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Bad news crowds out the good in the world, Pope Benedict says

January 2, 2013

(Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Grim news grabs more headlines than good works but deeper probing will find a world of love and service hidden in the shadows, Pope Benedict said at his traditional end-of-year Mass.

The 85-year-old pope, marking the eighth New Year’s Eve of his pontificate, celebrated the Vespers and “Te Deum” Mass of thanksgiving in St. Peter’s Basilica, during which he urged the faithful to take a step back from negativity in the media.

“Evil makes more noise than goodness: a heinous murder, widespread violence, serious injustices make the news; on the other hand acts of love and service…commonly remain in the shadows,” he told thousands of people who attended the Mass on Monday.

“We can’t just stop at the news if we want to understand the world and life, we have to be capable of standing in silence, in meditation, in calm and prolonged reflection, we have to know how to stop and think,” he said.

“We can’t just stop at the news if we want to understand the world and life, we have to be capable of standing in silence, in meditation, in calm and prolonged reflection, we have to know how to stop and think,” he said.

In the past year the pope has been on visits to Cuba, Mexico and Lebanon but the trial of his former butler, convicted of leaking sensitive documents that alleged corruption in the Holy See, won particular prominence on newspaper front pages.

The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics had also urged people on Christmas Eve to take a step back from their fast paced lives, and try to find a space for God.

The pontiff sent his World Day of Peace message to heads of state, government and institutions such as the United Nations earlier in December, calling for a new global economic model and ethical regulations for markets.

via Bad news crowds out good, Pope says on New Year’s Eve


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True that the media both magnifies and normalises wickedness. True also that probing can unearth unseen good in places. However – if the message of God’s Christ is to be faithfully delivered – the better and most helpful announcement would tell us the following: that each of us, if straight with ourselves, will identify that there is an inner inclination toward evil within each of us; whether manifest in the smallest lie, manipulation, cover-up, sulk, or in the most horrific of darknesses. Unable to escape this perverse inclination, one needs a practical escape, both from the inclination itself (sin) and from one’s growing list of actions (sins) birthed out of that inclination. The Escape has a name; “and thou shalt call His Name Jesus; for it is He that shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Right there we hear that the only escape is in reality our death. Love therefore came to offer His own death in your place – to free you, paying the penalty for your sin and your sins. Forever setting you free. Forever by His death – you live. Believe Him. Herein is the only – for it is God’s – response to bad news. Herein is good news. Rather….the good news.

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True that the media both magnifies and normalises wickedness. True also that probing can unearth unseen good in places. However – if the message of God’s Christ is to be faithfully delivered – the better and most helpful announcement would tell us the following: that each of us, if straight with ourselves, will identify that there is an inner inclination toward evil within each of us; whether manifest in the smallest lie, manipulation, cover-up, sulk, or in the most horrific of darknesses. Unable to escape this perverse inclination, one needs a practical escape, both from the inclination itself (sin) and from one’s growing list of actions (sins) birthed out of that inclination. The Escape has a name; “and thou shalt call His Name Jesus; for it is He that shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Right there we hear that the only escape is in reality our death. Love therefore came to offer His own death in your place – to free you, paying the penalty for your sin and your sins. Forever setting you free. Forever by His death – you live. Believe Him. Herein is the only – for it is God’s – response to bad news. Herein is good news. Rather….the good news.

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