(09 Mar 08 - RV) Pope Benedict appealed for the Holy Land and Iraq during his Sunday
Angelus... Pope Benedict
made an appeal for the Holy Land on Sunday urging Israeli and Palestinian authorities
to continue with negotiations to build and peaceful and just future for their peoples.
past days the Holy Father said had seen a violence and horror feeding a spiral of
destruction and of death that seems to have no end and he asked in the name of God
that the torturous roads of hatred and revenge be left behind leading to a path of
trust and dialogue.
The Pope also made an appeal for Iraq saying that while
there was continued anxiety for the well being of Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Rahho
who was kidnapped in Mosel on February the 29th, many Iraqis remain caught
up in a blind and absurd violence that was opposed to the will of God.
Benedict made these appeals during the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square were he also
discussed Sunday’s Gospel.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus
raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. We also hear how Martha, in the midst of
her grief, was able to make her great profession of faith: “Yes, Lord, I believe that
you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.” As we approach
the season of Our Lord’s Passion, we pray that our own faith may be strengthened,
so that we too can place all our hope in him who is the resurrection and the life.
the Angelus the Holy Father turned his attention to Young People, saying that on March
13 he would be presiding over a Penitential Liturgy in St Peter’s Basilica for the
youth of the Diocese of Rome. He told the gathered faithful that it would be a strong
moment of preparation for the 23rd World Youth Day which will be celebrated
on Palm Sunday and will culminate in the great meeting of Youth in Sydney in July.
Pope Benedict’s day had begun on a youthful theme when he visited the Vatican’s
San Lorenzo International Youth Centre to celebrate Mass.
The Centre is located
in the Church of San Lorenzo Piscibus near St Peter’s Square, and is celebrating its
This seminarian spoke about being chosen to be one of the
servers at the Mass.
Every seminarian hopes to serve for the Holy Father
at some point, but I didn’t expect that it would be happening in my first year or
During the mass the Pope spoke of his joy at being with them
for their anniversary and thanked those gathered for the warmth of their welcome.
Centre’s celebrations continue from the 13th to the 16th of