Work Toward the Common Good, Pope Exhorts

“In communion with your bishops I invite you, the lay faithful, not to fail to use your skills and responsibilities to contribute to the construction of the common good.”A big challenge from the Pope!  At the Angelus on Sunday, October 9, Pope Benedict exhorted lay Catholics to work toward the good of society. And our Holy Father, speaking in Calabria, in the south of Italy, led by example:  After lunch with local bishops at the episcopal residence of Bishop Luigi Antonio Cantafora, bishop of … [Read more...]

Freiburg, the Pope, and Me

Today, September 24, Pope Benedict XVI rode through the streets of Freiburg in the popemobile before meeting with a group of lay Catholics gathered at the Freiburg Seminary.  In the background of the copyrighted photo, you can clearly see Freiburg’s village clock.I was there, too, in October 2000.  I was poring through some photos and came across one in particular that I’d like to share.Our family photo reveals the village clock in clearer perspective.  It also shows you that right next door … [Read more...]

Benedict’s Visit to His German Homeland: Grace, Compassion and Truth

Day by day, Pope Benedict’s first official state visit to his native Germany brings encouraging reports:In Berlin, he met with German Jewish leaders.  In that meeting, Pope Benedict emphasized that what the two faiths “hold in common is not an insignificant part of their traditions.”  He went on to tell the dozens of rabbis that: It is clear to us all that a loving relationship of mutual understanding between Israel and the Church, each respecting the existence of the other, still has further t … [Read more...]


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