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Pope pays tribute to Leo XIII, pioneer of Catholic social teaching

September 06, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI traveled from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo to the town of Carpineto Romano on September 5, to join in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of that town’s most famous native: Vincenzo Gioacchino Pecci, who became Pope Leo XIII.

As he celebrated Mass in the town square, Pope Benedict said that the most important factor to understand about Pope Leo XIII was that he was “a man of great faith and profound devotion.” The Holy Father explained that one’s relationship with God is always the most important thing, and without a solid life of prayer a Roman Pontiff is helpless.

Pope Benedict went on to say that Leo XII served during “one of the most difficult historical periods for the Church,” and proved his leadership by addressing some of the most contentious questions of the day, especially including questions of social justice.


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