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He mentioned this, in my translation:
When the star that guided the Magi in the account by Matthew, Benedict XVI recalled that “on the cusp of the years 7 and 6 BC – which today is considered the probable year of the birth of Jesus – there was a conjunction of the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars”. To this, according to the astronomer Johannes Kepler, there was added a supernova, of which there seem to be mentions “in Chinese chronological tables” relative to the year 4 BC.
Citing Gregory Nazianzus, the Pope writes that “in the very moment in which the Magi were prostrating themselves before Jesus, the end of astrology took place, because in that moment the stars would have spun in the orbit established by Christ”. A demythologization, “a anthropological turning point”, because, Ratzinger explains, “man assumed by God – as is seen in the Only-begotten Son – is greater than all the material forces of the world and is of greater worth than the whole of the universe.”