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At Sunday audience, Pope highlights work of St. Bonaventure

July 16, 2012

At his Angelus audience on July 15, Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to St. Bonaventure, noting that the date is designated on the liturgical calendar as his feast day.

Speaking to pilgrims who gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope—who had just returned from a visit to the neighboring town of Frascati—summarized the remarkable life of St. Bonaventure: successor and biography of St. Francis of Assisi, Bishop of Albano, and leading theologian.

As a theologian, the Pope continued, St. Bonaventure helped to show that “all of history is centered on Christ.” The mystery of Christ is an inexhaustible treasure, the Pope said, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Church “never ceases to reveal and update His mystery. Therefore, the work of Christ and the Church never regresses, but always progresses.”

Pope Benedict also reminded his audience of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the promises of the scapular. He offered a prayer that “Mary, the best of mothers, may protect you with her mantle in the struggle against evil, intercede in your request for grace, and show you the path that leads to God.”


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