Papal Message Calls Mary Teacher of the Faith
~Sends Greetings to Marian Congress
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 2, 2006 (www.Zenit.org) - When it comes to teaching others about Christ, Mary's example is one to follow, says Benedict XVI.
In a message sent on his behalf by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, to the Latin American Meeting on Marian Pastoral Care, the Pope underlined the capacity of the mother of Jesus "to attract, guide and animate all those who wish to know" her son.
The congress, which was held near Mexico City, was in preparation of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, which Benedict XVI plans to attend in Aparecida, Brazil, in May 2007.
Speaking Friday at the Basilica of Guadalupe, Cardinal Bertone communicated the Pope's hope that the meeting would result "in a more profound awareness of what it means to be true disciples of Christ and witnesses of his Gospel."
The message also referred to the extraordinary Marian devotion that characterizes the faith of Latin Americans, which has been manifested throughout the centuries in art.
"Mary has guided and continues to guide all her children to Jesus, as she did at the wedding of Cana when she said to the dejected servants: 'Do whatever he tells you'" (John 2:5)," said the papal message.
"Hers is a teaching of the faith in Christ permeated with gentleness, profound knowledge of Jesus and human nature, as well as of her own most particular mission in the divine plan of salvation," said Benedict XVI.
The message continues by calling Mary the "'Star of the New Evangelization' because of her capacity to attract, guide and animate all those who wish to know Jesus and be faithful disciples of his in the task of making the kingdom of God grow."