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316 Inspiring Quotes by Pope Benedict XVI

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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈalɔʏzi̯ʊs ˈʁatsɪŋɐ], 16 April 1927) is a retired prelate of the Catholic Church who served as the head of the Church and the sovereign of the Vatican City State from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict's election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title "pope emeritus" upon his resignation.

Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger embarked on an academic career and established himself as a highly regarded theologian by the late 1950s. He was appointed a full professor in 1958 at the age of 31. After a long career as a professor of theology at several German universities, he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and created a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants. He has lived in Rome since 1981.

His prolific writings generally defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. He was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Benedict also revived a number of traditions, including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He strengthened the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal vestments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s.

On 11 February 2013, Benedict unexpectedly announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Celestine V in 1294. As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness and continues to dress in the papal colour of white. He was succeeded by Francis on 13 March 2013, and he moved into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae Monastery for his retirement on 2 May 2013. In his retirement, Benedict XVI has made occasional public appearances alongside Francis.

In addition to his native German, Benedict speaks French, Italian and English fluently. He also has an excellent command of Latin and speaks Spanish adequately. Furthermore, he has much knowledge of Portuguese. He can read Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew. He has stated that his first foreign language is French. He is a member of several scientific academies, such as the French Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques. He plays the piano and has a preference for Mozart and Bach.

On 4 September 2020, Benedict XVI became the longest-lived person to have held the office of pope, at 93 years, 4 months, 16 days, surpassing Leo XIII, who died in 1903.

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I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Mission is a duty about which one must say 'Woe to me if I do not evangelize' (1 Corinthians 9:16)...redemption and mission are acts of love because those who proclaim the Gospel participate in the charity of Christ.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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


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God does not change; he is Love, ever and always. In himself, he is communion, unity in Trinity, and all his words and works are directed to communion.

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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

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God's heart calls to our hearts, inviting us to come out of ourselves, to forsake our human certainties, to trust in him and, by following his example, to make ourselves a gift of unbounded love.

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Art means: revealing God in everything that exists.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Our Earth is talking to us, and we must listen to it and decipher its message if we want to survive.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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MIn the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become "one flesh," so in Communion we all become "one spirit," one person, with Christ.

--Pope Benedict XVI




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In the Eucharist a communion takes place that corresponds to the union of man and woman in marriage. Just as they become 'one flesh', so in Communion we all become 'one spirit', one person, with Christ.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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At any rate, we can see that they are given into our care, that we cannot just do whatever we want with them. Animals, too, are God's creatures.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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The principle of tolerance and respect for freedom promoted by the reforms of the Second Vatican Council are today being manipulated and erroneously taken too far.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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While we too always seek other signs, other wonders, we do not realize that he is the real sign, God made flesh; he is the greatest miracle of the universe: all the love of God hidden in a human heart, in a human face.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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For me, it's a great joy to be together with priests: in the end, the bishop of Rome is the bishop and brother of all priests. His mandate is to confirm the brothers in the faith.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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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

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How much filth there is in the church, even among those who, in the priesthood, should belong entirely to Him. How much pride, how much self-sufficiency.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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If we look to the saints, this great luminous wake with which God has passed through history, we truly see that here is a force for good that survives through millennia; here is truly light from light.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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





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It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it and finding meaning through union with Christ, who suffered with infinite love.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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The outpouring of Christ's blood is the source of the church's life.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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The counterweight to the dominion of evil can consist in the first place only in the divine-human love of Jesus Christ that is always greater than any possible power of evil.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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If we may not remain silent about evil in the Church, then neither should we keep silent about the great shining path of goodness and purity which the Christian faith has traced out over the course of the centuries.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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



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We all see that, today, man can destroy the foundation of his existence: his Earth.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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The Church is missionary by nature and her principal task is evangelization, which aims to proclaim and to witness to Christ and to promote his Gospel of peace and love in every environment and culture.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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I have a mustard seed; and I am not afraid to use it.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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The truth touches us. We try to be guided by this contact.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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Anyone who has discovered Christ must lead others to him. A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Because the truth of God is love, conversion to God is conversion to love.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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One sees in Latin America, and also elsewhere, among many Catholics a certain schizophrenia between individual and public morality.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the Earth.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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

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

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Global interconnectedness has led to the emergence of a new political power, that of consumers and their associations. It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral -- and not simply economic -- act.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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

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Music has no borders, no race or color, no limits of country, no ethnicity. Music makes the people come together. Dance it,Dance all.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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Eternity is not an unending succession of days in the calendar, but something more like the supreme moment of satisfaction, in which totality embraces us and we embrace totality.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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

--Pope Benedict XVI


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It is a symbol evoking a reality that touches the depths of the person ... the light of goodness that vanquishes evil, of love that overcomes hatred, of life that defeats death.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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In our heart, in the heart of each of you, let there be always the joyous certainty that the Lord is near, that he does not abandon us, that he is near to us, and that he surrounds us with his love.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Meaning that is self-made is in the last analysis no meaning. Meaning, that is, the ground on which our existence as a totality can stand and live, cannot be made but only received.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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It is of great concern that the fabric of African life, its very source of hope and stability, is threatened by divorce, abortion, prostitution, human trafficking, and a contraception mentality.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Do you want to know yourself better? Then discover silence.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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I use both the 'I' and the 'we.' For on many, many matters, I am not simply expressing ideas that have happened to occur to Joseph Ratzinger, but I am speaking out of the common life of the Church's communion.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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We celebrate Easter because now, thanks to the risen Lord, it is definitively established that reason is stronger than unreason, truth stronger than lies, love stronger than death.

--Pope Benedict XVI





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The risen Lord is the new Temple, the real meeting place between God and man.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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As I passed alongside it, I prayed for a future in which the peoples of the Holy Land can live together in peace and harmony without the need for such instruments of security and separation.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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In the harshness of the world of technology -- in which feelings do not count anymore -- the hope for a saving love grows, a love which would be given freely and generously.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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The Church's mission is not political in nature. Her task is to open the world to the religious sense by proclaiming Christ.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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I would like everyone to feel loved by the God who gave his son for us and showed us his boundless love. I want everyone to feel the joy of being Christian.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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




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An authentic updating of sacred music can take place only in the lineage of the great tradition of the past, of Gregorian chant and of sacred polyphony.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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Deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks in central London, the Holy Father offers his fervent prayers for the victims and for all those who mourn.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Liberty isn't liberalism, arbitrariness, but it's connected; it's conditioned by the great values of love and solidarity and in general by the good.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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An Adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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After the evil spirit of a narrow Scholastic orthodoxy has been driven out, in the end seven much more wicked spirits return in its place.

--Pope Benedict XVI





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Dear young people, let me now ask you a question. What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations, building something that will endure?

--Pope Benedict XVI


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In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God's own heart is opened up -- here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of his hiddenness.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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I am convinced that music really is the universal language of beauty which can bring together all people of good will on earth.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The Lord has placed next to me many people, who, with generosity and love for God and the church, have helped me and been close to me.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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

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We have to see that the human person needs the infinite. If God's not there, if the infinite isn't available, the human person creates its own paradises, giving the appearance of 'infinitude' that can only be a lie.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralisation, a first assumption of responsibility.

--Pope Benedict XVI




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Joy is the true gift of Christmas.

--Pope Benedict XVI

Longer Version:

Joy is the true gift of Christmas, and we can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.


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Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Believing is nothing other than, in the darkness of the world, touching the hand of God, and in this way, in silence, hearing the Word, seeing love.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Faith is not a product of reflection, nor is it even an attempt to penetrate the depths of my own being.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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We can see that the sacramental presence of the Lord in the Eucharist is an essential gift for us and give us also the possibility to love the others and to work for the others.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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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


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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



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The real 'action' in the liturgy in which we are all supposed to participate is the action of God himself. This is what is new and distinctive about the Christian liturgy: God himself acts and does what is essential.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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There are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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

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Do not believe that living together before marriage guarantees the future. By burning certain stages, you risk burning love itself. Time needs to be respected gradually, just like the expressions of love.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Germany has an established and well-furnished Catholicism, often with employed Catholics who handle the church like a labor union. For them, the church is simply the employer.

--Pope Benedict XVI





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God's dialogue with us becomes truly human, since God conducts his part as man.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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

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It is rational to believe, as it is our very existence that is at stake.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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

--Pope Benedict XVI




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Ultimately, in the battle against lies and violence, truth and love have no other weapon than the witness of suffering.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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It is important to be in the 'we' of the Church, in the 'we' of the life of the Liturgy.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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The blessing hands of Christ are like a roof that protects us. But at the same time, they are a gesture of opening up, tearing the world open so that heaven my enter in, may become "present" within it.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God's call.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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One who has hope lives differently.

--Pope Benedict XVI




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

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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



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If the protection of the environment involves costs, they should be justly distributed, taking due account of the different levels of development of various countries and the need for solidarity with future generations.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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God loves us; we need only to summon up the humility to allow ourselves to be loved.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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

--Pope Benedict XVI


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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

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It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.

--Pope Benedict XVI








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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

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A form of reason that in some way wished to strip itself of beauty would be diminished; it would be a blinded reason.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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God in fact does not change: he is faithful to himself.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a "new creation." capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in the Lord's vineyard.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Love is not greedy or self-seeking, but pure, faithful and genuinely free, open to others, respectful of their dignity, seeking their good, radiating joy and beauty.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Discovering the beauty and joy of faith is a path that every new generation must take on its own.

--Pope Benedict XVI






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I believe that the most important thing...is to revive in the whole Church that positive tension, that yearning to announce Christ again to contemporary man.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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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

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

--Pope Benedict XVI

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We are still awaiting Easter; we are not yet standing in the full light but walking toward it full of trust.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Our first experience of God is so important, we either experience Him as the police guard that wants to punish or as Creative Love that awaits.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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If we allow the love of Christ to change our heart, then we can change the world.  This is the secret of authentic happiness.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The Church must introduce the individual Christian into an encounter with Jesus Christ and bring Christians into His presence in the sacrament.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Purity of heart is what enables us to see.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Advent is the spiritual season of hope par excellence, and in this season the whole Church is called to be hope, for itself and for the world.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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

--Pope Benedict XVI


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We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Those who love desire to share with the beloved. They want to be one with the beloved, and Sacred Scripture shows us the great love story of God for his people which culminated in Jesus Christ.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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

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Humor is in fact an essential element in the mirth of creation. We can see how, in many matters in our lives, God wants to prod us into taking things a bit more lightly.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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We pray that the Lord may help us to produce His light in ourselves, even in dark days, so that we might be light for others, illuminating the world and life in this world.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The hatred and contempt for men, women and children that was manifested in the Shoah was a crime against God and against humanity.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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A thirst for the infinite is indelibly present in human beings. Man was created to have a relationship with God; we need him.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The Catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The language of art is a 'parabolic' language, with a special openness to the universal: the 'Way of Beauty' is a way capable of leading the mind and heart to the Lord, to elevate them to the heights of God.

--Pope Benedict XVI




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God guides his church, maintains her always, and especially in difficult times. Let us never lose this vision of faith, which is the only true vision of the way of the church and the world.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Morality is not man's prison but rather the divine element in him.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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

--Pope Benedict XVI

Longer Version:

Young people in particular, I appeal to you: bear witness to your faith through the digital world!....Employ these new technologies to make the Gospel known, so that the Good News of God's infinite love for all people, will resound in new ways across our increasingly technological world!



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Nature expresses a design of love and truth.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Over the pope as expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there stands one's own conscience which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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God is our Father and loves us, even when his silence remains incomprehensible.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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The promotion of human rights remains the most effective strategy for eliminating inequalities between countries and social groups, and for increasing security.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Non-Catholic Christians are in a gravely deficient situation in comparison with those who, in the Roman Catholic church, have the fullness of the means of salvation.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Attempts to construct an ethic from the rules of evolution, or from psychology and sociology, end up being simply inadequate.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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

--Pope Benedict XVI

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It is absolutely important to make accessible the Gospel for all people and also understandable for Jewish people.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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How much we need, in the church and in society, witnesses of the beauty of holiness, witnesses of the splendour of truth, witnesses of the joy and freedom born of a living relationship with Christ!

--Pope Benedict XVI

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The Christian faith can never be separated from the soil of sacred events, from the choice made by God, who wanted to speak to us, to become man, to die and rise again, in a particular place and at a particular time.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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

--Pope Benedict XVI



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Mary's greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Today we have to learn all over again that love for the sinner and love for the person who has been harmed are correctly balanced if I punish the sinner in the form that is possible and appropriate.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Today we have to learn all over again that love for the sinner and love for the person who has been harmed are correctly balanced if I punish the sinner in the form that is possible and appropriate. In this respect there was in the past a change of mentality, in which the law and the need for punishment were obscured. Ultimately this also narrowed the concept of law, which in fact is not only just being nice or courteous, but is found in the truth. And another component of the truth is that I must punish the one who has sinned against real love.


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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


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You must know your faith with the same precision with which a specialist in information technology knows the operating system of a computer.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Prudence does not mean failing to accept responsibilities and postponing decisions; it means being committed to making joint decisions after pondering responsibly the road to be taken.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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A weak point of mine was maybe little resolve in governing and making decisions.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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We let ourselves be molded and transformed by Christ and continually pass from the side of one who destroys to that of the one who saves.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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While we rejoice in the new possibilities open to humanity, we also see the dangers arising from these possibilities, and we must ask ourselves how we can overcome them.

--Pope Benedict XVI




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It is very important for a priest, in the parish itself, to see how people trust in him and to experience, in addition to their trust, also their generosity in pardoning his weaknesses.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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Today, I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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With the Rosary, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel, so that it shapes all our lives.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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We must respect the interior laws of creation, of this Earth, to learn these laws and obey them if we want to survive.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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A theologian who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they necessarily are reflected in his theology.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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

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Make sure that every person, of whatever background, can find in you a welcoming heart.

--Pope Benedict XVI







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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


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Society as a whole must defend the conceived child's right to life and the true good of the woman who can never, in any circumstances, find fulfilment in the decision to abort.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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Interreligious dialogue in the strict sense of the term is not possible without putting one's own faith into parentheses.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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My plans never progressed as far as a clear desire for a family.

--Pope Benedict XVI



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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

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Being a Christian means having love. That is unbelievably difficult and, at the same time, incredibly simple.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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I leave from where the apostle arrived.

--Pope Benedict XVI

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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

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God is not solitude, but perfect communion. For this reason the human person, the image of God, realizes himself or herself in love, which is a sincere gift of self.

--Pope Benedict XVI


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