Vatican City, 25 November 2012 (VIS) - At midday today, following his concelebration of the Eucharist with the new cardinals, the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study to recite the Angelus with faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. The Pope began by recalling that the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, which closes the liturgical year, "summarises the mystery of Jesus, 'first born from the dead and the ruler of all the powers of the earth'".
mission of Jesus and the content of His message consists in proclaiming
the Kingdom of God and establishing it among men through signs and
wonders", the Pope said. "But, as Vatican Council II observes, 'the
Kingdom is first manifested in the very person of Christ', a kingdom He
founded through His death on the cross and resurrection, by which He is
revealed as the eternal Lord, Messiah and Priest. This Kingdom of Christ
has been entrusted to the Church, which is the 'seed' and 'beginning'
and has the task of proclaiming it and spreading it among all the
nations with the power of the Holy Spirit. At the end of the determined
time the Lord will hand over the Kingdom to God the Father and present
to Him all those who have lived according to the commandment of love.
... We are all called to extend the salvific work of God, converting to
the Gospel and committing ourselves to serving the King Who came not to
be served but to serve and give testimony to the truth".
then invited those present to pray for the six new cardinals, created
yesterday, so that "the Holy Spirit may strengthen them in faith and in
charity and fill them with His gifts in order that they live their new
responsibility as a further commitment to Christ and His Kingdom".
the Virgin help all of us to live this present time awaiting the Lord’s
return, imploring God, 'Thy Kingdom come', and fulfilling those works
of light that bring us ever closer to heaven, aware that, through the
troubling vicissitudes of history, God continues to build His Kingdom of
love", the Pope concluded.
Following the Marian prayer, Benedict XVI
mentioned the fact that Maria Troncatti was beatified yesterday in
Macas, Ecuador. The new blessed was a religious of the Daughters of Mary
Help of Christians, and born in Val Camonica, Italy; she served as a
nurse during the World War I, after which she went to Ecuador where she
"dedicated herself fully to the service of the people of the forest,
evangelisation and human development".