Pope says Christian belief in Trinity affirms that God is love
Published: May 23, 2005
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Christian belief in the Trinity is an affirmation that God is love, said Pope Benedict XVI. "The phrase that summarizes all of revelation is this: 'God is love,'" the pope told thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square May 22 for the recitation of the Angelus prayer. Like the Trinity, he said, "love is always a mystery, a reality that surpasses reason without contradicting it. Rather, it exalts its potential." The doctrine of the Trinity, which says the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three persons in one God, reflects the truth that "God is not solitude, but perfect communion," the pope said. "For this reason, the human person -- the image of God -- realizes himself in love, which is the sincere gift of self," he said.
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