Pope: Goodness prevails amid the bad news


Pope Benedict XVI AP

VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of a difficult year on Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

Benedict celebrated New Year’s Eve with a vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica to give thanks for 2012 and look ahead to 2013. He appeared tired during the service and used a cane afterward—an indication that the busy Christmas season may be taking a toll on the 85-year-old Benedict.

In his homily, Benedict said it’s tough to remember that goodness prevails when bad news—death, violence and injustice—“makes more noise than good.” He said taking time to meditate in prolonged reflection and prayer can help “find healing from the inevitable wounds of daily life.”

Highs and lows

This past year was full of highs and lows for the Pope, including a successful trip to Mexico and Cuba but also the betrayal of his butler, convicted in October of stealing Benedict’s personal papers and leaking them to a journalist.

After the service, Benedict was brought out in a covered car to pray before the Vatican’s main nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square. Walking with a cane in the chilly piazza, Benedict chatted animatedly with the artist who crafted the scene, which recreated an entire village from the poor, southern Italian region of Basilicata which donated this year’s crèche.

The Vatican gladly accepted Basilicata’s donation after the 550,000 (euro) price tag the Vatican paid for the 2009 nativity scene was revealed in the documentation leaked by Benedict’s ex-butler Paolo Gabriele.

Gabriele was convicted of aggravated theft by a Vatican tribunal and sentenced to 18 months in prison. He received a pre-Christmas papal pardon and is expected to soon leave his Vatican City apartment for a new home and job elsewhere.

On Tuesday morning, Benedict celebrates a New Year’s Day Mass, which the Catholic Church celebrates as its world day of peace.

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  • wawangpenoy

    Ayan CBCP and all those anti-RHB out there ha? Tumahimik na kayo. Let it be.  No less than the pope said it. “Goodness prevails”. The RHB could not have prevailed if it wasn’t for the greater good.

    May we all have a very Happy and Bountiful New Year!!!!!!

  • serapious

    To Pope Benedict xvi , In Nomini Patri et Feli et Espiritu Sancti, Amen, illuminati binidicti , Pope benedict xvi for global peace…as you had recognized equal glory to galleleo galleli, also please lift the  suspension to build galleleo statue within…soon also we testify the equal truth, the catholic is also right as revealed by the holy spirit..but during that time God made galleleo and the pope stubborn,but not until such time and within your realization..science and religion are equal complementary… yes the earth orbit the sun, as the sun orbit the earth,, E=mc^2– proved…reflect in the meaning of the glorious flag of the glorious republic of the philippines…*toto*serapio camposano for governor of iloilo panay-philippines america nations all yunity-capital of global peace…

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  • littlesoulxv

    May the holy father in union with all the bishops of the world consecrate russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the year of the faith!

  • serapious

    Yes Father, you are now so welcome in our hearts , We Love You.. as your Love and Forgiveness is already GIVEN to us all mankind thru Jesus Adams the Christ..and be sealed…
    We are the Roman Catholics with Israelites who prosecuted and crucified the Isrealite philistini Jesus, a COS-crime of sacrificed, because it is Reasonable… We are the Roman Catholics who(idolized) proclaimed Jesus our God the Son, because it is Reasonable. Now in our glorious millinnium, WE are the glorious Roman Catholics and Isrealites who repented our sins-cos-crimes of sacrifices, and we are asking for global apology and forgiveness and love..for it is Reasonable.. For us, WE the mankind to sealed our glorious resemblance to our God is Love, for global peace.. INRI CIA ALLAH – inri, constant one, infinitte one, absolute one, GOD.
    Jesus-ADAMS-the Christ- Abraham, David, Amenjesus, Mossethamad, SAINTS..all mankind…
    For glorious Republic of the Philippines…*toto* serapio camposano for governor of iloilo panay-philippines america nations all yunity-capital of global peace…. 
    Corpus Christi…In Nomini Patri et Feli et Espiritu Sancti, Amen…

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