Catholic News Agency reports that the Holy Father said the greatest challenge facing the world today is building a world of peace and justice and ensuring the dignity of all people.
He said this can be achieved by following the example of St Martin of Tours, “one of the most famous and revered saints of Europe”.
“At this time the Church remembers St Martin of Tours, the saintly monk and bishop who was moved with such great compassion for the sufferings of the poor.
“We resolve to follow his example by sharing what we have with those less fortunate than ourselves,” he said.
The Pontiff added the “logic of sharing” expresses love for others and St Martin helps us to understand that the “great challenge of our time” is to build a world of peace.
"Just as St Martin cut his cloak in two, and gave one half to a poor man, we resolve to follow his example by sharing what we have with those less fortunate than ourselves," he said.
“This can only happen if a global model of authentic solidarity prevails, capable of ensuring that all of the world's people have food, water, health care, but also work and recourse to energy as well as culture and scientific and technological knowledge”.
The challenge of our time is to help everyone live with dignity, says Pope (Catholic News Agency, 11/11/07)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
St Marin of Tours (Wikipedia)
Pope says spirituality fundamental to fight against poverty (CathNews, 01/02/06)
Pope says Third World farmers need help to beat poverty (CathNews, 25/11/05)
Benedict to focus on heart of peace in 2007 (CathNews, 14/07/06)
Pope says lack of peace shows paralysis of sin (CathNews, 22/02/06)
12 Nov 2007