Latin, 26 June 2007, Benedict XVI re-established that a two-thirds majority will always be required for the election of a Pope. Pope John Paul II's 1996 apostolic constitution Universi Dominici Gregis had allowed for the possibility that cardinal-electors, after having held 33 or 34 ballots with no positive results, could move to an absolute majority vote. INTERREGNUM PAPACY

1239. Papal Documents - P6GAUDE.HTM - On Christian Joy
Pope Paul VI

'Gaudete in Domino' Issued May 9, 1975. On the nature of Christian joy and the means of attaining it. JOY HAPPINESS PLEASURE SPIRITUAL SALVATION LOVE JESUS MARY CHURCH SPIRIT

1240. Papal Documents - P6MARIAL.HTM - On Devotion to Mary
Pope Paul VI

'Marialis Cultus.' Issued February 2, 1974. On the relationship between devotion to Mary and the liturgy, guidelines for furthering devotion to Mary, and the Rosary. Apostolic constitution. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION LITURGY CHRISTMAS ANNUNCIATION ASSUMPTION LECTIONARY LITURGY OF THE HOURS VIRGIN PRAYER MOTHER BIBLE ROSARY VIRTUE

1241. Papal Documents - JP2SAPIE.HTM - On Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution "Sapientia Christiana." Issued on March 15, 1979. John Paul emphasizes the importance of Catholic universities in imparting instruction in Christian wisdom so that people's lives and conduct might be formed and a higher culture might be promoted. CHURCH TEACHERS FACULTY THEOLOGY GOSPEL MISSION

1242. Papal Documents - P6INDULG.HTM - On Indulgences
Pope Paul VI

'Indulgientiarum Doctrina' Apostolic Constitution Issued on Jan. 1, 1967. Explains the history and basis for the doctrine of indulgences, revises the norms for obtaining them, and commissions the revision of the 'Enchiridion Indulgientiarum' and other norms. INDULGENCE TREASURY MERIT EXPIATION PARTIAL PLENARY

1243. Papal Documents - P12PSYRE.HTM - On Psychotherapy and Religion
Pope Pius XII

An Address of His Holiness Pope Pius XII to the Fifth International Congress on Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology given on April 13, 1953. PIUS XII PSYCHOTHERAPY RELIGION PSYCHOLOGY

1244. Papal Documents - JP2RECON.HTM - On Reconciliation and Penance
Pope John Paul II

'Reconciliatio et Paenitentia' Issued on December 2, 1984. John Paul invites us to rediscover the words of Christ, 'Repent, and believe in the gospel.' He shows the Church's concern to know and understand modern man and to bring the love of Christ to heal the many deep and painful divisions in the world today. SIN METANOIA PRODIGAL SON MERCY SACRAMENT PRAYER WITNESS PIETAS

1245. Papal Documents - JP2DONUM.HTM - On Religious Life
Pope John Paul II

'Redemptionis Donum' Issued on March 25, 1984. John Paul addresses himself to men and woman religious who through the vows of the evangelical counsels are striving towards the fullness of Christian life. He encourages them to follow Christ along the 'narrow and hard' way. VOCATION CONSECRATION CHASTITY POVERTY OBEDIENCE WITNESS APOSTOLATE

1246. Papal Documents - P6RENEW.HTM - On Renewal of the Religious Life According to Vatican II
Pope Paul VI

Issued June 29, 1971. Exhortation for religious to renewed devotion and zeal in response to modern times. Apostolic Constitution RELIGIOUS COUNCIL EVANGELICAL COUNSELS CONTEMPLATIVE APOSTALATE CHASTITY WORKS POOR POVERTY OBEDIENCE COMMUNITIES PRAYER EUCHARIST

1247. Papal Documents - JP2CUSTO.HTM - On St. Joseph
Pope John Paul II

'Redemptoris Custos' (Guardian of the Redeemer) Issued on August 15, 1989. A reflection upon the way that St. Joseph shared in the divine mystery of the Incarnation with the intention that all may grow in devotion to him. DAVID ANNUNCIATION MARRIAGE HOLY FAMILY WORK SILENCE SACRIFICE

1248. Papal Documents - JP2VICES.HTM - On the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution
Pope John Paul II

'Vicesimus Quintus Annus,' an apostolic letter written for the 25th anniversary of the Conciliar Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy ('Sacrosanctum Concilium,' Vatican II). Given December 4, 1988.

1249. Papal Documents - b16ricci400.htm - On the 400th Anniversary of Fr Matteo Ricci's Death
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 May 2010, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Pope spoke to participants in a pilgrimage promoted by the Diocese of Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia and other Dioceses of the Marches region, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the Italian Jesuit missionary, Fr Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), born in Macerata, an important figure in the proclamation of the Gospel in China in the modern age. CULTURE INCULTURATION EVANGELIZATION MISSIONARY

1250. Papal Documents - b16fidonum50.htm - On the 50th Anniversary of Fidei Donum
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 May 2007, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met those taking part in the Meeting of the Superior Council of the Pontifical Mission Societies and in the World Congress of "Fidei donum" Missionaries, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Pius XII's Encyclical Letter, Fidei Donum. In addition to Pope Benedict's address, there is a letter on the subject, sent by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, to Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. MISSIONARY AFRICA PRIESTS

1251. Papal Documents - JP2CLARE.HTM - On the 750th Anniversary of the Death of St Clare of Assisi
Pope John Paul II

On 11 August 2003, for the 750th Anniversary of the death of St Clare of Assisi, the Holy Father sent a Message to the Poor Clares throughout the world. St Clare's example shows that constant prayer leads to an authentically contemplative life, "opening wide the heart to the Spirit of the Lord, which transforms the whole person". RELIGIOUS NUNS VOCATIONS POVERTY

1252. Papal Documents - JP2APSEA.HTM - On the Apostleship of the Sea
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter of 31 January 1997, issued motu proprio, on the Apostleship of the Sea.

1253. Papal Documents - B12/BDEUS.HTM - On the Beatific Vision of God
Benedict XII

Benedictus Deus Constitution Issued 1336 Clarifies the Church's teaching on eschatology.

1254. Papal Documents - JP2MACKP.HTM - On the Beatification of Mother Mary Helen Mackillop
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II on Jan 19 in Sydney, Australia, during a morning prayer service. JOHN PAUL II MACKILLOP WOMEN

1255. Papal Documents - JP2ALEIN.HTM - On the Centenary of the Birth of Albert Einstein
Pope John Paul II

In recalling Einstein's "eminent contribution" to the progress of science (to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 10 November 1979), Pope John Paul II declares that the apparent opposition between science and faith, often represented to the world by the Galileo case, is only apparent, as Galileo himself recognized. TECHNOLOGY SCRIPTURE

1256. Papal Documents - P6ECCLES.HTM - On the Church
Pope Paul VI

Promulgated August 6, 1964. On the role of the Church in the world and the attitudes of the Church in relation to the world. CHURCH PAUL VI WORLD

1257. Papal Documents - JP2MULIE.HTM - On the Dignity of Women
John Paul II

Apostolic Letter "Mulieris Dignitatem," issued on August 15, 1988. John Paul deals with the question of understanding the reason for and the consequences of the Creator's decision that the human being should always and only exist as a woman or a man. He speaks of the greatness of the dignity and vocation of women and her active presence in the Church and in society. WOMAN WOMEN MOTHERHOOD VIRGINITY JOHN PAUL II POPE MAGISTERIUM DIGNITY

1258. Papal Documents - P6JOSEPH.HTM - On the Feast of Saint Joseph
Pope Paul VI

This homily, delivered by Pope Paul VI at St. Peter's, on the Feast of St. Joseph 1969, celebrated the virtues and example of the Spouse of the Virgin and Foster Father of Jesus. PATRON LABOUR LABOR FAMILY ECONOM POVERTY

1259. Papal Documents - JP2DOMIN.HTM - On the Holy Eucharist
Pope John Paul II

'Dominicae Cenae' Issued on February 24, 1980. This letter is addressed to the bishops and priests. John Paul devotes the encyclical to certain aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery and its impact on the lives of those who are the ministers of It. ADORATION WORSHIP HOLY THRUSDAY CHRIST LOVE SACRIFICE SCRIPTURE

1260. Papal Documents - b16joyresurr.htm - On the Joy of the Resurrection
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday, 7 April 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father reflected on the spiritual joy of Easter and on Christ's glorious Resurrection. All believers are obliged by their words and actions consistent with Gospel to bear witness to the Risen Jesus. GOOD NEWS PASCHAL MYSTERY

1261. Papal Documents - JP2LAICI.HTM - On the Laity
Pope John Paul II

'Christifideles Laici' Issued on December 30, 1988. This Apostolic Exhortation intends to stir and promote a deeper awareness among all the faithful of the gift and responsibility they share, both as a group and as individuals, in the communion and mission of the Church. SECULARISM DIGNITY WORLD HOLINESS COMMUNION MINISTRIES CHARISMS

1262. Papal Documents - P12FAST.HTM - On the Laws of Fasting and the Evening Mass
Pope Pius XII

'Sacram Communionem' Motu Proprio of His Holiness Pope Pius XII in which permissions granted by the Apostolic Constitution 'Christus Dominus' are extended. Issued March 19, 1957. Also contains a commentary by Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani. PIUS XII FASTING EVENING MASS

1263. Papal Documents - b16stpaul12.htm - On the Lord's Second Coming
Pope Benedict XVI

On 12 November 2008, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his commentary on the Apostle to the Gentiles by focusing on St. Paul's teaching of the Lord's second coming. The expectation of Our Lord's return does not dispense us from working in this world, as shown by the parable of the talents. PAROUSIA ANTICHRIST FREEDOM

1264. Papal Documents - b16meanashwed.htm - On the Meaning of Ash Wednesday
Pope Benedict XVI

On Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2010, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on this day that introduces the Lenten Season. Though we must return to the dust from which we were made, we are destined to immortality through the death and resurrection of Christ. REPENTANCE CONVERSION

1265. Papal Documents - b16meaningxmas.htm - On the Meaning of Christmas
Pope Benedict XVI

On 23 December 2009, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father reflected on the meaning of Christmas. In Christ, God came to us without weapons or force, in defenseless love, asking to be received. FRANCIS OF ASSISI GRECCIO THOMAS OF CELANO

1266. Papal Documents - b16holyweek.htm - On the Meaning of Holy Week
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 April 2009, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke on the significance of the rites of Holy Week, from the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday through the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. COENA DOMINI TRIDUUM KENOSIS EUCHARIST EASTER RESURRECTION PASSION CROSS

1267. Papal Documents - b16meanyrpriest.htm - On the Meaning of the Year for Priests
Pope Benedict XVI

On 24 June 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father reflected on the Apostle Paul and St John Mary Vianney, the humble Cure d'Ars, at the end of the Pauline Year and the beginning of the Year for Priests. PRIESTHOOD EUCHARIST EVANGELIZATION PROCLAMATION SACRIFICE

1268. Papal Documents - zb16mssglourds.htm - On the Message of Lourdes
Pope Benedict XVI

In his General Audience, 17 September 2008, held in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father reviewed his Sept. 12-15 apostolic trip to Paris and Lourdes. MONASTICISM ARCHITECTURE BERNADETTE

1269. Papal Documents - JP940613.HTM - On The Occasion of the Eighth Centenary of St. Anthony of Padua's Birth
Pope John Paul II

Address given on June 13, 1994.

1270. Papal Documents - b16creed8.htm - On the Pauline Hymn That Ushers in Advent
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 5 December 2012, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall the Holy Father dwelt on God's plan for us of mercy and love, "described in terms full of joy, wonder and thanksgiving" at the beginning of St Paul's Letter to the Ephesians. PLAN DESIGN PURPOSE HEAD RECAPITULATE IRENAEUS CREATION FAITH CONVERSION

1271. Papal Documents - b16remexcom4.htm - On the Remission of Excommunication of the Four Bishops Consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre
Pope Benedict XVI

"A word of clarification" so as to help comprehend the reasons and timeliness of a "gesture of mercy" that has become the pretext for polemics and tension even inside the Church. It is this that Benedict XVI intends to offer in his Letter "to the Bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the remission of the excommunication", which was released on 12 March 2009. WILLIAMSON SCHISM SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X SSPX ECUMENISM

1272. Papal Documents - P5CONSUE.HTM - On the Rosary
Pope St. Pius V

Apostolic Constitution 'Consueverunt Romani' St. Pius praises the use of the rosary and grants numerous favors for its use. Given at Rome September 17,1569. ROSARY PRAYER DOMINIC MARY JESUS CONFRATERNITY SODALITY

1273. Papal Documents - b16promultis.htm - On the Translation of Pro Multis in the Eucharistic Prayer
Pope Benedict XVI

Here is the English text of the German Letter sent by the Holy Father to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, President of the German Bishops’ Conference, on the German translation of the words “pro multis” in the Eucharistic Prayers of the Mass. Why "for many" rather than "for all," in the new translation. SUFFERING SERVANT ISAIAH INTERPRETATION EXEGESIS STRUCTURAL LITERAL EQUIVALENCE LITURGY

1274. Papal Documents - JP2VACAN.HTM - On the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff
Pope John Paul II

'Universi Dominici Gregis' John Paul II Apostolic Constitution issued on February 22, 1996. CONCLAVE

1275. Papal Documents - b16brazint.htm - On-Board Papal Interview Prior to Landing in Brazil: 9 May 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 May 2007, during the 13-hour flight to Brazil, the Holy Father greeted journalists accompanying him on the Alitalia plane bound for São Paulo and answered some questions. Fr Federico Lombardi, S.J., Director of the Vatican Press Office, introduced the first question. The following is a translation of the Italian and Portuguese text of the interview. ABORTION EXCOMMUNICATION LIBERATION THEOLOGY MILLENARIANISM SECTS LATIN AMERICA GERMANY OSCAR ROMERO APARECIDA FATIMA

1276. Papal Documents - f1genaud18.htm - One Home for All
Pope Francis

Pope Francis reminded the faithful of the need for unity at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on 25 September 2013. "Our unity is not primarily a fruit of our own consensus or of the democracy in the Church, or of our effort to get along with each other." Rather it comes from the Holy Spirit, who creates unity in diversity. GOSSIP BAPTISM CONFIRMATION MINISTRY SACRAMENTS

1277. Papal Documents - JP950723.HTM - Only 'Assisi Spirit' Can Wipe Out Symbolic Starting Point of this Century's Tragedies
Pope John Paul II

July 23, 1995

1278. Papal Documents - JP2ONLY.HTM - Only Christ Can Fulfill Man's Hopes
Pope John Paul II

Reflection on 30th Anniversary of 'Gaudium et Spes' ,11/8/95.

1279. Papal Documents - JP970126.HTM - Only God's Word Gives Meaning to Life
John Paul II

"In Jesus, his incarnate Son, God spoke the definitive word about man and about history, and the Church repeats it with ever new trust, knowing that it is the only word that can give man's life its full meaning", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on January 26, 1997.

1280. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr15.htm - Open to Hope, Steadfast in Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

The history of humanity, even though it is marked by suffering, is a history of salvation. For this reason we must "always be open to hope and steadfast in faith in God", the Pope said to the faithful on Wednesday, 12 October 2011, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square. The Holy Father was reflecting on Psalm 126[125]. ISRAEL EXILE CAPTIVITY LIBERATION INTERVENTION PRAYER

1281. Papal Documents - b16Massyndbps.htm - Opening Mass of the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On 2 October 2005, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at a special concelebrated Mass inaugurating the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops with the theme: "The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission". The Holy Father commented on the three readings, which speak of God's people as His vineyard. In the Gospel, the parable of the tenants in the vineyard points toward the Eucharist. WINE LAST SUPPER

1282. Papal Documents - JP2MDOOR.HTM - Opening of Holy Door at St. Mary Major
Pope John Paul II

On 1 January 2000, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace, the Holy Father opened the Holy Door and presided at a Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of St Mary Major. The Pope stressed the value of peace, saying that in his Message for World Day of Peace this year he had recalled "some of conditions and requirements for strengthening the progress of peace at the international level." JUBILEE

1283. Papal Documents - b16reflmideastsyn.htm - Opening Reflection for the Synod of Bishops of the Middle East
Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday morning, 11 October 2010, after the celebration of Terce inaugurating the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, the Holy Father gave the following extemporaneous Reflection to the Synod Fathers in Italian. The Pope's reflection began with Mary as Mother of God and ended with the fall of false gods. THEOTOKOS CHRISTOTOKOS CHRISTUS TOTUS MARTYRDOM IDEOLOGIES

1284. Papal Documents - JP2TB51.HTM - Opposition Between the Flesh and the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 7 January 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining St. Paul's doctrine of justification, and in particular the opposition between life according to the flesh and life according to the Spirit (of God). PURITY DEATH MORTAL SIN

1285. Papal Documents - JP2TB32.HTM - Opposition in the Human Heart between the Spirit and the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 July 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. The nuptial meaning of the body is destroyed when man or woman seeks to possess the other as an object, but not when each belongs to the other through self-giving. CONCUPISCENCE COMMUNION OF PERSONS

1286. Papal Documents - JP2CARDC.HTM - Ordinary Public Consistory: 21 February
Pope John Paul II

On Wednesday, 21 February 2001, Pope John Paul II held an Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of 44 Cardinals. The ceremony took place during a Liturgy of the Word celebrated in St Peter's Square. This is the Holy Father's homily. UNITY MARTYR

1287. Papal Documents - b16pubconsis.htm - Ordinary Public Consistory: 24 November 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On 24 November 2007, in St. Peter's Basilica, an Ordinary Public Consistory was held at which the Holy Father created 23 new Cardinals. The Pope drew attention to their diverse nationalities, illustrating the catholicity of the Church. IRAQ CHALDEAN CHURCH ROME

1288. Papal Documents - b16ordmass.htm - Ordination Mass, St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 May 2006, in St. Peter's Basilica, Good Shepherd Sunday and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass for the ordination to the priesthood of 15 deacons of the Diocese of Rome. In his homily, the Pope warned against seeking ordination for personal advancement, rather than to tend the Lord's sheep in union with Him. HOLY ORDERS UNITY EVANGELIZATION

1289. Papal Documents - JP950514.HTM - Ordination of 41 Priests for Diocese of Rome
Pope John Paul II

May 14, 1995 JOHN PAUL II PRIESTHOOD ORDINATION HOLY ORDERS

1290. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch37.htm - Origen: the Teaching
Pope Benedict XVI

On 2 May 2007, at his General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Origen, concentrating on the Alexandrian Father's teachings on prayer and the Church. LECTIO DIVINA PRIESTHOOD MYSTICAL UNION

1291. Papal Documents - JP2TB17.HTM - Original Innocence and Man's Historical State
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 13 February 1980, the Holy Father reexamined our first parents' original innocence, as their nature was originally graced, how it affected their relationship to each other and the nuptial meaning of their bodies as male and female. METAPHYSICS OBJECTIVIZATION PERSONALISM MARRIAGE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

1292. Papal Documents - JP2TB8.HTM - Original Unity of Man and Woman
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 7 November 1979, the Holy Father continued to lay groundwork for his Theology of the Body, meditating on Adam's "sleep" from which the division of the sexes emerged. MYTH MAN WOMAN MALE FEMALE

1293. Papal Documents - b16origunity.htm - Origins of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Pope Benedict XVI

"How can we give a convincing witness if we are divided?" asked the Holy Father regarding the New Evangelization during the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 18 January 2012. The Pope gave a short history of the ecumenical movement over the past century. ECUMENISM POLAND WATTSON

1294. Papal Documents - JP961213.HTM - Our Deep Communion Has its Source in our Common Faith Sealed by the Gift of Baptism
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's address to Armenian Catholicos given on December 13, 1996.

1295. Papal Documents - JP2BVM27.HTM - Our Lady Intended to Remain a Virgin
Pope John Paul II

"The extraordinary case of the Virgin of Nazareth must not let us fall into the error of tying her inner dispositions completely to the mentality of her surroundings, thereby eliminating the uniqueness of the mystery that came to pass in her", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 24 July 1996, as he reflected on Mary's intention to remain a virgin. This was the 27th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. VIRGIN BIRTH VIRGINAL CONCEPTION MARRIAGE ESSENES THERAPEUTAE MOTHERHOOD

1296. Papal Documents - JP960724.HTM - Our Lady Intended to Remain a Virgin
John Paul II

The Holy Father reflects on Mary's intention to remain a virgin in this catechesis given at his General Audience of July 24, 1996.

1297. Papal Documents - JP2ARMAS.HTM - Outdoor Latin Rite Mass, Etchmiadzin
Pope John Paul II

On 26 September 2001, on an outdoor altar built within the enclosure of the grounds of Etchmiadzin, the Holy Father celebrated the Liturgy with the Armenian Catholic Bishops. He thanked the Armenian Apostolic Catholicos for his hospitality in allowing this Mass "on the holy ground where the Son of God appeared to St Gregory the Illuminator." ECUMEN MEKHITAR UNITY

1298. Papal Documents - JP960303.HTM - Outward Penance Aids Us in our Interior Conversion
Pope John Paul II

Sunday Angelus - March 3, 1996

1299. Papal Documents - JP2PACEM.HTM - Pacem in Terris: A Permanent Commitment
Pope John Paul II

In his Message, John Paul II observes the 40th anniversary of Bl. John XXIII's Pacem in Terris, published in 1963, which stressed the four pillars of truth, justice, love and freedom. on which peace rests. John Paul II notes the heightened consciousness of human dignity and human rights today. And he calls for a new international organization to meet a universal demand for participation in political authority and for accountability at every level of public life. HUMAN RIGHTS UNITED NATIONS MIDDLE EAST

1300. Papal Documents - b16palmsun2010.htm - Palm Sunday 2010: 25th World Youth Day
Pope Benedict XVI

This year on Palm or Passion Sunday, 28 March 2010, also the 25th World Youth Day for the youth of the Diocese of Rome, the Holy Father presided at a solemn celebration of Holy Mass in St Peter's Square. Taking part were young people from Rome and from other dioceses. The theme for this Youth Day was: "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mk 10:17). SEQUELA JERUSALEM CROSS CHURCH COMMUNION HOLY LAND PEACE COMMANDMENTS HEAVEN

1301. Papal Documents - b16palmsun09.htm - Palm Sunday and 24th World Youth Day, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 April 2009, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square for Palm Sunday, also the 24th World Youth Day. In his homily, the Pope affirmed that love, the true gift of self as exemplified in the Cross of Christ, gives meaning to life, and that its absence brings emptiness and boredom. KINGDOM PILGRIMAGE UNIVERSALITY CATHOLICITY SACRIFICE GLORY

1302. Papal Documents - b16palmsun12.htm - Palm Sunday Homily 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

In his Homily for Palm Sunday, 1 April 2012, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father said that the believer's look upon all humanity must be "a wise and loving look, capable of grasping the world's beauty and having compassion on its fragility". BARTIMAEUS HOSANNA MESSIAH CROSS HOLY WEEK

1303. Papal Documents - f1palmsun14.htm - Palm Sunday Homily 2014
Pope Francis

At the Palm Sunday Mass, 13 April 2014, in St Peter's Square, the Pope opened Holy Week calling the faithful to look deep within themselves and contemplate their identity in relation to the Lord. PASSION DEATH RESURRECTION

1304. Papal Documents - b16palmsun08.htm - Palm Sunday Homily: 16 March
Pope Benedict XVI

In his Palm Sunday Homily, during Mass in St. Peter's Square, 16 March 2008, the Holy Father recalled the expulsion of the money-changers from the Temple, which was later destroyed by the Romans. Jesus identified Himself as the new Temple, "the living space of spirit and life in which the correct form of worship is made." PASSION COVETOUSNESS IDOLATRY PRIDE WORLD YOUTH DAY

1305. Papal Documents - b16palmsun06.htm - Palm Sunday Homily: 9 April 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 April 2006, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square for Palm Sunday, also World Youth Day. The Pope began with a tribute to his Predecessor, the Servant of God Pope John Paul II, who started the tradition of World Youth Day in 1984. The Pope highlighted three outstanding aspects of Our Lord's Kingship: he was King of the poor, King of peace and a universal King. POVERTY CROSS MESSIAH

1306. Papal Documents - b16palmsun07.htm - Palm Sunday Mass 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On Palm Sunday, 1 April [2007], also the 22nd World Youth Day, the Holy Father presided at the solemn Eucharistic concelebration in St. Peter's Square in which thousands of young people took part. During his Mass Homily the Holy Father reflected on the procession with palms as an expression of joy and of our "yes" to Jesus, which leads to the "following of Christ." CHRIST THE KING

1307. Papal Documents - b16palmsun11.htm - Palm Sunday Mass, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

In his homily for the Palm Sunday Mass, 17 April 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke on the human desire to be like God. Yet in order to reach God's heights we must let ourselves be uplifted by the gravitational force of his love which "attracts us upwards" and must firmly resist the opposite force that "pulls us down" towards evil. PROCESSION PILGRIMAGE GRAVITY HEART PLATONISTS ST AUGUSTINE

1308. Papal Documents - JP2ECCEL.HTM - Papal Address at Ecumenical Celebration of the Word
Pope John Paul II

On 25 January 2001, Pope John Paul II presided at an Ecumenical Celebration of the Word held at the Basilica of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls for the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Joining the Holy Father were Delegations from 23 Churches and Ecclesial Communities, who participated in a service of prayer, Scripture readings, an embrace of peace and the blessing of Aaron (Nm 6:24-26). This is his homily for the occasion. MILLENNIUM UT UNUM SINT MARTYR DIALOGUE EASTER

1309. Papal Documents - JP2BPBRZ.HTM - Papal Addresses to Bishops of Brazil
Pope John Paul II

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of Brazil, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. EVANGELIZATION CATECHESIS FORMATION IMMIGRATION SECTS COMMUNION EDUCATION EVANGELIZATION PRIESTHOOD SCANDAL CELIBACY MISSIONARY HOMOSEXUAL SEX ABUSE LAPSED CATHOLICS VOCATIONS PAPACY BAPTISM CLERICALIZATION PERMANENT DEACONS CLERGY PASTORAL WORKERS HOMILIES PENANCE CONSCIENCE EUCHARIST PRIESTS YOUTH HOLINESS LAITY ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS ASSOCIATIONS WOMEN DIVORCE ANNULMENTS ABORTION CONTRACEPTION MARGINALIZATION ECONOMY POVERTY POOR GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY RELIGIOUS CHARISM CONVERSION EVANGELICAL COUNSELS PROSELYTISM SUNDAY MASS PRAYER POPULAR PIETY COLLEGIALITY BUREAUCRACY COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA PASTORALISM

1310. Papal Documents - b16germbps.htm - Papal Addresses to Bishops of Germany
Pope Benedict XVI

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of Germany, 2006, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. CATECHESIS SECULARISM MUSLIMS FORMATION NIHIL OBSTAT EDUCATION LAITY CLERGY

1311. Papal Documents - b16bpsmex.htm - Papal Addresses to Bishops of Mexico: Ad Limina Conferences
Pope Benedict XVI

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of Mexico, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. YOUTH RELIGIOUS PLURALISM TRADITION MIGRATION HOLINESS EVANGELIZATION HOPE CONVERSION

1312. Papal Documents - b16bpspol.htm - Papal Addresses to Bishops of Poland: Ad Limina Conferences
Pope Benedict XVI

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of Poland, 2005, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. EDUCATION NEW EVANGELIZATION LAITY YOUTH ADULT CATECHESIS UNIVERSITY CULTURE MEDIA PRIESTS RELIGIOUS ORDERS APOSTOLIC MOVEMENTS

1313. Papal Documents - b16usbps.htm - Papal Addresses to Bishops of the USA
Pope Benedict XVI

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of the United States, 2011-12, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. SCANDAL SEXUAL ABUSE PUBLIC SQUARE TRANSLATION ROMAN MISSAL

1314. Papal Documents - b16adlimfrancind.htm - Papal Addresses to the Bishops of France
Pope Benedict XVI

Addresses by the Holy Father to the Bishops of France, 2012, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. PRIESTS PARISHES ADORATION EUCHARIST LAIETY LITURGY PRIESTHOOD FAMILY LIFE MARRIAGE UNITY IGNORANCE NEW EVANGELIZATION EDUCATION THEOLOGY MISSIONARY

1315. Papal Documents - JP950829.HTM - Papal Appeal on Behalf of Women
Pope John Paul II

8/29/95

1316. Papal Documents - CONSECRA.HTM - Papal Consecrations to the Immaculate Heart
Pius XII and John Paul II

This file contains the texts of some of the papal Consecrations of the World and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Pius XII (1952), John Paul II (1984). WORLD RUSSIA FATIMA LUCIA SECRET

1317. Papal Documents - P12WOMAN.HTM - Papal Directives For the Woman of Today
Pope Pius XII

Allocution of Pope Pius XII to the Congress of the International Union of Catholic Women's Leagues, Rome, Italy, September 11, 1947. 'Suggestions on how to unite and direct the living zeal of all toward the saving of the education of women and of the Christian family.' PIUS XII WOMAN SPIRITUAL POLITICAL EDUCATION FAITH WAR

1318. Papal Documents - b16vatpensvc.htm - Papal Homily at a Vatican Penance Service for Youth
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday evening, 13 March 2008, in St. Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at a penitential liturgy with young people mainly from the Diocese of Rome. The celebration was also an invitation to all the faithful to prepare themselves for Easter after the Lenten penitential journey. Confession of sins with a contrite heart brings a joy which is contagious; we are inspired to become witnesses of this joy, whose source is the Holy Spirit. RECONCILIATION SIN GUILT

1319. Papal Documents - JP2WOM.HTM - Papal Letter to Women
Pope John Paul II

The Vatican text of the papal letter to women issued in preparation for the Beijing Conference. Dated June 29 and released July 10 at the Vatican. JOHN PAUL BEIJING WOMEN LETTER

1320. Papal Documents - b16chrys16.htm - Papal Message for the 16th Centenary of the Death of St. John Chrysostom, Doctor and Father of the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

As a tribune to St. John Chrysostom on the occasion of the 16th centenary of the death of the "Golden-Mouthed" Bishop, the Holy Father presented this shining figure in a Message to the world's Bishops, priests and faithful, describing him as "a vital source of wisdom for the Church". CONSTANTINOPLE EUCHARIST COMMUNION SCRIPTURE BIBLE POOR SCHISM UNITY LITURGY FATHERS

1321. Papal Documents - b16mssgwyd23.htm - Papal Message for the XXIII World Youth Day: Sydney, Australia, July 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

This is the Holy Father's Message for the 23rd World Youth Day, to be celebrated in Sydney, Australia, in July 2008. The theme will be, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8). The Holy Father gives an overview of the role of the Holy Spirit in our salvation, as revealed in the New Testament. SPIRIT OF JESUS COUNSELLOR PENTECOST CONFIRMATION EUCHARIST

1322. Papal Documents - JP2BEIJ.HTM - Papal Message on Women's Conference
Pope John Paul II

On Friday, May 26, 1995 the Holy Father met Mrs. Gertrude Mongella, Secretary General of the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, to be held next September in Beijing, China. At the end of their meeting the Pope gave Mrs. Mongella this English-language message. JOHN PAUL II BEIJING WOMEN UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE CHINA

1323. Papal Documents - b16wrldfam6.htm - Papal Message: Sixth World Meeting of Families
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday evening, 18 January 2009, the Holy Father spoke via videoconference broadcast live by satellite to the families taking part in the Sixth World Meeting of Families being held in Mexico City after its concluding Mass. The Pope referred to the honor given by Jesus to the Virgin Mary and St Joseph, to show the fundamental role the family has in our upbringing. SOCIETY VALUES FREEDOM IMAGE OF GOD

1324. Papal Documents - G10JPROT.HTM - Papal Protection of the Jews
Pope Gregory X

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1325. Papal Documents - b16france08ind.htm - Papal Visit to France, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI paid his first Pastoral Visit to France, 12-15 September 2008 (his tenth Pastoral Visit outside Italy), on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary's apparitions to St. Bernadette in Lourdes. This index page provides links to the Holy Father's addresses. SECULARISM EXTRAORDINARY FORM PARIS ISRENAEUS HUMAN RIGHTS JEWS ANTI-SEMITISM SABBATH LITURGY SCRIPTURE DIVINE OFFICE CULTURE EUROPE MASSABIELLE CROSS PRAYER IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ADORATION ROSARY

1326. Papal Documents - b16stpaul9.htm - Paradox of the Cross: Life from Death
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on 22 October 2008, the Holy Father reflected on the centrality of Jesus in the teaching of St. Paul, who portrayed Christ as the fulfilment of God's eternal plan of salvation. Jesus is the Wisdom of the sapiential books. OLD TESTAMENT RESURRECTION PRE-EXISTENCE TENT DIVINITY CHRISTOLOGY

1327. Papal Documents - JP2PASTR.HTM - Pastor Bonus
Pope John Paul II

An Apostolic Constitution, given by the Holy Father 28 June 1988, defines the competencies of the secretariate of state, various congregations, tribunals, pontifical councils and commissions, administrative services, and other institutions of the Holy See, consistent with the new Code of Canon Law promulgated in 1983. CARDINALS CURIA DICASTERIES VATICAN II DIACONIA PAPACY CONSULTORS ROMAN ROTA APOSTOLIC SIGNATURA AD LIMINA VISITS PRESS OFFICE L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY ADVOCATES VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES VATICAN APOSTOLIC LIBRARY

1328. Papal Documents - b16pastrchrch.htm - Pastor of God's Church
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on 19 April 2006, the anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's election, the Holy Father commented on his first moments as Pope and reflected on the lingering joy of the Resurrection in the Octave of Easter. PASCHAL MYSTERY

1329. Papal Documents - JP970118.HTM - Pastoral and Theological Activity of Priests Must Begin with Prayer
John Paul II

"Taken from among their brethren [priests] are first of an men of God; it is important that they do not neglect their spiritual life, for all pastoral and theological activity must in fact begin with prayer", the Holy Father said on January 18, 1997, to the second group of French Bishops to make their ad limina visit. The Pope discussed the challenges that priests face today and how they should be met, as he spoke to the prelates of France's Northern Apostolic Region.

1330. Papal Documents - JP970124.HTM - Pastoral Care of Divorced and Remarried
John Paul II

With regard to divorced and remarried Catholics, Pastors "are called to help them experience the charity of Christ and the maternal closeness of the Church, receiving them with love, exhorting them to trust in God's mercy and suggesting, with prudence and respect, concrete ways of conversion and participation in the life of the community of the Church", the Holy Father said on January 24, 1997, to those taking part in the plenary session of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as he spoke on the theme: "The Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried".

1331. Papal Documents - b16cathireland.htm - Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland
Pope Benedict XVI

On 19 March 2010, the Holy Father signed a letter to the Catholics of Ireland, in which he addressed the scandal of the sexual abuse of young people by a minority of clergy and religious. In his letter, the Pope sternly rebuked these latter, as well as those bishops who failed to apply canonical norms to the guilty. To the innocent majority of priests and religious, he spoke words of encouragement, and he expressed his sorrow to the victims, proposing a path of "healing, renewal and reparation." CHILDREN PARENTS FAMILIES EUCHARISTIC ADORATION RECONCILIATION

1332. Papal Documents - b16polindex.htm - Pastoral Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Poland
Pope Benedict XVI

This index page lists and links to the addresses and messages of Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of his pastoral visit to Poland, from the welcome ceremony at Warsaw Airport, 25 May 2006, to his departure from Kraków on 28 May. JOHN PAUL II DRUGS YOUTH AUSCHWITZ JEWS NAZIS SHOAH ASCENSION RELATIVISM PAPACY PETER SICK DIVINE MERCY SUFFERING KALWARIA HOLY SPIRIT RELIGIOUS SEMINARIANS ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS ECUMENISM ECUMENICAL ORTHODOX PROTESTANTS LUTHERANS FAMILY CHARITY PRIESTHOOD CZESTOCHOVA JASNA GORA

1333. Papal Documents - b16visitcroat.htm - Pastoral Visit to Croatia
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 8 June 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father recalled his recent Apostolic Journey to Croatia. He reminded the faithful that Europe must not be afraid of God because "he takes nothing from freedom but restores it to the continent and gives it the horizon of a trustworthy hope. FAMILY MARRIAGE DIVORCE YOUTH ALOJZIJE STEPINAC BOŠKOVIĆ HUMANISM

1334. Papal Documents - b16sangiovrot.htm - Pastoral Visit to San Giovanni Rotondo
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 21 June 2009, the Holy Father went to San Giovanni Rotondo on a Pastoral Visit. After adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, the Pope went to the first floor of the Convent to pay a brief visit to the cell in which Padre Pio of Pietrelcina died. He then went to the crypt of the Shrine to venerate the mortal remains of the Saint. The Holy Father then presided at a Eucharistic Concelebration outside the new Church of San Pio of Pietrelcina. This was his homily. SEA CHAOS FRANCIS OF ASSISI PASSION CAPUCHINS PRAYER CHARITY

1335. Papal Documents - b16bonavent.htm - Pastoral Visit to the People of Bagnoregio
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 6 September 2009, the Holy Father flew by helcopter to Bagnoregio. He was then driven to the Co-Cathedral of San Nicola, where he visited the chapel to venerate the relic of the "holy arm" of St Bonaventure before going to Piazza Sant'Agostino. There he spoke to the people of Bagnoregio on the wisdom of St. Bonaventure. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PHILOSOPHY MYSTICISM PURIFICATION HOPE

1336. Papal Documents - b16convaug.htm - Pastoral Visit to Vigevano and Pavia, Italy
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 22 April 2007, the Holy Father presided at the Eucharistic concelebration on Pavia's "Orti Borromaici Esplanade". In his homily, the Pope spoke of St. Augustine, whose remains are in Pavia, as "one of the greatest converts in the history of the Church." In fact he distinguished three conversions in the Saint's life, each bringing an increase in humility. PLATONISM PRIESTHOOD PERFECTION

1337. Papal Documents - JP2PSTGR.HTM - Pastores Gregis
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II's apostolic exhortation, Pastores Gregis (Pastors of the Flock), could be summed up in one phrase: The Church needs bishops who are saints. The Pope signed the document 16 October 2003 in Paul VI Hall, on the 25th anniversary of his pontificate. The document gathers the conclusions of the 2001 synod on the role of bishops in the Church. MILLENNIUM EVANGELIZATION TERRORISM EPISCOPAL APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION COLLEGE COLLEGIALITY ECUMENICAL COUNCILS HIERARCHY PONTIFF MISSIONARY HOLY ORDERS ORDINATION KENOSIS HOLY SPIRIT MARY BIBLE SCRIPTURE EUCHARIST MASS PRAYER LITURGY OF HOURS EVANGELICAL COUNSELS BEATITUDES OBEDIENCE POVERTY CHASTITY CELIBACY HIGH PRIESTHOOD FORMATION SAINTS GOSPEL WORD SENSUS FIDEI CATECHESIS INCULTURATION CATHEDRAL LORD'S DAY LITURGICAL YEAR INITIATION RCIA PENANCE RECONCILIATION CONVERSION GENERAL ABSOLUTION EXORCISM POPULAR PIETY HOLINESS GOVERNANCE DISCIPLINE CHARISMS PRESBYTERATE SEMINARY DEACONS CONSECRATED LIFE LAITY LAY FAMILY YOUTH VOCATIONS COMMUNION SUBSIDIARITY COMPLEMENTARITY MAGISTERIUM AD LIMINA PERICHORESIS EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES PATRIARCHAL PATRIARCHATE METROPOLITAN SEE ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCES ECUMENISM ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE INTERRELIGIOUS ENVIRONMENT HEALTH MIGRANTS

1338. Papal Documents - f1pastors.htm - Pastors of the People and Not State Clerks
Pope Francis

The Holy Father suggested that the following text be read by the priests and deacons of his diocese in preparation for their meeting on 16 September at the Cathedral of St John Lateran. The following is a translation of the Italian text, in which the Pope summarized important points in the Aparecida Document, final report of the Fifth General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean. GOOD SHEPHERD INDIVIDUALISM HOLY SPIRIT RECONCILIATION CONFESSION ECCLESIAL COMMUNION PRIESTHOOD CELIBACY MISSIONARY EVANGELIZATION POOR DISCIPLES

1339. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch22.htm - Paul the Apostle
Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, 25 October [2006], the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Apostolic Ministry, reflecting on St Paul, the man and the Apostle. In light of his own conversion, the Apostle taught that "what counts is to place Jesus Christ at the centre of our lives, so that our identity is marked essentially by the encounter, by communion with Christ and with his Word." APOSTLES

1340. Papal Documents - JP960806.HTM - Paul VI Generously Gave Himself to Christ
John Paul II

Holy Father celebrates Mass in Castel Gandolfo on the 18th anniversary of Pope Paul's death August 6, 1996.

1341. Papal Documents - b16stpaul1.htm - Paul, the Apostle: Teacher for Today
Pope Benedict XVI

On 2 July 2008, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, three days after the beginning of the Pauline Year (29 June 2008 — 29 June 2009), the Holy Father announced to the faithful that he was beginning a new series of Catecheses on "the great Apostle St Paul". In this first of the series, the Apostle's cultural context is described. ROMAN EMPIRE JEWS HELLENISM STOICISM

1342. Papal Documents - b16stpaul2.htm - Paul: Non-Stop Venture for the Sake of the Gospel
Pope Benedict XVI

On 27 August 2008, the Holy Father arrived at the Vatican by helicopter from Castel Gandolfo for the General Audience in the Paul VI Auditorium. The Pope's Catechesis provided dates, places, and other details in the life of St. Paul. MOSAIC LAW COUNCIL OF JERUSALEM GREEK CULTURE JUDAISM

1343. Papal Documents - JP970303.HTM - Peaceful Solution Must Be Found to Tragedy in Great Lakes Region
John Paul II

I urgently renew my call for the fighting to cease. I keenly hope that the parties affected by the crisis in the Great Lakes region will lose no time in initiating dialogue and negotiation to find a peaceful solution to the tragic problems that exist, while respecting the principles of the inviolability of internationally recognized boundaries and of each State's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Holy Father said to the second group of Bishops from Zaire, who completed their ad limina visit on Monday, March3, 1997.

1344. Papal Documents - P6PENCON.HTM - Penance Implies True Conversion of Heart
Pope Paul VI

The value of penance understood as inner conversion and reconciliation with God was recalled by the Pope in a Lenten address delivered on 19 February 1969 at the General Audience in the Vatican Basilica. ASH WEDNESDAY METANOIA CONTRITION CONFESSION

1345. Papal Documents - JP960310.HTM - Penitential Fasting Is Therapy for the Soul
Pope John Paul II

Sunday Angelus - March 10, 1996

1346. Papal Documents - f1pent2013.htm - Pentecost 2013
Pope Francis

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Sunday 19 May 2013. In his homily, the Holy Father reflected on three words linked to the working of the Holy Spirit: newness, harmony and mission. CHARISMS CHURCH COMFORTER

1347. Papal Documents - JJP2PENT.HTM - Pentecost Homily
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday evening, 10 June 2000, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square for the Vigil of Pentecost and the Jubilee Day of "reflection and prayer on the duties of Catholics towards others: proclamation of Christ, witness and dialogue". In his homily the Pope said that the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles "the necessary light and strength to teach the nations and to proclaim Christ's Gospel to them all." EVANGELIZ ECUMEN

1348. Papal Documents - b16penthom06.htm - Pentecost: Feast of the New Covenant
Pope Benedict XVI

On the morning of Pentecost Sunday, 4 June 2006, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Square. During his homily, the Pope explained the mystery of Pentecost and how it is the Holy Spirit who "illuminates the human spirit and, by revealing Christ Crucified and Risen, indicates the way to become more like him,... to be 'the image and instrument of the love which flows from Christ'". MISSION SINAI

1349. Papal Documents - f1genaud1.htm - People Are Jesus' House
Pope Francis

Each one bears within himself a ray of Christ's love to give to all those we meet on their way. Pope Francis urged the faithful to live Holy Week like this. He was speaking to the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square on Wednesday morning, 27 March 2013, for the General Audience — the first of his Pontificate. LAST SUPPER CROSS

1350. Papal Documents - f1persecfaith.htm - Persecuting Faith is Unacceptable
Pope Francis

Pope Francis denounced persecution for reasons of religious affiliation in his meeting with participatnts in a conference, on 20 June 2014, on the theme of "International Religious Freedom and the Global Clash of Values", hosted by Saint John's University of New York and the Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta (LUMSA) of Rome. PERSECUTION RELIGIOUS FREEDOM HUMAN DIGNITY COMMON GOOD

1351. Papal Documents - JP950517.HTM - Perseverance in Mission
Pope John Paul II

General Audience of May 17, 1995. The Pope continues his reflection on the missions. JOHN PAUL II MISSIONS MISSIONARIES EVANGELIZATION

1352. Papal Documents - JP96BART.HTM - Persevere in Quest for Unity
John Paul II

Letter to His Holiness Bartholomew I Archbishop of Constantinople Ecumenical Patriarch dated on November 26, 1996.

1353. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch102.htm - Peter Lombard
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 30 December 2009, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on Peter Lombard. This outstanding theologian of the 12th century died as Bishop of Paris. He is best known for his work, the "Book of Sentences," which was the standard theological text for over three centuries. PATROLOGY ALBERT THE GREAT THOMAS AQUINAS SACRAMENTS

1354. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch92.htm - Peter the Venerable
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 14 October 2009, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on Peter the Venerable, Abbot of Cluny, an outstanding churchman of the early 12th century. He was known for his love of the Eucharist and his devotion to the Mother of God. ASCETICISM MONASTICISM MONKS BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX QUR'AN DIVINE OFFICE

1355. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr33.htm - Peter Trusts in God
Pope Benedict XVI

During the General Audience in St Peter's Square on 9 May 2012, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about the last episode in St Peter's life recorded in Scripture, his imprisonment, in which he "completely abandons himself into the hands of the Lord". ANGEL ISRAEL PASSOVER PRAYER

1356. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch9.htm - Peter, the Apostle
Pope Benedict XVI

On 24 May 2006, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his Catechesis on the figure of St. Peter, this time as "Apostle". Peter's road to faith in Jesus contained many bumps and detours, but through it all he became the trusted witness and "rock" of the Church. LOVE HUMILITY

1357. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch8.htm - Peter, the Fisherman
Pope Benedict XVI

On 17 May 2006, in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his Catechesis on the Church, reflecting in particular on the spiritual journey of Peter, the fisherman. The Pope focused on St. Peter, the first of the Twelve Apostles to whom the Lord entrusted this new reality, the Church. CONVERSION

1358. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch10.htm - Peter, the Rock
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, 7 June 2006, the Holy Father reflected on Peter, the "rock" on which Christ founded the Church and leader of the Apostles. "Thus, Peter is responsible for guaranteeing communion with Christ, with the love of Christ, guiding people to fulfil this love in everyday life." PRIMACY CEPHAS PETRUS

1359. Papal Documents - J961130B.HTM - Petrine Ministry Serves Unity of Faith
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's Message of November 30, 1996 to the symposium sponsored by The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the theme: The Primacy of the Successor of Peter.

1360. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch18.htm - Philip the Apostle
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, 6 September 2006, the Holy Father continued his Catechesis on the Church's apostolic ministry. Today the Pope reflected on the Apostle Philip, a clear-headed, practical man, who acted as intermediary between Greek and Hebrew cultures. APOSTLES INCARNATION

1361. Papal Documents - b16HolyLandind.htm - Pilgrimage of His Holiness to the Holy Land, 8-15 May 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

The week of 8 May 2009 through the 15th, the Holy Father followed in the footsteps of Paul VI and John Paul II in making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Before the May 3rd midday Regina Caeli, the Pope listed his goals: To strengthen the Christians of the Holy Land, to be a pilgrim of peace, and to enhance ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. JEWS MUSLIMS MOUNT NEBO UPPER ROOM BETHLEHEM NAZARETH

1362. Papal Documents - JP2XADDR.HTM - Pilgrimage to Greece: Address to Holy Synod
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father speaks of the need for purification of memories, so that misunderstandings may no longer impede closer relations between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches. And so he expresses regret and asks the Lord's forgiveness for the sins of commission and omission committed by Catholics against the Orthodox, especially in the 13th century sack of Constantinople. CRUSADE ECUMEN EUROPE

1363. Papal Documents - JJP2SINI.HTM - Pilgrimage to Mount Sinai: Arrival in Cairo
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father's Jubilee pilgrimage to Mount Sinai began on 24 February, with arrival ceremonies at Cairo's international airport. After being greeted by President Hosni Mubarak, the Holy Father gave an address in English. EGYPT ISLAM COPT CATHERINE INTERRELIGIOUS

1364. Papal Documents - JJP2SNEC.HTM - Pilgrimage to Mount Sinai: Ecumenical Meeting
Pope John Paul II

On 25 February, after Mass at the Sports Stadium in Cairo, and lunch with Patriarchs and Bishops at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Holy Father went to Our Lady of Egypt Catholic Cathedral for an Ecumenical Meeting with the leaders of the non-Catholic Churches and Ecclesial Communities of Egypt. The celebration was a Liturgy of the Word, in which the Pope gave an address in English. EGYPT BAPTISM MONASTIC PRIMACY COMMUNION

1365. Papal Documents - JJP2EGMS.HTM - Pilgrimage To Mount Sinai: Holy Mass with the Catholics of Egypt
Pope John Paul II

On Friday morning, 25 February, the Holy Father went to Cairo's Sports Stadium to celebrate Mass with the people of Egypt. The Roman-rite liturgy was offered in French, with Scripture readings and hymns in Arabic and other languages. Concelebrating with the Pope were the Patriarchs present and the 15 Catholic Bishops of Egypt. After the Gospel was chanted in Arabic, the Holy Father preached the homily in French. UNITY JUBILEE PILGRIMAGE

1366. Papal Documents - JP2PILGR.HTM - Pilgrimage to Places Linked to the History of Salvation
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father surveys the holy places of both Old and New Testaments, in anticipation of his own planned pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Great Jubilee. SACRED SPACE

1367. Papal Documents - b16plenassemcdw.htm - Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Pope Benedict XVI

On 13 March 2009, in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The Pope emphasized Eucharistic Adoration to "promote faith in the Real Presence of the Lord in the Holy Eucharist." LITURGICAL RENEWAL MASS TRANSUBSTANTIATION

1368. Papal Documents - JP2PCHPC.HTM - Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care: 19th International Conference
Pope John Paul II

On 12 November [2004], in the Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the 19th International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care. The Pope focused on the problem of suffering and the importance of alleviating pain, but made it quite clear that "all forms of euthanasia" must be avoided. DIGNITY MEDICINE SUFFERING AGGRESSIVE TREATMENT PALLIATIVE CARE CHAPLAINCIES

1369. Papal Documents - P6CHANGE.HTM - Pope Announces Changes at Close of Consistory
Pope Paul VI

Toward the close of the Secret Consistory on 28 April 1969, Pope Paul VI gave this address in which he announced, among other things, the reform of the Congregation of Rites, the publication of the new "Ordo" of the Mass, and the formation of a Theological Commission. NOVUS ORDO CALENDAR DIVINE WORSHIP CDW SAINTS CCS THEOLOGICAL COMMISSION

1370. Papal Documents - JP2100TR.HTM - Pope Gratefully Reflects on 100 Trips Abroad
Pope John Paul II

On 12 June 2003, the Holy Father gave a special Audience to celebrate the 100 Apostolic Journeys he has made abroad. The Pope said that he had been stirred since the beginning of his Pontificate to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation," adding that he felt it his duty to meet the faithful, and like Peter "to build up and to consolidate the Church's vitality in fidelity to the Word and in service to the truth." EVANGELIZATION PAPACY ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

1371. Papal Documents - JP2JP1.HTM - Pope John Paul I, Master of Clear Faith
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 27 August 2003, the Holy Father reflected on the spiritual legacy of Pope John Paul I, his humility and optimism, and the message of hope he left for the Church. PROGRESS

1372. Papal Documents - JP2ATHIN.HTM - Pope John Paul II in Greece, Syria, and Malta (4-9 May 2001)
EWTN

A series of homilies and addresses delivered by Pope John Paul II on his pilgrimage to Athens, Damascus, and Malta "in the footsteps of St. Paul".

1373. Papal Documents - JP2DIPCP.HTM - Pope John Paul II's Address To The Diplomatic Corps
Pope John Paul II

The Pope's annual address was given on January 9, 1995. He discussed trouble spots around the world, some of the mechanisms of international relations, the role of the UN and the Vatican's role in the 1994 Cairo conference. JOHN PAUL II DIPLOMAT UNITED NATIONS CAIRO EMBARGO

1374. Papal Documents - JP2UKIND.HTM - Pope John Paul II's Trip to Ukraine
EWTN

The series of homilies and addresses given by the Holy Father to the bishops, priests, and people of Ukraine during his pastoral visit, 23-27 June 2001.

1375. Papal Documents - JP831211.HTM - Pope John Paul Invites All to Work for Unity without Becoming Discouraged by Difficulties
John Paul II

Ecumenical meeting between Pope John Paul II and Rome's Lutheran Community on the afternoon of December 11, 1983.

1376. Papal Documents - P6SIGNS.HTM - Pope Paul VI
Signs of the Times

The address of Paul VI at the general audience on Wednesday, 16 April 1969, dealt with the meaning of "signs of the times" and with the method to detect their presence and scope with certainty. ECONOMY KINGDOM HISTORY SENSUS FIDEI

1377. Papal Documents - JP2REAG1.HTM - Pope Receives President of U.S.A., 1982
Pope John Paul II

On 7 June 1982, Pope John Paul II received a visit from the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who was accompanied by his wife Nancy and an official party including the Secretary of State and the President's Chief of Staff. In the Holy Father's address, he spoke of his earnest desire for world peace, and called for a "universal concept of the common good of the human family." See President's address. U.S.A. AMERICA FAMILY EUROPE

1378. Papal Documents - JP2REAG2.HTM - Pope Receives President of U.S.A., 1987
Pope John Paul II

On 6 June 1987, the Holy Father received in audience Mr. Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America. In his address to the President, the Holy Father spoke of all mankind as a single human family, calling on all nations to collaborate for the common good of all. See President's address. AMERICA SOLIDARITY PROSPERITY

1379. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch134.htm - Pope St Leo the Great on Christmas
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father asked the faithful to "recover the meaning of this Christmas Season, divesting it of excessive moralistic sentimentality" at the first General Audience of the New Year on 5 January 2011, in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The Pope reflected on the meaning of Christmas in light of the teaching of St Leo the Great. INCARNATION EPIPHANY LITURGY FLESH PASCHAL MYSTERY EASTER SACRIFICE

1380. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch72.htm - Pope St. Gregory the Great
Pope Benedict XVI

On 4 June 2008, the Holy Father continued his catechesis for the faithful and visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square on St. Gregory the Great. The Pope reflected on some of Gregory's writings, in particular, his exegetical works on Job, Ezekiel, and the Gospel, and a hagiographical work, The Dialogues. REGULA PASTORALIS PASTORAL RULE HUMILITY BISHOPS PREACHER SERVUS SERVORUM DEI

1381. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch71.htm - Pope St. Gregory the Great
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 May 2008, the Holy Father met with the faithful in St. Peter's Square for the General Audience. He continued his catechesis on significant figures in the Church, speaking on Pope St. Gregory the Great. In the complex circumstances of his pontificate, he strove to "to promote understanding on the diplomatic-political level and to spread the proclamation of the true faith among the peoples." PAPACY FATHERS LOMBARDS BYZANTINES

1382. Papal Documents - JP2XMSCU.HTM - Pope's Christmas Address to Roman Curia
Pope John Paul II

In his Christmas Address to members of the Roman Curia, 22 December 1987, the Holy Father reflected on the first Day of Prayer at Assisi, which took place in 1987. All men, of whatever religion, have one origin and one goal, which is God, and one Savior, which is Christ. ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS PEACE UNITY PEOPLE OF GOD

1383. Papal Documents - JP2POPUL.HTM - Population Conference Draft Document Criticized
Pope John Paul II

Talk given by Pope John Paul II during a March 18 meeting at the Vatican with Nafis Sadik, executive director of the U.N. Fund for Population Activities. The Pope criticizes a final draft document prepared for the September U.N. International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt. JOHN PAUL II POPULATION FAMILY UNITED NATIONS WOMEN

1384. Papal Documents - b16portafid.htm - Porta Fidei
Pope Benedict XVI

Made public on 17 October 2011 was the Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, given Motu Proprio by Benedict XVI, proclaiming a "Year of Faith", to begin on 11 October 2012, fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II, and due to end on 24 November 2013, Feast of Christ the King. CATECHISM RENEWAL LOVE PROCLAMATION NEW EVANGELIZATION PROFESSION MISSION WITNESS CHARITY

1385. Papal Documents - JP2TB57.HTM - Positive Function of Purity of Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience 1 April 1981, the Holy Father gathered the main threads of his teaching on Theology of the Body, as based on the words of Christ on man's creation as male and female, and his warning against adultery in the heart. Lust can be displaced only by purity of heart, which, in the teaching of St. Paul, is a gift of the Holy Spirit. ORIGINAL INNOCENCE SIN COVENANT LUST TEMPERANCE PIETY

1386. Papal Documents - b16verbumdom.htm - Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation: Verbum Domini
Pope Benedict XVI

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, on the Word of God in the life and mission of the Church, was presented on 11 November 2010 in the Holy See Press Office. Verbum Domini, dated 30 September, Memorial of St. Jerome, is the Holy Father's summary of, and response to the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held in Rome from 5 to 26 October 2008. BIBLE SCRIPTURE GOD THE FATHER REVELATION INSPIRATION EUCHARIST HERMENEUTICS LITURGY LECTIO DIVINA MISSION CULTURE INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE TRANSLATION

1387. Papal Documents - JP2TB45.HTM - Power of Redeeming Completes Power of Creating
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 29 October 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on "adultery in the heart" by examining the three forms of lust ("of the flesh," "of the eyes," and the "pride of life") spoken of by St. John (1 Jn 2:15-16), in relation to the skewed pictures of man presented by Freud, Marx and Nietzsche. The truth of his humanity, the ability to love, is deeper than the three lusts. SEX MASCULINE FEMININE MANICHAEISM PSYCHOLOGY PSYCHOANALYSIS THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

1388. Papal Documents - b16prayunity.htm - Pray Without Ceasing
Pope Benedict XVI

On 23 January 2008, at the General Audience held in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January), the Holy Father stressed the importance of prayer for unity, since human effort alone will not be enough. ECUMENISM RECONCILIATION CONVERSION

1389. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr2.htm - Prayer and the Religious Sense
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 11 May 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his new catechetical series on the subject of prayer. In this catechesis, the Pope said that, despite the growth of secularism, there is evidence that man is religious by nature, and that he "bears within him the desire for God." ENLIGHTENMENT HOMO RELIGIOSUS IMAGE OF GOD AQUINAS HOMO ORANS WITTGENSTEIN KNEELING

1390. Papal Documents - JP2DZIDZ.HTM - Prayer at Dzidzernagapert Memorial
Pope John Paul II

On 26 September 2001, the Holy Father visited the Dzidzernagapert memorial in Yerevan, in honor of the 1.5 million Armenians who were killed in the early 20th century, and offered a moving prayer for the Armenian people. MARTYR GENOCIDE

1391. Papal Documents - JP2QUNAY.HTM - Prayer at Qunaytra on the Golan Heights
Pope John Paul II

On Monday morning, 7 May 2001, after visiting the places of the Apostle Paul, the Holy Father traveled to Qunaytra, on the Golan Heights, where he offered this prayer in a Greek Orthodox church. PEACE SYRIA ISRAEL

1392. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr38.htm - Prayer Brings into Being Men and Women Who Can Love
Pope Benedict XVI

In his General Audience of 20 June 2012, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on prayer, speaking about the hymn that introduces St Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, "which is a hymn of blessing, an expression of gratitude, of joy." THANKSGIVING MYSTERION MYSTERY HOLINESS COMMUNION SALVATION REDEMPTION TRINITY HOLY SPIRIT

1393. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr37.htm - Prayer Has the Power to Overcome Weakness
Pope Benedict XVI

Prayer has the power to help us get the better of every human weakness, to avoid the snares of the Evil One and overcome every other adversity. This was the subject of the Reflection, which the Holy Father, continuing in his series on prayer, offered the faithful at the General Audience on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall. CONTEMPLATION ECSTASY THORN ST PAUL SUFFERING REVELATIONS MYSTICISM MOTHER TERESA

1394. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr7.htm - Prayer in the Book of Psalms
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 22 June 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his catechetical series on the subject of prayer. The Pope began a new stage in his catechesis, entering "the book of prayer" par excellence, the Book of Psalms, with the intent to comment on particular psalms in the coming weeks. SUPPLICATION LAMENTATION PRAISE ALLELUIA TEHILLIM DAVID

1395. Papal Documents - b1ychrstpryr7.htm - Prayer in the Book of Psalms
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 22 June 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his catechetical series on the subject of prayer. The Pope began a new stage in his catechesis, entering "the book of prayer" par excellence, the Book of Psalms, with the intent to comment on particular psalms in the comming weeks. SUPPLICATION LAMENTATION PRAISE ALLELUIA TEHILLIM DAVID

1396. Papal Documents - b1ychrstpryr7.htm - Prayer in the Book of Psalms
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 22 June 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his catechetical series on the subject of prayer. The Pope began a new stage in his catechesis, entering "the book of prayer" par excellence, the Book of Psalms, with the intent to comment on particular psalms in the comming weeks. SUPPLICATION LAMENTATION PRAISE ALLELUIA TEHILLIM DAVID

1397. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr42.htm - Prayer in the Book of Revelation
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 September 2012, after arriving at the Vatican from Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI resumed his teaching on prayer with the faithful gathered in the Paul VI Hall. From the Book of Revelation, we learn that "in prayer that we become ever more aware of Jesus’ presence with us and in us." JOHN COMMUNITY APOCALYPSE CHURCH

1398. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr43.htm - Prayer in the Second Part of Revelation
Pope Benedict XVI

In a continuation of his catechesis on Prayer in the Book of Revelation, at his General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall on 12 September 2012, the Holy Father said that Revelation teaches us that, "by raising our gaze to God’s Heaven," in faithful fellowship with Christ, we learn to see the events of our lives in a new light. SYMBOLS THRONE SCROLL LAMB EVIL ONE CHURCH ANGEL

1399. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr34.htm - Prayer Sets Men Free
Pope Benedict XVI

Prayer helps us overcome every form of slavery, it liberates us from contradictions, and allows us to live in authentic freedom as the children of God. The Holy Father offered this reflection at the General Audience on Wednesday, 16 May 2012, to the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square. HOLY SPIRIT TRUST FEAR SUFFERING INTERCESSION

1400. Papal Documents - JP2STAUG.HTM - Prayer to Saint Augustine
Pope John Paul II

For the occasion of receiving the relics of St. Augustine, Father and Doctor of the Church, in Rome, in celebration of the 1650th anniversary of his birth, the Holy Father composed a prayer to the great Saint. PROVIDENCE ONE TRUTH CATHOLIC CHURCH

1401. Papal Documents - b16pentvig06.htm - Prayer Vigil and Meeting, Pentecost, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

At 6 p.m. on Saturday; 3 June, the Vigil of the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Holy Father presided at First Vespers in St. Peter's Square with more than 350,000 of the faithful, representing more than 100 Ecclesial Movements and New Communities. On the feast of the Church's origins, which is also the feast of creation, the Pope dwelt on the Holy Spirit. The Pope reminded the faithful that the Spirit "comes to meet us through creation and its beauty". FREEDOM UNITY

1402. Papal Documents - b16dialprs.htm - Prayer Vigil at Conclusion of the Year for Priests: Dialogue with Priests
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday evening, 10 June 2010, the Holy Father presided at a Prayer Vigil in St Peter's Square on the occasion of the International Meeting for Priests held for the conclusion of the Year for Priests. After saying the Lord's Prayer, the Blessed Sacrament was borne in procession from the Bronze Door to the altar positioned in front of the Vatican Basilica. Following a moment of silent adoration, the Pope read the prayer of the Year for Priests and gave the Eucharistic Benediction. The Pope's dialogue with the priests was transcribed into Italian. This is an English translation. PARISH PRIEST EUCHARIST PRAYER OF THE HOURSE CARITAS PROCLAMATION HOMILY THEOLOGY MAGISTERIUM IN PERSONA CHRISTI CELIBACY AGNOSTICISM MARRIAGE CLERICALISM VOCATIONS

1403. Papal Documents - JP970216.HTM - Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving Mark Church's Lenten Journey of Penitence
John Paul II

"The Church has set out towards Easter. It is a journey of penitence, or of deep review of our life", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on the First Sunday of Lent, February 16, 1997. The Pope recommended that during the Lenten season we "look to Mary in order to draw from her motherly gaze the courage of conversion. She knows our weakness, but she also knows the infinite resources of her divine Son's mercy".

1404. Papal Documents - JP841003.HTM - Prayer, Penance & the Eucharist Are the Principal Sources of Spirituality for Married Couples
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1984. Ninth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae', this an outline for the spiritual life of married couples. JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE

1405. Papal Documents - JP2TB121.HTM - Prayer, Penance and the Eucharist: Principal Sources of Spirituality for Married Couples
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 3 October 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of Humanae Vitae, showing the relationship between the "honest practice of fertility regulation" and the "Christian spirituality of the conjugal vocation and life." SACRAMENT MARRIAGE PEDAGOGY OF THE BODY

1406. Papal Documents - b16usprevisit.htm - Pre-Visit Papal Interview During the Flight to the United States
Pope Benedict XVI

On Tuesday, 15 April 2008, during the flight to the United States, the Holy Father spent 20 minutes immediately after take-off answering the questions of five of the approximately 70 journalists on board. The questions were introduced by Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., Director of the Holy See Press Office and of Vatican Radio. APOSTOLIC JOURNEY UNITED STATES SEX ABUSE IMMIGRATION FAMILY VALUES

1407. Papal Documents - b16presbord.htm - Presbyteral Ordination Mass, St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 27 April 2008, in St Peter's Basilica, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass during which he ordained 29 deacons of the Diocese of Rome to the priesthood. The Pope, commenting on the reading from Acts 8, told the ordinands that their mission, like Philip's to Samaria, was to "bring the Gospel to everyone so that everyone may experience the joy of Christ and that there be joy in every city." PRIESTHOOD DEACONS CONFIRMATION ORDINATION PARACLETE

1408. Papal Documents - b16prescomp - Presentation of the Compendium of the Catechism
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 June 2005, in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican, the Holy Father presented the Italian edition of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Pope said that the "Compendium is a renewed proclamation of the Gospel in our time" and "presents the faith in Christ Jesus". CATECHESIS PROCLAMATION DOCTRINE DOGMA

1409. Papal Documents - b16germ11flght.htm - Press Conference on the Flight to Berlin
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday morning, 22 September 2011, the Holy Father flew from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Berlin on his third Apostolic Visit to his homeland. Soon after take-off he granted an interview to the journalists on the papal flight, whose pre-selected questions were put to the Pope by Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, Director of the Holy See Press Office. GERMANY SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL SECULARISM CRITICISM OPPOSITION LUTHER EVANGELICALS PROTESTANTS

1410. Papal Documents - JP2HT.HTM - Priesthood & Pastoral Care of the Family
Pope John Paul II

Holy Thursday letter to priests for 1994, given at the Vatican on March 13, released on March 22, 1994. HOLY THURSDAY PRIESTS FAMILY EUCHARIST JOHN PAUL II

1411. Papal Documents - JP2CLERG.HTM - Priests are conformed to Christ the Head
Pope John Paul II

On 15 October 1998 the Holy Father addressed the plenary meeting of the Congregation for the Clergy on the sacramentality of the priest. CURIA

1412. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch29.htm - Priscilla and Aquila
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 7 February 2007, the Holy Father continued his series of Catecheses on the Apostles of the Church. He focused on the married couple Priscilla and Aquila, who played an active part in the early Church and particularly in the ministry of St. Paul. APOLLOS ECCLESIA FAMILY

1413. Papal Documents - JP970106.HTM - Proclaim Christ Light of All Peoples!
John Paul II

On 6 January, the Solemnity of Epiphany, the Holy Father ordained 12 Bishops in St Peter's Basilica, from 7 countries on 3 continents. "I like to think of you beside the Magi as you adore the King of peace, the Saviour of the world, and see the hand of the Child Jesus guided by that of his holy Mother in the act of blessing each one of you", the Pope said in his Italian language homily.

1414. Papal Documents - f1itepcon13.htm - Profession of Faith: To the Italian Episcopal Conference
Pope Francis

Pastors are responsible for walking "before the flock, relieved of the burdens that obstruct healthy apostolic promptness", but also "for sustaining the steps of those who fear they may not make it". Pope Francis said this to the Bishops of the Italian Episcopal Conference during the solemn profession of faith celebrated in the Vatican Basilica on Thursday afternoon, 23 May 2013. CAREERISM ST PETER

1415. Papal Documents - JP961130.HTM - Program for Year 2000 Must Help Us Discover Glory of God Revealed in Christ
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II Homily, Vespers, First Sunday of Advent November 30, 1996.

1416. Papal Documents - JP2CONSI.HTM - Programme at the Closing of the Extraordinary Consistory
Pope John Paul II

On Ascension Thursday, 24 May 2001, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with the Cardinals of the Extraordinary Consistory and gave a homily in which he repeated the programme of evangelization he continues to place before the Church in the opening years of the new millennium. He stressed the point that the contemplation of the Lord Jesus in his glorified humanity does not detach us from our earthly vocation, but confirms the reasons for living our witness and cooperating in re-shaping the world according to the mind of Christ. EVANGEL COLLEGIALITY GLOBALIZATION FAMILY

1417. Papal Documents - JP1PROGR.HTM - Programme of Pope John Paul I
John Paul I

The Pope promised to continue the programme of his predecessor, Paul VI, steering a middle course between those who would overreach Vatican II and those who might be too hesitant in putting its "wise norms" into effect. ECUMENIC DISCIPLINE CANON EVANGELIZ FAMILY

1418. Papal Documents - JP1LOVE.HTM - Progress in Love
Pope John Paul I

During the General Audience, on 27 September 1978, Pope John Paul I delivered an address on loving God, and our neighbor for His sake. WIFE POOR

1419. Papal Documents - JJP2ABRM.HTM - Promises to Abraham Were Fulfilled in Christ
Pope John Paul II

On 23 February 2000, the Holy Father went to the Paul VI Hall for a Commemoration of Abraham, "Our Father in Faith", which took the form of a Liturgy of the Word. The Scripture readings recounted Abraham's genealogy, his call, God's covenant with him and his willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac. During the service the Holy Father preached a homily on Abraham. COVENANT PILGRIMAGE

1420. Papal Documents - JP2LEGES.HTM - Promulgation of the New Code of Canon Law
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution "Sacrae Disciplinae Leges" of January 25, 1983. JOHN PAUL CANON LAW CODE

1421. Papal Documents - JP2TB58.HTM - Pronouncements of Magisterium Apply Christ's Words Today
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 8 April 1981, the Holy Father concluded his reflections on the words of Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, on adultery in the heart. These words are key to the Theology of the Body, which underlies the thinking of many recent magisterial pronouncements. PEDAGOGY MASCULINITY FEMININITY PERSON MARRIAGE FAMILY

1422. Papal Documents - b16protenvir.htm - Protection of the Environment: A Step Towards Integral Human Development
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 26 August 2009, at Castel Gandolfo the Holy Father spoke to the faithful gathered in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence on the relationship between the Creator and ourselves as guardians of his creation. SOLIDARITY ECOLOGY RESOURCES FRANCIS OF ASSISI

1423. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch69.htm - Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite
Pope Benedict XVI

On 14 May 2008, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on an anonymous sixth-century author whose writings have been attributed to a first-century disciple of St. Paul, Dionysius the Areopagite. Author of the first great mystical theology, he taught that our concepts of God always fall short of Him, but that love of God in Christ is an eye that sees more clearly. LITURGY FRANCIS OF ASSISI BONAVENTURE NEGATIVE THEOLOGY GREEK PHILOSOPHY PLATO PROCLUS POLYTHEISM MONOTHEISM

1424. Papal Documents - JP2TB49.HTM - Purity of Heart
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 December 1980, the Holy Father completed his study of adultery in the heart with a consideration of purity of heart, and how the Lord distinguished this from mere ritual purity. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY HYGIENE SPIRIT

1425. Papal Documents - JP2PENAN.HTM - Purpose and Benefits of Sacramental Penance
Pope John Paul II

The essential purpose of the Sacrament of Penance, the role of indulgences and the proper formation of future confessors were among the topics addressed by the Holy Father in a Message dated 20 March 1998 to Cardinal William W. Baum, Major Penitentiary. PENANCE RECONCILIATION CONFESSION

1426. Papal Documents - JP2MEDIA.HTM - Pursue Your Study of Media Ethics
Pope John Paul II

On Thursday, 4 March, the Holy Father received the members, consultors and staff of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which was holding its plenary assembly in the Vatican. The Pope expressed his appreciation for all the Pontifical Council is doing to make the media aware of the character of the Jubilee as a 'year of favor of the Lord', and 'to ensure that the celebrations connected with the Jubilee will be broadcast as widely and effectively as possible.' He also encouraged the Council in its efforts to give ethical guidance to those involved in social communications. CATHOLIC MEDIA EVANGELISM

1427. Papal Documents - b16qabolz.htm - Q & A with Bolzano-Bressanone Clergy
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday morning, 6 August 2008, in the Cathedral at Bressanone, the Holy Father met with priests, deacons and seminarians of the Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone and answered six topical questions posed to him by the clergy. The questions covered such topics as living in the Spirit, the meaning of suffering, and care for the environment. BEAUTY AESTHETICS REASON LOGOS MUSIC CREATION PRIESTHOOD LONELINESS CHARISMS CATECHESIS

1428. Papal Documents - b16qaromsem.htm - Q&A With Roman Seminarians
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 February 2007, the Holy Father visited the Pontifical Roman Major Seminary at the Lateran on the occasion of the Feast of their Patroness, Our Lady of Trust. This is a translation from Italian of the Pope's answers to questions he was asked by six seminarians, each representing a different year. The topics addressed include how God speaks to us, formation to the priesthood, how to respond more fully to God's call, and careerism in the Church. SCRIPTURE BIBLE AUGUSTINE VOCATION RECONCILIATION SUFFERING PRIESTHOOD MEDITATION

1429. Papal Documents - P12OLIGO.HTM - Question of Oligoelements in Plant and Animal Life
Pope Pius XII

Pope Pius XII, in an address from 24 April 1955 to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, summarizes some recent advances in the various branches of science. The order of creation is consistent with reason, so that science can read in nature, as it were, the intentions of the Creator, but not without the aid of philosophy, especially the perennial philosophy (as found in St. Thomas). PHYSICS ASTRONOMY MATTER MECHANICS

1430. Papal Documents - QQUOR-E.HTM - Quia quorundam
John XXII

November 10, 1324 A. D. -- The Bull of Pope John XXII against a heretical misinterpretation of Papal Authority in regards to declarations of his predecessors on the Rule of St. Francis.

1431. Papal Documents - QINN-E.HTM - Quum inter nonnullos
John XXII

November 12, 1323 A.D. The Bull of Pope John XXII against the heresy of absolute poverty.

1432. Papal Documents - JP2RAD.HTM - Radical Change of Mentality is Urgent
Pope John Paul II

In a letter addressed to the 33rd General Assembly of the Conference of Catholic International Organizations, held in Lebanon with the theme, "The eradication of poverty," the Holy Father urged them "energetically to promote a culture of solidarity and cooperation among peoples, in which everyone accepts his responsibilities to eradicate extreme poverty, a source of violence, bitterness and scandal". GLOBALIZATION SOLIDARITY

1433. Papal Documents - johnxxiiiradio.htm - Radio Address concerning the Second Vatican Council
Pope John XXIII

On 11 September 1962 speaking on radio the Pope asked for prayer for the Second Vatican Council, sharing the following reflection on it. ECUMENICAL COUNCIL VATICAN II CATHOLIC CHURCH KINGDOM LIBERTY REGNUM DEI DOCTRINAL PASTORAL

1434. Papal Documents - JP2RAPDV.HTM - Rapid Development
Pope John Paul II

John Paul II in a new apostolic letter calls the entire Church to a pastoral and cultural "revision" of its presence in and attitude toward the media. In the letter, made public 21 February 2005, the Pope says that ecclesial dynamism in the "global village" depends on this revision. The media, he observed, can be used "to proclaim the Gospel or to reduce it to silence within men's hearts." INTER MIRIFICA EVANGELIZATION CULTURE PERSON FAMILY

1435. Papal Documents - JP960423.HTM - Reaffirm the Culture of Life!
John Paul II

The Holy Father's message to those attending an international congress held in Rome on 22-24 April sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Bioethics Institute of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, and the Pontifical Athenaeum for the anniversary of the Encyclical written on April 23, 1996.

1436. Papal Documents - JP2TB26.HTM - Real Significance of Original Nakedness
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 May 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on Theology of the Body, explaining the nakedness of man after the fall as not merely physical. "...this man was deprived of the supernatural and preternatural gifts which were part of his endowment before sin. Furthermore, he suffered a loss in what belongs to his nature itself, to humanity in the original fullness of the image of God." SIN SHAME GRACE

1437. Papal Documents - JP2TB44.HTM - Realization of the Value of the Body According to the Plan of the Creator
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 22 October 1980, the Holy Father clarified the meaning of lust, in his catechesis on Theology of the Body. Christ warned against lusting after a woman, not to condemn the body as evil (Manichaeism), but to condemn the devaluation of the body in its nuptial meaning, i.e., the manifestation of communion in spirit. MASCULINITY FEMININITY SEX CONCUPISCENCE ADULTERY

1438. Papal Documents - JP2P10P6.HTM - Recalling Two Great Pontiffs
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 6 August 2003, at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father recalled two great Popes: St Pius X, "invincible champion of the Church", who was elected Pope 100 years ago on 4 August 1903, and Paul VI, "an authentic witness of Christ Our Lord, in love with the Church and ever perceptive in interpreting the signs of the times". DEATH TRANSFIGURATION

1439. Papal Documents - JP970214.HTM - Reclaim every human being's right to life
John Paul II

"The historic and pressing moment has come to take a decisive step for civilization and the authentic welfare of peoples: the necessary step to reclaim the full human dignity and the right to life of every human being from the first instant of life and throughout the whole prenatal stage", the Holy Father said on Friday, February 14, 1997, to members of the Pontifical Academy for Life who were holding their plenary assembly. The Pope went on to say: "This objective, to restore human dignity to prenatal life, demands a joint and unbiased effort of interdisciplinary reflection, together with an indispensable renewal of law and politics".

1440. Papal Documents - JP950726.HTM - Recognize the Importance of Prayer
Pope John Paul II

July 26, 1995

1441. Papal Documents - f1recdivers.htm - Reconciled Diversity
Pope Francis

The Pope "went to visit his brothers". This is how Pope Francis described his private visit on Monday, 28 July 2014 to Caserta, to meet the evangelical pastor John Traettino and the community of the Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation. This is a translation of the Holy Father's address, which was given in Italian. PARRHESIA DIVISION HOLY SPIRIT CHARISMATA GLOBALIZATION PENTECOSTALS

1442. Papal Documents - JP970127.HTM - Rediscover Law as Interpersonal Reality
John Paul II

"Putting the person at the centre of the civilization of love does not exclude the law, but instead demands it, leading to a rediscovery of law as an interpersonal reality and to a vision of juridical institutions that highlights their constitutive link with persons themselves, which is so essential in the case of marriage and the family", the Holy Father said on Monday, January 27, 1997, to the Prelate Auditors and officials of the Roman Rota, as he received them in audience for the opening of the judicial year. In his annual talk to the tribunal the Pope focused on the juridical effects of a personalist conception of marriage.

1443. Papal Documents - b16refleban.htm - Reflection of His Journey to Lebanon
Pope Benedict XVI

Driven by the desire to proclaim the Lord's peace, Benedict XVI "strongly desired" to make the Journey to Lebanon, "despite the difficult circumstances". He spoke about this to the faithful gathered in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Wednesday morning, 19 September 2012, at the General Audience. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA IRAQ MUSLIMS MARONITES ORTHODOX

1444. Papal Documents - JP2TB60.HTM - Reflections on the Ethos of the Human Body in Works of Artistic Culture
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 22 April 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, examining the implications of exposure of the human body in artistic culture for the mutual donation of husband and wife. SHAME NUDITY LUST OBJECTIVIZATION PORNOGRAPHY

1445. Papal Documents - JP2PIO2.HTM - Regina Coeli - Padre Pio Beatification
Pope John Paul II

On 2 May 1999, after the Mass of Beatification for Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the Holy Father offered the Regina Coeli, the Marian Anthem for Easter Season, and spoke of the new Blessed and prayed for those suffering in the war in Kosovo. For more information on this humble Capuchin friar, see our Padre Pio mini-site.

1446. Papal Documents - b16rcbeatjp2.htm - Regina Coeli: Beatification of John Paul II
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 May 2011, following the Mass in which Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II, he led the assembly in praying the Regina Coeli and greeted the English-speaking pilgrims. FAITH DIGNITY

1447. Papal Documents - b16rejoiceall.htm - Rejoice! Christ is risen! Alleluia
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 April 2009, in the Octave of Easter, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on the beginning of the liturgical Season of Easter, the joyful celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. TRIDUUM SERVANT OF GOD

1448. Papal Documents - J961215.HTM - Rejoice, the Lord is near
John Paul II

"Advent is the liturgical season that prepares us for the Lord's birth, but it is also the time of expectation for the ,definitive return of Christ", the Holy Father said in the homily he preached at the Roman parish of Our Lady of Valme on Sunday, 15 December 1996, the Third Sunday of Advent.

1449. Papal Documents - J2TB94.HTM - Relationship of Christ to the Church Connected With the Tradition of the Prophets
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 22 September 1982, the Holy Father, in light of Ephesians 5, compared the relationship of Christ with His Church to the relationship, described by the Old Testament Prophets, of God with Israel. Whereas, in Isaiah, God is Israel's spouse as her Maker, in Ephesians, Christ is the Church's spouse as her Redeemer. PROPHECY MARRIAGE REDEMPTION

1450. Papal Documents - JP2TB28.HTM - Relationship of Lust to Communion of Persons
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 4 June 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He examined the radical transformation wrought by lust and shame in the original relationship between the first man and woman. MASCULINITY FEMININITY SEX COMMUNION ORIGINAL SIN

1451. Papal Documents - JP960218.HTM - Relativism Is Not Basis of Religious Freedom
Pope John Paul II

Angelus Message, February 18, 1996 Reprinted with permission from *L'Osservatore Romano*, English edition, February 21, 1996, p. 1.

1452. Papal Documents - b16angrelat.htm - Relativism Puts Religious Liberty at Risk
Pope Benedict XVI

Prior to leading the prayer of the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 4 December 2005, the Holy Father reflected on Vatican II's Dignitatis Humanae on religious liberty, while observing that religious liberty is very far from being effectively guaranteed everywhere: "although it may be recognizable on paper, it is hindered in effect by political power or, more cunningly, by the cultural predomination of agnosticism and relativism." ADVENT

1453. Papal Documents - JP97124N.HTM - Remain Part of the Local Church's Life
John Paul II

The history of the Neocatechumenal Way "belongs to that blossoming of movements and ecclesial groups which is one of the most beautiful fruits of the spiritual renewal begun by the Second Vatican Council"', the Holy Father told members of the Neocatechumenal Way when he received them in audience on January 24, 1997, and congratulated them on the spread of their movement.

1454. Papal Documents - JP960221.HTM - Remember You Are Dust
Pope John Paul II

Ash Wednesday Homily, February 21, 1996. Reprinted with permission from *L'Osservatore Romano*, English edition, February 28, 1996, p. 1.

1455. Papal Documents - P6NOTBET.HTM - Renewal But Not Betrayal
Pope Paul VI

In the General Audience 25 April 1968, a national holiday in Italy, when St. Peter's Basilica was crowded with pilgrims, Pope Paul VI distinguished between the true purposes of Vatican II and the arbitrary changes that followed in the Council's wake. ECUMEN HISTORICISM TRADITION MAGISTERIUM

1456. Papal Documents - JP961028.HTM - Renewed Biblical Catechesis Will Lead to A More Incisive Promotion of Vocations
John Paul II

Message for 34th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 20, 1997. Written and dated October 28, 1996.

1457. Papal Documents - JP841121.HTM - Repect for the Work of God
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of November 21, 1984. Outline of conjugal spirituality. Fourteenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONJUGAL CONTINENCE SPIRITUALITY

1458. Papal Documents - JP97212.HTM - Repent and believe in the Gospel
John Paul II

"In this Lenten season, Jesus calls us to follow him on the way that leads him to Jerusalem to be sacrificed on the Cross. 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me' (Lk 9:23). Of course, this is a demanding and difficult invitation, but it can unleash the creative power of love in those who accept it", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of February 12, 1997, as he reflected on Ash Wednesday and the meaning of the Lenten season.

1459. Papal Documents - JP2ORDIN.HTM - Reserving Priestly Ordination
Pope John Paul II

'Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone' ('Ordinatio Sacerdotalis'), dated 22 May 1994 and released to the public on May 29th. This is an infallible pronouncement stating that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women. ORDINATION WOMEN FEMALE PRIESTHOOD INFALLIBLE

1460. Papal Documents - b16diplom12.htm - Respect for Life and Religious Freedom
Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday, 9 January 2012, in the Vatican's Sala Regia or Royal Hall, the Holy Father addressed members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See. In his Address, the Pope denounced the tragic killing of Christians and the denial of their fundamental rights. YOUTH NORTH AFRICA MIDDLE EAST MARRIAGE EDUCATION PERSECUTION

1461. Papal Documents - JP2TB127.HTM - Respect for the Work of God
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 21 November 1984, the Holy Father traced an outline of conjugal spirituality, based on the teaching of Humanae Vitae. He explained the gift of piety, respect for the work of God, with particular reference to the significance of the conjugal act, "its dignity and the consequent serious responsibility connected with it." CONCUPISCENCE HOLY SPIRIT FEMININITY MASCULINITY CHASTITY

1462. Papal Documents - JP950630.HTM - Respond Generously to Christ's Call
Pope John Paul II

June 30, 1995 The Holy Father invites young people of Slovakia to welcome a priestly or religious vocation. JOHN PAUL II SLOVAKIA YOUTH

1463. Papal Documents - b16clerquest.htm - Responses to Clergy Questions
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 February 2007, in the Vatican's Hall of Blessings, the Holy Father answered questions from nine priests at his Lenten Meeting this year with the clergy of Rome. The questions touched on such topics as prayer, youth, knowledge of the Bible, and Eucharistic reparation. CONVERSION CATECHUMENATE ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS CHARISMS ECCLESIOLOGY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION MARTYRS

1464. Papal Documents - JP840801.HTM - Responsible Parenthood
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 1, 1984. Treats 'responsible parenthood' in the light of 'Gaudium et spes' and 'Humanae vitae.' Fourth in a series. JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE GUADIUM ET SPES MARRIAGE PARENT

1465. Papal Documents - JP2TB116.HTM - Responsible Parenthood
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 1 August 1984, the Holy Father continued his analysis of Humanae Vitae in light of Gaudium et Spes, underlining the principle that, while responsible parenthood follows the dictates of conscience, conscience must conform to the "objective moral order instituted by God." PROCREATION

1466. Papal Documents - JP840905.HTM - Responsible Parenthood Linked To Moral Maturity
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on September 5, 1984. Eighth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE CONTRACEPTION CONJUGAL REGULATION

1467. Papal Documents - JP2TB120.HTM - Responsible Parenthood Linked to Moral Maturity
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 5 September 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the Church's teaching on natural regulation of fertility, in light of Humanae Vitae and Familiaris Consortio. It is the ethical dimension, in the virtue of temperance, that prevents this method from becoming just another form of contraception. LANGUAGE OF THE BODY SELF-DENIAL

1468. Papal Documents - JP2TB108.HTM - Return to the Subject of Human Love in the Divine Plan
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 23 May 1984, the Holy Father (after a hiatus devoted to reflections on the Holy Year) resumed his treatment of the topic of human love in the divine plan. He began an analysis of the Song of Songs, situating it within the tradition of marital love reaching back to Genesis. It is the sign of the covenant made by God with man in the beginning. LANGUAGE OF THE BODY MASCULINITY FEMININITY SACRAMENT BEAUTY

1469. Papal Documents - JP2TB13A.HTM - Revelation and Discovery of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 9 January 1980, the Holy Father explained the "nuptial meaning" of the body as first experienced by Adam and Eve. Man, both male and female, realizes his essence only in living with and for someone else. The possibility of this mutual self-gift is manifested in the bodies of male and female, which gives them their nuptial meaning. HAPPINESS SEX BODY PERSON MASCULINITY FEMININITY FERTILITY COMMUNION

1470. Papal Documents - JP951105.HTM - Revelation Invites Us to Communion and Life
Pope John Paul II

Angelus Message on Vatican II Document 'Dei Verbum', 11/5/95

1471. Papal Documents - JP2TB88.HTM - Reverence for Christ the Basis of Relationship Between Spouses
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 11 August 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, by examining more closely the right relationship between husband and wife as described in the fifth chapter of the Letter to the Ephesians. PIETAS SUBORDINATION

1472. Papal Documents - P6RVLDRS.HTM - Reverence to Leaders of Christianity
Pope Paul VI

In his final General Audience of the "Year of Faith," on the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, 1968, Pope Paul urged renewed devotion to the Founders of the Church of Rome, and made known the discovery of the relics of St. Peter. ARCHAEOLOGY PAPACY

1473. Papal Documents - f1diocrome13.htm - Revolutionaries of Grace
Pope Francis

In this day and age unless Christians are revolutionaries they are not Christians! On Monday evening, 17 June 2013, the Holy Father opened the annual diocesan convention of Rome, by asking Christians for a witness of courage and patience. REVOLUTION ST PAUL MUTATION HOPE SUICIDE FATHER GOSPEL SHEPHERD MARTYRDOM EVANGELIZATION

1474. Papal Documents - JP2RTCON.HTM - Rights of Conscience Must Be Defended
Pope John Paul II

Homily given on May 22, 1995 at Mass celebrated in front of a chapel dedicated to St. Jan Sarkander and located at the edge of Skoczow, Poland. JOHN PAUL II SARKANDER POLAND CONSCIENCE

1475. Papal Documents - P6ROMPON.HTM - Romani Pontifici Eligendo
Pope Paul VI

An Apostolic Constitution promulgated by Pope Paul VI, 1 October 1975, giving regulations for the government of the Church during the vacancy of the Apostolic See and the procedure to be followed in the election of the Roman Pontiff. These regulations, followed in the election of John Paul II, were superceded by his own Apostolic Constitution, Universi Dominici Gregis, promulgated 22 February 1996. CONCLAVE CARDINALS

1476. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch70.htm - Romanus the Melodist
Pope Benedict XVI

On 21 May 2008, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Auditorium the Holy Father commented on St. Romanus Melodus, 6th century Syrian theologian, poet, and composer. When the Mother of God appeared to him in a dream, St. Romanus received a charism of poetry, after which he wrote hundreds of kontakia, liturgical hymns, still sung in Eastern liturgies today. ORTHODOXY CHRISTOLOGY

1477. Papal Documents - JP2ROSAR.HTM - Rosarium Virginis Mariae
Pope John Paul II

In an Apostolic Letter marking the 24th anniversary of his pontificate, Pope John Paul II examined the history and meaning of the Rosary. He proclaimed a Year of the Rosary (October 2002- October 2003) for world peace and the family, and encouraged meditation on five additional mysteries, called "luminous" (to be prayed on Thursdays). PRAYER CHRIST MARY DE MONTFORT CONTEMPLATION GOSPEL SCRIPTURE

1478. Papal Documents - JP960709.HTM - Rose-Virginie Pelletier founded her faith on Jesus Christ as on a rock
John Paul II

To mark the second centenary of the birth of Rose-Virginie Pelletier, in religion, Mother Maria of St. Euphrasia, foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, the Holy Father addressed this letter, written on July 9, 1996, to Mother Liliane Tauvette, Superior General, illustrating the character of the foundress.

1479. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch100.htm - Rupert of Deutz
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 9 December 2009 in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father commented on Rupert of Deutz, an outstanding theologian of the 12th century, who was noteworthy for his devotion to the Blessed Virgin and his defense of the Real Presence in the Eucharist. INVESTITURE CONTROVERSY MONASTICISM BERENGARIUS TRANSUBSTANTIATION EVIL

1480. Papal Documents - P6ANOIN.HTM - Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
Pope Paul VI

Apostolic Constitution Issued Nov. 30, 1972. Restates the doctrine and revises the rite of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. ANOINTING OIL DEATH JAMES SACRAMENT RITE

1481. Papal Documents - JP2CARDI.HTM - Sacred College of Cardinals, a Sign of Universality
Pope John Paul II

In his first audience as Pope, 18 October 1978, John Paul II received the members of the Sacred College of Cardinals. After the address of homage by Cardinal Confalonieri, the Dean of the College, His Holiness spoke to them, reminding them of their oath to the Pope of faithfulness "unto the shedding blood." He spoke also of the universality of the Church reflected in the ethnic diversity of the College. PAPACY BISHOPS

1482. Papal Documents - JP2TB91.HTM - Sacredness of the Human Body and Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 1 September 1982, the Holy Father infers the sacredness of the human body from the analogy of love in Ephesians 5, between Christ for His Church and a husband for his wife. HOLINESS CONJUGAL LOVE

1483. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch4.htm - Safeguarding the Gift
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, 5 April 2006, the Holy Father continued his reflections on the origins of the Church, in order to "understand Jesus' original plan and thereby grasp the essential of the Church that lives on through the changing times." His topic was the "communion" whose source is the Holy Spirit. KOINONIA APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

1484. Papal Documents - JP2MORE.HTM - Saint Thomas More Patron of Statesmen and Politicians
Pope John Paul II

This Apostolic Letter, Motu Proprio (written on his own initiative) is a response to the request of "several Heads of State and of Government, numerous political figures, and some Episcopal Conferences and individual Bishops," that he proclaim Saint Thomas More the Patron of Statesmen and Politicians. MARTYR HENRY VIII ANGLICAN

1485. Papal Documents - f1canj23jp2.htm - Saints of Mercy
Pope Francis

"Two men of courage" who "bore witness before the Church and the world to God's goodness and mercy". This was how Pope Francis described John XXIII and John Paul II as he presided at the Mass for their Canonization in St Peter's Square on Divine Mercy Sunday, 27 April 2014. WOUNDS OF CHRIST VATICAN II HOLY SPIRIT FAMILY

1486. Papal Documents - P6SALSAC.HTM - Saluberrimum Sacramentum Eucharistiae
Pope Paul VI

In an Epistle dated 10 January 1969, Pope Paul VI responded to a question from Rev. Roland Huot, Superior General of the Priests of the Blessed Sacrament, on Eucharistic Adoration outside Mass. The Holy Father assured him that, far from obsolete, this devotion was a necessity for the Church. FORTY HOURS COMMON GOOD

1487. Papal Documents - JP2SALVI.HTM - Salvifici Doloris
Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Letter On the Christian Meaning of Suffering Issued on February 11, 1984. This reflection is a meditation on the mystery of suffering. John Paul expresses a special respect for every form of human suffering and builds upon the deepest need of the human heart and the imperative of faith. JOB SICK AGED INFIRM HOSPITAL MINISTRY DEATH ISAIAH CROSS SIN RESURRECTION CHURCH PRAYER FORGIVENESS

1488. Papal Documents - P6SCIHUM.HTM - Science at the Service of Humanity
Pope Paul VI

On 27 April 1968, Pope Paul VI addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, praising the role of scientists in the pursuit of knowledge, warning against an exclusively scientific approach to reality, and defining the proper goals of science. ETHICS PHILOSOPHY ATHEISM NUCLEAR

1489. Papal Documents - JP970111.HTM - Science Serves Humanity Only When It Is Joined to Conscience
John Paul II

"I address an appeal to all your colleagues in the various fields of scientific investigation: Make every effort to respect the primacy of ethics in your work; always be concerned with the moral implications of your methods and your discoveries. It is my prayer that scientists will never forget that the cause of humanity is authentically served only if knowledge is joined to conscience", the Holy Father said on January 11, 1997, as he spoke to those attending the International Conference on Space Research recently held at the University of Padua, Italy.

1490. Papal Documents - b16intyrast.htm - Science, Philosophy and Theology in Dialogue
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of the International Congress "From Galileo's telescope to evolutive cosmology. Science, philosophy and theology in dialogue", hosted by the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome from 30 November to 2 December 2009, the Holy Father addressed a Message to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Rector Magnificent of the Pontifical Lateran University. The Congress commemorated the 400th anniversary of the very first time a telescope was used, by Galileo. INDUCTION DEDUCTION CREATION MATHEMATICS

1491. Papal Documents - JPTHESAU.HTM - Scripturarum Thesaurus
John Paul II

On 25 April 25 1979, Pope John Paul II promulgated the editio typica of the Latin Vulgate by means of the Apostolic Constitution The Treasure of the Scriptures. The Nova Vulgata, now current in the editio typica altera of 1998, has taken on new importance owing to the publication of the liturgical translation norms Liturgiam Authenticam, which establishes it as "normally to be consulted as an auxiliary tool ... in order to maintain the tradition of interpretation that is proper to the Latin Liturgy" (LA 24) and to determine "the delineation of the canonical text ... the underlying textual tradition, the order of verses, or similar factors" (LA 37). LITURGY BIBLE SCRIPTURE LATIN VULGATE CANON

1492. Papal Documents - b16creed9.htm - Searching for Signs of God in a Distracted World
Pope Benedict XVI

Advent reminds us over and over again that "God did not take himself away from the world, he is not absent, he has not left us to ourselves, but comes to meet our needs in various ways", the Holy Father said at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 12 December 2012. REVELATION SCRIPTURE BIBLE PASSOVER MAGNIFICAT EXODUS EMMAUS

1493. Papal Documents - JP970212.HTM - Seek Deep Intimacy with the Lord
John Paul II

"Authentic conversion implies doing all those works which belong to the Lenten season: almsgiving, prayer and fasting However, these must not be performed only as an external fulfilment, but as the expression of an intimate encounter, to a certain extent unknown to men, with God himself. Conversion involves a new discovery of God", the Holy Father said on Ash Wednesday, February 12, 1997, during the Mass celebrated at the Roman Basilica of St. Sabina on the Aventine Hill. The Pope presided at the liturgy and preached the homily.

1494. Papal Documents - b16seekGod.htm - Seek God with Greater Tenacity
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Ash Wednesday, 21 February 2007, the Holy Father commented on the graced period of Lent and on his annual Message for this season. The Pope explained that the whole of Lent was "a journey towards this important encounter with Christ", enabled by true conversion, so that for us today Lent is "an opportunity to 'become' Christian 'anew'". BAPTISM EASTER VIGIL CATECHUMENATE

1495. Papal Documents - JP961109.HTM - Seek to be active in life of your local Church
John Paul II

To Catholic Charismatics, Pope John Paul II, November 9, 1996, message to participants in the Seventh International Meeting of the Catholic Fraternity of Covenant Communities and Fellowships.

1496. Papal Documents - b16sprtrbrth.htm - Seeking God in a Spiritual Rebirth
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 24 May 2009, the Holy Father arrived at the Benedictine Archabbey of Monte Cassino. The Pope led a procession in the afternoon to the Basilica. In the Basilica Abbot Dom Vittorelli greeted the Pope on behalf of the community and the Holy Father presided at the celebration of Second Vespers of the Ascension with the Benedictines. ST BENEDICT HEAVEN CULTURE WORK MONKS NUNS

1497. Papal Documents - JP2NWCM.HTM - Seminar on Movements and New Communities
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father addresses Cardinals and Bishops on discerning and guiding authentic charisms by which new movements and communities are inspired. The message is dated 18 June 1999. ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS THIRD MILLENNIUM

1498. Papal Documents - JP2BVM70.HTM - Separated Brethren Also Honour Mary
Pope John Paul II

It is a source of great joy "that among the separated brethren too there are those who give due honour to the Mother of our Lord and Saviour", the Holy Father said at the General Audience of 12 November 1997. This was the 70th and last of the series on Our Lady. For the series, see Index Page. ORTHODOX ANGLICANS PROTESTANTS IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ASSUMPTION

1499. Papal Documents - JP2TB33.HTM - Sermon on the Mount to the Men of Our Day
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 6 August 1980, the Holy Father, continuing his catechesis on Theology of the Body, examined the the "hardness of heart," which all men share with Our Lord's auditors, and its connection with the three-fold lust which is our heritage from Adam. ADULTERY ORIGINAL SIN

1500. Papal Documents - b16servLord.htm - Serving the Lordship of Christ
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 21 November 2010, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St Peter's Basilica, which he celebrated with the 24 new Cardinals he had created at the Consistory the previous day, and presented to them their cardinatial rings. In his homily, the Pope reminded the Cardinals that "participation in the lordship of Christ is only brought about in practice in the sharing of his self-abasement, with the Cross." PETER GOOD THIEF CONVERSION KING PAUL

1501. Papal Documents - JP2LITHU.HTM - Sescentesima Anniversaria
Pope John Paul II

For the sixth century celebration of the "Baptism" of Lithuania, Pope John Paul II wrote an Apostolic Letter, issued 5 June 1987, summarizing the history of the Catholic Church in their country, recalling their spiritual heroes, and entrusting their "heritage of faith" to God. EUROPE EVANGELIZATION TRENT

1502. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch117.htm - Several Holy Martyrs
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 August 2010, at the General Audience at Castel Gandolfo the Holy Father spoke of several Saints recently commemorated and reflected on the meaning of martyrdom. In a single definitive act, a martyr gives his whole life to God, the "supreme act of faith, hope, and charity." LAWRENCE PONTIANUS HIPPOLYTUS TERESA BENEDICTA MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

1503. Papal Documents - JP96821.HTM - Show Concern for Plight of Migrants
John Paul II

Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 1997 given on August 21, 1996.

1504. Papal Documents - b16commun12.htm - Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization
Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI’s Message for the 46th World Communications Day is dedicated to the relationship between silence and word: “essential elements, integral to the Church’s work of communication”. The Day will be celebrated on 20 May 2012. DIALOGUE CONTEMPLATION LISTENING

1505. Papal Documents - JP961211.HTM - Simeon Is Open to the Lord's Action
John Paul II

The Holy Father's General Audience of December 11, 1996.

1506. Papal Documents - JP2BVM39.HTM - Simeon Is Open to the Lord's Action
John Paul II

At the General Audience of 11 December 1996, the Holy Father reflected on the mystery of Jesus' Presentation in the temple and the significance of Simeon's prophetic words. "In the episode of the Presentation we can glimpse the meeting of Israel's hope with the Messiah. We can also see in it a prophetic sign of man's encounter with Christ." This was the 39th of the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. LAW PURIFICATION POVERTY PURITY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MEDIATRIX BENEDICTUS

1507. Papal Documents - JP950705.HTM - Slovaks Endured Relentless Persecution
Pope John Paul II

General Audience July 5, 1995

1508. Papal Documents - JP95723B.HTM - Society and Church Need Genius of Woman
Pope John Paul II

July 23, 1995.

1509. Papal Documents - b16inaugafr2.htm - Solemn Inauguration of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On 4 October 2009, 15 years after the First Synod for Africa, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of the Eucharist in St Peter's Basilica for the opening of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: "The Church in Africa at the service of reconciliation, justice and peace: 'You are the salt of the earth.... You are the light of the world' (Mt 5:13, 14)". CREATOR LIFE MARRIAGE CHILDREN MATERIALISM FUNDAMENTALISM EVANGELIZATION

1510. Papal Documents - b16mideastsyn.htm - Solemn Inauguration of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 10 October 2010, in St Peter's Basilica, at the Tomb of the Apostle Peter, the Holy Father Benedict XVI presided at the Solemn Concelebration of the Eucharist with the Synodal Fathers, for the inauguration of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in the Synod Hall of the Vatican until 24 October 2010, on the theme: The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. HOLY LAND EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES CONVERSION PEACE

1511. Papal Documents - b16corpchrist11.htm - Solemnity of Corpus Christi, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

The profound meaning of the Church's social presence derives from the Eucharist, the Holy Father said at the Mass he celebrated on Thursday evening, 23 June 2011, in the Papal Basilica of St John Lateran. Afterwards he led the traditional "Corpus Christi" procession down Via Merulana to the Basilica of St Mary Major. HOLY THURSDAY BLESSED SACRAMENT COMMUNION INDIVIDUALISM REAL PRESENCE

1512. Papal Documents - b16newyear11.htm - Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

The world needs God if it is to find the necessary strength to oppose selfishness and violence and to rediscover the path to peace. This is what the Pope said during his Homily on Saturday, 1 January, 2011, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the 44th World Day of Peace. NAME RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

1513. Papal Documents - b16mog43peac.htm - Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, 43rd World Day of Peace
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 January 2010, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and the 43rd World Day of Peace, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St Peter's Basilica and spoke on the theme: "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation." "There is a very close connection," said the Pope, "between respect for the human being and the safeguard of creation." ENVIRONMENT FACE ECOLOGY CHILDREN NIHILISM

1514. Papal Documents - b16theotok07.htm - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 January 2007, the Octave of Christmas and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, as well as the 40th World Day of Peace whose theme was: "The human person, the heart of peace", the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in St Peter's Basilica, commemorating the towering figure of Mary, and recommended that the faithful begin the New Year "by looking at Mary". THEOTOKOS WORLD DAY OF PEACE HUMAN RIGHTS

1515. Papal Documents - b16pentecost12.htm - Solemnity of Pentecost 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

In our time too “the unity of Pentecost” is compared “with the scattering abroad at Babel”, Benedict XVI said at the Mass for Pentecost, at which he presided on Sunday morning, 27 May 2012, in the Vatican Basilica. TOWER OF BABEL COMMUNICATION LOVE UNDERSTANDING HOLY SPIRIT

1516. Papal Documents - f1petrpaul14.htm - Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Pope Francis

"Our true refuge is trust in God." Pope Francis repeated this at Mass on Sunday, 29 June 2014, the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, in the Vatican Basilica. In his homily, the Holy Father advised prelates not to seek security or support from those in power. On 24 new archbishops, the Pope imposed the pallium, as is traditional on this feast day. FEAR TRUST REFUGE

1517. Papal Documents - f1peterpaul13.htm - Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul 2013
Pope Francis

On the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, 29 June 2013, the Holy Father conferred the Pallium on new Archbishops. In his homily at Mass, the Pope said, "Let us go forward on the path of synodality, and grow in harmony with the service of the primacy." PETRINE MINISTRY CONFIRM FAITH LOVE UNITY

1518. Papal Documents - b16peterpaul - Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul: 29 June 2005
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 June 2005, the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome, the Holy Father presided at the Eucharistic Concelebration in St Peter's Basilica, with the participation of a Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I of Constantinople. In his homily the Pope explained the four marks of the Church, unity, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity. PALLIUM MISSION UNIVERSALITY COMPENDIUM CATECHISM

1519. Papal Documents - b16petepaul06.htm - Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 June 2006, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Holy Father presided at the Eucharistic Concelebration in St. Peter's Basilica, together with the participation of a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. The Pope reflected on three passages from the Gospels, which show the role conferred on Peter by Christ. PAPACY PALLIUM PRIMACY

1520. Papal Documents - b16ascension09.htm - Solemnity of the Ascension, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 24 May 2009, the Solemnity of the Ascension, the Holy Father went by helicopter to Cassino, Central Italy. Before presiding at Holy Mass in Miranda Square, the Pope was greeted by the Mayor who announced that from that day the Square would be renamed after him. In his homily, the Pope spoke of the Ascension of Christ as inviting us into God's royal presence. HEAVEN REAL PRESENCE ST BENEDICT BIBLE SCRIPTURE UNEMPLOYMENT

1521. Papal Documents - b16assumpt12.htm - Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin 2012
Pope Benedict XVI

"A world which distances itself from God does not become better, but worse. Only the presence of God can guarantee a good world". The Holy Father said this at Mass on Wednesday, 15 August 2012, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which he celebrated in the Parish Church of San Tommaso da Villanova at Castel Gandolfo. HEAVEN MAGNIFICAT ARK OF THE COVENANT MOTHER

1522. Papal Documents - f1assump13.htm - Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 2013
Pope Francis

Mary is "our sister, our eldest sister, she is the first of the redeemed to have arrived in heaven", Pope Francis said at Mass on Thursday, 15 August [2013]. He went to Castel Gandolfo to celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary. IMMACULATE STRUGGLE RESURRECTION HOPE DRAGON ROSARY

1523. Papal Documents - b16assumpt10.htm - Solemnity of the Assumption, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

Early on Sunday, 15 August 2010, Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption on the 60th anniversary of the definition of the Dogma at the Pontifical Parish Church of "San Tommaso da Villanova" in Castel Gandolfo. The Holy Father reminded us that Our Lady's victory over death is a foretaste of our own. ADAM RESURRECTION HEAVEN NEW WORLD

1524. Papal Documents - JP950615.HTM - Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Pope John Paul II

June 15, 1995 JOHN PAUL II CORPUS CHRISTI EUCHARIST

1525. Papal Documents - JJP2EPIP.HTM - Solemnity of the Epiphany
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father speaks of the Wise Men, who brought their gifts to the new-born Christ, as representing all the peoples of the world. "All the peoples of the earth will adore you, O Lord!" This is a prophecy of the future, the final Epiphany, when Christ will return in glory. But it is a prophecy fulfilled by degrees. "Was not the Great Jubilee a kind of epiphany?" the Pope asks. HOLY DOOR MILLENNIUM ICON

1526. Papal Documents - b16epiph10.htm - Solemnity of the Epiphany 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday, 6 January 2010, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica. In his homily, the Pope compared the humility of the Magi, whose hearts were open to believe, with the closed hearts of the proud, who presume to know everything. PROPHECY NATIVITY STAR

1527. Papal Documents - b16epiph08.htm - Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 6 January 2008, Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St Peter's Basilica. The Pontiff discerned a link between Epiphany and Pentecost, in a reversal of the dispersion at Babel. In the coming of the Magi, we see represented all the peoples who would join the remnant of Israel, beginning at the Descent of the Spirit 50 days after Easter. NATIVITY WISE MEN COVENANT GLOBALIZATION

1528. Papal Documents - b16epiph11.htm - Solemnity of the Epiphany, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

The "signature" of God exists in creation: a signature which man "can and must endeavour to discover and decipher". In celebrating Mass in St Peter's on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, Thursday, 6 January 2011, the Holy Father underlined the signs the Magi met with on their journey, 2,000 years ago. WISE MEN HEROD STAR SCRIPTURE BIBLE

1529. Papal Documents - REGULA-E.HTM - Solet annuere
Pope Honorius III

November 29, 1223 A. D. -- The Bull of the Lord Pope Honorius III on the Rule of the Friars Minor.

1530. Papal Documents - I11SOLIC.HTM - Solicitudo Pastoralis
Innocent XI

The motu proprio of Pope Innocent XI, on the Rule of the Friars Minor, November 20, 1679 A. D. This file also contains the Latin version of the text taken from the Bullarum Romanum, November 20, 1679 A. D., p. 214.

1531. Papal Documents - JP2SPNYU.HTM - Spain, 3 May: Address to Youth
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 3 May 2003, the first day of his visit to Spain, the Holy Father met with young people from all over the world, including young soldiers, at the Air Base of Cuatro Vientos in Madrid. He called on the youth of the world to be fearless disciples of Jesus as they live his message of hope each day. MARY ROSARY INTERIORITY CONTEMPLATION EVANGELIZATION

1532. Papal Documents - b16creed7.htm - Speaking of God in Our Time
Pope Benedict XVI

"How can we talk about God in our time?" This was the Holy Father's topic at the General Audience on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. The Pope listed conditions for communicating the truth about God in today's world. LISTENING INCARNATION SIMPLICITY INDIVIDUALISM PARENTS WATCHFULNESS JOY

1533. Papal Documents - P6TOLAST.HTM - Speech to Last Council Meeting
Pope Paul VI

Given December 7, 1965. DOCTRINE COUNCIL PURPOSE CHURCH CHARITY HUMANITY LOVE

1534. Papal Documents - JP2SPRDO.HTM - Spiritus Domini
Pope John Paul II

For the bicentenary of the death of St Alphonsus de' Liguori, 1 August 1987, the Holy Father addressed an Apostolic Letter in honor of this great Bishop, Saint, and Doctor of the Church, to the Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, of which St Alphonsus was the founder. REDEMPTORISTS EVANGELIZATION MORAL THEOLOGY RIGORISM LIBERTY AESCETICAL SPIRITUAL SCRIPTURE MAGISTERIUM POOR

1535. Papal Documents - JP2TB47.HTM - Spontaneity: The Mature Result of Conscience
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 November 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining the notion that subjection of an erotic attraction to an ethical form deprives it of its spontaneity. EROS ETHOS ADULTERY LUST MASCULINITY FEMININITY MARRIAGE SEX

1536. Papal Documents - JP96D21.HTM - Spread Forgiveness and You Will Become Peacemakers
John Paul II

On December 21, 1996, the Holy Father addressed a representative group of young members of Catholic Action and exchanged Christmas greetings with them. He urged them to live and spread forgiveness and thus become peacemakers in their own surroundings.

1537. Papal Documents - JP2FAUST.HTM - Sr Faustina: God's Gift to Our Time
Pope John Paul II

On 30 April 2000, thousands of pilgrims filled St Peter's Square for the solemn Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II for the canonization of Sr Mary Faustina Kowalska, a 20th-century Polish religious known as the apostle of Divine Mercy. DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

1538. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch110.htm - St Albert the Great
Pope Benedict XVI

On 24 March 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, continuing his Catecheses on the Christian culture of the Middle Ages, the Holy Father commented on St Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus), for his encyclopedic studies called "Universal Doctor" by Pius XII. THOMAS AQUINAS DOMINICANS ARISTOTLE SCIENCE

1539. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch142.htm - St Alphonsus Liguori
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 30 March 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about a holy Doctor of the Church, Alphonsus Maria Liguori who was the Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists). MORAL THEOLOGY EVANGELIZATION CATECHESIS JANSENISM CONFESSION PRAYER EUCHARISTIC ADORATION MARY

1540. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr40.htm - St Alphonsus Mary Liguori and Prayer
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father addressed the faithful taking part in the General audience of 1 August 2012, in Piazza della Libertà, the square outside the Papal residence in Castel Gandolfo. Resuming the General Audiences after the summer break, the Pope focused his Catechesis in Italian on the teaching of St Alphonsus Mary Liguori. PENANCE CONFESSION TEMPTATION PHILIP NERI

1541. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch106.htm - St Anthony of Padua
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 February 2010, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Anthony of Padua, a contemporary of St Francis who helped lay the foundations of the Franciscan theological and spiritual tradition. DOCTOR EVANGELICUS FOUR SENSES SCRIPTURE LITERAL ALLEGORICAL TROPOLOGICAL ANAGOGICAL PRAYER CRUCIFIED ONE CHRISTOCENTRISM

1542. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch119.htm - St Augustine as Traveling Companion of Christians
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 August 2010, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father commented on the importance of having "travelling companions" on the journey of spiritual life. He then commented on St Augustine, one of the Saints to whom he himself is deeply attached. RELATIVISM TRUTH CONFESSIONS

1543. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch34a.htm - St Benedict
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 April 2008, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St Benedict, the Father of Western Monasticism. For his role in the formation of the civilization and culture of Europe, St Benedict was proclaimed "Patron of Europe" by Pope Paul VI. RULE MONKS ST GREGORY DIALOGUES MONTE CASSINO

1544. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch93.htm - St Bernard of Clairvaux
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 21 October 2009 in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St Bernard of Clairvaux, one of the most important theologians of the Middle Ages, called "the last of the Fathers." MONKS MONASTERY ABELARD CATHARS CONTEMPLATIVE JESUS MARY DANTE DIVINE COMEDY

1545. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch95.htm - St Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter Abelard
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 4 November 2009, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke of the theological controversy between St Bernard of Clairvaux (for monastic theology) and Peter Abelard (for scholastic theology) and of what we can learn from it today. REASON FAITH UNDERSTANDING PHILOSOPHY MAGISTERIUM RELATIVISM SUBJECTIVISM REVELATION

1546. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch107.htm - St Bonaventure
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday, 3 March 2010, the Holy Father spoke of St Bonaventure, a distinguished theologian and Master at the University of Paris and for 17 years Minister General of the Friars Minor. As a young man the Pope wrote his second doctoral thesis on this Saint. FRANCISCANS FRANCIS OF ASSISI MENDICANT ORDERS

1547. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch109.htm - St Bonaventure & St Thomas Aquinas
Pope Benedict XVI

On 17 March 2010, at the General Audience, held for the first time this year in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke on St Bonaventure, a contemporary of St Thomas Aquinas and a great master of prayer for the third time. FRANCISCANS DOMINICANS THEOLOGY KNOWLEDGE ACTION WISDOM TRUTH GOOD FAITH REASON HAPPINESS LOVE PSEUDO-DIONYSIUS DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE ANGELS CREATION

1548. Papal Documents - b16bonhist.htm - St Bonaventure and the History of Salvation
Pope Benedict XVI

This is a translation of the preface to the German text of the second volume of the Gesammelte Schriften, the Opera Omnia, of Joseph Ratzinger. It was this thesis which qualified the young Ratzinger as a university teacher. Its focus is the understanding of divine Revelation and the theology of the history of St Bonaventure. SALVATION HISTORY JOACHIM OF FIORE FRANCISCANS

1549. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch108.htm - St Bonaventure: Literary Work and Doctrine
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on 10 March 2010, the Holy Father continued the commentary on St Bonaventure, which he began the previous week, focusing on the the Seraphic Doctor's "remarkable theology of history and progress". Although the Church cannot be superseded, she herself progresses. JOACHIM OF FIORE FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALS HEXAËMERON ITINERARIUM UTOPIANISM

1550. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch127.htm - St Bridget of Sweden
Pope Benedict XVI

On 27 October 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father dwelled on St Bridget of Sweden whom Pope John Paul II declared Co-Patroness of Europe. The Pope spoke of the two stages of her life, married and widowed, and of her famous revelations. SWEDEN CONJUGAL SPIRITUALITY MONASTERY ABBESS

1551. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch133.htm - St Catherine of Bologna
Pope Benedict XVI

At the last General Audience of the year 2010, held on 29 December, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Catherine of Bologna, a Poor Clare, an abbess in the 15th century and "a woman of great wisdom and culture". EUCHARIST REAL PRESENCE LAST JUDGEMENT TEMPTATION HUMILITY

1552. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch135.htm - St Catherine of Genoa
Pope Benedict XVI

On 12 January 2011, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Catherine of Genoa — in the world, Caterina Fieschi Adorn — a 15th-century Saint best known for her vision of purgatory. It is not an exterior fire, but interior, a response of love to God's love for the soul. UNITIVE LIFE CONVERSION FIRE

1553. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch130.htm - St Catherine of Siena
Pope Benedict XVI

On 24 November 2010, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Catherine of Siena, in the world Catherine Benincasa, who lived in the 14th century. She was declared Doctor of the Church by Paul VI, and Co-Patroness of Europe by John Paul II. DOMINICANS GREGORY XI AVIGNON RAYMUND OF CAPUA EUCHARIST TEARS

1554. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch122.htm - St Clare of Assisi
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 September 2010, at the General Audience held in the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican, the Holy Father commented on St Clare of Assisi, a great mystic, friend to St Francis and the Foundress of the Poor Clare Nuns. FRANCISCANS AGNES OF PRAGUE FRIENDSHIP SAN DAMIANO FRIARS SISTERS MINOR MIRROR

1555. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch105.htm - St Dominic
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 February 2010, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers, and the great contribution he made to the renewal of the Church in the Middle Ages. DOMINICANS ALBIGENSIANS ROSARY SPAIN EVANGELIZATION POVERTY STUDY CULTURE

1556. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch126.htm - St Elizabeth of Hungary
Pope Benedict XVI

On 20 October 2010, at the General Audience, the Holy Father met groups of the faithful in St Peter's Square. This week the Pope commented on another great medieval Saint, Elizabeth of Hungary, also known as Elizabeth of Thuringia. PRINCESS ROSES MARRIAGE FRANCISCANS THIRD ORDER CRUSADES

1557. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch140.htm - St Francis de Sales
Pope Benedict XVI

In an epoch such as ours that seeks freedom even with violence and unrest, the "fascination and full message on the reality of love that St Francis de Sales has bequeathed to us remains very up to date". So said the Holy Father at the General Audience on Wednesday, 2 March 2011, in the Paul VI Audience Hall. This Saint was "an outstanding Bishop and master of the spiritual life in the period following the Council of Trent". PREDESTINATION CALVINISM PROTESTANTS JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL REASON WILL OBEDIENCE

1558. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch104.htm - St Francis of Assisi
Pope Benedict XVI

On 27 January 2010, during his General Audience Catechesis Benedict XVI spoke to the faithful gathered in the Paul VI Audience Hall about St Francis of Assisi. Giving an overview of the Saint's life, the Pope gave insight into Francis' spirituality, shaped by his desire to follow Christ so closely as to be like Him. FRANCISCANS POVERTY CHARISMS PRIESTHOOD EUCHARIST ISLAM CREATION JOY

1559. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch124.htm - St Getrude the Great
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 October 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on St Gertrude the Great, a remarkable religious woman of the 13th century, associated like St Matilda of Hackeborn with the Cistercian Monastery of Helfta. BENEDICTINES VISIONS CONVERSION STIGMATA DIVINE HEART

1560. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch120.htm - St Hildegard of Bingen
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 September 2010, the General Audience was held in the square in front of the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo. The Pope commented this week on St Hildegard of Bingen, the "Teutonic prophetess," a great German religious and mystic with many gifts who lived in the 12th century. BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX FEMININE GENIUS VISIONS

1561. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch81.htm - St John Damascene
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 May 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on St John of Damascus, a wealthy man of prime importance in Byzantine history. St John, who defended the veneration of icons, was among the first to distinguish proskynesis, veneration, due to the Saints, from latreia, adoration, due only to God. ISLAM INCARNATION MATTER

1562. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch87.htm - St John Eudes
Pope Benedict XVI

On 19 August 2009, during the General Audience held at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo on the Memorial of St John Eudes, the Holy Father commented on this French Saint of the 17th century, who spread the devotion to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and on the formation of the clergy. PRIESTS PRIESTHOOD SEMINARY FORMATION

1563. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch91.htm - St John Leonardi
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 7 October 2009, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father talked about St John Leonardi (1541-1609), Founder of the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God in Lucca, and, with others, of the institution known today as the Congregation of Propaganda Fide. PHARMACISTS PRIESTHOOD REFORM FORMATION CHILDREN RELATIVISM CHRISTOCENTRIC CHURCH HOLY FACE

1564. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch86.htm - St John Mary Vianney
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 August 2009, at the General Audience at his Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father commented on the Holy Curé d'Ars the day after the 150th anniversary of his birth in Heaven. The Pope stressed several features of the Saint that can serve as examples to priests today, in this Year of Priests. CONFESSION PRIESTHOOD PENANCE EUCHARIST MASS RELATIVISM

1565. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch138.htm - St John of the Cross
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 16 February 2011, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St John of the Cross (1542-1591), a Discalced Carmelite friar and priest and a Doctor of the Church. He is traditionally known as Doctor mysticus, for his elevated mystical doctrine. TERESA OF AVILA DISCALCED CARMELITES DARK NIGHT

1566. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch114.htm - St Joseph Cafasso
Pope Benedict XVI

On 30 June 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, as he had announced at the previous General Audience, the Holy Father commented on St Joseph Cafasso, a priest of Turin in northern Italy who lived in the 19th century and was known as an educator and formator of priests. PASTORAL MINISTRY SPIRITUAL DIRECTION CONFESSION PRISONERS

1567. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch129.htm - St Juliana of Cornillon
Pope Benedict XVI

On 17 November 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on St Juliana of Cornillon, better known as Juliana of Liège, who lived in the 12th century. St Juliana played a crucial role in the institution of the Feast of Corpus Christi. EUCHARIST REAL PRESENCE VISIONS URBAN IV THOMAS AQUINAS CORPORAL OF ORVIETO ADORATION

1568. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch141.htm - St Lawrence of Brindisi
Pope Benedict XVI

On 23 March 2011, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St Lawrence of Brindisi, a Capuchin friar who lived in the 16th and early 17th centuries, "known for his vigorous labour for the salvation of souls, his vast learning and his eloquent preaching". CAPUCHINS NEW EVANGELIZATION PRIESTHOOD MASS PRAYER SCRIPTURE BIBLE

1569. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch111.htm - St Leonard Murialdo & St Joseph Cottolengo
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 April 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father talked about St Leonard Murialdo, Founder of the Congregation of St Joseph, and St Joseph Cottolengo, Founder of the "Little House of Divine Providence", both outstanding priests and apostles of charity in the 19th century. YOUTH MERCY FORGIVENESS PRIESTHOOD COMMUNITY

1570. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch123.htm - St Matilda of Hackeborn
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 September 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on St Matilda of Hackeborn (Mechthild von Hackeborn), a great 13th-century mystic who lived in the convent of Helfta in Saxony. ST GERTRUDE CONTEMPLATION ECSTASY LITURGY SCRIPTURE BIBLE

1571. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch88.htm - St Odo of Cluny
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 2 September 2009, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father resumed his Catecheses on important figures of the Church in the Middle Ages, commenting on St Odo of Cluny, "an authentic spiritual guide for his troubled times". He followed in the steps of St Benedict, in his zeal for souls and contempt for the world. BENEDICTINES MONKS MONASTICISM CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE EUCHARIST JOY

1572. Papal Documents - JP2TB90.HTM - St Paul's Analogy of the Union of Head and Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 25 August 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, by further examination of Ephesians 5. He focussed attention on the analogy of head and body, as analogous to both the Christ-Church relationship and the husband-wife relationship. ECCLESIOLOGY MARRIAGE BAPTISM

1573. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch137.htm - St Peter Canisius
Pope Benedict XVI

Catechists and preachers must be able "to combine harmoniously fidelity to dogmatic principles with the respect that is due to every person" the Pope said. He was speaking to the faithful at the General Audience on Wednesday, 9 February 2011, in the Paul VI Audience Hall of St Peter Canisius, SJ, a Dutch theologian of the 16th century. DEVOTIO MODERNA REFORMATION CATECHISM MENTAL PRAYER

1574. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch89.htm - St Peter Damian
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 9 September 2009, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father spoke about St Peter Damian, an accomplished writer and Latinist in the 11th century, who described his hermit's cell as the "parlour in which God converses with men." SCRIPTURE CROSS HERMITAGE MONASTERY MONKS CHURCH

1575. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch118.htm - St Pius X
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 18 August 2010, at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father commented on Pope St Pius X, whose "Pontificate left an indelible mark on the Church's history and was distinguished by a considerable effort for reform." CATECHISM MODERNISM DAILY HOLY COMMUNION PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE

1576. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch139.htm - St Robert Bellarmine
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 23 February 2011, the Holy Father commented on St Robert Bellarmine, the great Jesuit theologian and Doctor of the Church (1542-1621), whose teaching helped to clarify and reinforce Catholic doctrine for the faithful after the Protestant Reformation. TRENT SPIRITUALITY ECCLESIOLOGY

1577. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr32.htm - St Stephen's Prayer
Pope Benedict XVI

God never tires of reaching out to man; even if he often encounters an attitude of misunderstanding and diffidence, if not of “obstinate opposition”. The Holy Father said this to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square at the General Audience on Wednesday, 2 May 2012, with reference to the witness and prayer of St Stephen, the Protomartyr. TEMPLE MARTYR

1578. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch116.htm - St Tarcisius, Patron of Altar Servers
Pope Benedict XVI

To communicate fearlessly to their peers the gift of friendship with the Lord was Benedict XVI's invitation to more than 55,000 people, mainly young altar servers, who filled St Peter's Square at the General Audience on 4 August 2010. At the end of the Audience the Holy Father blessed the statue of St Tarcisius, brought by the altar servers to be placed at the Catacombs of St Calixtus. EUCHARIST BLESSED SACRAMENT ACOLYTE MARTYR

1579. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch136.htm - St Teresa of Jesus
Pope Benedict XVI

Praying does not mean wasting time but rather discovering God's love, the very essence of our life, said the Holy Father in his General Audience of 2 February 2011, given in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The Pope's catechesis was on St Teresa of Avila, the 16th century Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Church. MYSTICISM CARMELITES PRAYER CHARITY MYSTAGOGY

1580. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch82.htm - St Theodore the Studite
Pope Benedict XVI

On 27 May 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father spoke about St Theodore the Studite, a monk of the medieval Byzantine period who vigorously opposed the iconoclastic movement. He was distinguished in Church history as a defender of the veneration of icons and one of the great reformers of monastic life. INCARNATION POVERTY OBEDIENCE PHILERGIA WORK

1581. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch143.htm - St Thérèse of Lisieux
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 6 April 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful about the "marvelous story of Love" of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the "universal sister" and Doctor of the Church. PATRONESS OF MISSIONS SCIENTIA AMORIS CARMELITES LITTLE FLOWER

1582. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch112.htm - St Thomas Aquinas
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 16 June 2010, in St Peter's Square the Holy Father continued his Reflection on the Christian culture of the Middle Ages with comments on the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas, "which the Church has consistently upheld as a model of sound theological method". NATURAL LAW RELATIVISM POSITIVISM PLATONISM ARISTOTLE PHILOSOPHY THEOLOGY FAITH REASON GRACE NATURE HOLY SPIRIT

1583. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch113.htm - St Thomas Aquinas, Conclusion
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on 23 June 2010, the Holy Father continued his Reflection on the Christian culture of the Middle Ages reflecting once again, in his third Catechesis on St Thomas Aquinas, on the Summa Theologiae, the Saint's masterpiece. EUCHARIST GOD MAN SACRAMENTS MARY VIRTUES INCARNATION PASSION FAITH PRAYER

1584. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch132.htm - St Veronica Giuliani
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 December 2010, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Veronica Giuliani, a Capuchin Poor Clare and mystic who was born 350 years ago. She is known for having united her sufferings to the Passion of Christ, to give herself for the salvation of mankind. STIGMATA COMMUNION OF SAINTS MYSTICISM

1585. Papal Documents - b16anselm.htm - St. Anselm, a Monk and a Pastor of Souls
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of the ninth centenary of the death of St. Anselm (21 April 2009), the Holy Father recalled the stature and salient characteristics of this great monk, theologian and Bishop in a Message to Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, Archbishop emeritus of Bologna, who was his Special Envoy to the celebrations in Aosta. CANTERBURY EADMER MONASTERY OF LE BEC FAITH UNDERSTANDING REASON

1586. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch41.htm - St. Athanasius
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 20 June 2007, in the Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father continued his Catecheses on the Teachers of the early Church, commenting this week on St. Athanasius of Alexandria. One of the most revered of the early Fathers, St. Athanasius was an "impassioned theologian of the Incarnation," upholding the fully deity of Christ, the Logos, against the Arian heresy. NICAEA ARIUS NICENE CREED HOMOOUSIOS CONSUBSTANTIALIS ANTHONY

1587. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch64.htm - St. Augustine
Pope Benedict XVI

On 30 January 2008, at the General Audience held in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father continued his Commentary on St. Augustine and his teachings. The experience of God by the great sinner of Hippo turned him into a great Saint, and shows us that our hearts too will be restless until they rest in the Lord. FAITH REASON CONVERSION

1588. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch62.htm - St. Augustine of Hippo
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 January 2008, at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father commented on St. Augustine of Hippo. The Rhetorician's tormented interior journey which led to his moral and intellectual conversion remains a model of perseverance for the faithful. CONFESSIONS AMBROSE PHILOSOPHY WISDOM MANICHAEISM OLD TESTAMENT

1589. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch63.htm - St. Augustine of Hippo
Pope Benedict XVI

On Wednesday, 16 January 2008, at the General Audience in the Vatican, the Holy Father delivered part two of his Commentary on St. Augustine of Hippo. The Pope described the Saint's last days, when his See was under siege from the Vandals. WAR POSSIDIUS DEATH

1590. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch43.htm - St. Basil
Pope Benedict XVI

At his General Audience on 4 July 2007, the Holy Father continued to comment on the great Teachers of the early Church, focusing this week on the fourth-century Bishop, St. Basil of Caesarea. St. Basil is honored for his contributions to Byzantine liturgy and for his monastic rule, on which St. Benedict drew for monastic life in the Western Church. MONASTICISM HOLY SPIRIT

1591. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch44.htm - St. Basil
Pope Benedict XVI

On 1 August 2007, in the Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father resumed his commentary on St Basil the Great of Caesarea, a fourth-century Doctor of the Church, whose concern for the poor, care for youth and stress on the Eucharist, teaches us much today about growth in holiness. MYSTERY SOCIAL DOCTRINE

1592. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch77.htm - St. Bede: Venerable for His Wisdom and Holiness
Pope Benedict XVI

On 18 February 2009, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St. Bede the Venerable, best known for his historical writings, in which he traced the history of the Church from the Acts of the Apostles to his own times. ENGLISH VULGATE BIBLE SCRIPTURE CHRONOLOGY CALENDAR HISTORIOGRAPHY EASTER PREACHING EVANGELIZATION EUROPE

1593. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch60.htm - St. Chromatius
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 December 2007, at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father delivered the following Catechesis on St Chromatius, Bishop of Aquileia in northern Italy. This fourth-century bishop, a wise teacher and zealous pastor, teaches us to have prayerful confidence in the mercy and victory of the Lord Jesus. ARIANISM HOLY SPIRIT JEROME CHRYSOSTOM

1594. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch73.htm - St. Columban
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 June 2008, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St. Columban, one of the many Irish monks who contributed to the evangelization of Europe in the early Middle Ages. He was a "man of great culture," a penitential preacher, and a tireless builder of monasteries. MONASTICISM IRELAND EVANGELIZATION CONFESSION PENANCE

1595. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch39.htm - St. Cyprian
Pope Benedict XVI

On 6 June 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St. Cyprian, the third-century Bishop of Carthage, focusing on his teachings of unity and prayer. On Church unity, Cyprian especially emphasized the Chair of Peter. PAPACY BAPTISM PERSECUTION LITURGY

1596. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch51.htm - St. Cyril of Alexandria
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 October 2007, during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father delivered the following Catechesis on St. Cyril of Alexandria. He was involved in the Christological controversy, which led to the Council of Ephesus in 431. NESTORIUS THEOTOKOS TRADITION

1597. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch42.htm - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Pope Benedict XVI

At his General Audience on 27 June 2007, in the Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father continued his commentary on the great Teachers of the early Church, focusing this week on the 4th century Bishop, St. Cyril of Jerusalem. He is best known for his "Catecheses," 24 of which have been preserved. SECOND COUNCIL OF CONSTANTINOPLE ARIANISM BAPTISM CONFIRMATION EUCHARIST MYSTAGOGY

1598. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch59.htm - St. Ephrem
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 November 2007 at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his Catechesis on the Fathers of the Church. St. Ephrem the Deacon was the greatest Syriac Father and most renowned Patristic poet. He is an example of liturgical fidelity and charitable service to all. POETRY WOMEN

1599. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch53.htm - St. Eusebius of Vercelli
Pope Benedict XVI

On 17 October 2007, during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on Bishop St. Eusebius of Vercelli. "With his sound formation in the Nicene faith, Eusebius did his utmost to defend the full divinity of Jesus Christ." ARIANISM ATHANASIUS AMBROSE

1600. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch80.htm - St. Germanus I
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 April 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on St Germanus Bishop and Patriarch of Constantinople in the eighth century. St Germanus is honored today for championing the use of sacred images in worship, in face of the iconoclastic controversy. SARACENS LEO III THEOTOKOS AKATHISTOS MARY ASSUMPTION MARIOLOGY TROPARIA

1601. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch45.htm - St. Gregory Nazianzus
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 August 2007, in his General Audience, the Holy Father commented on St. Gregory Nazianzus (Gregory the Theologian), who was a distinguished fourth-century theologian and orator and came from Cappadocia, like his friend, St. Basil. ARIANISM ECUMENICAL COUNCIL OF CONSTANTINOPLE

1602. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch46.htm - St. Gregory Nazianzus
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 August 2007, in the Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father continued his commentary on St. Gregory Nazianzus, a fourth-century Bishop who felt called to put his literary talents at the service of the Gospel. The Pope said that in defending the faith proclaimed at the Council of Nicea, Gregory described the Trinity as "a triple light gathered into one splendour". APOLLINARIS POETRY

1603. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch48.htm - St. Gregory of Nyssa
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 September 2007, in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his Commentary on St Gregory of Nyssa, one of the great fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers. The Pope focused on St Gregory's teaching on the journey to perfection. PURIFICATION PRAYER

1604. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch47.htm - St. Gregory of Nyssa
Pope Benedict XVI

At his General Audience on 29 August 2007, having commented on the other Cappadocian Fathers, St. Basil and St. Gregory Nazianzus, the Holy Father reflected on St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Basil's younger brother and spiritual heir. MACEDONIANS APOLLINARIANS MOSES CATECHESIS MAN CONTEMPLATION

1605. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch52.htm - St. Hilary of Poitiers
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 October 2007, during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on the fourth-century Bishop, St. Hilary of Poitiers, who spent his whole life defending the divinity of Christ against the Arians. ARIANISM TRINITY PSALMS

1606. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch34.htm - St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 March 2007, at his General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father focused on St. Irenaeus' repudiation of Gnostic heresies. There is no secret tradition known only to an intellectual elite, but the clear teaching handed down by the succession of Bishops, in conformity with the teaching of the Church of Rome. GNOSIS GNOSTICISM APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION TRADITION DUALISM HOLY SPIRIT

1607. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch74.htm - St. Isidore of Seville
Pope Benedict XVI

On 18 June 2008, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on the seventh century Saint, Isidore of Seville, St. Leander's youngest brother and a contemporary and friend of St Gregory the Great. St. Isidore's writings reveal an "encyclopaedic knowledge of pagan classical culture and a thorough knowledge of Christian culture." ACTIVE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE MIDDLE WAY

1608. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch57.htm - St. Jerome
Pope Benedict XVI

On 14 November 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his Talks on the Church Father St. Jerome. The priest-scholar responsible for the Latin translation of the Bible urged daily, prayerful study of God's Word, always in the context of the Church. SCRIPTURE MAGISTERIUM PETER PARENTS CHILDREN

1609. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch56.htm - St. Jerome
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 November 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St. Jerome, who made the Bible the focus of his life and was responsible for the Latin version of Scripture, known as the "Vulgate". DAMASUS TRENT INDIVIDUALISM

1610. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch50.htm - St. John Chrysostom
Pope Benedict XVI

On 26 September 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his Commentary on St. John Chrysostom, who became Bishop of Constantinople in 397 A.D. St. John suffered much at the hands of his enemies, being exiled from the city, and hounded to his death. ALMS CREATION POLIS PERSON

1611. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch49.htm - St. John Chrysostom
Pope Benedict XVI

On 19 September 2007, the Holy Father commented on St. John Chrysostom during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square. Known as "golden-mouthed" for his eloquence, he was Bishop of Constantinople before being exiled by his enemies. He was among the most prolific writers of the early Church. ARIANISM CATECHESIS MARRIAGE MISSION

1612. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch67.htm - St. Leo the Great
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 March 2008, the Holy Father conducted his General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, commenting on Pope St. Leo the Great. He is remembered in particular for his role in defining the relation between the humanity and divinity of Christ for the Council of Chalcedon. PAPACY PETER ATTILA PRIMACY EUTYCHES CHRISTOLOGY

1613. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch55.htm - St. Maximus of Turin
Pope Benedict XVI

On 31 October 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on the fourth-fifth century Bishop, St. Maximus of Turin. At a time when the countryside was overrun by barbarians, many of the poor had fled to the city for safety. In his sermons, St. Maximus gives evidence of the Church's increasing political authority, in the vacuum left by civil magistrates. POLITICS

1614. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch75.htm - St. Maximus the Confessor
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 June 2008, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on St. Maximus the Confessor, a heroic defender of the Church's faith in the true humanity of Christ, amid the bitter theological controversies of the seventh century, namely monothelitism. DIVINE HUMAN WILL BALTHASAR

1615. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch25.htm - St. Paul and the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 22 November 2006, the Holy Father discussed for the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square St. Paul's teaching on the Church. The Apostle identified the Church closely with Christ Himself, likening the Church to His Body, the Blessed Sacrament, and calling her the Bride of Christ. CHARISMS

1616. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch24.htm - St. Paul and the Spirit
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 15 November 2006, the Holy Father, continuing his Reflections on St. Paul, focused on the Apostle's teaching on the Holy Spirit. St. Paul explained the Spirit's influence not only on the action of Christians, but on their being. LOVE PRAYER

1617. Papal Documents - b16stpaul3.htm - St. Paul's Conversion and Ours
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 September 2008, the Holy Father arrived at the Vatican by helicopter from Castel Gandolfo for the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall. Returning to the Apostle to the Gentiles, the Pope commented on the turning point in St. Paul's life, his conversion. It was not merely a psychological experience, but an encounter with the Risen Lord. LIGHT BAPTISM REVELATION

1618. Papal Documents - JP2TB54.HTM - St. Paul's Description of the Body and Teaching on Purity
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 4 February 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining St. Paul's teaching on the body from 1 Corinthians 12. The human body is more than the sum of its biological characteristics. It is permeated by the "whole reality of the person and of his dignity." SHAME INNOCENCE HONOUR HONOR

1619. Papal Documents - b16stpaul19.htm - St. Paul's Devotion to the One Lord and the Unity of His Church
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience, held in the Paul VI Auditorium on 21 January 2009, in the middle of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on the theme: "That they may become one in your hand" (Ez 37:17), the Holy Father thanked God for the progress made on the way to full unity. EZEKIEL ECUMENISM ECUMENICAL ORTHODOX PROTESTANTS COMMUNION

1620. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch23.htm - St. Paul's New Outlook
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 8 November 2006, the Holy Father continued his Reflection on St. Paul in his Catecheses series on the Apostles. There are two components to Paul's new relationship with Christ: being justified by grace through faith in Him, and identifying with Christ, to share His life and death. JUSTIFICATION CONVERSION

1621. Papal Documents - JP2TB53.HTM - St. Paul's Teaching on the Sanctity and Respect of the Human Body
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 28 January 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by examining St. Paul's teaching on purity, in 1 Thessalonians 4, that we should control our bodies in holiness and honor. CHASTITY LUST TEMPERANCE

1622. Papal Documents - b16stpaul21l.htm - St. Paul: Our Guide to Christian Life
Pope Benedict XVI

On 4 February 2009, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St. Paul's life and legacy. The Pope spoke of the Apostle's death, the early inclusion of his epistles in the liturgy, his impact on the Church Fathers and later theologians. PAULINISM EBIONITES AUGUSTINE LUTHER LIBERALS

1623. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch61.htm - St. Paulinus of Nola
Pope Benedict XVI

On 12 December 2007, at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Auditorium, the Holy Father spoke on the contemporary and friend of St. Augustine, Paulinus of Nola. In the spiritual development of this Saint from southern Italy, there are three key aspects: asceticism, charity, and God's Word. LECTIO DIVINA CONVERSION ST FELIX

1624. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch54.htm - St.. Ambrose
Pope Benedict XVI

On 24 October 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on Bishop St Ambrose of Milan. The example of courage and fidelity of this great Father of the Church helped bring about the conversion of another great Father, St. Augustine. ARIANISM BIBLE LECTIO DIVINA CATECHESIS

1625. Papal Documents - b16portstage.htm - Stages of His Apostolic Trip to Portugal
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on 19 May 2010, the Holy Father outlined his recent Trip to Portugal from 11-14 May. The highlight of his Trip was Fatima where the Blessed Virgin invites us to "walk with great hope, letting ourselves be guided by the wisdom from on high." PENANCE PRAYER CONVERSION

1626. Papal Documents - JJP2STA.HTM - Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum
Pope John Paul II

On Good Friday, 2000, the Holy Father presided over the Stations of the Cross in the Colosseum, recalling principal moments of Christ's passion, following meditations written by the Holy Father himself. TRIDUUM LITURGY

1627. Papal Documents - JP2STELL.HTM - Stella Maris
Pope John Paul II

The purpose of this Apostolic Letter, given Motu Proprio (of the Pope's own volition) on 31 January 1997, was to organize the Church's apostolate to "people of the sea," i.e., "people involved in commercial shipping and in fishing, as well as their families, port personnel and all who travel by sea." The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People was to "foster cooperation and reciprocal coordination of projects among Episcopal Conferences and local Ordinaries." MARITIME SEAFARERS CANON LAW

1628. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch27.htm - Stephen, the Protomartyr
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 10 January 2007, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on St Stephen, the first martyr and "a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit". DEACONS PAUL

1629. Papal Documents - b16strength.htm - Strengthening the Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 20 September 2006, the Holy Father spoke to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square about his Pastoral Visit to Germany. The Pope recounted the highlights of his Trip, giving special attention to his Address at the University of Regensburg. ISLAM MUSLIMS INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE REASON VIOLENCE

1630. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch85.htm - Sts Cyril and Methodius
Pope Benedict XVI

On 17 June 2009, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke about Sts Cyril and Methodius, the brothers also known as "the Apostles to the Slavs." They invented an alphabet for the Slavonic language, into which they translated the Bible and liturgical texts. CLEMENT I TRILINGUAL HERESY MORAVIA PANNONIA BULGARIA RUS CYRILLIC TRANSLATION

1631. Papal Documents - P3SUBLI.HTM - Sublimus Dei
Paul III

On slavery in the New World (1537)

1632. Papal Documents - JP961013.HTM - Suffering Is Also God's Gift
John Paul II

The Holy Father's reflection on October 13, 1996, given before praying the Angelus.

1633. Papal Documents - b16sufrlov.htm - Suffering Puts Love to the Test
Pope Benedict XVI

Suffering puts love to the test, the Pope reminded those taking part in the 26th International Conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, whom he addressed on 26 November 2011, in the Clementine Hall. JOHN PAUL II PAIN SICK CROSS

1634. Papal Documents - JP2ORSIN.HTM - Summary of Pope John Paul II's Catechesis on Original Sin
Pope John Paul II

Given at weekly public audiences, September 8 through October 8, 1986. JOHN PAUL II ORIGINIAL SIN ADAM EVE GENESIS BIBLE

1635. Papal Documents - b16SPindex.htm - Summorum Pontificum
Benedict XVI

On Saturday 7 July 2007 the Holy See released an Apostolic Letter motu proprio data of Pope Benedict XVI on the celebration of the Roman Rite according to the Missal of 1962 promulgated by Bl. John XXIII. The Motu Proprio, a document originating with Pope Benedict "by his own hand," declares that the Mass and Sacraments according to their 1962 rites are an "extraordinary form" of the one Roman Rite and may be celebrated by Latin Rite priests in accordance with the norms laid down in this document. The missal promulgated after the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI in 1970, and revised in 1975 and 2002, remains the "ordinary form" of the Mass and sacraments of the Roman Rite. The Motu Proprio was accompanied by a letter of Pope Benedict, herein attached. LATIN TRIDENTINE TRADITIONAL SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM ECCLESAI DEI QUOTTUOR ABHINC ANNOS INDULT SSPX

1636. Papal Documents - JP2RACIS.HTM - Sunday Angelus: 26 August 2001
Pope John Paul II

Before the midday Angelus, the Holy Father condemned racism, aggressive nationalism, and ethnic violence, as offenses against God, because they are attacks on the human family. RACE DIGNITY PERSON SOLIDARITY

1637. Papal Documents - JP2JA2.HTM - Sunday Angelus: Children's Jubilee
Pope John Paul II

Before praying the Angelus on 2 January 2000, the Holy Father greeted the children and voting people gathered in St Peter's Square for the Children's Jubilee, expressing his joy at meeting them and urging them to make friends with Jesus and to spread his word. EVANGELIZATION

1638. Papal Documents - jp2angafjub.htm - Sunday Angelus: Jubilee of Armed Forces and Police
Pope John Paul II

After celebrating Mass in St Peter's Square [19 November 2000] for thousands of members of the armed forces and the police from many countries, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Angelus, expressing his appreciation for their work and his awareness of the difficulties they and their families encounter. SOLDIERS PEACE DEFENSE DEFENCE

1639. Papal Documents - JP2MTERS.HTM - Sunday Angelus: On Mother Teresa
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father paid homage to Mother Teresa, foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, before reciting the Angelus on 7 September 1997, two days after her death. He praised her devotion to life and the family, and especially her life-long service to the poorest of the poor. MISSIONARIES LIFE

1640. Papal Documents - JP2JA9.HTM - Sunday Homily: Baptism of the Lord
Pope John Paul II

On 9 January 2000, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel and administered the sacrament of Baptism to 18 infants from Italy, Brazil, Spain, the United States and Switzerland. The Pope asked the faithful to give thanks to the Lord for the gift of these young lives and even more for the gift of their spiritual birth, as he urged their parents and godparents to be examples "of solid faith, of deep prayer and of active involvement in the Church's life". FAMILY CATECHESIS JUBILEE

1641. Papal Documents - JP2TB76.HTM - Superiority of Continence Does Not Devalue Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 7 April 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, addressing the superiority of continence. It is superior to marriage, not based not on any devaluation of sexuality or of the human body, but on the motive for which continence is chosen, viz., the kingdom of heaven. CELIBACY VIRGINITY MANICHEISM

1642. Papal Documents - JP2PLIUM.HTM - Symbol of Communion With the Church of Rome
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father speaks on the tradition of the pallium, conferred by Popes on Metropolitan Archbishops. ST. PETER ST. PAUL LAMB

1643. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch90.htm - Symeon the New Theologian
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 16 September 2009, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on Symeon, an Eastern monk known as the "New Theologian" who lived in the 10th century. According to Symeon, "true knowledge of God does not come from books but rather from spiritual experience." ILLUMINATION HOLY SPIRIT CONVERSION SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

1644. Papal Documents - JP2CARSM.HTM - Symposium of Cardinals: Holy Father's Closing Address
Pope John Paul II

On 18 October 2003, John Paul II addressed the 128 Cardinals and 4 Patriarchs, as well as the 59 Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences from the five continents of the world, on the occasion of the close of the Symposium organized by the College of Cardinals for his 25th Anniversary as Pope. PAPACY POOR HOLINESS EVANGELIZATION

1645. Papal Documents - b16africopen.htm - Synod of Bishops for Africa: Opening Extemporaneous Reflection
Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday morning, 5 October 2009, after the Hour of Terce inaugurating the First General Congregation of the Second Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, the Holy Father gave an extemporaneous Reflection inspired by a hymn sung at Terce. The hymn invokes the Holy Spirit for the gift of confessio, different aspects of which the Pope explains. PENTECOST CONFESSION EVANGELIZATION SIN TRUTH WORD LOGOS CARITAS LOVE NEIGHBOR

1646. Papal Documents - JP2HPOC.HTM - Take Holy Pride in Being Other Christs
Pope John Paul II

Addressing the Fourth International Meeting of Priests, held in the Holy Land, the Holy Father bases fidelity to their identity as priests on their answer to the question of Our Lord, "Who do men say that I am?" PRIESTHOOD PRESBYTERATE EUCHARIST VOCATIONS

1647. Papal Documents - f1cathrome.htm - Taking Possession of the Cathedral of St John Lateran
Pope Francis

Pope Francis devoted his Homily on the afternoon of Divine Mercy Sunday, 7 April 2013, to the patience of God. When he took possession of St John Lateran, Cathedral of Rome, Francis underlined that "God is patient with us because he loves us, and those who love are able to understand, to hope, to inspire confidence; they do not give up, they do not burn bridges, they are able to forgive". ST THOMAS PETER PRODIGAL SON WEAKNESS BERNARD

1648. Papal Documents - JP2F1795.HTM - Talk to National Bishops
Pope John Paul II

Conference of Brazil' Given by Pope John Paul II on February 17, 1995. The Holy Father exhorts the Bishops to make the pastoral care of the family a priority. JOHN PAUL II BRAZIL FAMILY LIFE MARRIAGE MOTHERHOOD

1649. Papal Documents - b16astrons.htm - Talk with Astronauts on the International Space Station in Orbit
Pope Benedict XVI

"Welcome aboard, Your Holiness": the crew of the International Space Station greeted the Benedict XVI on Saturday, 21 May 2011, during his first call ever to space. The Pope spoke for 20 minutes with the astronauts via satellite from the Vatican's Foconi Hall in the Apostolic Palace. PROGRESS PEACE NASA SPACE EXPLORATION CREATION

1650. Papal Documents - JP2TDEUM.HTM - Te Deum for the End of Year
Pope John Paul II

In his homily on Friday evening, 31 December 1999 in St Peter's Basilica, during the celebration of First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and of the Te Deum for the end of year, the Holy Father asked the faithful taking part to "thank God for all that has happened this year, this century and this millennium". TIME JUBILEE HISTORY

1651. Papal Documents - P6TEACH.HTM - Teachings of the Council
Pope Paul VI

In his General Audience, 26 March 1969, Pope Paul VI stressed the continuing need for personal inner religious formation, important aspects of which he related to the teachings of Vatican II. LITURGY PERSON SECULAR SCRIPTURE CHARISM HOLY SPIRIT

1652. Papal Documents - JP2FAMTV.HTM - Television and the Family: Guidelines for Good Viewing
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's message for 1994 World Communications Day. JOHN PAUL II TELEVISION MEDIA FAMILY

1653. Papal Documents - JP970228.HTM - Tell the World of Jubilee's True Meaning
John Paul II

At the end of a century of extraordinary progress but also of terrible human tragedy, the proclamation of Jesus Christ—the same yesterday, today and forever (cf. Heb 13:8)—is not only a duty of obedience to a Gospel command but also the only sure means of responding to the urgent need for moral and spiritual discernment, without which individual lives and the social order itself are enveloped by arbitrariness and confusion, the Holy Father said on Friday, February 28, 1997 to the members, consultors and staff of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications when he received them in audience at the conclusion of their annual plenary assembly. The Pope spoke of the need to preach Christ as the Way the Truth and the Life, particularly to the next generation.

1654. Papal Documents - JP2CRDMS.HTM - Tend the Flock and Be Examples to It
Pope John Paul II

On Thursday, 22 February 2001, the feast of St Peter's Chair, the Holy Father celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square with the new Cardinals he had created the day before. During the liturgy the Pope presented each of the prelates with a ring as a sign of their dignity and communion with the See of Peter. His homily stressed the Petrine ministry. PAPACY UNITY

1655. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch38.htm - Tertullian
Pope Benedict XVI

On 30 May 2007, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Fathers of the Church by commenting on Tertullian, the African writer who inaugurated the use of Latin in Christian literature. In his apologetical writings, Tertullian addressed pagan objections to Christianity and entered into dialogue with the culture of the time. MONTANISM TRINITY SUBSTANCE PERSONS HOLY SPIRIT HUMILITY

1656. Papal Documents - JP960913.HTM - Thank God for the Rich Harvest of Priestly and Religious Vocations
John Paul II

Ad Limina Apostolorum: Bishops' Conference of Indonesia-- September 13, 1996.

1657. Papal Documents - JP97125.HTM - Thank God for Unity of Faith in Christ!
John Paul II

"Your visit, Holiness, is in keeping with our common will to advance on the way to perfect communion between the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Catholic Church", the Holy Father said to His Holiness Aram I Keshishian, Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenians whom he received in audience on Saturday, January 25, 1997. The Pope also recommended "the translation of the extensive writings of the Armenian tradition into other languages".

1658. Papal Documents - b16voicsilenc.htm - That Voice in the Silence
Pope Benedict XVI

In keeping with tradition, Pope Benedict XVI went to Piazza de Spagna, near the Spanish Steps, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Saturday 8 December 2012, to venerate Our Lady together with the People of Rome. In his address, the Holy Father reminded us that God's love fills the void created by selfishness in the history of individuals, families, nations and the world. GRACE ANNUNCIATION JESUS

1659. Papal Documents - b16pcf19plen.htm - The 19th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 February 2010, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the members of the Pontifical Council for the Family who were meeting for their 19th Plenary Assembly, the theme of which was "The Rights of the Child". MARRIAGE ENGAGEMENT MINORS CHILDREN PARENTS

1660. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr17.htm - The Alphabet of God's Law
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 9 November 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father returned to his series of Catecheses on prayer. He focused his meditation on Psalm 119[118], a long and solemn canticle on the Torah, the Law of the Lord. COMMANDMENTS PORTION LEVITES

1661. Papal Documents - b16ancven - The Ancient and Venerable Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI

On 31 May, Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Father, with his Motu Proprio "The Ancient and Venerable Basilica", issued new norms for a renewed exercise of worship in the Pontifical Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls, for its administration and for its extra-territorial complex. This the first Motu Proprio (written of the Pope's own volition) of his pontificate. PENANCE BENEDICTINES ARCHPRIEST ECUMENICAL

1662. Papal Documents - JP960428.HTM - The Apostles Experience of the Risen Christ Is Entirely Credible
John Paul II

Angelus Message of April 28, 1996.

1663. Papal Documents - P12APPR.HTM - The Apostleship of Prayer: Efficacious Means of Apostolate
Pius XII

Letter, 28 Oct., 1951, AAS 44-365. -- A Letter of His Holiness Pius XII to John Baptist Janssens, General of the Society of Jesus and World Director of the Apostleship of Prayer, approving the new Statutes and recommending the Association to Prelates and pastors.

1664. Papal Documents - P6APOST.HTM - The Apostolic Duty of the Church
Pope Paul VI

In an address to the Pontifical Missionary Societies, Pope Paul affirmed that their task was not only administrative, providing means to the various missionary zones, but also educational, in making all Christians aware of their part in the evangelization of the world. GOSPEL PRIESTS RELIGIOUS LAITY

1665. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch6.htm - The Apostolic Tradition of the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on 3 May 2006, the Holy Father continued to focus on the Apostolic Tradition of the Church. Citing Dei Verbum, the Pope emphasized that "What was handed on by the Apostles comprises everything that serves to make the People of God live their lives in holiness and increase their faith." TWELVE APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

1666. Papal Documents - b16dipcorp13.htm - The Bearing Walls of a Free Society
Pope Benedict XVI

A strong call to the "grave responsibility to work for peace" which is especially incumbent upon civil and political authorities. This was the core of the Benedict XVI's address on Monday, 7 January 2013, to members of the Diplomatic Corps accreditied to the Holy See in the traditional meeting at the beginning of the year in the Regia hall of the Apostolic Palace. STATE RELATIVISM TRANSCENDENT GLORIFICATION FANATICISM SYRIA PALESTINE LEBANON AFRICA MALI NIGERIA CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC ABORTION RIGHTS DUTIES ECONOMY EUROPEAN UNION RELIGIOUS LIBERTY CHARITY

1667. Papal Documents - b16neworld.htm - The Beginning of the New World
Pope Benedict XVI

Today too the Risen One "enters our homes and our hearts, even when, at times, the doors are closed", to bring "joy and peace, life and hope", the Holy Father said at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 11 April 2012. EASTER RESURRECTION PASSION MISSION PASCHAL MYSTERY EUCHARIST COMMUNION

1668. Papal Documents - f1cbis14.htm - The Bishops We Want
Pope Francis

The kind of bishops we want need to be able to "climb to higher levels", "to the heights of God's gaze". Pope Francis said this at a meeting of the Congregation for Bishops on Thursday, 27 Febrauary 2014, in the Apostolic Palaces's Bologna Hall. The Holy Father also expressed his hope for a text reaffirming the Council of Trent's decree on episcopal residency. ORDINATION APOSTLES WITNESS APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION KERYGMA COLLEGIALITY PRAYER PARRHESIA HYPOMONE PASTORS

1669. Papal Documents - G9MIRA.HTM - The Bull of Canonization of St. Francis of Assisi:Mira Circa Nos
Pope Gregory IX

This document is a new english translation of the Papal Bull Mira Circa Nos of Pope Gregory IX on the occasion of the canonization of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226 A. D.) in 1228 A. D..

1670. Papal Documents - JP2TB87.HTM - The Call to Be Imitators of God and to Walk in Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 4 August 1982, the Holy Father continued his examination of the fifth chapter of Ephesians as part of his ongoing catechesis on theology of the body. The prescriptions for family relationships should be understood in light of the Apostle's teaching on the Christian vocation. WIVES HUSBANDS CHILDREN SLAVES SERVANTS MASTERS

1671. Papal Documents - b16mission12.htm - The Centre and Horizon of the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

The proclamation of faith must be the centre and horizon of every ecclesial activity. The Pope underlined this in his 2012 Message for the 86th World Mission Day, to be celebrated on 21 October 2012. “The identity of the Church herself”, the Holy Father writes “is constituted by faith in the Mystery of God, who revealed himself in Christ to bring us salvation, and by the mission of witnessing and proclaiming him to the world”. NEW EVANGELIZATION MISSION AD GENTES MISSIONARY ECCLESIOLOGY YEAR OF FAITH KERYGMA PROCLAMATION

1672. Papal Documents - JP1EVANG.HTM - The Challenge of Evangelization
Pope John Paul I

On the morning of 28 September 1978, his last day on earth Pope John Paul I received Cardinal Julio Rosales Archbishop of Cebu, with a group of Bishops from the Philippines who were making their "ad limina" visit. This is the Holy Father's address. MISSION CATECHIST

1673. Papal Documents - P6CHALFA.HTM - The Challenge to Our Faith
Pope Paul VI

During a General Audience in June 1968, Pope Paul gave an exposition of the objections to Faith facing the faithful (unscientific, unproductive, unrealistic), together with answers to those objections. SCIENCE UTILITY MATERIALISM ANSELM

1674. Papal Documents - b16lecdivbapt.htm - The Choice Between Falsehood and Truth
Pope Benedict XVI

An exceptional “Lectio Divina”, which lasted for 30 minutes, was given by the Pope on Monday evening, 11 June 2012, in the Basilica of St John Lateran for the inauguration of the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome. This profound reflection — completely spoken extemporaneously — focused on the meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism and its timeliness for today’s Christians. SADDUCEES NAME TRINITY RESURRECTION MATTER RENUNCIATIONS POMP WATER DEATH IMMERSIONS INFANT BAPTISM CHILDREN

1675. Papal Documents - JP1FAML.HTM - The Christian Family: a Community of Love
Pope John Paul I

On 21 September 1978, Pope John Paul I received in Audience the Archbishops and Bishops of the U.S. Twelfth Pastoral Region, on the occasion of their ad limina visit. CATECHIS MARRIAGE PRAYER

1676. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr45.htm - The Christian Liturgy: Heavenly Worship Open to All
Pope Benedict XVI

The Christian liturgy is the "worship of a wide open heaven". That is why "there are no 'strangers' in the liturgical community". The Holy Father said this, continuing his reflections on prayer, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 3 October 2012. ABBA FATHER CHURCH EUCHARIST

1677. Papal Documents - f1genaud54.htm - The Church a New People
Pope Francis

In his General Audience on Wednesday, 6 August 2014, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, Pope Francis described the Church as a new people, based on the New Covenant, "established by the Lord Jesus with the gift of his life." JOHN THE BAPTIST OLD TESTAMENT MOSES TEN COMMANDMENTS BEATITUDES

1678. Papal Documents - JP2ANNIV.HTM - The Church at the Service of Humanity
Pope John Paul II

On 9 May 2003, in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, the Holy Father spoke to the participants of the International Congress that celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Holy Father's election as Pope. He reminded participants that the truth about man stirs enthusiasm in all who long to encounter Christ, moving them to seek new ways to evangelize culture. PERSON EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION UNIVERSITY

1679. Papal Documents - b16masgenas13.htm - The Church Exists to Evangelize
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 October 2012, the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father presided at the Solemn Concelebration of the Eucharist with the Synod Fathers, inaugurating the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. At the start of the Concelebration, Benedict XVI proclaimed two new Doctors of the Church: Saint John of Avila and Saint Hildegard of Bingen. NEW EVANGELIZATION MISSIO AD GENTES MARRIAGE FAMILY HOLINESS

1680. Papal Documents - b16lecdivptr.htm - The Church Is Being Reborn
Pope Benedict XVI

On Friday evening, 8 February 2013, Benedict XVI visited the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary, where he delivered a "lectio divina" on 1 Peter 1:3-5. The Holy Father reflected on what St Peter means by the words "born anew," "inheritance," and "guarded through faith." CHOSEN PRIMACY ROME TRIUMPHALISM FOREIGNERS EXILES HEIRS

1681. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr24.htm - The Church Is Born From Jesus' Prayer
Pope Benedict XVI

The Church is born from Jesus’ prayer, and thus becomes “the place in which Christ’s same mission continues”, the Holy Father said at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 25 January 2012. The Pope continued his Catechesis on Christian prayer in light of the Jewish feast of expiation “Yom Kippur”, commenting on the priestly prayer which Jesus offered at the Last Supper. SACRIFICE PASSOVER HOUR CROSS INTERCESSION CONSECRATE MISSION

1682. Papal Documents - b16creed17.htm - The Church Is Christ's
Pope Benedict XVI

To the throngs of the faithful who filled the Paul VI Audience Hall for the General Audience on Ash Wednesday, 13 February 2013, the Holy Father suggested for the Lenten Season a spiritual itinerary, the path of conversion. ST PAUL AUGUSTINE PAVEL FLORENSKIJ ETTY HILLESUM DOROTHY DAY TEMPTATION

1683. Papal Documents - f1genaud16.htm - The Church Is Our Mother
Pope Francis

"The Church is our mother in faith?, the Holy Father reflected at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on 11 September 2013. Resuming his weekly catecheses on the images of the Church, Pope Francis called everyone to remember and celebrate the anniversary of our Baptism, which, he said, is the day of our birth into the family of Christ. SACRAMENTS

1684. Papal Documents - JP2COMPU.HTM - The Church Must Learn To Cope With Computer Culture
Pope John Paul II

Statement issued by Pope John Paul II in connection with World Communications Day, May 27, 1989. JOHN PAUL II COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

1685. Papal Documents - JP960828.HTM - The Church Presents Mary as 'Ever Virgin'
John Paul II

Mary's perpetual virginity was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of August 28, 1996.

1686. Papal Documents - JP2BVM31.HTM - The Church Presents Mary as Ever Virgin
Pope John Paul II

Mary's perpetual virginity was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of 28 August 1996. The most ancient texts and the early Christians, the Pope said, confirm that the Church has always professed the belief that Mary never ceased to be a virgin. This was the 31st in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. AEIPARTHENOS BROTHERS OF JESUS

1687. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr30.htm - The Church That Prays Finds Harmony in Times of Trial
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 18 April 2012, the Pope resumed the series of his Catecheses on prayer with a reflection on the "little Pentecost", as Luke tells it in the Acts of the Apostles. The Holy Father emphasized the Church's union in steadfast prayer under persecution. HOLY SPIRIT COURAGE BOLDNESS PARRESIA

1688. Papal Documents - JP840822.HTM - The Church's Position on the Transmission of Life
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on August 22, 1984. Sixth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE CONJUGAL CONTRACEPTIVE

1689. Papal Documents - P6TODAY.HTM - The Church's Presence in the World Today
Pope Paul VI

In his address to the faithful gathered in the Basilica of St Peter on 5 March 1969 for the General Audience, Pope Paul VI spoke of the change effected by Vatican II in the Church's vision of the world. From an ascetical perspective, the Church has always urged contempt for the world, but a more evangelical perspective approaches the world with respect, love and sympathy. EVANGEL

1690. Papal Documents - JP2DIPLC.HTM - The Church's Service to Humanity
Pope John Paul II

On 20 October 1978, the Holy Father John Paul II first received in audience, in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See. He asked that Christians citizens in their countries, "without any special privilege but in all justice, ... may nourish their faith, ensure religious worship, and be admitted, as loyal citizens, to full participation in social life." STATE NATIONS GOVERNMENTS

1691. Papal Documents - b16stpaul18.htm - The Church: A Body Vitalized by Christ's Commandments
Pope Benedict XVI

On 14 January 2009, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, continuing his Catecheses on the teaching of St Paul, the Holy Father focused on the "twin" Letters, Colossians and Ephesians, which uniquely develop the theme of Christ as "Head". CHURCH COSMOS PAGANISM PRINCIPALITIES PANTOKRATOR MYSTERY MARRIAGE

1692. Papal Documents - b16stpaul8.htm - The Church: Christ's Body, Not Ours
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, on 15 October 2008, the Holy Father reflected on St. Paul's teaching on the Church he had persecuted prior to his conversion. "Paul's only goal in his work of evangelization is to establish the community of believers in Christ." EKKLESIA ISRAEL TEMPLE

1693. Papal Documents - JP2VITA.HTM - The Consecrated Life
Pope John Paul II

'Vita Consecrata' Apostolic Exhortation given on March 25, 1996.

1694. Papal Documents - f1genaud60.htm - The Courage of a People
Pope Francis

Albanians are "a courageous, hard-working people who seek unity in peace". Recalling his recent visit to the Balkan country, Pope Francis made these remarks at the General Audience on 24 September 2014, as he addressed the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square. APOSTOLIC JOURNEY INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIVISM RELIGIOUS FREEDOM MARTYRS MARXISM

1695. Papal Documents - b16rebibbia.htm - The Courage to Rise Again
Pope Benedict XVI

An unprecedented dialogue between the Holy Father and inmates of the Roman District Prison of Rebibbia took place during the Pope's visit on Sunday, 18 December 2011. PRISONERS JUSTICE DIGNITY LAST JUDGMENT PRAYER FATHERHOOD FAMILY ABSOLUTION FORGIVENESS SUFFERING POVERTY

1696. Papal Documents - JP2CROSS.HTM - The Cross Illumines All Human Life
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 29 May, the Holy Father received the administrators, faculty, staff and students of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on the occasion of the athenaeum's 15th anniversary of its foundation. In his address the Pope said that the university's purpose is "to seek and promote the truth with intellectual honesty and respect for Revelation". He recommended the guidance of St Thomas Aquinas, in whose thinking "the demands of reason and the power of faith found the most elevated synthesis ever attained by human thought." PHILOSOPHY BL JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS ST AUGUSTINE

1697. Papal Documents - JP960331.HTM - The Cross of Christ Is the World's Hope
John Paul II

Holy Father celebrates Palm Sunday liturgy for 11th World Youth Day, March 31, 1996

1698. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr12.htm - The Cry of Anguish That Opens the Heavens
Pope Benedict XVI

God never abandons his People, he hears its desperate cry. And that cry becomes a prayer of thanksgiving since humiliation is transformed into glory and death into life. This sums up the Catechesis on Psalm 22 which the Holy Father offered the faithful gathered in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday morning, 14 September 2011, at the General Audience. PASSION PSALTER CROSS DEATH GLORY FIDELITY

1699. Papal Documents - JP2CUR.HTM - The Cure of Ars
Pope John Paul II

Promulgated in 1986. John Paul II's message to priests about the Cure of Ars. PRIESTS JOHN VIANNEY CURE OF ARS JOHN PAUL II

1700. Papal Documents - f1genaud49.htm - The Desire to Walk Together
Pope Francis

On Wednesday, 28 May 2014, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father retraced the milstones of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land days before, which he described as "a great gift for the Church". PAUL VI ATHENAGORAS COMMUNION HOLY SEPULCHRE PEACE CONFIRM FAITH MIDDLE EAST

1701. Papal Documents - JP790429.HTM - The Dignity of Woman and Her Mission
John Paul II

Talk given on the evening of 29 April 1979 by the Holy Father when he received in audience 5,000 members of the Italian Professional Association of Family Collaborators on the occasion of their tenth national congress.

1702. Papal Documents - b16prsanct.htm - The Duty of Priests to Sanctify
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 May 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father mentioned briefly the highlight of his recent Pastoral Visit to Turin on Sunday, 2 May, his opportunity to pray before the Holy Shroud. With the end of the Year for Priests in sight, the Pope then returned to the specific ministry of priests and their ministry of sanctification, which brings priests "into life-giving contact with the mystery of God's holiness". SACRAMENTS LITURGY WORSHIP JOHN MARIE VIANNEY

1703. Papal Documents - b16eastertrid.htm - The Easter Triduum
Pope Benedict XVI

In his General Audience, 4 April 2007, in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father focused on the key moments in the Easter Triduum. He reminds us that the Paschal Mystery is not only a memory, but a reality today, when Christ still conquers sin and death by His love. HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER GOOD FRIDAY WAY OF THE CROSS HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL

1704. Papal Documents - JP900101.HTM - The Ecological Crisis, A Common Responsibility
Pope John Paul II

World Day of Peace, January 1, 1990.

1705. Papal Documents - JP2BA1IN.HTM - The Ecumentical Patriarch's Visit to the Holy Father - 2004
Pope John Paul II & Patriarch Bartholomew I

The Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, "first among equals" in the Orthodox Church, arrived in Rome, 28 June 2004, with his delegation. An exchange of delegations for the feast of St. Andrew in Constantinople, Nov. 30, and for Sts. Peter and Paul in Rome, June 29, has become a tradition, reflecting a desire in both Churches for reunion after 900 years of separation. Our index page includes a Common Declaration signed by the Holy Father and the Ecumenical Patriarch, and addresses by both, praising the occasion and expressing hope for the future. ECUMENISM DIALOGUE UNITY COMMUNION PAPACY PAUL VI ATHANAGORAS I PALLIUM EUROPE

1706. Papal Documents - JP2TB75.HTM - The Effective and Privileged Way of Continence
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 31 March 1982, the Holy Father continued his talks on celibacy/virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Marriage is not depreciated, but continence has an exceptional value, when chosen with a supernatural motive. THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

1707. Papal Documents - P6ELECT.HTM - The Election of the Roman Pontiff
Pope Paul VI

Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI on the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff issued on October 1, 1975. PAUL VI ELECTION APOSTOLIC SEE

1708. Papal Documents - b16stpaul20.htm - The Essential Catholic Structure: Scripture and Tradition
Pope Benedict XVI

On 28 January 2009, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, continuing his Catecheses on the teaching of St Paul, the Holy Father turned to the Pastoral Letters, focusing on the interdependence of Scripture and Tradition, as well as the universality of the Church and its hierarchy. BISHOPS APOSTLES TIMOTHY TITUS APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION HOUSEHOLD OF GOD

1709. Papal Documents - b16prauth.htm - The Essential Tasks of a Priest
Pope Benedict XVI

On 26 May 2010, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke about the priest's ministry of governing, in the name of Christ, the flock entrusted to his care, a service for the ultimate good of the person. PRIESTHOOD DICTATORSHIP AUTHORITY HIERARCHY PASTORAL COMMUNION

1710. Papal Documents - f1genaud10.htm - The Family of God
Pope Francis

At the General Audience on 29 May 2013, Pope Francis introduced a new series of reflections dedicated to the mystery of the Church. The Holy Father explained in particular that the Church is not an organization established by an agreement between a few people, but God's family, even though it is made up of people "with shortcomings, imperfections and sins". PRODIGAL SON EKKLESIA ECCLESIA CREATION SALVATION EUCHARIST BAPTISM

1711. Papal Documents - f1genaud6.htm - The Feast of St Joseph
Pope Francis

Pope Francis spoke about the dignity of work at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday morning, 1 May 2013, the Feast of St Joseph the worker. "Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person," said the Holy Father. HOLY FAMILY UNEMPLOYMENT SLAVE LABOUR PRAYER

1712. Papal Documents - b16pent2010.htm - The Fire of Christ: Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday, 23 May 2010, Benedict XVI presided at Mass in St Peter's Basilica for the Solemnity of Pentecost. During his Homily, the Pope expounded on the deep significance of Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit, manifest as fire at Pentecost — fire that "blazes but does not destroy", fire that "enacts a transformation". ORIGEN COUNSELLOR BABEL UNIVERSAL

1713. Papal Documents - f1genaud53.htm - The First and Last Name of a Christian
Pope Francis

What is the first name and last of a Christian? "I am Christian" and "I belong to the Church". Following many references to the "Christian identity card", Pope Francis on 25 June 2014, during the General Audience, specified the main elements of a "certificate of belonging" to a people. And he stressed that all this means that "we are not isolated", and much less are we "Christians on an individual basis, each on his or her own". COMMUNION BROTHERS BURNING BUSH

1714. Papal Documents - b16baptLord12.htm - The First Educational Choice
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday Morning, 8 January 2012, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father presided at Holy Mass in the Sistine Chapel for the baptism of 16 infants. In his homily, the Pope spoke of Baptism as the first educational choice on the part of Christian parents. WORD OF GOD SACRAMENTS JOHN BAPTISM HOLY SPIRIT GODPARENTS PRAYER

1715. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr23.htm - The Food That Gives Strength to the Weary and Bewildered
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on 11 January 2012, the Holy Father commented on the prayer with which Jesus instituted the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the food of pilgrims which becomes strength for those who are weary, worn-out and bewildered. LAST SUPPER PASSOVER PASCH BREAD WINE BLESSING THANKSGIVING BERAKHA EUCARISTIA EULOGIA SACRIFICE PASCHAL MYSTERY TRANSUBSTANTIATION

1716. Papal Documents - b16humanlove.htm - The Fullness of Human Love
Pope Benedict XVI

On 11 September 2011, during his Pastoral Visit to Ancona for the National Eucharistic Congress, the Holy Father went to Piazza del Plebiscito, where he addressed engaged couples on the theme: "I Will Betroth You to Me". CANA RELATIVISM LOVE FIDELITY MARRIAGE

1717. Papal Documents - P12ART.HTM - The Function of Art
Pope Pius XII

An address by His Holiness Pope Pius XII to a group of Italian artists received in audience on April 8, 1952. PIUS XII ART ARTISTS

1718. Papal Documents - P6TRAIN.HTM - The Fundamental Principles of Training for the Priesthood
Pope Paul VI

On 27 March 1969, the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, received the Prelates, Presidents and Members of the Episcopal Conferences who took part in the work of the Episcopal Commission, drawn from various countries, on training for the priesthood, in accordance with the desire of the Synod of Bishops. The Commission operated under the auspices of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, as directed by the II Vatican Council. SEMINAR HOLY ORDERS

1719. Papal Documents - JP961222.HTM - The Future of a People Can Never Be Founded on Violence
John Paul II

"Let us learn lovingly to repeat the Holy Name of Jesus, especially during this first year of the triennium of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000!", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on December 22, 1996, as he meditated on the Holy Name of Jesus and the Gospel of the Annunciation.

1720. Papal Documents - b16gencode.htm - The Genetic Code of Catholic Theology
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 December 2012, the Holy Father met with participants in the Annual Plenary Assembly of the International Theological Commission in the Hall of the Popes. In his discourse, the Pope distinguished between the authentic sensus fidelium and its counterfeit -- a kind of public ecclesial opinion contesting the teachings of the Magisterium. SENSUS FIDEI MONOTHEISM POLYTHEISM REVELATION AGAPE VIOLENCE

1721. Papal Documents - b16germpeopl.htm - The German People Encouraged to Look to the Future with Trust
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 28 September 2011, the Holy Father spoke about his recent Apostolic Journey in Germany, describing the different events in order to relive the important moments with the faithful. LAW RELIGION FREEDOM JUDAISM EVANGELICAL CHURCH REFORMATION LUTHER DACHAU ORTHODOX

1722. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch3.htm - The Gift of Communion
Pope Benedict XVI

On 29 March 2006, the Holy Father reflected with the faithful gathered for the weekly General audience in St. Peter's Square on the gift of "communion" or fellowship, the great gift of the Holy Spirit. TRINITY APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

1723. Papal Documents - JP2GDPOP.HTM - The Good Pope
Pope John Paul II

At the General Audience of 4 June 2003, in St Peter's Square, the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis was Blessed Pope John XXIII, whom he beatified in 2000. He recalled Pope John's Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris, in which every believer was invited to bear witness to God's great gift of peace before the world.

1724. Papal Documents - b16dramfrag.htm - The Gospel and the Drama of Fragmentation
Pope Benedict XVI

On 30 May 2011, Benedict XVI spoke to the participants in the First Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization in the Clementine Hall. As the Holy Father explained, New Evangelization addresses the need for a renewed manner of proclamation, where "the development of secularization has had a heavy impact, even in traditionally Christian countries." MISSIONARY CONDUCT MODERNITY

1725. Papal Documents - b16chapmats09.htm - The Gospel as a Rule of Life
Pope Benedict XVI

On 18 April 2009, in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to the Franciscans who had been taking part in the Franciscans' International "Chapter of Mats 2009", in Assisi, Umbria. The 2009 Chapter was celebrated on the 800th anniversary of the formal founding of the Franciscan Order when St. Francis presented his Rule to Pope Innocent III for approval. POVERTY POVERELLO GOSPEL HIERARCHY

1726. Papal Documents - f1genaud23.htm - The Great Family of Heaven and Earth
Pope Francis

"God's love burns away our selfishness, our prejudices and our interior and exterior divisions" and "even our sins". Pope Francis said this at the General Audience on 30 October 2013, in St Peter's Square. Continuing his reflections on the Church, he focused this week on the "communion of saints". FAITH JOURNEY SUPPORT

1727. Papal Documents - JP2TB31.HTM - The Heart a Battlefield Between Love and Lust
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 23 July 1980, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. After the fall, human sexuality was marked by a certain "coercion of the body," which subverts the expression of the spirit seeking the communion of persons, male and female, through a mutual gift of self. "The more lust dominates the heart, the less the heart experiences the nuptial meaning of the body." CONCUPISCENCE

1728. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr16.htm - The History of God's Goodness from Creation to Salvation
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 19 October 2011, the Holy Father spoke of the "Great Hallel", Psalm 136[135]. This solemn prayer of thanksgiving was traditionally sung at the conclusion of the Passover meal, he said, so it "was probably also prayed by Jesus at the Last Supper celebrated with his disciples". ISRAEL RED SEA EXODUS PILGRIMAGE HERITAGE LIBERATION EUCHARIST

1729. Papal Documents - f1genaud19.htm - The Holy Church of Sinners
Pope Francis

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday morning, 2 October [2013], the Holy Father continued his reflection on the Church, examining the paradox of a holy Church made up of sinners. The Pope recalled that God is not a merciless judge but the father who welcomes everyone into his house. SANCTITY PRODIGAL SON

1730. Papal Documents - b16italclergy - The Holy Father Meets with Italian Clergy, 24 July 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On Tuesday morning, 24 July 2007, the Holy Father met with Italian clergy at Auronzo di Cadore in the Church of St. Justin Martyr. During the meeting, 10 priests each asked the Pope a question and received from him a full response. CONSCIENCE REASON PRAYER SACRAMENTS SICK INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE PROCLAMATION DIVORCE REMARRIAGE ANNULMENT MISSIONARY YOUTH SCRIPTURE PARISH PRIEST VATICAN II NICEA

1731. Papal Documents - b16cleroma.htm - The Holy Father Meets with the Clergy of Rome, 7 February 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 February 2008, in the Vatican's Hall of Blessings, the Holy Father met with parish priests of the Diocese of Rome. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar General, greeted Pope Benedict XVI at the beginning of the meeting, at which the Pope answered 10 questions put to him by 10 diocesan clerics. This is a translation from Italian of the Interview. DIACONATE YOUTH LAST THINGS JUDGMENT HELL PURGATORY SIN PENANCE WORDS IMAGES DIALOGUE MISSION EVANGELIZATION CONCELEBRATION INDIVIDUALISM COMMUNION ETHICS

1732. Papal Documents - b16romcuria08.htm - The Holy Father speaks to the Roman Curia, Christmas 2008
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 December 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met with the members of the Roman Curia for the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. In his address, the Pope spoke on four aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit. PEUMATOLOGY PENTECOST WORLD YOUTH DAY AUSTRALIA WORD OF GOD BIBLE SCRIPTURE CREATION

1733. Papal Documents - b16italyouth.htm - The Holy Father's Homily to Italian Youth: Loreto, 20 September 2007
Pope Benedict XVI

On Sunday morning, 2 September 2007, the Holy Father arrived by Popemobile at the Plain of Montorso, about 4 kilometres from the Apostolic Palace in Loreto where he had stayed Saturday night, to preside at the Eucharistic concelebration for the Agora of Italian Youth. The following is a translation of the Pope's Homily. HOLY HOUSE MARY HUMILITY

1734. Papal Documents - b16ukflite.htm - The Holy Father's In-Flight Press Conference
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday morning, 16 September 2010, soon after take-off on his flight to Edinburgh, Scotland, the Holy Father spoke to the 70 journalists on the papal plane. The Pope answered five questions put to him on behalf of the journalists by Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, Director of the Holy See Press Office. ANTI-CATHOLICISM ANGLICANISM ANGLICANS SEXUAL ABUSE NEWMAN POLITICS JUSTICE

1735. Papal Documents - b16triduum08.htm - The Holy Triduum
Pope Benedict XVI

On 19 March 2008, at his General Audience, in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father delivered his Catechesis on the Easter Triduum, in which the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Christ are commemorated. CHRISM MASS PRESBYTERATE CENA DOMINI HOLY THURSDAY GOOD FRIDAY WAY OF THE CROSS HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL

1736. Papal Documents - f1ponteccl.htm - The Horizon of Peter's Gaze
Pope Francis

Spiritual life is the source of inner freedom, Pope Francis said to the community of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy whom he received in audience on Thursday morning, 6 June 2013, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. As an example to the priest's training for the dipomatic service the Holy Father presented John XXIII, whose service as papal representative prior to his election to the throne of Peter "was one of the areas ... in which his holiness was formed". CAREERISM AMBITION MINISTRY DIPLOMACY DIPLOMAT

1737. Papal Documents - JP2TB59.HTM - The Human Body, Subject of Works of Art
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 15 April 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, laying groundwork for a consideration of the human body in aesthetic experience, and how it relates to Our Lord's warning against looking with lust. CULTURE OBJECTIVIZATION

1738. Papal Documents - JP820811.HTM - The Husband-Wife Relationship in Ephesians 5, 21-23
John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's exegesis of the text given at General Audience, August 11, 1982.

1739. Papal Documents - P6IDEAL.HTM - The Ideal Concept of the Christian Life
Pope Paul VI

The Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, addressed his audience in the Public Hall at Castel Gandolfo, 7 August 1968, on the Christian's ideal of perfection. HUMANISM ORIGINAL SIN METANOIA CONVERSION HOLINESS

1740. Papal Documents - P6CHRHMN.HTM - The Ideal of Christian Humanism
Pope Paul VI

In his General Audience of 17 July 1968, the Holy Father Pope Paul VI examined the modern rejection of our religious past in the desire to find a new ideal of humanity and showed how this ideal can be found only in the age-long dogmatic and moral teaching of the Church. DOGMA CONSCIENCE JUSTICE

1741. Papal Documents - JP2BVM16.HTM - The Ideal Woman Is a Precious Treasure
Pope John Paul II

The Bible gives examples of women who led others astray, but the predominant image is of strong individuals who work with and for God. So said the Holy Father at his General Audience of 10 April 1996. "In these figures of woman ... we glimpse the one who will be greatest: Mary, Mother of the Lord." This is the 16th in the series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. MACCABEES OLD TESTAMENT WIFE

1742. Papal Documents - P9INEFF.HTM - The Immaculate Conception
Pope Pius IX

Ineffabilis Deus Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854. PIUS IX IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MARY

1743. Papal Documents - b16stpaul10.htm - The Importance of the Cross of Christ
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on 29 October 2008, the Holy Father commented on the central place of the Cross of Jesus Christ in St. Paul's preaching. The Cross is God's power made perfect. GRACE CORINTH SALVATION SKANDALON

1744. Papal Documents - P12CH42.HTM - The Internal Order of States and People
Pius XII

Christmas Message of 1942

1745. Papal Documents - f1motprojudau.htm - The Jurisdiction of Vatican Judges in Criminal Matters
Pope Francis

This Apostolic Letter, issued Motu Proprio by Pope Francis, furthers the reform introduced by Benedict XVI, endowing the Holy See with necessary means to prevent and fight crime, and to foster international judiciary cooperation regarding money laundering and terrorism. PENAL JURISDICTION PUBLIC OFFICIALS JURISDICTION PROSECUTION

1746. Papal Documents - JP2TB84.HTM - The Kingdom of God, Not the World, Is Man's Eternal Destiny
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 14 July 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He further examined St. Paul's teaching on the complementarity of continence and marriage, both vocations having in view the future life. VIRGINITY CELIBACY ESCHATOLOGY

1747. Papal Documents - f1ladyknots.htm - The Lady Who Untangles Knots
Pope Francis

"All the knots of our heart, every knot of our conscience can be undone" with Mary's help. The Holy Father said this during the prayer meeting on Saturday afternoon, 12 October 2013, in St Peter's Square. The meeting, which was part of Marian Day of the Year of Faith, began with a procession of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. After the Marian prayer, the Via Matris, the Holy Father gave his Catechesis. MOTHER OBEDIENCE FAITH INCARNATION JOURNEY PILGRIMAGE

1748. Papal Documents - f1genaud9.htm - The Language of Reconciliation
Pope Francis

At the General Audience on 22 May 2013, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke of evangelization as the Church's primary mission, the mission not of a few, but of every believer. HOLY SPIRIT UNITY COMMUNION BABEL PENTECOST GOSPEL PRAYER

1749. Papal Documents - JP2TB104.HTM - The Language of the Body in the Structure of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 12 January 1983, the Holy Father analysed the sacramentality of marriage under the aspect of a sign. The sign is expressed in the language of the body, in its masculinity or femininity, as a personal gift to its spouse. COMMUNION OF PERSONS PROPHETISM FIDELITY ADULTERY

1750. Papal Documents - JP2TB112.HTM - The Language of the Body: Actions and Duties Forming the Spirituality of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 4 July 1984, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body. He returned to the fifth chapter of Ephesians to examine how the "language of the body" is elevated by the language of liturgy to a "great mystery," the Sacrament of Matrimony. MARRIAGE HOLY FEAR

1751. Papal Documents - f1genaud5.htm - The Last Judgement
Pope Francis

Pope Francis asked the more than 100,000 faithful in St Peter's Square who were taking part in the General Audience on 24 April 2013, "not to fall asleep, so as not to forget God", because "the life of Christians who have nodded off is a sad life". PARABLE TEN VIRGINS TALENTS BRIDEGROOM SECOND COMING

1752. Papal Documents - b16mercyGd.htm - The Last Word on Evil is the Mercy of God
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 March 2011, the last day of the 22nd Annual Course on the Internal Forum, organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary, which began on 21 March, the Holy Father spoke to the participants in the Vatican's Hall of Blessings. In his address, the Pope spoke on the educative aspect of the Sacrament of Penance. CONFESSION PRIESTS EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE HUMILITY

1753. Papal Documents - f1genaud12.htm - The Law of Love
Pope Francis

"A serene childhood allows children to look forward with confidence to life and to the future. Woe to those who stifle their joyful impulse of hope!". This was the Pope's warning at the end of the General Audience on Wednesday, 12 June 2013, in St Peter's Square. He was commemorating the United Nations' World Day Against Child Labour. PEOPLE OF GOD KINGDOM OF GOD

1754. Papal Documents - b16lessnv2.htm - The Lesson of the Council
Pope Benedict XVI

The documents of Vatican II, for our time too, are "a compass that enables the Barque of the Church to put out into the deep". The Holy Father said this at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, 10 October 2012. ECUMENICAL COUNCILS JOHN XXIII PAUL VI FAITH

1755. Papal Documents - JP2LIGHT.HTM - The Light of the East
Pope John Paul II

'Orientale Lumen' Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II promulgated on May 2, 1995 to mark the centenary of 'Orientalium Dignitas' of Pope Leo XIII. JOHN PAUL II EASTERN CHURCH MONASTICISM EUCHARIST WORD TRADITION

1756. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr44.htm - The Liturgy Is Service and Participation in Divine Action
Pope Benedict XVI

The liturgy is "service in the name of/on behalf of the people" and participation in "God's Action". The Holy Father said this at the General Audience on Wednesday, 26 September 2012. He reminded the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square that the Second Vatican Council began 50 years ago "with the discussion of the draft on the Sacred Liturgy." PRAYER SACRED SCRIPTURE BIBLE PASCHAL MYSTERY EUCHARIST SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM

1757. Papal Documents - b16litrenew.htm - The Liturgy Renews the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

"Tradition is a living reality, therefore it includes in itself the principle of development and of progress". The Holy Father said this to the community of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant'Anselmo, whom he received in Audience on Friday morning, 6 May 2011. MEMORY PROPHECY SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM LEX ORANDI CREDENDI TRADITIO LEGITIMA PROGRESSIO

1758. Papal Documents - f1evangvitae.htm - The Living and Merciful God
Pope Francis

"Often people do not choose life" because "they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others". Christians, instead, must always remember that "God, the Living One, is merciful". This is what Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 16 June 2013, the Day commemorating the Encyclical 'Evangelium Vitae'. LIFE KING DAVID MOSES HOLY SPIRIT BABEL

1759. Papal Documents - JP2TB64.HTM - The Living God Continually Renews the Very Reality of Life
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 November 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on theology of the body, by returning to the words of Christ to the Sadducees on the general resurrection. They deny the resurrection because they doubt the power of God. DEATH LIFE REVELATION

1760. Papal Documents - b16alwyscalls.htm - The Lord Always Calls
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday morning, 23 February 2012, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the parish priests and priests of the Diocese of Rome at the traditional meeting at the beginning of Lent. The Holy Father gave a "lectio divina" on a passage from St Paul's Letter to the Ephesians (4:1-16). PASSION RESURRECTION COMMUNION BAPTISM CHURCH HUMILITY MEEKNESS PATIENCE FAITH MOSES CHARIS GRACE CHARISM PRIESTHOOD MAGISTERIUM TRUTH

1761. Papal Documents - p6mantoday.htm - The Man of Today
Pope Paul VI

Here is the central portion of an address delivered by Pope Paul VI on 25 September 1970 to participants in the 21st National Bible Week in Italy. The Holy Father encouraged scripture scholars to make the Bible accessible to modern man. SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION EXEGESIS WORD INCARNATION

1762. Papal Documents - JP2TB14.HTM - The Man-Person Becomes a Gift in the Freedom of Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 16 January 1980, the Holy Father continued his series on the Theology of the Body, by examining the "nuptial meaning of the body." Through self-mastery, by which the purely physical side of sex was restrained, the first man and woman were free to give themselves totally to each other, and thereby discovered their true selves. CREATION MAN WOMAN MASCULINE FEMININE LOVE IMAGE OF GOD HAPPINESS BEATITUDE

1763. Papal Documents - b16martjnbapt.htm - The Martyrdom of St John the Baptist
Pope Benedict XVI

With love for Christ, for his Word, for Truth, there are no compromises. This is what we learn from St John the Baptist, martyred for "his fidelity to God's comandments, without giving in or drawing back, carrying out his mission to the very end". Benedict XVI said this during the General Audience in Piazza della Libertà on Wednesday, 29 August 2012. ELIZABETH ZECHARIAH FORERUNNER

1764. Papal Documents - P6601119.HTM - The Mass Is the Same
Paul VI

Address of Pope Paul VI to a General Audience, November 19, 1969.

1765. Papal Documents - b16meanxmas.htm - The Meaning of Christmas
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 20 December 2006, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father focused on Holy Christmas and the meaning of Christ's birth, asking: "Is the humanity of our time still waiting for a Saviour?". MESSIAH ADVENT

1766. Papal Documents - b16galfreedom - The Meaning of Freedom for Creatures of a Loving Creator
Pope Benedict XVI

On 20 February 2009, the Holy Father visited the Roman Major Seminary of St. John at the Lateran for the annual feast of the Seminary's patroness, Our Lady of Trust. Pope Benedict XVI presided at a lectio divina on St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians (5:13-16). As creatures dependent on our Creator, our freedom is to unite our wills to His. LUTHER FLESH RELATIONSHIP AUGUSTINE HUMILITY

1767. Papal Documents - JP960519.HTM - The Media: Modern Forum for Promoting the Role of Women in Society
Pope John Paul II

World Communications Day May 19, 1996

1768. Papal Documents - JP2WYD19.HTM - The Message Is Clear: We Wish to See Jesus
Pope John Paul II

"We wish to see Jesus" (Jn 12:21) is the theme of the Holy Father's Message for the 19th World Youth Day, to be celebrated this year (2004) in Rome, on Palm Sunday. To see Jesus, we must first allow Him to look at us, to gaze into our unshielded eyes. COLOGNE EXAMPLE

1769. Papal Documents - f1genaud41.htm - The Mission of a Guardian
Pope Francis

On 19 March 2014, the Solemnity of St Joseph, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful at the General Audience in St Peter's Square about the role of parents in child development. He looked to St Joseph as "the model for every educator, especially every father". EDUCATION AGE WISDOM GRACE

1770. Papal Documents - f1genaud2.htm - The Mission of Women
Pope Francis

The task of women and of mothers in particular is to witness to him to their children; it is the mission of young people to show him with their own lives. Pope Francis asserted this on 3 April 2013, taking up reflections on the Year of Faith which he had presented at his first General Audience. RESURRECTION TESTIMONY YOUTH

1771. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch96.htm - The Monastic Order of Cluny
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 11 November 2009, in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father commented on the Order of Cluny, an important monastic movement in the Middle Ages whose reputation for holiness and learning caused its influence to spread throughout Europe. MONASTICISM BENEDICTINES LITURGY SILENCE CLUNIAC REFORM TRUCE PEACE OF GOD

1772. Papal Documents - P12PSYCH.HTM - The Moral Limits of Medical Research and Treatment
Pope Pius XII

An address given September 14, 1952 by His Holiness Pope Pius XII to the First International Congress on the Histopathology of the Nervous System. This address spells out the Catholic attitude on modern medicine. Artificial birth control, mercy killing, abortion, experimentation on human beings are a few examples of the spirit of medicine without God. This talk of the pope is a forthright reminder that the healing arts, practiced

1773. Papal Documents - P6MTHGD.HTM - The Mother of God in the Mission of Salvation
Pope Paul VI

This homily was given by Pope Paul VI, on Feast of the Assumption, in the Parish Church of Castel Gandolfo. The Holy Father took as his theme the glory and virtue of the Mother of God, her teaching and example for the Church and for souls. REDEMPTRIX QUEEN EXEMPLAR TYPE

1774. Papal Documents - b16magp12.htm - The Multifaceted and Fruitful Magisterium of Pius XII
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 November 2008, the Holy Father met with participants at a congress on "The Heritage of the Magisterium of Pius XII and the Second Vatican Council" promoted by the Pontifical Lateran University and the Pontifical Gregorian University. The Pope observed that the present narrow focus on Pius XII's response to Nazi Germany has missed the depth of a great historical-theological figure. CHURCH SCRIPTURE BIBLE LITURGY CONSECRATED LIFE RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATION MEDIA MARY ASSUMPTION VATICAN II

1775. Papal Documents - b16creed4.htm - The Mysterious Desire for God
Pope Benedict XVI

"Man carries within himself a mysterious desire for God." This "fascinating aspect of the human and the Christian experience" was the topic of the Pope's Catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 7 November 2012, in St Peter's Square. SECULAR CULTURE LOVE DEUS CARITAS EST TRANSCENDANT

1776. Papal Documents - b16creed12.htm - The Mystery of a God with the Heart of a Man
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 January 2013, to the faithful present for the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope spoke of the great mystery of God who "came down from heaven to enter our flesh". The Holy Father reflected on the meaning of the Incarnation, to refresh our appreciation for the wonder of it. FLESH LOGOS GIFT LOVE CREATION

1777. Papal Documents - JP2VITAE.HTM - The Mystery of Life
Pope John Paul II

Vitae mysterium, issued Motu Proprio on 11 February 1994, establishing the Pontifical Academy for Life.

1778. Papal Documents - b16thirday.htm - The Mystery of the Third Day
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 November 2011, the Holy Father celebrated a Mass of suffrage in St Peter's Basilica for the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops who died in the past year. The Pope's Homily was based on the reading from Hosea 6. DEATH RESURRECTION BAPTISM NATURE CROSS

1779. Papal Documents - b16stpaul16.htm - The Mystical Body of Christ Comes Alive in the Sacraments
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 December 2008, at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father spoke on the theology of the sacraments in St. Paul's writings. It is through the sacraments, primarily of Baptism and the Eucharist, that we enter into the new humanity established by Christ. HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH BODY OF CHRIST MATRIMONY

1780. Papal Documents - b16intforum.htm - The New Evangelization Begins in the Confessional
Pope Benedict XVI

The New Evangelization begins in the confessional, according to the Holy Father, speaking to participants in the course on the Internal Forum, organized by the Apostolic Penitientiary, 9 March 2012. Effective proclamation of the Word depends on the holiness of the children of the Church, and there is a close connection between holiness and Reconciliation. PENANCE CONVERSION REFORM MYSTERIUM PIETATIS PRIESTS

1781. Papal Documents - b16nwevangV2.htm - The New Evangelization Started with Vatican II
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday, 20 September 2012, the Holy Father received in the Hall of the Swiss at Castel Gandolfo a group of new bishops, who were participating in the Congress sponsored by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Eastern Church. The Pope told the Bishops that the new evangelization had begun with the Council, which Blessed John XXIII saw as a new Pentecost. CATECHISM CHURCH CHARISMS HOLINESS CULTURE FAMILIES PRIESTS

1782. Papal Documents - f1normcard.htm - The Norm for a Cardinal
Pope Francis

"God's way of acting" must become "the norm of our own". Yet without the Holy Spirit our efforts will be in vain. Pope Francis gave this counsel to the newly created Cardinals at the Mass he celebrated on Sunday, 23 February 2014, in St Peter's Basilica. CONVERSION REVENGE MERCY TEMPLE HOLINESS

1783. Papal Documents - JP840718.HTM - The Norm of Humanae Vitae Arises From the Natural Law and Revealed Order
Pope John Paul II

General Audience of July 18, 1984

1784. Papal Documents - JP2TB114.HTM - The Norm of Humanae Vitae Arises from the Natural Law and the Revealed Order
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 July 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of the Encyclical, Humanae Vitae, observing that its moral norm--marital openness to procreation--not only accords with natural law (reason) and the revealed moral law, but finds support in the Theology of the Body. SEXUALITY REVELATION SCRIPTURE TRADITION MAGISTERIUM

1785. Papal Documents - P10MOATH.HTM - The Oath Against Modernism
Pope Pius X

Issued by His Holiness St. Pius X on September 1, 1910. Taken from the Motu proprio, "Sacrorum antistitum. All clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries were to take this oath. MODERNISM PIUS X OATH PASCENDI LAMENTABILI

1786. Papal Documents - P6BISHOP.HTM - The Office of Bishop
Pope Paul VI

In Mass of the Epiphany, 1969,—during which he conferred the Episcopal Order upon twelve new Prelates—Pope Paul VI addressed his Homily to a large gathering of Cardinals, Bishops, Prelates, Priests and faithful, on the great responsibility of a Bishop in these uncertain times. APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION RELATIVISM ORTHODOXY MAGISTERIUM TEACHING AUTHORITY EPISCOPATE

1787. Papal Documents - JP2MIGRA.HTM - The Pastoral Care of Migrants: A Way of Accomplishing the Mission of the Church Today
Pope John Paul II

In his message for the 87th World Day of Migration, 2001, the Holy Father reflects on "the evangelizing mission of the Church with respect to the vast and complex phenomenon of emigration and mobility." IMMIGRATION ECUMEN

1788. Papal Documents - b16concist10.htm - The Path of Christ
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday morning, 20 November [2010], the Holy Father held an Ordinary Public Consistory at which he created 24 new Cardinals in St Peter's Basilica. After the liturgical greeting, the Pope read the formula of creation and solemnly proclaimed the names of the new Cardinals. In his homily, the Pope reminded the Cardinals that, following the example of Christ, those who are "first" must be the servants of all. BIRETTA RED HAT OBEDIENCE DIACONIA

1789. Papal Documents - f1genaud45.htm - The Path to Jesus
Pope Francis

"Why do you seek the living among the dead?". Pope Francis began his General Audience catechesis in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 23 April 2014, repeating the angels' question to the women at the sepulchre. He then compared the different reactions of the first witnesses to the Resurrection. EASTER TOMB ENCOUNTER

1790. Papal Documents - JP2TB56.HTM - The Pauline Doctrine of Purity as Life according to the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 18 March 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by further examination of St. Paul's teaching on purity. This virtue is reinforced by piety, a gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit, by which God is glorified. EUSEBEIA WISDOM REDEMPTION BEATITUDES HOLINESS

1791. Papal Documents - b16creed3.htm - The Place of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

On 31 October 2012, the Holy Father continued his meditations on "faith" with the many faithful who had gathered in St Peter's Square. Faith is not a personal act: it is "born in the Church, leads to her and lives in her". "Our faith is truly personal only if it is also communal." PROCLAMATION BAPTISM SCRIPTURE TRADITION COMMUNITY MISSIONARY

1792. Papal Documents - JP2BRZL.HTM - The Pope in Brazil
Pope John Paul II

These addresses of the Pope were delivered in October 1997 as part of the Second World Meeting of the Holy Father with Families, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MARRIAGE FAMILY

1793. Papal Documents - JP2ROM.HTM - The Pope in Romania: Joint Declaration
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 8 May, at the Patriarchal Palace in Bucharest, Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Teoctist signed a Joint Declaration on the urgent need for peace in the Balkans. Expressing solidarity with all who have been driven from their homes, and with all victims of the deadly bombings, they appealed to all responsible for the tragedy, to return to dialogue; to the international community, to help the parties in conflict to resolve their differences; and to Christians everywhere, to pray for peace.YUGOSLAVIA SERBS ALBANIANS EUROPE

1794. Papal Documents - POPRURAL.HTM - The Pope Speaks on Rural Life
Pope Pius XII

Speech delivered by His Holiness, Pope Pius XII, to the delegates at the Convention of the National Confederation of Farm Owner-Operators. Published by the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310-2199. NCRLC PIUS XII RURAL FAMILY FARM LABOR LAND COUNTRY CULTURE

1795. Papal Documents - JP2DOMIE.HTM - The Pope's Words Before the Angelus
Pope John Paul II

Before reciting the Angelus, at the end of the Mass celebrated 1 October 2000 in St Peter's Square for the canonization of 123 new Saints, the Holy Father spoke to those present about the recent "Dominus Iesus" document, noting that it does not deny the salvation of non-Christians, but affirms that its ultimate source is Christ. ECUMEN UT UNUM SINT

1796. Papal Documents - P6SUFFER.HTM - The Positive Value of Suffering
Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul celebrated Mass in St. Peter's 26 May 1968 for more than 1,500 sick people belonging to the "Centro della Sofferenza" (Centre of Suffering), who came from all over Italy for the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the centre. In his address, the Holy Father reflected on the benefits of Christian suffering to the Church. SUPEREROGATION TREASURY OF MERIT

1797. Papal Documents - JP2TB122.HTM - The Power of Love Is Given to Man and Woman as a Share in God's Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 10 October 1984, the Holy Father continued his exposition of Humanae Vitae, as it bore on his Theology of the Body. The love that God gives to husband and wife is a supernatural power enabling them to coordinate their actions toward the good of marriage, a communion of persons, while safeguarding the connection between the "two meanings of the conjugal act," the unitive and the procreative. CHASTITY CONCUPISCENCE

1798. Papal Documents - JP841010.HTM - The Power of Love Is Given to Man and Woman as a Share in God's Love
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1984. Tenth in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE CONJUGAL

1799. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr3.htm - The Prayer of Abraham
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 18 May 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his catechetical series on the subject of prayer. In this catechesis, the Pope reflects on examples of prayer from the Old Testament, beginning with the Patriarch Abraham. COVENANT SODOM GOMORRAH INTERCESSION JUSTICE

1800. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr4.htm - The Prayer of Jacob
Pope Benedict XVI

At his General Audience on 25 May 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his catechetical series on the subject of prayer. In this catechesis, the Pope reflected on the account in Genesis 32 of the Patriarch Jacob wrestling with God all night at the ford of the Jabbock. NAME ISRAEL BLESSING

1801. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr26.htm - The Prayer of Jesus as He Faces Death
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 8 February 2012, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father, in his series of reflections on Christian prayer, reflected on the cry of Jesus from the Cross. “In the most difficult situations, when it seems that God does not hear, we must not fear to entrust to him our overburdened hearts.” CRUCIFIXION DARKNESS SUFFERING

1802. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr5.htm - The Prayer of Moses
Pope Benedict XVI

At his General Audience on 1 June 2011, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father continued his catechetical series on the subject of prayer. In this catechesis, the Pope reflected on the Prophet Moses, his role as mediator between God and Israel, and his intercessory prayer for God's mercy. SINAI FASTING IDOLATRY FAITHFULNESS

1803. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr6.htm - The Prayer of the Prophet Elijah
Pope Benedict XVI

"The primary aim of prayer is conversion: the flame of God that transforms our heart and enables us to see God", and thus to live in accordance with God and live for others. The Pope said this in his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday 15 June 2011, held in St Peter's Square, which was given in Italian. INTERCESSION SYNCRETISM BAAL IDOLATRY ALTAR SHEMA FIRE

1804. Papal Documents - b16prduties.htm - The Priest's Three Duties
Pope Benedict XVI

On 14 April 2010, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father reflected on the priest's configuration to Christ through the exercise of the three "munera" of teaching, sanctifying and governing. At this Audience, the Pope focused on teaching. PRESENCE IN PERSONA CHRISTI MUNUS DOCENDI

1805. Papal Documents - P12EXIST.HTM - The Proofs for the Existence of God in the Light of Modern Natural Science
Pope Pius XII

Address of Pope Pius XII to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, November 22, 1951. PIUS XII GOD EXISTENCE SCIENCE

1806. Papal Documents - b16queenserve.htm - The Queen Who Serves
Pope Benedict XVI

Reminding the faithful pesent in Castel Gandolfo for the General Audience, Wednesday morning, 22 August 2012, of the day's liturgical Feast, the Holy Father explained the meaning of the queenship of the Virgin Mary as a Queen who walks beside us, who loves us, listens to us and intercedes for us. INTERCESSION BLESSED MOTHER KINGSHIP

1807. Papal Documents - P12MCRSE.HTM - The Question of Microseisms
Pope Pius XII

Pope Pius XII, in an address from 22 November 1951 to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, examines the evidence supplied by physics and astronomy in the first half of the 20th Century, which gives support to the traditional arguments for the existence of an unchanging, intelligent Creator from a changing, purposeful universe. PHILOSOPHY REVELATION NATURAL REASON AQUINAS MACROCOSM MICROCOSM COSMOLOGY EVOLUTION INTELLIGENT DESIGN

1808. Papal Documents - b16creed6.htm - The Reasonableness of Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

Faith and reason are not in opposition or conflict: together they help us understand the meaning and message of divine revelation. The Holy Father reasserted this at the General Audience on 21 November 2012, in the Paul VI Hall, continuing his Reflections for the Year of Faith. KNOWLEDGE FIDEISM GRACE AUGUSTINE TRUTH LOGOS SCIENCE EVANGELIZATION

1809. Papal Documents - JP841128.HTM - The Redemption of the Body and the Sacramentality of Marriage
Pope John Paul II

Text of general audience of November 28, 1984. Last in a series of talks based on 'Humanae vitae.' Summarizes the talks. JOHN PAUL II HUMANAE VITAE MARRIAGE

1810. Papal Documents - JP2TB102.HTM - The Redemptive and Spousal Dimensions of Love
Pope John Paul II

In his general audience of 15 December 1982, the Holy Father continued his commentary on Ephesians 5, for further insights into marriage and the Theology of the Body. The original structure of marriage, as a sacrament of creation, "is renewed in the mystery of the redemption, when that mystery assumes the aspect of the spousal love of the Church on the part of Christ." REDEMPTION OF THE BODY

1811. Papal Documents - JP2TB65.HTM - The Resurrection and Theological Anthropology
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 2 December 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by addressing the teaching of Christ on the relationship between male and female after the general resurrection. PLATO ARISTOTLE THOMAS AQUINAS SOUL

1812. Papal Documents - JP2TB66.HTM - The Resurrection Perfects the Person
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 9 December 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, with particular regard for the general resurrection, in which the body will be spiritualized, and both body and spirit divinized, in the vision of God. PSYCHOSOMATIC ESCHATOLOGY BEATIFIC VISION GRACE

1813. Papal Documents - JP2TB70.HTM - The Risen Body Will Be Incorruptible, Glorious, Dynamic, and Spiritual
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 3 February 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by describing the body, at the general resurrection, as the fulfillment of the human aspiration to glory. This aspiration reflects the potentiality with which we were created to become conformed to the risen Christ. ESCHATOLOGY COSMOS ANTHROPOLOGY

1814. Papal Documents - JP2POET.HTM - The Roman Triptych
Pope John Paul II

Excerpts from the Holy Father's The Roman Triptych, Meditations. In his Presentation Cardinal Ratzinger referred particularly, to the sections here presented to give a sense of the beauty of the whole work. GENESIS MICHELANGELO CONCLAVE POET POEM POETRY WOJTYLA

1815. Papal Documents - P6SACUPE.HTM - The Sacrament of Unity and Peace
Pope Paul VI

In this homily, given by Pope Paul on the Feast of Corpus Christi (1968), the Holy Father meditates on how the faithful should revere the Eucharist, exploring Its hidden riches, and the world should look to the Eucharist for the unity it sadly lacks. COMMUNION MYSTICAL BODY

1816. Papal Documents - JP2TB105.HTM - The Sacramental Covenant in the Dimension of Sign
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 19 January 1983, the Holy Father explains that the sign of the Sacrament of Marriage is constituted by the words of matrimonial consent, "because the spousal significance of the body in its masculinity and femininity is found expressed in them." In giving their consent, the spouses confirm their participation in the "prophetic mission of the Church received from Christ." COVENANT CREATION REDEMPTION PROCREATION

1817. Papal Documents - f1genaud34.htm - The Scandal of Division
Pope Francis

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 22 January 2014, the Holy Father spoke about the scandal of division among Christians, taking up the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January): "Has Christ been divided?" (1 Cor 1:13). ECUMENISM ST PAUL

1818. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr22.htm - The School of Prayer in the House of Nazareth
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, on 28 Decmber 2011, the Holy Father spoke of the Holy Family, the house of Nazareth, as a "school of prayer" where one learns "to listen, meditate on and penetrate the profound meaning of the manifestation of the Son of God, following the example of Mary, Joseph and Jesus." SILENCE PURIFICATION INCARNATION ROSARY FATHER DOMESTIC CHURCH

1819. Papal Documents - JP2TB3.HTM - The Second Account of Creation: The Subjective Definition of Man
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 19 September 1979, the Holy Father examined the account of man's creation in the second chapter of Genesis, observing its profundity in revealing the subjective side of creation in the image of God. ADAM WOMAN MYTH ORIGINAL INNOCENCE SIN

1820. Papal Documents - JP2SEVEN.HTM - The Seven Sacraments
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II in Britain, the main points of the Holy Father's homilies given in England and Wales. Taken from the Catholic Position Papers, Series B, Number 24, October, 1982, Japan Edition. JOHN PAUL II SACRAMENTS BRITAIN ENGLAND WALES

1821. Papal Documents - JP970209.HTM - The Sick Need Our Human Warmth
John Paul II

"Jesus' love for the sick encourages us especially to put the resources of our heart into action. We know from experience that, when we are ill, we not only need adequate treatment, but human warmth", the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, February 9, 1997. Two days before the fifth World Day of the Sick, he reflected on our Lord's power of healing and recommended compassion for "the elderly who are no longer self-sufficient, defenceless children, the disabled, the severely handicapped and the terminally ill', instead of considering them a burden.

1822. Papal Documents - b16creed10.htm - The Silent Force That Triumphs Over the Clamour of Worldly Power
Pope Benedict XVI

On 19 December 2012, in the Paul VI Hall, at the General Audience — the 43rd and the last of 2012 — the Holy Father spoke about Mary's joy at the Annunciation, a joy that came from the grace of being in communion with God. MARY ANNUNCIATION CHAIRE REJOICE JOY CHARIS COMMUNION ABRAHAM FAITH DIALOGUE REFLECTION

1823. Papal Documents - f1mediasins.htm - The Sins of the Media
Pope Francis

Misinformation, calumny and defamation. Pope Francis identified these sins as the sins of the media, in an off the cuff address he delivered to members of the Corallo Association on Saturday morning, 22 March 2014, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. Following the address, the offical text that was prepared for the occasion was consigned to the Association's President, Luigi Bardelli. TRUTH GOODNESS BEAUTY CLERICALISM LAITY HARMONY PASTORAL COUNCILS COMMUNICATION

1824. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr41.htm - The Spirituality of St Dominic Guzmán
Pope Benedict XVI

On 8 August 2012, at the General Audience in Piazza della Libertà, Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke about St Dominic Guzmán, the 13th-century Spanish mendicant who founded the Order of Preachers. Continuing his series of reflections on prayer, on the Memorial of this "man of prayer" the Pope reflected on the nine ways attributed to the Saint. CRUCIFIX STANDING BOW PROSTRATE KNEELING MEDITATION RECOLLECTION

1825. Papal Documents - JP2JUSLW.HTM - The Splendor in Justice & Law
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II's annual address to the Roman Rota given on January 28, 1994. The Holy Father says, 'Love for the truth must be expressed in love for justice and in the resulting commitment of establishing the truth in relations within human society.' JOHN PAUL II CANON LAW VERITATIS SPLENDOR CATECHISM JUSTICE

1826. Papal Documents - P12PERF.HTM - The States of Perfection
Pope Pius XII

Address of His Holiness Pope Pius XII to the Second General Congress of the States of Perfection on December 12, 1957. PIUS XII PERFECTION RELIGIOUS

1827. Papal Documents - JP2TB103.HTM - The Substratum and Content of the Sacramental Sign of Spousal Communion
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 5 January 1983, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body by analysing the sign (form) of the sacrament of marriage into two aspects: the expression of the will to be united (the wedding vows), and the actual union when the marriage is consummated. COMMUNIO PERSONARUM

1828. Papal Documents - P9SYLL.HTM - The Syllabus of Errors
Pope Pius IX

Issued by Pope Pius IX in 1864 simultaneously with the Encyclical 'Quanta Cura. Covers errors of Pantheism, Naturalism, Indifferentism, Latitudinarianism, Socialism, Communism, also errors concerning civil society, the Church, natural and Christian ethics, Christian marriage, the Pope's civil power and modern Liberalism. PIUS IX SYLLABUS COMMUNISM SOCIALISM MARRIAGE LIBERALISM

1829. Papal Documents - JP2TESTA.HTM - The Testament of John Paul II
Pope John Paul II

The Spiritual Testament of John Paul II was read to the Cardinals at their meeting on 6 April and published in full the following day in the original Polish. The Pope wrote his first version during the Lenten Spiritual Exercises in 1979 and updated it six times: with one undated addition, and in 1980, 1982 (twice on the same day), 1985 and 2000, the Year of Great Jubilee. TOTUS TUUS PONTIFICATE PERSECUTION FUNERAL THIRD MILLENNIUM VATICAN II

1830. Papal Documents - P6TESTMN.HTM - The Testament of Paul VI
Pope Paul VI

During a meeting of the General Congregation of Cardinals on 10 August 1978, following the death of Pope Paul VI, there was read his last will and testament, a handwritten document dated the 30th June 1963, to which there were added two codicils, one of 1972 and the other of 1973.

1831. Papal Documents - b16theoladvent.htm - The Theologian a Man of Advent
Pope Benedict XVI

Every theologian is called to be "a man of Advent, a witness keeping watch, who enlightens the ways of understanding the Word who was made flesh". This is what the Pope said to members of the International Pontifical Theological Commission, whom he received in Audience on Friday morning, 2 December 2011, in the Hall of the Popes. FAITH UNDERSTANDING REASON INCARNATION TRINITY MONOTHEISM SOCIAL DOCTRINE

1832. Papal Documents - f1p6loves.htm - The Three Loves of Paul VI
Pope Francis

A great Pontiff who taught us to bear witness to three fundamental loves: for Christ, for the Church and for human beings. Pope Francis commemorated Paul VI in this way, on 22 June 2013, in the Vatican Basilica, addressing the numerous faithful from Brescia, who were on a pilgrimage to Rome to celebrate the Year of Faith on the 50th anniversary of the election of their fellow citizen as pope. VATICAN II PASTOR

1833. Papal Documents - b16stpaul17.htm - The Time Has Come for True Worship
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 January 2009, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, continuing his Catecheses on the teaching of St Paul, the Holy Father focused on the meaning of "true worship" as highlighted in Paul's Letter to the Romans. True worship is not abstract moralizing, but the concrete offering of our daily lives. YOM KIPPUR PROPITIATORY CROSS SACRIFICE PRIESTHOOD

1834. Papal Documents - f1genaud25.htm - The True Battle Is for Life
Pope Francis

Baptism is the "identity card of the Christian, his birth certificate". The Pope said this in his continuing catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 13 November 2013, in St Peter's Square. CONFESSION PENANCE ILLUMINATION

1835. Papal Documents - f1stegidio.htm - The True Revolution
Pope Francis

"Go forth on this path: prayer, the poor and peace" in order to "help compassion grow in the heart of society". Because this is the true revolution.This was the instruction that Pope Francis gave to the Community of Sant'Egidio during his visit on Sunday afternoon, 15 June 2014. The meeting with the poor who are aided by the Community took place in the Roman Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. ELDERLY THROW-AWAY CULTURE DIALOGUE

1836. Papal Documents - b16aplibr.htm - The Truth Open to Researchers
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 November 2010, Benedict XVI addressed a Message to Cardinal Raffaele Farina, SDB, Archivist and Librarian of Holy Roman Church. The text was read by the Cardinal at the opening of the Conference in Rome in honour of the re-opening of the Vatican Apostolic Library after 3 years of renovation. HUMANISM CULTURE PAUL VI SCHOLARSHIP WORD

1837. Papal Documents - b16truthfire.htm - The Truth That Sets Us on Fire
Pope Benedict XVI

This is the integral English text of the Holy Father's Meditation given extemporaneously in Italian during the Hour of Terce at the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on Monday, 8 October 2012, in the Syond Hall. The Meditation centered on the meaning of certain words, understood in the context of the new evangelization. EVANGELIUM HOLY SPIRIT CONFESSIO PROFESSIO CARITAS

1838. Papal Documents - b16cons6card.htm - The Universal Face of the Church
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday morning, 24 November 2012, in St Peter's Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of six cardinals. In his Address, the Holy Father spoke of the oath of Cardinals and of the universal face of the Church. CREED CATHOLIC SON OF MAN KINGDOM ROME SEE OF PETER

1839. Papal Documents - f1genaud17.htm - The University of Motherhood
Pope Francis

The Church is like a mother who teaches her children to walk through life, helps them when they go astray and "knocks at every door" when they need help. At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday morning, 18 September 2013, Pope Francis offered another reflection on the Church as mother and concluded with an appeal for peace to Syria. TEN COMMANDMENTS ST MONICA

1840. Papal Documents - JP2TB82.HTM - The Unmarried Person Is Anxious to Please the Lord
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 June 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by examining St. Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 7, that one who marries does well, but one who chooses continence or virginity does better. Continence makes more room to be anxious for "the things of the Lord," to please the Lord and work for the growth of His Church. CELIBACY MARRIAGE

1841. Papal Documents - JP2TB78.HTM - The Value of Continence Is Found in Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 21 April 1982, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, with regard to the choice of virginity or celibacy. Continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven is the nuptial gift of self to Christ, the Spouse of the soul. MARRIAGE FAMILY RENUNCIATION

1842. Papal Documents - P6VATMAR.HTM - The Vatican Council on Our Blessed Mother
Pope Paul VI

In his General Audience, 29 May 1968, Pope Paul VI devoted his discourse to a commentary on the Council teaching as to the place of Our Lady in the Redemption and in the Church. MOTHER OF GOD TEMPLE OF HOLY SPIRIT COREDEMPTRIX CO-REDEMPTRIX MOTHER OF CHURCH

1843. Papal Documents - JP2PRUDN.HTM - The Virtue of Prudence
Pope John Paul II

At his first General Audience, Wednesday, 25 October 1978, Pope John Paul II linked his catechesis with that of his predecessor, Pope John Paul I, by dedicating his discourse to the fourth "Lamp of the Christian life" — the virtue of Prudence. CARDINAL VIRTUES GIFTS CONSCIENCE MORALITY PROVIDENCE COUNSEL

1844. Papal Documents - JP2TB55.HTM - The Virtue of Purity Is the Expression and Fruit of Life according to the Spirit
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 11 February 1981, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on Theology of the Body, by further examining St. Paul's teaching on purity. It is identifiable as the virtue of temperance, but includes an element of respect for the body, as a temple of the Holy Spirit. LUST UNCHASTITY MODESTY REDEMPTION

1845. Papal Documents - b16visimmac.htm - The Visitation and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday evening, 31 May 2008, the Feast or the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, the day this year on which the liturgical memory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is also celebrated, the Holy Father concluded the Marian month with the recitation of the Rosary in St. Peter's Square. At the end of the Rosary the Pope gave a meditation on the Visitation, with particular emphasis on the Magnificat. ANNUNCIATION ELIZABETH

1846. Papal Documents - JP2TB73.HTM - The Vocation to Continence in This Earthly Life
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 17 March 1982, the Holy Father continued his talks on celibacy/virginity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. This new ideal, though a departure from the Old Testament tradition of marriage, shed light on the theology of the body. ESSENES CHASTITY

1847. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr39.htm - The Way of Christian Life
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 27 June 2012, the topic of the Holy Father's Catechesis was the Hymn to Christ in the Letter to the Philippians, proclaiming His saving work, from the humiliation of the Cross to the glory of the Resurrection. ST PAUL CARMEN CHRISTO SACRIFICE KENOSIS HUMAN CONDITION KYRIOS ADORATION BLESSED SACRAMENT ADAM

1848. Papal Documents - b16exchange.htm - The Wondrous Exchange Between Divinity and Humanity
Pope Benedict XVI

"Christmas is the point at which Heaven and earth converge", the Holy Father said at the first General Audience of 2012, on Wednesday, 4 January, in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The Holy Father reflected further on the liturgical time of Christmas and on the mystery of God-made-man. NATIVITY EPIPHANY CANA HUMILITY ADMIRABILE COMMERCIUM

1849. Papal Documents - JP970302.HTM - The World God Created Must Not Be Profaned
John Paul II

Jesus' zeal and love for the Father's house certainty does not stop at a temple of stone. The whose world belongs to God and must not be profaned, the Holy Father said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, March 2, 1997. He spoke of the need to respect the dignity of the human person and of human life which is sometimes the object of dangerous experimentation.

1850. Papal Documents - b16creed16.htm - The World is a Gift from the Creator
Pope Benedict XVI

In the age of science and technology, does it make sense to talk about 'creation'? This is the troubling question that the Holy Father addresses at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday, 6 February 2013. The truth, replies the Pope, is that the origin of the world lies in God's eternal reason, the Word or Logos. REVELATION FAITH GENESIS EDEN SERPENT ADAM EVE ORIGINAL SIN RELATIONSHIPS

1851. Papal Documents - P6WORLD.HTM - The Worldwide Apostolate of the Church
Pope Paul VI

In his address during the General Audience (22 May 1968), Pope Paul gave illuminating direction on the Apostolate of the Laity both within the Church and in the world at large. SECULAR SOCIETY LAICISM

1852. Papal Documents - f1theolcom13.htm - Theologians and Prophets
Pope Francis

Addressing members of the International Theological Commission, received in audience on 6 December 2013, in the Hall of Popes Pope Francis described theologians as "pioneers," who live on the frontier in a dialogue with cultures. MONOTHEISM VIOLENCE SOCIAL DOCTRINE SENSE OF THE FAITH SENSUS FIDELIUM SENTIRE CUM ECCLESIA

1853. Papal Documents - b16stpaul11.htm - Theology of the Cross: Not a Theory
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on 5 November 2008, the Holy Father commented on the resurrection of Christ in St. Paul's preaching. St. Paul brings us from the apparent absurdity of the Cross to the power of the resurrection, by which the divinity of Christ is proclaimed. PASCHAL MYSTERY KERYGMA TRADITION SUFFERING

1854. Papal Documents - JP961006.HTM - They Bore Fruits of Conversion and Holiness
John Paul II

Beatification of 16 Servants of God October 6, 1996.

1855. Papal Documents - JP960623.HTM - They Witnessed to Life in a Culture of Death
John Paul II

Holy Father's homily at the beatification of Bernhard Lichtenberg and Karl Leisner on June 23, 1996 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

1856. Papal Documents - JP2YIELD.HTM - They Yielded to Reality
John Paul II

John Paul II describes the birth of faith in the disciples in the face of the presence of the Risen Christ which they experienced with all their senses. The following are passages from two of the Pope's discourses one from Sunday April 21, 1996 and the other from Sunday April 28, 1996.

1857. Papal Documents - P6NOTRUL.HTM - This Is Not Our Ruling: It Is God's Law
Pope Paul VI

A large gathering of pilgrims greeted the Holy Father in the courtyard of the Papal residence at Castel Gandolfo when he appeared on the balcony at noon on Sunday, August 4th, 1968. Before leading the Angelus, he spoke of his encyclical, "Humanae Vitae". Although it has met with criticism, its teaching "originates from the very structure of life and love and human dignity, and is thus derived from the law of God." PARENTHOOD NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING

1858. Papal Documents - f1genaud35.htm - This Journey Must Not Stop Halfway
Pope Francis

At the General Audience on Wednesday 29 January 2014, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful about the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is a sacrament, he said, which is often given little attention and yet is "so important in Christian Life." INITIATION CHRISMATION ANOINTING HOLY SPIRIT CHRISM OIL SEVEN GIFTS

1859. Papal Documents - f1genaud33.htm - This Journey Must Not Stop Halfway
Pope Francis

At the General Audience on Wednesday 29 January 2014, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful about the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is a sacrament, he said, which is often given little attention and yet is "so important in Christian life". CHRISMATION CHRISTIAN INITIATION CHRISM ANOINTING HOLY SPIRIT SEVEN GIFTS

1860. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch19.htm - Thomas, the Twin
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience, 27 September [2006], the Holy Father spoke to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, continuing his Catechesis on the Apostles. This week he reflected on Thomas, "the twin", who, the Pope said, shows us that "the most important thing is never to distance oneself from Jesus". DISCIPLES

1861. Papal Documents - JP951029.HTM - Those Humbling Themselves Will Be Exalted
Pope John Paul II

Beatification of Three Swiss Women, Mary Theresa Scherer, Maria Bernard Butler and Marguerite Bays, John Paul II, 10/29/95

1862. Papal Documents - b16creed5.htm - Three Paths that Lead to God
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 14 November, in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father addressed the question of how to overcome the practical atheism that clouds the lives of so many: by contemplating the beauty of creation, by turning within to understand our thirst for the infinite, by faith leading to an encounter with God. AUGUSTINE MISSION RELATIVISM TOTALITARIANISM FREEDOM PROCLAMATION

1863. Papal Documents - b16ChrstChrch26.htm - Timothy and Titus
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 13 December 2006, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father continued his Catechesis on the Church's apostolic ministry, focusing this time on St. Timothy and St. Titus, St. Paul's closest collaborators. APOSTLES BISHOPS

1864. Papal Documents - JP2VOXCL.HTM - To Vox Clara Committee on English Liturgical Texts
Pope John Paul II

On 22 April 2002, the Holy Father sent this English Message to the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez in which he gave the purpose of the Vox Clara Committee on English liturgical texts, to ensure that the texts be accurately translated in accord with the norms of Liturgiam Authenticam. MISSALE ROMANUM RECOGNITIO ICEL VERNACULAR

1865. Papal Documents - JP2AGENG.HTM - To 2nd World Assembly on Aging
Pope John Paul II

In his address, 3 April 2002, to the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing held in Madrid, the Holy Father declared that "the elderly must be considered in their dignity as persons, which does not diminish with the passing years nor with physical and mental deterioration." ELDERLY SENIOR POPULATION SOLIDARITY CULTURE MORAL VALUES ILLNESS DEATH

1866. Papal Documents - JP2EURCO.HTM - To a Study Session: Towards a European Constitution
Pope John Paul II

On 20 June 2002, the Holy Father sent an important Message to the 250 participants in a four-day European Study Congress that met in Rome on the theme: "Towards a European Constitution?" He called for dialogue with the Churches and religious denominations on an authentic vision of the person and society that would serve as the foundation of an expanded Europe. EUROPEAN UNION POLITICAL HUMANISM PERSON TRANSCENDANT

1867. Papal Documents - JP2XENO.HTM - To Academy for Life
Pope John Paul II

In a Message of 1 July 2001, addressed to a congress organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life on the justness of "xenotransplants", the Holy Father gave guidelines for the transplanting of animal organs to humans. MEDIC ETHIC SCIENCE

1868. Papal Documents - b16scotadlim10.htm - To Bishops of Scotland: Ad Limina Visit 2010
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland on Friday, 5 February 2010, at the conclusion of their "ad Limina" visit to Rome. The Pope lamented the "tragedy of division" that occurred in Scotland 450 years ago, and commended the Bishops' efforts to restore unity among Christians. COMMUNIO OGILVIE PRIESTS VOCATIONS LAITY LAY APOSTOLATE MARRIAGE PARENTHOOD SCHOOLS EDUCATION

1869. Papal Documents - JP2COMPD.HTM - To Cardinal Ratzinger, Prepare Compendium of Catechism
Pope John Paul II

An International Catechetical Congress took place in Rome October 2002 to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of the original edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992). Following the Congress, a proposal, that a compendium of the Catechism be compiled, was presented to the Holy Father. He approved the proposal in his Letter of 2 February to Cardinal Ratzinger, inviting the Cardinal to set up a special commission and an editorial committee to draft a Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. CATECHISTS CATECHETICS

1870. Papal Documents - JP2NEOCA.HTM - To Cardinal Stafford, Assist the Neocatechumenal Way
Pope John Paul II

On 5 April 2001 the Holy Father sent a letter to Cardinal James Francis Stafford, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, on the Neocatechumenal Way. The Pope asks the Cardinal to accompany the ecclesial community as it prepares its statutes for recognition and approval. CHARISM LAY MINISTRY

1871. Papal Documents - b16layjurists.htm - To Catholic Lay Jurists
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 December 2006, in the Vatican's Hall of Blessings, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the 56th National Study Congress organized by the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists, on the theme "The Lay State and Secularity". The Pope showed that the concept of secularity has changed considerably since it was first coined to describe the condition of lay people who were neither priests nor Religious. It has even come to mean, the Pope said, "the exclusion of religion and its symbols from public life". SECULARISM POLITICS

1872. Papal Documents - b16congpal08.htm - To Congress Members: Pontifical Academy for Life
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 February 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to those taking part in the Congress organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life on the occasion of its 14th General Assembly. The theme of the Congress was: "Close by the Incurable Sick Person and the Dying: Scientific and Ethical Aspects". The Holy Father's message was that no one should die neglected. EUTHANASIA MEDICINE LONG TERM CARE

1873. Papal Documents - JP2DSABL.HTM - To Congress on Integration of Disabled Children
Pope John Paul II

Speaking to participants in a congress on "The family and the integration of disabled children and adolescents", whom he received on 4 December 1999, the Holy Father affirmed that the disabled child has same rights as any child. "It is when children are stricken by difficulties, problems or illness, that the values of faith can come to the aid of human values, so that the original personal dignity of the disabled is also acknowledged and respected." FAMILY SOLIDARITY

1874. Papal Documents - JP2LIFSS.HTM - To Congress on Life-Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State
Pope John Paul II

In his address to an International Congress on Life-Sustaining Treatments, 20 March 2004, the Holy Father insisted on the fact that "a man, even if seriously ill or disabled in the exercise of his highest functions, is and always will be a man, and he will never become a vegetable or an animal." He will always be deserving of care, even if a cure is not possible. MEDICAL ETHICS EUTHANASIA FAMILY NUTRITION HYDRATION STARVATION DEHYDRATION VEGETATIVE STATE

1875. Papal Documents - JP2OTHER.HTM - To Delegations of Other Christian Churches and Organizations
Pope John Paul II

On Sunday 22 October 1978, the Holy Father John Paul II received in audience the delegations of the other Christian Churches which had attended the ceremony for the beginning of his ministry as Supreme Pastor. He thanked them for their presence, giving assurance of his "firm resolution to go forward along the way to unity in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and following the example of [his] predecessors." ECUMENISM ECUMENICAL

1876. Papal Documents - JP2OLDFO.HTM - To Federation of Family Advisory Boards
Pope John Paul II

Receiving in audience the participants in the National Conference of the Italian Federation of Family Advisory Bureaus of Christian Inspiration on 28 March 1987, the Holy Father addressed the important responsibility families have for the care of their elderly. DIGNITY MARGINALIZATION FAMILY

1877. Papal Documents - b16genchapsj.htm - To General Chapter Members of the Society of Jesus
Pope Benedict XVI

On Thursday, 21 February 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to participants in the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus. The Pope asked them to renew their "commitment to promoting and defending Catholic doctrine," faithful to the Magisterium. DIALOGUE EVANGELIZATION FOURTH VOW IGNATIUS SECULAR CULTURE POOR SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

1878. Papal Documents - JP2CHARS.HTM - To Group of Renewal in the Holy Spirit
Pope John Paul II

On 14 March 2002, the Holy Father celebrated the 30th anniversary of the advent of the Charismatic Renewal in Italy when he received a delegation of members of this important ecclesial movement. In his address, the Pope spoke of Renewal in the Spirit as a "special gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church in our time." PENTECOST MAGISTERIUM MISSIONARY COMMUNITY ADORATION

1879. Papal Documents - JP2JA15.HTM - To Group Preparing for World Youth Day
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 15 January, the Holy Father received the representatives of Episcopal Conferences and various ecclesial associations who were meeting in Rome to prepare for the next World Youth Day. In his address, the Pope stressed that young people must bring the Gospel into the New Millennium. JUBILEE EVANGELIZATION

1880. Papal Documents - f1genaud47.htm - To Him Who Strengthens Me
Pope Francis

At the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 14 May 2014, Pope Francis continued his series of catecheses on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, focusing on the fourth of these gifts: fortitude. Fortitude liberates the "soil of our heart," freeing it from sluggishness, uncertainty, and fear. MARTYRDOM SAINTS

1881. Papal Documents - JP951115.HTM - To Honor Mary Is to Go to Jesus
Pope John Paul II

General Audience November 15, 1995.

1882. Papal Documents - JP2BVM5.HTM - To Honour Mary Is to Go to Jesus
Pope John Paul II

"It can be clearly seen ... how the Marian dimension pervades the Church's whole life. The proclamation of the Word, the liturgy, the various charitable and cultural expressions find in Mary an occasion for enrichment and renewal", the Holy Father said at his General Audience on 15 November 1995, in the fifth of his series on the Blessed Mother. For the series, see Index Page. SALVATION HAIL MARY PILGRIMAGE DEVOTION

1883. Papal Documents - JP2CAT10.HTM - To International Catechetical Congress
Pope John Paul II

On 11 October 2002, the Holy Father spoke to those gathered for the International Catechetical Congress held to observe the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his address, the Pope underlined its authoritative nature as the basis for local catechisms. A closing statement from the Congress follows, with a list of its resolutions addressed to catechists around the world. CATECHESIS GENERAL CATECHETICAL DIRECTORY ECUMENICAL INTERRELIGIOUS APOLOGETICS EVANGELIZATION INCULTURATION

1884. Papal Documents - JP2FILM.HTM - To International Cinema Conference
Pope John Paul II

On 2 December 1999, the Holy Father met the participants in an international study conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The Pope told them of his hope that during the Jubilee Year "the cinema can also make its particular contribution...to the promotion of a humanism linked to Gospel values, and which for this reason can create an authentic culture of man and for man." MOVIES

1885. Papal Documents - JP2CANCR.HTM - To International Gynaecological Cancer Society
Pope John Paul II

In September 1999, the Holy Father received the participants in the Seventh Congress of the International Gynaecological Cancer Society. In his address to the medical professionals, the Pope commended them for offering hope and healing to women suffering from cancer, but also reminded them that as doctors they are guardians and servants of human life, and therefore must reject any recourse to abortion or euthanasia. HEALTH CARE ASSISTED SUICIDE

1886. Papal Documents - JP2JRST2.HTM - To Italian Catholic Jurists
Pope John Paul II

On Saturday, 5 December 1998, the Holy Father received the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists, who were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of their association. He commended them on their research in natural law doctrine, since the natural law "represents the sole guarantee for putting human rights on a sure and absolute basis".

1887. Papal Documents - b16indbpsadlim.htm - To Latin-Rite Bishops from India for Ad Limina Visit
Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope received Latin-rite bishops from the Indian Provinces of Madras-Mylapore, Madurai, Pondicherry and Raipur in the Consistory Hall on Friday morning, 17 June 2011, on the occasion of their visit "ad limina Apostolorum". The Holy Father called on the Bishops to be Builders of unity and communion in the one family of God. PASTORS PRIESTS RELIGIOUS CONSECRATED LIFE

1888. Papal Documents - b16latprovind.htm - To Latin-Rite Bishops from Provinces of India
Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father met with Latin-rite Bishops of the Indian Provinces of Hyderabad, Visakapattanam, Verapoly and Trivandrum, on Monday morning, 30 May 2011, for their visit "ad limina Apostolorum". Recalling Lumen Gentium, the Pope affirmed that "among the more important responsibilities of Bishops, the proclamation of the Gospel is pre-eminent." CHARITY FAMILY WORD OF GOD

1889. Papal Documents - b16latritindbps.htm - To Latin-Rite Indian Bishops on Their Ad Limina Visit
Pope Benedict XVI

"Even if he encounters opposition, the Christian's own charity and forbearance should serve to convince others of the rightness of religious tolerance, from which the followers of all religions stand to gain". The Holy Father said this to a group of Latin-rite Indian Bishops on their "ad limina" visit whom he received in the Vatican's Consistory Hall on Monday morning, 16 May 2011. REVELATION PROCLAMATION EVANGELIZATION CATECHESIS INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE FREEDOM OF RELIGION WORSHIP

1890. Papal Documents - JP1FAITH.HTM - To Live the Faith
Pope John Paul I

In his General Audience, 13 September 1978, the Holy Father John Paul I addressed the virtue of faith. PAUL AUGUSTINE

1891. Papal Documents - b16orientchs.htm - To Members of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 June 2007, the Holy Father visited the offices of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, where he was greeted by the Prefect, Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud. The Pope reaffirmed his "profound esteem for the Eastern Catholic Churches, for their special role as living witnesses" to the faith, and made a heartfelt appeal for peace in the Middle East. EASTERN RITE ORTHODOX ECUMENISM

1892. Papal Documents - b16dipcorp11.htm - To Members of the Diplomatic Corps, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI

The right to religious freedom is the "first of human rights", Benedict XVI recalled to the Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See on Monday morning, 10 January 2011, in the Clementine Hall. The Pope expressed his dismay at the persecution of Christians, seeking only to practice their faith, in many countries throughout the world. MIDDLE EAST IRAQ PAKISTAN AFRICA NIGERIA CHINA EUROPE

1893. Papal Documents - b16syriacath.htm - To Members of the Extraordinary Synod of the Syrian Catholic Church
Pope Benedict XVI

The Extraordinary Synod of the Church of Antioch for Syrian Catholics, convoked by the Holy Father and chaired by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, met in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace from 26 to 28 April 2007. H.B. Patriarch Ignace Pierre VIII Abdel-Ahad and 13 Syrian Catholic Bishops were present. The Pope spoke of the violence with which the Syrian Church has to contend, and of the importance of their ability "to proclaim the Gospel forcefully, to promote a pastoral ministry adapted to the challenges of post-modernity and to a fragmented, divided world, a shining example of unity." ECUMENISM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE EASTERN ORIENTAL

1894. Papal Documents - b16intthecom.htm - To Members of the International Theological Commission
Pope Benedict XVI

On 5 October 2007, in the Vatican's Hall of Popes, the Holy Father spoke to members of the International Theological Commission on the occasion of their Plenary Meeting. The Pope stressed the need for full awareness of the inalienable value of "natural moral law". ETHICAL RELATIVISM REASON HUMAN RIGHTS DEMOCRACY

1895. Papal Documents - b16pchs.htm - To Members of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 March 2008, the Holy Father met with members of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences in the Vatican's Hall of Popes and addressed them on the danger to a society of ignorance of its history. Loss of memory leads to loss of identity, leaving a society subject to manipulation by ideologies. POSITIVISM MATERIALISM HISTORIOGRAPHY EDUCATION PROGRESS

1896. Papal Documents - JP2TRIBR.HTM - To Members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota
Pope John Paul II

On 29 January 2005, the Holy Father spoke to the Prelate Auditors, Officials and Advocates of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, for the inauguration of the Judicial Year. The Pope commented on the moral dimension of those who work at the Tribunal, and the need "to conform to the truth about marriage as the Church teaches it". MARRIAGE ANNULMENT

1897. Papal Documents - b16romrota2.htm - To Members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota
Pope Benedict XVI

On 27 January [2007], in the Vatican's Clementine hall, the Holy Father addressed the Prelate Auditors and Officials of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota when he received them in audience for the solemn opening of the Church's judicial year. At this first Audience with the Tribunal's members, Pope Benedict XVI focused on the truth about marriage and its innate juridical nature. In the perspective of the "apparent antithesis between the institution of causes of the nullity of marriage and genuine pastoral concern", he said "the love of truth emerges as a point of convergence between processual research and the pastoral service of the person". ANNULMENTS CANON LAW

1898. Papal Documents - jp2milchaps.htm - To Military Chaplains Participating in Course on Formation
Pope John Paul II

On 25 March [2003], the Holy See released a Message of the Holy Father (dated 24 March) to the military chaplains attending a course of formation in humanitarian law jointly organized by the Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Holy Father noted that it is Christian motivations that have developed the body of international humanitarian law that aims at lessening the ferocity of war. MILITARY ORDINARIATES DEFENSE DEFENCE

1899. Papal Documents - b16newevangrs.htm - To New Evangelizers
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 October 2011, in the Vatican's New Synod Hall, at the first major meeting of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, after the report given by Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Dicastery, the Holy Father addressed Church leaders involved in the New Evangelization. PARABLE SOWER GRAIN WHEAT MISSION

1900. Papal Documents - P6PARPRI.HTM - To Parish Priests
Pope Paul VI

On 17 February 1969, Pope Paul VI received in the Sistine Chapel the parish priests of Rome, with pupils of the Major Roman Pontifical Seminary, whom the Holy Father addressed concerning the role of the priest in a changing world. PASTOR AUTHORITY

1901. Papal Documents - b16penance.htm - To Participants in a Vatican Course on the Sacrament of Penance
Pope Benedict XVI

On 16 March 2007, the Holy Father met in the Vatican's Clementine Hall with participants in a Course promoted by the Apostolic Penitentiary dealing with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. "The duty of the priest and the confessor is primarily this: to bring every person to experience the love of Christ, encountering him on the path of their own lives as Paul met him on the road to Damascus." RECONCILIATION CONFESSION INTERNAL FORUM IN PERSONA CHRISTI

1902. Papal Documents - b16congnatlaw.htm - To Participants in an International Congress on Natural Law
Pope Benedict XVI

On 12 February 2007, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father received in Audience the participants of the International Congress on Natural Moral Law, promoted by the Pontifical Lateran University. The Pope observed that advances in empirical science have weakened the ability of some to see the "ethical message contained in being, a message that tradition calls lex naturalis, natural moral law." METAPHYSICS FREEDOM JUSTICE SOLIDARITY POSITIVISM TECHNOLOGY

1903. Papal Documents - b16karekin.htm - To Patriarch Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians
Pope Benedict XVI

On 9 May 2008, the Holy Father met with His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians in the Hall of Popes together with several Armenian Bishops. Noting that the next evening would begin the celebration of Pentecost in their respective traditions, the Holy Father looked forward to the day when unity in faith would lead to a common celebration of the Eucharist. PERSECUTION MARTYRDOM ECUMENISM

1904. Papal Documents - JP2CCE.HTM - To Plenary Assembly of Congregation for Catholic Education
Pope John Paul II

In his address, 4 February 2002, to the Plenary Session of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Holy Father commented on the role of psychology in priestly formation, formation of students in canon law, the mission of consecrated persons in education, and recruitment of vocations. SEMINARY SEMINARIAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE SCHOOL

1905. Papal Documents - P12PLEN.HTM - To Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Pope Pius XII

Pope Pius XII, in an address from 30 November 1941 to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, praises science and the dominion man has over lower creatures because of the image of God in which he was created, and from which he has the intelligence to investigate God's handwork in creation. ADAM ORIGINAL SIN ASTRONOMY PHYSICS ORDER

1906. Papal Documents - JP2KOWLC.HTM - To Polish Academy of Sciences' International Meeting
Pope John Paul II

In a letter released 11 April 2002, the Holy Father warned that so-called "values-free science" in fact restricts the freedom of scientific research, being a code word for submission to economic interests. The result is scientific "progress" in directions hostile to human dignity. MEDICINE BIOMEDICAL BIOETHICS PHARMACEUTICAL PROCREATION CONTRACEPTION ABORTION CLONING STEM CELLS TECHNOLOGY PROFIT PERSON

1907. Papal Documents - JP2JSPC.HTM - To Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace: You Have Important Role in Promoting Church's Social Teaching
Pope John Paul II

Because of his Apostolic Visit to India and Georgia, the Holy Father was unable to receive the members and consultors of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace during their plenary assembly, so he sent them a written Message in which he encouraged their recent efforts to draft a compendium of the Church's social teaching and to make leaders aware of their duty to promote the dignity of every human person. DEBT ENVIRONMENT EVANGELIZATION

1908. Papal Documents - JP2PCSC.HTM - To Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Pope John Paul II

On 1 March 2002 the Holy Father addressed the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which issued the two documents The Church and Internet and Ethics and Internet. The Holy Father urged the Council to continue evangelization both through the media and of the media. COMMUNICATION

1909. Papal Documents - JP2FATH.HTM - To Pontifical Council for the Family
Pope John Paul II

On Friday, 4 June, the Holy Father received those taking part in the l4th plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family. In his address he defended the family based on marriage and warned of the dangers of non-marital cohabitation. Mere "de facto" unions, lacking commitment,do not provide a stable environment for the rearing and education of children. FATHER HOLY SPIRIT COVENANT HOMOSEXUALS

1910. Papal Documents - JP2CHLTV.HTM - To President of the Catholic Union of the Italian Press
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father sent a Message dated 18 April 2002 to Dr Emilio Rossi, President of the Catholic Union of the Italian Press, at the end of its Congress in Rome on "Children and the Media: 100 meeting points." The Pope appealed to the men and women who write and produce the scripts for TV and films to study the needs of children and offer them better programming. EDUCATION VALUES INTERNET

1911. Papal Documents - JP2POLUN.HTM - To Rectors and Professors of the Polish Universities
Pope John Paul II

30 August 2001, the Holy Father received at Castel Gandolfo a group of rectors and professors of Polish Universities. In his address, the Pope spoke about the pressing need to humanize scientific research. FIDES ET RATIO ALIENATION PERSON ETHIC MORAL

1912. Papal Documents - f1chrcheccles.htm - To Representatives of Churches and Ecclesial Communities
Pope Francis

To representatives of the Churches and Ecclesial Communities, and of the different religions, who were in Rome for the inauguration of his Petrine ministry, the Holy Father expressed his "firm intention" of pursuing the path of ecumenical dialogue and "promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions". Pope Francis received them on Wednesday, 20 March 2013, in the Clementine Hall. ORIENTAL ORTHODOX VATICAN II UNITY JEWS MUSLIMS INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

1913. Papal Documents - f1genaud46.htm - To See Beyond
Pope Francis

Understanding is the gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to recognize the Lord who walks with us and enables us to understand reality "with the mind of God". In his General Audience of 9 April 2014, in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis to the second gift of the Holy Spirit, understanding. KNOWLEDGE EMMAUS SCRIPTURE

1914. Papal Documents - f1convsems.htm - To Serve Is to Do the Will of Others
Pope Francis

On Monday, 12 May 2014, in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis received rectors and seminarians of the pontifical colleges and residences of Rome. Seminarians from various countries of the world asked the Pope a series of questions, which he answered at length. The article was published in two parts, which are here combined. PRIESTLY FORMATION COMMUNITY STUDY VIGILENCE MARY SHEPHERD PASTOR NEW EVANGELIZATION WORD OF GOD PREACHING

1915. Papal Documents - JP2SPCMI.HTM - To Special Missions
Pope John Paul II

On Monday 23 October 1978, the Holy Father John Paul II received in audience the Heads of State and members of the Special Missions who had attended the solemn rite for the beginning of his pontificate on the day before. He encourages them to realize that the Church, being guided by the Gospel, is a valuable ally to governments striving for unity among nations. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS UNITED NATIONS

1916. Papal Documents - b16vengl650.htm - To Students and Staff of the Venerable English College
Pope Benedict XVI

"Just as a small fire can set a whole forest ablaze, so the faithful testimony of a few can release the purifying and transforming power of God's love so that it spreads like wildfire throughout a community or a nation." The was the image invoked by the Holy Father on Monday morning, 3 December 2012, in the Clementine Hall, as he spoke to the community of the Venerable English College in Rome on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of its foundation. SCHOLA SAXONUM NEW EVANGELIZATION SEMINARY MISSION MARTYRS

1917. Papal Documents - b16syrmalan.htm - To Syro-Malankara Bishops on Their Visit Ad Limina Apostolorum
Pope Benedict XVI

On 25 March 2011, The Holy Father received members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India of the Syro-Malankara Rite on the occasion of their visit "ad limina Apostolorum". The Pope spoke of the need for catechesis of the faithful and of their spiritual development. ORIENTAL CHURCHES DEPOSIT OF FAITH SCRIPTURE

1918. Papal Documents - JP2APPEN.HTM - To the Apostolic Penitentiary
Pope John Paul II

On 28 March 2003, the Holy Father addressed the officials of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the confessors of the Patriarchal Basilicas of Rome and a group of young priests and candidates for the priesthood. The Pope reminded priests of their need to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation for their own spiritual growth, and he also stressed the importance of being faithful to the Church's teaching in exercising this "delicate ministry." PENANCE CONFESSION CONVERSION MAGISTERIUM VOCATIONS

1919. Papal Documents - P1010825.HTM - To the Bishops of France Concerning the Sillonist Movement
Pope Pius X

August 25, 1910 Examines the social, economic and political problems of the 20th century. Gives authentic teaching on Human Dignity, Socialism, Democracy, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Authority and Obedience.

1920. Papal Documents - JP2FRNCE.HTM - To the Bishops of France: Ad Limina Addresses
Pope John Paul II

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of France, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. VOCATIONS COMMUNION YOUTH EUCHARIST EVANGELIZATION UNITY PRIESTHOOD FORMATION SEMINARY DIOCESES CELIBACY RELATIVISM YOUTH RELIGIOUS ORDERS CHARISMS SOLIDARITY DEACONS FRATERNITY LAITY

1921. Papal Documents - JP2INDIA.HTM - To the Bishops of India
Pope John Paul II

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to Bishops of India, in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. LITURGY EASTERN RITES HUMAN LIFE VOCATIONS CONVERSION MISSIONARY CATECHISTS CATECHESIS EUCHARIST MOTHER TERESA PENANCE RECONCILIATION MATERIALISM CONSUMERISM HIV/AIDS MARRIAGE FAMILY WOMEN HINDU FUNDAMENTALISM EVANGELIZATION INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE INDIFFERENTISM EDUCATION FORMATION SEMINARIES ETHNIC DIFFERENCES APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION CONSUMER SOCIETY SEMINARY PRIESTS ECUMENISM PREJUDICE

1922. Papal Documents - JP2USADL.HTM - To the Bishops of the U.S.A.: Ad Limina Conferences
Pope John Paul II

A series of addresses by the Holy Father to the Bishops of the U.S.A., in Rome for their ad limina visit (to the threshold, i.e., of the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul), when they are required to submit a five-year report. The papal addresses are noteworthy for their topics of current concern. ECCLESIOLOGY CONVERSION EVANGELIZATION SANCTIFICATION ORDINATION CONTEMPLATION POVERTY MUNUS SANCTIFICANDI PROPHETICUM COMMUNION SEMINARY SIN METANOIA CONFESSION RECONCILIATION PENANCE HOLINESS PREMARITAL INSTRUCTION FAMILY YOUTH POPULAR PIETY DEVOTIONS AGNOSTICISM RELATIVISM PROPHETIC MISSION LAITY CULTURE MEANING RELIGIOUS CHARISMS RIGHTS POLITICS FORMATION CATECHESIS

1923. Papal Documents - P10HAER.HTM - To the Catholic Clergy on Priestly Sanctity
Pope Pius X

'Haerent Animo'. Apostolic Exhortation given by Pope St. Pius X on August 4, 1908. This Exhortation, which the Holy Father addressed to the Catholic clergy was written entirety in his own hand in the space of some weeks. It is a document which truly comes from the heart of the Pontiff. In it he presents his ideal of the priesthood, and reveals the serious anxieties which he experienced. PIUS X PRIESTHOOD CLERGY SANCTITY SELF DENIAL ZEAL PRA

1924. Papal Documents - f1renewHS.htm - To the Charismatic Renewal
Pope Francis

On Sunday afternoon, 1 June 2014, Pope Francis went to Rome's Olympic Stadium to meet with participants in the 37th National Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit, which concluded on Monday, 2 June. The Holy Father said, "The charismatic renewal is a great force meant to serve the preaching of the Gospel in the joy of the Holy Spirit." GIFTS BIBLE EVANGELIZATION ECUMENISM WORSHIP POOR MARGINALIZED

1925. Papal Documents - B16CLERO.HTM - To the Clergy of Rome, with Response to Interventions by Roman Clergy
Pope Benedict XVI

On 13 May 2005, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St John Lateran for his first meeting with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome. The Pope addressed the Roman priests and deacons on the Mass as the center of priestly life. He announced a dispensation from the normal waiting period before the cause for John Paul II's beatification could begin. The Pope also responded to interventions by the clergy present, emphasizing the Person of Jesus as the ground of all ministry. EUCHARIST PRIESTHOOD MUNUS APOSTOLICAM EVANGELIZATION AFRICA APOLOGIA LOGOS CHRISTOCENTRISM

1926. Papal Documents - b16gregorian.htm - To the Community of Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 November 2006, the Holy Father visited the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The University originated in the Collegium Romanum (Roman College), which Ignatius of Loyola founded in a house at the foot of the Capitoline Hill, near the Papal Residence, in 1551. In his address, the Pope recalled that knowing God is not enough. We must also love Him. EDUCATION JESUITS SOCIETY OF JESUS SECULARISM DESPAIR

1927. Papal Documents - JP2CDW.HTM - To the Congregation for Divine Worship
Pope John Paul II

On 22 May 1987, Pope John Paul received in audience the participants in the general session of the Congregation for Divine Worship. He addressed the development of a living liturgy, free of arbitrary changes, the lack of priests, inculturation, and the use of churches for concerts and other artistic presentations. MARRIAGE ORDINATIONS ROMAN RITUAL MARTYROLOGY SUNDAY EUCHARIST HOLY WEEK

1928. Papal Documents - b16cdf.htm - To the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 February 2006, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the participants of the plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In his Address, the Pope emphasized that the Congregation's service to the fullness of the faith "is a service to the truth, hence, to joy." Jesus Christ Himself is truth personified. CURIA MAGISTERIUM

1929. Papal Documents - b16congsaints.htm - To the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Causes of Saint, the Holy Father sent a Message to Cardinal José María Saraiva Martins, Prefect, discussing a main item on the Congregation's agenda, an "Instruction for the process of the diocesan inquiry in the Causes of Saints". More than 20 years' experience has prompted this Congregation to draft an appropriate "Instruction" addressed primarily to Bishops. The purpose of the Document, the Pope said, is to ensure "the seriousness of the investigations carried out in diocesan inquiries into the virtue of Servants of God". HOLINESS MARTYRDOM ODIUM FIDEI MIRACLES

1930. Papal Documents - JP2CDF.HTM - To the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Pope John Paul II

On 18 January 2002, the Holy Father addressed the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, encouraging them to continue reflection on the centrality of the Eucharist in the Church, and on the necessary relevance of the natural law, even for the terrible problems of war and peace. CURIA COLLABORATION EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES MEDIA EUCHARISTIC SACRIFICE MORAL PROBLEMS

1931. Papal Documents - b16prstsrom13.htm - To the Council with Enthusiasm and Hope
Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI met with priests of the Diocese of Rome in the Paul VI Hall on Thursday morning, 14 February 2013. For 45 minutes he talked to them extemporaneously about his memories of the Second Vatican Council, explaining the truth about the Council through his own experience and participation. LITURGICAL MOVEMENT PASCHAL MYSTERY SUNDAY CHURCH ECCLESIOLOGY BISHOPS APOSTLES PEOPLE OF GOD EUCHARIST COMMUNION SCRIPTURE TRADITION CANON EXEGESIS ECUMENISM JEWS ISLAM INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE MEDIA

1932. Papal Documents - b16diocrome.htm - To the Diocese of Rome Convention at the Basilica of St. John Lateran
Pope Benedict XVI

"Jesus is Lord: educating in the faith, in the 'sequela' [following of Christ], in witnessing", was the theme of the Convention of the Diocese of Rome which the Holy Father opened at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Monday, 11 June [2007]. YOUTH FAMILY RELATIVISM EDUCATION VOCATIONS

1933. Papal Documents - JP2BVM49.HTM - To the Disciple He Said, Behold Your Mother
Pope John Paul II

"The universal motherhood of Mary, the 'Woman' of the wedding at Cana and of Calvary, recalls Eve, 'mother of all living' (Gn 3:20). However, while the latter helped to bring sin into the world, the new Eve, Mary, co-operates in the saving event of Redemption." So said the Holy Father at the General Audience of 23 April 1997. This was the 49th in the series on the Blessed Virgin. For the series, see Index Page. CO-REDEMPTRIX COREDEMPTRIX NEW EVE

1934. Papal Documents - b16lor150.htm - To the Editor-in-Chief of L'Osservatore Romano
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Italian daily, "L'Osservatore Romano", the Holy Father addressed a letter to Prof. Giovanni Maria Vian, Editor-in-Chief, expressing his appreciation of the paper which staunchly maintained "its line of imparitality and courage... in the face of the tragedy and horror that have scarred the first half of the 20th century". NEWSPAPER SHOAH COMMUNISM

1935. Papal Documents - JP2ENVSY.HTM - To the Fifth International Environmental Symposium
Pope John Paul II

On the occasion of the Fifth Symposium on Environment which took place on a boat down the Baltic Sea with the theme: "The Baltic Sea: a Common Heritage, a Shared Responsibility", the Holy Father sent a Message, dated 27 May 2003, to His Holiness Bartholomaios I, Ecumenical Patriarch, concerning the safeguarding of creation. ECOLOGY ECUMENISM

1936. Papal Documents - f1italconf14.htm - To the General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference, 2014
Pope Francis

On Monday afternoon, 19 May 2014, Pope Francis opened the proceedings of the 66th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference. The Holy Father addressed the bishops as pastors of the Community of the Risen One. TEMPTATION ACEDIA SPIRITUALITY CONSOLATION PAUL VI EUCHARIST COLLEGIALITY KINGDOM FAMILY UNEMPLOYED MIGRANTS

1937. Papal Documents - JP2RICCI.HTM - To the International Conference Commemorating the Fourth Centenary of the Arrival in Beijing of Father Mateo Ricci
Pope John Paul II

The Holy Father praises the work of Fr Ricci, the 16th-century Jesuit who brought the Gospel to China, offers friendship and invites dialogue between "the two oldest living institutions in the world," the Catholic Church and the Chinese government. DIALOGUE INCULTURATION PERSON SOLIDARITY GLOBALIZATION MISSION

1938. Papal Documents - b16humvit40.htm - To the International Congress Celebrating Humanae Vitae at 40
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 May 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to participants at the International Congress on Paul VI's Encyclical Humanae Vitae and its relevance today held at the Pontifical Lateran University from 8 to 10 May. "Drafted to treat a difficult situation, [the Encyclical] constitutes a significant show of courage in reasserting the continuity of the Church's doctrine and tradition." CONJUGAL LOVE MARRIAGE PROCREATION SEXUALITY NATURAL LAW CHILDREN

1939. Papal Documents - b16maryvat2.htm - To the International Congress on Mariology and the Second Vatican Council
Pope Benedict XVI

Although its was not exhaustive in its treatment of all the problems concerning the figure of the Mother of God, the Second Vatican Council nevertheless remains "the essential hermeneutic horizon" for every other type of reflection. This is what the Holy Father said to those taking part in the 23rd International Mariological Marian Congress whom he received in audience on Saturday morning, 8 September 2012, in the courtyard of the Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo. THEOTOKOS YEAR OF FAITH LUMEN GENTIUM

1940. Papal Documents - b16euchcong08.htm - To the International Eucharistic Congress, Quebec
Pope Benedict XVI

On 22 June 2008, from the Vatican's Foconi Hall, the Holy Father made a live broadcast via satellite of his Homily for the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Conference in Quebec. The Holy Father called for a continual return to the Last Supper, "where we were given a pledge of the mystery of our redemption on the Cross." BLESSED SACRAMENT COMMUNION ADORATION SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM SAINTS COVENANT MISSIONARY

1941. Papal Documents - f1italbibinst14.htm - To the Italian Biblical Institute, 2014
Pope Francis

Catholic biblical exegesis must not "become lost, like a stream of water, in the sands of a hypercritical analysis". Pope Francis emphasized this in his address to members of the Italian Bibilical Institute, who he received in audience in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on 12 September 2014 at the close of the 58th National Bible Week. SCRIPTURE INSPIRATION FAITH

1942. Papal Documents - JP2LEGIO.HTM - To the Legionaries of Christ
Pope John Paul II

On 4 January 2001, the Holy Father met the Legionaries of Christ, in Rome to celebrate their Jubilee and the 60th anniversary of their foundation in Mexico City by Fr Marcial Maciel. The Pope told them and the members of the Regnum Christi Movement that in our secularized world "there is a need today more than ever for a confident proclamation of the Gospel." He repeated the words of St. Catherine of Siena, "If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze." EVANGELIZATION VOCATIONS

1943. Papal Documents - b16neocat.htm - To the Neocatechumenal Way
Pope Benedict XVI

The celebration of the Eucharist open to the parish community is the true place of the unity of all, the Holy Father said to members of the community of the Neocatechumenal Way on Friday morning, 20 January 2012, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández began the Way in the early 1960s in one of the slums of Madrid. NEW EVANGELIZATION MISSIO AD GENTES LITURGY PASCHAL MYSTERY CATECHUMENATE

1944. Papal Documents - b16ordvirg.htm - To the Order of Virgins
Pope Benedict XVI

On 15 May 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to 500 consecrated virgins from 52 countries who were taking part in the International Congress-Pilgrimage of the Ordo Virginum, the Order of Virgins. The Pope said of their charism that it is "as luminous and fruitful in the eyes of the faithful as it is obscure and futile in those of the world." SPONSA CHRISTI BRIDE OF CHRIST

1945. Papal Documents - b16replatamer.htm - To the Papal Representatives in Latin American Countries
Pope Benedict XVI

In reparation for the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), the Holy Father addressed his representatives in Latin American countries, 17 February 2007. "Papal Representatives are the presence of the Pope, who through them makes himself close to all those he is unable to meet personally." He looked forward to his trip to Brazil (May 2007), where the Pope could be personally present. APOSTOLIC NUNCIOS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROSELYTISM SECTS FAMILY

1946. Papal Documents - JP2BULG.HTM - To the Patriarch and Holy Synod, Bulgaria
Pope John Paul II

On 24 May 2002, the Holy Father met with His Holiness Patriarch Maxim and the members of the Holy Synod in the Patriarchal Palace, Sofia. Appealing to the example of Sts Cyril and Methodius, the Pope declared that "the whole of Europe, both West and East, expects Catholics and Orthodox to work together for the defence of peace and justice, human rights and the culture of life." ECUMENISM DIALOGUE COMMUNION DIVERSITY

1947. Papal Documents - f1cce14.htm - To the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Pope Francis

The importance of dialogue, the quality of preparation for formators, the presence of the Gospel in the field of education, science and culture: these are the qualifying elements of the Church as educator, according to Pope Francis in his address to the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Catholic Education, on 13 February 2014, in the Clementine Hall. NEW EVANGELIZATION MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY FORMATION SCHOOLS UNIVERSITIES

1948. Papal Documents - b16plenascdf.htm - To the Plenary Assembly, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Pope Benedict XVI

On 31 January 2008, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to those taking part in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Pope recalled the important documents issued by the Congregation in the previous year, which addressed the doctrine of the Church, evangelization, and bioethical problems. ECUMENISM RELATIVISM SCIENCE STEM CELLS HUMAN DIGNITY PERSON ARTIFICIAL FERTILIZATION

1949. Papal Documents - b16pass.htm - To the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
Pope Benedict XVI

On 3 May 2008, the Holy Father met with Members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on its 14th Plenary Session. In his address, Pope Benedict defined four fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching: human dignity, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity. JUSTICE PEACE

1950. Papal Documents - JP2ARCHA.HTM - To the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology
Pope John Paul II

On 16 January 1998, the Holy Father met the members, officials and staff of the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology, who were holding their plenary assembly. The Pope commended them on their work of restoring many Christian catacombs in Rome and on their efforts to make these sites more accessible to pilgrims during the Holy Year. ROME JUBILEE

1951. Papal Documents - b16pcid08.htm - To the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
Pope Benedict XVI

On 7 June 2008, in the Consistory Hall, the Holy Father met with participants in the Tenth Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The Pope emphasized the need for formation for those who promote dialogue, "to be well formed in their own beliefs, and well informed about those of others." TRUTH CHARITY

1952. Papal Documents - JP2EUPAR.HTM - To the Presidents of the European Union of Parliaments
Pope John Paul II

On 23 September 2000, the Holy Father received in audience participants in the Conference of Presidents of the Parliaments of the European Union. Expressing his hopes, he said to them: "May the European Union ... succeed in forging the consensus necessary to set among its highest ideals the protection of life, respect for one another, mutual help and a fraternity which excludes no one". GLOBALIZATION NATURAL LAW SUBSIDIARITY DEMOCRACY

1953. Papal Documents - JP2PENIT.HTM - To the Pro-Major Penitentiary
Pope John Paul II

In an address 15 March 2002 to Archbishop De Magistris and the Apostolic Penitentiary, to the religious who exercise the ministry of the Sacrament of Penance in Roman Basilicas, and to priests taking part in a course on the internal forum, the Holy Father highlighted the indispensability of the Sacrament of Penance for the development of Christian and priestly holiness. CONFESSION RECONCILIATION CHARISMATIC GIFTS ASCETICISM PELAGIANISM VOCATIONS SEMINARIES

1954. Papal Documents - b16romclerg.htm - To the Roman Clergy: Hall of Blessings
Pope Benedict XVI

On 2 March 2006, in the Hall of Blessings, the Holy Father addressed members of the Roman clergy. After a greeting by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar of Rome, the Pope responded to questions or statements by 10 priests, and later responded the interventions of five additional priests. The following is a synopsis of the 15 questions and a translation of the Holy Father's Responses, which were given in Italian. JOHN PAUL II LIFE PERPETUAL ADORATION FAITH PIUS XII FAMILY RELATIVISM WOMEN AFRICA YOUTH ORTHODOXY

1955. Papal Documents - b16syromalabar.htm - To the Syro-Malabar Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI

On the occasion of their visit ad limina Apostolorum, 7 April 2011, the Holy Father addressed the prelates of the Syro-Malabar Church whom he received in the Consistory Hall. "Each Bishop, for his part, is called to be a minister of unity in his particular Church and within the universal Church. This responsibility is of special importance in a country like India where the unity of the Church is reflected in the rich diversity of her rites and traditions." ORDINATION MARRIAGE FAMILY FORMATION EVANGELICAL COUNSELS

1956. Papal Documents - f1rota14.htm - To the Tribunal of the Roman Rota
Pope Francis

As "you carry out your juridical work, do not forget that you are pastors! Behind every practice, every profession and every cause, there are persons who are waiting for justice". The Pope said this to the members of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota on Friday morning, 24 January 2014, in the Clementine Hall. ECCLESIASTICAL JUDGE LAW

1957. Papal Documents - JP2YOUT.HTM - To the Youth of the World
Pope John Paul II

The United Nations having proclaimed 1985 as World Youth Year, the Holy Father addressed an Apostolic Letter (31 March 1985) to the youth of the world on the theme of being prepared to defend the Catholic faith against attacks of unbelievers. APOLOGETICS MORALITY MEANING VOCATION MARRIAGE EDUCATION

1958. Papal Documents - JP960407.HTM - To Those Who Share in His Triumph Over Death The Lord Grants Courage to Build Up a New Humanity
John Paul II

Easter Message April 7, 1996

1959. Papal Documents - JJP2UNIV.HTM - To University Teachers for Their Jubilee
Pope John Paul II

To participants in the World Meeting of University Teachers, whom he received in audience for their Jubilee on 9 September 2000, the Holy Father addressed a reminder of "the need for a university culture which is genuinely 'humanistic', in the sense --primarily--that culture must correspond to the human person". FAITH REASON SCIENCE SOLIDARITY SUBSIDIARITY DEMOCRACY

1960. Papal Documents - JJP2WYD1.HTM - To Youth at Saint John Lateran
Pope John Paul II

On 15 August 2000, Solemnity of the Assumption, the Holy Father arrived at St John Lateran to open the 15th World Youth Day, with more than a million young people expected. The Pope addressed the young, enthusiastic crowds before going on to St Peter's Square. JUBILEE

1961. Papal Documents - JJP2WYD2.HTM - To Youth at Saint Peter's
Pope John Paul II

On the evening of 15 August 2000, after greeting the multitude of young people who had gathered to see him open the 15th World Youth Day at St John Lateran, the Holy Father was driven to St Peter's Square for the welcoming ceremony there. In his address he urged young people to grow in their faith in Christ, letting themselves be "molded by the Holy Spirit." JUBILEE

1962. Papal Documents - b16epiph12.htm - Touched by God's Unrest
Pope Benedict XVI

On Friday morning, 6 January 2012, the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St Peter's Basilica. In his Homily, the Pope spoke of the Magi as leading the way of humanity’s pilgrimage to Jesus Christ, the first of the Gentiles to seek Him. WISE MEN EPISCOPATE PRIESTHOOD ORDINATION BISHOPS STAR

1963. Papal Documents - b16newdawn.htm - Towards a New Dawn
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Ash Wednesday, 22 Febrary 2012, the Holy Father spoke of the beginning of the Lenten journey, which will lead the faitful "to a new dawn created by God himself". METANOIA QUADRAGESIMA 40 ISRAEL CHURCH

1964. Papal Documents - b16stpaul4.htm - Transformed by Grace, at Service of Christ
Pope Benedict XVI

On 10 September 2008, in the Paul VI Audience Hall the Holy Father continued his General Audience commentaries on St. Paul, this time examining St. Paul's conception of what it means to be an apostle of Jesus Christ. ENCOUNTER AMBASSADOR GOSPEL

1965. Papal Documents - b16transfin.htm - Transparent Finances for the Holy See
Pope Benedict XVI

On 30 December 2010, a Secretary of State communiqué and an Apostolic Letter signed by Benedict XVI announced four new laws on laundering and counterfeiting and the establishment of the Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria (Financial Information Authority). With this Apostolic Letter, in the form of a Motu Proprio, and a convention between Vatican City State and the European Union, the Vatican attempts to ensure complete financial transparency. TERRORISM MONEY LAUNDERING ECONOMY

1966. Papal Documents - b16triduum06.htm - Triduum & Easter 2006
Pope Benedict XVI

And index page to the words of the Holy Father at his General Audience, Wednesday of Holy Week, at the Holy Chrism Mass and Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, at the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, at the Easter Vigil, and his Urbi et Urbi Message on Easter Sunday, 2006. EUCHARIST ANOINTING PRAYER MAUNDATUM STATIONS OF THE CROSS HOLY SATURDAY RESURRECTION BAPTISM

1967. Papal Documents - JP2MAR.HTM - True Human Love Reflects the Divine
Pope John Paul II

Promulgated September 25, 1993. Pope John Paul II's message to married couples in Asti, Italy. MARRIAGE LOVE HUMAN DIVINE MAN WOMAN JOHN PAUL II

1968. Papal Documents - f1truejust.htm - True Justice
Pope Francis

"True justice is not satisfied by simply punishing criminals. It is essential to go further and do everything possible to reform, improve and educate the person such that he is enabled to reestablish his life without being crushed under the weight of his hardships". So wrote Pope Francis to the participants in the 19th International Congress of the International Association of Penal Law and the Third Congress of the Latin American Association of Penal law and Criminology. COMPENSATION GOOD SAMARITAN CONFESSION CRIME INEQUALITIES CONTRITION REPENTANCE REHABILITATION

1969. Papal Documents - b16chrstpryr18.htm - True Kingship is Service and Gift of Self
Pope Benedict XVI

At the General Audience on 16 November 2011, the Holy Father concluded his Catechesis on Christian prayer by commenting on Psalm 110 [109], one of the famous "royal Psalms". The Pope said that it was perhaps "originally linked to the enthronement of a Davidic monarch". The Church interprets this Psalm as a prophecy of Christ. DAVID MELCHIZEDEK EUCHARIST PRIESTHOOD

1970. Papal Documents - JP2TB109.HTM - Truth and Freedom the Foundation of True Love
Pope John Paul II

In his General Audience of 30 May 1984, the Holy Father continued his analysis of the Song of Songs for further examination of the sacramental sign of marriage. It is expressed in the "language of the body," which begins in the heart. It reflects the familiarity of friendship, but also the mystery of a woman's interior inviolability, which is freely given to the man. ENTRUSTMENT

1971. Papal Documents - f1genaud8.htm - Truth Is a Person
Pope Francis

We are not part-time Christians at certain moments or in certain circumstances; we are Christians all the time. Pope Francis reaffirmed this on Wednesday morning, 15 May 2013, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square. RELATIVISM HOLY SPIRIT PARACLETE

1972. Papal Documents - JP960317.HTM - Two Blesseds Manifest 'Works of God'
Pope John Paul II

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