See this online text:
- “The Sign of the Woman: An Introductory Essay on the Encyclical Redemptoris Mater”, by Joseph Ratzinger, in Mary, the Church at the Source, by Joseph Ratzinger and Hand Urs von Balthasar (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005). Available in PDF format (on this page) at the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
- [N.B., See also his exposition of the encyclical upon its presentation, from L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 30 March 1987, page 21, which may be read online on this page of the EWTN Document Library.]
On the Feast of St. Bernadette Soubirous; and on the birthday of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), defender of the Faith. Happy birthday and thank you always, dearest shepherd and teacher, and may God bless you as He blessed us through you!
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. (From Sancta Missa)