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Fourth Sunday of Advent
Saint Joseph announced the marvels of the Lord and bore witness to Mary’s virginity, God’s selfless deed, whilst protecting the early life of the Messiah. Let us venerate Jesus’ lawful father, because in him we see a new man, who looked to the future with confidence and courage, who disregarded his own goals, but entrusted himself completely to the infinite mercy of the One who fulfils prophecies and opens time to salvation.
On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI wanted to tell about the birth of Jesus from the perspective of St. Joseph. He was betrothed to Mary, who, “before they lived together, was found with child through the Holy Spirit.”
Inauguration of the Christmas Tree in St Peter’s Square
20 December 2010 | On a cold winter afternoon, St Peter’s Square was dressed in light, a light of hope that shines forth from the dawn of time and speaks to humanity of the savior’s birth. The Christmas tree in the middle of the Square was inaugurated Friday in a ceremony that is much beloved of Romans and pilgrim faithful, alike.
Third Sunday of Advent
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Second Sunday of Advent
First Sunday of Advent
Vigil for Unborn Life
27 November 2010 | “The embryo in the maternal womb” is not “a pile of organic material,” but a “new living being, dynamic and wonderfully ordered, a new and unique individual of the human species,” “so it was for Jesus in Mary’s womb, so was for each of us in our mother’s womb.” With these words, Pope Benedict XVI once again stressed the duty to preserve “nascent life,” which is, he said, “most fragile, most threatened by adults, by selfishness and the willful darkening of consciences.” The Holy Father was speaking during the solemn celebration on Saturday evening of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent in St Peter’s Basilica, as part of an unprecedented worldwide vigil for unborn life: