December 31, 2009.
During the summer break, the logo for World Youth Day in Madrid 2011 surfaced. One of the M’s stands for Madrid the other for Maria.
It includes the summits theme "rooted and built up in Christ and steadfast in the faith."
Meanwhile in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, rose petals fell
like snowfall, a traditional ceremony held in remembrance of the
miracle of the year 358.
“Today, where we remember the dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary
Major, the liturgy invites us turn our gaze to Mary, Mother of Christ.
Always look to Her, dear young people, following her example in
faithfully carry out God's will. "
In September, Benedict XVI received the head of foreign relations of
the Russian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Hilarion. A significant meeting
since a few months before, the Russian Orthodox Church reconciled with
other orthodox churches and agreed to take part in dialogue with them
and the Catholic Church.
The pope also took a trip to the Czech Republic in September.
The first ceremony of the trip was a visit to the statue of the infant
Jesus of Prague. He also visited with politicians and intellectuals.
During the talks, he called them to work on integral human development
an to foster Christian roots in Europe
“The faith of Christians, from the time of Saints Cyril and Methodius
and the early missionaries, has in fact played a decisive role in
shaping the spiritual and cultural heritage of this country. It must do
likewise in the present and into the future.”
The mini-series Augustine: The decline of the Roman Empire” also made
its debut in September. The series tells the story of San Agustine and
tells how his mother, Saint Monica, influenced Augustine’s conversion
The pope, who admires Saint Augustine, got a private screening of the series.