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Advent raises expectations, Pope tells audience

November 29, 2010

At his Angelus audience on November 28, the First Sunday of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI said that expectation—the dominant theme of the liturgical season—is “a dimension that touches our entire individual, family, and social existence.”

Everyone knows the feeling of anxiously awaiting something, the Pope told his audience. “We could say that man is alive so long as he expects, so long as hope remains alive in his heart. And man can be recognized by his expectations.” In preparation for Christmas, the Pope suggested that the faithful should ask themselves: “What do I expect?”


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