Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Volume Gathers Benedict XVI's Key Thoughts

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 13, 2006 ( A new volume published in Italian by Libreria Editrice Vaticana gathers key phrases pronounced by Benedict XVI in the first year of his papacy.

"Pensieri Spirituali" (Spiritual Thoughts) gathers phrases chosen from his encyclical, homilies, meetings and audiences, and from moments when he spoke without notes.

Lucio Coco, compiler of the texts, explained that the topics "are faith in God, the centrality of Jesus and the love that is given us and that man must transform into self-giving."

In these pages are thoughts on confidence, journeying, charity, education, the Eucharist, happiness, Jesus Christ, Mary, the Word of God, patience, work, silence, suffering, life, consecrated life, and man's vocation, among many others.

Among the quotes is this one from the Pope's address to clergy in the Diocese of Aosta last July 25: "Suffering itself is the way to transformation, and without suffering nothing is transformed."

The quoted thoughts cover the period April 2005 to March 2006. They derive from papal documents available on the Vatican's official Web page as well as from the section that Vatican Radio dedicates to the Pope.


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