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Church exists to proclaim, spread Christ's Kingdom, Pope reminds audience

Catholic World News - November 26, 2012

The feast of Christ the King "summarizes the mystery of Jesus, first born from the dead and the ruler of all the powers of the earth,” Pope Benedict XVI told his midday audience on November 25.

"The entire mission of Jesus and the content of His message consists in proclaiming the Kingdom of God and establishing it among men through signs and wonders,” the Pope said. "But as Vatican Council II observes, 'the Kingdom is first manifested in the very person of Christ’--a kingdom He founded through his death on the cross and resurrection, by which He is revealed as the eternal Lord, Messiah, and Priest.”

The Church exists to proclaim and spread Christ’s kingdom, the Pope continued. “We are all called to extend the salvific work of God, converting to the Gospel and committing ourselves to serving the King Who came not to be served but to serve and give testimony to the truth.”

Pope Benedict, who had elevated 6 new members of the College of Cardinals earlier in the day, asked his midday audience to pray for the new cardinals, that the Holy Spirit might help them to build up the Kingdom.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Nov. 28, 2012 8:41 PM ET USA

    Great reminder; great redirection of Catholic hearts, intellects and wills. The Church indeed does exist "to proclaim and spread Christ's kingdom." Long live Christ the King!

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