First as Joseph Ratzinger, and later as Benedict XVI, he was undoubtedly one of the most important theologians of his time. He addressed dozens of issues: from democracy to respect for the environment and care for the elderly. But always the center of his message was Jesus of Nazareth. Here are 10 of the most representative phrases from his Holy See.
18 August 2005
“Dear youths, the happiness you seek, the happiness you have a right to have, has a name and a face: Jesus of Nazareth hidden in the Eucharist. He alone gives humanity the fullness of life.
November 9, 2012
senior center tour
“Life is beautiful even at our age, despite any illness or limitation.”
19 June 2009
meeting with thousands of priests
“Our mission is indispensable to the Church and to the world, which demands absolute fidelity to Christ and constant union with him, that is, abiding in his love.”
June 11, 2010
about sexual abuse
“We promise that we will do everything possible so that this type of abuse never happens again.”
Benedict XVI tackled the social issues of his time. He condemned wars and called for a fair distribution of wealth. He was the first pope to answer questions on a television show. There a girl told him that many of her friends had died or disappeared after the Fukushima earthquake, and asked why God allowed children to suffer.
April 22, 2011
“We have no answers, but we know that Jesus suffered innocently, like you; that the true God shown in Jesus is by your side. Even if we don’t have the answers, and the sadness doesn’t pass, God is on your side, and you should be. I’m sure it’ll help you.”
FAO Summit on Food Security
16 November 2009
“Hunger is the cruelest and most concrete sign of poverty. It is no longer possible to continue to accept opulence and extravagance when the drama of hunger acquires even greater dimensions.
meeting with young italians
September 2, 2007
“We need to make bold decisions that rebuild a strong alliance between man and the land. Protecting creation requires a decisive “yes” and a strong commitment to reversing trends that are making environmental degradation irreversible. can make”.
His speeches on democracy, consensus and truth in the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the Federal Parliament of Berlin remain for history.
September 17, 2010
“If the moral principles that underpin the democratic process are not governed by something more concrete than mere social consensus, then the process is clearly fragile. This is the real challenge to democracy.”
September 22, 2011
berlin federal parliament
“For most matters which are to be legally regulated, the majority rule may be a sufficient criterion. But it is clear that in fundamental questions of law, in which the dignity of man and humanity is at stake, the majority rule is not sufficient” .
In addition to his hundreds of speeches, Benedict published three encyclopedias and three books during his papacy. An intellectual legacy that remains for generations to come.