The Synod on the Word of God in the Life of the Church drew to an end today with Mass. Pope Benedict XVI's homily drew upon today's readings for Mass about the greatest commandments being love for God and for one's neighbor, saying, "It is a love that accepts even difficult trials for the truth of the divine Word - and that is how true love grows, how the truth shines in all its splendor." He said that putting the commendment into practice requires "a living and intense contact with Sacred Scriptures":
The Pope mentioned the Chinese bishops who were invited to attend the synod and who were not able to do so due to the position taken by the Chinese government concerning bishops who have not been approved by the Church.
In his words at the midday Angelus, the Holy Father spoke about the proper way of interpreting Scripture, "keeping in mind the unity of all Scripture, the living tradition of the Church and the light of faith." He called the attention of the international community to the ongoing situations in Iraq and India, "where Christians are victims of intolerance and cruel violations."
The Daily Bulletin of the Vatican Press Office has posted the original Italian text of the Pope's homily and his words at the Angelus. Full English translations of the homily and Angelus reflection can be found at Papa Ratzinger Forum. Zenit also has a translation of the Angelus reflection. Asia News has an article.