How Old Is Pope Benedict
December 22, 2011 by staff
How Old Is Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI received cardinals along with members of the Roman Curia and governors of the Vatican City State for the traditional exchange of Christmas and New Year’s greetings. Speaking for those present, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, greeted the Pontiff.
In his following address, Benedict XVI reviewed the major events of this year, which has been marked by “an economic and financial crisis that is ultimately based on the ethical crisis looming over the Old Continent. Even if such values as solidarity, commitment to one’s neighbour and responsibility towards the poor and suffering are largely uncontroversial, still the motivation is often lacking for individuals and large sectors of society to practise renunciation and make sacrifices”. That is why “the key theme of this year, and of the years ahead, is this: how do we proclaim the Gospel today?” in a way that the faith may be the living force that is absent today.
In this respect, the Pope noted that “the ecclesial events of the outgoing year were all ultimately related to this theme. There were the journeys to Croatia, to the World Youth Day in Spain, to my home country of Germany, and finally to Africa – Benin – for the consignment of the Post-Synodal document on justice, peace, and reconciliation … Equally memorable were the journeys to Venice, to San Marino, to the Eucharistic Congress in Ancona, and to Calabria. And finally there was the important day of encounter in Assisi for religions and for people who in whatever way are searching for truth and peace”.
Other important steps in the same direction were the establishment of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, which points “towards next year’s Synod on the same theme”, and the proclamation of the Year of Faith.
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