Thursday, October 11, 2012

His Holiness and His All Holiness at the Lth Anniversary of Vatican II

The New Beginning has the scoop — Pope Benedict's Homily at Opening Mass of the Year of Faith.

Said Pope Ratzinger, a.k.a. the Vicar of Christ: "Through Christ, God is the principal subject of evangelization in the world; but Christ himself wished to pass on his own mission to the Church; he did so, and continues to do so, until the end of time pouring out his Spirit upon the disciples, the same Spirit who came upon him and remained in him during all his earthly life, giving him the strength 'to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed' and 'to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord'" (Lk 4:18-19).

Said Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople: "We join in the '...hope that the barrier dividing the Eastern Church and the Western Church will be removed, and that - at last - there may be but the one dwelling, firmly established on Christ Jesus, the cornerstone, who will make both one' (Unitatis Redintegratio § 18)."

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