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Påven åker till Mexico 160212 för att be framför ikonen Vår Fru av Guadalupe. Question: What does Our Lady of Guadalupe represent for the Pope? Pope Francis: "Security, tenderness. Sometimes I am afraid of certain problems or something unpleasant happens and I do not know how to react, and I pray to her. I like to repeat to myself, 'Do not be afraid, am I not here, your Mother?'. They are her words: 'Do not be afraid'. … I feel this, that she is our Mother, who cares, protects and leads a people, who leads a family, who gives the warmth of home, who caresses with tenderness and who banishes fear. … It is an eloquent image, that of a Mother like a blanket who covers and cares, in the midst of her people. … This is what I feel before Her. … What I would ask you, as a favour, is that this time, the third time I will be on Mexican soil, that you will let me spend a moment before the image. That is the favour I ask of you". VISnews160203. LADY OF GUADALUPE - History of idolatry (1/2) 9:50. LADY OF GUADALUPE_ History of Idolatry (2/2) 9:36.
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of St. Mary Major on the afternoon of Friday, 1 January. “Salve, Mater Misericordiae! With this invocation we turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Roman Basilica dedicated to her under the title of Mother of God. It is the first line of an ancient hymn which we will sing at the conclusion of this Holy Eucharist. Composed by an unknown author, it has come down to us as a heartfelt prayer spontaneously rising up from the hearts of the faithful: 'Hail Mother of mercy, Mother of God, Mother of forgiveness, Mother of hope, Mother of grace and Mother full of holy gladness'. In these few words we find a summary of the faith of generations of men and women who, with their eyes fixed firmly on the icon of the Blessed Virgin, have sought her intercession and consolation. “It is most fitting that on this day we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary above all as Mother of mercy. The door we have opened is, in fact, a Door of Mercy. Those who cross its threshold are called to enter into the merciful love of the Father with complete trust and freedom from fear; they can leave this Basilica knowing – truly knowing – that Mary is ever at their side. She is the Mother of mercy, because she bore in her womb the very Face of divine mercy, Jesus, Emmanuel, the Expectation of the nations, the 'Prince of Peace'. The Son of God, made incarnate for our salvation, has given us His Mother, who joins us on our pilgrimage through this life, so that we may never be left alone, especially at times of trouble and uncertainty. VIS160104.
The Popes Homage to Mary Immaculate. Today, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Holy Father went to Piazza di Spagna where he performed the traditional act of veneration below the statue of Mary Immaculate crowning the Roman marble column commemorating the proclamation of the dogma by Pope Pius IX on 8 December 1854. Continuing a tradition established by St. John XXIII in 1958, Francis left a floral tribute at the foot of the column and, accompanied by thousands of faithful led by Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar of His Holiness for the diocese of Rome, recited a prayer to the Virgin that he had composed himself. “Virgin Mother, on this day, the feast of your Immaculate Conception, I pay homage to you in faith and love on behalf of God’s holy people who live in this city and diocese...". There is space for everyone beneath your mantel, because you are the Mother of Mercy. Your heart is full of tenderness towards all your children: the tenderness of God, who, by you, became incarnate and became our brother, Jesus, Saviour of every man and every woman. Looking at you, Our Immaculate Mother, ee see the victory of divine mercy over sin and all its consequences; and hope for a better life is reignited within us, free from slavery, rancour and fear. “We thank you, Immaculate Mother, because you do not make us walk along this path alone; you guide us, you are near us and help us through every difficulty. May God bless you, now and forever. Amen”. VIS151209.
The Jubilee of Mercy is at hand. “Beginning on the day of the opening of the Holy Door (December 18) and throughout the entire Jubilee, the Rosary will be recited daily in St. Peter’s Square in front of the statue of St. Peter. Various parishes in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and Religious Institutes present in Rome with a particular consecration to the Mother of God, along with various Institutes of formation, will take turns leading this Rosary”. For this occasion the Holy Father has granted all the Bishops of the world the power to give the Papal Blessing at the Holy Mass for the opening of the Holy Door, and for the closure of the door at the end of the Holy Year. VIS 151204.
The Pope got a question about Muhammed. An American journalist asked what he thought Islam the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed had to say to today's world. “It is possible to enter into dialogue; they have values. Many values. And these values are constructive. … Prayer, for example, and fasting. Religious values, and also other values. One cannot cancel out a religion because there are some groups, or many groups, at a certain historic moment, of fundamentalists. It is true that there have always been wars between religions throughout history, always. We too must ask forgiveness. … And the Thirty Years War, the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. … We too must ask forgiveness, for fundamentalist extremism and for religious wars”. VIS 151201.
Påven Francis bad till Maria under en mässa på Kuba. At the end of Mass, the Pope spoke for a few minutes before praying the Angelus. In concluding this Holy Mass, in which Jesus has once more given Himself to us in His body and blood, let us now lift our gaze to the Virgin Mary, our Mother. We ask her to teach us to stand beside the cross of our brothers and sisters who suffer. “I ask you now that we join together in praying to Mary, that we may place all our concerns and hopes before the heart of Christ. We pray to her in a special way for those who have lost hope and find no reasons to keep fighting, and for those who suffer from injustice, abandonment and loneliness. We pray for the elderly, the infirm, children and young people, for all families experiencing difficulty, that Mary may dry their tears, comfort them with a mother’s love, and restore their hope and joy. Holy Mother, I commend to you these your sons and daughters in Cuba. May you never abandon them!”. VISnews150921.
Francis prays for the intercession of the Virgin for his trip to Strasbourg. Yesterday afternoon, as is his custom before a journey, at around 5.30 the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray before the image of the Virgin Salus Popoli Romani and to ask for her intercession for his apostolic trip to the European institutions based in Strasbourg. Francis prayed for around half an hour and left before the Virgin a floral tribute in blue and yellow, the colours of the European flag. Vatican City, 25 November 2014 (VIS)
THE POPE ENTRUSTS TO MARY ALL THE CITIZENS OF LEBANON. Yesterday afternoon Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent a message, on behalf of the Holy Father Francis, to the participants in the eighth Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting, “Together around Mary, Our Lady”. The meeting, which took place in Beirut, Lebanon, to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation, was organised by the St. Joseph University Alumni Assocation and the College of Our Lady of Jamhour. The Holy Father shows his joy at seeing “Christians and Muslims united in their devotion to the Virgin Mary”, and comments that “the shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa is a blessed place where everyone can go to invoke her”. He also encourages Christians and Muslims to “work together for peace and for the common good, thus contributing to the full development of the person and the edification of society”, and entrusts the participants in the meeting “and all the inhabitants of Lebanon to the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace and Protectress of Lebanon”. Vatican City, 26 March 2014 (VIS).
Vatican City, 7 September 2013: The Pope began by praying the Rosary; each mystery was accompanied by the reading of a poem by St. Therese of Lisieux about the child Jesus, and at the end he invoked Maria: “Queen of Peace, pray for us”. VIS News 130709.
Påven beviljar avlat till de troende som deltar i firandet av Världsungdomsdagen i Rio 22-29 juli. Avlaten är tillämplig även på avlidna själar. Partiell avlat kommer att beviljas till alla de troende som på vilken plats som helst under de angivna dagarna, med ett förkrossat hjärta höjer fromma böner till Gud, och avslutningsvis deltar i den officiella bönen under Världsungdomsdagen och anropar jungfrun Maria, Brasiliens drottning, med titeln Vår Fru av Aparecida liksom andra skyddshelgon och förebedjare i samma möte, så att de kan uppmuntra de unga att stärka sin tro och leva ett heligt liv. VIS News 130709.
Pope Francis I at the end of the morning’s Mass for Palm Sunday 24 March 2013. Before praying the Angelus, the Pope called upon the intercession of our Lady, particularly in favour of those suffering with tuberculosis and young persons. “Dear Brothers and Sisters,” he began. “At the end of this celebration, we invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary, that she may accompany us during Holy Week. May she, who followed her Son with faith all the way to Calvary, help us to walk behind him, carrying his Cross with serenity and love, so as to attain the joy of Easter. May Our Lady of Sorrows support especially those who are experiencing difficult situations. My thoughts turn to the people afflicted with tuberculosis, as today is the World Day against this disease. To Mary I entrust especially you, dear young people, and your path towards Rio de Janeiro: This July, Rio! Prepare your hearts spiritually. May all of you have a good journey!”
Hail, Holy Queen, en hymn som sjöngs vid installationen av påven Francis I. Se Maria i bakgrunden.
Den katolska avguden i Lourdesgrottan vid katolska stifsgården Marielund på Ekerö i Mälaren.
Cherish the Rosary during the year of the faith. Before praying the Angelus this morning, Benedict XVI recalled that the traditional annual "supplication", in which thousands of faithful around the world participate, is taking place today at the Italian shrine of Pompei, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. "As we too spiritually unite ourselves to that choral invocation, I would like to invite everyone to cherish the Rosary during the forthcoming Year of Faith. With the Rosary, in fact, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary. VIS News 121007.
Holy Father inaugurates the synod of new evangelisation. This morning in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI proclaimed St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen as Doctors of the Universal Church. St. John of Avila lived in the sixteenth century. St. Hildegard of Bingen, an important female figure of the twelfth century. VIS News 121007.

Plenary indulgence for the year of faith. According to a decree made public today and signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Benedict XVI will grant faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the Year of Faith. The indulgence will be valid from the opening of the Year on 11 October 2012 until its end on 24 November 2013. "During the Year of Faith, Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of sins, imparted by the mercy of God and applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful, may be obtained by all faithful who, truly penitent, take Sacramental Confession and the Eucharist and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
"(A) Each time they attend at least three sermons during the Holy Missions, or at least three lessons on the Acts of the Council or the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in church or any other suitable location.
"(B) Each time they visit, in the course of a pilgrimage, a papal basilica, a Christian catacomb, a cathedral church or a holy site designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith (for example, minor basilicas and shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Apostles or patron saints), and there participate in a sacred celebration, or at least remain for a congruous period of time in prayer and pious meditation, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, depending on the circumstances, to the Holy Apostles and patron saints.
"(C) Each time that, on the days designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith, ... in any sacred place, they participate in a solemn celebration of the Eucharist or the Liturgy of the Hours, adding thereto the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form.
"(D) On any day they chose, during the Year of Faith, if they make a pious visit to the baptistery, or other place in which they received the Sacrament of Baptism, and there renew their baptismal promises in any legitimate form.
"Diocesan or eparchal bishops, and those who enjoy the same status in law, on the most appropriate day during that period or on the occasion of the main celebrations, ... may impart the papal blessing with the Plenary Indulgence".
The document concludes by recalling how faithful who, due to illness or other legitimate cause, are unable to leave their place of adobe, may still obtain Plenary Indulgence "if, united in spirit and thought with other faithful, and especially at the times when the words of the Supreme Pontiff and diocesan bishops are transmitted by television or radio, they recite ... the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and other prayers that concord with the objectives of the Year of Faith, offering up the suffering and discomfort of their lives". VIS News 121005.

Benedict XVI today made a pastoral visit to Loreto, Italy, where he entrusted to the Blessed Virgin - venerated in the famous Marian shrine there - two impending ecclesial events: the Synod of Bishops on new evangelisation which is to run from 7 to 28 October, and the Year of Faith which will begin on 11 October. The shrine of Loreto, which has been a pilgrim destination since the fourteenth century, conserves the house where Mary lived in Nazareth, the which, according to popular pious tradition, was transported by the angels to Loreto in 1294, shortly after the definitive expulsion of the Crusaders from the Holy Land. Recent examinations of documents and archaeological remains (excavations under the Holy House), as well as philological and iconographic studies, are giving increasing weight to the hypothesis that the stones of the Holy House were transported to Loreto by ship at the initiative of the aristocratic Angelos family which then ruled the region of Epirus. Divine assistance in this undertaking remained as a symbol in the presence of angels. The House is the place where the Virgin was born, lived with St. Joseph, received the Annunciation from Gabriel and conceived the Son of God. It is therefore associated with the Mystery of the Incarnation.
"On 4 October 1962, Blessed John XXIII came as a pilgrim to this Shrine to entrust to the Virgin Mary the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, due to begin a week later.VIS News 121004.
Påven Leo XIII profetia
Efter att ha fått denna profetian införde Leo XIII recitationen av en bön till ärkeängeln Mikael vid varje lågmässa (Bibeln lär oss inte att be till änglar). Den 13 oktober 1884 exakt på dagen 33 år innan solmiraklet i Fatima fick påven Leo XIII en syn. Här följer en ögonvittnesrapport. Efter att ha firat mässan i Vatikanens kapell i närvaro av ett par kardinaler och medlemmar av Vatikanens stab, stannade han plötsligt nedanför altaret. Han stod helt stilla i ungefär tio minuter, han verkade vara i trance och hans ansikte vitnade. Därefter gick han direkt till sitt kontor och skrev ner bönen till Sankt Mikael, tillsammans med instruktionerna att den hädanefter skulle läsas vid varje lågmässa, överallt i världen. När han tillfrågades om vad som hänt, svarade han: "Precis när jag skulle lämna altaret, hörde jag plötsligt två röster, en snäll coh trevlig, och en hes, otrevlig och hård. Rösterna verkade komma från någonstans i närheten av tabernaklet. Jag lyssnade och hörde följande konversationen:
Den gutturala (strupljuds) rösten, Satans röst upphävd i sitt högmod, skrek till Vår Herre: "Jan kan förstöra din kyrka".
Vår Herres milda röst svarade: "Jaså, det kan du? Sätt igång och gör det då!"
Satan: "För att göra det, behöver jag mer tid och mer kraft."
Vår Herre: "Hur mycken tid och hur mycken kraft?"
Satan: "Jag behöver 75-100 år, och en större kraft åt dem som kommer att överlämna sig i min tjänst."
Vår Herre: "Du har tiden, och du får kraften. Gör som du vill."
Unveiling the Apocalypse 111001. Kommentar: Att någon av dessa båda rösterna kom från Gud förefaller inte troligt. Det var ett spel för gallerierna och som fick sin kulmen i det ockulta solmiraklet år 1917 i Fatima.
Mary’s assumption into heaven fosters hope on earth, Pope teaches. Having been taken into heaven both spiritually and bodily, the Virgin Mary helps believers to grow in “Christian hope” during their earthly lives, Pope Benedict XVI taught on the Feast of the Assumption. Dogmatically defined in 1950, the assumption of the Virgin Mary's body and soul into heaven is a perennial part of the Church's faith, Pope Benedict told pilgrims who joined him to pray the Angelus at his summer residence later in the day. He explained that Christ's mother, who was “redeemed from the first moment of her life,” is “associated in a special way” with the mystery of Christ's own life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Mary's physical and spiritual entry into God's presence represents “the Paschal Mystery of Christ fully realized in her,” as she is “intimately united with her Son” and “fully conformed to him.” “But the Assumption is a reality that touches us too,” the Pope reflected, pointing out that it shows “the reality of the glory” to which God calls “each of us and the whole Church.” As Pope Benedict greeted pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace for the mid-day Angelus on Wednesday, he expressed his desire that “the example and prayers of Mary, Queen of Heaven” would “inspire and sustain us on our pilgrimage of faith.” Under her protection, believers on earth hope may hope to “rejoice with her in the glory of the Resurrection and the fulfillment of her Son’s promises.” Catholic.org 120815.
Vissa menar att målet är att alla kristna ska samlas under påven. Hur ser du på det? Anders Arborelius svarar i Världen idag 100616: Då ser man påven som ett hot, som en mur mot Gud. Vi ser påven som enhetens bärare och jag tror att det ändå finns en stor förståelse för ämbetet. Men visst, det är en av de svåraste frågorna i det ekumeniska samtalet. Jag har svårt att se en framtida synlig enhet utan en synlig enhetsfigur. Och vi behöver en synlig enhet, världen ser på oss kristna som en hopplöst stridande skara. Ska vi övervinna det har vi en lång väg att gå.
Anders Arborelius är skicklig på att uttrycka sig och låter ödmjuk i sina ställningstaganden, men varför är det så få som genomskådar det han säger? Hur är det t ex med Mariadyrkan och helgontillbedjan, förekommer inte sådant längre? Jovisst gör det det, inte minst av Arborelius själv när han befinner sig i katolska sammanhang. Hur många rosenkransvallfärder har han inte deltagit i där man ber till Maria och tar sin tillflykt i henne. Den senaste hölls 29 maj där Arborelius vallfärdade som andlig ledare till Vår Fru av Oskarström. Är inte detta osund Mariadyrkan? När flyttade Jungfrun Maria till Oskarström?
När påven Benediktus XVI besökte den Heliga landet betonade han att de tre monoteistiska religionerna har gemensamma rötter: "Alltifrån början har vi många ting gemensamt, även i tron på en enda Gud."
Pope entrust the people to Mary 2009-12-09: "What an immense joy it is", Pope Benedict exclaimed, "to have Mary Immaculate as our mother! Whenever we experience our own fragility and the lure of evil, we can turn to her and our hearts receive light and comfort. Even in the trials of life, in the storms that unsettle our faith and hope, we know that we are her children and that the roots of our life lie deep in the infinite grace of God. In her the Church, though exposed to the negative influences of the world, always finds a star by which to guide herself and to follow the route Christ shows her. Mary is, in fact, the Mother of the Church, as solemnly proclaimed by Pope Paul VI and Vatican Council II". The Pope concluded by rendering thanks unto God "for this marvellous sign of His goodness", and by entrusting to the Virgin Immaculate "each one of us, our families and communities, the whole Church and the world entire".
Pope: Turn to the virgin Mary in times of dfficulty. At midday today (2009-12-08), Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Benedict XVI appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square below. "What an immense joy it is", Pope Benedict exclaimed, "to have Mary Immaculate as our mother! Whenever we experience our own fragility and the lure of evil, we can turn to her and our hearts receive light and comfort. Even in the trials of life, in the storms that unsettle our faith and hope, we know that we are her children and that the roots of our life lie deep in the infinite grace of God. In her the Church, though exposed to the negative influences of the world, always finds a star by which to guide herself and to follow the route Christ shows her. Mary is, in fact, the Mother of the Church, as solemnly proclaimed by Pope Paul VI and Vatican Council II". The Pope concluded by rendering thanks unto God "for this marvellous sign of His goodness", and by entrusting to the Virgin Immaculate "each one of us, our families and communities, the whole Church and the world entire". After then asking Mary Immaculate to help us "rediscover and defend the profundity of human beings".

Påven bad för de döda i Vatikangrottorna. På aftonen den 2 november 2009 så gick påven som traditionen är på Alla Själars Dag till Vatikangrottorna, för att privat be for påvarna som är begravda där och för alla döda. VIS 091103.

Vatikanen och hinduismen har samma Gud. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, has written a message to Hindus for the feast of Deepavali, which is being celebrated during the month of October.
Dear Hindu Friends, It is my joy to greet you all, once again, in the name of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue: a happy Deepavali! Religious Festivals enable us to revitalize our relationship with God and one another. May this Festival of Lights, while elevating our minds and hearts towards God, the Supreme Light, strengthen fellowship among us and bless us all with happiness and peace. fides.org 091016.
At the end of this morning's Mass, during which he (the Pope) canonised five blesseds the Holy Father emerged into the atrium of the Vatican Basilica to pray the Angelus with thousands of faithful who had followed the ceremony from St. Peter's Square. Turning his attention to Fr. Damien, he invited people "to support, through prayer and works, those people generously committed to combating the disease of leprosy and the other forms of 'leprosy' that are due to a lack of love, ignorance and indifference". He also expressed the hope that the intercession of the new saint and of the Blessed Virgin would "free the world of leprosy". "The Virgin Mary", Pope Benedict concluded, "is the star that guides all journeys to sainthood. Her 'fiat' is the model of perfect adherence to the divine will, and her 'Magnificat' expresses the hymn of joy of the Church, which on earth already rejoices for the great works of God, and in heaven eternally praises His glory". (Vatican Information Service 091012).
Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the pontifical council for promoting Christian unity at the The Fourth General Congregation of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, 6 Oct 2009: "While there has been, thanks to God, a rapid growth of the Church in Africa, there is sadly also an increasingly deeper fragmentation among Christians. ... There are today also many new divisions in Africa itself when we think on the more recent Charismatic and Pentecostal communities, the so called independent Churches and the sects. ...Their vitality on the African continent is reflected in the growth of the African Independent Churches, which have now formed an official institution, the OAIC based in Nairobi. ... A serious dialogue with these groups is not easy if not in many cases totally impossible because of their aggressive behaviour and - to say the least - their low theological standard. We have to face the urgent challenge by a self-critical attitude. For it is not enough to tell, what is wrong with them, we have to ask what is wrong or what is deficient with our own pastoral work. Why do so many Christians leave our Church? What are they missing with us and searching elsewhere?" Vatican Information Service - 2009-10-07.
Påven kallade på Maria att beskydda familjerna. Den 6 september 2009 besökte påven Mariahelgedomen "Our Lady of the Oak" (Vår fru av eken) där han bad framför det välsignade sakramentet och läste en bön till Jungfrun. Den Helige Fadern sa:
"To you I entrust my intentions, the intentions of the pastor of this diocese and the needs of everyone who lives in this land. In this Year for Priests I especially entrust you with clergy, seminarians and vocations. ... Offer the Lord the sacrifice of your lives for their sanctification and for the good of souls".
Benedict XVI went on to invoke "Mary's maternal protection" on "the Successor of Peter and the Church entrusted to his care. ... Queen of peace, obtain the gift of harmony and peace for peoples and for all humankind", he said.
"Keep our families united, which today suffer threats from all sides, and make them centres of serenity and harmony where patient dialogue dissipates difficulties and contrasts. Watch especially over those that are divided or in crisis".
Vatican Information Service - English VATICAN CITY, 6 SEP 2009.

Inför festen Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 19/6 citerar påven 18/6 John Mary Vianney, som är skyddshelgon för det världsvida prästerkskapet: "O, how great is the priest! ... If he realised what he is, he would die. ... God obeys him: he utters a few words and the Lord descends from heaven at his voice, to be contained within a small host". Explaining to his parishioners the importance of the Sacraments, he would say: "Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord. Who put Him there in that tabernacle? The priest. Who welcomed your soul at the beginning of your life? The priest. Who feeds your soul and gives it strength for its journey? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, bathing it one last time in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest, always the priest. And if this soul should happen to die [as a result of sin], who will raise it up, who will restore its calm and peace? Again, the priest. ... After God, the priest is everything! ... Only in heaven will he fully realise what he is".
Påven säger i avslutningen av sitt tal: To the Most Holy Virgin I entrust this Year for Priests. I ask her to awaken in the heart of every priest a generous and renewed commitment to the ideal of complete self-oblation to Christ and the Church which inspired the thoughts and actions of the saintly Cure of Ars.
atican Information Service 090618.

Anders Arborelius, biskop av Stockholm, i en bön för de unga: Heliga Maria, Guds Moder, till Dig tar vi vår tillflykt I all vår nöd och i allt vårt betryck. Ta Dig an alla svaga och små som inte har någon annan Mor. Skydda trons gåva i de trossvaga, visa Ditt moderliga beskydd och hjälp de unga att bevara trons liv. Upphör inte att vaka över dem som glider bort från Din Son och hans Kyrka, dra dem tillbaka till Ditt moderliga hjärta med kärlekens lena band och för dem fram till Jesu Hjärta.
Påven i Angolas huvudstad Luanda 2009-03-22: "May Mary, Queen of Peace, continue to guide Angola's people in the task of national reconciliation following the devastating and inhuman experience of the civil war", he added. "Here in Southern Africa, let us ask Our Lady in a particular way to intercede for peace, the conversion of hearts, and an end to the conflict in the neighbouring Great Lakes region. Vatican Information Service 090323.
Biskop Anders Arborelius 2009-02-12: För alla som deltar i Katolska kyrkans Mässa och går till kommunion hos oss förväntar vi oss trohet mot påven och kyrkans tradition och den lära som kyrkan förkunnar. Det senare omfattar Traditionen så som den tolkats och förståtts av Kyrkan från den första tiden fram till idag.

Påven ger full avlat till de som "deltar tillgivet" i det sjätte världsmötet för familjer som ska hållas i Mexico City från den 14 till 18 janurari. Förordningen gör det klart att full avlat kan erhållas "under the usual conditions: sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion, prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and with the soul completely detached from any form of sin". The Decree continues: "Truly repentant faithful who are unable to participate in this event may nonetheless obtain Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions if, united in spirit and heart with the faithful present in Mexico City, they and their families recite the Our Father and the Creed, or other devout prayers, to invoke the aforementioned aims from Divine Mercy, especially at the moments in which the words and messages of the Pontiff are being transmitted by television and radio". Vatican Information Service 090112.

Påven på nyårsftonen 2008: Benedict XVI concluded affirming that "Mary's maternal presence assures us this evening that God never abandons us if we trust in Him and follow His teachings. With filial love and confidence we present our hopes and desires to Mary, as well as our fears and the difficulties that we hold in our heart as we bid farewell to 2008 and prepare ourselves to welcome 2009".
Påven om konflikten i Gaza: "The Holy Father entrusted to the Virgin Mary "the deep desire of living in peace that dwells in the hearts of the great majority of Israeli and Palestinian peoples who are once more placed in danger by the intense violence in the Gaza Strip in response to other violence". Vatican Information Service 090102.
Katolska prästers alkoholintag regleras något genom nya riktlinjer från Vatikanen. Fader Martin Pender i Katolskt magasin nr 12/2008: Om det är något kvar i kalken efter kommunionen ska de extra ordinarie kommunionutdelarna dricka ur det. Detta av hänsyn till prästerna som riskerar att få i sig för mycket alkohol om de firar flera mässor på en dag. Många som gör har en vidsträckt församling och måste köra bil till de olika mässorna.

Påven 081209: Today's solemnity, said the Pope, "reminds us of two fundamental truths of our faith: original sin, ... and the victory over that sin of the grace of Christ, a victory that shines out sublimely in Mary Most Holy". "She is the new Eve, wife of the new Adam, destined to be mother of all the redeemed, ... the first to be liberated from the original fall of our first fathers".

The Pope then entrusted to Mary "the 'smallest' of our city: first and foremost children, especially those who are seriously ill, the disadvantaged and those suffering the consequences of difficult family situations", also "the elderly who are alone, ... immigrants struggling to adjust, families striving to make ends meet, and those who cannot find or have lost employment". He continued: "Mary, teach us to show solidarity towards those in difficulty..." "Your beauty", Pope Benedict went on, "ensures us that the victory of love is possible, indeed that it is certain. It assures us that grace is stronger than sin and that hence redemption from any form of slavery is possible. Mary, you help us to believe in goodness more trustingly; you encourage us to remain vigilant and not to give in to the temptation of facile forms of evasion, to face reality ... with courage and responsibility". "Be a loving mother to our young people, that they may have the courage to be 'sentinels of the morrow'", the Pope concluded, "and give this virtue to all Christians that they may become the soul of the world at this difficult moment of history". Vatican Information Service 081209.

Pope praying for souls in purgatory. As traditional on All Souls Day, the Holy Father went down to the Vatican Grottoes to pray privately for the Popes buried there, and for all the deceased. The Holy Father concluded: "The prayer of a pilgrim soul in the world can help another soul that continues purifying itself after death. This is why today the Church invites us to pray for our deceased loved ones and to spend time at their tombs in cemeteries". Vatican Information Service 081103.

Kardinal Jean-Louis Tauran 081028 till hinduerna: Traditionally on this occasion, we share a reflection on a matter of common interest. I would like to propose then considering together how we can live harmoniously in today's society, witnessing to the truth, light and hope that Diwali celebrates. Diwali (deepavali) är en större hinduisk religiös ljusfest, som firas till minne av guden Ramas återvändande från exil, motsvarar Nyår. Once again, let me wish you peace and joy as you gather with your loved ones and your community to celebrate the gift of Light that illumines all hearts. Happy Diwali!
Bishop Friedhelm Hofmann of Wurzburg, Germany,18 Oct 2008 : As for spread of Pentecostalism and other sects, we must ask what is the reason behind their success. This is a challenge for the Church's pastoral ministry towards so-called 'baptised catechumens'.
Fr. Julian Carron, President of the Communion and Liberation Association: We are deeply concerned about the influence sects and new religious groups have on the Catholic faithful, an influence that sometimes even brings them to abandon the Church.
The Pope celebrated Mass in the square of the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, Pompeii, 19 Oct 2008. At the end of the homily the Pope highlighted the importance of praying the Rosary: "It is a contemplative prayer that is accessible to all: large and small, laity and clergy, the learned and the uneducated. It is the spiritual bond with Mary that allows us to remain united to Jesus, to conform ourselves to Him, to assimilate His feelings, and to act as He acted. The rosary is a spiritual 'weapon' in the fight against evil and all violence, for peace in our hearts, our families, our society, and our world". At the end of Mass and before praying the Angelus, Benedict XVI led the Supplication to the Virgin of the Rosary written by Blessed Longo in 1883.
The Pope invoked the protection of the Virgin of Pompeii upon all families of the world, "already thinking of the Sixth World Meeting of Families, due to take place in Mexico City in 2009".
Vatican Information Service 081020.
Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, Archbishop of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania and Prersident of the Symphosium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (Secam): "There is an appalling phenomenon covering a great part of the African Continent: namely the exodus of the Catholic faithful who abandon the Church to join Pentecostal sects. One reason for that is the reality of a 'division between exegetical research and theological formulation', that is, the lack of reciprocal collaboration between the two sciences. The outcome of this situation is the violation of the truth of the Sacred Text as well as spiritual confusion. This reality invites biblical and theological scientists to collaborate more closely". Vatican Information Service 081009.
Katolskt Magasin 081003 skriver att de flesta kubaner idag ber till Vår fru av Barmhärtigheten. Se en bild på henne här. Hon är enligt katolikerna kubanernas moder och Kubas skyddspatron, proklamerad av påven Benedictus XV:s pontifikat den 10 maj 1916! Samma morgon som den fruktade orkanen Gustav gick förbi östra delen av Kuba 080830 inleddes i den nationella helgedomen El Cobre de tre åren av förberedelser inför 400-årsjubileet till minne av den Mariauppenbarelse - Nuestra Senora de la Caridad (Vår fru av Barmhärtigheten) - som ska firas år 2012. Vilken katastrof kan tänkas inträffa på Kuba då? Kyrkan inbjuder alla kubaner att delta i firandet, även dem som praktiserar de afrokubanska ritualer som är en sammanblandning av katolska helgontraditioner och västafrikanska kulter, särskilt nigerianska sådana.
Kardinal Jean-Louis Tauran 080919 till muslimerna vid avslutningen av Ramadan: Dear friends, now that your fast comes to an end, I hope that you, with your families and those close to you, purified and renewed by those practices dear to your religion, may know serenity and prosperity in your life! May Almighty God fill you with His Mercy and Peace!
Påven 080915 in Lourdes: "I would like to say, humbly, to those who suffer and to those who struggle and are tempted to turn their backs on life: turn towards Mary! Within the smile of the Virgin lies mysteriously hidden the strength to fight against sickness, in support of life. With her, equally, is found the grace to accept without fear or bitterness to leave this world at the hour chosen by God".
"Mary's smile is a spring of living water. ... From her believing heart, from her maternal heart, flows living water which purifies and heals. By immersing themselves in the baths at Lourdes, how many people have discovered and experienced the gentle maternal love of the Virgin Mary, becoming attached to her in order to bind themselves more closely to the Lord!"
Benedict XVI concluded his homily by reading a passage from a prayer to Mary written for this Jubilee celebration: "Because you are the smile of God, the reflection of the light of Christ, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Because you chose Bernadette in her lowliness, because you are the morning star, the gate of heaven and the first creature to experience the resurrection. Our Lady of Lourdes, with our brothers and sisters whose hearts and bodies are in pain, we pray to you!" Vatican Information Service 090915.
Påven 080914 in Lourdes: When the "beautiful lady" revealed her name to Bernadette - "I am the Immaculate Conception" - she disclosed "the extraordinary grace that she has received from God. ... Mary is the woman from this earth who gave herself totally to God, and who received the privilege of giving human life to His eternal Son".
"While sin divides, separating us from one another", he continued, "Mary's purity makes her infinitely close to our hearts, attentive to each of us and desirous of our true good. You see it here in Lourdes, as in all Marian shrines; immense crowds come thronging to Mary's feet to entrust to her their most intimate thoughts, their most heartfelt wishes".
"Here, close to the grotto, and in intimate communion with all the pilgrims present in Marian shrines and with all the sick in body and soul who are seeking relief, we bless the Lord for Mary's presence among her people, and to her we address our prayer in faith: "Holy Mary, you showed yourself here one hundred and fifty years ago to the young Bernadette, you 'are the true fount of hope' Faithful pilgrims who have gathered here from every part of the world, we come once more to draw faith and comfort, joy and love, security and peace, from the source of your Immaculate Heart. 'Monstra Te esse Matrem'. Show yourself a Mother for us all, O Mary! And give us Christ, the hope of the world!" Vatican Information Service 080914.
Tidskriften Jungfru Maria nr 1/2010 har denna översättningen på påvens bön till Maria: Här vid grottan, och förenade med alla pilgrimmer och alla de sjuka till kropp och själ, som söker hälsa och bot, tackar vi Herren för Marias närvaro bland oss. Till henne ber vi: "Heliga Maria, för 150 år sedan visade du dig för den unga Bernadette, 'du är det sanna hoppets källa'. Trogna pilgrimmer som samlats från hela jorden, kommer nu ännu en gång hit, för att finna tro och tröst, glädje och kärlek, trygghet och frid vid ditt obefläckade hjärta. Monstra Te ess Matrem. Visa att du är en Moder för oss alla, Maria! Och ge oss Kristus, världens hopp! Amen."
Påven 080910. "On this occasion the reason for my trip (to France) is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes", he adds. "After visiting Paris, the capital of your country, it will be my immense joy to join the multitude of pilgrims as they follow the stages of the Jubilee journey, in the footsteps of St. Bernadette, to the grotto of Massabielle. At the feet of Our Lady, I will pray intensely for the intentions of the entire Church, particularly the sick and the needy, as well as for peace in the world". "For all of you, and especially for the young, may Mary be a mother ever-ready to meet the needs of her children, a light of hope that illuminates and guides you on your way". Vatican Information Service 080910.
Påven på Sardinien 080908 i the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria. At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, Benedict XVI performed an act of consecration to Mary which concluded with the consignment of a golden rose to Our Lady of Bonaria.
Following the morning's Mass and before praying the Angelus, the Holy Father recalled other Pontiffs who have paid homage to Our Lady of Bonaria. He mentioned Blessed Pius IX who ordered her coronation, St. Pius X who proclaimed her Patroness of Sardinia, Servant of God Paul VI who on 24 April 1970 became the first Pope to touch Sardinian soil in more than 1650 years, and "the beloved John Paul II" who prayed before the image on 20 October 1985. "May the Holy Virgin continue to watch over each and everyone", said Pope Benedict. In particular, may the Virgin protect those who at this moment most need her maternal intervention: children and young people, the elderly and families, the sick and all those who suffer".
Then, recalling the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, he called on "Mary Mother of the Word incarnate and our Mother, to protect all earthly mothers: those who, together with their husbands, educate children in a harmonious family atmosphere, and those who, for so many reasons, find themselves facing such an arduous task alone. May all of them devotedly and faithfully undertake their daily service in the family, in the Church and in society. May the Virgin Mary be a support, comfort and hope to them all." Vatican Information Service 080908.
Påven i Sydney 080718: Kyrkan är angelägen om att ta del av andra religioners andliga erfarenheter. Kyrkans Tidning 080718.

Ulf Ekman har börjat tro på Maria som evig jungfru, han säger i Dagen 2008-06-05: "Alla reformatorer, fram till att liberalteologerna slog igenom på 1800-talet, såg henne som evig jungfru. Sedan har protestanter dissat henne totalt, sett henne som endast ett stuprör. Jag tycker inte att det vore konstigt om hon var reserverad, helgad för detta enda uppdrag. Och jag är tveksam till att hon födde andra barn. Det finns massor med intressant att fundera kring detta, det är något man kan tänka och tycka annorlunda kring. Det är ingen central fråga för mig på något sätt. Vill man veta var jag står kan man läsa böckerna och lyssna till predikningar - där tydliggörs var jag lägger fokus." Se Aletheias kommentar.
Matt. 1:24-25, 13:55. Mark. 6:3. Gal. 1:19. Luk. 8:19-21. Matt. 12:46-50. Mark. 3:31-35. Luk. 11:27-28. Ingen av de tidiga kyrkofäderna omnämner att Maria var evig jungfru.

Vatican: It's OK to Believe in Aliens. According to an Associated Press report, "believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday. The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones. 'How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?' Funes said. 'Just as we consider earthly creatures as "a brother," and "sister," why should we not talk about an "extraterrestrial brother"? It would still be part of creation.' In the interview by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Funes said that such a notion 'doesn't contradict our faith' because aliens would still be God's creatures." (Religion Today 080516).
Påven till kinesiska pilgrimmer närvarande på Sankt Peterplatsen angående jordbävningne som drabbade Kina: "Together with you, I ask Mary Help of Christians, Our Lady of Sheshan, to support the 'commitment of those within China who, amid their daily labours, continue to believe, to hope and to love, that they may not be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus', always being 'credible witnesses' of His love and remaining 'united to the rock of Peter upon which the Church is built'". Vatican Information Service 080526.
PRAYER OF THE POPE TO OUR LADY OF SHESHAN VATICAN CITY, 16 MAY 2008 (VIS) - Benedict XVI has composed a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan to mark the Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which is due to be celebrated on 24 May. In a Letter written to the faithful of the Catholic Church in China in May 2007, the Holy Father expressed the hope that 24 May, liturgical memorial of Our Lady Help of Christians who is venerated with such devotion at the Marian shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai, would become a day of prayer for the Church in China. The full text of the English-language version of the Holy Father's prayer is given below:
"Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title 'Help of Christians', the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection. We come before you today to implore your protection. Look upon the People of God and, with a mother's care, guide them along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.
"When you obediently said 'yes' in the house of Nazareth, you allowed God's eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption. You willingly and generously co-operated in that work, allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul, until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary, standing beside your Son, Who died that we might live.
"From that moment, you became, in a new way, the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith and choose to follow in His footsteps by taking up His Cross. Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter. Grant that your children may discern at all times, even those that are darkest, the signs of God's loving presence.
"Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China, who, amid their daily trails, continue to believe, to hope, to love. May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus. In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high, offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love. Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love, ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built. Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen!"
Fullständig avlat under Paulus-året utlovas av påven. According to a decree made public today and signed by Cardinal James Francis Stafford and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv., respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Benedict XVI will grant the faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of the Apostle Paul. The Plenary Indulgence will be valid throughout the Pauline Year which is due to run from 28 June 2008 to 29 June 2009.
The means to obtain the Plenary Indulgence are as follows:
"All Christian faithful - truly repentant, duly purified by the Sacrament of Penance and restored with Holy Communion - who undertake a pious visit in the form of a pilgrimage to the papal basilica of St. Paul on Rome's Via Ostiense and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, are granted and imparted Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of their sins, once they have obtained sacramental remission and forgiveness for their shortcomings.
"Plenary Indulgence may be gained by the Christian faithful, either for themselves or for the deceased, as many times as the aforementioned acts are undertaken; it remains the case, however, that Plenary Indulgence may be obtained only once a day.
"In order that the prayers pronounced on these holy visits may lead and draw the souls of the faithful to a more intense veneration of the memory of St. Paul, the following conditions are laid down: the faithful, apart from pronouncing their own prayers before the altar of the Blessed Sacrament, ... must go to the altar of the Confession and pray the 'Our Father' and the 'Creed', adding pious invocations in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Paul; and such acts of devotion must remain closely linked to the memory of the Prince of the Apostles St. Peter".
"Christian faithful from the various local Churches, under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion, prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) and completely unattached to any form of sin, may still obtain the Plenary Indulgence if they participate devotedly in a religious function or in a pious exercise held publicly in honour of the Apostle of the Gentiles: on the days of the solemn opening and closing of the Pauline Year in any place of worship; on other days determined by the local ordinary, in holy places named for St. Paul and, for the good of the faithful, in other places designated by the ordinary".
The document concludes by recalling how the faithful who, "through sickness or other legitimate or important reason", are unable to leave their homes, may still obtain the Plenary Indulgence if, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of observing, as soon as they can, the usual three conditions, "spiritually unite themselves to a Jubilee celebration in honour of St. Paul, offering their prayers and suffering to God for the unity of Christians". Vatican Information Service 080512.

Påven 080512. Alla katoliker är döpta i den Helige Ande. Anden inviger personen och på samma gång gör henne till en levande medlem i den mystiska Kristi Kropp, en deltagare i missonen av att bära vittnesbörd om Hans kärlek. Och detta sker genom de kristna initiationssakramenten: Dopet och Konfirmationen. Vatican Information Service 080512.

Påven 080503: This evening Benedict XVI presided at the praying of the Rosary in the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major, "Marian temple par excellence" in which, as the Holy Father recalled, the image of Mary "Salus Populi Romani" is venerated. "In the experience of my generation", he said, "May evenings evoke pleasant memories of vespertine appointments to pay homage to the Virgin Mary. ... Today we together confirm that the holy Rosary is not some pious practice relegated to the past, a prayer of distant times to be thought of nostalgically. Indeed, the Rosary is experiencing what is almost a new springtime". Vatican Information Service 080503.
Wilfrid Stinissen i Katolskt Magasin 2008-04-04: Enheten i tron kan inte förverkligas så länge man inte erkänner påvens primat, biskopen av Rom som innehavaren av ett enhetens ämbete som bär ansvar för hela kyrkan. Villkoret är också att andra kyrkor erkänner och delar det katolska prästämbetet: Utan prästämbete, ingen eukaristi och utan eukaristi ingen enhet.

Den 28 mars 2008 bad påven en Maria-bön med tusentals pilgrimmer samlade vid hans residens i Castelgandofo, detta med tanke på en kongress, First World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy, som skulle hållas i Rom kommande veckan. "Vi lägger kongressen under det himmelska beskyddet av mest Heliga Maria 'Mater Misericordiae' (Medlidandets Moder). Till henne anförtror vi den stora angelägenheten av fred i världen, att Guds nåd må åstadkomma det som är omöjligt för endast mänskliga ansträngningar, och ingjuta i hjärtan mod för dialog och försoning."

Archbishop Paul Cremona and Imam Mohamed El Sadi face Mecca as they pray together at the Corradino Mosque, sending a message on the importance of dialogue among faiths. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli. Times of Malta 080227.

Sankt Franciskus församling i Jönköping inleder sina medlemmar till hednisk helgondyrkan. I kyrkorummet finns en liten staty föreställande Jesusbarnet av Prag i rikt utformad styrsel med kungakrona. En gång om året bär församlingen under bön fram denna statyn för att ge detta Jesusbarnet sin hyllning. Statyn bärs genom församlingslokalerna, via fyra stationer vilka ska representera Jesu världsherravälde. Originalstatyn finns i Prag och är från 1400-talet. Processionen avslutas i kyrkan där namnet på ett skyddshelgon lottas ut till var och en som så önskar, en tradition som gråbröderna infört. Vid utlottningen av årets skyddshelgon gick det ill på följande sätt: De som önskar vara med går fram till altaret där pater Joseph hämtar fram en lapp ur en stor skål, talar om vilket helgon som står på lappen och uppmanar mottagaren att varje morgon vända sig till detta helgon med den bön, som är skriven på lappen.

Påven 071208. "Of all this we are reminded by Mary Immaculate whom we contemplate in all her beauty and sanctity. To her we faithfully address our prayer as spiritually we make the pilgrimage to Lourdes where today begins the special jubilee year for the 150th anniversary of her apparition in the grotto of Massabielle." Vatican Information Service 071208.

Enligt dekret från Rom, den 21 november 2007, kan alla katoliker som ber inför våra kyrkors statyer av Lourdesmadonnan dagligen få fullständig avlat, under de sedvanliga villkoren, från Herrens Frambärande i Templet (2 februari) – Lourdesdagen (11 februari)om man ber någon bön till Vår Fru av Lourdes inför hennes bild.
Jubileet startade den 8 december förra året och avslutas den 8 december i år (dvs. Marie Obefläckade Avlelses Högtid). Fullständig avlat kan alltså dagligen erhållas för varje pilgrim som besöker Lourdes.

Bland annat måste en bön bes "till Maria som Vår Fru av Lourdes". Katolska kyrkans hemsida.
Plenary indulgence for the 150th anniversary of Lourdes.
Kyrkans Tidning 071207.

Bishop Pierre Auguste Pican S.D.B.have Nov. 12 2007 come to Rome on pilgrimage with the relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. The Pope says: In this audience I will have the joy of praying before her relics, as will many faithful over the course of this week in various churches in Rome. Vatican Information Service 071114.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran to Hindus on the celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights: "I sincerely hope that your search for the Divine, symbolized through the celebration of Diwali, will help you to overcome darkness with light, untruth with truth, and evil with goodness." Vatican Information Service 071105.
Maria Hasselgren (pressansvarig, Stockholms katolska stift) i Världen idag 071010: Andra Vatikankonciliets dokument säger bland annat att muslimer ber till samma Gud som kristna.
Wilfrid Stinissen i en predikan på S:t Davidsgården i Rättvik som hölls i samband med Bergets 45-års jubileum: Till enheten i tron hör att man erkänner biskopen av Rom som innehavaren av ett enhetens ämbete som bär ansvar för hela kyrkan.
070907 anlände påven till Österrike och Mariavallorten Mariazell för att fira dess 850-års jubileum. Där bad han: "Holy Mary, Immaculate Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, in you God has given us the model of the Church and of genuine humanity. To you I entrust the country of Austria and its people.... The Mariensaule, built by Emperor Ferdinand III in thanksgiving for the liberation of Vienna from great danger and inaugurated by him exactly 360 years ago, must also be a sign of hope for us today. How many persons, over the years, have stood before this column and lifted their gaze to Mary in prayer! ... We turn our gaze to Mary, because she points out to us the great hope to which we have been called, because she personifies our true humanity!" Vatican Information Services 070907.

Dialogen med övriga religioner - Påvens hälsning till religiösa ledare samlade på buddhisternas heliga berg i Japan: As you assemble on the sacred Mount Hiei, representing different religions, I assure you of my spiritual closeness. May your prayers and cooperation fill you with God’s peace and strengthen your resolve to witness to the reason of peace which overcomes the irrationality of violence! Upon you all I invoke an abundance of divine blessings of inspiration, harmony and joy. Zenith 070821.
I januari 2007 hölls en dialog mellan katolikerna och buddhisterna under mottot "Abiding in Christ; Taking Refuge in the Buddha".
Religionsdialogen blir intensiv hösten 2007.

The Holy Father noted how among the late cardinal Cardinal Angelo Felici's papers was a print of the Virgin, "Mater Salvatoris, as venerated in the chapel of the Pontifical Leonine College where he studied as a young man. On the back it bears this invocation: 'I trust in you, Lord, and in Your Most Holy Mother, that I may not be eternally confused.' How many times must he have repeated the words of this prayer, written in his own handwriting with a view to his final departure. (VIS 070620)
Benedict XVI June 10, 2007: "Each time a priest repeats the Eucharistic sacrifice, he lends his voice, hands and heart to Christ, Who wished to remain with us and to be the pulsating heart of the Church. But even after the celebration of the divine mysteries, the Lord Jesus remains alive in the tabernacle and, for this reason, a special form of praise of Him is Eucharistic adoration." Outside Mass, this practice "prolongs and intensifies the events of the liturgical celebration, and makes it possible to welcome Christ truly and profoundly." (Vatican Information Service 070612)

Benedict XVI at the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens 2007-06-01: "May Mary, obtain for us the gift of knowing how to love as she did. To Mary we entrust this particular portion of the Church that lives and works in the Vatican. To her we entrust the Roman Curia and the institutions associated with it, that all jobs and all services may be animated by the spirit of Christ. From this hill, we look out over Rome and over the entire world, and we pray that all Christians may say, with St. Paul, 'the Love of Christ drives me on,' and that they may spread, with Mary's help, the dynamism of charity throughout the world." (Vatican Information Service 070601)

Påven till en indisk kyrkoledare: Now is a time of new evangelization, a time of constantly renewed and convinced dialogue with all our brothers and sisters who share our Christian faith, a time of respectful and fruitful encounter between religions and cultures for the good of all, and especially the poorest of the poor. Our commitment to evangelization needs to be constantly renewed, as we strive to build peace, in justice and solidarity, for the whole human family. Zenith 070528.
Påven i Brasilien. Pope Benedict XVI called for more forceful evangelization throughout Latin America to counter growing conversions to Pentecostal Protestant groups. “No effort should be spared in seeking out those Catholics who have fallen away and those who know little or nothing of Jesus Christ,” he told Brazilian bishops at Catedral da Sé de São Paulo. NY Times 070511.
Påven 070506 inför sin resa till Brasilien: To the Holy Virgin, Mother of the Church, I wish to entrust the apostolic trip I will make to Brazil from May 9 to 14. Like my venerated predecessors Paul VI and John Paul II, I will preside at the opening of a General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean, the fifth such meeting which will take place next Sunday at the great national shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, in the city of that name. Pope Benedict called upon the faithful to pray to Mary Most Holy "for this apostolic pilgrimage".

Anders Arborelius svarar i Dagen 2007-07-27:

Och då är målet och bönen ändå att alla kyrkor ska gå in under Vatikanen?
- Inte just Vatikanen. Det är ett historiskt begrepp. Men under Petrusämbetet.
Med biskopen i Rom som högste ledaren?
- Ja, just det. Och i den här tiden är det väl mer nödvändigt än någonsin att det finns ett tydligt överhuvud. Inte minst i dialogen med övriga religioner.

According catholic faith:
17. Catholics hold the firm conviction that the one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church "which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him". 

23. Therefore, when Catholics use the words "Churches", "other Churches", "other Churches and ecclesial Communities" etc., to refer to those who are not in full communion with the Catholic Church, this firm conviction and confession of faith must always be kept in mind. 

114b. According to Catholic faith, the Catholic Church has been endowed with the whole of revealed truth and all the means of salvation as a gift which cannot be lost. 

117e. Since Eucharistic concelebration is a visible manifestation of full communion in faith, worship and community life of the Catholic Church, expressed by ministers of that Church, it is not permitted to concelebrate the Eucharist with ministers of other Churches or ecclesial Communities.

Pontifical Council for Christian Unity March 25, 1993. 

Jag var katolik tills jag var 30, jag gick i en katolsk skola och sedan två år på high school. Jag lämnade kyrkan för att jag ville ha en familj och Gud har välsignat mig rikt där. I Kristi kärlek vill jag säga detta: katoliker ber till Maria. När du håller rosenkransen och säger: Heliga Maria, Guds moder…, då kallar du på Maria, du ber direkt till henne. När du ber framför en staty eller en bild, eller lägger blommor framför hennes staty, eller tänder ljus, så ber du till hennes bild. Vem är jag att döma om vilka böner Gud godtar eller inte? Det kan jag inte, men Gud har talat klart och tydligt när Han säger: "Du skall inte ha andra gudar vid sidan av mig. Du skall inte göra dig någon bildstod eller någon avbild av det som är uppe i himlen eller nere på jorden eller av det som är i vattnet under jorden…". Jag vill få säga att medan jag bad rosenkransen eller var framför en staty, så var jag nästan alltid böjd ner. Gud har gett sin ståndpunkt när det gäller bön och tillbedjan. Kort och klart, han har även dokumenterat att han förändras inte. För mig, så är en av de mest fruktansvärda saker en kristen kan göra att praktisera någonting som står i strid med vad Gud har sagt. (BO från Oklahoma, USA, januari 2007)
Påven avslutade år 2006 med en vesper på nyårsafton kl. 18.00 med att inbjuda "Theotkos", Guds Moder, till att gå i förbön för hela världen och överlämna i hennes vård "situationer" i vilka endast Herrens nåd kan bringa fred, tröst och rättvisa". "Vi ber Guds Moder att för oss skaffa oss gåvan av en mogen tro, en tro som vi skulle vilja, så långt det är möjligt, vara lik hennes egen, en klar och genuin tro, enkel och på samma gång tapper, mättad med hopp och entusiasm för Guds rike; en tro utan all fatalism och som har i sitt mål att samarbeta i full och glädjefylld lydnad till den gudomliga viljan, i absolut visshet att Gud vill ingenting annat än kärlek och liv, alltid och för alla."
Påven den 8 december 2006: The Immaculate Conception is one of the most beautiful and popular feasts of the Blessed Virgin. ... Mary not only committed no sin, but was even spared that shared heritage of humankind which is original sin. And this was because of the mission for which God had always destined her: that of being the Mother of the Redeemer.
Framför statyn Mary Immaculate på Roms Piazza di Spagna bad påven till Maria: You are full of grace, Mary, full of divine love from the first instant of your life, providentially predestined to be the Mother of the Redeemer and intimately associated with Him in the mystery of salvation. ... In you shines the dignity of all human beings, who are always precious in the eyes of the Creator. Those who turn their gaze to you, All Holy Mother, never lose their serenity, however hard the trials of life may be. Although the experience of sin, that disfigures the dignity of the children of God, is sad, those who turn to you renew the beauty of truth and of love, and rediscover the path that leads to the house of the Father.
... You are 'full of grace,' Mary! ... To the fount of your immaculate heart, we come once again as faithful pilgrims to draw faith and consolation, joy and love, security and peace.
... Show yourself as Mother especially to those in particular need: the defenseless, the marginalized and the excluded, victims of a society that all too often sacrifices man to other ends and interests. Show yourself, O Mary, as Mother to everyone, and give us Christ, the Hope of the world! 'Monstra Te esse Matrem,' Immaculate Virgin full of grace, Amen!
Påven den 6 december 2006: In the field of inter-religious dialogue, ... an initially unplanned gesture, but one that revealed itself as particularly significant, was my visit to the famous Blue Mosque of Istanbul. Pausing in meditation for a few minutes in that place of prayer, I addressed myself to the One Lord of heaven and earth.
Påven den 28 november 2006 i ett tal riktat till muslimska ledare i Turkiet: Christians and Muslims belong to the family of those who believe in the one God and who, according to their respective traditions, trace their ancestry to Abraham. This human and spiritual unity in our origins and our destiny impels us to seek a common path ...We are called to work together, so as to help society to open itself to the transcendent, giving Almighty God His rightful place. The best way forward is via authentic dialogue between Christians and Muslims, based on truth and inspired by a sincere wish to know one another better, respecting differences and recognizing what we have in common."
Detta är helt i linje med det katolska dogmatiska dokumentet Lumen Gentium 16 från andra vaticankonciliet 1964: But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Mohamedans, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.
I en intervju i Världen idag 070919 med pingspastor Sten-Gunnar Hedin berördes frågan om huruvida kristna och muslimer ber till samma Gud. Enligt artikeln hänvisar Sten-Gunnar Hedin till "påven Johannes" och menar att när påven tillsammans med muslimska ledare bad för fred i Assisi 1986, så bad de inte till samma Gud. Hedin blir dock tillrättavisad av Anders Arborelius pressekreterare Maria Hasslegren som 071001 skriver: Grundläggande för katolsk gudsbild och människosyn är att vi alla är skapade till Guds avbild. När vi vänder oss till en högre makt är det till samma Gud vi vänder oss, eftersom det är den ende sanne Guden som talar till oss alla i vårt inre.
Franciskus av Assisi hade dock en helt annan inställning om detta än nutida påvarna. När han och hans medhjälpare mötte Sultanen för att omvända honom säger Franciskus: We have come to preach faith in Jesus Christ to you, that you will renounce Mohammad, that wicked slave of the devil, and obtain everlasting life like us.
Påven celebrerade 4 november 2006 i Vatikanbasilikan en mässa för de 8 kardinaler som dött de senaste 12 månaderna. Han sade: In order to purify the white robe received at Baptism from all blemishes and stains, the community of believers offers the Sacrifice of the Eucharist and other prayers for the souls of those whom death has called to pass from time to eternity. Att be för de döda is a noble practice, one that presupposes faith in the resurrection of the dead, as revealed to us by Sacred Scripture and, finally and completely, by the Gospel. Han avslutade med att be Herren att enable our dear deceased brother cardinals and bishops to attain the longed-for goal. We ask this trusting in the intercession of Mary Most Holy and in the prayers of the many people who knew them in life and appreciated their Christian virtues.
Påven den 13 oktober 2006 till prelater från den Zambiska episkopala konferensen: Den katolska kyrkan uppmuntrar de troende att utöva folkliga former av religiositet. Därför, lär alltid ert folk värdet av förbönerna från helgonen, vilka är Jesu stora vänner, och speciellt Marias speciella förbön, Hans Moder, som alltid är omsorgsfull om våra behov.

Vad är det som är fel med den Katolska kyrkan? Så här skriver en bloggare som förstått detta: I have met many a Catholic, and predominately, they have a personal relationship with the church and not with Jesus Himself (not always true, but predominately that is what I find). I once asked a Catholic, "If the Pope said one thing, and the Bible said another, which would you believe?" Without hesitation, she said, "Oh, the Pope of course!" That, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with the Catholic church, it is founded on the sand of man, and not the Rock, which is the Word of God.

Ulf Ekman, Livets Ord i Uppsala, inbjöd 060927 till en samtalskväll med katolske biskopen Anders Arborelius. Ekman summerade dialogen i följande ord: Det är underbart att sitta här tillsammans med en genuint kristen broder. Arborelius berättade att han är karmelit - en orden som är vigd till Maria. Katolskt Magasin skriver att "Dialogen präglades av en ambition att vara varandra till lags och en vilja att finna gemensamma grunder i tron", samt att "det var enighet och samförstånd, till och med om påvens roll som ledare för världens kristna." Arborelius berättade att han aldrig träffat frikyrkofolk innan han blev biskop.
Prästen Bernhard Körner i tidskriften Karmel utgiven av Karmeliterna i Tågarp och Glumslöv nr 3/2006, ansvarig utgivare Wilfrid Stinissen: Kyrkan tror sig vid en helgonförklaring kunna säga om bestämda människor att de har nått fram till gemenskapen med Gud och himlens lycksalighet. Hon har däremot aldrig om en enda människa hävdat att denna definitivt missat detta mål (inte ens om despoter med miljoner på sina samveten).

9 september 2006 åkte påven till Tyskland. Samma dag stod han i bön framför en förgylld bronsstayt framför jungfrun, Bavarias skyddshelgon som restes upp år 1638 av Maximilian som en handling av tacksägelse för att svenskarnas ockupation av staden under trettioåriga kriget var över. After the singing of the popular Marian hymn "Ave Maria zart" (Hail sweet Mary), the Pope addressed a prayer to the Virgin: "Our ancestors, in a time of tribulation, erected your image here, in the heart of the city of Munich, entrusting the city and the country to you. Along the paths of their everyday lives, they wished to meet you always and anew, and to learn from you how to live their human lives justly." "Help us," the Pope concluded, "to become patient and humble, but also free and courageous as you were at the hour of the Cross. ... Bless us, and bless this city and this country! Show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your bosom. Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen."
After the Eucharistic celebration (10/9), and before praying the Angelus, the Holy Father addressed a prayer to Mary: "She is and remains the handmaid of the Lord who never puts herself at the center, but wishes to guide us towards God, to teach us a way of life in which God is acknowledge as the center of all there is and the center of our personal lives."

Påven 060904 i Assisi om bön mellan religionerna: The pope said such gatherings were needed even more today, when younger generations of all faiths must learn that prayer "does not divide, but unites" and that religion must never be used as an excuse for violence. Catholic News Service 060905.
On Saturday, July 29, the Feast of St. Martha, all those wishing to do so may participate in the traditional praying of the Rosary in the Vatican Gardens. According to a communique made public today by the Vicariate of Vatican City State, a torchlight procession will wind through the Gardens praying the Rosary, the five Mysteries dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Czestochowa, of Guadalupe, of Fatima, of Lourdes and of la Guardia. The procession will conclude with the singing of the "Salve Regina" before the image of the Blessed Virgin of Mercy. Vatican Information Service 060725.
Påven Benedictus XVI påminde 060723 ortsborna i Les Combes i den italienska regionen Valle d'Aosta, där han tillbringar en kort ledighet, om att lördagen (060722) markerade det liturgiska minnet av den heliga Maria Magdalena "Herrens lärjunge som innehar en huvudroll i evangelierna", och att idag (060723) är det den heliga Birgittas dag av Sverige "en av Europas skyddshelgon som bodde i Rom och gjorde en pilgrimsresa till det heliga landet." Låt oss, tillade han, "be henne att hjälpa mänskligheten idag att skapa stort utrymme för fred, och speciellt att från Herren erhålla fred i det heliga landet mot vilket hon hade sådan djup tillgivenhet och vördnad." Vatikanens informationsservice 060723. Påven uppmanar alltså sina trogna att be till 1300-tals kvinnan Birgitta om fred i Mellanöstern!!!
Påven den 17 juli om konflikten i det heliga landet: Today is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, a mountain in the Holy Land which, just a few kilometers from Lebanon, dominates the Israeli city of Haifa, also recently attacked. Let us pray to Mary Queen of Peace, that she may implore from God the fundamental gift of harmony, bringing political leaders back to the way of reason and opening new possibilities of dialogue and understanding.
Och till 5000 människor vid Angelus-bönen: To the Queen of Mount Carmel, I wish today to entrust all communities of contemplative life throughout the world, especially those of the Carmelite Order. ... May Mary help each Christian to encounter God in the silence of prayer. Vatikanens informationsservice 060717.
Mariakyrkans påve förleder sina åhörare.
Påven sa den 8 juli 2006 framför skyddshelgonet "Virgen de los Desamparados" i Valencia, Spanien: I want to say to her: Protect us night and day in all our needs, for you, O Virgin Mary, are the Mother of the Forlorn. (Jag vill säga till henne: Beskydda oss natt och dag i alla våra trångmål, för du, O Heliga Maria, är de övergivnas Moder.) Detta ber påven till en utsirad staty som varken har öron att höra med eller ögon att se med. Och miljontals människor tror på detta beskydd.
Påven den 18 juni 2006: Eukaristin har kosmiskt värde: Förvandlingen av brödet och vinet till Kristi kropp och blod konstituerar i själva verket principen av skapelsens gudomliggörande i sig själv. Det är anledningen till att Corpus Christi-firandet karakteriseras skärskilt av traditionen av att bära det Välsignade Sakramentet i procession, en gest full av betydelse.
Maria är "nattvardskvinnan", som påven Johannes Paulus beskrev henne i hans encyklika "Ecclesia de Eucharistia". Låt oss be till Jungfrun att alla kristna må fördjupa sin tro i det eukaristiska mysteriet, så att de lever i ständig samhörighet med Jesus och är hans giltiga vittnen.
(Catholic Online 060619).
Påven den 7 juni 2006: "Let us pray that the primacy of Peter, entrusted to weak human beings, may always be exercised in this original sense that the Lord intended; and that it be ever more recognized in its true significance by the brethren not yet in full communion with us".
An appeal by Pope Benedict XVI for non-Catholic Christians to recognise papal primacy risks reinforcing divisions between churches, says an Italian Protestant theologian. Spero News 060607.
Påven den 31 maj 2006 nyligen hemkommen från Polen, i en ceremoni med ett hundratal personer i Lourdes-grottan som är belägen i Vatikanens trädgård: Vid helgedomen i Jasna Gora i Czestochowa, sa han, "Där förstod jag hur mycket vår himmelska beskyddarinna följer sina barns resor, och ignorerar inte vädjan adresserade till henne med ödmjukhet och tro. Ännu en gång, tillsamman med er, så vill jag tacka henne för att ha följt mig under mitt besök till det kära landet Polen. Jag vill också uttrycka min tacksamhet till Maria för hennes understöd i min dagliga tjänst för kyrkan. Jag vet att jag kan lita på hennes hjälp i alla situationer, faktiskt vet jag att hon, med sin moderliga intuition, möter alla sina barns behov och verksamt träder till deras hjälp."
Påven Benedict XVI på besök i förre påven Johannes Paulus II hemstad och helgedom: The Holy Father then recalled another "characteristic of the faith and spirituality of John Paul II, which is united to this place. ... The deep attachment of the inhabitants of Wadowice to the local image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. ... This memory helps us arrive at the source of the conviction that nourished John Paul II: the conviction regarding the exceptional place that the Mother of God had in his life, a conviction that he himself, filled with devotion, expressed in the motto 'Totus tuus.' Until the last moments of his earthly pilgrimage he remained faithful to this dedication." Vatican Information Service 060527.
Påven 060517: Finally, addressing young people and the sick, he called on them "to intensify the devout practice of praying the Rosary, especially in this month of May, dedicated to the Mother of God," entrusting to her "all your needs." He also called on recently married couples to "make the praying of the Rosary in the family a moment of spiritual growth under the maternal gaze of the Virgin Mary." Vatican Information Service 060517.
The Pope then (14/5) went on to highlight how to rely upon the intercession of Mary is "a sure way to remain united to Christ." He also recalled the apparition of the Virgin to the shepherd children at Fatima on May 13, 1917. "The message she entrusted to them," the Holy Father said, "was a powerful call to prayer and conversion; a truly prophetic message if we consider the twentieth century's burden of unprecedented destruction caused by wars and totalitarian regimes, as well as the widespread persecutions against the Church." Benedict XVI also mentioned the attack against John Paul II on May 13, 1981 when the Pope "felt he had been saved from death by the intercession of 'a maternal hand,' ... and his entire pontificate was marked by what the Virgin had announced at Fatima." He concluded: "Although there has been no lack of worries and suffering, and if there are still reasons for apprehension over the future of humanity, there is comfort to be had in what the 'White Lady' promised the shepherd children: 'In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph'."
(Kommentar: Marias obefläckade hjärta ska till slut triumfera, det är ett annat evangelium och en annan frälsare som påven vilseletts av än det kristna som säger att Jesus har på korset en gång för alla trimferat över ondskans andemakter. Budskapet från Fatima är ett ockult budskap.)
Påven bad dagen innan följande bön: "May the Virgin Mary watch over Christian people and their pastors, guide the steps of nations towards the complete fulfillment of the Lord's will, and obtain peace for everyone. May the message of Fatima always be welcomed, understood and lived out in all communities."
Vatican Information Service 060515.
Påven i Brasilien den 13 maj 2007 in front of the Brazilian shrine of Aparecida: The Pope then greeted the various groups present, beginning with Spanish-speaking faithful to whom he said: "May the Virgin Mary help you to keep alive the flame of faith, love and harmony, so that by the witness of your lives and by faithfulness to your baptismal vocation, you may be light and hope for humanity."
Samuel Aweida, pastor för den messianskt Jesustroende församlingen i Haifa: Det tuffaste motståndet mot evangeliskt kristna araber är motståndet från de katolska kyrkorna, medan de ortodoxa judarna kämpar mot de messianska församlingarna och evangelisering.
Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) are this year celebrating the fifth centenary of the births of St. Francis Xavier: The Holy Father recalled 060424 that "on April 22, 1541 St. Ignatius and his first followers made their solemn vows before the image of Mary in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the Walls," and he concluded by calling on the Virgin to continue to watch over the Society of Jesus.
Påven 060402 (på ettårsdagen av förre påvens död): Johannes Paulus II dog som han alltid hade levat, upplivad av det okuvliga trons mod, uppgivande sig själv till Gud och överlämnande sig själv till den mest heliga Maria. Johannes Paulus II lämnade oss på en söndag, särskilt tillägnad Maria, till vilken han alltid kände en sons tillgivenhet. Vi ber nu att den himmelska Guds Moder ska hjälpa oss skatta allt denne store Påve gav och lärde oss.
Påven 060326 från sitt fönster i Vatikanen till tusentals pilgrimer som samlats på S:t Peterskyrkans torg: Kyrkan marscherar framåt i historien och utbreder sig över jorden ledsagad av Maria, apostlarnas drottning. Vi ber henne att vägleda oss på vår dagliga färd och beskydda med speciell ansträngning de kristna gemenskaper som genomgår de största svårigheterna och lidandena.
Påven den 16 mars 2006 när han tog emot en delegation från American Jewish Committeè. Judendomen, kristendomen och islam tror på den enda Guden, skaparen av himmel och jord. Därav följer, att alla de tre monoteistiska religionerna är kallade att samarbeta med varandra för allas väl, i och med att de tjänar rättvisan och freden i världen. (Zenit.org)

Snart kan förre påven Johannes Paulus II saligförklaras. En nunna ska nämligen ha tillfrisknat efter att ha bett till Johannes Paulus II efter hans död. Efter ett mirakel till så kan han helgonförklaras, dvs. om det kan konstateras att ytterligare någon fler blivit mirakulöst helad eller hjälpt efter att ha bett till Johannes Paulus II. Kan en död påve hela människor? Var i Bibeln har vi tillåtelse att be till de döda? Vad säger detta om den kyrka som tillåter detta?

The Holy Father offers fervent prayers for the dead (Den Helige Fadern framför brinnande böner för de döda). Detta stod i ett telegram som Vatikanen sände 060217 till biskop Cantillas på Filippinerna med anledning av det stora jordskredet som drabbat en större by. Tyvärr är det för sent att be någon efter att de dött.

Plenary Indulgence will be granted "to the faithful who, under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Holy Father), and with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin, participate on February 11 (2006) at the cathedral of Adelaide, or at any other place decided by the ecclesiastical authorities, in a sacred ceremony held to beseech God to grant the goals of the World Day of the Sick."
The faithful who, "through sickness, old age or similar reason, are prevented from participating in the aforementioned ceremony, may obtain the Plenary Indulgence if, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of observing, as soon as they can, the conditions required, they spiritually participate together with the Holy Father in the aforesaid ceremony, pray devotedly for the sick, and offer - through the Virgin Mary 'Health of the Sick' - their physical and spiritual sufferings to God."
Partial Indulgence, the text of the decree concludes, will be conceded to "all the faithful whenever, between February 9 and 11, with a contrite heart they raise devout prayers to the merciful Lord calling for these aspirations to be met in order to help the sick."
(Vatican Information Service 060203).
Påven avslutar sitt budskap inför fastan 2006 med följande tillförsikt: To Mary, 'the living fount of hope,' we entrust our Lenten journey, so that she may lead us to her Son. I commend to her in particular the multitudes who suffer poverty and cry out for help, support, and understanding. With these sentiments, I cordially impart to all of you a special Apostolic Blessing. (Vatican Information Service 060131).
Påven 15 december 2005 till romersk katolska universitetsstudenter: May you be guided by Mary Most Holy, 'Sedes Sapientiae.' Her icon, which is being taken around various nations, is now passing from the Polish to the Bulgarian delegation, to continue her 'peregrinatio' in the university cities. May she, the faithful Virgin, Mother of Christ, obtain for each of you and for your academic institutions the light of divine Knowledge, Christ the Lord. Kommentar: Ingen kan komma till Fadern utom genom Jesus Kristus, men ingen kan komma till Jesus Kristus genom Maria!
Mariakyrkans arvtagare Benedictus XVI upphöjer Maria på Pizza di Spagna och lägger en blomsterkrans vid foten av en Mariastaty.
TV-gudstjänsten den 4 december 2005 kom från den Katolska kyrkan i Linköping, predikan hölls av biskop Anders Arborelius. Som inledningsbön bad HELA församlingen denna bön ett antal gånger: "Heliga Maria, bed för oss Guds Moder, bed för oss syndare, nu och i vår dödsstund."
Uttalanden om Maria från påven Benedictus XVI. "Vi anförtror till den moderliga högst heliga Marias ledning den framtida riktningen för de unga människorna i hela världen."
Påven Benedictus XVI 1 november 2005: I andlig förening med människor som besöker gravplatserna för att bedja för sina kära, kommer jag också i morgon kväll att knäböja i bön i Vatikangrottorna nära påvarnas gravar, vilka formar en krona runt aposteln Petrus grav, och jag kommer att ha en speciell tanke för den mycket älskade Johannes Paulus II.
Ärkebiskop Alberto Giraldo Jaramillo, Colombia, i generalförsamlingens möte för biskopar 14 oktober 2005 i Vatikanen för den spansktalande gruppen: Let us succeed in finding suitable catechistic ways for priests and faithful to understand the presence of Mary in every Eucharistic celebration. (Låt oss lyckas i att upptäcka passande katekesiska vägar för präster och troende att förstå närvaron av Maria i varje eukaristiskt firande.)

NOSTRA AETATE PROCLAIMED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI ON OCTOBER 28, 1965: Hinduism... Buddhism, in its various forms... The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions... The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz från ärkestiftet Mother og God i Moskva, Ryssland på Biskopssynoden 3 oktober 2005: Christ should not suffer because of abuses in the celebration of the Eucharist, which should always be received and experienced by the faithful as 'sacrum,' as the mysterious renewal of Chris's sacrifice, as His saving energy that transforms man and the world, as reinforcement of faith and the source of morality. Den mystiska förnyelsen av Kristi offer! Kan Kristi offer en gång för alla förnyas?

Påven på samma synod den 4 oktober: Med sina ord riktade till polska pilgrimer sa han: Sex månader har gått sedan min käre föregångare Johannes Paulus II dog. Hans Magisterium och hans livsvittnesbörd förblir viktiga för oss. Jag anförtror faktorerna för hans helgonförklaring till era recitationer av Rosenkransen.

3 september 2005 vallfärdade 2500 katoliker till Vadstena. Den påvlige nuntien Giovanni Tonucci var närvarande och framförde en särskild hälsning till de församlade från påven där han anförtrodde de församlade åt Maria. Genom att uppmana alla at be om den Heliga Birgittas beskydd, ger han av hela sitt hjärta sin Apostoliska Välsignelse. Vallfärden avslutades med att biskop William Kenney bar sakramentet i procession genom Vadstena. Källa: Stiftsbladet dec. 2005.

Lär dig tala katolska: "frälsning". Att bli frälst är enligt frikyrkligt språkbruk att komma till tro på Jesus och omvända sig från ett liv i synd till ett liv i gemenskap med honom. Så kan ordet inte användas i katolskt språk (och inte heller av många andra samfund), eftersom frälsningen som vi uppfattar ordet är något som fullbordas för oss först i evigheten. Men deras avvikande bruk av ordet kan ju inte vara ett hinder för oss att använda det på vårt eget sätt. Det katolska språket skiljer sig ändå så mycket från det vanliga svenska att vi har råd också med detta. (Per Beskow i Katolskt Magasin 050902.)
Påven den 25 juli 2005 i ett uttalande till prästerskapet i biskopsstiftet Aosta: Jag vill påpeka att påven är inte ett orakel, han är ofelbar endast i mycket sällsynta tillfällen, som vi vet.
En journalist frågade Benedictus 2005-07-24 om han kände närhet till sin föregångare Johannes Paulus II och fick till svar: Jag känner honom alltid mycket nära, genom hans skrifter och genom hans andliga närvaro.

Påven välkomnade den 29 juni 2005 deltagare från en delegation ur den Ortodoxa kyrkan i Konstantinopel och sa: Fastän vi ännu inte är överens i frågan om Petri ämbetets tolkning och omfattning, så är vi överens om den apostoliska successionen, vi är innerligt förenade med varandra över det episkopala ämbetet och det prästerliga ämbetets sakrament och tillsammans bekänner vi apostlarnas tro som den getts oss i Skriften och som den förklarats genom de stora koncilierna.

Må Jungfrun Maria erhålla för oss att Petri ämbete som Roms biskop inte ses som en stötesten men som en hjälp i vandringen på enhetens väg.

Påven bad delegationen att informera patriarken Bartolomeus om sin "intention att fullfölja med fast beslutsamhet sökandet efter full enhet mellan alla kristna".

Benedictus mottog 050616 Samuel Kobia som är generalsekreterare för Kyrkornas Världsråd, och yttrade: Under de första dagarna av mitt pontifikat angav jag att min 'grundläggande uppgift är plikten att arbeta outtröttligt för att återuppbygga den fulla och synliga enheten av alla Kristi efterföljare'. Detta fordrar 'konkreta uttryck som förenar hjärtan och rör samveten'. Katolska kyrkans förpliktelse att söka efter kristen enhet är oåterkallelig. Jag vill därför försäkra dig om att hon är ivrig att fortsätta samarbetet med Kyrkornas Världsråd.
Benedictus 050605 på S:t Petersplatsen i Vatikanen: Det hjärta som mest liknade Kristus var utan tvivel Marias hjärta, hans obefläckade moders… Vi anförtror hennes obefläckade hjärta, vars festdag var igår, hela världen så att den må känna Guds barmhärtiga kärlek och veta sann frid.
Benedictus 050529 i Bari, Italien: Jag vill upprepa min villighet att anta som en grundläggande förpliktelse att med all min energi arbeta för att återupprätta den fulla och synliga enheten av alla Kristi efterföljare.
Benedictus XVI skriver 050519 till de spanska biskoparna för att hedra 150-årsminnet av dogmen om Marias obefläckade avlelse: Som vår Advokat, hjälper hon oss i vår nöd och för vår talan till sin Son.

Vatikanen i sitt årliga brev 050516 till buddhisterna på deras stora högtid "FEAST OF VESAKH 2005": In countries where Buddhists and Christians live and work side by side, the resulting "dialogue of life" allows them, while witnessing to their own beliefs, to deepen their understanding of one another, to foster goodwill and to promote a spirit of neighbourliness. In fact, a particular bond has developed between many Buddhist and Catholic monks and nuns. They have welcomed one another into their respective monasteries and convents joining together in silence, meditation and reflection.
För 40 år sedan antog Andra Vatikankonciliet i Rom deklarationen "Nostra aetate". Vatikanen hänvisar också till detta dokumentet: Mentioning Buddhism and many other religions, it states that "the Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions".

När kan världens kristna fira nattvard tillsammans? Kardinal Francis Arinze: Vi kan fira nattvard tillsammans när vi tror på samma saker, när vi är i samma kyrka, när vi erkänner påvens överhöghet över kyrkan, vi kan inte tänka på den katolska tron utan påven och biskoparna, vår tro är ett enda stycke, vi kan fortsätta att ha olika riter men det ska vara en och samma tro, då kan vi ha nattvard tillsammans. Den evangeliska kristenheten måste alltså bli katoliker och erkänna påvens överhöghet över kyrkan för att kunna fira nattvard tillsammans med katolikerna. (Människor och Tro 050513).
Biskop Martin Lind, Svenska kyrkan i Linköping, säger i Kyrkans Tidning nr 17 om Benedictus XVI: "Han stod längst ned på min rankinglista när jag tänkte på vem som kunde bli ny påve. Det var den jag helst inte ville ha."

Pater Henrik Roelvink, o.f.m (latin: "ordo fratrum minorum", eng."orders of friars minor", sv. "fransciskanerorden") i "Studio Ett" P1 050418: "Påvarna kan inte förändra väsentliga saker. De måster hålla sig till vad Katolska kyrkan alltid har lärt, så det blir inga grundläggande väsentliga förändringar" (med den nya påven som väljs). Det är alltså uteslutet att katolicismen kan ändra på sina felaktiga lärodogmer.

På frågan "Tror du på att Jesus gick på vattnet?" svarade Roelvink: "Just där är det väldigt svårt att veta för man kan inte säga antingen det ena eller det andra, utan nånstans i mitten. Nånstans i mitten? Ett högst märkligt svar. Antingen tror man på vad bibeln säger om Jesus eller också tror man det inte, och Roelvink tror uppenbarligen INTE på allt vad bibeln säger!

Varför firar biskop Anders Arborelius och katolska kyrkor över hela världen requiem-mässor för att be Gud att ta emot påven i himlen? Jo, därför att de tror att påven liksom de flesta katoliker först hamnar i skärselden. Requiemmässor påskyndar de stackars själarna i skärselden till att snabbare komma in i himlen. Påven trodde på skärselden. En mässa för de döda kallas för requiemmässa. Här följer ett svar som en katolik ger:

Hi Sean, I was just wondering, Is the Pope in Purgatory?
Little Leaf: posted 09 April 2005 20:41

To be honest, I don't know where the late Pope John Paul II is. Very few go directly to heaven, I think. So it is possible that he is undergoing the Final Purification, or Purgatory. He was a remarkable man. All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are assured of their eternal salvation. However, after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. Purgatory is the name given by the Church to this final purification of the elect. This is entirely different from the punishment of the damned who go to hell for all eternity. The doctrine of faith on Purgatory was formulated by the Church, especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent.
I pray and hope, Little Leaf (what a lovely name!) that you and I and your husband meet in heaven.

Seán Mac Eochaidh

Kardinal Joseph Ratzingers slutord i sin begravningspredikan för den avlidne påven Johannes Paulus II:
"Vi kan vara säkra på att vår älskade påve idag står i fönstret till Faderns hus, att han ser oss och välsignar oss. Ja, välsigna oss, Helige Fader. Vi anförtror din kära själ till Guds Moder, din Moder, som vägledde dig varje dag och som vill vägleda dig nu till sin eviga Son härlighet, vår Herre Jesus Kristus. Amen."
"Helige Antonius, bed för oss. Helige Benediktus, bed för oss. Helige Bernard, bed för oss. Helige Dominikus, bed för oss. Helige Franciskus, bed för oss. Alla dina heliga präster och leviter, bed för oss. Alla dina heliga munkar och eremiter, bed för oss. Heliga Maria Magdalena, bed för oss. Heliga Agata, bed för oss. Heliga Lucia, bed för oss. Heliga Agnes, bed för oss. Heliga Cecilia, bed för oss. Heliga Katarina, bed för oss. Heliga Anastasia, bed för oss. Alla dina heliga jungfrur och änkor, bed för oss." Under begravningsmässan i Vatikanen sjöngs den katolska helgonlitanian till de döda! Hur många evangeliska kristna sväljer snart också detta rabblande?
"Ta detta offer till altaret i himmelen" uttalade Kardinal Joseph Ratzinger efter det att han i begravningsmässan hade förvandlat brödet i eukaristin. Är inte detta en skymf mot det rena offer som Jesus själv bar fram inför Guds altare en gång för alla?
SANTO SUBITO (/Gör honom till ett/ helgon omedelbart) ropade pilgrimmerna i Vatikanen den 8 april 2005 medan de höll upp en stor banderoll med denna texten. Katolikerna vill ha ännu en avgud att dyrka!
Ett islamiskt citat med anknytning till Katolska kyrkan - Abd al Haqq Kielan är Samfundsledare för Svenska Islamiska Samfundet. Han säger i kondoleansen till biskop Anders Arborelius i anledning av påvens död:
- Av frukten känner man trädet, och vi ber till Gud att framtiden skall medföra ännu mer av goda frukter, och att såväl kristna som muslimer skall få verka sida vid sida för mänsklighetens väl. Sannerligen tillhör vi Gud och till Honom skall vi föras åter.
Anders Arborelius i requiem-mässa för Johannes Paulus II den 6 april 2005:
- We celebrate this mass in order to ask the heavenly Father to receive our pope into his kingdom of eternal peace and glory. (Vi firar denna mässa för att be den himmelske Fadern att ta emot vår påve i sitt rike av evig frid och glädje.)
Anders Arborelius i requiem-mässa för Johannes Paulus II den 6 april 2005 om påvens Mariatillhörighet:
- Totus tuus
- "helt och hållet din" var det ord som Johannes Paulus antog som sitt valspråk. Han ville helt och hållet tillhöra Jungfru Maria, eftersom hon helt tillhörde Jesus. Denna öppenhet för Maria som vår moder, är nog själva nyckeln för att förstå vem Johannes Paulus var.
På Johannes Paulus II:s begravningskista stod skrivet ett stort M för Maria. Han var en stor Mariadyrkare och ansvarig för Katolska kyrkans katekes som utkom 1992. Där lärs i paragraf  2679 att en katolik ska be till Maria:
"Maria är den som ber på ett fullkomligt sätt och kyrkans urbild. När vi ber till henne ansluter vi oss med henne till faderns plan, han som sänder sin Son för att rädda alla människor. Liksom den älskade lärjungen tar vi Jesu moder, som blivit allt levandes moder, till oss i vårt hem. Vi kan be i förening med henne och till henne. Kyrkans bön blir liksom buren av hennes bön. Den är förenad med henne i hoppet.
Påven Johannes Paulus II:s inledningsord som nyvald påve den 16 oktober 1978:
"Kära bröder och systrar, vi är fortfarande alla mycket ledsna över den mycket käre påven Johannes Paulus I:s död. Och nu har de mest utomordentliga kardinalerna valt en ny påve av Rom. De kallade honom från en land långt borta, långt borta, men alltid nära i trons gemenskap och den kristna traditionen. Jag var rädd för att få denna nominering, men jag tog emot den i lydnadens ande till vår Herre och med total tillit i hans Moder, den mest Heliga Madonnan."
Påven den 21 mars 2005 genom ärkebiskop Leonardo Sandri:
"Må den mest heliga Maria hjälpa er att möta hennes Son Jesus Kristus i denna heliga veckas liturgi och i botens sakrament och eukaristin."
Katolske teologen Per Beskow i Dagen 18 mars 2005:
I tveksamma fall frågar man inte:"Vad står det i Bibeln?" utan "Vad är kyrkans lära?"
Kardinal Walter Kasper den 16 mars 2005 i New York:
"Ekumenik är Jesu vilja och den centrala uppgiften för kyrkan. Den metod han föreslog är en ekumenisk konsensus process som lyssnar till alla som har hört Guds ord under de gångna århundradena och alla våra samtida som hör Guds ord tillsammans med oss."
Påven tackade genom ärkebiskop Leonardo Sandri den 6 mars 2005 medlemmar av andra religioner som har bett för honom under hans återhämtning:
"Jag vill uttrycka speciell tacksamhet för närheten av andra religioners troende, särskilt judar och muslimer. Några har velat be just här på sjukhuset. Detta är för mig ett tröstande tecken och jag tackar Gud för det."
Påven Johannes Paulus II söndagen den 27 februari 2005:
"Till Maria, Kyrkans Moder, förnyar jag mitt anförtroende: 'Totus tuus' (Jag är helt din). Måtte hon hjälpa oss i varenda ögonblick i livet till att fullgöra Guds heliga vilja. Må min faderliga välsignelse nå alla."
Jesuitprästen Catalino Arevalo, Filippinerna, den 19 februari 2005 i en mässa till minne av Fatima-visionären Lucia som dog den 13 februari:
"Syster Lucias första kallelse var att hindra kommunismen. Så vi kan fortsätta att be om hennes förbön för kommunistproblemen som nu finns på Filippinerna."

 

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