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Pope Benedict XVI Names four New Saints

Their Only Treasure Is in Heaven: It Is God

Pope Benedict XVI


I wanted to be called Benedict XVI in order to create a spiritual bond with Benedict XV, who steered the Church through the period of turmoil caused by the First World War.
The name Benedict also calls to mind the extraordinary figure of the great Patriarch of Western Monasticism, Saint Benedict of Norcia, Co-Patron of Europe together with Saints Cyril and Methodius, and the women Saints Bridget of Sweden, Catherine of Siena and Edith Stein.
The gradual expansion of the Benedictine Order that he founded had an enormous influence on the spread of Christianity across the Continent. St Benedict is therefore deeply venerated, also in
Germany and particularly in Bavaria, my birthplace; he is a fundamental reference point for European unity and a powerful reminder of the indispensable Christian roots of its culture and civilisation.

We are familiar with the recommendation that this Father of Western Monasticism left to his monks in his Rule: Prefer nothing to the love of Christ (Rule 72:11; cf. 4:21). At the beginning of my service as Successor of Peter, I ask St Benedict to help us keep Christ firmly at the heart of our lives. May Christ always have pride of place in our thoughts and in all our activities!

General Audience 27th April 2005