From Pope Benedict, on the occasion of the Beatification of Brother Charles, November 13th 2005

Pope Bendict at the  Beatification ceremonyPope Bendict at the Beatification ceremony

'Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Let us give thanks for the witness borne by Charles de Foucauld. In his contemplative and hidden life in Nazareth, he discovered the truth about the humanity of Jesus and invites us to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation; in this place he learned much about the Lord, whom he wanted to follow with humility and poverty.


He discovered that Jesus, who came to join us in our humanity, invites us to universal brotherhood, which he subsequently lived in the Sahara, and to love, of which Christ gave us the example.


Pope Benedict meets the Tuareg from TamanrassetPope Benedict meets the Tuareg from Tamanrasset

As a priest, he placed the Eucharist and the Gospel at the heart of his life, the two tables of the Word and of the Bread, source of Christian life and mission.'

After the thansgiving Mass at the Trappist Monastery of Tre Fontane.After the thansgiving Mass at the Trappist Monastery of Tre Fontane.