Sunday, July 18, 2010

Summer Angelus @ Castel Gandolfo

The faithful are greeted by Pope Benedict XVI as he leads his Angelus prayer at his summer residence in Castelgandolfo, south of Rome July 18, 2010. (Daylife-Reuters)

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Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today before praying the midday Angelus together with those gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo

"Without love, even the most important activities lose value and do not bring joy. Without a profound meaning, everything we do is reduced to sterile and disordered activism."

At his Angelus, Benedict XVI emphasizes that without the truth and love that Jesus gives us, "the most important activities lose value and give no joy...but the Word of God is eternal and gives meaning to our daily activities."

Before Sunday's Angelus prayer from the intimate courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the need to listen to the Word of God. As Mary does in Sunday's Gospel, we must learn to choose the "best portion" in our relationship with the Lord

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Benedict XVI, following a 400-year tradition, has been at Castel Gandolfo since July 7. Unlike previous years, he did not elect for a time of vacation in the mountains, but went directly to the summer residence where he has a schedule that includes time for writing

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