VATICAN CITY, NOV. 8, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI and Mozambique's president discussed their mutual satisfaction at the work of the Church in that country, and noted that Catholics are committed to a greater presence in the university sector.

Armando Guebuza visited the Pope in the Vatican today. The president of the southeast African nation then went on to meet with the Holy Father's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states.

A statement from the Vatican press office reported that "the good relations existing between the Holy See and Mozambique were noted with pleasure, as was the convergence of ideas and intentions on the contribution the Church can make to the good of the entire nation, expressing a hope for ever more solid collaboration in the field of health care and education of the young. […] In particular, the Church is committed to strengthening and developing her presence in the university sector.

"Mention was also made of the Rome Peace Agreement, the 15th anniversary of which was celebrated on Oct. 4, concurring on the need to achieve full national reconciliation. Finally the resumption of talks was proposed, with a view to an agreement between the Holy See and Mozambique."

By one estimate, about 23% of Mozambique's almost 21 million people are Catholic.

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Teachings of Christ

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Acts of charity, almsgiving and all the external good works do not suppress the arrogance of the heart; but noetic meditation, the labor of repentance, contrition and humility -- these humble the proud mind.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast