In his words before the midday Angelus today, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of today's Gospel, which is Matthew 16:21-27. In it, Jesus told his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer, and St. Peter said no such thing should happen to Jesus. However, Jesus said "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." While Jesus defeated death with his death and resurrection, the Pope said, evil still exists in every generation, and the struggle is not over. He said:
"And how do we respond to so much evil if not with the disarming force of love which conquers hate, of life which does not fear death? It is the same mysterious power that Jesus employed, at the cost of being misunderstood and abandoned by many of his own people."
Full translations are available at Zenit and Papa Ratzinger Forum. An article at Asia News addresses the Holy Father's words after the Angelus prayer, which were about immigration and the criminal activity involved in illegal immigration.