May 2, 2012. (Romereports.com)
During the general audience with a crowd that swelled to some 20,000 pilgrims, Benedict XVI spoke about the prayer and faith of St. Stephen, the first martyr of the Catholic Church. “We now consider the speech which Saint Stephen, the first martyr, delivered before his death. Stephen’s words are clearly grounded in a prayerful re-reading of the Christ event in the light of God’s word,”
said Benedict XVI
The Pope spoke on the importance of prayer, reading and meditation of Sacred Scripture to hear God and thus understand the present
.Benedict XVI“By his intercession and example may we learn daily to unite prayer, contemplation of Christ and reflection on God’s word. In this way we will appreciate more deeply God’s saving plan, and make Christ truly the Lord of our lives”The audience had a special musical addition
thanks to a traditional Filipino choir, a Polish orchestra and a group of singing children that performed for the pope.