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Man yearns for the infinite, Pope says in message to Rimini meeting

Catholic World News - August 20, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a supportive message to the 33rd annual meeting in Rimini, Italy, sponsored by Communion and Liberation movement.

The Pope’s message addressed the theme that has been selected for discussion at this year’s meeting: “By nature, Man is relation to the Infinite.” The Holy Father said that in his desire for infinity, man’s appropriate first step is “acknowledging his constitutive relationship with the Creator.”

“Today this word ‘creature’ appears almost out of fashion,” the Pope remarked; “we prefer to think of man as being complete in himself and master of his own destiny.” But the yearning for the infinite cannot be erased from human nature. When man rejects the idea of God, the Pope said, he “begins a frantic search for a sterile and false infinite,” looking for help from “drugs, sexuality lived in a disorderly manner, success at any cost, and even deceptive forms of religiosity."

?The only healthy way to approach the infinite, the Pope concluded, is by recognizing that we are children of God.

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