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ABSTRACTZENIT - "We Do Not Possess the Truth, the Truth Possesses Us" 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 ZE12122110 - 2012-12-21 Permalink: http://www.zenit.org/article-36236?l=english "We Do Not Possess the Truth, the Truth Possesses Us" Family, Dialogue, New Evangelization Themes of Pope's Address to Curia ROME, DEC. 21, 2012 ( Zenit.org ).- Pope Benedict XVI met with Cardinals, members of the Roman Curia, and the Governorate of Vatican City State today as part of the traditional exchange of Christmas and New Years greetings. "Once again we find ourselves at the end of a year that has seen all kinds of difficult situations, important questions and challenges, but also signs of hope, both in the Church and in the world. I shall mention just a few key elements regarding the life of the Church and my Petrine ministry," said the Holy Father. Apostolic Journeys The Pope spoke to the Curia about the key events which took place throughout the year 2012, beginning with his Apostolic Journey to Mexico and Cuba. "In Mexico, I recall how the great liturgy beside the statue of Christ the King made Christ's kingship present among us – His peace, His justice, His truth. All this took place against the backdrop of the country's problems, afflicted as it is by many different forms of violence and the hardships of economic dependence. While these problems cannot be solved simply by religious fervor, neither can they be solved without the inner purification of hearts that issues from the power of faith, from the encounter with Jesus Christ. "And then there was Cuba – here too there were great liturgical celebrations, in which the singing, the praying and the silence made tangibly present the One that the country's authorities had tried for so long to exclude. That country's search for a proper balancing of the relationship between obligations and freedom cannot succeed without reference to the basic criteria that mankind has discovered through encounter with the God of Jesus Christ." Pope Benedict also highlighted his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon where he "consigned the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation that is intended to offer signposts for the life of churches and society in the Middle East along the difficult paths of unity and peace." Family The Holy Father made mention of the Meeting of Families which took place earlier this year in Milan. "The great joy with which families from all over the world congregated in Milan indicates that, despite all impressions to the contrary, the family is still strong and vibrant today. But there is no denying the crisis that threatens it to its foundations – especially in the western world." The inability to make any commitment, he said, stems from a "false understanding of freedom and self-realization as well as the desire to escape suffering... When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child – essential elements of the experience of being human are lost." "When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker Himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his be.......