Pope’s talk to academic leaders in Prague

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s speech to academic leaders Sunday at the Hradcany Castle in Prague:

Mr President,
Distinguished Rectors and Professors,
Dear Students and Friends,

Our meeting this evening gives me a welcome opportunity to express my esteem for the indispensable role in society of universities and institutions of higher learning. I thank the student who has kindly greeted me in your name, the members of the university choir for their fine performance, and the distinguished Rector of Charles University, Professor Václav Hampl, for his thoughtful presentation. The service of academia, upholding and contributing to the cultural and spiritual values of society, enriches the nation’s intellectual patrimony and strengthens the foundations of its future development. Continue reading

Pope to ecumenical representatives in Prague

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s speech to ecumenical leaders Sunday in Prague:

Dear Cardinals,
Your Excellencies,
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am grateful to Almighty God for the opportunity to meet with you who are here representing the various Christian communities of this land. I thank Doctor Černý, President of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic, for the kind words of welcome which he has addressed to me on your behalf.

My dear friends, Europe continues to undergo many changes. It is hard to believe that only two decades have passed since the collapse of former regimes gave way to a difficult but productive transition towards more participatory political structures. Continue reading

Pope’s words at the Angelus in Czech Republic

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s talk at the Angelus prayer following a Mass Sunday in Brno, the Czech Republic:

(Before the Angelus)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We have come to the end of this solemn celebration, and the midday hour invites us to pray the Angelus. I am pleased to do so here, in the heart of Moravia, Bohemia’s sister territory, a land marked for many centuries by the Christian faith, a land that reminds us of the courageous mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

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Pope’s homily in Brno

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily at a Mass Sunday at the Brno-Turany Airport in the Czech Republic:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). Jesus invites each of his disciples to spend time with him, to find comfort, sustenance and renewal in him. This invitation is addressed in a special way to our liturgical assembly which, in accordance with the ecclesial ideal, brings the whole of your local Church together with the Successor of Peter. Continue reading

Pope’s talk at evening prayer service in Prague

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s talk Saturday at a vespers service at the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, the Czech Republic:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I greet all of you in the words of Saint Paul that we have just heard in our Scripture reading: Grace and peace to you from God our Father! First of all I address these words to the Cardinal Archbishop, whom I thank for his gracious words. I extend my greeting to the other Cardinals and Bishops present, to the priests and deacons, the seminarians, men and women religious, to the catechists and pastoral workers, to the young people, the families, and to the representatives of ecclesial associations and movements.

We are gathered this evening in a place that is dear to you, a place that is a visible sign of the power of divine grace acting in the hearts of believers. Continue reading

Pope’s speech to political leaders in Prague

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s speech Saturday to political and government leaders and diplomats at the presidential palace in Prague, the Czech Republic:

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am grateful for the opportunity to meet, in such a remarkable setting, the political and civil authorities of the Czech Republic and the members of the diplomatic community. I warmly thank President Klaus for his kind words of greeting in your name. I also express my appreciation to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for the musical performance which opened our gathering, and which eloquently expressed both the roots of Czech culture and the outstanding contribution which this nation has made to European culture.

My pastoral visit to the Czech Republic coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the totalitarian regimes in Central and Eastern Europe, and the “Velvet Revolution” which restored democracy to this nation. Continue reading

Pope’s words after visit to Infant of Prague

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s Italian-language remarks Saturday during a visit to venerate the Infant of Prague at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Prague, the Czech Republic:

Dear Cardinals,

Your Excellencies,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Dear Children,

I greet all of you warmly and I want you to know what joy it gives me to visit this Church, dedicated to Our Lady of Victory, where the faithful venerate the statue of the Infant Jesus, known throughout the world as the “Holy Infant of Prague”. I thank Archbishop Jan Graubner, President of the Episcopal Conference, for his words of welcome spoken on behalf of all the Bishops. I offer respectful greetings to the Mayor and to the other civil and religious authorities present at this gathering. I greet you, dear families, who have come in such large numbers to be here with me. Continue reading


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