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Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth.”

Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth.

— Pope Benedict XVI



Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Society as a whole must defend the conceived child’s right to life and the true good of the woman who can never, in any circumstances, find fulfilment in the decision to abort.”

Society as a whole must defend the conceived child’s right to life and the true good of the woman who can never, in any circumstances, find fulfilment in the decision to abort.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Violence against even one human being is violence against all.”

Violence against even one human being is violence against all.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The great tasks facing the ecclesial community in the modern world – and among the many I particularly stress evangelization and ecumenism – are centered on the Word of God and, at the same time, draw therefrom their justification and support.”

The great tasks facing the ecclesial community in the modern world – and among the many I particularly stress evangelization and ecumenism – are centered on the Word of God and, at the same time, draw therefrom their justification and support.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Cross is the approbation of our existence, not in words, but in an act so completely radical that it caused God to become flesh and pierced this flesh to the quick; that, to God, it was worth the death of his incarnate Son.”

The Cross is the approbation of our existence, not in words, but in an act so completely radical that it caused God to become flesh and pierced this flesh to the quick; that, to God, it was worth the death of his incarnate Son.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Dear young people, let me now ask you a question. What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations, building something that will endure?”

Dear young people, let me now ask you a question. What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations, building something that will endure?

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Celibacy is not a matter of compulsion. Someone is accepted as a priest only when he does it of his own accord.”

Celibacy is not a matter of compulsion. Someone is accepted as a priest only when he does it of his own accord.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Liberty isn’t liberalism, arbitrariness, but it’s connected; it’s conditioned by the great values of love and solidarity and in general by the good.”

Liberty isn’t liberalism, arbitrariness, but it’s connected; it’s conditioned by the great values of love and solidarity and in general by the good.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Every State has the primary duty to protect its own population from grave and sustained violations of human rights, as well as from the consequences of humanitarian crises, whether natural or man-made.”

Every State has the primary duty to protect its own population from grave and sustained violations of human rights, as well as from the consequences of humanitarian crises, whether natural or man-made.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Human pride and egoism always create divisions, build walls of indifference, hate and violence. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, makes hearts capable of understanding the languages of all, as he re-establishes the bridge of authentic communication between earth and Heaven.”

Human pride and egoism always create divisions, build walls of indifference, hate and violence. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, makes hearts capable of understanding the languages of all, as he re-establishes the bridge of authentic communication between earth and Heaven.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “That the different Christian confessions, aware of the need for a new evangelisation in this period of profound transformations, may be committed to announcing the Good News and moving towards the full unity of all Christians in order to offer a more credible testimony of the Gospel.”

That the different Christian confessions, aware of the need for a new evangelisation in this period of profound transformations, may be committed to announcing the Good News and moving towards the full unity of all Christians in order to offer a more credible testimony of the Gospel.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In a world wounded by conflicts, where violence is justified in God’s name, it’s important to repeat that religion can never become a vehicle of hatred, it can never be used in God’s name to justify violence.”

In a world wounded by conflicts, where violence is justified in God’s name, it’s important to repeat that religion can never become a vehicle of hatred, it can never be used in God’s name to justify violence.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Jesus who makes everything okay for everyone is a phantom, a dream, not a real figure...”

The Jesus who makes everything okay for everyone is a phantom, a dream, not a real figure...

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Today, I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II.”

Today, I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If we take the Lord’s hand and let ourselves be guided by him, the path we take will be right and good.”

If we take the Lord’s hand and let ourselves be guided by him, the path we take will be right and good.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Praying actualizes and deepens our communion with God. Our prayer can and should arise above all from our heart, from our needs, our hopes, our joys, our sufferings, from our shame over sin, and from our gratitude from the good. It can and should be a wholly personal prayer.”

Praying actualizes and deepens our communion with God. Our prayer can and should arise above all from our heart, from our needs, our hopes, our joys, our sufferings, from our shame over sin, and from our gratitude from the good. It can and should be a wholly personal prayer.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Church is not an association that wishes to promote a certain cause. It is not about a cause. It is about the person of Jesus Christ.”

The Church is not an association that wishes to promote a certain cause. It is not about a cause. It is about the person of Jesus Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.”

It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If Jesus has become your hope, communicate this to others with your joy and your spiritual, apostolic and social engagement. Let Christ dwell within you, and having placed all your faith and trust in Him, spread this hope around you. Make choices that demonstrate your faith.”

If Jesus has become your hope, communicate this to others with your joy and your spiritual, apostolic and social engagement. Let Christ dwell within you, and having placed all your faith and trust in Him, spread this hope around you. Make choices that demonstrate your faith.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “To suffer with the other and for others; to suffer for the sake of truth and justice; to suffer out of love and in order to become a person who truly loves these are fundamental elements of humanity, and to abandon them would destroy man himself.”

To suffer with the other and for others; to suffer for the sake of truth and justice; to suffer out of love and in order to become a person who truly loves these are fundamental elements of humanity, and to abandon them would destroy man himself.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Indeed, beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs; it is the root from which the branches of our peace and the fruits of our hope come forth. Beauty also reveals God because, like him, a work of beauty is pure gratuity; it calls us to freedom and draws us away from selfishness.”

Indeed, beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs; it is the root from which the branches of our peace and the fruits of our hope come forth. Beauty also reveals God because, like him, a work of beauty is pure gratuity; it calls us to freedom and draws us away from selfishness.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.”

Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Jesus resolved the false opposition between obedience and freedom and opened the path to freedom.”

Jesus resolved the false opposition between obedience and freedom and opened the path to freedom.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known – it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing. The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life.”

The Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known – it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing. The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Reason always stands in need of being purified by faith.”

Reason always stands in need of being purified by faith.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves.”

In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.”

May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I encourage all of you to discover ever more fully in the Eucharist, the sacrament of Christ’s sacrificial love, the inspiration and strength needed to work ever more generously for the spread of God’s Kingdom and the growth of the civilization of love.”

I encourage all of you to discover ever more fully in the Eucharist, the sacrament of Christ’s sacrificial love, the inspiration and strength needed to work ever more generously for the spread of God’s Kingdom and the growth of the civilization of love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Civilization is now under the tyranny of relativism.”

Civilization is now under the tyranny of relativism.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “As I passed alongside it, I prayed for a future in which the peoples of the Holy Land can live together in peace and harmony without the need for such instruments of security and separation.”

As I passed alongside it, I prayed for a future in which the peoples of the Holy Land can live together in peace and harmony without the need for such instruments of security and separation.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “It is rational to believe, as it is our very existence that is at stake.”

It is rational to believe, as it is our very existence that is at stake.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “For me, it’s a great joy to be together with priests: in the end, the bishop of Rome is the bishop and brother of all priests. His mandate is to confirm the brothers in the faith.”

For me, it’s a great joy to be together with priests: in the end, the bishop of Rome is the bishop and brother of all priests. His mandate is to confirm the brothers in the faith.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We are no longer able to hear God – There are too many frequencies filling our ears.”

We are no longer able to hear God – There are too many frequencies filling our ears.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “A thirst for the infinite is indelibly present in human beings. Man was created to have a relationship with God; we need him.”

A thirst for the infinite is indelibly present in human beings. Man was created to have a relationship with God; we need him.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Terrorist activity is continually recurring in various parts of the world, sowing death and destruction and plunging many of our brothers and sisters into grief and despair.”

Terrorist activity is continually recurring in various parts of the world, sowing death and destruction and plunging many of our brothers and sisters into grief and despair.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by “attraction”: just as Christ “draws all to himself” by the power of his love, culminating in the sacrifice of the Cross, so the Church fulfills her mission...”

The Church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by “attraction”: just as Christ “draws all to himself” by the power of his love, culminating in the sacrifice of the Cross, so the Church fulfills her mission...

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “There is no other possibility for possessing certitude with regard to one’s life apart from self-abandonmen t, in a continuous crescendo, into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly because it has its origin in God.”

There is no other possibility for possessing certitude with regard to one’s life apart from self-abandonmen t, in a continuous crescendo, into the hands of a love that seems to grow constantly because it has its origin in God.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God no longer simply stands before us as the One who is totally Other. He is within us, and we are in him. His dynamic enters into us and then seeks to spread outward to others until it fills the world, so that his love can truly become the dominant measure of the world.”

God no longer simply stands before us as the One who is totally Other. He is within us, and we are in him. His dynamic enters into us and then seeks to spread outward to others until it fills the world, so that his love can truly become the dominant measure of the world.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The blessing hands of Christ are like a roof that protects us. But at the same time, they are a gesture of opening up, tearing the world open so that heaven my enter in, may become “present” within it.”

The blessing hands of Christ are like a roof that protects us. But at the same time, they are a gesture of opening up, tearing the world open so that heaven my enter in, may become “present” within it.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Jesus, the Word incarnate, is always the center of our announcement, the point of reference for our evangelizing mission and for its methodology, because He is the human face of God, who wishes to meet all men and women so as to bring them into communion with Him, in His love.”

Jesus, the Word incarnate, is always the center of our announcement, the point of reference for our evangelizing mission and for its methodology, because He is the human face of God, who wishes to meet all men and women so as to bring them into communion with Him, in His love.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The human being of all times prays because he cannot fail to wonder about the meaning of his life, which remains obscure and discomforting of it is not put in relations to the mystery of God and if his plan for the world.”

The human being of all times prays because he cannot fail to wonder about the meaning of his life, which remains obscure and discomforting of it is not put in relations to the mystery of God and if his plan for the world.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!”

Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “May all our contemporaries stand beside their brothers and sisters in humanity. Each one of you is called by Christ and must be a missionary of the Good News in word and in active charity.”

May all our contemporaries stand beside their brothers and sisters in humanity. Each one of you is called by Christ and must be a missionary of the Good News in word and in active charity.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “What a treasure is hidden in two small words: ‘thank you!’”

What a treasure is hidden in two small words: ‘thank you!’

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “It is important always to know that the first word, the true initiative, the true activity comes from God and only by inserting ourselves into the divine initiative, only begging for this divine initiative, shall we too be able to become – with him and in him – evangelizers.”

It is important always to know that the first word, the true initiative, the true activity comes from God and only by inserting ourselves into the divine initiative, only begging for this divine initiative, shall we too be able to become – with him and in him – evangelizers.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Jesus of the Gospels is surely not convenient for us.”

The Jesus of the Gospels is surely not convenient for us.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “An Adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties.”

An Adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The real ‘action’ in the liturgy in which we are all supposed to participate is the action of God himself. This is what is new and distinctive about the Christian liturgy: God himself acts and does what is essential.”

The real ‘action’ in the liturgy in which we are all supposed to participate is the action of God himself. This is what is new and distinctive about the Christian liturgy: God himself acts and does what is essential.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The goods of creation belong to humanity as a whole. Yet the current pace of environmental exploitation is seriously endangering the supply of certain natural resources not only for the present generation, but above all for generations to come.”

The goods of creation belong to humanity as a whole. Yet the current pace of environmental exploitation is seriously endangering the supply of certain natural resources not only for the present generation, but above all for generations to come.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Over the pope as expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there stands one’s own conscience which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority.”

Over the pope as expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there stands one’s own conscience which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority.

— Pope Benedict XVI

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