The Holy Father´s Week. (Oct/10/2011)

A report on Benedict XVI´s messages and activities
by Maribel de Torres | Source:

Benedict XVI continued his series of catecheses on prayer. “Turning to Lord in prayer involves a radical act of trust, in the awareness that one is entrusting oneself to God who is good, "merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness", the Holy Father said during the general audience held in St. Peter's Square as he reflected on Psalm 23, a Psalm that is “wholly imbued with trust, in which the psalmist expresses the serene certainty that he is guided and protected, and kept safe from every danger, because the Lord is his shepherd”.
“The shepherd knows his young sheep one by one; he calls them by name and they follow him, because they know him and they trust him (cf. John 10:2-4). He cares for them; he guards them as precious possessions, ready to defend them, to assure their well-being, and to establish them in peace. Nothing can be lacking if the shepherd is with them.”
“As the psalmist says, God guides him towards "green pastures" and "still waters", where everything is found in abundance, where all is copiously given”.
“Under the guidance of the Good Shepherd, Christ, we can be sure of travelling along "right" paths and [we can be sure] that the Lord guides us, that He is always close to us -- and that we will want for nothing.”
“He who goes with the Lord even into the dark valleys of suffering, of uncertainty and of every human problem feels secure. You are with me: this is our certainty, this is what sustains us.”
“The following of the Shepherd takes us to His home -- it is the destination of every journey, the desired oasis in the desert, the tent of refuge in the flight from one's enemies, the place of peace where one can experience God's goodness and His faithful love, day after day, in the serene joy without end.”
“ The powerful image of God as the Shepherd of Israel accompanied the whole religious history of the Chosen People, from the Exodus to the return to the Promised Land. It finds its ultimate expression and fulfilment in the coming of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who gave his life for his sheep, preparing for us the table of his Body and Blood as a foretaste of the definitive messianic banquet which awaits us in heaven.” VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2011

The Pope made a pastoral visit to Calabria.  The region is one of the poorest of Italy, plagued with high unemployment and high criminal activity.
 At the Angelus after celebrating Mass in an industrial site in Lamezia Terme he encouraged the faithful to invoke Mary's intercession for the most serious social problems of Calabria, especially those of work, of youth, of the care of handicapped people, who require increasing attention on the part of everyone, in particular of the institutions.
“May the Mother of the Church help you to have always in your heart ecclesial communion and missionary commitment. May she support the priests in their ministry, help parents and teachers in their educational task, console the sick and the suffering, preserve in young people a pure and generous soul.” He said. LAMEZIA TERME, Italy, OCT. 9, 2011


Other papal messages and activities.

The Pope asked bishops of Europe to "identify new ways of evangelization with missionary audacity," and he particularly stressed the need that young people have of the Gospel. This exhortation came in a papal message sent to the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) TIRANA, Albania, OCT. 4, 2011

The Holy Father is greatly concerned over the dramatic news on the famine which has struck the Horn of Africa. He informed that a number of representatives of Catholic charity organizations are meeting together with Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, and Bishop Giorgio Bertin O.F.M., apostolic administrator of Mogadishu to analyze initiatives aimed at resolving this humanitarian emergency; a representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has likewise made a plea in support of the people affected, will also attended this meeting.
The Pope renewed his heartfelt appeal to the international community to continue its commitment to these people. At the same time he invited everyone to offer prayers and concrete support to so many sorely tried brothers and sisters, particularly to the children of the region who are dying every day.  VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2011

Christians are to be agents of peace, perseverance and charity the Holy Father said to the bishops of Indonesia, at the end their five-yearly "ad limina" visit to Rome. “I appreciate the intense efforts made by numerous individuals and agencies in the name of the Church to bring the tender compassion of God to many members of Indonesian society.” He affirmed, “This is the hallmark of every movement, action and expression of the Church, in all of her sacramental, charitable, educational and social endeavors, so that in everything her members may strive to make the Triune God known and loved through Jesus Christ”. VATICAN CITY, OCT. 8, 2011

Benedict XVI visited the Carthusian Order at Serra San Bruno. St. Bruno lived nine centuries ago, and he left a profound sign, with the strength of his faith. A monastery is a model of a society that puts God and fraternal relationships at the center, he said. "If in medieval times [monasteries] were centers of regeneration for swampy territories, today they serve to 'regenerate' the environment in another sense," He reflected. LAMEZIA TERME, Italy, OCT. 9, 2011

"Do not be afraid to live and give witness of the faith!" Benedict XVI urged the people of Italy's southeastern region of Calabria, although he acknowledged that they live in what seems a constant state of emergency. In his one-day visit he also encouraged them "never to give in to the temptation to pessimism or to withdraw within yourselves. Draw from the resources of your faith and your human capacities; make an effort to grow in the capacity to collaborate, to look after your neighbour and the whole of the public good.”
Mayor Gianni Speranza greeted the Pontiff before the Mass, describing Calabria as a "land of suffering," where "extraordinary beauty," mixes with "enormous potential and resources (...) but, at the same time, unacceptable unemployment, dramatic injustice and violence." LAMEZIA TERME, Italy, OCT. 10, 2011

A prayer for the Holy Father 
Christ Jesus, King and Lord of the Church, in your presence I renew my unconditional loyalty to your Vicar on earth, the Pope. In him you have chosen to show us the safe and sure path that we must follow in the midst of confusion, uneasiness, and unrest. I firmly believe that through him you govern, teach, and sanctify us; with him as our shepherd, we form the true Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Grant me the grace to love, live, and spread faithfully our Holy Father’s teachings. Watch over his life, enlighten his mind, strengthen his spirit, defend him from calumny and evil. Calm the erosive winds of infidelity and disobedience. Hear our prayer and keep your Church united around him, firm in its belief and action, that it may truly be the instrument of your redemption. Amen.



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