Pope Benedict greets the crowd after leading the Angelus from a balcony of his summer residence Aug. 28.

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Pope Benedict greets the crowd after leading the Angelus from a balcony of his summer residence Aug. 28.

September 5, 2011

Cradle Catholics haven't done enough to show people that God exists and can bring true fulfillment to everyone, Pope Benedict told a group of his former students.

"We, who have been able to know (Christ) since our youth, may we ask forgiveness because we bring so little of the light of his face to people; so little certainty comes from us that he exists, he's present and he is the greatness that everyone is waiting for," the pope said.

The pope presided at a Mass Aug. 28 in Castel Gandolfo during his annual meeting with students who did their doctorates with him when he was a professor in Germany.

The closed-door seminar was attended by 40 people.

Pope Benedict asked God to show himself to today's world, which is marked by God's absence and where "the land of souls is arid and dry, and people still don't know where the living water comes from."

It also is up to Christians to make God known to the world, the pope said, and older generations may not have done their best.