December 31, 2009.
Pope Benedict XVI held the final weekly general audience of the
decade, focusing on 12th century theologian Peter Lombard. His best
known work is Sentences, a collection used in the teaching of theology.
Pope Benedict stressed one of Lombards most significant
contributions is his treatment of the sacraments. The pope said Lombard
captures the essence of the sacraments and called them the great
treasure of the ChurchBenedict XVI"During this Year for
Priests, I encourage priests, as ministers of the sacraments, and all
the faithful, to grow in appreciation of the beauty and harmony of our
faith, to cultivate the sacramental life, and thus to grow in union
with Christ and his Church."
He also encouraged all to keep in
mind the whole vision of the Christian doctrine against today's risks
of fragmentation and devaluation of individual truth. At the end of the
his final weekly audience he wished everyone a happy new year.