August 16, 2012. (Romereports.com)
The Pope celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in the parish of San Tommaso da Villanova at Castel Gandolfo. Pilgrims filled the church, flooding over into the square outside where they watched on television screens.
The Pope recalled the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption of Mary by Pius XII in 1950, and explained it in the words of the Virgin Mary.
“It is Mary herself who prophetically pronounces some words that lead us in this direction: 'henceforth all generations shall call me blessed "(Lk 1.48). It is a prophecy for the entire history of the Church.”
Benedict also said that this feast of the Virgin is important for personal life as it unites man with God.
“In the Assumption we see that in God there is room for man, God himself is the house with many rooms that Jesus tells us: God is man's house. Opening up to God we do not lose anything. On the contrary, our life becomes more rich and great.”
The pope then spoke to the crowds on the importance of faith, saying one should find it in their daily lives.
“It's certain that a world away from God will not be better, but worse. Only the presence of God can ensure a good world.”
After the Mass, Benedict XVI greeted those present and then returned to his home to pray the Angelus.