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Expressing Gratitude to Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI


During the Audience granted to the participants in the Congress organized by COMIUCAP in Rome on occasion of the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Encyclica Fides et Ratio by Pope John Paul II, then Pope Benedict XVI offered us the following words: «Reason (...) understands and discovers that, in addition to what it has already attained and achieved, there exists a truth that it will never be able to discover based solely on itself, but only receive as a gift freely given. The truth of Revelation does not superimpose the truth achieved by reason; rather, it purifies and exalts reason, thereby enabling it to broaden its horizons to enter into a field of research as unfathomably expansive as mystery itself. The truth revealed, when “the time had fully come" (Gal 4: 4), assumed the Face of a person, Jesus of Nazareth, who brought the ultimate and definitive answer to the question of human meaning. The truth of Christ, since it affects every person in search of joy, happiness and meaning, far exceeds any other truth that reason can discover. It surrounds mystery, so that fides and ratio might find the real possibility of a common path.» As a Catholic network, COMIUCAP expresses heartfelt gratitude for the most outstanding intellectual contribution of now Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI to the renewal and the promotion of Thinking and Thought in both the eclesial and the global context. – For a further remembrance of a great Pontiff and affectionate Pastor of the Church, see here.