Photo shows Pope Benedict XVI greeting the crowd after praying the Angelus from the window of his apartment overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Feb. 3. Balloons that read “Yes to life” were brought into the square as the Italian church marked the Day for Life. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope: Proclaim God’s love with boldness

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, Feb. 3, asked Christians to proclaim God’s love with “boldness, humility and coherence” like Jesus.
“Let us ask the Lord to give each of us a spirit of courage and wisdom, so that in our words and actions, we may proclaim the saving truth of God’s love with boldness, humility and coherence,” said Pope Benedict in his remarks after the Sunday Angelus prayer.
“Jesus did not come to seek the consent of men, but to give testimony to the truth,” Pope Benedict told the thousands of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s Square.
“The true prophet does not obey anyone other than God and places himself at the service of truth, ready to pay in person,” he added from the window of the Apostolic Palace.
He noted that “it is true that Jesus is the prophet of love, but love has its own truth.”
He explained that love and truth are “two names for the same reality” and “two names of God.
The pontiff added that the Sunday liturgy echoes the words of St. Paul.
“Love does not boast, it is not puffed up with pride, it is not disrespectful, it does not seek its own interests and does not get angry,” said Pope Benedict.

“It does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice over wrongdoings but rejoices with the truth,” he said.
The Pope said that to believe in God is to “give up prejudices and accept the concrete face in which he has revealed himself, the man Jesus of Nazareth.”
“This way also leads to recognize him and serve him in others,” he added.

Pope Benedict’s Prayer Intentions for February

VATICAN CITY (VIS) – Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for February is: “That migrant families, especially the mothers, may be supported and accompanied in their difficulties”. His mission intention is: “That the peoples at war and in conflict may lead the way in building a peaceful future”

Vatican official say Philadelphia meeting will be key for families

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – The head of the Vatican council for the family believes that the 2015 gathering in Philadelphia will be an important moment for the U.S. and the world as it considers the role and meaning of the family in society.
“I believe that the world encounter in Philadelphia will be a very important moment, not only for the United States, but for the whole world,” said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
“We need to stress the importance of the family and marriage because they are society’s foundation and (they) allow society to grow by founding an interconnection between generations.
“In this sense we want to show the world not only the importance of the family, but also that it’s possible and that it’s really, really good,” Archbishop Paglia stated.
He explained that the institution of marriage is in crisis because of a new ideology of individualism.
“The ‘I’ is now more important than ‘us,’ and the individual is more important than the family,” he asserted.
“In this sense,” Archbishop Paglia remarked, “we’re putting a sort of poison in society which is destroying the love and the link between all people.”
Archbishop Paglia said the solution to the current situation is to build a “new culture” that heals the “divorce … between culture and family.”
“Family, in reality, supports society, but the culture has forgotten the family,” he pointed out.