As part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Pontifical North American College, Pope Benedict XVI addressed a gathering of cardinals, bishops, priests, students and friends of the College on January 9, 2010. The PNAC was founded by Blessed Pius IX.
I am pleased to welcome the alumni of the Pontifical North
American College, together with the Rector, faculty
What follows are excerpts of an address the Holy Father gave to the
Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See today, January 11. I selected what I thought were some germane points for our consideration.
The Church is
open to everyone because, in God, she lives for others! She thus shares deeply
in the fortunes of humanity, which in this new
Merciful God, you led
Blessed Bernard along the path of conversion and evangelical perfection. With
the help of his prayers and by following his example may we have sorrow for our
offenses and turn to you with hearts cleansed of sin.
A Church that
no longer raises up holy men and women among her priests, laypeople and
religious is a sterile mother. In fact, what matters the most is not the
construction of huge buildings or realizing great projects. What the Church needs
most is the witness of saints. Holiness is the sign of the Church’s
credibility. They are her letters of reference.
You have shown forth your watchfulness, and were a
fervent Preacher of godliness: by the wisdom of the teachings you have gladden
the Church’s faithful, Righteous Father Gregory, entreat Christ our God to
grant us his great mercy. (Troparion, tone 3)