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Saints bridge gap between earth and heaven, Pope tells audience

November 02, 2012

At his midday public audience on November 1, the Feast of All Saints, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that the feast is a reminder of “the double horizon of humanity.”

This “double horizon,” the Pope explained, refers to our concern for the temporary and the eternal, the earth and heaven, “the Church journeying in time and the Church that celebrates the never-ending feast, the Heavenly Jerusalem.”

“These two dimensions are united by the reality of the communion of saints,” the Holy Father continued. All members of the Church are called to join themselves to Christ, uniting the temporal and the eternal. The saints—both those who are canonized and those who remain unrecognized—“have lived this dynamic intensely,” Pope Benedict said.

Joining with the saints in that commitment to Christ, the Pontiff said, brings us into “communion with all the other members of his Mystical Body which is the Church, a communion that is perfect in Heaven, where there is no isolation, no competition or separation.


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