Pope Benedict XVI
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Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God's humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity.
Many young people look to the future with concerns about the difficulty of finding decent employment and concerned about being lost or having a precarious life.
Mary Mackillop dedicated herself as a young woman to the education of the poor in the difficult and demanding terrain of rural Australia.
Scripture tells us again and again that all men are called to salvation, and the scriptures are also an invitation to receive amongst us all legitimate human differences, as did Jesus who gathered together people of all nations and all languages.
The international community has demonstrated wisdom, long-sightedness, and a capacity for successfully achieving a significant result towards disarmament and international human rights.
We insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the people involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again.
Be especially attentive to those situations where there is a certain weakening of priestly ideals or dedication to activities not fully in keeping with that which is proper for a Minister of Jesus Christ.
The Apostolic See provided assistance, often in a hidden and discreet way.
The cost of 40 years of political repression is not to be understimated. A particular tragedy for this land was the ruthless attempt by the Government of that time to silence the voice of the Church.
Nazareth has experienced tensions in recent years which have harmed relations between Christian and Muslim communities. I urge people of good will in both communities to repair the damage that has been done, and in fidelity to our common belief in one God, the Father of the human family, to work to build bridges and find the way to a peaceful coexistence.
The Holy See supports the right of your people to a sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers, secure and at peace with its neighbours within internationally recognised borders.
As Bishop of Rome and successor of the Apostle Peter, I reaffirm, like my predecessor, that the church is committed to praying and working tirelessly to ensure that hatred will never reign in the hearts of men again.
It is right and fitting that during my stay in Israel I will have (this) opportunity to honour the six million victims of the shoah and to pray that humanity will never again witness a crime of such magnitude.
However, is it not also the case that, often, it is the ideological manipulation of religion, sometimes for political ends, that is the real catalyst for tension and division, at times even violence, in society?
The AIDS problem cannot be solved by money alone, even if that is necessary and it cannot be solved with the distribution of condoms. The distribution of condoms only makes matters worse.
I am deeply sorry for the pain and the suffering the victims have endured.
Solve conflicts in a world threatened by sinister and indiscriminate violence.
Do we have time for our neighbour who is in need of a word from us, from me, or in need of my affection? For the sufferer in need of help? For the fugitive or refugee seeking asylum?
These in fact were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought. I hope this serves to appease hearts and to clarify the true meaning of my address, which in its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with mutual respect.
How can we fail to see in this a reason for concern and vigilance?