Site Posts ’06 Papal Addresses on Life and Family

VERONA, Italy, DEC. 20, 2006 ( The Cardinal Van Thuân International Observatory is offering readers easy access to a number of Benedict XVI’s addresses on life and the family, delivered during 2006.

Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, president of the group that is dedicated to the social doctrine of the Church, wrote in a letter to readers: “Christmas is also the celebration of life and family. Thus, let us read again, together, these words of the Holy Father and we will find plentiful spiritual thoughts and ideas for practical action.”

The collection of addresses, posted in the Documents section of the observatory’s Web site (, include 11 of the Pope’s interventions.

Among the themes of the addresses are “There Is No Difference between the One just Conceived in his Mother’s Womb and the Child or Youth” and “The Three Nonnegotiable Principles.”

In his message, Bishop Crepaldi explains that the observatory has celebrated its second anniversary.

The collection of the “Observatory’s Notebooks has a good circulation and above all is touching upon problems of social culture and politics of great importance,” wrote Bishop Crepaldi.

The group is named after Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân (1928-2002), a past president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.