Archive of July 1, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 1, 2007

The Holy Father issues letter to Church in China calling them to be evangelizers

Jul 1, 2007 - 11:41 am .- On Saturday at noon, the Holy Father released his letter to all Catholics in China. His intention in writing to them was to express his deep affection for them and “to offer some guidelines concerning the life of the Church and the task of evangelization in China, in order to help you discover what the Lord and Master Jesus Christ wants from you." The Pope began his letter by mentioning the history of Chinese Catholicism over the last 50 years. “The Catholic community in China has lived the past fifty years in an intense way, undertaking a difficult and painful journey, which not only has deeply marked it but has also caused it to take on particular characteristics which continue to mark it today.”

Benedict XVI speaks about true freedom as spending oneself in the service others

Jul 1, 2007 - 10:38 am .- The Holy Father spoke on the theme of freedom in his Regina Caeli address in Rome today.  Taking on modern man’s belief that the true expression of freedom is freedom from any moral laws or obligations, Benedict taught that true freedom lies in placing oneself at the service of the others. Jesus Christ, the Holy Father stated, showed his freedom when, “He resolutely set his face towards Jerusalem.”  In this, Benedict commented, we see Jesus’ freedom, who, “freely chooses to go to the cross.”