Selected quotes of Pope Benedict XVI offered daily for prayer and reflection‚€¶.

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Christ's resurrection is the central event of Christianity, a fundamental truth that must be reaffirmed with vigor at all times.

Regina Caeli
30 April 2006


God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in himí (1 Jn 4:16). These words from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: the Christian image of God and the resulting image of mankind and its destiny

Encyclical Letter
'Deus Caritas Est'


Christianity is a religion of freedom and peace, and it stands at the service of the true good of humanity.

'State of the World' Address
8 January 2009


Jesus is the center of the Christian faith. The Christian believes in God whose face was revealed by Jesus Christ.

Opening of the Year of Faith
St. Peters Square
11 October 2012


It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.

'Faith, Hope and Love'
Interviewed by Peter Seewald


The world needs God. It needs universal, shared ethical and spiritual values, and religion can offer a precious contribution to their pursuit, for the building of a just and peaceful social order at the national and international levels.

Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
Vatican Basilica
1 January 2011


To gaze upon Christ!
If we do this, we realize that Christianity is more than and different from a moral code, from a series of requirements and laws. It is the gift of a friendship that lasts through life and death.

Austrian Marian Shrine
Mariazell, Austria
8 September 2007


Christianity is first and foremost a gift: God gives himself to us - he does not give something, but himself. And this does not only happen at the beginning, at the moment of our conversion. He constantly remains the One who gives. He continually offers us his gifts. He always precedes us. This is why the central act of Christian being is the Eucharist: gratitude for having been gratified, joy for the new life that he gives us.

Mass of the Lord's Supper
Basilica of St. John Lateran
20 March 2008


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