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Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The horizon of love is truly boundless: it is the whole world!”

The horizon of love is truly boundless: it is the whole world!

— Pope Benedict XVI



Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I too hope in this short reign to be a man of peace.”

I too hope in this short reign to be a man of peace.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “It is necessary not only to relieve the gravest needs but to go to their roots, proposing measures that will give social, political and economic structures a more equitable and solidaristic configuration.”

It is necessary not only to relieve the gravest needs but to go to their roots, proposing measures that will give social, political and economic structures a more equitable and solidaristic configuration.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd. Do not allow your net to be torn, help us to be servants of unity.”

Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd. Do not allow your net to be torn, help us to be servants of unity.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I urge you to continue your fraternal cooperation with one another in the spirit of the community of Christ’s disciples, united in your love for him and in the Gospel that you proclaim.”

I urge you to continue your fraternal cooperation with one another in the spirit of the community of Christ’s disciples, united in your love for him and in the Gospel that you proclaim.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The extermination of millions of unborn children, in the name of the fight against poverty, actually constitutes the destruction of the poorest of all human beings.”

The extermination of millions of unborn children, in the name of the fight against poverty, actually constitutes the destruction of the poorest of all human beings.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “May we be enlightened by a ray of the light that comes from Bethlehem, the light of He who is ‘The Greatest’ and made himself small.”

May we be enlightened by a ray of the light that comes from Bethlehem, the light of He who is ‘The Greatest’ and made himself small.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Each generation, as it seeks to advance the common good, must ask anew: ‘What are the requirements that governments may reasonably impose upon citizens, and how far do they extend? By appeal to what authority can moral dilemmas be resolved?’”

Each generation, as it seeks to advance the common good, must ask anew: ‘What are the requirements that governments may reasonably impose upon citizens, and how far do they extend? By appeal to what authority can moral dilemmas be resolved?’

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “When politicians presume to do God’s work, they do not become divine but diabolical.”

When politicians presume to do God’s work, they do not become divine but diabolical.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd!”

Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd!

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”

After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people.”

We must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Dancing is not a form of expression for the Christian liturgy.”

Dancing is not a form of expression for the Christian liturgy.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I’m not a man who constantly thinks up jokes.”

I’m not a man who constantly thinks up jokes.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Young people in particular, I appeal to you: bear witness to your faith through the digital world.”

Young people in particular, I appeal to you: bear witness to your faith through the digital world.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Perhaps reluctantly we come to acknowledge that there are also scars which mark the surface of our Earth-erosion, deforestation, the squandering of the world’s mineral and ocean resources in order to fuel an insatiable consumption.”

Perhaps reluctantly we come to acknowledge that there are also scars which mark the surface of our Earth-erosion, deforestation, the squandering of the world’s mineral and ocean resources in order to fuel an insatiable consumption.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Our Christian conviction is that Christ is also the messiah of Israel. Certainly it is in the hands of God how and when the unification of Jews and Christians into the people of God will take place.”

Our Christian conviction is that Christ is also the messiah of Israel. Certainly it is in the hands of God how and when the unification of Jews and Christians into the people of God will take place.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “God’s love for his people is so great that it turns God against himself, his love against his justice.”

God’s love for his people is so great that it turns God against himself, his love against his justice.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Gospel purifies and renews: it bears fruit wherever the community of believers hears and welcomes the grace of God in truth and lives in charity. This is my faith; this is my joy.”

The Gospel purifies and renews: it bears fruit wherever the community of believers hears and welcomes the grace of God in truth and lives in charity. This is my faith; this is my joy.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I send them my warmest encouragement to persevere in the patience and charity of Christ.”

I send them my warmest encouragement to persevere in the patience and charity of Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The destruction of images, the first signs of which reach back to the 1920s, eliminated a lot of kitsch and unworthy art, but ultimately it left behind a void.”

The destruction of images, the first signs of which reach back to the 1920s, eliminated a lot of kitsch and unworthy art, but ultimately it left behind a void.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “One doesn’t begin to be a Christian because of an ethical decision or a great idea, but rather because of an encounter with an event, with a Person, who gives new horizons to life, and with that, a decisive orientation.”

One doesn’t begin to be a Christian because of an ethical decision or a great idea, but rather because of an encounter with an event, with a Person, who gives new horizons to life, and with that, a decisive orientation.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “For in this world, marked by sin, the gravitational pull of our lives is weighted by the chains of the “I” and the “self.” These chains must be broken to free us for a new love that places us in another gravitational field where we can enter new life.”

For in this world, marked by sin, the gravitational pull of our lives is weighted by the chains of the “I” and the “self.” These chains must be broken to free us for a new love that places us in another gravitational field where we can enter new life.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Man is a relational being. And if his first, fundamental relationship is disturbed – his relationship with God – then nothing else can be truly in order.”

Man is a relational being. And if his first, fundamental relationship is disturbed – his relationship with God – then nothing else can be truly in order.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We do not seek a Christ whom we have invented, for only in the real communion of the Church do we encounter the real Christ.”

We do not seek a Christ whom we have invented, for only in the real communion of the Church do we encounter the real Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Art means: revealing God in everything that exists.”

Art means: revealing God in everything that exists.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “At the time of Galileo the Church remained much more reasonable than Galileo himself. The process against Galileo was reasonable and just.”

At the time of Galileo the Church remained much more reasonable than Galileo himself. The process against Galileo was reasonable and just.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The wrath of God is a way of saying that I have been living in a way that is contrary to the love that is God. Anyone who begins to live and grow away from God, who lives away from what is good, is turning his life toward wrath.”

The wrath of God is a way of saying that I have been living in a way that is contrary to the love that is God. Anyone who begins to live and grow away from God, who lives away from what is good, is turning his life toward wrath.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Tell others about the truth that sets you free.”

Tell others about the truth that sets you free.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The world needs transparent lives, clear souls, pure minds that refuse to be perceived as mere objects of pleasure.”

The world needs transparent lives, clear souls, pure minds that refuse to be perceived as mere objects of pleasure.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “A world filled with temptations needs priests who are totally dedicated to their mission. Accordingly, they are asked in a very special way to open themselves fully to serving others as Christ did by embracing the gift of celibacy.”

A world filled with temptations needs priests who are totally dedicated to their mission. Accordingly, they are asked in a very special way to open themselves fully to serving others as Christ did by embracing the gift of celibacy.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “People from the world’s richest countries should be prepared to accept the burden of debt reduction for heavily indebted poor countries, and should urge their leaders to fulfill the pledges made to reduce world poverty, especially in Africa, by the year 2015.”

People from the world’s richest countries should be prepared to accept the burden of debt reduction for heavily indebted poor countries, and should urge their leaders to fulfill the pledges made to reduce world poverty, especially in Africa, by the year 2015.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “To me, its seems necessary to rediscover – and the energy to do so exists – that even the political and economic spheres need moral responsibility, a responsibility that is born in man’s heart and, in the end, has to do with the presence or absence of God.”

To me, its seems necessary to rediscover – and the energy to do so exists – that even the political and economic spheres need moral responsibility, a responsibility that is born in man’s heart and, in the end, has to do with the presence or absence of God.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Continue to witness to the Gospel every day and commit yourselves generously in the next missionary initiatives in the Diocese of Rome.”

Continue to witness to the Gospel every day and commit yourselves generously in the next missionary initiatives in the Diocese of Rome.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give them the look of love which they crave.”

Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give them the look of love which they crave.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic.”

Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “No law made by man can overturn that of the Creator without dramatically affecting society in its very foundation.”

No law made by man can overturn that of the Creator without dramatically affecting society in its very foundation.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In this regard, I reiterate that the prohibition against torture cannot be contravened under any circumstances.”

In this regard, I reiterate that the prohibition against torture cannot be contravened under any circumstances.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Dialogue is the fundamental unfolding of a gift of oneself to another.”

Dialogue is the fundamental unfolding of a gift of oneself to another.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “By itself, the question of the liturgy’s essence and the standards of the reform has brought us back to the question of music and its position in the liturgy. And as a matter of fact one cannot speak about worship at all without also speaking of the music of worship.”

By itself, the question of the liturgy’s essence and the standards of the reform has brought us back to the question of music and its position in the liturgy. And as a matter of fact one cannot speak about worship at all without also speaking of the music of worship.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “You have before you the task of seeking new ways to announce Christ in situations of rapid and often profound transformation, and of emphasizing the missionary character of all pastoral activity.”

You have before you the task of seeking new ways to announce Christ in situations of rapid and often profound transformation, and of emphasizing the missionary character of all pastoral activity.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools.”

I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In the world in which we live, it is almost a necessity to be able to regain one’s strength of body and spirit, especially for those who live in the city, where the conditions of life, often feverish, leave little room for silence, reflection and relaxed contact with nature.”

In the world in which we live, it is almost a necessity to be able to regain one’s strength of body and spirit, especially for those who live in the city, where the conditions of life, often feverish, leave little room for silence, reflection and relaxed contact with nature.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The sharing of goods and resources, from which authentic development proceeds, is not guaranteed by merely technical progress and relationships of utility, but by the potential of love that overcomes evil with good.”

The sharing of goods and resources, from which authentic development proceeds, is not guaranteed by merely technical progress and relationships of utility, but by the potential of love that overcomes evil with good.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In Jesus Christ, God took on a human face and became our friend and brother.”

In Jesus Christ, God took on a human face and became our friend and brother.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of immortality. Our hearts are full of sadness, yet at the same time of joyful hope and profound gratitude.”

Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of immortality. Our hearts are full of sadness, yet at the same time of joyful hope and profound gratitude.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “These days we are all pained by the disaster caused by the hurricane in the United States of America.”

These days we are all pained by the disaster caused by the hurricane in the United States of America.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I say to you dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and He gives you verything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ and you will find true life.”

I say to you dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and He gives you verything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ and you will find true life.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society.”

A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We cannot live, we cannot look at the truth about ourselves without letting ourselves be looked at and generated by Christ in daily Eucharistic Adoration.”

We cannot live, we cannot look at the truth about ourselves without letting ourselves be looked at and generated by Christ in daily Eucharistic Adoration.

— Pope Benedict XVI

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