Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope closed calendar year with prayers of thanks for the blessings of 2009

Catholic World News - January 04, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI closed the calendar year with the traditional singing of the Te Deum in the Vatican basilica and the first Vespers for the January 1 feast of the Mother of God. In his homily the Holy Father referred to St. Paul’s statement that Jesus was born “in the fullness of time.” With the Nativity, the Pope said: “Time was, so to say, ‘touched by Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary, and from Him received new and surprising meanings: it became a time of salvation and grace.”

In that context the Pontiff urged Christians to look at the passing year “under the sign of salvation” and to orient their lives toward “the goal that is beyond time.”

Speaking as Bishop of Rome, the Pope offered thanks to God for all the blessings of the diocese in the year 2009. He added a prayer that the diocese will make progress in the coming year in helping the faithful to “increase the sense of belonging to the Church.”

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!

Progress toward our July expenses ($16,162 to go):
$35,000.00 $18,838.29
46% 54%
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.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All 19 hours ago
Introducing the Church Fathers July 27
Straws in the Wind July 25
Hans Urs von Balthasar on Renewal that Matters July 25
Wrongheaded diocesan legal defenses in abuse cases July 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21