this, we must abandon the path of arrogance and violence used to
obtain positions of greater power, to ensure success at any cost,"
the Pope told over 40,000 pilgrims in St. Peter's
Pope Benedict said the offer of Jesus, recounted in
today's Gospel reading, testifies to his "compassion for the
burdened masses, for they were like a flock without a
"That look of Jesus seems to continue to
the present day, to our present world. His kind eyes gaze on the
masses burdened by difficult living conditions, but also those still
searching for a valid reference point, for meaning and for a goal in
life," said the Pope.
He observed that such people are to
be found "in the world's poorest countries, tried by poverty"
but also "in the richest countries" where "there
are many dissatisfied men and women, some even given to depression."
And he gave special mention to "the many displaced persons and
refugees, those who risk their lives emigrating."
true remedy for the wounds of humanity," both material and
spiritual, said the Pope, "is a rule of life based on love,
brotherly love, which has its source in the love of God."
will result in a new attitude towards the natural environment, giving
up "the aggressive style that has dominated in recent
centuries," and also towards other people - where "the
force of truth against every injustice, is one that can ensure a
future worthy of man."
After the Angelus, the Pope's
thoughts turned to the topic of vacations. He is departing the
Vatican this week for his July break at Castel Gandolfo, 15 miles
outside Rome. He encouraged pilgrims to live the summer holiday
period "orientated towards rest and serenity," and reminded
them to take the Gospel with them wherever they go.
A "rule of life based on love"
is needed if we are to receive the rest offered by Jesus Christ to
"all who labor and are over-burdened," Pope Benedict XVI
said during his brief Sunday Angelus address July 3.