Pope Benedict’s homily at Mass in Bethlehem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily at Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I thank Almighty God for giving me the grace to come to Bethlehem, not only to venerate the place of Christ’s birth, but also to stand beside you, my brothers and sisters in the faith, in these Palestinian Territories. Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks upon arrival in Bethlehem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a welcoming ceremony in the square in front of the presidential palace of Bethlehem:

Mr. President,
Dear Friends,

I greet all of you from my heart, and I warmly thank the president, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, for his words of welcome. My pilgrimage to the lands of the Bible would not be complete without a visit to Bethlehem, the city of David and the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s homily at open-air Mass in Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily during an outdoor Mass in the Josaphat Valley in Jerusalem:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

“Christ is risen, alleluia!” With these words I greet you with immense affection. I thank Patriarch Fouad Twal for his words of welcome on your behalf, and before all else I express my joy at being able to celebrate this Eucharist with you, the church in Jerusalem. We are gathered beneath the Mount of Olives, where our Lord prayed and suffered, where he wept for love of this city and the desire that it should know “the path to peace” (Lk 19:42), Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during visit to the co-cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a brief visit to the Latin Patriarchate’s co-cathedral in Jerusalem. The Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem was present: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks at the chapel of the Cenacle

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit with the Catholic ordinaries of the Holy Land to the Chapel of the Cenacle in Jerusalem. The chapel is the upper room of Jesus’ Last Supper as well as the Pentecost descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during visit to chief rabbis of Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a courtesy visit to two chief rabbis of Jerusalem at the Hechal Shlomo center: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s written prayer left at Jerusalem’s Western Wall

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s written prayer he left during a visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall:

God of all the ages,

on my visit to Jerusalem, the “City of Peace”, spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, I bring before you the joys, the hopes and the aspirations, the trials, the suffering and the pain of all your people throughout the world.

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

hear the cry of the afflicted, the fearful, the bereft; send your peace upon this Holy Land, upon the Middle East, upon the entire human family; stir the hearts of all who call upon your name, to walk humbly in the path of justice and compassion.

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him” (Lam 3:25)!

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Texts of addresses by Pope Benedict XVI and other dignitaries during the apostolic visit to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories are also available in the May 21 and May 28 issues of Origins CNS Documentary Service. For information about a subscription or to purchase individual issues, contact Origins at origins@catholicnews.com.

Pope Benedict’s remarks during visit to the Dome of the Rock

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem during a courtesy visit with the grand mufti: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during meeting with leaders of interreligious dialogue

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a meeting with representatives of organizations involved with interreligious dialogue. The meeting was held at the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks at Yad Vashem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem:

“I will give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name … I will give them an everlasting name which shall not be cut off” (Is 56:5). This passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah furnishes the two simple words which solemnly express the profound significance of this revered place: yad – “memorial”; shem –- “name”. Continue reading

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