May 13, 2007 - 09:18 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI urged Latin American Bishops on Sunday to focus their mission in announcing the faith in Jesus Christ and avoid ideologies that have been proven a failure in history. The Pontiff delivered the longest speech of his Pontificate on Sunday, May 13, during the inaugural session of the 5th Conference of Latin American Bishops that will last until May 31st."One can detect a certain weakening of Christian life in society overall and of participation in the life of the Catholic Church, due to secularism, hedonism, indifferentism and proselytism by numerous sects, animist religions and new pseudo-religious phenomena," said the Pope.
May 13, 2007 - 02:33 pm .- The Holy Father, Benedict XVI, presided over Mass today before canonizing Br. Antonio de Sant'Ana Galvao, the first native-born Brazilian saint. During the Mass, he addressed the faithful with a brief homily. Benedict began his homily by inviting all present to "rejoice in the Lord . . . Let all of us praise him, peoples of Brazil and America." The Pope momentarily turned his attention to those who were following his journey on television, saying, "Be sure of this: the Pope loves you, and he loves you because Jesus Christ loves you."
May 13, 2007 - 10:19 am .- During the Regina Caeli prayer following the Mass celebrated at the Marian shrine of Aparecida in Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI said that the family stands at the heart of the Church.The same day in which the 4th Congress of Families was being closed in Warsaw (Poland,) and one day after Italians held a massive “Family Day” in Rome to protect families from controversial legislation, Pope Benedict greeted the English-speaking groups present at Aparecida with words of encouragement of family life.
May 13, 2007 - 10:13 am .- The Church grows by the energy of Christ’s love and not by the power of ideologies, Pope Benedict XVI said on Sunday morning, during the inauguration of the 5th General Conference of Latin American Bishops at the Marian shrine of Aparecida, Brazil.Addressing a crowd of more than 300,000, including the some 200 Latin American cardinals and bishops arrived for the meeting that will last until May 31, the Pope said that “Mary welcomes us to this Upper Room and, as our Mother and Teacher, helps us to pray trustingly to God with one voice.”