"The relationship with God is essential in our lives. Only with a daily personal prayer and participation in the sacraments, can the divine presence that directs our way grow inside of us, it gives light and safety and serenity, even amid difficulties and dangers.”
During the summer, the Pope followed one of his traditions, by meeting with some of his former university students.
It's no secret the Pope is a big music fan. On August 6th, his summer home transformed into his homeland, full of Bavarian songs and dances.
From August 19-25, the Meeting of Rimini took place, which is one of the largest cultural and religious gatherings in the world. It's organized by the Communion and Liberation movement. This year, it included exhibitions on Shakespeare and conferences on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria. There was also a performance by the Caracalla Dance Theatre.
September began with a somber tone with the funeral services for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini at Milan's Cathedral. He dedicated his last years promoting dialogue between believers and non-believers.
CARD. ANGELO SCOLA
Archbishop of Milan
"Beloved, now we are called by the loss of this great man of the Church, to express our overwhelming gratitude.”
The Pope received an Ad Limina visit from several Colombian bishops, at Castel Gandolfo. He asked them to keep working towards peace and to help families, since they are the foundation of society.
The biggest news this month was Benedict XVI's trip to Lebanon, where he signed the apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente. He also met with Christian and Muslim political leaders. During his visit, the Pope asked Christians to never respond to discrimination with violence.
"It is here and now that we are called to celebrate the victory of love over hate, forgiveness over revenge, service over domination, humility over pride, and unity over division.”
One of the most touching moments came during the gathering with youths at the Maronite Patriarchate.
"Tell your families and friends back home that the Pope has not forgotten you. Tell those around you that the Pope is saddened by your sufferings and your griefs. He does not forget Syria in his prayers and concerns, he does not forget those in the Middle East who are suffering. It is time for Muslims and Christians to come together so as to put an end to violence and war.”
The Pope said Muslims and Christians can live together in peace, and cited Lebanon as an example. He added that both religions must build the future of the Middle East together.
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