Holy Father Speaks on Divine Mercy
Pope Benedict VXI stated that silent acts of charity help to build
a world of peace. He made this comment today before reciting the
Regina Caeli with those gathered in St. Peter's Square, and after
presiding over a Mass marking his 80th birthday on Monday, and his
second anniversary as Pope on Thursday.
Below is the translation of the Holy Father’s address by Zenit.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
To all of you I renew the wish for a happy Easter, on the Sunday
that closes the octave of Easter and is traditionally called Sunday
"in Albis." This Sunday is also called Divine Mercy Sunday
according to the wish of my venerable predecessor, the Servant of
God John Paul II, who died right after the first vespers of this
On this singular occasion this morning I celebrated, in St. Peter's
Square, a holy Mass, accompanied by cardinals, bishops, and priests,
by the faithful of Rome and many pilgrims, who wanted to be close
to the Pope, on the eve of his 80th birthday. From the depths of
my heart I renew my most sincere thanks, which I extend to the whole
Church, which, like a true family, especially in these days, surrounds
me with its affection.
This Sunday -- as I said -- ends the week or, more precisely, the
"octave" of Easter, which the liturgy considers a single
day: "the day the Lord has made" (Psalm 117:24). It is
not a chronological but a spiritual time that God has opened in
the fabric of days when he raised Christ from the dead. The Creator
Spirit, breathing the new and eternal life into the interred body
of Jesus of Nazareth, brought the work of creation to its completion,
bringing about a "first fruit"; a first fruit of a new
humanity that is at the same time the first fruit of a new world
and a new era.
This renewal of the world can be summed up in a word: the same
word that the risen Jesus pronounced as a greeting, and much more
as an announcement of his victory to his disciples: "Peace
be with you!" (Luke 24:36; John 20:19,21,26). Peace is the
gift that Jesus left to his friends (cf. John 2:27) as a benediction
that was destined for all people and all nations.
It is not a peace according to the mentality of the "world,"
as a balance of power, but it is a new reality, fruit of the love
of God, of his mercy. It is the peace that Jesus Christ earned at
the price of his blood and that he communicates to those who trust
in him. "Jesus, I trust in you": In these words the faith
of the Christian is summed up, a faith in the omnipotence of the
merciful love of God.
Dear brothers and sisters, as I thank you again for your spiritual
nearness on the occasion of my birthday and the anniversary of my
election as the Successor of Peter, I entrust all of you to Mary
"Mater Misericordiae," Mother of Jesus who is the incarnation
of Divine Mercy.
With her help let us be renewed by the Spirit to cooperate in the
work of peace that God is accomplishing in the world and that does
not make noise, but that is realized in the countless acts of charity
of all its sons.
[Afterward the Holy Father greeted the English-speaking pilgrims
with the following words:]
To the English-speaking pilgrims I offer warm greetings of Easter
joy. In today's Gospel, the Lord Jesus extends to us the gift of
his peace. May this peace fill your hearts and inspire you to spread
the Good News of his resurrection. I thank you for your prayerful
presence. A Happy Easter to all!