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

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The Church
 


The Church is a place of hope because in her the Lord continues to give Himself to us in the grace of the Sacraments, in the words of reconciliation, in the multiple gifts of His consolation. Nothing can darken or destroy all this, and so we should be glad amidst all the tribulations.

 
Message to participants of
'Kirchentag' Ecumenical Event
Munich, Germany
15 May 2010

 
 
 
The Church
 


The Church is not a community of the perfect, but a community of sinners, obliged to recognize their need for Godís love, their need to be purified through the Cross of Jesus Christ.

 
Homily
Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul
Vatican Basilica
29 June 2012

 
 
 
The Church
 


The Lord will never fail to give His aid in sustaining the Church on her journey.

 
Remarks
General Audience
St Peter's Square
30 May 2012

 
 
 
The Church
 


If from time to time we may think that the Ship of Peter is at the mercy of ruthless adversaries, it is also true that we see that the Lord is present, he is alive, he truly rose again and holds the government of the world and the heart of mankind in his hand.

 
Remarks during Visit
World Meeting of Families
Milan, Italy
4 June 2012

 
 
 
The Church
 


Since the beginning the Church has been one, catholic and apostolic: this is her true nature and must be recognized as such. She is not holy because of her membersí ability but because God himself, with his Spirit, never ceases to create her, purify her and sanctify her.

 
Homily
Solemnity of Pentecost
Vatican Basilica
12 June 2011

 
 
 
The Church
 


Mary is so interwoven in the great mystery of the Church that she and the Church are inseparable, just as she and Christ are inseparable. Mary mirrors the Church, anticipates the Church in her person, and in all the turbulence that affects the suffering, struggling Church she always remains the Star of salvation.

 
Homily
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
8 December 2005

 
 
 
The Church
 


From the first moment the Holy Spirit created the Church as the Church of all peoples; she embraces the whole world, surmounts all distinctions of race, class and nation; tears down all barriers and brings people together in the profession of the triune God.

 
Homily
Solemnity of Pentecost
Vatican Basilica
12 June 2011

 
 
 
The Church
 


A Church that seeks to be particularly attractive is already on the wrong path, because the Church does not work for her own ends, she does not work to increase numbers and thus power. The Church is at the service of another: she serves, not for herself, not to be a strong body, rather she serves to make the proclamation of Jesus Christ accessible, the great truths and great forces of love, reconciling love that appeared in this figure and that always comes from the presence of Jesus Christ.

 
Mid-Flight Press Conference
En Route to United Kingdom
16 September 2010

 

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