“The spirit of our age is profoundly secular. And secularism accepts religion — if it accepts it at all — only on its own terms. Under this view, religion is subordinated to the political interests of the secular state. And it is precisely this subordination of religion to the state that the First Amendment seeks to prevent.”
— Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, in remarks April 19 at the eighth annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
“I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me. I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty.”
— Pope Benedict XVI, speaking to Bavarian guests and Vatican officials on his 85th birthday, April 16