Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pope Benedict's Message on Power/Authority

January 30, 2012. (Romereports.com) During Sunday's Angelus, the pope talked about abuse of power in both the workforce and social life. The pope said those in authority should be guided by an attitude of service.

Benedict XVI
“Often, authority means possession, power, dominance and success. To God, however, authority means service, humility and love. It means entering into the logic of Jesus Christ, Who leans down to wash the feet of His disciples.”

The pope also took time to talk about “World Leprosy Day.” Every year about 230,000 people contract the disease, especially in India, Brazil and Indonesia.

Benedict XVI
“I express my support to everyone affected by this disease as well as their caregivers, who in many ways strive to eliminate poverty and marginalization, which are the true causes of its continuance.”

The Pope also talked about the International Day of Intercession for Peace in the Holy Land, which is celebrated on January 30th. To honor the cause, a group of Italian families and young adults gathered in St. Peter's Square to pray for world peace.

At the end of the Angelus, the Pope released white doves from his window. But after being released they decided to go back into the Pope's study.

Benedict XVI
“They want to be in the Pope's home.”

The doves were released to symbolize peace. Some saw it as a metaphor, of the long road that still lies ahead.

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