As the world faces an economic crisis, Benedict XVI is encouraging that
particular attention be paid to society’s weakest families and
individuals. The Pope stressed this need in a message for the World Day to Overcome Extreme poverty, celebrated each Oct. 17 since 1992.
Benedict XVI is underscoring the importance of his apostolic trips in 2008—to the United States, France and Australia. He said the apostolic journeys were about the “presence of the word of God, of God himself in the current moment of history, the purpose of these trips can only be to serve this presence of God.”
Benedict XVI is encouraging the president-elect of the United States to “build a world of peace, solidarity and justice.”The Holy Father promises Obama his prayers so that God assists him in his “weighty
responsibilities at the service of the nation and the international