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Benedict XVI asks for prayers as his seventh anniversary as Pope approaches

However, the Pope made no reference to his 85th birthday, celebrated on April 16th. ; Benedict XVI explained that Christianity is not just about commemorating the past, nor is it a mystical experience. Rather, the Pope said it?s an active encounter with the risen Christ. Benedict XVI“It is an encounter with the risen Lord who lives in the dimension of God, beyond time and space. He makes himself truly present among the community and speaks to us in the Scriptures.”The first Sunday after Easter, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Divine Mercy, to which John Paul II was very devoted to.Benedict XVI“Welcome the gift of peace that the risen Jesus offers us. We must fill our hearts with His mercy.”As thousands of people looked on in St. Peter?s Square, Benedict XVI called on them to be true witness of the Christian faith, especially the peace it can bring to every day life. BR/KLH CTV--BN