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Pope Benedict sends note on death of Cardinal Martini

The typical protocol is for the Pope, often through the Secretary of State, to send a telegram on the death of a churchman, or on the occasion of another significant event. In the case of cardinals, a pope sends a more personal message. Pope Benedict knew Cardinal Martini well, and even saw him in June when he was in Milan. The pope writes…

B16 and Carlo Maria.jpgHaving heard with sadness the news of the death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini after a long illness, which he lived with a tranquil soul and with confident abandonment to the will of the Lord, I wish to express to you and to the entire diocesan community, as well as to the family of the late Cardinal, my profound share in their sorrow, recalling with affection this dear brother who served the Gospel and the Church so generously. I recall with gratitude the intense and profuse Apostolic work of this zealous, spiritual child of St. Ignatius, an expert teacher, an authoritative biblical scholar, and a beloved Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University and of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a wise and diligent Archbishop of the Ambrosian Archdiocese. I think also of the competent and fervent service he gave to the Word of God, always opening to the ecclesial community the treasures of the Sacred Scriptures, especially through the promotion of Lectio Divina. I raise fervent prayers to the Lord that, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, He will receive His faithful servant and worthy shepherd into the heavenly Jerusalem; and upon all those who mourn his death, I warmly impart the comfort of the Apostolic Blessing.

Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for August 2012


B16 at Gandolfo 2012.jpgHow often do we take seriously the Lord’s teaching that we ought to pray (and care for) our enemies? Likely, not often. We allowed our emotions and prejudices and our hurt to get in the way of loving those who oppose even in a small way. It’s been said, “Our simple and profound life, in which every moment of
the day is offered to God, helps them find purpose in their often difficult
life behind bars.” Pope Benedict’s intentions for August draw us closer to what the Lord wants. Let’s join him and the Church in prayer for the human dignity of those in jail.


The general intention 

That prisoners may be treated with
justice and respect for their human dignity.

The missionary intention

That young
people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to
the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

The encounter with Christ means following a road through the dark valley

This love affair with Christ, this love story which is the whole of Monsignor Giussani’s life was however far from every superficial enthusiasm, from every vague romanticism. Really seeing Christ, he knew that to encounter Christ means to follow Christ. This encounter is a road, a journey, a journey that passes also–as we heard in the psalm–through the “valley of darkness.”


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Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for July 2012

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As Blessed Ildefonso Schuster reminds, “Prayer is indeed the atmosphere in which holiness develops and flourishes.”  So, let’s work on our prayer with His Holiness for the month of July with the hope of a flourishing life of prayer in our daily life.


For the month July let’s pray for the following:


The Pope’s general intention


That everyone may have work in safe and secure conditions. 


The Pope’s missionary intention


That Christian volunteers in mission territories may witness to the love of Christ.

Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for June 2012

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The general intention

That believers may recognize in the Eucharist the living presence of the Risen One who accompanies them in daily life. 

The missionary intention

That Christians in Europe may rediscover their true identity and participate with greater enthusiasm in the proclamation of the Gospel.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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