Monday, April 09, 2012

Benedict XVI: Mary, model of the Church [video]

Pope Benedict XVI prayed the Regina coeli with the faithful gathered in the courtyard of the Apostolic retreat in Castel Gandolfo on Easter Monday -- a bright, crisp, clear day, with an April breeze stirring the air.

Easter Monday -- a day of rest and recreation in many countries, as the Holy Father noted at the beginning of his remarks to the gathered faithful ahead of the traditional Eastertide prayer of Marian devotion -- a day in which people often take leisurely walks in the city, or visit the country, spending precious hours with friends and family.

The real reason for this holiday, though, is the resurrection of Our Lord -- as Pope Benedict called it, "the decisive mystery of our faith."
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