The Vatican Responds to the Tragedy in Norway

First, the letter to Norway,

His Majesty King Harald V
King of Norway

Profoundly saddened by the news of the great loss of life caused by the acts of senseless violence perpetrated in Oslo and Utøya, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI offers fervent prayers for the victims and their families, invoking God’s peace upon the dead and divine consolation upon those who suffer. At this time of national grief he prays that all Norwegians will be spiritually united in a determined resolve to reject the ways of hatred and conflict and to work together fearlessly in shaping a future of mutual respect, solidarity and freedom for coming generations.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State

Second, Pope Benedict spoke of Solomon’s example (which for some reason, I find particular enlightening)

The Pope said, “Solomon’s example applies to everyone…The moral conscience presupposes a capacity to listen to the voice of truth, and to be meek towards its indications.”

“In reality,” Pope Benedict XVI said, “the true quality of our own life and that of society depends on a person’s rightly formed conscience, and on everyone’s capacity to recognise good, separating it from evil, and to try and bring it about patiently to contribute to the cause of justice and peace.”

The Holy Father added, “People called to political office naturally have more responsibilities, and thus, as Solomon teaches, need God’s help even more.”

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