Rorate Caeli

They also speak aggresively of the Pope

From the Q&A session of Pope Benedict XVI in the Rebbibia correctional facility, Rome:

Q. My name is Federico. ... What can sick and HIV-positive prisoners ask of the Pope? ... We are barely mentioned, but only in aggressive terms, as if seeking to have us eliminated from society. This makes us feel subhuman.

A. "We have to endure the fact that people speak about us 'aggressively'. They also speak 'aggressively' about the Pope, yet nonetheless we move on. I think it is important to encourage everyone to think positively, to understand your sufferings, to understand the need to help you rise again. I will do my part, inviting everyone to think in the right way, not abusively but humanly, understanding that anyone can fall, but God wants everyone to reach Him. We must cooperate in a spirit of fraternity recognising our own fragility so that people can truly rise up and move forward with dignity, so that they may grow and thus find happiness in life, because life is granted to us by the Lord ... . The Lord will help you and we are close to you."


  1. Pope Benedict said:

    "...understanding that anyone can fall, but God wants everyone to reach Him"

    at the

    Sorrowful mother
    Do not weep
    When children's faith
    They do not keep.

    With prayers to God
    They're not compliant?
    Then time for mother
    To be defiant!

    Get on your knees
    Where you adore
    He who made
    Each babe you bore

    Out of love
    So tangled-tight
    Burst their souls
    Of promise bright.

    And if the brightness
    Starts to dull
    Think not that he
    Is just a cull

    He's here to make
    You ever holy
    We all need help,
    Can't do it soley.

    That's why we suffer
    To imbue
    Prodigals others
    Our cry and hue.

    So they can see
    On knees we drop
    If unto death
    Our prayers won't stop.

    And by His heart
    So sacred tender
    In grace you'll die
    A suffering-splendor

    Where in the fields
    Of Heaven's Granger…
    Sainted mothers pray
    For your death at the manger.

  2. God Bless, save, and prosper Pope Benedict XVI. Our Lady of Victories, intercede for him.

  3. He even finds time to visit these sheep!! Wonderful!

    And for a personal reason, this really came at exactly the right moment! Deo gratias! Please say an extra ave for a good intention, and may our Mother in Heaven recompense you eternally for it!

  4. Gratias7:29 AM

    Our Pope has strong shoulders. Benedict XVI is the Catholic Church's blessing. To many more years.