Pope says Satan no match for God

Satan is still at work in the world unleashing "evil energy", but God will be the final arbiter of history, Pope Benedict XVI said at yesterday's General Audience at the Vatican.

Reuters reports that he also said that nations and leaders must look for God's hand in history in the past and learn from it.

"History, in fact, is not in the hands of dark forces, left to chance or just human choices," he told thousands of people in St. Peter's Square. "Above the unleashing of evil energy, above the vehement interruptions of Satan, above the so many scourges of evil, rises the Lord, supreme arbiter of history," the pope said in an address reflecting on the Book of Revelation in the Bible.

He urged the faithful to look for and recognise what he called "hidden divine interventions in history".

He stopped to talk to handicapped people and personally greeted dozens of well-wishers. Continuing in the tradition of his predecessor, John Paul II, he delivered the address in Italian and read summaries or greetings in some 10 other languages.

Meanwhile Associated Press reports that the HOly Father is pressing ahead with a busy schedule of ceremonies and travel, indicating that concern over his age and health -- including reports he has suffered at least two strokes -- isn't slowing him down.

The 78-year-old has set a grueling pace for himself, keeping up Pope John Paul II's twice-weekly appearances to the faithful and meeting with heads of state and visiting bishops. Last week, he travelled outside Rome for the first time as pope to formally take possession of the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo -- and promised to return.

In the next few weeks, he has appointments in Rome and in the Adriatic port of Bari. And in August, he heads to Cologne, Germany, for World Youth Day.

Satan no match for God, says pope (Reuters/CNN 11/5/05)
Benedict Presses Ahead With Busy Schedule (The Herald-Sun Durham North Carolina/Associated Press 11/5/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Benedict XVI General Audience - published text (11/5/05)

Pope Benedict XVI: History is not random but in God's hand (AsiaNews.it 11/5/05)
For pope, dialogue does not mean toning down doctrinal teachings (Catholic News Service 11/5/05)
God's message of history: to call all to conversion, says Pope Benedict (Catholic News Agency 11/5/05)
Italians remember John Paul II with 6500-foot cross (Catholic News Agency 11/5/05)
Cathleen Kaveny: My Meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger (Comonweal 6/5/05)
Pope's Quest to Reach Out Tests Security (The Herald-Sun Durham North Carolina/Associated Press 11/5/05)
Editorial: When the pageantry wears thin (National Catholic Reporter 11/5/05)
French TV channel reprimanded for satirizing Pope (Reuters 11/5/05)
Claims of Pope's intercession continue, from lost son and headaches to cancer (Spirit Daily)
Benedict XVI Makes First Changes in U.S. Hierarchy (Zenit 10/5/05)
Retreat Meditations Given to John Paul II Available (Zenit 10/5/05)
Pope to Proclaim Cry of Abitene Martyrs (Zenit 10/5/05)
Benedict XVI's 1st Homily From Cathedral of Rome (Part 2) (Zenit 10/5/05)
Do not fear the future, Pope says (Catholic World News 11/5/05)

12 May 2005