Archive of October 21, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 21, 2007

The Holy Father in Naples: We cannot lack in spiritual and material support of the missions

Oct 21, 2007 - 04:56 pm .- At the conclusion of Holy Mass celebrated in the Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, the Holy Father addressed a few words to the faithful before the recitation of the Angelus. He exhorted them to continue materially and spiritually supporting the missions.

Religion must never be used to promote hatred and violence, declares Pope Benedict

Oct 21, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- After celebrating an outdoor Mass at the Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, the Pope met with Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox and Protestant leaders as well as the presidents of numerous African and Latin American countries and some Nobel Peace laureates. He reminded the assembled leaders that religions must never be exploited to promote hatred and violence. According to Vatican Radio, the representatives of the world’s religions were in Naples to attend the 21st Saint Egidio International Peace Forum that has taken place over the last three days.

Violence must be overcome by deep spiritual renewal rooted in prayer, says the Pope

Oct 21, 2007 - 12:15 pm .- Tens of thousands of Neapolitans turned out today in pouring rain to hear the Pope’s words and show their support for him. Cries of “viva la Papa” (long live the Pope) could be heard as the he made his way in the Pope mobile to the Piazza del Plebiscito, where he celebrated Mass and recited the Angelus.The Holy Father’s message for Naples was that its culture of violence must be overcome through political solutions and above all, by a spiritual renewal which is fueled by the “great force for transforming the world,” prayer.