Pope Benedict’s remarks during an ecumenical meeting in Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during an ecumenical meeting in the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during a visit with religious leaders

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit with religious leaders of Galilee in the auditorium of the Basilica of the Annunciation: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s homily at Mass in Nazareth

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily at an open-air Mass on Mount Precipice in Nazareth. The town of Nazareth is the home of the Holy Family. Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks leaving Bethlehem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks at a farewell ceremony in the courtyard of the presidential palace in Bethlehem: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks at Palestinian refugee camp

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit to the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during visit to children’s hospital

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit to the Caritas Children’s Hospital in Bethlehem: Continue reading

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

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