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A woman lights a candle on a grave at a cemetery in the village of Ivenets, Belarus, Nov. 1. Catholics in Belarus marked All Saints’ Day by visiting the graves of their relatives and friends.
The feast of All Saints should prompt Catholics to believe more deeply in eternal life, Pope Benedict said.
The day “reminds us of our eternal destiny, where we will dwell, as St. Thomas Aquinas says, in true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy and gladness without end,” he said Nov. 1, reciting the Angelus on the feast of All Saints.
The feast of All Saints includes a celebration of the holy men and women, “whom only God knows,” but who have not officially been proclaimed saints; they made Christ present in their lives and carried out God’s will, the pope said.
The saints show that “being united to Christ, in the Church, does not negate one’s personality, but opens it up, transforms it with the power of love and confers on it an eternal dimension here on earth.”