St. Hildegard of Bingen, the 12th-century German mystic, used her gifts to build up the church at a time of trouble similar to today, Pope Benedict says.

St. Hildegard is relevant today because of “her love for Christ and his church, which was suffering in her time, too, and was wounded also then by the sins of priests and laypeople,” the pope said.

She also is a good model for today because of her “love for creation, her medicine, her poetry and music that is being recreated today,” the pope said at his weekly general audience in Castel Gandolfo.