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27.09.2009, author: Monika Vývodová, kategorie: News

Pope Benedict XVI in Brno

The Holy Father celebrated mass with 40 bishops and some thousand priests
Pope Benedict XVI in Brno

Pope Benedict XVI landed in Brno at 9.20 am. Welcomed by local bishop, Msgr. Vojtěch Cikrle, by the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus, Governor of the South Moravian Region Michal Hašek and Mayor of the City of Brno Roman Onderka, the Holy Father continued in the popemobile through the liturgical area, greeting pilgrims.

"You have come as the successor of the apostle Peter from Rome where St. Peter, St. Apostle Paul and countless others with them proclaimed Christ and shed their blood for Him. Thanks to their testimony, the Gospel has reached us, too. This is the first time in the history of the Brno Diocese since its foundation in 1777 that a successor of Peter visited it. Our cathedral is consecrated to the two great apostles – St. Peter and St. Paul. Therefore, welcome home, your Holiness," Bishop Vojtěch Cikrle welcomed the Pope at the opening of the mass. "Today's theme is hope and our hope is Christ. Thank you for coming to anchor us in this knowledge and encourage us." As his personal present, Bishop Cikrle gave to the Holy Father a copy of a hanging cross; its original was found in excavations from the times of the Great Moravian Empire and thus it commemorates the oldest Christian roots of Moravia and the Diocese of Brno. The Pope presented liturgical items to Bishop Cikrle – a chalice and a paten.

Concelebrating with Benedict XVI were 40 bishops and some thousand priests, among them more than 200 from abroad.

In his homily the Pope dwelled on the theme of hope, this theme being, as one of the three divine virtues, chosen for the second day of the papal visit to the Czech Republic. "In my second encyclical, Spe Salvi, I emphasized that the only 'certain' and 'reliable' hope (cf. no. 1) is founded on God. History has demonstrated the absurdities to which man descends when he excludes God from the horizon of his choices and actions… Freedom has constantly to be won over for the cause of good," stated the Holy Father.

Concluding the celebration, the Holy Father imparted his apostolic blessing upon the congregation and at the same time he blessed devotional items, 40 foundation stones for new sacred buildings and 18 other objects (crosses, bells, statues, a painting on wood, flags, 4 memorial plaques…).

Following the mass, the Holy Father delivered a speech before the midday prayer Angelus: "I should like to make my own the ideas put forward by my venerable predecessor, as I invite you to remain faithful to your Christian vocation and to the Gospel, so as to build together a future of solidarity and peace."

At 12.45 pm, Pope Benedict XVI boarded the plane and traveled back to Prague to take part in the ecumenical meeting and to meet the members of the university.

Full text of the homily of the Holy Father is given here, his speech before and after the Angelus here. Welcoming word of Bishop Cikrle is attached.

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