Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday repeated the Church's constant teaching on matters of faith and morals, including the ban on Communion for divorced Catholics who remarry, and told Catholic politicians that Church teaching against abortion and gay marriage is "not negotiable."
The Holy Father also articulated some concrete suggestions for the Mass: Pope reflects on Eucharist, makes concrete suggestions for Mass
Here's his reflection on the Sign of Peace:
Pope Benedict said the sign of peace at Mass "has great value," especially in demonstrating the church's responsibility to pray for peace and unity in a world too often troubled by division, violence and hatred.
While Catholics at Mass should exchange a sign of peace with those near them, he also called for "greater restraint" to ensure the moment does not become one of irreparable distraction.
The pope said, "I have asked the competent curial offices to study the possibility of moving the sign of peace to another place (in the Mass), such as before the presentation of the gifts at the altar. To do so would also serve as a significant reminder of the Lord's insistence that we be reconciled with others before presenting our gifts to God."
You can read the actual document here: Sacramentum Caritatis