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Pope: Human Evil Cannot Thwart Divine Plan


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ABSTRACTZENIT - Pope: Human Evil Cannot Thwart Divine Plan Indexed Archive | Advanced Search | The World Seen From Rome Zenit? All about Zenit Testimonies Services Conditions of use How is Zenit financed Prizes and Recognitions Faqs Identity and Organization Technical Problems Receive zenit Subscribe by Email Unsubscribe Gift-Subscriptions Zenit in RSS Zenit on your Web Conditions of use Problems receiving Zenit Support zenit Send a donation How is Zenit financed Legal Status Participate Help Zenit Spread Zenit Give the gift of Zenit Recommend Zenit Contact us FAQ Identity and Organization Technical Problems Advertising Contact us English > See information Why I support ZENIT... SEND DONATION ZE12032603 - 2012-03-26 Permalink: http://www.zenit.org/article-34517?l=english Pope: Human Evil Cannot Thwart Divine Plan Benedict XVI Addresses Bishops of Mexico and Latin America LEON, Mexico, MARCH 26, 2012 (Zenit.org).- On Sunday Pope Benedict XVI presided over vespers held in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Light, in León. He started his homily by noting how in the painting in the Church that depicts Our Lady she is seen as holding her Son in one hand and with the other reaches out to sinners. “For this reason, we invoke her frequently as ‘our hope’ because she has shown us Jesus and passed down to us the great things which God constantly does for humanity,” he said. Passing on to comment on the reading they had heard at vespers he said: “The people of Jerusalem and their leaders did not acknowledge Christ, yet, by condemning him to death, they fulfilled the words of the prophets.  “Human evil and ignorance simply cannot thwart the divine plan of salvation and redemption,” he added. “There is no reason, then, to give in to the despotism of evil” the Pope said. “Let us instead ask the risen Lord to manifest his power in our weakness and need.” The Pontiff said that he had been looking forward to this meeting with the bishops of Mexico and Latin America. “I see this meeting as an occasion to turn our gaze together to Christ, who has entrusted you with the splendid duty of preaching the Gospel among these peoples of sturdy and deep-rooted Catholic faith,” he told them. The Pope acknowledged the challenges and difficulties facing their dioceses, but added that they are able to move forward with confidence, knowing that the Lord is risen and “that evil does not have the last word in human history.” Confirming in faith He thanked the bishops for their patience and work carried out with humility. “Know that you can count on a special place in the prayers of the one who has received from Christ the charge of confirming his brethren i.......