Jun 24, 2007 - 10:25 am .- The Holy Father joined rectors and university professors from all over Europe in the Paul VI Auditorium on Saturday to discuss the theme of a ‘New Humanism.’ The meeting was organized to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, “which gave rise to the present European Union”, the Holy Father noted.
Jun 24, 2007 - 10:08 am .- Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of England met yesterday in the Vatican with His Holiness Benedict XVI. The Prime Minister had been vacationing for the week in Italy, and had also met with his counterpart, Romano Prodi, President of the Italian Council. According to BBC new service, the two discussed the challenges of globalization, as well as the need to combat terrorism. A Downing Street representative said: "One of the themes of discussion was how the moderate voices in all the world's major religions need to stand up to religious extremism in all its forms."
Jun 24, 2007 - 09:57 am .- Today on the feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist, the Holy Father greeted pilgrims gathered under the hot June sun in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday recitation of the Angelus. To a packed crowd, the vicar of Christ recalled the example of John the Baptist. His message to those gathered was to engage in true conversion and an ardent witness of the Lord. The Holy Father noted that all the Gospels begin their narration of Jesus’ public life with his baptism by John in the Jordan. Benedict also commented on his new book: “My book Jesus of Nazareth also begins with the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, an event which resounded widely in those times.”