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Pope Benedict XVI. visits New York and Washington in mid-April. According to the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the head of the Church will visit from 15. to 20. In addition to the White House in Washington, the Pope will also visit the United Nations headquarters in New York and Ground Zero, the site of the terrorist attacks of 11 April. September 2001. On his 81st. Birthday, the 16. April, Benedict XVI will. Officially received at the White House, according to Sambi. The presidential election will be held in the fall.

It is the first papal trip Benedict XVI. to the United States. Pope John Paul II. (1978-2005) visited the U.S. seven times and addressed the United Nations twice in 1979 and 1995. Also Paul VI. gave a historic speech there in 1965.On the afternoon of the birthday, the Pope is scheduled to address U.S. bishops. On 17. April are scheduled to include a service at Washington's baseball stadium, a meeting with the leaders of church educational institutions and an interfaith encounter at the John Paul II.-Center in Washington on the program.In New York, on the morning of April 18, the pope will address the. April at UN headquarters, an address to the United Nations General Assembly. Last April, Benedict XVI.accepted an invitation from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to spend time with him. An ecumenical meeting is planned for the afternoon.

Gesture of solidarity to Ground Ze The following day, the third anniversary of his election as pope, Benedict XVI celebrated. a Mass in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral. On 20. April, the head of the church will visit Ground Zero, the site of the 11. The two towers of the World Trade Center collapsed after two hijacked passenger planes hit the ground on September 9, 2001. Sambi said the pope wants to show solidarity there "with those who died there, with their families and with all those who wish for an end to violence and the establishment of peace".His six-day visit will end on the afternoon of April 20. April, a large Mass celebration at New York's Yankee Stadium. Earlier reports had also speculated about Boston and Baltimore as possible stops on the papal trip. Sambi explained the papal itinerary Monday at the opening of the fall plenary session of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.


After the way of the cross

After the Stations of the Cross through Sydney, Pope Benedict's day was far from over. Pope Benedict XVI. During a meeting with representatives of other religions in Sydney, Benedict stressed the importance of dialogue in securing peace. And he met with difficult-to-educate young people. At the same time, he warned against escaping into alcohol, drugs or crime.

Pope Benedict XVI. At a meeting with representatives of other religions in Sydney, stressed the importance of dialogue in securing peace. Religions could contribute to a harmonious relationship between religion and public life. This is all the more important at a time when some have come to believe that religion is a cause of division rather than a force for unity."I have come to Australia as an ambassador of peace.", with these words Benedict summarized his concern. He considers himself fortunate "to meet you who share both this longing and the desire to help the world attain peace."Religions must pull together, the Pope said – for the good of mankind: "In a world threatened by insidious and indiscriminate forms of violence, people of faith urge nations and communities with a united voice to resolve conflicts by peaceful means and with full respect for human dignity."Religions open up an image of humanity in which generosity and friendship are at the center."At their core, human relationships cannot be explained in terms of power, domination, and self-interest. Rather, they testify to and perfect man's natural inclination to live in community and harmony with others."Let the religious sense open men and women to God and lead them to the realization that personal fulfillment does not consist in the selfish gratification of short-lived desires. Religions are important because "they teach people that true service requires sacrifice and self-control, which in turn must be cultivated through self-denial, moderation, and a modest use of this world's goods. This leads men and women to view the environment as a marvel to be cherished and preserved, rather than a commodity to be simply consumed."Benedict clarified the common ground for dialogue, saying that the universality of human experience enables adherents of different religions to enter into dialogue with one another in order to come to terms with the mystery of life's joys and sorrows. "In this sense, the Church eagerly seeks ways to listen to the spiritual experience of other religions. We could say that all religions aim to penetrate the deep meaning of human existence by linking it to an origin or principle that lies outside of it. Religions offer an attempt to understand the cosmos as something that emerges from and returns to this origin or principle. Christians believe that God has revealed this origin and principle in Jesus, of whom the Bible speaks as the "Alpha and Omega" (cf. Rev 1:8; 22:1) speaks."The search for peace goes hand in hand with the search for meaning. The quest for international understanding springs from that truth which gives meaning to life and leads to it: "Religion gives peace, but more importantly, it awakens in the human spirit a thirst for truth and a hunger for virtue. Let us encourage everyone – especially young people – to marvel at the beauty of life, to seek its ultimate meaning and to strive to realize its exceedingly great potential!"Muslim representative Sheikh Femhi El-Imam also emphasized the peacemaking power of religions in his welcoming remarks."If Muslims and Christians and other faith communities reach out to each other and build bridges instead of barriers, all humanity will enjoy it. In recent days we have heard from the young people: 'Let us build a fundamentalism of love instead of a fundamentalism of hatred. My greatest hope is that you, Holy Father, will become an inspiration for love, justice and peace for the half million young people gathered here to celebrate their faith with yours and many more millions around the world."Jewish representative Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence thanked Benedict XVI. for the progress in the Jewish-Christian dialogue."Your Holiness, bless them with the words from the Book of Deuteronomy the Almighty, that they promote the spiritual profile and awareness around our faith in our city. May you also return home in good health with God's blessing and continue the dialogue with the religious leaders, the rabbis and the scholars that has made possible this historic rapprochement over the last forty years.

"Meeting with young people who are difficult to educate In his meeting with hard-to-educate youth, the pope warned against escaping into alcohol, drugs or crime. While these might seem like a way out of difficult situations in the short term. Ultimately, however, these aberrations do not promote life, but death. The pope spoke to participants in the "Alive" social program at Notre Dame University. Benedict XVI expressly turned to the. Against idolatry of possessions: "When we are greedy, when we refuse to share what we have with the hungry and the poor, we make our possessions a false god. How many voices in our materialistic society tell us that happiness is to be found in acquiring as many possessions and luxury items as we can! But that means making ownership a false god. Instead of bringing life, he brings death."Even without love, life would hardly be worth living, the Pope stressed. But, "Often people think they love when in reality they want to own and manipulate the other person. Sometimes treating others as objects to satisfy their own needs rather than as persons to be loved and cherished. How easy it is to be deceived by the many voices in our society that advocate a permissive attitude toward sexuality, without regard for decency, self-respect, or moral values that give human relationships their quality! This is worship of a false god. Instead of bringing life, it brings death."Power is also good and necessary in principle, he said, if it is used with responsibility. But when someone clings to power and tries to dominate others or exploit the environment for selfish interests, power becomes a false idol.Drawing on the parable of the prodigal son, Benedict XVI praised. the courage of young people to repent: "I look to you as ambassadors of hope for others in similar situations. You can convince them of the necessity to choose the way of life and to avoid the way of death, because you speak from experience."Benedict encouraged the young people to also encourage others to get out of drugs or crime. His message to the youth: "Choose life so that you and your descendants may live in the love of the Lord your God. Let His Spirit guide you on the path of life so that you obey His commandments, follow His teachings, leave behind the deviations that lead only to death, and commit yourself to a lifelong friendship with Jesus Christ. In the power of the Holy Spirit, choose life and choose love, and testify before the world the joy it brings. This is what I ask in prayer for each one of you at this World Youth Day. God bless you all."After the evening meeting, Benedict XVI. into his quarters at Cathedral St. Mary.


Education with “high ethical standards

Glorifying violence in video games or movies is perversion. Benedict XVI's verdict. in his message for this year's World Day of Social Communications. This day is celebrated annually by the Church on 20. May, but the pope traditionally publishes his appeal on 24. January, the commemoration day of the press patron Francis de Sales. The theme of the message: "Children and social communication tools: a challenge for education."

In his message, the Pope speaks of two kinds of education: the education of children and the education of the media. The media shape culture and society and are therefore a challenge for parents. "Indeed, there are voices that say that the influence of the media in the educational process is equal to that of the school, the church and – perhaps even – the family." Reality for many, he said, is what the media pass off as real. Consequently, the media industry must act responsibly. At the same time, children need to practice appropriate use of the media. This is how their consciences are formed, their cultural, moral and spiritual development is guided. "Educating children to be discerning in their use of the media is the responsibility of parents, church and school. The role of parents is of primary importance." Schools and parishes should support parents in providing. The Pope continued: "Media education should be positive. … beauty, a kind of mirror of the divine, inspires and enlivens the heart and mind of young people, while ugliness and vulgarity have a demeaning effect on attitudes and behavior.

"Ethical standards In the second part of the message, the Pope addresses the media professionals themselves. They are committed to ethical standards. This opinion is shared by all "who have a sense of social responsibility.". But economic competition is pushing for "low standards". "Although it should be noted that many people working in the media have a desire to do what is right, we must also note that those working in the media are subject to particular psychological preres and ethical dilemmas. … Any trend to produce programs – including films and video games – that glorify violence and portray antisocial behavior or the trivialization of human sexuality in the name of entertainment is a perversion – all the more repugnant when these programs are made for children or young people."The Pope's final appeal is directed at those responsible for the media industry. They should guide and encourage producers to "protect the common good, affirm the truth, defend the human dignity of each individual and promote respect for the needs of the family".


Message of hope and renewal

Hundreds of thousands of young people met Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday evening. in Madrid prepared a welcoming feast. In the Plaza de Cibeles and surrounding streets, World Youth Day participants gathered Thursday evening to celebrate with the 84-year-old and hear his first address.


“The church acts”

Pope Benedict XVI. Recalled at his general audience on Wednesday his meeting with victims of abuse in Malta. "I shared with them the suffering, and moved I prayed with them. In the process, I ared them that the Church is acting," the Pope said.

About 30.000 people attended the Pope's general audience this Wednesday – including a thousand Roman schoolchildren and several hundred priests from the diocese of Rome. Benedict took stock of his visit to the island of Malta last weekend in St. Peter's Square, saying, "The occasion was the 1.950. Anniversary of the arrival of St. Paul on this island. The shipwreck that brought him there is dated to about the year 60. Like Paul, I was able to experience the warm welcome of the Maltese people. He said that although they were barbarians, they found a very unusual human kindness. Today they are an educated people of high culture, but they have retained their philanthropy and hospitality. I want to thank everyone who gave me this welcome, especially the children and young people who were around me with enthusiasm. The highlights of my trip were the visit to the grotto of St. Paul near Rabat, where, according to tradition, he lived for three months as a prisoner; then the celebration of the Eucharist in Floriana, in front of the church of St. Publius, and finally the meeting with the young people in Valletta, in the port, in a wonderful picture where the ships were around, the artillery fired salvos of veneration and the joy really shaped everything."

Meeting under strict discretion In a departure from the program of the visit, Benedict XVI had. spoke Sunday at noon in Malta with eight former pupils of an orphanage who had been sexually abused by clerics when they were minors. The meeting, which lasted about 25 minutes, took place under strict discretion in the chapel of the Papal Nunciature in Rabat. In his German address, the pope did not mention the encounter with the abuse victims, but instead returned to St. Paul: "The shipwreck of St. Paul off the Maltese coast was first of all a disaster, but it was part of divine providence, because that is how Christianity came to this island and created a great history. Since then, the history of the Maltese people has been inextricably linked to the Catholic faith, which has deeply shaped their culture and traditions. Today, the Gospel and the teachings of the Church continue to guide the search for answers to today's challenges. The full respect of the unborn life and the sanctity of marriage in the legislation of the country speak of it."Malta is the only EU country where Catholicism is still the state religion. Divorce and abortion are forbidden, according to Verfang. "Also the apostolic spirit of St. Paul has remained alive in Malta. Still the two islands of Malta and Gozo send a multitude of missionaries out into the wide world. With their commitment, they make it clear that faith becomes stronger when it is passed on and the Maltese Cross shows all over the world what the cross means: reconciliation and peace." said Benedict XVI.


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In Malta, hardly any road can be driven on normally at the moment. Closures, detours, construction works. Huge posters on the side of the road reveal the reason: On 17. and 18. April comes Pope Benedict XVI. to Malta. Livia Leykauf has already had a look around on site.

By then, the biggest potholes and bumps should have been removed – at least temporarily. But it is not only the roads that are bustling with activity. The Pope visits the Grotto of St. Paul in Rabat. For weeks, carpets have been laid, chandeliers cleaned, walls painted and works of art polished in the church. Everything must shine when the pope arrives.

Full of anticipation Sexton Mario Scicluna, who also serves as janitor, restorer and guide, is full of anticipation: "It is a lot of work during the preparation, but to see the Pope up close rewards everything."Residents and shopkeepers follow the events with curiosity. "Every day someone from the police or television comes. They discuss how to regulate traffic, how to ensure safety and where best to position the cameras," reports Doreen Cutajar, the wife of the master baker. "We will probably not sell more sweets than usual for the Pope's visit, but of course I will open the store. Behind my sales counter I have a clear view of the Pope." While before Easter the signs of the Pope's visit were still rather hidden, Malta is now as if transformed. Flags in Vatican colors fly on many buildings. The kiosk vendor at the bus station in Valletta has expanded his assortment and, in addition to the usual souvenirs, he now sells paper flags in yellow and white. They are proving to be big sellers everywhere on the island. Whether the pennants on their thin plastic poles will last very long is uncertain. But the Pope comes to Malta only for a good 24 hours.