Loading
Play on St. Joan of Arc leads to Pope Benedict to reflection on peace

.- Pope Benedict exclaimed a prayer for world peace yesterday after viewing a play on the dramatic and passionate life of St. Joan of Arc.

Given the current international context, faced with the dramatic events in the Middle East and before situations of suffering provoked by violence in numerous parts of the world, the message of Le mystère de la Charité de Jeanne d’Arc continues to inspire audiences to engage in meaningful and valuable reflection, the Pope said.

“May God hear the prayer of the saint of Domremy and ours, and give our world the peace to which it aspires!” he declared at the end of the performance.

The play, by famed Catholic playwright Charles Péguy (1873-1914), was performed yesterday evening in the courtyard of the Pope’s summer residence in Castelgandolfo.

The French playwright was a socialist and French nationalist before experiencing a conversion in 1908. Thereafter, he dedicated his life as a Catholic poet and writer. In addition to his play on Joan of Arc, another great work of Peguy’s is his poem, “The Portal of the Mystery of Hope.”

Pope Benedict said, Péguy’s work on Joan of Arc leads viewers to a greater understanding of the young saint-warrior’s deep and ardent faith and even to a profound meditation on the mystery of Christ’s Passion.

“Through a profound reflection on themes that are ever present in the thought of our contemporaries, we were introduced to the heart of the Christian mystery,” he said.

The Pope thanked the actors and the theatre crew for the splendid performance. “May St. Joan of Arc help us to enter always more deeply into the mystery of Christ in order to discover the way of life and happiness,” he concluded.

The initiative was promoted by the Archdiocese of Moscow in collaboration with the Embassy of Monaco at the Holy See.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
19

Liturgical Calendar

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:1-10

Gospel
Date
04/19/14
04/18/14
04/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Gen 1:1-2:2
Gospel:: Mt 28:1-10

Saint of the Day

Blessed James Oldo »

Saint
Date

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:1-10

Homily
Date
04/19/14
04/18/14
04/17/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: