Pope Benedict XVI exhorts faithful to unity and humility

The Homily of the Holy Father at Holy Mass in Freiburg:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is moving for me to be here once again to celebrate this Eucharist, this Thanksgiving, with so many people from different parts of Germany and the neighbouring countries.  We offer our thanks above all to God, in whom we live and move.  But I would also like to thank all of you for your prayers that the Successor of Peter may continue to carry out his ministry with joy and faithful hope, and that he may strengthen his brothers in faith.

“Father, you show your almighty power in your mercy and forgiveness”, as we said in today’s Collect.  In the first reading we heard how God manifested the power of his mercy in the history of Israel.  The experience of the Babylonian Exile caused the people to fall into a crisis of faith: Why did this calamity happen?  Perhaps God was not truly powerful?
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Pope’s celebration of Corpus Christi live on Thursday

What is the precise significance of today’s Solemnity, of the Body and Blood of Christ? The answer is given to us in the fundamental actions of this celebration we are carrying out: first of all we gather around the altar of the Lord, to be together in his presence; secondly, there will be the procession, that is walking with the Lord; and lastly, kneeling before the Lord, adoration, which already begins in the Mass and accompanies the entire procession but culminates in the final moment of the Eucharistic Blessing when we all prostrate ourselves before the One who stooped down to us and gave his life for us.
- Pope Benedict XVI’s Homily, Solemnity of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, May 2008

This weekend the Church in North America celebrates the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi.

In many parts of the world though — including Rome — the feast is celebrated on Thursday.

Join us Thursday, June 23rd at 1:00pm ET for a live broadcast of Holy Mass and the Eucharistic procession. Pope Benedict XVI will be the main celebrant, and lead the procession. Held in the evening in Rome, it is a beautiful Mass with a stunning candlelight procession at dusk.

If you miss the live broadcast, catch the encore in the evening at 8:00pm ET / 9:00pm PT.

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