Radio) Pope Benedict spoke of his shock on Sunday in what he called
“the senseless violence” that took place in Aurora Denver in which
twelve people were killed and dozens of others injured when a gunman
opened fire during a film screening this week. The Holy Father also
expressed his sadness at the loss of life in the recent ferry disaster
near Zanzibar in which at least 68 people died.
The Pope said he
shared the distress of the families and friends of the victims and the
injured, especially the children and he assured all of those affected by
both tragedies his closeness in prayer.
Pope Benedict was
speaking after the recitation of the Angelus in the courtyard of the
Papal summer residence at Castelgandolfo in the Roman hills, where he
also had words of encouragement for those taking part in the upcoming
Olympic Games in London.
“I send greetings to the organizers,
athletes and spectators alike, and I pray that, in the spirit of the
Olympic Truce, the good will generated by this international sporting
event may bear fruit, promoting peace and reconciliation throughout the
world. Upon all those attending the London Olympic Games, I invoke the
abundant blessings of Almighty God.”
Before the Angelus Pope
Benedict took time to reflect on this Sunday’s Gospel in which Jesus is
depicted at the “The Good Shepherd”.
The Holy Father explained to
the faithful gathered, that God is the Shepherd of mankind who wants to
guide us to good pasture, which he said is “the fullness of life.”
Pope went on to say that in today’s world, “that 's what every father
and every mother wants for their children: a good life, happiness,
Jesus, said Pope Benedict, presents himself as the Shepherd of the lost sheep of Israel.
Among those lost sheep, continued the Pope, are the great Saints Mary of Magdala and Luke the Evangelist.
Holy Father explained that the deep healing of God works through Jesus,
which consists of true peace and the fruit of reconciliation.
Concluding his address the Pope said, that amidst the “evil seed of war, God creates peace.