Benedict XVI: Charity witnesses to God’s presence in history

Charity returns faith in God — the creator and saviour of man and the world — to the centre of the action; and rejects a materialist view of man and an atheistic anthropology that is based on an exclusive confidence in technology and science. This was the message of Pope Benedict XVI in his address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. In the face of ideological tendencies that wish to exclude God from the horizons of life, the Church insists that the human being is neither a stand-alone individual nor a separate anonymous element in a collectivity, but a singular and unique person, intrinsically ordered as a relational and social being. Therefore, the Church reaffirms its great …

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