Pope in plea for a bit of quiet

2010-07-04 21:22

Sulmona - Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday praised the life of a 13th century predecessor who resigned as pope, saying his simple life served as an example to people who found no time for contemplation.

Benedict said modern men and women should rediscover the art of listening at an open-air mass in the mountain town of Sulmona, marking the 800th anniversary of the birth of Celestine V.

"We live in a society where it seems that every space, every moment must be filled with initiatives, activities, sounds. Often there isn't even the time to listen."

"Don't be afraid of the silence inside and outside of us, if we want to be able not only to hear the voice of God but also of others who are beside us," he said.

At the mass in the main square of the town set in the Abruzzo region where an April 2009 earthquake killed more than 300 people, Benedict voiced his support for those living "in precarious conditions, because of the lack of a job, uncertain of their future, suffering physically or morally and feeling a sense of loss because of the earthquake".

The pope later visited the tomb of Celestine, who resigned in 1294 only five months into his papacy, in part out of a desire for greater solitude.

Read more on:    roman catholic church  |  pope benedict xvi  |  religion
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Dunoon - 17:44 PM
    Road name: N7 Northbound
    EARLIER ACCIDENT before the Potsdam Road exit has been cleared
  • Tuesday Strandfontein - 17:43 PM
    Road name: Strandfontein Road Southbound
    SLOW TRAFFIC between Pelikan Park and Spine Road
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 9360

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone comes preloaded with Blackberry OS7...

From R1433.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may be hard to avoid an argument or heated conversation today. Someone may be stirring things up and testing your patience. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.