Thursday, March 16, 2006

Pope news

So I've been sick since Monday...which has made life interesting. I hope I get better soon, because it is really taking away from homework time, not to mention that I need to catch up on all that I've been missing at school. Because I'm not feeling so well, I only have a couple of things to say.

The Pope's first general audience on the mystery of the union between Christ and the Church. It should be very interesting and I am very excited. Here is the shortened english version (only the Italians get the full length version).

In coming weeks, our catechesis will focus on the mystery of Christ and the Church. Jesus willed to found his Church upon the Apostles, and it is through their witness that we continue to encounter him. The mission of the Apostles must be seen in the context of the mystery of communion of God’s People, spanning both the old and the new Covenant. Jesus’s entire ministry took place against the backdrop of Israel’s faith and hope, and was aimed at gathering into one the eschatological People of God. Far from a purely individualistic summons to conversion, his mission was directed to the establishment of the community of the new and eternal Covenant. Jesus’ conscious decision to choose the Twelve Apostles was a prophetic sign announcing the eschatological renewal of the twelve tribes of Israel, the dawn of salvation and the fulfilment of God’s promises. In the person of the Apostles, charged with the celebration of the Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins, the Church has been made the sign and instrument of the Kingdom of God in our midst. Christ can never be separated from the Church; through the Church he remains ever present in his people, and in a special way in the successors of the Apostles.

Secondly, again to do with the Pope. is that there are rumors that he is writing his first social encyclical. It is "pretty soon" considering the fact that Deus Caritas Est just came out. However, he had wanted to retire and write books before being elected Pope, so I expect that we may receive many great teachings from him. The title of the encyclical is reportedly "Labori Domini" - The Work of the Lord. Looking forward to it.

Well, that's it for now, I need to get some more rest.


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