In his homily for the Solemn Mass of Pentecost today in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the universality of the Church that was born at Pentecost, which spoke the languages of all people. He spoke of the significance of "Rome" in the ancient world. He mentioned St. Luke's writing in Acts 1:8 ("But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth"), saying that "the journey of the word of God, begun in
Jerusalem, reaches its destination, because Rome represents the entire
world and thus embodies the Lucan idea of catholicity." The Pope spoke about the nature of the Church, the intertwining of multiplicity and unity within the Church, and the role of the Church in service to the peace of Christ. He said that the Church can be "a ferment of that reconciliation that comes from God" but "only if she remains
docile to the Spirit and bears witness to the Gospel, only if she
carries the cross like Jesus and with Jesus."
Afterward, he addressed the crowd in St. Peter's Square at the midday Regina Caeli, asking people to "rediscover the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives." In it are found "the 'I' of the disciple and the 'we' of the Church," which are inseparable. After the prayer, he made an appeal for peace in the current fighting in Lebanon.
An article is available from Asia News, which also has a separate article devoted to the Holy Father's appeal for peace in Lebanon. The Vatican Press Office has the original Italian text of the Pope's homily and his words at the Regina Caeli. English translations of the homily are available from Zenit and Papa Ratzinger Forum. Translations of the Holy Father's words at the Regina Caeli are also available from Zenit and Papa Ratzinger Forum.
EWTN's special broadcasts today include two more re-broadcasts of the Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at 12:00 noon and midnight Eastern, 9:00 a.m. and p.m. Pacific. Watch online.