For today's celebration of Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Father presided at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The choir from Cologne Cathedral and the Kolner Kammerorchester (Koln Chamber Orchestra) provided special music. Teresa Benedetta has photoas at Benedetto XVI Forum.
In his homily, Pope Benedict drew from Acts 2:1-11, in the Pentecost Sunday Readings for Mass, speaking of the power of the Holy Spirit, described by fire and a storm. "The
metaphor of the impetuous wind of Pentecost instead makes us think of
how precious a thing it is to breathe fresh air, both physically with
our lungs, and spiritually with our heart, the healthy air of the
spirit that is love!" Where God's Spirit enters, He "helps us
recognise and feel that we are in the hands of an Omnipotent love . . . ."
Asia News has an article with quotations. The Vatican Press Office's Daily Bulletin has the original Italian text of the Holy Father's Homily at Mass and words at the Regina Caeli. Zenit has full English translations of the Homily and words at the Regina Caeli.
Here is the Holy Father's English language greeting after the Regina Caeli prayer: