The Pope shocked at the senseless violence in Denver and upset about the victims of the shipwreck in Zanzibar
The Evil One always endeavours to spoil God’s work, sowing divisions in human hearts and in interpersonal, social and international relations. It is therefore necessary to make the most of the opportunity offered by the upcoming Olympic Games in London to live them as “an experience of brotherhood among the earth’s peoples”.
For this reason, Benedict XVI — addressing the numerous pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo on Sunday, 22 July for the recitation of the Angelus — asked them to pray, showing that the Church looks “with special favour and attention” at this event which has a “strong symbolic value”.
We are celebrating today the heavenly birthday of a martyr. We must not consider ourselves altogether strangers to his virtue of patience. If with the Lord's help we are striving to observe the virtue of patience, though we are living in a time of peace for the Church, yet we are holding the palm of martyrdom. There are in truth two kinds of martyrdom: one in the heart, the other in heart and action at the same time. And so we can be martyrs, even if we are not slain by anyone's sword. To die at the hands of a persecutor is unmistakably martyrdom; to bear insults, to love one who hates us, is martyrdom in our secret thought.