Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,021 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope encourages old Advent traditions, making 'islands of faith' amid commercial excess

Catholic World News - December 05, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI attended a concert of Bavarian music, followed by a film about Advent and Christmas in Bavaria, at the Vatican on December 2.

After the program—which was sponsored by the Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasting network—the Holy Father thanked the performers for bringing “a taste of typically Bavarian customs and life into the Pope's home.”

Noting that Advent in Bavaria is known as “the time of silence,” the Pope contrasted that attitude with the frenetic commercialism of the season in many places. “Yet, as you have seen, the popular traditions of the faith have not disappeared,” he said. By holding fast to those traditions, the Pontiff said, small communities can provide “islands for the soul, islands of silence, islands of faith, islands for the Lord in our time.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,046 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,953.70
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 21 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? October 22
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6