Quotes of the Week March 6

 “I sincerely hope that violence and hostility will cease as soon as possible, and that the whole Venezuelan people, beginning with political leaders and institutions, will endeavour to promote reconciliation through mutual forgiveness and a sincere dialogue, respectful of truth and justice, that is capable of dealing with concrete issues for the common good.”

Pope Francis appeals for peace in the South American country during his February 26 audience.


“There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry. The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculations regarding its validity are simply absurd.”

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in a February 26 letter, dismisses speculation as to the reasons for his departure from the papacy.


"It would be paradoxical if the Church said, 'Since not everyone knows the truth, the truth isn't obligatory for the future’.”

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, argues that a lack of understanding on the indissolubility of marriage will not prompt the Church to change that teaching.

"This really is a love story, the greatest love story ever told,"

Roma Downey, actress and co-producer of Son of God, the off-shot movie of the successful mini-series The Bible, which began airing in American cinemas on February 28.


“The Holy Father has entrusted me with a very important role; the aim is to manage the Church’s resources as best as possible so that some can also be allocated to the poor,”

Cardinal George Pell responds to news that he is to head up the Vatican’s new financial secretariat, with the title Prefect for the Economy of the Holy See.


“It is not clear what these extremists really want. They would appear to be shedding the blood of innocent victims to get more visibility. Orthodox Coptic Christians have been their target for some time.”

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, speaking after the abduction and killing of seven Christians in the country on February 24.