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Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Nourishment is a factor which touches on the fundamental right to life.”

Nourishment is a factor which touches on the fundamental right to life.

— Pope Benedict XVI



Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Non-African missionaries, responding generously to the Lord’s call with ardent apostolic zeal, came to share the joy of revelation. Following in their footsteps, Africans are today missionaries on other continents.”

Non-African missionaries, responding generously to the Lord’s call with ardent apostolic zeal, came to share the joy of revelation. Following in their footsteps, Africans are today missionaries on other continents.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The abuse of faith has to be resisted precisely.”

The abuse of faith has to be resisted precisely.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.”

Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The missionary experience is part of Christian formation and it is important for adolescents and young people to be able to live it personally.”

The missionary experience is part of Christian formation and it is important for adolescents and young people to be able to live it personally.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives...”

It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives...

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Catholic tradition maintains that the objective norms governing right action are accessible to reason, prescinding from the content of revelation.”

The Catholic tradition maintains that the objective norms governing right action are accessible to reason, prescinding from the content of revelation.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change?”

Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change?

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I, retired in prayer, will always be with you, and together we will move ahead with the Lord in certainty. The Lord is victorious.”

I, retired in prayer, will always be with you, and together we will move ahead with the Lord in certainty. The Lord is victorious.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “There is an urgent need for the emergence of a new generation of apostles anchored firmly in the word of Christ, capable of responding to the challenges of our times and prepared to spread the Gospel far and wide.”

There is an urgent need for the emergence of a new generation of apostles anchored firmly in the word of Christ, capable of responding to the challenges of our times and prepared to spread the Gospel far and wide.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We ask the Blessed Virgin for the gift of conversion for all Christians, so that they may announce and give a faithful and coherent witness to the perennial evangelical message, which indicates to humanity the path to an authentic peace.”

We ask the Blessed Virgin for the gift of conversion for all Christians, so that they may announce and give a faithful and coherent witness to the perennial evangelical message, which indicates to humanity the path to an authentic peace.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “I leave from where the apostle arrived.”

I leave from where the apostle arrived.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the Lords vineyard. The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers.”

The cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the Lords vineyard. The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Beauty, then, is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and his revelation. These considerations should make us realize the care which is needed, if the liturgical action is to reflect its innate splendour.”

Beauty, then, is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and his revelation. These considerations should make us realize the care which is needed, if the liturgical action is to reflect its innate splendour.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “At the judgment, in response to our questions, the Lord will show us his wounds, and we will understand. In the meantime, however, he simply expects us to stand by him and to believe what these wounds tell us, even though we cannot work right through the logic of this world.”

At the judgment, in response to our questions, the Lord will show us his wounds, and we will understand. In the meantime, however, he simply expects us to stand by him and to believe what these wounds tell us, even though we cannot work right through the logic of this world.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We can learn from him that suffering and the gift of himself is an essential gift we need in our time.”

We can learn from him that suffering and the gift of himself is an essential gift we need in our time.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “All the Saints of God are there to protect me, to sustain me and to carry me. And your prayers, my dear friends, your indulgence, your love, your faith and your hope accompany me.”

All the Saints of God are there to protect me, to sustain me and to carry me. And your prayers, my dear friends, your indulgence, your love, your faith and your hope accompany me.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced, and the art which has grown in her womb.”

The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced, and the art which has grown in her womb.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “It was easy to know the doctrine. It’s much harder to help a billion people live it.”

It was easy to know the doctrine. It’s much harder to help a billion people live it.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If a Pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign.”

If a Pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The closer a person is to God, the closer he is to people.”

The closer a person is to God, the closer he is to people.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Believers are increasingly aware that, unless the Good News is made known also in the digital world, it may be absent in the experience of many people for whom this existential space is important.”

Believers are increasingly aware that, unless the Good News is made known also in the digital world, it may be absent in the experience of many people for whom this existential space is important.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The fact that the church is convinced of not having the right to confer priestly ordination on women is now considered by some as irreconcilable with the European Constitution.”

The fact that the church is convinced of not having the right to confer priestly ordination on women is now considered by some as irreconcilable with the European Constitution.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Vigilance is demanded of Christians as the basic attitude for the “interim time”. This vigilance means, on the one hand, that man does not lock himself into the here and now and concern himself only with tangible things, but that he raises his eyes above the present moment and its immediate urgency. Keeping one’s gaze freely fixed upon God in order to receive from him the criterion of right action and the capacity for it – that is what matters.”

Vigilance is demanded of Christians as the basic attitude for the “interim time”. This vigilance means, on the one hand, that man does not lock himself into the here and now and concern himself only with tangible things, but that he raises his eyes above the present moment and its immediate urgency. Keeping one’s gaze freely fixed upon God in order to receive from him the criterion of right action and the capacity for it – that is what matters.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Sometimes we are looked upon as people who speak only of prohibitions. Nothing could be further from the truth!”

Sometimes we are looked upon as people who speak only of prohibitions. Nothing could be further from the truth!

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Love alone makes us happy, because we live in relation, and we live to love and to be loved.”

Love alone makes us happy, because we live in relation, and we live to love and to be loved.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The sign of the new Covenant is humility, hiddenness – the sign of the mustard-seed. The Son of God comes in lowliness. Both these elements belong together: the profound continuity in the history of God’s action and the radical newness of the hidden mustard-seed.”

The sign of the new Covenant is humility, hiddenness – the sign of the mustard-seed. The Son of God comes in lowliness. Both these elements belong together: the profound continuity in the history of God’s action and the radical newness of the hidden mustard-seed.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In Latin America in general, it’s very important that Christianity not be simply a thing of reason, but also of the heart.”

In Latin America in general, it’s very important that Christianity not be simply a thing of reason, but also of the heart.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “How can it be that the most wonderous and sacred human space – the womb – has become a place of unutterable violence?”

How can it be that the most wonderous and sacred human space – the womb – has become a place of unutterable violence?

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The highest things, the things that really matter, we cannot achieve on our own; we have to accept them as gifts and enter in to the dynamic of the gift, so to speak.”

The highest things, the things that really matter, we cannot achieve on our own; we have to accept them as gifts and enter in to the dynamic of the gift, so to speak.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The one and only Gospel waits to be proclaimed by everyone together, in love and reciprocal esteem.”

The one and only Gospel waits to be proclaimed by everyone together, in love and reciprocal esteem.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The freedom to kill is not a true freedom, but a tyranny that reduces human beings to slavery.”

The freedom to kill is not a true freedom, but a tyranny that reduces human beings to slavery.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Church needs your faith, your idealism, and your generosity, so that she can always be young in Spirit.”

The Church needs your faith, your idealism, and your generosity, so that she can always be young in Spirit.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “We will never forget that blessing. It was the most pained and moving blessing, which left us with the extreme testimony of his will to complete his ministry until the end.”

We will never forget that blessing. It was the most pained and moving blessing, which left us with the extreme testimony of his will to complete his ministry until the end.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “If you find your sustenance in Christ, my dear young people, and if you live profoundly in him as did the Apostle Paul, you will not be able to resist speaking about him and making him known and loved by many of your friends and contemporaries.”

If you find your sustenance in Christ, my dear young people, and if you live profoundly in him as did the Apostle Paul, you will not be able to resist speaking about him and making him known and loved by many of your friends and contemporaries.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The proclamation and witness of the Gospel are the first service that Christians can offer every person and the whole human race, as they are called to communicate to all the love of God, who manifested himself fully in the only Redeemer of the world, Jesus Christ.”

The proclamation and witness of the Gospel are the first service that Christians can offer every person and the whole human race, as they are called to communicate to all the love of God, who manifested himself fully in the only Redeemer of the world, Jesus Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me – a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”

Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me – a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The Faith does not mean an alienation from any culture for any people because all cultures await Christ and are not destroyed by the Lord. In fact, they reach their maturity.”

The Faith does not mean an alienation from any culture for any people because all cultures await Christ and are not destroyed by the Lord. In fact, they reach their maturity.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Thanks to being profoundly rooted in Christ, he was able to bear a burden which transcends merely human abilities.”

Thanks to being profoundly rooted in Christ, he was able to bear a burden which transcends merely human abilities.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Too often, attention is diverted from the needs of populations, insufficient emphasis is placed on work in the fields, and the goods of the earth are not given adequate protection. As a result, economic imbalance is produced, and the inalienable rights and dignity of every human person are ignored.”

Too often, attention is diverted from the needs of populations, insufficient emphasis is placed on work in the fields, and the goods of the earth are not given adequate protection. As a result, economic imbalance is produced, and the inalienable rights and dignity of every human person are ignored.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The new pope knows that his task is to make the light of Christ shine before men and women of world – not his own light, but that of Christ.”

The new pope knows that his task is to make the light of Christ shine before men and women of world – not his own light, but that of Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The primary contribution that the Church offers to the development of mankind and peoples does not consist merely in material means or technical solutions. Rather, it involves the proclamation of the truth of Christ.”

The primary contribution that the Church offers to the development of mankind and peoples does not consist merely in material means or technical solutions. Rather, it involves the proclamation of the truth of Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “That the entire People of God, to whom Christ entrusted the mandate to go and preach the Gospel to every creature, may eagerly assume their own missionary responsibility and consider it the highest service they can offer humanity.”

That the entire People of God, to whom Christ entrusted the mandate to go and preach the Gospel to every creature, may eagerly assume their own missionary responsibility and consider it the highest service they can offer humanity.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Let us seek in particular to communicate the deepest joy, that of knowing God in Christ.”

Let us seek in particular to communicate the deepest joy, that of knowing God in Christ.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Both need each other: The agnostic cannot be content to not know, but must be in search of the great truth of faith; the Catholic cannot be content to have faith, but must be in search of God all the time, and in the dialogue with others, a Catholic can learn more about God in a deeper fashion.”

Both need each other: The agnostic cannot be content to not know, but must be in search of the great truth of faith; the Catholic cannot be content to have faith, but must be in search of God all the time, and in the dialogue with others, a Catholic can learn more about God in a deeper fashion.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The church is not a political power; it’s not a party, but it’s a moral power.”

The church is not a political power; it’s not a party, but it’s a moral power.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the Church’s pastors and to the People of God the practice of Eucharistic Adoration, both individually and in community.”

With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the Church’s pastors and to the People of God the practice of Eucharistic Adoration, both individually and in community.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “In other words, the New Covenant must be founded on an obedience that is irrevocable and inviolable. This obedience, now located at the very root of human nature, is the obedience of the Son, who made himself a servant and took all human disobedience upon himself in his obedience even unto death, suffered it right to the end, and conquered it.”

In other words, the New Covenant must be founded on an obedience that is irrevocable and inviolable. This obedience, now located at the very root of human nature, is the obedience of the Son, who made himself a servant and took all human disobedience upon himself in his obedience even unto death, suffered it right to the end, and conquered it.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “Accepting the Cross, entering into fellowship with Christ, means entering the realm of transformation and expiation.”

Accepting the Cross, entering into fellowship with Christ, means entering the realm of transformation and expiation.

— Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The human spirit is so utterly one with the body that the term “form” can be used of the body and retain its proper meaning. Conversely, the form of the body is spirit, and this is what makes the human being a person.”

The human spirit is so utterly one with the body that the term “form” can be used of the body and retain its proper meaning. Conversely, the form of the body is spirit, and this is what makes the human being a person.

— Pope Benedict XVI

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