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Pope Benedict XVI says Gospel is not a myth

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During his Angelus address yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the Gospel reading of the Sunday Sunday of Advent. He said two things stood out in Luke 3:1-6:

The first is the abundance of references to all the political and religious authorities of Palestine in 27-28 AD. Evidently the evangelist wants to point out to the reader or listener that the Gospel is not a myth, but the account of a true story, that Jesus of Nazareth is a historical personage inserted in that precise context.

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Benedict said that, while Mary is immaculate, the Church is always in need of purification.

In the Church there is always a struggle taking place between the desert and the garden, between the sin that parches the earth and the grace that waters it so that it produces abundant fruits of holiness. Let us therefore pray to the Mother of the Lord that she will help us, in this Advent season, to ‘straighten’ our ways, letting ourselves be guided by the word of God.

He also called for “restrained and responsible lifestyles” as world leaders meet to respond to the challenge of environmental devastation at UN climate conference in Copenhagen.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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