BY Stephen Edwardson | October 3 | comments icon 1 COMMENT     print icon print


Pontiff speaks of the power prayer and the Liturgy

Pope Benedict XVI's first general audience since returning to Rome from summer retreat is last one before the opening of the Synod of Bishops on New Evangelisation

Twenty thousand people were at the Vatican today to welcome the return of Pope Benedict XVI. He joined them in prayer for the success of the celebrations and events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and leading to the launch of the Year of Faith on October 11.

It was the Holy Father’s first general audience at St Peter’s since returning from his summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo, and also be his last general audience before the Synod of Bishops on New Evangelisation, which opens on Sunday.

Pope Benedict called to Catholics all around the world to accompany him in prayer ahead of his visit tomorrow to the Italian Marian Shrine of Loreto, where he will follow in the footsteps of Pope John XXII, and entrust ecclesial efforts to Blessed Virgin Mary, just as ‘Good Pope John had done 50 years ago on the eve of the great Ecumenical Council.’

Earlier during the general audience, the Pope continued his cycle on the Christian school of prayer. He spoke of a subject was a key component of the Second Vatican Council: How we Pray in the Sacred Liturgy.

He underlined the importance of the word of Christ in uniting the Church and Christian faith universally, people of every age, with the Body of Christ.

The general audience was concluded by the Pope with the words: “Let us ask the Lord to learn every day to live the sacred liturgy, especially the Eucharistic celebration, praying in the ‘we’ of the Church, that directs its gaze not in on itself, but to God, and feeling part of the living Church of all places and of all time.”

Prior to the Pope’s general audience today, a man climbed on top of the Dome at St Peter’s Basilica and he hung a sign alleging the Italian Government was ‘destroying’ the Italian tourism industry. The man decided to make the protest in the Vatican yesterday due to the fact that he felt that ‘the Pope is highest ethical and moral authority in this country.’

The Holy Father did not acknowledge the banner during the general audience.


Comments - One Response

  1. Philip M. McGhee says:

    His Holiness has hit the nail on the head. Many of the problems that have permiated the life of the Catholic church over the past few decades are due to a climate of liturgical subjectivism,wherein the priest becomes the center and arbitrator of the liturgical event,in such a way that the objective character of the liturgical rite is lost. Damage is done to the objective character of liturgy and the teaching authority of the church. People wind up not knowing what to believe or how to pray. I still recall my pleasant surprise many a year ago when I had the opportunity to visit an Anglo-Catholic parish on its feast day. It was certainlly a lot more “Catholic” than most of what passed for catholic worship in Roman Catholic churches, I have had similar encounters in Lutheran churches as well, and of course in various Eastern churches. (Interestingly enough, the preacher at the above-mentioned Anglo Catholic church is now a monsignor in the Archdiocese of NYC.)

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