Synod, pauline year, foreign travel

Synod, pauline year, foreign travel

Pope Benedict XVI. sees as his highlights of the year ending the Synod of Bishops on the Bible, the Pauline Year and his three trips abroad. The pastoral trips to the United States, to Australia with the participation in the World Youth Day and to France have made the Church present in the world as a spiritual force, said the head of the Church on Monday in his annual review before the Roman Curia.

Calling it a "valuable contribution," Benedict XVI said. Rabbi Shar Yashuv Cohen's speech to the Synod of Bishops on the Bible, as well as the talk given by Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I. held before the same forum. World Youth Day in Sydney gathered the largest international crowd ever in Australia, the pope recalled in his review. It was not only a religious festival with him as the star: "The Pope is only a representative, he points to the Other who is in our midst."The youth meeting, with its long period of preparation, was a spiritual event that gathered young people around the altar and on the Way of the Cross, Benedict XVI said. Despite all fears of traffic chaos, violence and drug consumption, the event was calm, peaceful and friendly. Responsibility for creation On the subject of the environment, the pope said the church must not limit itself to communicating its message of salvation. It also has a responsibility for creation and must exercise it publicly. This includes protecting the earth, water and air as gifts of creation for all, as well as protecting humans from self-destruction, Benedict XVI said. In a socio-political passage, the pope criticized the term "gender". The Church must work to preserve the order of creation and the nature of the human person, who is created male and female. Behind the term "gender" is ultimately the understanding of a self-emancipation of man from creation and from the Creator, the pope said. Man wants to make himself and always and exclusively determine over himself. But this is a life against the truth and against the creative spirit. Benedict XVI called marriage a lifelong union between a man and a woman. a "sacrament of creation". Against this backdrop, his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, had said. in his encyclical "Humanae vitae," ied 40 years ago, defended love against a sexuality of consumption and human nature against its manipulation.

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