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Title: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: klaasend on February 11, 2013, 09:16:17 AM
Pope Benedict to become first pontiff in 600 years to resign

In a sudden announcement that caught Catholics around the world off guard, Pope Benedict XVI said he will resign at the end of February, becoming the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years.

The 85-year-old pontiff made the announcement Monday, saying he no longer had the strength to carry out his papal duties.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the pope said according to a statement released by the Vatican.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/11/pope-benedict-xvi-to-resign-at-end-february/#ixzz2KbE8Y9QD


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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Blonde on February 11, 2013, 11:39:22 AM
Pope's mission to revive faith clouded by scandal
By NICOLE WINFIELD | Associated Press – 2 hrs 40 mins ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Benedict XVI always cast himself as the reluctant pope, a shy bookworm who preferred solitary walks in the Alps to the public glare and the majesty of Vatican pageantry. And on Monday, the Vatican announced that the leader of the world's billion Roman Catholics was stepping down — the first pontiff to do so since 1415. ::snipping2::

Over the course of just a few months in 2010, thousands of people in Europe, Australia, South America and beyond came forward with reports of priests who raped and molested them as children, and bishops who covered up the crimes.
Documents revealed that the Vatican knew well of the problem yet turned a blind eye for decades, at times rebuffing bishops who tried to do the right thing.
Benedict had firsthand knowledge of the scope of the problem since his old office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which he had headed since 1982, was responsible for dealing with abuse cases. ::snipping2::

http://news.yahoo.com/popes-mission-revive-faith-clouded-scandal-134811412.html


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 11, 2013, 08:34:35 PM
I give him a lot of credit -- others in his position haven't been willing to resign.
Blessings to him.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2013, 09:52:20 PM
Video of press conference with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at link

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324880504578297543433266804.html

Updated February 11, 2013, 7:59 p.m. ET.
Pope Resigns in Historic Move

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The 85-year-old pope, who before his 2005 election was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, announced the decision to step down in a speech in Latin Monday to a small group of cardinals, saying he no longer had the vitality to perform his duties. Only two top Vatican cardinals were informed beforehand about the historic announcement, which quickly ricocheted around the world.
 
"His fidelity to maintaining the truth and clarity of the Catholic faith, to cultivating ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and in reaching out to inspire the next generation of Catholics have been great gifts to us all," said Boston Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2013, 10:03:31 PM
Four videos at link:
  New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan
  Cardinal Wuerth of Washington
  Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
  Georgetown Dean on Resignation

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pope-benedict-xvi-to-resign-at-end-of-the-month/2013/02/11/64464db3-eaa4-4ecb-b320-e58840765cc4_video.html

Pope Benedict XVI to resign at end of the month
Mon Feb 11 2013




Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2013, 10:11:50 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276884/Pope-Benedict-XVI-resigns-First-Pontiff-600-years-stand-longer-strength-carry-on.html#axzz2Kd94cYlD

A signal from above? Lightning hits St Peter's hours after Pope Benedict stuns cardinals with first resignation in 600 years
PUBLISHED:06:01 EST, 11 February 2013| UPDATED: 17:44 EST, 11 February 2013

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POPE BENEDICT'S RESIGNATION STATEMENT IN FULL
 
Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church.

After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.
 
For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
 
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects.

And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff.

With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 12, 2013, 12:40:50 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-benedict-xvi-resignation-expert-picks-pontiff/story?id=18466161#

Pope Benedict XVI Resignation: 7 Expert Picks for the Next Pontiff
Feb. 11, 2013

With 1 billion Catholics worldwide, the face of the church is changing.

It's something the cardinal electors may keep in mind when the conclave to elect a new pontiff begins in late March, said Matthew Bunson, general editor of the Catholic Almanac and author of "We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI."
 
RELATED: Pope Benedict XVI Resigns: The Statement

The 117 cardinals who are eligible to vote for the new pontiff hail from approximately 50 different countries, and they almost always elect one of their own.
 
Joseph Ratzinger, an intellectual and respected cardinal from Germany, was the frontrunner for the papacy in 2005, Bunson said. When elected, he became Pope Benedict XVI.
 
This year, there are no strong favorites.

"The door, in a way, is very much open," Bunson said.

FULL COVERAGE: Pope Benedict XVI Resignation

Here's a quick look at some of the possible picks for pope:
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 12, 2013, 02:08:03 AM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300575.htm

Feb-11-2013
Pope Benedict's resignation will set in motion period of transition

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is a first for the church in centuries, it also leads to a complicated period of transition that ends in the election of a new pope.

Regulated by ancient traditions and recent rules, the period between popes -- known by the Latin term "interregnum" -- will begin exactly at 8 p.m. Rome time Feb. 28, a date and time Pope Benedict stipulated in a declaration he made Feb. 11 for when the See of Rome and the See of St. Peter will be vacant.

Normally the interregnum begins with a pope's death and is followed by a period of mourning.

This time the pope will resign from his ministry and spend a short period of prayer and reflection at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, before moving to a monastery at the Vatican.

The rules governing the interregnum are matters of church law, not dogma.

The apostolic constitution "Universi Dominici Gregis" confirms that as long as the Holy See is vacant, the universal church is governed by the College of Cardinals, which cannot, however, make decisions normally reserved to the pope. Such matters must be postponed until the new pope is elected.

Until there is a pope, the Roman Curia -- the Vatican's network of administrative offices -- loses most of its cardinal supervisors and cannot handle any new business.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 12, 2013, 11:51:41 AM
Video at link

http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-benedict-xvi-pacemaker-surgery-months-ago/story?id=18474974

Pope Benedict XVI Had Pacemaker Surgery Three Months Ago
Feb. 12, 2013

The Vatican today denied rumors that Pope Benedict XVI has bone cancer and that recent surgery to replace the battery in his pacemaker contributed to his decision to resign from office.

Benedict underwent the heart procedure three months ago, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said today, adding that he believes the pacemaker was fitted on Benedict before he was elected pope nearly eight years ago, while he was a cardinal.
 
"[It was] not a serious operation, just normal routine. [The surgery] had nothing to do with his decision," Lombardi said.
 
FULL COVERAGE: Pope Benedict XVI Resignation

Lombardi also said Benedict will keep all his appointments until Feb. 28, the date he announced that he will step down as pontiff. His last weekly general audience will be held Feb 27.
 
Lombardi said Benedict will depart at 8 p.m. Feb 28 "because that is the day he normally finishes his work day."

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke also discussed the heart operation during an interview with "Good Morning America" today.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 12, 2013, 01:32:49 PM
Thanks for these updates grace-land.
I admire the Pope's decision after prayer with God and not the feelings of people.
We must also answer to and be accountable to God first.
IMO


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2013, 12:57:43 PM
Thanks for these updates grace-land.
I admire the Pope's decision after prayer with God and not the feelings of people.
We must also answer to and be accountable to God first.
IMO

You're welcome, Sister.  Agree with all you said...but it's a sad day.  :sad:


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2013, 01:02:18 PM
http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2013/02/pope_benedict_xvi_resignation_8.html

Pope Benedict XVI resignation: He says he's resigning for the 'good of the church'
on February 13, 2013 at 7:04 AM, updated February 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful Wednesday that he was resigning for "the good of the church" — an extraordinary scene of a pope explaining himself to his flock that unfolded in his first appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement.

Looking tired but serene, the 85-year-old Benedict basked in a standing ovation when he entered the packed hall for his traditional Wednesday catechism lesson. His speech was interrupted repeatedly by applause, and many in the audience of thousands had tears in their eyes.

A huge banner reading "Grazie Santita" (Thank you Your Holiness) was strung up at the back of the room.

Benedict appeared wan and spoke very softly, but his eyes twinkled at the flock's warm and heartfelt welcome. He repeated in Italian what he had told his cardinals Monday in Latin: that he simply didn't have the strength to continue.

"As you know, I have decided to renounce the ministry that the Lord gave to me on April 19, 2005," he said, to applause. "I did this in full liberty for the good of the church."
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2013, 01:14:59 PM
Video at link

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/13/pope-benedict-public-appearance/1915743/

Pope Benedict: Resigning for 'good of the church'
11:14a.m. EST February 13, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI makes his first public appearance since announcing his resignation.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2013, 01:34:52 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-i-can-almost-physically-feel-the-prayers-and-love-for-me/

Pope: I can 'almost physically' feel prayers and love
Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 03:45 am

(CNA/EWTN News).- Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,” the prayers and love that have been poured out for him.

“I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me,” he said at the beginning of his weekly general audience.

“Continue to pray for me and for the future Pope, the Lord will guide us!" he told the thousands of pilgrims.

 The outpouring of support for Pope Benedict was evident from the moment he stepped onto the stage in Paul VI Hall. He was met with sustained applause when he began his remarks and had to pause until it subsided.

“Thank you for your kindness,” he responded as he resumed.

“I decided to resign from the ministry that the Lord had entrusted me on April 19, 2005. I did this in full freedom” the Pope stressed, adding that he made the decision “for the good of the Church after having prayed at length and examined my conscience before God, well aware of the gravity of this act.”
 
The Pope reiterated his official statement of resignation by saying that he was “also well aware that I was no longer able to fulfill the Petrine ministry with that strength that it demands.”

 “What sustains and illuminates me is the certainty that the Church belongs to Christ whose care and guidance will never be lacking.

“I thank you all for the love and prayer with which you have accompanied me.”
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Blonde on February 13, 2013, 02:53:09 PM
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2013, 03:07:46 PM
http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/02/13/lightning-strikes-st-peters-basilica-the-day-pope-benedict-xvi-resigns/

Lightning Strikes St. Peter’s Basilica the Day Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
Feb. 13, 2013

Is it a sign from God or a massively impressive display of the force of nature?

While that answer may depend on your own theology, there’s no doubt that Agence France Presse photographer ‘s Filippo Monteforte picture of lightning set against St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 11 – the same day Pope Benedict XVI resigned – is spectacular in its own right. Monteforte had his camera trained on the building in Vatican City when the clouds seemed to part as a single bolt of lightning happened to strike the holy structure.

According to Monteforte himself, the fortuitous picture was the result of a lot of guesswork and included a severe display of patience as he waited for more than two hours for an opportune shot:

I took the picture from St. Peter’s Square while sheltered by the columns. It was icy cold and the rain was falling in sheets. When the storm started, I thought that lightning might strike the rod, so I decided it was worth seeing whether – if it DID strike – I could get the shot at exactly the right moment… The first bolt was huge and lit up the sky, but unfortunately I missed it. I had better luck the second time, and was able to snap a couple of images of the dome illuminated by the bolt.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2013, 03:16:51 PM
http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/pope-benedict-xvi-celebrates-last-public-mass-as-pontiff-1.4640520

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates last public Mass as pontiff
Published: February 13, 2013 2:00 PM

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Photo credit: AP | Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful at the end of the Ash Wednesday mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful Wednesday that he was resigning for "the good of the church", an extraordinary scene of a pope explaining himself to his flock that unfolded in his first appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement. (Feb. 13, 2013)

Starting his public farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services hours after a bittersweet audience that produced the extraordinary scene of the pope explaining his decision to step down directly to the faithful.

The mood inside St. Peter's Basilica was somber during the Mass, as if the weight of Benedict's decision and the finality of his pontificate had finally registered with the thousands of faithful present. But the basilica erupted in a rousing, minutes-long standing ovation as Benedict exited for the last time as pope, bringing tears to the eyes of some of his closest collaborators.

"We wouldn't be sincere, Your Holiness, if we didn't tell you that there's a veil of sadness on our hearts this evening," Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Benedict's longtime deputy, told the pope at the end of the service, his voice breaking.

"Thank you for having given us the luminous example of the simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord," Bertone said, quoting Benedict's own words when he first appeared on the loggia overlooking St. Peter's Square after he was elected pope.

"Viva il papa!" the crowd yelled as Benedict stepped off the altar.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2013, 08:18:05 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-releases-schedule-for-popes-final-days/

Vatican releases schedule for Pope's final days
Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 06:05 am

(CNA/EWTN News).- The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises, and audiences with politicians and cardinals.
 
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting.
 
The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final concelebration of the liturgy.
 
It was originally slated to take place at Santa Sabina Basilica on Rome’s Aventine Hill in keeping with tradition, but the timing of the Pope’s announcement dictated that the Mass will take place in St. Peter’s.
 
On Thursday, Pope Benedict will meet in Paul VI Hall with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome and reflect on the Second Vatican Council.
 
Three politicians will have the chance to meet with the Pope before he leaves office. The president of Romania will be received on Feb. 15, while Guatemala’s president and the Italian Senator Mario Monti will be granted audiences on Feb. 16.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2013, 08:31:04 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/world/europe/pope-resignation-q-and-a/index.html

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation explained
updated 11:06 AM EST, Tue February 12, 2013

(CNN) -- In an unexpected move, Pope Benedict XVI -- born Joseph Ratzinger -- has announced that he is to resign. Benedict was elected pope in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. We explore what the surprise announcement means for the Catholic Church.
 
Why has Pope Benedict XVI resigned?
 
In his statement, Pope Benedict -- who turns 86 in April -- said he had come to the certainty "that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry."
 
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Pope Benedict had the right and potentially the duty to resign.
 
But he stressed that the pope's decision was not because of any external pressure.
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What will Pope Benedict be known as once he has stepped down as pope?
 
According to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Pope Benedict will return to being known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. It said he would be addressed as his eminence or Cardinal Ratzinger.
 
However, Lombardi later told reporters it was hard to imagine that the pope would be called a cardinal.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 14, 2013, 01:40:27 AM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57569293/pope-benedict-xvi-appears-at-final-public-mass/

February 13, 2013 7:39 PM
Pope Benedict XVI appears at final public mass

(CBS News) VATICAN CITY -- Once Pope Benedict XVI leaves office, his new title will be "Bishop Emeritus of Rome." On Ash Wednesday, Benedict explained his decision to retire, saying, "I am no longer capable of carrying out Peter's ministry with the strength needed." At St. Peter's Basilica, the public said farewell to a pope.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 14, 2013, 05:44:45 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300654.htm

Feb-14-2013
In talk to priests, pope recalls experiences as Vatican II consultant

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI, who has dedicated much of his pontificate to shaping the church's understanding of the Second Vatican Council, devoted one of his last public addresses to the subject, recalling his experiences as an expert consultant at Vatican II, praising some of its major documents and lamenting widespread distortions of its teachings.

The pope made his remarks Feb. 14 in his annual address to clergy of the Diocese of Rome. Although he had cited deteriorating "strength of mind and body" in explaining his historic decision to resign at the end of February, Pope Benedict, who turns 86 in April, spoke for 46 minutes, delivering a highly structured talk without a prepared text or notes.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 14, 2013, 05:49:04 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-media-helped-spread-misinterpretations-of-vatican-ii/

Pope: media helped spread misinterpretations of Vatican II
Vatican City, Feb 14, 2013 / 12:07 pm

(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version.
 
“The world interpreted the council through the eyes of the media instead of seeing the true council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,” said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall Feb. 14.
 
“Fifty years later, the strength of the real council has been revealed, and it is our task for the Year of Faith to bring the real Second Vatican Council to life,” he told the priests gathered to meet him.
 
Pope Benedict spoke with the priests of the Rome diocese in an unscripted speech on the Second Vatican Council, which he first attended as a special advisor to Cardinal Frings of Cologne and later on as a theological expert.
 
“The immediate impression of the council that got thorough to the people, was that of the media, not that of the Fathers,” he explained.
 
“The council of journalists did not, naturally, take place within the world of faith but within the categories of the media of today, that is outside of the faith, with different hermeneutics … a hermeneutic of politics,” added Pope Benedict.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 15, 2013, 11:56:09 AM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-media-helped-spread-misinterpretations-of-vatican-ii/

Pope: media helped spread misinterpretations of Vatican II
Vatican City, Feb 14, 2013 / 12:07 pm

(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version.
“The world interpreted the council through the eyes of the media instead of seeing the true council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,” said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall Feb. 14.
 
“Fifty years later, the strength of the real council has been revealed, and it is our task for the Year of Faith to bring the real Second Vatican Council to life,” he told the priests gathered to meet him.
 
Pope Benedict spoke with the priests of the Rome diocese in an unscripted speech on the Second Vatican Council, which he first attended as a special advisor to Cardinal Frings of Cologne and later on as a theological expert.
 
“The immediate impression of the council that got thorough to the people, was that of the media, not that of the Fathers,” he explained.
 
“The council of journalists did not, naturally, take place within the world of faith but within the categories of the media of today, that is outside of the faith, with different hermeneutics … a hermeneutic of politics,” added Pope Benedict.
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BBM
that's novel, the media promoting its own version - ha!


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 15, 2013, 02:27:58 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=2475

February 15, 2013
Spiritual warfare and the Pope’s resignation

Pope Benedict XVI has tendered his resignation effective 28 February, 2013. 
In making this stunning announcement before the College of Cardinals, the Holy Father cited “advanced age” and a lack of “strength of mind and body” as the factors that led him to conclude that he is incapable of “adequately fulfilling” the Petrine ministry.

At first blush, the Holy Father’s statement seems to say little more than, “I’m old and I’m tired,” and while I’ve no doubt that he is both, I do not for a moment believe that he is concerned only with matters purely physical.

So what exactly is moving Pope Benedict XVI to abdicate?

The answer is suggested in the book, Light of the World, wherein the Holy Father said that a pope “has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign” if and when he "clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office."

In spite of the Holy Father’s reference to “strength of mind and body,” there’s no indication that he lacks either mental acuity or psychological health, and while he is clearly suffering the effects of old age, if the final years of his predecessor’s papacy demonstrated anything it’s that even severe physical weakness doesn’t render one “incapable” of filling the duties of the Office.

This leaves just one thing; the spiritual realities of serving the Church as pope.

The Holy Father’s statement refers to the Church in our day as being “shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith.”

What are these questions if not those that are begged by the content of Vatican Council II?
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 17, 2013, 08:24:48 AM
Spiritual warfare is very real.  With all of his responsibilties, I don't know how he manages.
Just in my little corner of the world, it's a daily struggle.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 17, 2013, 07:52:12 PM
Spiritual warfare is very real.  With all of his responsibilties, I don't know how he manages.
Just in my little corner of the world, it's a daily struggle.

bbm  It appears to be a daily struggle, great or small.  Thank you for your efforts.
 


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 17, 2013, 08:02:18 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57569792/vatican-crowd-is-emotional-for-pope-benedict-xvis-first-post-announcement-angelus-blessing/

CBS/AP/ February 17, 2013, 7:39 AM
Vatican crowd is emotional for Pope Benedict XVI's first post-announcement Angelus blessing

Vatican City--Pope Benedict XVI blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of well-wishers from around the world.
 
Smiling broadly, Benedict raised his arms outstretched to the massive crowd in his second-to-last Angelus blessing before leaving the papacy. A huge banner in the square read: "We love you."

The Sunday noon appointment is one of the most cherished traditions of the Catholic Church, and this moment is one of Benedict's last opportunities to connect with the Catholic masses.
 
The pope's voice was strong and clear as he looked into hazy sunshine over the square packed with at least 50,000 pilgrims, whom he addressed in Italian, English, French, German, Polish and Spanish.
 
Benedict made no direct reference to his stunning decision to step down on Feb. 28. But in his comments to Spanish-speaking pilgrims he asked the faithful to `'continue praying for me and for the next pope." And he thanked the faithful for their "affection and spiritual closeness."
 
The crowd broke out into cheers and wild applause.
 
The pope gave particular thanks to the "beloved inhabitants of the city of Rome," a possible hint at the title he will take after retirement. The Vatican has suggested he may be called "emeritus bishop of Rome."
 
The traditional noon appointment normally attracts a few thousand pilgrims and tourists, but city officials prepared for a crush of people seeking to witness a moment of history.
 
"We wanted to wish him well," said Amy Champion, a tourist from Wales. "It takes a lot of guts to take the job and even more guts ... to quit."
 
From Sunday evening, the pope will be out of the public eye for an entire week: A meditation service at the Vatican marks the beginning of the traditional Lenten period of reflection and prayer.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 18, 2013, 12:28:27 PM
Spiritual warfare is very real.  With all of his responsibilties, I don't know how he manages.
Just in my little corner of the world, it's a daily struggle.

bbm  It appears to be a daily struggle, great or small.  Thank you for your efforts.
 

It is a struggle, but one I don't make alone.  God is always here and there too, of course.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 18, 2013, 12:30:17 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57569792/vatican-crowd-is-emotional-for-pope-benedict-xvis-first-post-announcement-angelus-blessing/

CBS/AP/ February 17, 2013, 7:39 AM
Vatican crowd is emotional for Pope Benedict XVI's first post-announcement Angelus blessing

Vatican City--Pope Benedict XVI blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of well-wishers from around the world.
 
Smiling broadly, Benedict raised his arms outstretched to the massive crowd in his second-to-last Angelus blessing before leaving the papacy. A huge banner in the square read: "We love you."

The Sunday noon appointment is one of the most cherished traditions of the Catholic Church, and this moment is one of Benedict's last opportunities to connect with the Catholic masses.
 
The pope's voice was strong and clear as he looked into hazy sunshine over the square packed with at least 50,000 pilgrims, whom he addressed in Italian, English, French, German, Polish and Spanish.
 
Benedict made no direct reference to his stunning decision to step down on Feb. 28. But in his comments to Spanish-speaking pilgrims he asked the faithful to `'continue praying for me and for the next pope." And he thanked the faithful for their "affection and spiritual closeness."
 
The crowd broke out into cheers and wild applause.
 
The pope gave particular thanks to the "beloved inhabitants of the city of Rome," a possible hint at the title he will take after retirement. The Vatican has suggested he may be called "emeritus bishop of Rome."
 
The traditional noon appointment normally attracts a few thousand pilgrims and tourists, but city officials prepared for a crush of people seeking to witness a moment of history.
 
"We wanted to wish him well," said Amy Champion, a tourist from Wales. "It takes a lot of guts to take the job and even more guts ... to quit."
From Sunday evening, the pope will be out of the public eye for an entire week: A meditation service at the Vatican marks the beginning of the traditional Lenten period of reflection and prayer.
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BBM
although it is not a "job" a most think of it, it is an answer to a calling.  To do otherwise would be disobedience to God, and that is not something we would want to live with.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 22, 2013, 09:47:54 PM
http://www.catholicsun.org/2013/02/22/pope-benedict-changes-rituals-for-new-popes-inauguration/

Pope Benedict changes rituals for new pope’s inauguration
Catholic News Service | February 22, 2013

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has ordered several changes to the Masses and liturgies that will mark the inauguration of the next pope’s pontificate.

Rites and gestures that are not strictly sacramental will take place either before a Mass or in a ceremony not involving Mass, Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, told the Vatican newspaper Feb. 22.
 
One of the most visual changes, he said, would be the restoration of the public “act of obedience” in which each cardinal present at the pope’s inaugural Mass comes forward and offers his allegiance.
 
When Pope Benedict celebrated his inaugural Mass in 2005, 12 people were chosen to represent all Catholics: three cardinals, a bishop, a diocesan priest, a transitional deacon, a male religious, a female religious, a married couple and a young man and a young woman recently confirmed.
 
Msgr. Marini said Pope Benedict personally approved the changes Feb. 18; they include offering a wider choice of traditional Mass prayers in polyphony and chant, rather than the new musical repertoire composed for the 2005 book.
 
After having personally experienced the liturgical rites drafted by Msgr. Marini’s predecessor — and approved by Pope Benedict immediately after his election — the pope suggested “a few changes aimed at improving the text” of the rites for the beginning of a pontificate, formally known as the “Ordo Rituum pro Ministerii Petrini Initio Romae Episcopi.”
 
The changes, Msgr. Marini said, “follow in the line of the modifications made in papal liturgies” over the course of Pope Benedict’s papacy.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 24, 2013, 12:22:20 AM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/poll-finds-strong-approval-for-pope-benedict-catholic-tradition/

Poll finds strong approval for Pope Benedict, Catholic tradition

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- As the Feb. 28 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI approaches, the vast majority of U.S. Catholics have a favorable view of the pontiff, and the majority support traditional Catholic teaching as well.
 
According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center, 74 percent of U.S. Catholics “express a favorable view of the pope.”
 
This rating is similar to that March 2008, when about three in four Catholics held a “very” or “mostly” favorable opinion of the Pope shortly before his visit to the U.S.
 
Pope Benedict has been regarded favorably throughout his entire papacy, with approval ratings among U.S. Catholics ranging from 67-83 percent.
 
Pope Benedict’s predecessor, Pope John Paul II, also enjoyed a high favorability rating over the course of his papacy. The Pew Forum’s polling in the 1980s and 1990s found that more than 90 percent of Americans had a positive opinion of Pope John Paul II.
 
The Pew survey this past month also found that the majority of U.S. Catholics believe Pope Benedict has done an excellent or good job promoting relations with other religions.
 
Among the Holy Father’s efforts was the creation of ordinariates, structures under which entire Anglican communities could enter into communion with the Catholic Church.
 
Although Pope Benedict disciplined the disgraced Legion of Christ founder Fr. Marcel Maciel in 2005, the American public appears reluctant to praise his work against sex abuse.
 
Sixty-three percent said the Pope has done a fair or a poor job in addressing the sex abuse scandal. Only 33 percent said he has done an excellent or good job. This represents a decline from April 2008, when 49 percent of Americans thought he had done an excellent or a good job and 40 percent said he has done only a fair or poor job.
 
The February survey also sought Catholics’ views about Pope Benedict’s possible successor.
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Post by: grace-land on February 24, 2013, 12:26:23 AM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-slams-media-for-trying-to-influence-papal-vote/

Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote.
 
“It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the Conclave … that there is a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories, that cause serious damage to persons and institutions,” the Feb. 23 statement from the Secretariat of State said.
 
Italian newspapers and the international press have been filled in recent days with theories about both the reasons Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down and about how he will spend his last days.
 
One prominent example is a story run on Feb. 22 by the Italian daily La Repubblica. It alleged that a commission of three cardinals uncovered a gay network of priests at the Holy See who were being blackmailed.
 
Another report asserted that Pope Benedict would meet with the commission of cardinals in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on his last day in office, a claim that Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied.
 
The Vatican state department noted that the cardinals who elect the new Pope “have had to face many forms of pressures exerted upon individual electors or on the College of Cardinals.
 
“Such pressures had as their goal to condition the decisions, following a political or worldly logic.”
 
In the past it was usually States or politicians who “exerted pressures on the election of the Pope,” the department said.
 
But “today there is an attempt to do this through public opinion that is often based on judgments that do not typically capture the spiritual aspect of the moment that the Church is living.”
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 24, 2013, 12:44:42 AM
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/key-spots-pope-benedict-xvis-resignation

Agence France-Presse  February 23, 2013 20:46
Key spots for Pope Benedict XVI's resignation

From St Peter's Square to the Sistine Chapel, the locations where Pope Benedict XVI's resignation and the election of his successor will play out in the coming days are part of a rich artistic heritage.
 
Here are descriptions of the main spots to watch, starting with the pope's last Sunday prayers in front of crowds in St Peter's Square:

- St Peter's Square -
 
Architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed the famous Vatican plaza in the 17th century, which has a 4,000-year-old Egyptian obelisk in the middle.
 
The famous marble colonnades -- four columns deep -- are arranged in an elliptical shape. The square can fit tens of thousands of people on a busy day.
 
The pope will speak to the crowd on Sunday from the windows of his apartment in the Apostolic Palace.
 
For his final general audience on Wednesday, the outgoing pontiff will speak from the square itself.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 25, 2013, 01:20:15 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-benedict-says-he-is-not-abandoning-the-church/

Pope Benedict says he is not 'abandoning the Church'

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address, in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.”
 
“Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said as he dwelt on the Sunday Gospel on the Transfiguration, “the Word of God feels particularly directed at me, at this point in my life. The Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation.”
 
“But this does not mean abandoning the Church,” he qualified, “indeed, if God asks me this it is just so that I can continue to serve with the same dedication and the same love with which I have done so far, but in a way more suited to my age and for me.”
 
The Pope will be both physically and spiritually “climbing the mountain,” since the Mater Ecclesiae monastery where he will retire sits on the highest point in Vatican City with a view of the back of St. Peter’s Basilica and then the rest of Rome.
 
When he mentioned how the Gospel felt directed at him, the crowd reacted with applause that echoed through an overflowing St. Peter’s Square.
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A translation of the Pope’s full remarks follows.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 25, 2013, 01:29:30 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21573157

25 February 2013 Last updated at 08:34 ET
Pope Benedict XVI amends Roman Catholic conclave law

Pope Benedict XVI has amended Roman Catholic church law so that the conclave selecting his successor can be brought forward, the Vatican says.

The change to the constitution means cardinals will no longer have to wait 15 days after the papacy becomes vacant before beginning the conclave.

As a result, the conclave can now start before 15 March.

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, the first by a pope in nearly 600 years, takes effect on Thursday 28 February.

His decision surprised many within the Catholic Church.

"I leave the College of Cardinals the possibility to bring forward the start of the conclave once all cardinals are present, or push the beginning of the election back by a few days should there be serious reasons," the Pope said in a statement read by his spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi.

Vatican officials explained that the change was partly due to the fact that the church constitution was written principally for a conclave following the death of a pope, rather than a resignation.

Easter rush
 
The decision on the date of the beginning of the conclave will be taken by the cardinals but will not happen earlier than 1 March, officials said.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 25, 2013, 01:35:13 PM
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/341455/holy-roman-reforming-getting-down-business-future-kathryn-jean-lopez

Holy Roman Reforming: Getting Down to the Business of the Future
February 25, 2013 11:41 A.M.

George Weigel’s new book, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic Books), seems destined to be a reference point in the papal interregnum that begins at 2 p.m., New York time on February 28, and well into the new pontificate. I caught up with Weigel, who has been in Rome since Ash Wednesday, to pose some questions about the conclave, the state of the Church, and the analysis of Evangelical Catholicism:
 
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: By Pope Benedict XVI publicly acknowledging problems inside the Vatican is he giving guidance to the cardinals gathering in Rome this week?
 
GEORGE WEIGEL: The pope has mentioned these problems more than once, although no one seems to have noticed until the world’s attention suddenly became riveted on Rome and the Vatican. Benedict XVI has no intention of “giving guidance” to the men who will elect his successor; he is too good a churchman, too humble a man, and too much a respecter of the conclave process to even think of doing something like that. But there is no doubt, here in Rome, that the dysfunction in the Vatican bureaucracy will be a major topic of the cardinals’ conversations before the conclave is enclosed. Benedict XVI was ill-served by men in whom he reposed trust and to whom he gave great authority, and everyone knows it — except, alas, those who ill-served him.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 26, 2013, 12:08:12 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/world/europe/benedict-xvi-to-keep-his-name-and-become-pope-emeritus.html?_r=0

Benedict XVI to Keep His Name and Become Pope Emeritus
Published: February 26, 2013

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will keep the name Benedict XVI and become the Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus, the Vatican announced Tuesday, putting an end to days of speculation on how the pope will be addressed once he ceases to be the leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics on Thursday.

Benedict, the first pope to resign voluntarily in six centuries, will dress in a simple white cassock, forgoing the mozzetta, the elbow-length cape worn by some Catholic clergymen, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told reporters at a news briefing.

And he will no longer wear the red shoes typically worn by popes, symbolizing the blood of the martyrs, Father Lombardi said, opting instead for a more quotidian brown. “Mexicans will be happy to know that the pope very much appreciated the shoes” he received as a gift last year in León, Mexico, he added. “He finds them very comfortable.” It was after the grueling trip in March 2012 that the pope began to seriously consider resigning, the Vatican said after the pope announced his resignation on Feb. 11.

Father Lombardi said the pope had decided on his couture in consultation with other Vatican officials. Benedict will also stop using the so-called fisherman’s ring to seal documents. It will be destroyed by the cardinal camerlengo, the acting head of state of Vatican City during the “sede vacante,” the canon law term used when the papacy is vacant.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 26, 2013, 12:25:27 PM
http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2013/02/pope_benedict_xvi_gets_new_tit.html

Pope Benedict XVI gets new title this week: His Holiness Pontiff Emeritus
on February 26, 2013 at 6:50 AM, updated February 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Pope Benedict XVI will get a new title after his retirement becomes official on Thursday: Pontiff Emeritus. He will still be referred to with the honorary title, "His Holiness."
 
That's the latest word from Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi today.
 
EWTN Global Catholic Network, based in Irondale, will broadcast Pope Benedict XVI's final papal audience from St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday at 3 a.m. Central time.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 26, 2013, 11:27:49 PM
http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2013/feb/26/pope-will-keep-title-his-holiness-after-resignation/

Pope praying, packing ahead of move out of Vatican
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 9:19 a.m. EST

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict was praying and packing on Tuesday two days before his move out of the Vatican and into retirement where he will assume the title of "pope emeritus" and still be referred to as "your holiness".
 
The Vatican said Benedict was spending a quiet Tuesday in the apostolic palace with no audiences.
 
"Today is a day dedicated to prayer and preparation for the events of the next two days," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said at a daily news briefing.
 
Lombardi said the pope was sifting through documents to see which will remain in the Vatican and go into the archives of his papacy and deciding which "are of a personal nature and which he will take to his new residence".
 
Among the documents left for the next pope will be a confidential report by three cardinals into the "Vatileaks" affair last year when Benedict's former butler leaked private papers revealing corruption and in-fighting inside the Vatican.
 
The new pope will inherit a Church marked by Vatileaks and by child abuse scandals by priests in Europe and the United States, both of which may have weighed on Benedict's decision to decide he was too old and weak to continue the papacy.
 
The pope has two days left before he takes the historic step of becoming the first pontiff in some six centuries to step down instead of ruling for life.
 
Given the unique nature of the occasion, Vatican officials have had to find a title for the former pope, decide how he should be addressed and what he should wear.
 
After two weeks of consultations with aides, theologians and historians, the Vatican announced the status Benedict will assume after he is no longer leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.
 
Benedict will be known as "pope emeritus Benedict XVI" or "Roman Pontiff emeritus Benedict XVI", be addresses as "Your Holiness," and be referred to as "His Holiness Benedict XVI".
 
This means that after the election of the new pope next month there will be two men with the title "holiness" in the Vatican at the same time.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 27, 2013, 12:55:59 AM
http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x1433788695/Catholic-TV-to-show-Pope-Benedicts-final-audience-live-on-Wednesday

Catholic TV to show Pope Benedict's final audience live on Wednesday
Posted Feb 26, 2013 @ 04:32 PM
Last update Feb 26, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

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A live stream may also be viewed at any time from any computer or device at www.CatholicTV.com

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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 27, 2013, 02:25:53 AM
Press Release

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/02/abc-news-announces-special-coverage-of-the-farewell-to-pope-benedict-xvi/

ABC News Announces Special Coverage of “The Farewell to Pope Benedict XVI”
Feb 26, 2013 3:39pm

George Stephanopoulos to Anchor ABC News Special Reports from the Vatican on Thursday, February 28 at 5:00AM ET and 10:45AM  ET
 
The Powerhouse Team of Terry Moran, David Wright, Ron Claiborne, Cokie Roberts and Christiane Amanpour Join Coverage for All Broadcasts and Platforms
 
This week ABC News will cover all the pageantry and ceremonial events leading up to the Pope’s historic resignation. ABC News will provide extensive coverage on “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” ABC News Radio and its digital platforms as Pope Benedict XVI says farewell in Rome, Italy.
 
On Thursday, February 28 ABC News will broadcast a special report to the ABC Television Network at approximately 5:00 am ET and 10:45 am ET, marking the final events of Pope Benedict’s papacy.  George Stephanopoulos will anchor from the Vatican. “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran, David Wright, Ron Claiborne, Cokie Roberts, and ABC News Global Affairs anchor Christiane Amanpour will join Stephanopoulos in Rome. Wright covered the death of Pope John Paul II and the selection of Pope Benedict XVI for ABC News in 2005. Cokie Roberts, whose mother served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, will provide historical perspective throughout ABC’s coverage.
 
Stephanopoulos will co-anchor “Good Morning America” from the Vatican on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28. Moran will anchor “Nightline” from Rome on Wednesday and Thursday.
 
In March when the cardinal electors convene for the conclave to elect a new pope, Diane Sawyer will lead ABC News’ coverage from Rome. More information on ABC’s coverage of the conclave will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
ABC News Digital will provide complete, live-streamed coverage of the farewell to Pope Benedict XVI beginning with the ABC News Special Report at 5:00am ET, followed by live coverage of the Pope’s departure from the Vatican at approximately 10:45am ET. Special live stream coverage will be available throughout the day across ABCNews.com, Yahoo! News, GoodMorningAmerica.com, ABC News’ iPad & iPhone apps, ABC affiliate websites, ABC News Mobile properties as well as on the ABC News YouTube channel. Editorial content will include live blog updates, video highlights and interactive slideshows featuring the top cardinal contenders, factoids and embedded 3-D animations of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 27, 2013, 11:53:58 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/pope-benedict-xvi-last-general-audience-at-vatican-livestream_n_2768699.html#slide=2160316

Pope Benedict XVI Last General Audience At Vatican (PHOTOS) (VIDEO) (FULL TEXT)
Posted: 02/27/2013 2:41 am EST  |  Updated: 02/27/2013 6:57 am EST



Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 27, 2013, 07:56:09 PM
Video and Slideshow at link

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/world/europe/pope-benedict-XVI-final-general-audience.html?_r=0

Pope Evokes Difficult and Joyous Moments in Final General Audience
Published: February 27, 2013

VATICAN CITY — He circumnavigated St. Peter’s Square in the popemobile for the last time. He gave his final waves to cheering masses. And most profoundly, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his valedictory words to the world in a heartfelt, sometimes wistful address that highlighted the price of being a pope — and its rays of happiness.

His eight-year papacy held moments of “joy and light,” at times resembling the boat carrying Peter and the other apostles on the Sea of Galilee, enjoying many days of sun, gentle breezes and abundant fish, Benedict told tens of thousands of people during his general audience, which was moved to a sun-soaked St. Peter’s Square from the usual auditorium to accommodate the crowd.

“There were also moments in which the waters were agitated and the wind contrary,” he said. “The Lord seemed to be sleeping.”

Benedict, 85, resigns on Thursday, exiting the papacy at 8 p.m. In the morning, he meets the cardinals who will elect his successor sometime next month. At 5 p.m. a helicopter will fly him to his summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, where he is expected to wave to well-wishers and utter a few words. By 8:01 p.m., he will have the title “pope emeritus.”.

Church officials said 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday. They waved flags, applauded and chanted “Benedetto” under a brilliant blue sky, as the pope, clad in a white, double-breasted overcoat, spoke to them mainly in Italian but also gave brief remarks in other languages. The popemobile halted several times so its occupant could kiss babies handed up to him.

In the most personal part of his speech, Benedict drove home a central truth for any world-renowned figure, much less a pontiff: Privacy does not exist — a message that could be considered a warning to his successor.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 27, 2013, 08:32:41 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57571519/pope-benedict-xvi-tells-faithful-hes-well-aware-of-gravity-of-his-resignation-in-final-public-address/

February 27, 2013 7:39 AM
Pope Benedict XVI tells faithful he's well aware of gravity of his resignation in final public address

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Pope Benedict XVI waves from the altar as he arrives on St. Peter's square for his last weekly audience, Feb. 27, 2013 at the Vatican. (Getty)


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 27, 2013, 10:13:39 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/atheist-nobel-prize-winner-mourns-popes-retirement/

Atheist Nobel prize winner mourns Pope's retirement
Lima, Peru, Feb 27, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An atheist Peruvian author has praised the spiritual and intellectual stature of Pope Benedict XVI and said that his departure is a loss for the cultural and spiritual life of the world.
 
“I don’t know why Benedict XVI’s abdication has been such a surprise,” said Mario Vargas Llosa, a Nobel laureate in literature and a self-proclaimed atheist opposed to the moral teachings of the Church.
 
“Although it is unusual, it was not unpredictable,” he said of the Holy Father’s announcement earlier this month that he would be resigning on Feb. 28 due to advanced age and declining strength.
 
“You could tell just by looking at how fragile he was and how lost he seemed among the crowds in which his office required that he immerse himself,” Vargas Llosa said in a column published by the Spanish daily El Pais.
 
The Peruvian author observed that the Holy Father’s “profound and unique reflections were based on his enormous theological, philosophical, historical and literary knowledge, acquired in the dozen classic and modern languages he commanded.”
 
While they were “always conceived within Christian orthodoxy,” the Pope’s “books and encyclicals often went beyond the strictly dogmatic and contained novel and bold reflections on the moral, cultural and existential problems of our times,” Vargas Llosa reflected.
 
He went on to note that Benedict XVI’s papacy spanned “one of the most difficult periods that Christianity has faced in its more than 2000 year history.”
 
“The secularization of society is progressing with great speed,” he said, “especially in the West, the citadel of the Church until relatively just a few decades ago.”
 
“Benedict XVI,” Vargas Llosa added, “was the first Pope to ask forgiveness for the sexual abuse that has taken place in Catholic schools and seminaries, to meet with victims’ associations.”
 
The Holy Father also convened “the first Church conference devoted to listening to the testimonies of the victims themselves and to establishing norms and rules to prevent such evils from occurring again in the future,” he said.
 
It would therefore be a mistake to celebrate the Pontiff’s resignation “as a victory of progress and freedom,” the author explained.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 28, 2013, 08:59:15 AM
great article -- an atheist, but apparently open minded.
Thanks for sharing grace-land.
I know about the privacy issues -- even in my little corner of the world.  And they're not just personal, but spiritual as well.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2013, 10:39:58 AM
great article -- an atheist, but apparently open minded.
Thanks for sharing grace-land.
I know about the privacy issues -- even in my little corner of the world.  And they're not just personal, but spiritual as well.

You're welcome, Sister.  I was surprised by the article--an atheist paying tribute to a pope, a Christian, in such a public way.



Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2013, 10:48:50 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/world/europe/pope-benedict-xvi.html

On Final Day as Pope, Benedict Pledges Loyalty to Successor
Published: February 28, 2013

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This photograph released by the Vatican on Thursday shows Pope Benedict XVI speaking to cardinals in the Vatican's Clementine Hall. More Photos »

VATICAN CITY — In his final hours as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI met on Thursday with the cardinals who will elect his successor, urging them to be “like an orchestra” that harmonizes for the good of the church and pledging that he would behave with “unconditional reverence and obedience” toward his successor.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2013, 01:06:09 PM
Continuous videos at link

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/28/17129365-thank-you-for-your-friendship-benedict-leaves-vatican-for-final-time-as-pope

Updated 32 minutes ago
'Thank you for your friendship': Benedict leaves Vatican for final time as pope

To a chorus of bells and a ripple of applause from his closest advisers, Pope Benedict XVI departed the Vatican for the last time as pontiff Thursday.

He emerged from the Apostolic Palace and was saluted by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, and other senior staff members in the St. Damaso Courtyard before being driven to his helicopter for the journey to his lavish temporary residence.

A crowd of well-wishers was waiting to greet him from the piazza when he arrived at Castel Gandolfo, which is about 20 miles south-east of Rome.

They chanted his name in Italian and cheered wildly as he appeared from the balcony of the building. Some were moved to tears.

"Thank you for your friendship," he said. "I am just a pilgrim."

To coincide with his 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m ET) departure, a final message was posted to the pontiff's official Twitter account.

"Thank you for your love and support," it said. "May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives."
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2013, 01:40:58 PM
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/28/pope-benedict-bids-goodbye-to-cardinals/comment-page-2/

February 28th, 2013  01:05 PM ET
Benedict: I'm 'simply a pilgrim' now

[Updated at 1:05 p.m. ET] We now have an official English translation of what Benedict said in his last public appearance as pope, from the balcony of the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo:
 
"Dear friends,
 
"I am happy to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation and your well wishes, which do me such good. Thank you for your friendship and your affection.
 
"You know that this day is different for me than the preceding ones. I am no longer the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, or I will be until 8 this evening and then no longer. I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth. But I would still [applause] ... thank you ... I would still – with my heart, with my love, with my prayers, with my reflection, and with all my inner strength – like to work for the common good and the good of the church and of humanity. I feel very supported by your kindness. Let us go forward with the Lord for the good of the church and the world. Thank you. I now wholeheartedly impart my blessing.
 
"Blessed be God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Good night! Thank you all!"
 
We should note that although Benedict said he was no longer pope, he officially will be the pontiff until 2 p.m ET (8 p.m. in Rome).
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Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2013, 02:33:08 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2013/feb/28/pope-benedict-last-day-in-pictures

Pope Benedict XVI's last day in office - in pictures
Pope Benedict XVI boarded a helicopter to fly to the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo. He will stay there until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican
Thursday 28 February 2013 13.32 EST



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Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2013, 02:57:23 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/28/benedict-begins-final-day-as-pope-before-retiring/

Benedict XVI's papacy ends, first pope to retire in 600 years
Published February 28, 2013

Benedict XVI has become the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate.
 
The Swiss Guards standing at attention in Castel Gandolfo shut the gates of the palazzo shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, symbolically closing the doors on a papacy whose legacy will most be marked by the way it ended -- a resignation instead of a death.
 
The Swiss Guards will now go off duty, their service protecting the head of the Catholic Church over -- for now.
 
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the guards would change into civilian clothes and return to the Vatican barracks Thursday night. They will continue to guard the entrances of Vatican City and the pope's palace, "even if he's not there," said Cpl. Urs Breitenmoser, a Swiss Guard spokesman
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Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2013, 05:16:34 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/pope-benedict-xvi-leaves-office-promises-obedience-to-successor/2013/02/28/a82cae72-81e5-11e2-a671-0307392de8de_story.html

Pope Benedict XVI leaves office, promises ‘obedience’ to successor
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2:30 PM

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In his retirement, Benedict said he intends to live “hidden from the world.”

Earlier Thursday, Benedict had promised “unconditional” obedience to his successor during a farewell meeting with cardinals.

 “Among you, in the College of Cardinals, there is the future pope, to whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience,” he said in the last official act of his pontificate before his resignation.

There are expected to be 115 cardinals who are under age 80 and thus eligible to participate in the conclave to elect the next pope. The start date of the conclave will be decided by the daily cardinals’ meetings that govern the church until a new pope is elected. The first meeting is scheduled for Monday (March 4).

In his brief, unannounced address on Thursday morning, the pope also issued a renewed appeal for the church’s unity.

The College of Cardinals, he said, is “like an orchestra, where diversity, an expression of the universal church, always contributes to a superior harmony of concord.”

 “Let us remain united, dear brothers ... in prayer, especially in daily Eucharist, and thus serve the church and all humanity,” he added.

Benedict also promised to pray for the cardinals who will gather in the coming weeks in a closed-door conclave to elect his successor.

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, stressed that while Benedict was in no way obliged to pledge obedience to his successor, it was a “beautiful gesture” to reaffirm that “he has no intention of interfering” with the action of the future pope.


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Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2013, 05:25:16 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/28/sede-vacante-papal-conclave_n_2777332.html

Sede Vacante And Papal Conclave At The Vatican: What's Next After Pope Benedict XVI Steps Down
Posted: 02/28/2013 10:17 am EST  |  Updated: 02/28/2013 4:59 pm EST

As of 8 p.m. in Italy -- 2 p.m. on the U.S. East Coast and not long after landing via helicopter at his retreat at Castel Gandolfo -- Pope Benedict XVI will become the "pope emeritus" and the Roman Catholic Church will enter the sede vacante, the period between papacies.

The rare and relatively short time -- it only lasted 17 days after Pope John Paul II died and is expected to be even shorter after Benedict's retirement, since there's no death to mourn -- leaves many levels of the complex Vatican government temporarily dissolved until a new pope is selected in a closed-door election called the papal conclave.

During this period, it's up to the College of Cardinals, plus a few additional Vatican officials, to keep the heart of the church running.

The "Universi Dominici Gregis," a set of guidelines released in 1996 by John Paul, says the Vatican offices that remain active during the sede vacante include the vicar of Rome, who oversees everyday matters the local Roman church and the Major Penitentiary, who deals with what are called "matters of mercy," such as confessions, absolutions and dispensations. The camerlengo (Tarcisio Bertone, also the pope's deputy until he officially steps down) and an office called the Apostolic Chamber are left to oversee the state's finances and property, with an auditor general and a vice camerlengo assisting.

On Friday, the first official day of the sede vacante, Angelo Sodano, an Italian who is the College of Cardinals' dean, will formally invite cardinals to Rome to start their post-pope meetings. Most or all will already be in the city, from the former pope's last meeting with them. The general congregations, a series of daily meetings that are a mix church business as well as chances to get to know and learn about each other (and scope out the potential next pope), are expected to start Monday
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Post by: grace-land on March 01, 2013, 01:03:59 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2033/some_details_on_benedict_xvis_first_day_of_retirement.aspx

Some details on Benedict XVI’s first day of retirement
March 01, 2013 10:11 EST

I doubt we’ll get these kinds of details very often in the coming weeks, months, and years – so here is an interesting glimpse into how Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI plans to spend his days of retirement. One thing it doesn’t appear to include: sleeping in. From Vatican Information Service:
 
Today, as always, His Holiness celebrated Mass at 7:00am and then prayed the Liturgy of the Hours. In the afternoon he has another walk planned at 4:00pm, through the gardens of the Castel Gandolfo Apostolic Palace, to pray the rosary. Benedict XVI brought with him various books on theology, history, and spirituality. At the moment he is reading from a book by the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthazar.
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Post by: grace-land on March 01, 2013, 01:06:48 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1300929.htm

Mar-1-2013
Pope Benedict begins emeritus life; cardinals begin 'sede vacante' jobs

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Meanwhile, back at the Vatican, officials from the College of Cardinals had a series of tasks to perform at the beginning of the "sede vacante," the period when there is no pope.

The most symbolic tasks were carried out by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the camerlengo or chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, and his assistants. During the sede vacante, the chamberlain is charged with administering and safeguarding the temporal goods of the church.

Gathered with others in the offices of the "apostolic chamber," Cardinal Bertone asked the time. At 8 p.m. exactly he was handed a "ferula," a red velvet-covered scepter, as a sign of his authority. The cardinal led the staff in a brief prayer to God: "Give your church a pope acceptable to you."

Carrying the ferula, he and his aides went into the private papal apartments. They made sure the door to the small private elevator was locked, then stretched tape across the elevator door and stamped it with seals.

Withdrawing from the apartment, they dead-bolted the main door with a large key, then strung a red ribbon through the handles. An aide, using a glue gun, sealed the ribbon's knot.

The next day, Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, vice chamberlain, went to the seldom-used papal apartments at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the pope's cathedral, and sealed those as well, Father Lombardi said.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, wrote almost immediately after 8 p.m. to Vatican nuncios and other diplomatic representatives around the world, officially informing them of the sede vacante.

In one of his first acts as dean March 1, Cardinal Sodano wrote to each of the world's 207 cardinals -- including those over age 80 and ineligible to vote in a conclave -- notifying them of "the vacancy of the Apostolic See because of the renunciation presented on the part of Pope Benedict XVI."

He also asked them to come to the Vatican to begin the pre-conclave meetings, known as general congregations, March 4 at 9:30 a.m.

The general congregations will continue until all the cardinal-electors, including those under 80, are present in Rome, "and then the College of Cardinals will decide the date to enter into conclave" to elect a pope, he said.

Asked whether Cardinal Sodano was saying that a conclave date would not be set until all the cardinal-electors were present or accounted for, Father Lombardi said the letter "does not have the weight of law," but he expected the cardinals would not vote on a conclave date until most of them were present and had time to talk and meet formally.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 01, 2013, 01:19:01 PM
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_dalai-lama-saddened-by-resignation-of-pope-benedict-xvii_1806067

Dalai Lama saddened by resignation of Pope Benedict XVII
Published: Friday, Mar 1, 2013, 11:13 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that he is saddened by the resignation of Pope Benedict XVII.

The Dalai Lama extended solidarity to the pontiff, while praying for his good health on Thursday.

"Firstly (I am) little bit sad, I know him and he is a very intelligent one, but then naturally he is a religious practitioner, and in the meantime very intelligent. So his decision must be realistic, for the greater benefit to concern the people.

“So I pray his remaining life still will be very useful for all, remains a good example and his own practice I think there is no question- is very successful," said the Dalai Lama, on the sidelines of an event in Dharamsala.
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Post by: grace-land on March 03, 2013, 12:25:51 AM
http://ktla.com/2013/03/02/cardinals-converge-on-vatican-for-papal-conclave/#axzz2MPlsLEic

Cardinals Converge on Vatican for Papal Conclave
10 hours ago

ROME (CNN) — The cardinals who will elect the new pope following the historic resignation of Benedict XVI are continuing to make their way to Rome, the Vatican said Saturday (Mar. 2), with some likely to arrive only Monday or Tuesday.
 
The first of a series of meetings known as general congregations takes place Monday morning — and a priority for the cardinals attending will be setting a date for the special election, or conclave, held to pick the next pope.
 
The Vatican has said it’s not sure whether a date will be agreed on as soon as Monday.
 
If cardinals are still arriving as the general congregations start, the timetable may be delayed.
 
The cardinals will also hold important discussions on the future direction of the Roman Catholic Church, which has been beset by scandal in recent years, and the kind of leader they want to see at the helm.
 
All the cardinals attend the general congregations, but only cardinals who are younger than 80 are eligible to vote for the new pope in the conclave. They are expected to number 115, the Vatican has said.
 
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Saturday that 75 cardinals normally live in Rome and another 66 have arrived or are in the process of arriving, making 141 in total.
 
Most of the cardinals who live in Rome are retired and/or over the age of 80, and therefore are not entitled to vote for the new pope.
 
It’s not clear how many of the cardinals now in Rome are among those who can vote.
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Post by: grace-land on March 04, 2013, 02:05:09 PM
Two-page article

http://www.northjersey.com/news/international/194928101_Cardinals_hold_first_meeting_but_don_t_set_date_for_conclave.html

Cardinals hold first meeting but don't set date for conclave
Monday March 4, 2013, 12:41 PM

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Roman Catholic cardinals on Monday (March 4) met for the first of a series of closed-door meetings in the run-up to the conclave that will elect the successor to former Pope Benedict XVI.

But as cardinals filed into a Vatican conference room under the gaze of dozens of cameras, church officials said 12 voting prelates still haven't arrived in Rome, pushing back the possibility of an early start to the conclave.

The late-comers include three cardinals from Benedict's native Germany, as well cardinals from Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Vatican's chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said 142 cardinals out of a total of 207 took part in the first so-called General Congregation on Monday morning.

Among them, 103 were under 80 and thus eligible to be among the 115 cardinals who will vote for the new pope in the Sistine Chapel.
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Video at link. 

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/04/video-of-cardinals-arriving-to-choose-benedicts-successor/
March 4, 2013
Video of Cardinals Arriving to Choose Benedict’s Successor


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Post by: grace-land on March 04, 2013, 02:16:24 PM
Photos--and bio information of 19 cardinals taken from the Vatican website

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/gallery?section=news/national_world&id=9014728&photo=1

Photos: Cardinals who could replace Benedict XVI
Slideshow posted in National/World | Monday, March 04, 2013
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http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm


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Post by: grace-land on March 04, 2013, 03:00:45 PM
Two cardinals share their experiences during the 2005 conclave which elected Pope Benedict XVI.

http://www.catholicsun.org/2013/03/04/prayer-and-trembling-cardinals-recount-experience-of-conclave/

Prayer and trembling: Cardinals recount experience of conclave
Catholic News Service | March 4, 2013

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Chanting the Litany of the Saints, asking a host of holy men and women to help them, the cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel in procession, aware of their enormous responsibility to elect a new pope.
 
Less than half of the 117 cardinals eligible to vote for a successor to Pope Benedict XVI were in the 2005 conclave that elected him.
 
Two of those that were — Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa and South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier — described the scene as being one of deep prayer and some trembling.
 
Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga told Catholic News Service that, during the conclave, the cardinals spend most of their time in the Sistine Chapel, even though they cast ballots only four times a day.
 
The time in the chapel includes prayer, writing names on ballots and counting them. But when casting each vote, each cardinal must stand and publicly swear, in Latin, that he is voting according to his conscience. With 115 cardinal-electors expected, that will take time.
 
“In front of the crucifix and in front of the ‘Final Judgment’ painting, we say, ‘I call Jesus as a witness, and he will judge me that I have elected according to my conscience,’ so you can imagine … why it takes so long. And in the meantime, when everybody is casting their votes, we are praying, so it is like a big cenacle of prayer.”
 
“This is beautiful,” Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga said. “This is the most loving experience, how an election should be. I wish all the elections in the world could be like that: in an atmosphere of prayer.”
 
Cardinal Napier told CNS that even the way the cardinals are dressed — in choir dress like they dress for liturgies — contributes to the atmosphere of prayer.
 
Although he has the experience of the 2005 conclave, he said, “It’s probably going to be just as frightening, just as (much) anxiety” this time, especially because “I’d say there’s a wider field of choices, there are younger cardinals who I believe have real qualities of leadership. At the same time perhaps we don’t know each other that well, but we have to put a lot of faith in the presence and activity in the Holy Spirit.”
 
Cardinal Napier said that when the cardinals arrive in the chapel, they make a formal vow of secrecy, then each cardinal goes up and puts a hand on the Bible, confirming his oath.
 
Once each cardinal sits down, he said, he thinks “this is it,” and sees on his table the list of names of the cardinals, the ballot paper, the instructions and a small biography of each cardinal.
 
“Then you know you really are about to get down to business very soon,” he said. There is “a sense of excitement, a sense of anxiety,” wondering “how is it all going to work out?”
 
“But probably the most solemn, the most difficult, frightening (moment) is when you go with your ballot paper in your hand and hold it up in front of the altar and say, ‘I call on the Lord Jesus, who will be my judge, to witness that I am voting for the one I believe to be worthy.’
 
“That’s really a moment of intense emotion, faith, all these emotions come together at that point. If I’m voting for unworthy reasons I’m actually asking Jesus to judge me, to condemn me, so it’s a very, very solemn moment,” Cardinal Napier said.
 
After each cardinal casts his ballot, the papers are opened and read out, one by one, he said. Since each cardinal has a complete list of cardinals, “you’re ticking off as the votes are being cast for one person or another and then totting it up at the end.”
 
If no candidate has reached the two-thirds required for a valid election, the ballots and all the lists with their counts “are all gathered and taken to the back of the chapel to be burned. The smoke goes up black (for no pope). It’s very touching,” the South African cardinal said.
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Post by: grace-land on March 05, 2013, 01:16:10 PM
Daily press briefing by Fr. Federico Lombardi

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/05/general_congregations:_no_rush_to_fix_date_for_conclave/en1-670549

2013-03-05 15:41:14
General congregations: No rush to fix date for Conclave

Vatican Radio) As of Tuesday morning 110 cardinal electors are present in Rome . Five cardinal electors arrived late Monday evening taking their oath of secrecy during the second general congregation, two more on Tuesday morning. They are Spanish cardinal Rouco Varela and Polish cardinal Grocholewski, meaning five cardinal electors have yet to arrive before a date for conclave can be set. The cardinals yet to arrive are Naguib, Pham, Nycz, Lehmann and Tong. Emer McCarthy reports Listen: 

In the daily press briefing, Fr. Federico Lombardi also told journlists that the cardinals are in "no rush" to fix a date for Conclave and that tomorrow Wednesday at 5pm Rome time, the Universal Church is called to prayer for the cardinal electors as they approach this monumental task.

Fr. Lombardi noted there were 11 interventions Tuesday morning, by various cardinals both heads of the Roman Curia and its dicasteries and local bishops representing all 5 continents, expressing the universality of the Church. The cardinals, he said ‘sign up’ to make an intervention. 33 cardinals have thus fare made interventions.

These interventions focused on Holy See activities, different dicasteries and their relations with local bishops around the world, the renewal of the Church in light of Vatican II, the New Evangelization, the Church and new cultures.

Fr. Lombardi noted that another issues under discussion Tuesday morning was the Constitution governing the Vacant See and papal transition and how it was modified by the Motu Proprio. Fr. Lombardi said note no. 37 was discussed and the issue of bringing forward the date of the start of Conclave remains ‘open’, no proposal has been made.

Fr. Lombardi, one of the few people present during the Congregations, but not directly involved, added that he sensed that the Cardinals want to “understand how long is needed to properly prepare for such an important event without hurrying things in anyway”.

He added that the fact that the Cardinals have opted not to hold afternoon sessions Tuesday and Wednesday in the general congregations is “significant” of the cardinals intention to take their time.

The general congregation also approved a moment of Universal prayer established for Wednesday afternoon at 5pm at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s basilica. The liturgy will include Vespers and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It will be presided by the Cardinal Dean, Angelo Sodano.

Moreover, Tuesday afternoon the Sistine Chapel closes to visitors as the Vatican workers begin to prepare it for Conclave.
The College of Cardinals also approved the final text of a message sent on behalf of the cardinals to Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI. In conclusion, the text of a telegram for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, which was signed by Cardinal Dean Sodano, was approved. It reads: “To His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Castel Gandolfo.”

“The Cardinal Fathers, gathered at the Vatican for the General Congregations in view of the next conclave, send you their devoted greetings and express their renewed gratitude for all your illustrious Petrine ministry and for your example of generous pastoral care for the good of the Church and of the world. With their gratitude they hope to represent the recognition of the entire Church for your tireless work in the vineyard of the Lord. In conclusion, the members of the College of Cardinals trust in your prayers for them, as well as for the whole Church.”

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Post by: MuffyBee on March 06, 2013, 08:51:50 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/03/06/pope-conclave-cardinals-vatican/1966591/
Talkative U.S. cardinals shut down the 'American show'
March 6, 2013


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The day after stories in world media that the U.S. leaders daily press conference, mobbed with reporters, were exerting influence in the advisory meetings now underway, the Wednesday conference was cancelled.

Tuesday, the Associated Press had described the scene with more than 100 journalists from the US, Britain and European countries "packing an auditorium for what has become the daily 'American Show' at the North American College, the U.S. seminary just up the hill from the Vatican."

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement, "Concern was expressed" in the daily meetings of the College of Cardinals "about leaks of confidential proceedings reported in Italian newspapers. As a precaution, the cardinals have agreed not to do interviews."

Lombardi said the Vatican did not intervene to shut down the show but that cardinals make that decision talking among themselves.

No date has been set for the conclave, where 115 cardinal electors will be cut off from any communication with the outside world.

At the morning Vatican press conference, spokesman Rev. Frederico Lombardi said there's no hidden meaning in the delay. They are waiting for two more electors -- cardinals under the age of 80 -- to reach Rome and they are in a "journey" of prayer and discernment, he said.

Meanwhile, representatives from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called a press conference in Rome to announce a "dirty dozen" names of cardinals whose record on dealing with the abuse crisis disqualifies them for voting for the pope or being elected to the papacy. The list includes many of the names on top of media and betting site short lists for the next pope.
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Post by: grace-land on March 06, 2013, 09:33:57 PM
Daily press briefing by Fr. Federico Lombardi, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/06/general_congregations:_profile_of_future_pope_emerging_from_sessions/en1-670821

2013-03-06 13:29:02     
General congregations: Profile of future Pope emerging from sessions

Vatican Radio) The fourth general congregation got underway Wednesday morning at 09:30 with 153 Cardinals present. Four more cardinals arrived in Rome overnight, three of them cardinal electors, cardinal Lehman from Germany, the Egyptian cardinal Naguib, and from Hong Kong cardinal Tong Hon. This brings the number of cardinal electors present in Rome to 113, with two cardinals still to arrive, cardinal Nycz from Warsaw (due to arrive Wednesday afternoon) and Vietnamese cardinal Pham (due to arrive Thursday). Emer McCarthy reports Listen: 

In the daily press briefing Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, who attends the Congregation sessions, revealed that birthday greetings were also exchanged for cardinals Kasper on his 80th birthday Tuesday and Coccopalmiero who is 75 Wednesday .

On Wednesday there were 18 interventions from different cardinals representing the Church in different parts of the world, for a total of 51 thus far. Due to the large number of people wishing to speak a time frame of 5 minutes was established for each intervention.

The order of interventions, noted Fr. Lombardi, is not selected according to geographical origins or precedence. The main themes discussed were: the Church in the world, needs of New Evangelization, the Holy See, the different dicasteries of the Roman Curia; relations with local churches and bishops, what’s beginning to emerge, the Vatican spokesman noted "is the profile for the future Pope".

Fr. Lombardi noted the variety of the interventions, from organizational questions pertaining to the Holy See to local issues of pastoral action. He also added that the cardinals have decided to meet both morning and afternoon, holding two congregation sessions and with a smile, he reiterated that no date has yet been set for Conclave.

Journalists were also shown a screening of the area of the Apostolic Palace where Conclave takes place. Images where projected from the Pauline Chapel where the procession of cardinals into Conclave begins from through the ‘Sala Reggia’, which is crossed by the processing cardinals and then of the Sistine Chapel which is undergoing a radical overhaul in preparation for the voting. This includes the building of an artificial platform over the ancient pavement to protect the antique marble and mosaic.
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In conclusion, responding to a question regarding the cancellation of a daily press briefing by US cardinals, Fr. Lombardi stated: “The cardinals journey toward conclave is not a convention or synod. It is a journey, that is above all a time of reflection for the College of Cardinals. The College has decided to maintain reserve over proceedings. But we are try to give as much information as possible”.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 07, 2013, 02:30:39 AM
http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/comic-sans-brings-attention-pope-e-book

Comic Sans brings attention to pope e-book
Mar. 6, 2013

The Vatican released a 62-page e-book in honor of Pope Benedict XVI. Each page contains a photo of the pope emeritus -- mainly at various points in his papacy -- as well as reflective and insightful words from his past messages. For example: "The Gospel is not an exclusive possession of whoever has received it but a gift to share, good news to communicate."
 
You can find it here.
 
(No word yet on why Comic Sans was chosen as the font. Although reviled by designers for its light-hearted appearance and purpose, some say Comic Sans has an approachable tone and is an easy font for some to read. In any case, by using the font, the book perhaps is getting more attention than it would had it been written in, say, Times New Roman.  ::snipping2::
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Link to e-book:  http://www.vatican.va/bxvi/omaggio/index_en.html




Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 07, 2013, 04:44:20 PM
http://www.catholicregister.org/news/international/item/15951-ring-of-retired-pope-benedict-no-longer-can-be-used-as-seal

Ring of retired Pope Benedict no longer can be used as seal
Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:27

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According to the rules governing the interregnum and election of a pope, the College of Cardinals must "arrange for the destruction of the fisherman's ring and of the lead seal with which apostolic letters are dispatched."
 
On March 6, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters that this "destruction" had been completed, although he explained that the ring is not smashed or destroyed completely; rather, two deep cuts are made in its face so that it can no longer be used as a seal.
 
Retired Pope Benedict received the ring at his inauguration Mass along with his pallium, the woolen stole symbolizing a bishop's authority. Both were based on ancient designs.
 
The gold ring, similar to the old rings that popes used also as seals, was designed by the Rome Association of Goldsmiths. It had Pope Benedict's name etched on it and a scene of St. Peter casting out his net, symbolizing how popes are successors of the apostle Peter.
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Post by: grace-land on March 07, 2013, 04:54:42 PM
Daily press briefing by Fr. Federico Lombardi, Thursday, March 7, 2013

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/07/general_congregations:_with_all_electors_present_still_no_date_fo/en1-671221

2013-03-07 15:49:08
General congregations: With all electors present still no date for Conclave

(Vatican Radio) The very first issue on Fr. Federico Lombardi's agenda Thursday during his daily briefing with international press was to reiterate once again that no date has yet been set for Conclave. He noted that news reports of St Peter's Basilica having been booked Monday afternoon next at 5pm, for a Mass for the election of the Roman Pontiff are unfounded. Fr. Lomabrdi pointed out to press that the Missa pro eligendo pontifice can be celebrated by any priest during the interregnum, or Vacant See, as part of the Universal Church's call to prayer during this period.Emer McCarthy reports Listen: 

152 Cardinals were present for the 5th general congregation that began at 9:30 with prayer. There were two new arrivals overnight: Cardinal Nycz from Warsaw, Poland, who is an elector; and Italian Cardinal Coppa, who is not. The Vietnamese Cardinal Pham of Hồ Chí Minh City is due to arrive in time for Thursday afternoon’s session. His arrival will bring the number of Cardinal Electors present in Rome to the total 115 men who can vote in Conclave for the Pope.

On Thursday morning, the particular congregation, or executive that aids the camerlegno, Cardinal Bertone, and is chosen by lot every three days, was renewed: The names extracted were Cardinal Rai for the order of bishops, Cardinal Monsengwo for the order of priests and Cardinal De Paolis for the order of deacons.

Also Thursday morning the Cardinal-Dean, Angelo Sodano, read the text of a telegram that the College of Cardinals will send to Venezuela marking death of President Chavez.

There were 16 interventions, the first three by Cardinals in charge of the economic affairs of the Holy See; Cardinal Versaldi who is in charge of economic affairs, Cardinal Calcagno in charge of APSA (administration of the Holy See’s patrimony) and Cardinal Bertello from the Governatorate of Vatican City State. Paragraph 171 of the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia Pastor Bonus demands the College of Cardinals receive a report on the patrimonial and economic status of the Holy See during the Vacant See.

The remaining 13 interventions were wide ranging: touching on topics from the Church’s commitment to evangelization, relations with local bishops, ecumenical dialogue and the Church’s charitable commitment to the poor. Further discussion concerned the talents, qualities and characteristics required of the next Pope.
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The sixth general congregation will continue Thursday evening from 5 to 7 pm.


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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 11:08:11 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/08/world/europe/vatican-pope-selection/?hpt=hp_t3

Cardinals to vote on date for election of new pope
updated 9:39 AM EST, Fri March 8, 2013

Rome (CNN) -- The Catholic cardinals gathered in Rome will vote later Friday on the date for the secret election, or conclave, to elect a new pope, a Vatican spokesman said.
 
The conclave is not expected to begin before Monday but could start some time next week, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi.
 
There will be 115 cardinal-electors taking part in the conclave, the Vatican confirmed. Only those younger than 80 are eligible to vote.
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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 11:22:27 AM
Daily press briefing by Fr. Federico Lombardi, Friday, March 8, 2013

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/08/general_congregations:_cardinals_to_vote_on_conclave_friday_pm/en1-671477

2013-03-08 15:06:34     
General congregations: Cardinals to vote on Conclave Friday PM

Vatican Radio) The College of Cardinals could vote this evening to establish a date for the beginning of the Conclave. That was the news from Vatican Press Office Director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, on Friday as he briefed journalists on the proceedings of the VIII General Congregation of the College this morning. He also explained that the earliest the Conclave could reasonably be expected to begin would be the start of the coming work week. One hundred fifty-three Cardinals were present for the Friday morning session, including all one hundred fifteen Cardinal Electors who will be participating in the Conclave. Listen to our report: 

The first order of business in the Friday morning session was to give official acceptance to the reasons offered by the two Cardinals with a right to participate in the Conclave, who have declined to present themselves. They are: Archbishop emeritus of Jakarta, Indonesia, Card. Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja, SJ, who is too ill to attend; Card. Keith O’Brien, emeritus of St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh, who cited well-known personal reasons for his decision. Eighteen were the official interventions of the participants, on a broad range of topics: Fr. Lombardi, SJ’s English-language consultant, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, elaborated. “Among the themes that were addressed [Friday] morning – and this by no means is breaking the secret of what takes place, but is to help [illustrate] the scope of the discussions - [were]: inter-religious dialogue, bioethics, justice in the world, a positive proclamation of love and mercy, especially remembering [Bl. John Paul II] in his teaching on mercy, and collegiality,” he explained.

Fr. Lombardi also had a special greeting for the women journalists participating in the briefing, on occasion of International Women’s Day, celebrated in many countries around the world on March 8th.   ::snipping2::


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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 12:00:17 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/08/papal-conclave-new-pope-vatican_n_2806379.html

Papal Conclave Date To Elect New Pope Will Be Tuesday, March 12 Says Vatican
Posted: 03/08/2013 11:41 am EST

The Vatican announced Friday that the Catholic church's College of Cardinals will begin the start closed-door papal conclave meetings to elect the new pope on Tuesday, March 12.

All cardinals under 80 years old are eligible to vote for the successor to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who retired on February 28. That leaves 115 cardinals who will vote at the Sistine Chapel up to four times a day until a supermajority (two-thirds plus one additional vote) agree on who the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church should be.
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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 12:06:21 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/08/conclave_to_begin_tuesday_march_12th_/en1-671593

2013-03-08 17:39:59     
Conclave to begin Tuesday March 12th

(Vatican Radio) The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013

A “pro eligendo Romano Pontifice” Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning. In the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the Conclave.

More to follow...


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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 12:56:31 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/08/conclave_to_begin_tuesday_march_12th_/en1-671593

2013-03-08 17:39:59     
Conclave to begin Tuesday March 12th

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Tuesday afternoon the 115 Cardinal Electors will gather in the Pauline Chapel for a moment of collection and prayer and from there they will process in order of precedence through the Sala Regia to the Sistine Chapel invoking the Holy Spirit.

There they will take their seats, again observing the order of precedence, to elect the 265th Successor to St Peter. Once they have taken their seats they will hear the second meditation established by the Apostolic Constitution governing the papal transitions. It will be given by the Maltese Augustinian, Cardinal Prospero Grech.

Following the mediation, the 115 cardinals will swear an oath to observe the rules of Conclave which include to maintain fidelity to the election of the Pope, to maintain secrecy, never to support or favor interference. The Cardinal Dean Angelo Sodano, reads aloud the formula of the oath, the Cardinal electors respond: I do so promise, pledge and swear.

After all the Cardinals have taken the oath, the Master of the Papal Ceremonies, Msgr. Guido Marini orders all individuals other than the Cardinal Electors and conclave participants to leave the Sistine Chapel. He stands at the great wooden doors and pronounces the phrase: "Extra omnes!" He then closes the door.

According to the Apostolic Constitution, on the afternoon of the first day, one ballot may be held. If a ballot takes place on the afternoon of the first day and no-one is elected, four ballots are held on each successive day, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. If no result is obtained after three vote days of balloting, the process is suspended for a maximum of one day for prayer, meditation and reflection. A two thirds majority is required for the election of a Pope.

Of the 115 Cardinal Electors, more than half are European with the largest single nationality represented by the 28 Italian Cardinal Electors. In a geographical breakdown: 60 come from Europe, 19 from Latin America, 14 from North America, 11 from Africa, 10 from Asia and 1 from Oceania.

The average age of the Cardinal Electors is 71 while 67 of the Cardinals who will enter in the Conclave Tuesday were appointed by Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI.

There were eight Conclaves in the 20th century, only three of which lasted longer than three days. The longest Conclave in the last two hundred years was 1830-1831. It lasted 50 days for a total of 83 ballots resulting in the election of Gregory XVI, the last religious elected to the papacy. The shortest Conclave in the 20th century took place in 1939. Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pius XII after just three ballots.


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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 03:29:37 PM
Two-page article
From page 2...

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865575220/Electing-a-new-pope-Catholic-heirarchy-follows-proceess-rituals-developed-over-centuries.html?pg=1

Electing a new pope: Catholic heirarchy follows process, rituals developed over centuries
Published: Friday, March 8 2013 9:50 a.m. MST

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Wister said the word "conclave" is Latin for "locked up in a room," and its Catholic origins are in the papal elections of the 13th century, when one election dragged on for two years. The townspeople of Viterbo, a village outside of Rome, got tired of feeding and housing the churchmen, so they locked the cardinals in the episcopal palace, feeding them just bread and water, and a decision was made promptly.

The tradition of locking up the cardinals has continued, although the motive has changed. Conclaves now usually last a day or two, during which a strict voting ritual is observed.

The voting process

Following a special mass calling on the Holy Spirit to guide the decision, the cardinal electors, who must be younger than 80 years of age, file into the Sistine Chapel, where a sophisticated anti-bugging system is installed under an elevated floor to block communication from inside and outside the chapel, Wister said.

Each cardinal is given a pre-printed ballot on which he writes the name of his preference for pope. "And one by one they walk up and take an oath that they are voting for the man they consider the most suitable candidate without pressure, then the ballot is placed in (an) urn," Wister said.

After all the ballots have been cast, two cardinals who have been appointed as "scrutineers" over the election read each ballot aloud, while the electors keep their own personal scorecards.

If no one receives at least two-thirds of the vote, then another round of balloting takes place. Wister said as many as four rounds of voting can take place in one day.

After each round, the ballots are burned in a stove, which is stocked with pellets to assure the smoke snaking out of the chapel's chimney is either black (meaning no decision) or white (a pope has been elected).

"Given these cardinals are not very good at domestic chores, they have had problems with the stove. In the last conclave the damper didn't work and smoke filled the chapel," Wister said. "As solemn and important as (the conclave) is, it has its funny sides, too."

'A great joy'

Technically, any male in good standing can be elected to the position of pope — the official Bishop of Rome and successor of the ancient apostle Peter, the head of the church. But, Wister said, the last time a noncardinal was elected was in 1378 with the controversial Urban VI, whose papacy led to a schism in the church.

When a cardinal receives two-thirds of the vote, he is formally asked to accept and to declare what name he will be known by. The results are then notarized and sealed. The new pope is vested with a white cassock and red cape, and each cardinal individually promises obedience. The ballots are burned with pellets producing white smoke and the bell of St. Peter's rings.

The final event of the papal election occurs when the senior cardinal deacon declares in Latin, “I announce to you a great joy: We have a pope!” and the pope appears on the balcony overlooking St. Peter's square.
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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 03:38:36 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/08/conclave:_a_few_dates_with_history/en1-671628

2013-03-08 18:57:01     
Conclave: A few dates with history

Vatican Radio) Below we publish a few fun facts about Conclaves in modern history provided for us by Dr. Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor of History at Jacksonville State University, Alabama:

1740 election of Benedict XIV (d. 1758).
51 electors, 4 died during conclave
18 Feb - 17 August (181 days) (LONGEST IN MODERN HISTORY)

1758 election of Clement XIII (d. 1769)
45 electors, 44 at final ballot.
15 May - 6 July (53 days)

1769 election of Clement XIV (d. 1774) (Clement was O.F.M. Conv.)
46 electors
15 Feb - 19 May (94 days)

1774-1775 election of Pius VI (d. 1799)
44 electors, 2 died
5 Oct 1774 - 15 Feb 1775 (133 days)
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1846 Bl. Pius IX (d. 1878) (beginning of the short conclaves)
50 electors
14-16 June (3 days)

1878 Leo XII (d. 1903) (First non European Cardinal arrives too late, John McCloskey of NYC)
61 electors
18-20 Feb (3 days)

1903 St. Pius X (d. 1914) (First non-European elector, Gibbons, Baltimore; last ius exclusivae -- the so-called 'veto' which was formally abolished by Pius X)
64 electors
7 Ballots
31 Jul - 4 Aug (4 days)

1914 Benedict XV (d. 1922) (2 Americans and 1 Quebecer locked out of Conclave having arrived late; 1st Latin American Cardinal)
57 electors
10 ballots
(31 Aug - 3 Sep)

1922 Pius XI (d. 1939) (2 Americans and 1 Quebecer locked out of Conclave AGAIN -- after this Conclave, a 15 day rule was intituted to allow all Cardinal electors time to arrive)
53 electors
14 ballots
2-6 Feb (5 days)

1939 Piux XII (d. 1958) (1st Eastern Rite Patriarch participates)
62 electors (all living cardinals)
3 ballots (FEWEST BALLOTS and SHORTEST CONCLAVE
1-2 March (2 days)

1958 Bl. John XXIII (d. 1963) (First Chinese, Indian, and African Cardinals)
51 electors
11 ballots
25-28 Oct (4 days)

1963 Paul VI (d. 1978)
80 electors
6 ballots
19-21 June (3 days)

1978(1) John Paul I (d. 1978) (First conclave where over -80s didn’t participate)
111 electors
4 ballots
25-26 Aug (2 days)

1978(2) Bl. John Paul II (d. 2005)
111 electors
8 ballots
14-16 Oct (3 days)

2005 Benedict XVI
115 electors (EQUALS LARGEST NUMBER, 115 this time)
4 ballots
18-19 April (2 days)

2013 First conclave in Lent since 1829


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 05:54:53 PM
An article from February 11--

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11141340

11 February 2013 Last updated at 07:24 ET
Profile: Pope Benedict XVI

In a shock announcement on Monday the Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI would resign as head of the Catholic Church on 28 February.

Speaking in Latin the Pope, aged 85, told cardinals in Rome that his "strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited" to the role.

It is extremely rare for a Pope to resign. In the Middle Ages, Pope Celestine V resigned in 1294, after only five months as pontiff. He died nearly two years later as a hermit. The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

There is a clause in Church Canon Law saying that a papal resignation is valid if the decision is made freely and manifested properly.

At 78, Benedict XVI was one of the oldest new popes in history when he was elected in 2005.

A piano-playing professor, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was looking forward to retirement when Pope John Paul II died in 2005. He has said he never wanted to be Pope.

If he or any of the cardinals who elected him imagined a brief, uneventful reign, paving a transition to a new era, they were to be disappointed.

Benedict took the helm as one of the fiercest storms the Catholic Church has faced in decades - the scandal of child sex abuse by priests - was breaking.
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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 05:58:43 PM
http://www.northjersey.com/news/international/196485831_Vatican_goes_high-tech_to_ensure_conclave_secrecy.html

Vatican goes high-tech to ensure conclave secrecy
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:08 PM

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The secrecy and security measures that surround a papal election are designed to "make the conclave safe for the Holy Spirit," as the saying goes.

But the high-tech defenses the Vatican is deploying for next week's conclave are so impressive that it will be a miracle if even the Holy Spirit can slip in to the Sistine Chapel.

On Friday (March 8 ), the Vatican's chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that special jamming devices will be surround the Sistine Chapel and the Santa Marta guest residence where cardinals will be sequestered during the conclave.

This will not only prevent electronic eavesdropping on the secret proceedings, but will also stop cardinals from communicating via telephones or computers with the outside world.

Church law regulating the conclave forbids cardinals from communicating, "whether by writing, by telephone or by any other means" during a papal election. The conclave is scheduled to open on Tuesday, and is expected to last for several days.

During the 2005 Conclave, a German cardinal informed a German television channel of the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI well ahead of the official announcement from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, according to the Italian daily La Repubblica.

All of the staff that will assist the cardinals during the conclave — from priests standing by ready to hear confessions to the sisters serving meals in the Santa Marta — will take an oath of secrecy, Lombardi said.

Should they breach it, they will incur automatic excommunication, the harshest penalty for Catholics.
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Post by: grace-land on March 08, 2013, 09:35:12 PM
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/08/17226115-it-takes-as-long-as-it-takes-how-the-next-pope-will-be-chosen-step-by-secret-step?lite

3 hours ago
'It takes as long as it takes': How the next pope will be chosen, step by secret step

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A (relatively) new way of doing things

Benedict's election was unusually quick, coming after only four ballots. More commonly, the balloting takes a few days, and because of a change Benedict instituted in 2007, there's the potential for a long conclave this time.

Benedict was elected under rules stipulating that after about 30 ballots, depending on how many votes are taken on the first day, the cardinals could choose to drop the threshold for election to a simple majority.

Benedict threw out that stipulation, meaning a two-thirds vote will be needed for all of the ballots. After 33 or 34 ballots, and occasional one-day breaks for prayer and reflection, the election is narrowed to the two leading vote-getters — but even then, Benedict ordered, the winner has to get two-thirds.

Many "Vaticanisti" — the pundits and journalists who obsessively follow the political goings-on of the church — predict that this change will result in a compromise pope, with the leader in early balloting ultimately fading.

Eventually, someone will be chosen, at which point the senior cardinal will ask the winner, "Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?" If he says yes (accepto), he is the pope, just like that. The new pope will then declare his papal name.

"Then he goes out," Murphy-O'Connor said. "There's a papal tailor outside with three cassocks, white cassocks — large, medium and small — and then after 10 minutes or so he comes back and he's put in the middle and we all go up and kiss his ring.
 
"It doesn't matter how you voted, whatever. He's the pope now," Murphy-O'Connor added. "It's very dramatic, it's very moving, and it's very faithful."

After the white smoke appears — historically triggering extended cheers from the thousands gathered outside — a senior cardinal will step onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and declare: Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum. Habemus papam. ("I announce to you news of great joy. We have a pope.")

The new pope, whoever he is, then appears before the throng and performs his first official public act. It is a simple apostolic blessing called Urbi et orbi ("to the city and the world"):
 
May the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, in whose power and authority we have confidence, intercede on our behalf to the Lord.
 
Through the prayers and merits of the Blessed Mary ever-virgin, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of Blessed John the Baptist and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and of all the saints, may Almighty God have mercy on you, and with your sins forgiven, may Jesus Christ lead you into everlasting life.
 
May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant you indulgence, absolution and remission of all your sins, time for a true and fruitful penance, an always repentant heart and amendment of life, the grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit and final perseverance in good works.
 
And may the blessing of Almighty God, and the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit descend on you and remain with you always.


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Post by: grace-land on March 09, 2013, 11:36:16 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/08/conclave:_expectations_in_light_of_recent_history/en1-671573

2013-03-09 08:59:40     
Conclave: expectations in light of recent history

(Vatican Radio) Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center, Fr. Thomas Reese says he believes the conclave will be a short one because the Cardinals have had one month to get to know each other and sound out their colleagues on the issues of concern to the Church. He told Vatican Radio's Tracey McClure that the lengthy interval between the announcement of Benedict XVI's resignation and the start of the Conclave will have provided ample opportunity for different kinds of discussion among the Cardinals. Listen: 

"Theoretically," said Fr. Reese, "the longer they have to talk to one another, especially informally…that’s where the really important thing happens. Where the Cardinals meet over dinner, over coffee, just you know, visiting each other. (It’s) an opportunity to get to know each other, to ask questions: ‘what do you think are the issues facing the Church, what do you think the qualities we should have in a new pope?’ And what do you think of this man or that man - this kind of informal discussion. Typically, after a while, two or three names start to surface. The Cardinals all hear form each other and so these become kind of the leading candidates. Now, the longer they have to do that, you figure the better they know each other so once they get into the conclave, it’s gonna be quick. Unless – unless: let’s say the top two candidates block each other…you’ve got to have that two-thirds majority. And if the top candidates cannot get a two-thirds majority, if one third plus one of the Cardinals don’t like him, that’s it… so they’re going to be watching the votes. The more people move up, if they have momentum, then that’s a good sign. But if they suddenly don’t get anymore votes and then they start to decline, well that’s the end of that candidacy.”

Q. So is there a cut-off point for a conclave- a maximum time period?
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Post by: grace-land on March 09, 2013, 11:41:23 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/09/conclave:_timetable_for_first_days/en1-671748

2013-03-09 14:09:13     
Conclave: timetable for first days

(Vatican Radio) During the course of the briefing for journalists on Saturday in the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, outlined a timetable for the ceremonies and proceedings on the first days of the upcoming Conclave. The times given below are tentative and approximate.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 (all times Rome local: GMT + 1)

15:45 – Transfer from Domus Sanctae Marthae to Pauline Chapel
16:30 – Procession from Pauline Chapel to Sistine Chapel
16:45 – Oath administered and Extra omnes! Proclaimed

Followed by meditation by Card. Prosper Grech, OP
Eventual 1st vote

19:15 – Vespers
19:30 – Cardinals return to Domus Sanctae Marthae

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 (all times Rome local: GMT + 1)

06:30 – Breakfast served in Domus S. Marthae (until 7:30)
07:45 – Transfer from Domus S. Marthae to Sistine Chapel
08:15 – Mass
09:30 – Hora Media in Sistine Chapel

Morning vote(s) (scrutiny(ies) taken

12:30 – Cardinals return to Domus Sanctae Marthae
13:00 – Lunch
16:00 – Cardinals return to Sistine Chapel
16:50 – Scrutinies taken
19:15 – Vespers
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Post by: grace-land on March 09, 2013, 11:46:34 AM
Daily press briefing by Fr. Federico Lombardi, Saturday, March 9, 2013

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/09/fr_lombardi,_sj:_briefing_to_journalists_on_ix_general_congregation/en1-671773

2013-03-09 15:14:53     
Fr Lombardi, SJ: briefing to journalists on IX General Congregation

Vatican Radio) The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, briefed journalists on Saturday, after the morning session of the IX General Congregation. During the course of the question and answer session, one journalist asked whether there is a projected duration of the Conclave. Fr. Lombardi explained that the general spirit among the participants in the General Congregations, and their readiness to enter into Conclave, tend to suggest that the Conclave itself will not last more than a few days, at most. “It is not my place to tell the Cardinals what to do,” he said, adding, “a lengthy duration of the Conclave would evidently be a sign of an impasse," i.e. that consensus had not been reached. “It is not up to me,” repeated Fr. Lombardi, SJ, “but I have no reason [to foresee such a situation].” Listen to our report: 

Among the details that emerged, there was confirmation of the dissolution – the rendering useless – of the Fisherman’s Ring and other official seals of Benedict XVI’s pontificate. Fr. Lombardi, SJ’s English-language consultant, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, elaborated. “Fr. [Lombardi, SJ] saw with his very own eyes this (Saturday) morning, five objects that were ruined – scratched [and] rendered useless, because the image was destroyed,” he said. Fr. Rosica went on to say, “First of all, there’s the ring – the Fisherman’s Ring that was destroyed – the image was scratched – secondly, there was [also destroyed] a stamp of the Fisherman’s Ring, a seal, which was used to seal official documents.” There were, in addition,  ::snipping2::


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Post by: grace-land on March 11, 2013, 12:48:36 AM
http://bostonglobe.com/news/world/2013/03/09/sistine-chapel-prepared-for-conclave-select-successor-pope-benedict-xvi/7sTy8vymAh4hCi4tMV7eOP/story.html

Vatican gives inside look at conclave preparations
March 09, 2013
 
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The Vatican just released a conclave schedule for the English-speaking press. The action will begin at 4:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. Boston time) on Tuesday, when the cardinals process from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel. At 4:45 p.m., each cardinal will swear an oath of secrecy, and the voting may begin.

Assuming no pope is elected on the first ballot, the cardinals will hold a 15-minute vespers service in the chapel at 7:15 p.m. and then return to the Vatican hotel where they are staying during the conclave, Sanctae Marthae, to eat dinner and sleep. They are not allowed access to the outside world during the conclave, which is meant to ensure the integrity and independence of the vote.
 
In the days following, the cardinals will have breakfast between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m., celebrate Mass in the Pauline Chapel, and then at 9:30 a.m. return to the Sistine Chapel to pray and vote. They take a lengthy lunch break from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., then begin a second round of voting before breaking for the night at 7:30 p.m.


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Post by: grace-land on March 11, 2013, 04:28:58 PM
The daily press briefing by Fr. Federico Lombardi, Monday, March 11, 2013

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/11/final_press_briefing:_cardinals_hold_last_general_congregation/en1-672308

2013-03-11 16:01:40     
Final Press Briefing: Cardinals hold last General Congregation

The Holy See Press Office on Monday held its last briefing before the Conclave. The briefing happened after the 10th and final General Congregation of the Cardinals, in which 152 Cardinals participated. The head of the Holy See Press Office Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, confirmed the Cardinals heard a report on the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), more commonly known as the Vatican Bank. The Cardinals also spoke about their expectations and hopes for the new Pope.

They also chose the three assistants, from each class of Cardinals, who will help during the first days of the Conclave: Cardinal Antonios Naguib for the Cardinal-Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet for the Cardinal-Priests, and Cardinal Francesco Monterisi for the Cardinal-Deacons.
The press officer said, judging by previous conclaves, if a ballot is held on Tuesday, the first smoke would probably not be seen until around 8pm.

Reporters were also reminded of a small change after a Pope is elected: Before appearing on the Central Loggia, he will pray, by himself, in the Pauline Chapel.

It was confirmed that Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, will proceed with the Cardinals before the Conclave, in his role as Prefect of the Pontifical Household.

It was also clarified that the Mass of the Inauguration of the Pope does not have to take place on a Sunday, but will take place at least a few days after the election, so everything can be organized.
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There will be no press briefing on Tuesday.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 11, 2013, 11:57:03 PM
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/opinions/x2070320787/JP-Grace-Heres-the-process-for-selecting-a-pope

JP Grace: Here's the process for selecting a pope
March 11, 2013 @ 09:55 PM

In this period of "sede vacante" (vacant chair) at the Vatican after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, perhaps a quick question-and-answer look at the process would be helpful.

Q: Why does the Catholic church call its main leader a "pope?" What's the meaning of that word?

A: "Pope" comes from the Latin "papa," which, just as in English, means "father." That is why the pope is referred to as "the Holy Father." A pope then is the "papa" of the church's human family.

Q: If the Catholic church is Christian, as it says it is, wouldn't Christ himself be "the head of the church?"

A: Catholic doctrine agrees with that position. And thus the pope is also referred to as "the vicar of Christ," his emissary in the world. His role is to listen prayerfully to God and be obedient to the graces He receives to govern the church.

Q: If the church considers that St. Peter was the first pope, how many popes have there been in the 20-plus centuries since Jesus' time?

A: Though some periods of papal history can be a bit fuzzy -- for instance, in the 13th century there was a time when three different men claimed to be pope -- the most frequently cited number given is 265.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 02:08:45 AM
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130312/NEWS/303120024/Conclave-likely-won-t-make-pick-today

Conclave likely won't make pick today
Just one voting session scheduled at Vatican
Mar 12, 2013

ROME — Although the conclave to select the next pope begins today, no one is expecting drama on the first day.

For starters, there’s only one voting session, set for around noon (5 p.m. local time). That’s compared to four ballots per day come Wednesday.

“You can expect black smoke,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, drawing his confidence from a long history of day-one duds. “The first conclave vote rarely has a positive result.”

But what to the outside world may look like a wasted day is actually to the 115 voting cardinals a critical steppingstone toward selecting a leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

“This first day is important because it establishes the spiritual aspects of the conclave,” says Matthew Bunson, a religious scholar and author of “We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI.” “That happens through the procession into the Sistine Chapel and the constant prayers asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”

But perhaps more significantly, it clues cardinals in to who’s trending.

“They learn from that first vote who the leading contenders are and what level of backing they have,” says Bunson, noting that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s strong support at the outset of 2005’s conclave led to him becoming Pope Benedict in just four ballots.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 01:01:37 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iQfjjH5-AZPNaHz0bV5JjlQiSZ0Q?docId=CNG.eab94a2c1e3cc3026f70142302647ef7.681

Live Report: Papal conclave begins
(AFP) – 9 minutes ago 

1636 GMT: As rain pours down, the eyes of spectators turn to the chimney, where a smoke signal will emerge after each of the four votes that will take place every day.

Now, two masters of ceremonies will be distributing voting papers to the cardinal electors, each inscribed at the top with the words "Eligo in Summum Pontificem" ("I elect as supreme pontiff") with a blank space underneath.

Lots will be drawn to select nine cardinals as "scrutineers" who count the votes, "infirmarii" who collect votes from any cardinals who fall ill, and "revisers" who check the vote counts.

1634 GMT: THE SISTINE CHAPEL'S DOORS SWING SHUT: CONCLAVE OFFICIALLY BEGINS

1633 GMT: The ceremony of oaths concludes, with the famous shout of "Extra omnes": "Everyone out".

Only the 115 cardinal electors remain inside the Sistine Chapel.
 ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 02:55:38 PM
Black smoke from chimney from Vatican--No pope, yet!




Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 02:58:06 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iQfjjH5-AZPNaHz0bV5JjlQiSZ0Q?docId=CNG.eab94a2c1e3cc3026f70142302647ef7.681

Live Report: Papal conclave begins
(AFP) – 4 minutes ago 

1842 GMT: BLACK SMOKE FROM SISTINE CHAPEL -- NO POPE CHOSEN


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 03:14:11 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/black-smoke-appeared-at-sistine-chapel-chimney-live-stream_n_2861974.html

Black Smoke Appeared At Sistine Chapel Chimney (LIVE STREAM)
Posted: 03/12/2013 2:47 pm EDT  |  Updated: 03/12/2013 2:53 pm EDT

With a puff of black smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday afternoon, the Roman Catholic Church's College of Cardinals signaled that that's they haven't decided on the new pope.

The smoke appeared at 2:42 p.m. U.S. Eastern time.

The church's 115 cardinals will meet again Wednesday morning to vote again on the new pope. A cardinal needs at least 77 votes to become pope.

Aside from the voting Tuesday, there will be up to four votes per day until a pope is elected. On Wednesday and following days, the cardinals will have up to two votes before prayer and lunch at 12:30 p.m., and up to two votes at 4 p.m. before prayer at 7:15 p.m.

Depending on when the winning vote is taken, white smoke will arise from the Sistine Chapel at 10:30 a.m., noon, 5:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. If no pope was elected, black smoke will arise from the chapel's chimney at noon and 7 p.m. (U.S. Eastern times). The new pope has to accept the position before white smoke is released, and if smoke is released at night, the Sistine Chapel chimney will be lit up so onlookers can see it.

If there's no election by Friday, cardinals will pause on Saturday for a day of reflection and prayer. The voting would continue in that pattern (three days of voting with a one-day break) until the 34th voting round. Then there would be a runoff between the top two candidates.

When a pope is chosen and white smoke rises from the chapel, the bells of St. Peter's Basilica will ring, as they did in 2005 when Benedict was elected. It took about 40 minutes between the white smoke and official announcement in 2005 when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was elected.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 12, 2013, 03:19:10 PM
Eldest son and French Canadian wife meet with an Evangelical congregation in Victoria, BC but DIL's Conservative parents in Quebec are straunch Catholics.  I received an email from them on the weekend.  They are praying that God raises up either Canadian Marc Quellet and American Timothy Dolan as the next Pope.  It is their position that both do not compromise Biblical doctrine.  When all is said and done ... this devote couple will bow to God's Will.





Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 03:38:40 PM
Eldest son and French Canadian wife meet with an Evangelical congregation in Victoria, BC but DIL's Conservative parents in Quebec are straunch Catholics.  I received an email from them on the weekend.  They are praying that God raises up either Canadian Marc Quellet and American Timothy Dolan as the next Pope.  It is their position that both do not compromise Biblical doctrine.  When all is said and done ... this devote couple will bow to God's Will.





It's good to hear that they are praying for the next Pope and are devout Catholics, Janet.  It will be interesting, and maybe a surprise, when the new Pope is elected!


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 04:08:47 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/12/catholic-cardinals-head-to-conclave-to-elect-new-pope/

Black smoke indicates no pope elected on first day of conclave in Rome
Published March 12, 2013

A plume of black smoke billowed from the Vatican on Tuesday, indicating cardinals have not yet chosen a successor for Pope Benedict XVI on the first day of conclave.
 
The cardinals now return to the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel for the night. They return to the Apostolic Palace for Mass Wednesday morning and a new round of voting.
 
Beginning Wednesday, the cardinals will cast four ballots a day – twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon
Read more...


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 12, 2013, 09:11:56 PM
Eldest son and French Canadian wife meet with an Evangelical congregation in Victoria, BC but DIL's Conservative parents in Quebec are straunch Catholics.  I received an email from them on the weekend.  They are praying that God raises up either Canadian Marc Quellet or  American Timothy Dolan as the next Pope.  It is their position that both do not compromise Biblical doctrine.  When all is said and done ... this devote couple will bow and accept God's Will.


Cardinal Ouellet's tiny hometown besieged by journalists as conclave begins
March 12, 2013 3:10 PM

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/new-era-for-the-vatican/index.html/Cardinals+gather+begin+secret+voting+successor+Pope/8082264/story.html


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 12, 2013, 09:20:44 PM
Eldest son and French Canadian wife meet with an Evangelical congregation in Victoria, BC but DIL's Conservative parents in Quebec are straunch Catholics.  I received an email from them on the weekend.  They are praying that God raises up either Canadian Marc Quellet and American Timothy Dolan as the next Pope.  It is their position that both do not compromise Biblical doctrine.  When all is said and done ... this devote couple will bow to God's Will.



It's good to hear that they are praying for the next Pope and are devout Catholics, Janet.  It will be interesting, and maybe a surprise, when the new Pope is elected!


Grace

My eldest son's inlaws are "presenting their requests" in prayer to God as Scripture commands but they are aware that our Heavenly Father knows what is best for His children and the answer to their pleas may be denied.

Janet

++++++

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God
.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 11:22:53 PM
http://www.todayscatholicnews.org/2013/03/in-pre-conclave-sermon-cardinal-sodano-calls-for-unity/

In pre-conclave sermon, Cardinal Sodano calls for unity
By Francis X. Rocca
Posted on March 12, 2013

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hours before the start of the conclave that will choose the next pope, the dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated the papacy as a source of unity among Catholics and of evangelization and charitable service to the world.

Christ “has established his apostles and among them Peter, who takes the lead, as the visible foundation of the unity of the church,” Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in his homily at St. Peter’s Basilica March 12. “Each of us is therefore called to cooperate with the successor of Peter, the visible foundation of such an ecclesial unity.”

Cardinal Sodano, 85, concelebrated the Mass “Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice” (for the election of the Roman pontiff) with some 170 other cardinals, including 115 under 80 who would be entering the conclave in the Sistine Chapel that afternoon.

At the start of the Mass, as a choir and the congregation chanted verses from the psalms, the cardinals processed up the main aisle of the basilica, wearing vestments in the red of Pentecost, signifying their invocation of the Holy Spirit to guide the papal election.

Cardinal Sodano’s homily included words of thanks for the “brilliant pontificate” of Pope Benedict XVI, which prompted more than 30 seconds of applause.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 12, 2013, 11:26:53 PM
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=22129

Text: Cardinal Sodano at Mass before Conclave
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:56 am

Cardinal Angelo Sodano gave the following homily this morning at the Mass for the Election of a Roman Pontiff, concelebrated by the Cardinals before the enter the Conclave today.
 
Below is a translation of the Homily given by Cardinal Angelo Sodono
 
Dear Concelebrants, Distinct Authorities, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
“Forever I will sing the mercies of the Lord” is the hymn that resounds once again near the tomb of the Apostle Peter in this important hour of the history of the Holy Church of Christ. These are the words of Psalm 88 that have flowed from our lips to adore, give thanks and beg the Father who is in heaven.
 
“Misericordias Domini in aeternum cantabo”: is the beautiful Latin text that has introduced us into contemplation of the One who always watches over his Church with love, sustaining her on her journey down through the ages, and giving her life through his Holy Spirit.
 
Such an interior attitude is ours today as we wish to offer ourselves with Christ to the Father who is in heaven, to thank him for the loving assistance that he always reserves for the Holy Church, and in particular for the brilliant Pontificate that he granted to us through the life and work of the 265th Successor of Peter, the beloved and venerable Pontiff Benedict XVI, to whom we renew in this moment all of our gratitude.
 
At the same time today, we implore the Lord, that through the pastoral sollicitude of the Cardinal Fathers, He may soon grant another Good Shepherd to his Holy Church. In this hour, faith in the promise of Christ sustains us in the indefectible character of the church. Indeed Jesus said to Peter: “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against her.” (Mt. 16:18).
 
My brothers, the readings of the World of God that we have just heard can help us better understand the mission that Christ has entrusted to Peter and to his successors.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 12, 2013, 11:50:53 PM
Papal conclave: Second day of voting is make-or-break day for cardinals
Published on Tue Mar 12 2013


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The first ballot on Tuesday produced the expected black smoke, the signal that none of the candidates had reached the 77 votes needed to win.

Italy’s leading newspapers on Tuesday put Quebec’s Cardinal Marc Ouellet among the top three or four front-runners. He was placed third by La Stampa’s Andrea Tornielli, the respected journalist whose insider knowledge of pre-conclave discussions led the Vatican to clamp down on cardinals talking to the press.

Ahead of Ouellet, if reports are accurate, are Italy’s Angelo Scola, a protégé of the now-retired Benedict’s, and Brazil’s Odilo Scherer, who is backed by top prelates in the Vatican bureaucracy.

Ouellet, 68, is a staunch conservative and another Benedict favourite. His chances seem to depend on cardinals looking for an alternative if Scola or Scherer can’t break clear.

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http://www.thestar.com/news/world/pope/2013/03/12/papal_conclave_will_cardinal_marc_ouellet_become_the_next_pope_too_early_to_tell_as_cardinals_begin_long_journey.html


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 10:36:59 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/black-smoke-at-sistine-chapel-indicates-no-pope_n_2865317.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Black Smoke At Sistine Chapel: No Pope Elected
Posted: 03/13/2013 6:44 am EDT  |  Updated: 03/13/2013 7:00 am EDT

With a puff of black smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Wednesday morning in Rome, the Catholic Church's College of Cardinals signaled they haven't decided on the new pope after two rounds of voting on Wednesday, the second day of the papal conclave.

The smoke appeared at 6:39 a.m. EDT (11:39 a.m. CET).

The Church's 115 cardinals will meet again Wednesday afternoon to vote on the new pope. A cardinal needs at least 77 votes to become pope. There will be up to four votes per day until a pope is elected.

Depending on when the winning vote is taken, white smoke will arise from the Sistine Chapel at 5:30 a.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. CET), 7 a.m. EDT (12 p.m. CET), 12:30 p.m. EDT (5:30 p.m. CET) or 2 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CET). If no pope was elected, black smoke will arise from the chapel's chimney at 7 a.m. EDT (12 p.m. CET) and 2 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. CET). All times are estimates based on prior papal elections and predictions from the Vatican. Actual times can vary.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 02:18:14 PM
White smoke from Vatican!  We have a Pope!

Bells are ringing!


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 02:33:59 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/white-smoke-at-sistine-chapel-indicates-pope-election_n_2866095.html

White Smoke At Sistine Chapel Indicates Pope Election
Posted: 03/13/2013 2:10 pm EDT

(http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1036242/thumbs/r-WHITE-SMOKE-SISTINE-CHAPEL-large570.jpg?10)

White smoke appeared at the Sistine Chapel chimney on Wednesday afternoon indicating that a pope has been elected and has accepted the position. According to Catholic tradition, the newly appointed Bishop of Rome is the 266th successor of St. Peter and leader of the worldwide Catholic Church consisting of 1.2 billion Catholics.

The white smoke appeared at 7:05 p.m. CET (2:05 p.m. EDT / 11:05 a.m. PDT) time after five rounds of voting. In 2005, Benedict XVI was elected on the second day after four rounds of voting.
 ::snipping2::

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, former president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to shout "Habemus Papam!" ("We have a pope!). He'll present the new pope, who will be in white papal cassocks (three sizes are kept on reserve) and give his first blessing as pope.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 13, 2013, 02:36:07 PM
New pope chosen: White smoke billows from Sistine Chapel chimney
Published Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013 5:50AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013 2:19PM EDT


The Catholic church has elected a new pope.

White smoke is billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney in St. Peter's Square, indicating a new spiritual leader has been chosen for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

It's not yet clear who the new pope is. But he is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within the hour before many faithful waiting to witness the first new pontiff in eight years.

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http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/new-pope-chosen-white-smoke-billows-from-sistine-chapel-chimney-1.1193437


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 03:23:24 PM
Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina!!!



Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: MuffyBee on March 14, 2013, 01:24:18 PM
Grace-land requested we start a new thread for Pope Francis.   Please use the new thread for discussion, posting news articles and photos in regard to Pope Francis.   The thread we are currently in, "Pope Benedict RESIGNING" will continue to be open for discussion of  his holiness Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Link to new thread:

POPE FRANCIS

http://scaredmonkeys.net/index.php?topic=14144.msg1554606#msg1554606


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2013, 08:17:18 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/20/pope_francis_calls_benedict_to_wish_him_happy_feast_day/en1-675035

2013-03-20 08:55:46
Pope Francis calls Benedict to wish him happy feast day

Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called Emeritus Pope Benedict to wish him a happy St. Joseph’s feast day March 19th. The Argentine Pope, who placed the call to his German predecessor Joseph Ratzinger shortly after 5:00 pm Rome time Tuesday, once again expressed gratitude to the emeritus pope for his long time service to the Church. The two enjoyed a lengthy and cordial conversation. Since his resignation February 28, Emeritus Pope Benedict has been staying at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, in the Rome countryside until restoration work on his new residence in the Vatican is completed. Benedict has followed with “intense participation” the events of these days, particularly Tuesday morning’s installation liturgy.  ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2013, 01:47:42 AM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17555

Pope-emeritus Benedict in rapid physical decline? Vatican denies report
April 10, 2013

The physical health of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is rapidly deteriorating, according to a Spanish reporter. The Vatican has denied the report.

Paloma Gomez Borrero of El Mundo said that Benedict is suffering from “something very serious.” The Spanish journalist did not name any specific disease, or cite any evidence aside from the frailty that was evident to observers when Benedict met with Pope Francis at Castel Gandolfo on March 23.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, denied that the former Pope is suffering from any particular illness. His physical ailments, Father Lombardi said, are “those connected with age.”

Pope-emeritus Benedict has lost a significant amount of weight in recent weeks. He walks with increasing difficulty, reportedly has nearly lost vision in one eye, and has a history of cardiac problems. Nevertheless the Vatican has said that Benedict does not have any immediate life-threatening illness.   ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2013, 10:06:38 PM
Happy 86th Birthday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI   :smt113

Video at link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-turns-86-years-old-first-birthday-as-pope-emeritus-english-9778.html#.UWyqfL4o7IU

Benedict XVI turns 86 years old, first birthday as Pope emeritus
2013-04-15 18:21:00

April 15, 2013. (Romereports.com) One more candle on the birthday cake for Benedict XVI, and for the first time as Pope emeritus. He celebrates his 86th birthday in the intimacy of Castel Gandolfo. Eight years ago, on April 16, 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned 78 just two days before the start of of the conclave where he was elected Pope. 

During his pontificate, he celebrated seven birthdays with two concerts and Bavarian folk dances, but always working. In fact, in 2006, his first year as Pope, his birthday coincided with the Easter Sunday, where he asked for peace in Africa, Iraq, Israel and Palestine.

In  2007, Benedict XVI celebrated his 80 years at the tune of classical music. The Stuttgart Radio Symphonic Orchestra from Germany performed a concert for him at Paul VI Hall.

BENEDICT XVI
“At the end of this stupendous concert, which the Radio Symphonic Orchestra of Stuttgart gave us and elevated our spirits, I wish above all to greet all of you very cordially.”

One year later, in 2008 he packed his bags for the United States. In the morning of his birthday he met with President George W. Bush at the White House, and in the afternoon, with American bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2013, 01:30:08 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/16/portrait_of_pope-emeritus_benedict_xvi_unveiled_on_his_birthday/en1-683225

2013-04-16 11:33:08
Portrait of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI unveiled on his birthday

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(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is celebrating his 86th birthday on Tuesday. The German Embassy to the Holy See will be hosting a party which will unveil a new portrait of the former pontiff painted by German artist Michael Triegel, who is known as “Papstmaler”, or “Pope Painter”. The painting is on permanent loan to the Embassy.  ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2013, 02:20:13 PM
Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/today-marks-eight-year-anniversary-of-benedict-xvi-election-english-9817.html#.UXQi4b4o7IU

Today marks eight year anniversary of Benedict XVI election
2013-04-19  13:09:51

April 19, 2013. (Romereports.com) (-ONLY VIDEO-) On April 19, 2005, at 4:50PM white smoke billowed out of the chimney perched atop the Sistine Chapel. Cardinals had chosen Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope.   

About an hour alter, he stepped out into the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square, and the world met the man who would take over for John Paul II, Benedict XVI.   

It has been eight years now since that election. Ratzinger, who had just turned 78, took over the reins of the Catholic Church. He would preside over an intellectual pontificate, embedded with a deep theological perspective.  ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2013, 02:28:41 PM
http://catholicism.about.com/b/2013/04/19/the-anniversary-of-pope-benedict-xvis-election.htm

The Anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's Election
April 19, 2013

Three days ago, on April 16, we celebrated an event that wasn't unprecedented but is certainly rare—indeed, it hasn't been observed in over 700 years: the birthday of a retired pope. And now we observe another rare event: the anniversary of the election of that same Pope Emeritus.

Eight years ago today, on April 19, 2005, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger entered the second day of the conclave convened after the death of Pope John Paul II, and emerged as the successor of the man he had served faithfully for almost a quarter of a century. In a fascinating thread tying the 2005 conclave to the 2013 one, Pope Benedict XVI was elected after Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio begged the cardinal-electors who had been voting for him to cast their votes for Cardinal Ratzinger instead. (Another detail from the 2005 conclave is fascinating if true: Respected Italian Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli has reported that Cardinal Ratzinger entered the 2005 conclave intending to support the man who would become Pope Francis.)

In 2005, most Vatican watchers, and perhaps even a majority of the cardinal-electors, expected Pope Benedict to be a "transitional pope." That turned out to be true, though not in the way that they meant it. They thought that Pope Benedict would mark time, perhaps consolidating the legacy of Pope John Paul II, but certainly not extending it very far, much less creating a legacy of his own.

They were wrong. As I wrote in the wake of Pope Benedict's announcement of his resignation, "he has thrown himself enthusiastically into his pontificate, accomplishing more in just under eight years than many other popes have in twice that long."
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Comments section--

(1) A P O'Beachain says:

The Holy Spirit guides the Church and uses each Pope to highlight different aspects of Her Gospel Journey as needed. We can see the progress since Leo XIII who stated the Social Gospel principles and their renewal and application from his day until now. Pius XII with biblical studies renewal and setting the stage for Vatican 11, liturgical renewal, JXXX11 for the Council and happy joy and humanness, and peace, Paul V1 for world travel, JP1 for happy joy again, JP11 for global evangelisation, BXV1 for solid scholarship and gentlemanly leadership, now Francis for getting out of the sacristy into the street and down to earth practical love and more happy joy. They are not political leaders swinging from Left to Right but part of a continuum, a flow, leaders of a living body. So called leftist and rightist loud mouths grab headlines and side-track the public’s attention and the global media grind away with their own axes.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2013, 02:36:55 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/2196/benedict_xvi_and_the_end_of_the_virtual_council.aspx#.UXQjwr4o7IU

Benedict XVI and the End of the “Virtual Council”
April 19, 2013

In one of the last acts of his pontificate, Benedict XVI gave an address to the clergy of the Diocese of Rome on the Second Vatican Council.  In the address he drew a distinction between what he termed the Virtual Council, or Council of the Media, and the Real Council or Council of those who actually produced the documents.  He observed that since the Council of the Media was accessible to everyone (not just to students of theology who studied the documents), it became the dominant interpretation of what happened at Vatican II, and this created “many disasters” and “much suffering.”  Specifically, he mentioned the closure of seminaries and convents, the promotion of banal liturgy, and the application of notions of popular sovereignty to issues of Church governance.  He concluded, however, that some 50 years after the Council, “this Virtual Council is broken, is lost.”

From what comes across my desk in theological literature there is still a lot of life in the Virtual Council, though it is true that it holds no enchantment for young seminarians or members of new ecclesial movements. Thus, the Church of the future, as a matter of demography, will be more closely oriented to the documents of the Real Council.   

The end of the “Virtual Council”

When Blessed John Paul II lay dying he said to the youth who had travelled to Rome to offer their prayerful support: “I have searched for you, and now you have come to me, and I thank you.”  Less irenically he might have said, “I have tried to get through to you, notwithstanding layers and layers of deaf and dumb bureaucrats, and now that I am dying, the fact that you are here means that at least some of you understood, and this is my consolation.” Similarly, Benedict seemed to be saying to the clergy of Rome, notwithstanding all the banality, all the pathetic liturgies, all the congregationalist ecclesiology, the Virtual Council of the Media has lost its dynamism.  It is no longer potent.  It no longer sets the course of human lives; it no longer inspires rebellion.  It too has become boring and sterile. 
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Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2013, 02:40:51 PM
http://catholicism.about.com/b/2013/04/19/remembering-pope-benedicts-visit-to-the-united-states.htm

Remembering Pope Benedict's Visit to the United States
April 19, 2013

Five years ago, April 15-20, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI made his first apostolic visit to the United States (and, we now know, his only one). While Pope John Paul II had an extensive itinerary during his first trip to the United States in 1979, Pope Benedict's agenda was more limited. Of course, the Holy Father celebrated his 81st birthday on his first full day in the United States, while Pope John Paul II was a mere 59 when he first kissed American soil.

Pope Benedict visited only two cities--Washington, D.C., and New York City--and held one public Mass in each. The Holy Father met with the bishops of the United States while in Washington, and he held two ecumenical meetings, one in each city. While in New York, he also addressed the United Nations.

Yet in the space of those five days, Pope Benedict may have sparked "a new Pentecost for the Church in America," a phrase he used throughout his trip and which lay at the center of his homily at a Mass for priests and religious at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. In the days after the Holy Father returned to Rome, I asked, "What Did Pope Benedict Hope to Accomplish?" I suspect that, five years later, the now-Pope Emeritus must be pleased to see a Catholic hierarchy in America that is speaking out strongly in defense of life, of marriage, of the prerogatives of the Church; and equally pleased to see the American faithful begin to treat the Catholic Faith as leaven for their entire lives, and not something that we just "do" on Sundays.
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Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2013, 08:53:04 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/2204/pope_benedict_xvis_legacy_faith_and_future.aspx#.UXcpa74o7IV

Pope Benedict XVI’s Legacy: Faith and Future
April 23, 2013
Six essential and enduring themes of the pontificate of the Pope Emeritus
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The new springtime for the Church hoped for by Blessed John Paul II has found its great advocate and defender in Benedict XVI.  He has been an indefatigable defender of Tradition and renewal in the light of both the Second Vatican Council and the crisis that has been its aftermath.  Perhaps one may call him a transitional pope.  However, work that he has done will prove pivotal to future of the Church willed by Christ.  Joseph Ratzinger was the guardian of the doctrine of the faith under Blessed John Paul II, and his resignation has given us the extraordinary conclave that elected Pope Francis.  But what he did in this transition was to make clear once again to the naysayers that, even in crisis, the Church is the only viable future, just as it was at the beginning when it was small and persecuted.

Prophetically, Joseph Ratzinger pronounced the keynote of his coming pontificate at the Mass Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice just before the conclave that elected him began.  He contrasted the relativism of our age, the “being carried about by every wind of doctrine,” with the standard by which the Church judges a truly humane society, namely, the person of Jesus Christ.  Against what he famously called the “dictatorship of relativism” he pitted a faith fully embraced as a deep encounter with Christ:
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Post by: grace-land on May 03, 2013, 09:15:52 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/benedict-comes-home-to-new-house-new-pope-as-unprecedented-phase-begins/2013/05/02/c0ba20ea-b30a-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

Benedict returns to Vatican for first time, meets with new pope and moves into new house
Published: May 2

VATICAN CITY — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI came home to the Vatican on Thursday for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28, beginning an unprecedented era for the Catholic Church of having a retired pontiff living alongside a reigning one.

Pope Francis welcomed Benedict outside his new retirement home — a converted monastery on the edge of the Vatican gardens — and the two immediately went into the adjoining chapel to pray together, the Vatican said.

The Vatican said Benedict, 86, was pleased to be back and that he would — as he himself has said — “dedicate himself to the service of the church above all with prayer.” Francis, the statement said, welcomed him with “brotherly cordiality.”

A photo released by the Vatican showed the two men, arms clasped and both smiling, standing inside the doorway of Benedict’s new home as Benedict’s secretary looks on.

Unlike the live, door-to-door Vatican-provided television coverage that accompanied Benedict’s emotional farewell in February, the Vatican provided no television images of his return Thursday.

The low-key approach followed the remarkable yet somewhat alarming images transmitted on March 23 when Francis went to visit Benedict at the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, where Benedict was living. In that footage, Benedict appeared visibly more frail and thinner only three weeks after resigning.

Some Vatican officials questioned whether those images should have been released, given how frail Benedict appeared. Thursday’s photo showed no obvious signs of further decline.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, has acknowledged Benedict’s post-retirement decline but has insisted the 86-year-old German isn’t suffering from any specific ailment and is just old.

“He is a man who is not young: He is old and his strength is slowly ebbing,” Lombardi said this week. “However, there is no special illness. He is an old man who is healthy.”
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Post by: grace-land on May 03, 2013, 09:23:35 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2318203/Ex-Pope-Benedict-returns-home-Vatican-today-live-door-Pope-Francis.html
PUBLISHED: 06:13 EST, 2 May 2013  | UPDATED: 04:28 EST, 3 May 2013

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Welcome home: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis as he returns at the Vatican from the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, south-east of Rome


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Post by: grace-land on May 12, 2013, 01:34:52 AM
http://www.latintimes.com/articles/3778/20130509/vatican-santa-muerte-mexican-folk-death-saint.htm

Vatican Says Santa Muerte, Mexican Folk 'Death Saint,' Is Blasphemous, Symbolic Of Drug Wars
May 09, 2013 01:41 PM EDT

The president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi declared worshipping the Mexican folk saint of death or Santa Muerte blasphemous. The Cardinal said "it's not religion just because it's dressed up like religion; it's blasphemy against religion," the BBC reports. 

The Mexican tradition of worshipping Santa Muerte is largely seen as a cult. It is growing in popularity among areas in Mexico ravaged by violence relating to drug and gang wars.
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Cardinal Ravasi was in Mexico speaking at a number of gatherings for believers and non-believers in order to help them find a way to God. The "Courtyard of the Gentiles" as the gathering is called, is a program started by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 as a way of introducing God to non-believers, The Telegraph says.

The Cardinal denounced Santa Muerte at an event in Mexico City. He believes the Saint of Death sends the wrong message to Catholic children in Mexico because it is so popular among criminals, like gang members and drug lords.

"The mafia, drug trafficking and organized crime don't have a religious aspect and have nothing to do with religion, even if they use the image of Santa Muerte," the Cardinal said.

Followers who worship Santa Muerte pray to the figure of a female skeleton wearing a cloak and holding a scythe. They place the statue on an alter with offerings of "votive candles, fruit and tequila in the hope Santa Muerte will grant their wishes," BBC reports.
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Post by: grace-land on May 12, 2013, 01:53:00 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22462181

9 May 2013 Last updated at 06:36 ET
Vatican declares Mexican Death Saint blasphemous

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The cult, which reveres death, has been growing rapidly in Mexico.

It is represented by a cloaked female skeleton clutching a scythe.

It is particularly popular in areas of Mexico that have suffered from extreme violence carried out by the country's drug cartels.

The cult is believed to date back to colonial times.

It merges indigenous beliefs with the tradition of venerating saints introduced by Christian missionaries after the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
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There are no reliable figures showing how many people worship Santa Muerte, but academics studying the subject say more and more Santa Muerte shrines have been popping up in Mexico and the US, where the cult is popular with Mexican immigrants.

Last year, police in northern Mexico arrested eight people in connection with the killing of two boys and a woman in ritual sacrifices which prosecutors said were linked to the cult of Santa Muerte.


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Post by: grace-land on June 08, 2013, 11:53:23 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2307/benedict_xvi_im_fine_i_live_like_a_monk.aspx#.UbP7ar4o7IU

Benedict XVI: “I’m fine. I live like a monk.”
June 06, 2013 05:11 EST

Catholic World News has a report on remarks Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made to a friend visiting him in Rome:

“I’m fine. I live like a monk,” Benedict XVI told an old German friend who visited him recently at his new residence in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on the Vatican grounds.

Manfred Lutz, a German scholar who is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Academy for Life, told Bild Zeitung that he found the retired Pontiff “physically weaker and a bit more stooped” than a few months earlier, but still mentally alert and cheerful. He said that the Pope-emeritus found himself thoroughly in accord with the theological statements of Pope Francis.
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Post by: grace-land on June 13, 2013, 10:47:53 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/pope-benedict-international-criminal-court-_n_3436720.html

Pope Benedict XVI International Criminal Court Investigation Requested By Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Rejected
Posted: 06/13/2013 2:33 pm EDT

NEW YORK -- The International Criminal Court has rejected a longshot request by clergy sex abuse victims to investigate former Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity.

The tribunal, based in The Hague, told attorneys for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests that "there is not a basis at this time to proceed with further analysis."

"The matters described in your communication do not appear to fall within the jurisdiction of the court," a court official wrote in a May 31 letter to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the nonprofit legal group that represents the victims. The legal organization released the letter Thursday.
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Post by: grace-land on June 21, 2013, 04:55:49 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/21/paul_vi_-_part_1:_at_the_helm_in_choppy_waters..._/en1-702595

2013-06-21 09:22:53
Paul VI - Part 1: at the helm in choppy waters...

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(Vatican Radio ) Pope Paul VI, Giovanni Battista Montini was elected as Successor of Peter fifty years ago on the 21st June 1963.

On December 20, 2012 Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, signed a decree recognising the "heroic virtues" of a Pope chosen to lead the Catholic Church at a crucial time in its history, finding himself with the delicate task of closing and implementing the Second Vatican Council.

It's a decree which highlights the value of a Pope who was not always fully understood. One who was described at the time as a man full of contradictions, bafflling yet brilliant, austere yet personable, enigmatic yet firm in his authority.
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Post by: grace-land on June 25, 2013, 10:07:37 PM
http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/retired-popes-eyes-are-bright-and-joyous-says-longtime-friend

Retired pope's eyes 'are bright and joyous,' says longtime friend
Jun. 25, 2013 

Maynooth, Ireland--   
One of retired Pope Benedict XVI's oldest confidants downplayed concerns about the pontiff's health, saying his friend was mentally and physically "fresh."
 
Salvatorian Fr. Stephan Otto Horn, president of the "Ratzinger Schulerkreis" (Ratzinger Student Circle), told Catholic News Service he met the retired pope in Rome in early June, and he acknowledged his mentor was frail.

"He is 86 now. At that age you are not so strong, but he seemed to me to be very fresh. His memory is fresh and his eyes are very bright and joyous," he said.
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Horn also told CNS that Pope Benedict said Pope Francis had been trying to convince him to go to Castel Gandolfo for a vacation, while he was trying to convince Pope Francis to take a vacation there.

"He told me he had told Pope Francis that if (Francis) couldn't go there for a long time, then he should at least go there for Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption, which the pope traditionally spends with the people of Castel Gandolfo," Horn said.

Speaking to CNS at the Divine Word Missionaries school in Maynooth, during a symposium on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger, Father Horn said: "After the (Feb. 11) resignation it was difficult for him for three weeks, but after those three weeks, his well-being began improving. And he is very interested in everything," said the priest, who is in regular communication with his former mentor.

Of his decision to resign, Horn said Pope Benedict was "convinced his decision was the right one," and was happy and serene with it.
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Post by: grace-land on July 09, 2013, 12:25:35 AM
Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-and-francis-meet-in-the-vatican-gardens-english-10478.html#.UduPQr4o7IU

Benedict XVI and Francis meet in the Vatican Gardens
2013-07-06 10:00:00

July 6, 2013 (Romereports.com) Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI met at the Vatican gardens for the unveiling of a new statue representing St. Michael Archangel, the universal protector of the Church and patron of Vatican City.

Benedict XVI, who was invited by Pope Francis, was welcomed with a great applause. The most moving moment was when the two Popes hugged. They also sat next to each other throughout the ceremony.
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Post by: grace-land on July 09, 2013, 12:40:01 AM
http://www.catholicregister.org/columns/item/16561-pope-consecrates-vatican-city-to-st-joseph-st-michael-the-archangel

Pope consecrates Vatican City to St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel
Monday, 08 July 2013 11:10

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Pope Francis, right, embraces retired Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in the Vatican gardens July 5. During the service, Pope Francis blessed a new statue of St. Michael the Archangel and recited separate prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St. Jo seph and to St. Michael. - CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

VATICAN CITY - With retired Pope Benedict XVI sitting next to him, Pope Francis formally recited separate prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St. Joseph and to St. Michael the Archangel.
 
The early morning ceremony in the Vatican Gardens July 5 featured the unveiling of a new statue of St. Michael, sculpted by Giuseppe Antonio Lomuscio. The project, along with a fountain by Franco Murer dedicated to St. Joseph, was initiated under Pope Benedict.
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Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 05:57:39 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18642

Benedict XVI is not ill, but will not write again, brother says
August 01, 2013

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger told a German interviewer that his younger brother, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, experienced “great relief” when he resigned.

The former Pontiff has “no acute illness,” Msgr. Ratzinger said. But he realized that he could no longer work a full schedule, and believes that a 21st-century Pope “cannot, as used to be possible, simply cut back.”
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Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 06:07:49 PM
The Pope Benedict Forum
A discussion of Pope Benedict XVI and his pontificate


Credit:  Benodette

http://theratzingerforum.yuku.com/reply/73225/Re-Papal-apartment-and-family#.Uf7LeL4o7IW

Dom Radio - Michael Hesemann interviewed Georg Ratzinger on the publication of Hesemann's new book "Pope Francis, the Legacy Benedict XVI and the future of the Church" The title was released on Wednesday in Munich by Herbig Verlag.

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. was, in the words of his brother Georg Ratzinger, "a great relief". After a period of transition has seemed to gradually recover.

Monsignor Ratzinger explains in an interview the reasons that prompted his brother to retire as head of the church. Disappointment over the Vatileaks scandal played no role, the 89-year-old claimed. Also it is not true that Benedict XVI resigned for fear of a stroke. His brother has "no acute illness" he says.

Georg Ratzinger said that the Pope's decision came after his return from Mexico in late March 2012. At that time the doctors had discouraged him from travelling so far. But because of World Youth Day in Brazil and a visit to the Philippines was possible "he believed it was no longer to be the right thing to remain in office." The demands on a Pope today are much greater than they were even 50 years ago. "He must be in full possession of his powers, and cannot, as used to be possible, to simply cut back."

According to his brother Benedict XVI has nothing more to write. "His literary work is completed, there will be no further publications," Ratzinger said

Georg Ratzinger said his brother did not know his successor well before his election.

Pope Francis was apparently a blank slate for. Benedict XVI. He never talked about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, George Ratzinger said. "I think he did not know him well, probably only slightly".

Monsignor Ratzinger said his brother knows the new style which his successor has introduced is unfamiliar to people and some may be preparing for trouble because he does many things differently than before. On the question of whether Benedict XVI welcomes the changes he said "He never really talks about it, because he does not want there to be any possibility of him standing in the way of his successor or to cause him difficulties or problems of any sort, but he also appreciates him very much."
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Post by: grace-land on August 21, 2013, 11:17:02 PM
http://www.todayscatholicnews.org/2013/08/officials-dubious-of-retired-popes-extraordinary-mystical-experience/

Officials dubious of retired pope’s extraordinary ‘mystical experience’
By Cindy Wooden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in February, he made it very clear that he had done so only after intense prayer and that he intended to live the rest of his life praying and studying.

Vatican officials and Vatican watchers were surprised in late August when a report circulated that Pope Benedict had told an anonymous visitor that his decision was the result of some form of extraordinary “mystical experience” rather than a decision made after long and careful thought and deep prayer. Catholics traditionally would consider that kind of intense prayer a “mystical experience,” although not something extraordinary.

Those skeptical of the report, carried in the Italian service of the Zenit news agency, quoted Pope Benedict’s explanation in his own announcement Feb. 11: “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”

He also told the cardinals that he wanted to dedicate the rest of his life to serving the church through his prayers.
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In a report Aug. 19, Zenit said someone who had visited Pope Benedict “a few weeks ago” had asked him why he resigned. “God told me to,” the retired pope was quoted as responding before “immediately clarifying that it was not any kind of apparition of phenomenon of that kind, but rather ‘a mystical experience’ in which the Lord gave rise in his heart to an ‘absolute desire’ to remain alone with him in prayer.”

Posted on August 21, 2013


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Post by: grace-land on August 22, 2013, 11:26:13 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18807

Pope Benedict changed phrase in Baptism ceremony
August 22, 2013

Before his resignation took effect, Pope Benedict XVI made a small but important change in the text of the ceremony for Baptism.
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The change, which Pope Benedict authorized before he resigned, formally took effect on March 31—when Pope Francis had already taken office. The new wording has not been announced by the Vatican, but appeared in the official bulletin Notitiae, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship.

The new wording applies immediately only to the Latin version of the Baptismal liturgy. National bishops’ conferences will be asked to plan for the introduction of appropriate translations in their own languages.

In English, a simple translation would change one line in the Baptism ceremony. The sentence: “The Christian community welcomes you with great joy,” would presumably become: “The Church of God welcomes you with great joy.”  


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on August 28, 2013, 10:15:48 PM
Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-will-celebrate-mass-with-former-students-at-vatican-english-10869.html#.Uh6o3r4o7IU

Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass with former students at Vatican
2013-08-28 18:54:20

August 28, 2013. (Romereports.com) Benedict XVI will not attend the annual gathering that his former students have organized for over 30 years now to debate on theology. This weekend's event will take place at Castel Gandolfo, but on Sunday the Pope emeritus will celebrate Mass with them at the Vatican.   

FR. STEPHEN OTTO HORN
Coordinator, Ratzinger Schülerkreis

“We are naturally sad that he will not be attending the theological discussions. But we are very happy to celebrate the Holy Mass with him at the Vatican. So he will not be entirely absent, but he will be at the Eucharist, where we'll have the chance to say 'good morning.' Each one of us can say 'good morning' to him.” 

Benedict XVI's former students will meet from August 29 to September 2. After his resignation, their professor decided he would not longer assist these gatherings, and would remain under retirement at the Vatican.
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Post by: grace-land on September 02, 2013, 01:34:34 PM
Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-celebrates-mass-at-the-vatican-for-former-students-english-10911.html#.UiTMer4o7IV

Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Vatican for former students
2013-09-02 18:21:57

September 2, 2013. (Romereports.com) Benedict XVI celebrated on Sunday a Mass with his former students at the Chapel of the Vatican Governate. The "Circle of Former Ratzinger Students” have met for a few days each summer for the past 30 years to debate several theological questions.   

PROF. REAL TREMBLAY
Former Benedict XVI student

“He was doing very well, though, naturally, he showed his age, and he walked with trouble. He has a quiet voice, but his mind is still sharp. He is still very magnificent. He gave a splendid homily, and then, of course, I was, able to speak with him for a bit afterward.” 

The "Circle of Former Ratzinger Students” have met for a few days each summer for the past 30 years to debate several theological questions. This time, the theme was “the question of God in the context of secularization.” This year, the meeting had an added element of excitement for the Pope emeritus' followers.

PROF. REAL TREMBLAY
Former Benedict XVI student

“It's always a special event to meet up with former Ratzinger students, since had worked together, we fought together, we had gotten to know this formidable man, Professor Ratzinger, over time. And now we could greet him. We were overjoyed to be with him, to remember all the things we went through back then.” 
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Post by: grace-land on September 17, 2013, 10:50:23 PM
Links for the eBook are provided at the end of the article.

http://www.pccs.va/index.php/en/news2/attualita/item/1665-vatican-media-office-launches-an-ebook-with-pope-benedict-xvi-s-annual-messages-for-world-communications-day

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00   
Vatican Media office launches an eBook with Pope Benedict XVI's annual messages for World Communications Day

(www.pccs.va) The Pontifical Council for Social Communication has published an eBook entitled, "Benedict XVI: World Communications Day Messages".

The eBook, which is free, contains the eight messages released during Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate. The digital publication is a first for the Council and intended as a test for audience interest in such publications for the future.
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An "ePub Version" can be downloaded directly to Apple and Android devices. For the "Kindle Version", it is necessary to download it to your computer first and then add it to your library.

Click here for: ePub Version for eBooks

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Post by: grace-land on September 24, 2013, 10:01:26 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/24/pope-emeritus_exchanges_letters_with_noted_atheist_philosopher_/en1-731321

2013-09-24 13:27:07
Pope-emeritus exchanges letters with noted atheist philosopher

(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has had an exchange of letters with the noted Italian mathematician and philosopher, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, excerpts from which appeared in the Tuesday edition of the Italian daily, La Repubblica. At the beginning of September, Benedict sent a lengthy and detailed response to criticisms the atheist thinker Odifreddi had published in his volume, Caro papa ti scrivo, a book-length essay that was itself a critique of certain arguments and lines of thought found in the Pope-emeritus’ theological writings, starting from his 1967 volume, Introduction to Christianity. Listen to our report: RealAudioMP3

The context of the exchange is therefore that of an ongoing conversation about the contents and merits of a lifetime of public intellectual engagement. The topics covered in the exchange range from the abuse crisis in the Church, to the question whether theology can properly be considered a science to the need for frank and open dialogue among believers and non-believers
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Post by: grace-land on September 24, 2013, 10:05:52 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1304027.htm

Sep-24-2013
Pope Benedict challenges atheist, says he never hid abuse cases

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a letter to an atheist Italian mathematician, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended his own handling of allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and politely criticized the logician's total reliance on scientific facts for meaning.

"I never sought to conceal these things," the pope said of cases of clerical abuse, and lamented the scholar depicting the church as the only place where such "deviation" and "filth" occur.

The publication of the retired pope's comments Sept. 24 to an atheist scholar came the same month a written letter by Pope Francis to an Italian journalist concerning dialogue with nonbelievers was published. Both letters were published, with the two popes' permission, by the Italian daily La Repubblica.

The paper released long excerpts of Pope Benedict's original 11-page response to Piergiorgio Odifreddi, a prolific science writer who authored the book, "Dear Pope, I Write to You" in 2011. The book, presented as a letter to Pope Benedict, proposes the superiority of a worldview in which belief should stem only from things that can be understood and empirically known over worldviews that include belief in things that cannot be fully understood or known.

The pope's response, dated Aug. 30, thanked Odifreddi for seeking to juxtapose his ideas against the pope's own writings "and, thus, with my faith."

The pope, who has long engaged in dialogue with nonbelievers, most notably with his "Courtyard of the Gentiles" initiative and his 2011 Assisi gathering, said he appreciated Odifreddi's efforts to engage in a frank and open dialogue with the Catholic faith.

However, the pope said he met "with deep dismay" Odifreddi's unspecified comments about the clerical abuse scandals.

The pope, who was the first pontiff to meet with abuse victims, had spoken out forcefully against "the filth" in the church, clarified church laws to expedite cases, and mandated bishops' conferences put in place stringent norms against abuse, among a number of other initiatives.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on September 24, 2013, 10:47:06 PM
Two-page article.  Interesting and informative in my opinion.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/benedict-francis-reach-out-to-atheists-in-apparent-papal-campaign-to-engage-non-believers/2013/09/24/9290945e-2517-11e3-9372-92606241ae9c_story.html

Benedict emerges from silence, defends his abuse record in letter to prominent Italian atheist
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 5:13 PM

VATICAN CITY — Seven months after leaving the papacy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI broke his self-imposed silence Tuesday by releasing a letter to one of Italy’s best-known atheists in which he denied covering up for sexually abusive priests and defended Christianity to non-believers.

It was the first work published by Benedict since he retired and his first-ever denial of personal responsibility for the sex scandal. But what made the letter published in La Repubblica more remarkable was that it appeared just two weeks after Pope Francis penned a similar letter to the newspaper’s atheist editor.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the appearance of the letters was pure coincidence. But they provide evidence that the two men in white, who live across the Vatican gardens from one another, are of the same mind about the need for such dialogue and may even be collaborating on it.

Benedict wrote his letter to Piergiorgio Odifreddi, an Italian atheist and mathematician who in 2011 wrote a book titled “Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You.” The book was Odifreddi’s reaction to Benedict’s classic “Introduction to Christianity,” perhaps his best-known work.

In his book, Odifreddi posed a series of polemical arguments about the Catholic faith, including the church’s sex abuse scandal.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on December 07, 2013, 09:48:45 PM
Video at the link

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Georg Gänswein: Benedict is very lucid and every now and then he welcomes guests
2013-12-07

Monsignor Georg Gänswein works closely with two Popes. He is the Prefect of the Pontifical Household for Pope Francis, and personal secretary of Benedict XVI. He is one of very few people that come in contact with the two, on a daily basis.

He lives with Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery. He says, the Pope emeritus welcomes guests from time to time.

MSGR. GEORG GANSWEIN
Prefect for the Pontifical Household

"He does receive guests. But a healthy amount, so not too many. It has to be enjoyable, and not a burden.”

As a matter of fact, not too far from now, Benedict XVI will receive a very special guest. His brother Georg Ratzinger will spend a few days with him at the Vatican.
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And with Christmas looming, everyone inside the Vatican, even the Pope emeritus, are getting ready to celebrate.

MSGR. GEORG GANSWEIN
Prefect for the Pontifical Household

"Advent for any German is very beautiful because we have a clear devotion, very defined, and this applies also to Pope Benedict.”

A few months after the New Year, Pope Francis will canonize John Paul II. Msgr. Georg  Gänswein said he doesn't know if Benedict XVI will attend the ceremony, but he added, it is a possibility.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on December 20, 2013, 03:33:41 PM
It is so good to read his health is improving!
 ::HelloKitty::


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on December 20, 2013, 08:55:03 PM
It is so good to read his health is improving!
 ::HelloKitty::

 ::HelloKitty::  Good to see you in this thread for Pope Emeritus Benedict!  Yes, his physical health seems to have  improved; but I worry about him often.  I have admired him even before his pontificate--a humble and holy man, a brilliant mind, and an outstanding theologian imo.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on December 28, 2013, 10:48:25 PM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/publiccatholic/2013/12/pope-benedicts-last-general-audience-the-pope-belongs-to-everyone/

2013 Favs: Pope Benedict’s Last General Audience: The Pope Belongs to Everyone
December 28, 2013

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“’Always’ is also ‘forever’–there is no return to private life. My decision to renounce the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this. I am not returning to private life, to a life of trips, meetings, receptions, conferences, etc. I am not abandoning the cross, but am remaining beside the Crucified Lord in a new way. I no longer bear the power of the office for the governance of the Church, but I remain in the service of prayer, within St. Peter’s paddock, so to speak.

Pope Benedict XVI gave his last general audience in St Peter’s Square before tens of thousands of people who came to say goodbye.

He told them, and all of us …

“I can say that the Lord has guided me. He has been close to me. I have felt His presence every day.”

“I would like to invite everyone to renew their firm trust in the Lord, to entrust ourselves like children to God’s arms, certain that those arms always hold us up … a

“I would like everyone to feel beloved of that God who gave His Son for us.

“I would like everyone to feel the joy of being Christian.

“In a beautiful prayer, which can be recited every morning, say: ‘I adore you, my God and I love you with all my heart. Thank you for having created me, for having made me Christian…”

“The Pope belongs to everyone … I also receive many letters from ordinary people who write to me simply from their hearts and make me feel their affection, which is born of our being together with Christ Jesus, in the Church. These people do not write to me the way one would write, for example, to a prince or a dignitary that they don’t know. They write to me as brothers and sisters or as sons and daughters, with the sense of a very affectionate family tie. In this you can touch what the Church is—not an organization, not an association for religious or humanitarian ends, but a living body, a communion of brothers and sisters in the Body of Jesus Christ who unites us all.”

The entire text of the Holy Father’s remarks, taken from the Vatican website, is below:
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on January 03, 2014, 09:53:04 PM
http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/top-five-under-covered-catholic-stories-2013

The top five under-covered Catholic stories of 2013
by John L. Allen Jr.     |  Jan. 3, 2014

It's an "All Things Catholic" tradition to dedicate the first column of the new year to the most under-covered Catholic stories of the previous 12 months, which in the past has always seemed a good use of time given the sporadic and often radically incomplete coverage the church typically draws.
 
This year, however, it feels a little silly to be talking about Catholicism as under-covered, given the astronomic media interest generated by the resignation of Benedict XVI and the rise of Francis.
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For purposes of this countdown, I'm omitting already-familiar storylines that have temporarily been shoved to the backburner -- the sex abuse crisis, for instance, or the crackdown on American nuns, or controversy in the States over the Obama contraception mandates. They were amply covered before and doubtless will be again.

Instead, I focus on five storylines that never really had much traction, especially in American and English-language media, and that are worth another look.
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1. Benedict the revolutionary

Despite images of Francis as a maverick, by far the single most revolutionary act committed by a pope in 2013 came from Benedict XVI in the form of his stunning decision to voluntarily renounce his office. Sometimes lost in the shuffle amid the frenzy over Francis is that Benedict was actually the prime mover in the drama.

Benedict, of course, never had much luck when it came to PR.

He came into office with a prefabricated narrative about being "God's Rottweiler" and "the Vatican's enforcer" and was never really able to shake it. In terms of public opinion, the difference between Benedict and Francis is perhaps best expressed this way: Under Benedict, people assumed that whatever they didn't like about the church was because of the pope; now, they tend to think it's in spite of the pope.

As a result, the tendency is to frame Benedict and Francis almost as matter and antimatter -- tradition vs. innovation, dogmatism vs. compassion, etc. Apart from the debatable merit of those perceptions, what they ignore is that Francis would not have happened without Benedict's decision to stand aside.

Equally notable is the way he's handled his departure. In his final address to the cardinals Feb. 28, Benedict pledged "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor, and he's held up his end of the deal. Other than a private letter he sent to an Italian atheist that was leaked by the recipient, Benedict has only been seen or heard in public when Francis has come calling or invited him to something.

Despite well-documented umbrage among some about the new direction under Francis, Benedict has done nothing to encourage a "loyal opposition" or to legitimize dissent from the new regime.

In effect, Benedict has gone from infallibility to near-invisibility, and entirely by his own choice. If that's not a "miracle of humility in an era of vanity," to invoke Elton John's Vanity Fair tribute to Francis back in June, it's hard to know what would be.

At a substantive level, several of the reforms for which Francis is drawing credit, including his cleanup of Vatican finances and his commitment to "zero tolerance" on sex abuse, amount to continuations of policies that began under Benedict.

Even if that weren't the case, the point remains that the "Francis effect" might have been lost to history without Benedict taking a step no pope had taken in 600 years -- and given the markedly different circumstances, one could argue it's a step no pope had ever taken in quite this way.

No question about it, Francis is shaking up the Catholic church and offering it a new lease on life. For the record, however, he wasn't the only maverick, the only revolutionary pope, of 2013.



Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on January 04, 2014, 06:49:43 PM
great article -- I wholeheartedly agree!

What a man of God!


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on January 04, 2014, 11:44:16 PM
great article -- I wholeheartedly agree!

What a man of God!

I agree!   ::MonkeyAngel::


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on January 09, 2014, 09:46:36 PM
Keeping Msgr. Georg Ratzinger in my prayers.  ::MonkeyAngel::

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=20120

Benedict leaves Vatican to visit elder brother in Rome hospital
CWN - January 06, 2014

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI made a rare trip outside the walls of the Vatican to visit his older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, in a Roman hospital this past weekend.

Msgr. Ratzinger was confined to the Gemelli hospital after traveling to Rome, from his home in Germany, to be with his brother for Christmas. There has been no public disclosure about his medical condition.
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After the hospital visit he returned directly to his Vatican residence.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on January 15, 2014, 09:36:46 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=20205

Pope-emeritus hosts 90th birthday celebration for elder brother
January 15, 2014

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, celebrated his 90th birthday at the Vatican on January 15.

After morning Mass at the Mater Ecclesiae residence, where the retired Pontiff now lives, Msgr. Ratzinger and his brother enjoyed a festive meal, with birthday greetings sung in the Bavarian fashion. In the afternoon they attended a concert at a Vatican Radio facility in the Vatican gardens, with performances by friends of Msgr. Ratzinger—himself a musician of note, who for years was the music director at the cathedral in Regensburg, Germany.
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Video at the link
http://www.romereports.com/pg155440-georg-ratzinger-celebrates-his-90-birthday-in-the-vatican-with-benedict-xvi-en
Georg Ratzinger celebrates his 90 birthday in the Vatican with Benedict XVI
2014-01-15

January 15th marks Msgr. Georg Ratzinger 90th birthday. He's celebrating it at the Vatican along with his younger brother, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. The celebration will be private and will include a classical music concert. Georg is the last living relative of Benedict XVI, and his closest friend.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on January 19, 2014, 12:41:45 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/01/17/honor-lifetime-performing-at-vatican-for-pope-benedict-his-brother/

Honor of a lifetime -- performing at the Vatican for Pope Benedict, his brother
By Lauren Green
Published January 17, 2014

Pope Benedict XVI is somewhat a forgotten man these days. The pope emeritus, who shocked the world when he resigned last spring, is usually referenced now only in stories about his successor, Pope Francis, who’s become the darling of the press, especially in the West.

But in the cloistered Vatican City, Pope Benedict is still very much revered and respected. I know this because I was privileged enough to be invited to perform in a private concert there Wednesday, January 15th, in honor of Benedict’s brother’s 90th Birthday.
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A total of about 50 people attended, mostly staff and clergy. Benedict entered the room first, as homage to his brother, the guest of honor. Dressed in papal white cassock and coat and brown shoes, Benedict, who appears less frail than before his retirement, was accompanied by his longtime aide, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein. All stood and applauded. Then all remained standing while the monsignor entered.

The classical music we performed was a combination of both sacred and secular, including violinist Pawlik’s incredibly beautiful Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet. Pawlik also joined Noeth for a duet of Cesar Franck’s Panis Angelicus. Noeth also sang a selection of arias. I performed three pieces, the second of which was Sposalizio, by Franz Liszt. It was specially chosen for the concert. It is inspired by Raphael’s famous painting of the same name. It is of the wedding of the Virgin Mary and Joseph. The names of which also belong to the parents the Ratzinger brothers. Now the two brothers are all that remain of their family.

After the concert, both Benedict and his brother seemed quite moved. Benedict immediately came over to the performers and thanked each one of us individually. Photos were taken, and memories were made that will last a lifetime.
 


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on January 27, 2014, 08:45:24 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/01/17/honor-lifetime-performing-at-vatican-for-pope-benedict-his-brother/

Honor of a lifetime -- performing at the Vatican for Pope Benedict, his brother
By Lauren Green
Published January 17, 2014

Pope Benedict XVI is somewhat a forgotten man these days. The pope emeritus, who shocked the world when he resigned last spring, is usually referenced now only in stories about his successor, Pope Francis, who’s become the darling of the press, especially in the West.

But in the cloistered Vatican City, Pope Benedict is still very much revered and respected. I know this because I was privileged enough to be invited to perform in a private concert there Wednesday, January 15th, in honor of Benedict’s brother’s 90th Birthday.
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A total of about 50 people attended, mostly staff and clergy. Benedict entered the room first, as homage to his brother, the guest of honor. Dressed in papal white cassock and coat and brown shoes, Benedict, who appears less frail than before his retirement, was accompanied by his longtime aide, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein. All stood and applauded. Then all remained standing while the monsignor entered.

The classical music we performed was a combination of both sacred and secular, including violinist Pawlik’s incredibly beautiful Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet. Pawlik also joined Noeth for a duet of Cesar Franck’s Panis Angelicus. Noeth also sang a selection of arias. I performed three pieces, the second of which was Sposalizio, by Franz Liszt. It was specially chosen for the concert. It is inspired by Raphael’s famous painting of the same name. It is of the wedding of the Virgin Mary and Joseph. The names of which also belong to the parents the Ratzinger brothers. Now the two brothers are all that remain of their family.

After the concert, both Benedict and his brother seemed quite moved. Benedict immediately came over to the performers and thanked each one of us individually. Photos were taken, and memories were made that will last a lifetime.
 

BBM

what an opportunity of a life time!


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on January 29, 2014, 11:22:14 PM
 :smt054

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/01/23/it-was-god-thing-adventures-in-faith-on-way-to-concert-for-pope-benedict-his/

It was a God thing -- adventures in faith on the way to concert for Pope Benedict, his brother
By Lauren Green/ Published January 23, 2014

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January 15, 2014: Lauren Green greets Pope Emeritus Benedict at the Vatican. (Courtesy of the author)

I recently performed in a private concert at the Vatican in Rome for Pope Benedict XVI (the Emeritus), in honor of his brother's, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger's 90th birthday.

To be asked to perform for the pope seemed like Divine intervention alone. But other things happened that convinced me God’s hand was in it, guiding my path.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on January 29, 2014, 11:25:34 PM
 ::MonkeyNoNo::

http://www.lifesitenews.com/blog/the-belittling-and-tearing-down-of-the-pontificate-of-pope-benedict-is-acce/

The belittling and tearing down of the pontificate of Pope Benedict is accelerating
Wed Jan 29, 2014 21:45 EST

The belittling and tearing down of the pontificate of Pope Benedict is accelerating in conjunction with the growing adulation of Pope Francis in the secular world and among the "progessive" dissidents within the Church.

Benedict did what he was called to do in his position as the leader of the Catholic Church, no matter how much he was criticized both from within and outside the Church. He shouldered and embraced a very heavy cross and suffered a quiet type of crucifixion as a result of his exceptional fidelity and courageous writings and actions.

Benedict took strong, long overdue and very necessary actions against moral corruption within the clergy, the religious orders and within the Catholic aid agencies. He appointed many first-rate bishops and removed a large number of bishops who were a cause of scandal to the Church. He took actions on the liturgy and other issues that were not popular, but which he saw as essential to preserving Catholicism and Christian culture in what he knew would be very difficult years to come in the near future.

We should be extremely grateful for the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI and the exceptional support that he gave to the life and family movements. The full story on all that he did has yet to be told.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 10, 2014, 01:34:07 AM
http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2014/02/09/a-year-after-resignation-ex-pope-benedict-has-no-regrets-ganswein/

A year after resignation, ex-Pope Benedict has no regrets – Gänswein
February 9, 2014

A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papacy, the man closest to him told Reuters in a rare interview.

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who now works for the former pope as well as being the head of Pope Francis’s household, shed new light on how Benedict spends his days, his health, his feelings about his momentous decision and the relationship between the two popes.

“Pope Benedict is at peace with himself and I think he is even at peace with the Lord,” said Gänswein, whose twin roles bring him into contact with the current and former pope daily.

Benedict announced his decision to resign, the first pope to do so in 600 years, on February 11, 2013, citing the physical and psychological strains of the papacy. He stepped down on February 28 and Francis was elected on March 13 as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years.
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http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2014/02/09/reuters-qa-with-archbishop-georg-ganswein-in-english-and-italian/
Reuters Q&A with Archbishop Georg Gänswein in English and Italian
February 9, 2014


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 10, 2014, 09:39:27 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-recalls-shock-of-benedict-xvis-resignation/

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI's resignation

Vatican City, Feb 10, 2014 / 05:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all.

“Total surprise, total shock,” was the experience of all those present when they heard the Pope’s words that day, Cardinal Stafford explained in a Feb. 7 interview with CNA.

On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Feb. 11, 2013 announcement of Benedict XVI’s resignation, Cardinal Stafford, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council of the Laity and Archbishop Emeritus of Denver, CO, spoke of his experience at being in the room when the pontiff revealed his decision.

Calling to mind the meeting where the announcement was made, the cardinal revealed that “it took place at a consistory of the cardinals,” which was “basically” a gathering of “the cardinals of Rome.”
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“We all sat down, including the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, and a rather extensive paper was brought up to him by his secretary to read.”

Originally, “I didn’t put any meaning upon all of that,” the cardinal reflected, stating that “I just thought we would be having an adjunct, that was somewhat unusual, but not very unusual,” but “within ten seconds” he knew something was happening because the Pope was “speaking in Latin, not in Italian.”

 “I was alerted to the fact that it was about something very special by the fact that he was speaking to us not in the usual language of Italian, but in Latin,” Cardinal Stafford recalled, noting that the pontiff had not spoken to them in Latin “in this setting” since “his election,” so he thought “’I better listen in on this.’”

 “So I listened very attentively, and very soon the words came out that he was resigning,” the cardinal observed, “and he continued about the reasons, but that came out within the first thirty seconds of his address.”

Then they “concluded the celebration of the Liturgy of Hours,” he explained, and Benedict XVI “left immediately, and we were left there stunned.”

“A cardinal who was sitting next to me said, ‘Did he resign?’ I said, ‘yes, that’s what he did. He resigned.’ And we just all stood at our places.”

Eventually “we came together in smaller groups, and began sharing some of our reaction to it,” the cardinal said, adding that “It was totally unexpected, and totally, historically, unexpected.”
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 11, 2014, 08:12:45 AM
The Pope has spoken with God and had peace, first . . . most important.
May God continue to bless him!


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2014, 03:37:09 PM
The Pope has spoken with God and had peace, first . . . most important.
May God continue to bless him!

And a good and faithful servant of God!


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 23, 2014, 02:09:05 AM
Photos at the link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/pope-emeritus-benedict-xvi-joins-pope-francis-at-a-historic-cardinal-ceremony/2014/02/22/80406b6e-9bfd-11e3-ad71-e03637a299c0_story.html

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI joins Pope Francis at a historic cardinal ceremony
Published: February 22
 
VATICAN CITY — In an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at a ceremony Saturday to formally install new cardinals who will elect the next pontiff.

It was the first time Benedict and Francis have appeared together at a public liturgical ceremony since Benedict retired a year ago, becoming the first pope to step down in more than 600 years. It may signal that after a year of staying largely “hidden to the world,” as Benedict described his future when resigning, the retired pontiff may slowly and occasionally be reintegrated back into the public life of the church.

Benedict entered St. Peter’s Basilica discreetly from a side entrance surrounded by a small entourage and was greeted with applause and tears from the stunned people in the pews. He smiled, waved and took his seat in the front row, off to the side, alongside the red-draped cardinals.

“We are grateful for your presence here among us,” the newly minted Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, told Benedict in his introductory remarks at the start of the service.

In a sign that Benedict still commands the honor and respect owed a pope, each of the 19 new cardinals — after receiving his red hat from Francis at the altar — went directly to Benedict’s seat to greet him before exchanging a sign of peace with the other cardinals.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: Sister on February 24, 2014, 09:46:18 AM
The Pope has spoken with God and had peace, first . . . most important.
May God continue to bless him!

And a good and faithful servant of God!


indeed!


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 26, 2014, 01:04:06 PM
http://www.religionnews.com/2014/02/26/pope-benedict-rejects-rumors-resigned-simply-absurd/

Benedict rejects rumors on why he resigned as “simply absurd”
Feb 26, 2014

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As the anniversary of his surprising resignation approaches, Pope Benedict XVI has rejected as “simply absurd” the speculation that he was forced to step down, and he said he still wears the distinctive white papal cassock for “purely practical reasons.”

“At the moment of my resignation there were no other clothes available,” Benedict wrote in a brief letter to an Italian journalist that was published on Wednesday (Feb. 26).

The emeritus pope also said that he kept the name Benedict, rather than reverting to his birth name of Joseph Ratzinger, because it was a simple solution.

Rumors that this signaled he remained something of a “shadow pope” to his successor, Pope Francis, were “another case of completely unfounded speculations being made.”

The same goes for reports that he was pushed to resign because of scandals in the Vatican.

“There isn’t the slightest doubt about the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry,” Benedict wrote to Andrea Tornielli, a veteran Vatican reporter with La Stampa newspaper.

“The only condition for the validity is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculations about the invalidity of my resignation are simply absurd.”
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/02/26/pope-emeritus_benedict_xvi:_theories_surrounding_resignation_are/en1-776540
2014-02-26 08:01:01
Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI: Theories surrounding resignation are 'absurd'

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/benedict-xvi-questions-about-validity-of-resignation-are-absurd
Benedict XVI: Questions About Validity of Resignation are "Absurd"
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:33 AM


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2014, 08:48:08 PM
Videos at the link

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 28, 2014
One Year Ago Today....

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hsnlYS7Mtd4/UxAtMbD9aMI/AAAAAAAAQlM/aOW2_bMsRl8/s400/b16part8.jpg)

...what had long been unthinkable came to pass – the Pope departed the Vatican, and left Peter's Chair behind:
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 07, 2014, 09:14:32 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/in-rare-interview-benedict-xvi-recalls-life-john-paul-ii/

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth.

“In the years of collaboration with him it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,” the retired pontiff told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which appeared in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on March 7.

Published as part of the book “Beside JPII: Friends and Collaborators Speak,” released by Italian press agency “Italian Edizioni Ares,” Benedict's written interview was originally requested by Redzioch in Nov. of 2013, which he agreed to and completed in Jan. of this year.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on March 07, 2014, 09:19:50 PM
Extracts of the interview

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/benedict-xvi-pays-tribute-to-blessed-john-paul-ii-in-new-interview

Benedict XVI Pays Tribute to Blessed John Paul II in New Interview
Vatican City,  March 07, 2014

We publish below extracts of a recent interview Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave to ZENIT’s Wlodzimierz Redzioch in which he pays tribute to soon-to-be-canonized Pope John Paul II.

The complete interview appears in a book just published in Italian entitled “Beside John Paul II - Friends and Collaborators Speak” (Ares 2014). The interview, one of 21 with the late Pontiff’s close friends and associates, runs to 12 pages in total. It is entitled: “It Became Ever More Clear to Me that John Paul II Was a Saint”.

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In this first extract, Benedict XVI is asked to recount his first meeting with Cardinal Wojtyla:

BENEDICT XVI: The first meeting I am aware of, between me and Cardinal Wojtyla, happened only in the Conclave in which John Paul I was elected.

During the Council, we both collaborated on the Constitution on the Church in the contemporary world, and yet in different sessions we did not meet. In September of 1978, on the occasion of the visit of Polish Bishops in Germany, I was in Ecuador as personal representative of John Paul I. The Church of Monaco and Freising is linked to the Ecuadorian Church in a twinning realized by Archbishop Echevarria Ruiz (Guayaquil) and Cardinal Dopner. And thus, to my great displeasure, I lost the occasion to know the Archbishop of Krakow personally. Naturally, I had heard talk of his work as philosopher and pastor, and I had wanted to meet him for a long time.

For his part, Wojtyla had read my Introduction to Christianity, which he also quoted in the Spiritual Exercises he preached for Paul VI in Lent of 1976. Therefore, it was as if interiorly we both hoped to meet.

I had from the beginning a great veneration and a cordial liking for the Archbishop of Krakow. In the pre-Conclave of 1978, he analyzed for us, in an amazing way, the nature of Marxism. However, above all I perceived immediately and strongly the human charm that he emanated and, from the way he prayed, I realized how profoundly united he was to God.
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Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 01:22:52 AM
http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/04/27/pope-francis-declares-john-paul-ii-john-xxiii-saints (http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/04/27/pope-francis-declares-john-paul-ii-john-xxiii-saints)

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints
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This handout picture by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis, right, meeting with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI during the canonization mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II at St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, on April 27, 2014.
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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII the Catholic Church’s newest saints at a festive ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for two pontiffs who helped shape 20th-century history.

Among the attendees was Floribeth Mora, the Costa Rican woman whose apparent healing from a brain aneurysm has been declared the second supposed miracle in John Paul II’s name required for sainthood status.

“We declare and define as saints the blessed John XXIII and John Paul II,” the Catholic leader said in a Latin prayer, as pilgrims and foreign dignitaries massed in St. Peter’s Square applauded and chanted: “Amen!”

In his homily, Francis praised them as “men of courage” who worked “in renewing and updating the Church.”

“They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century. They lived through the tragic events of that century but they were not overwhelmed by them.

“For them, God was more powerful,” he said.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, who last year became the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages, made a rare public appearance in his white papal cassock.

Francis embraced him warmly at the ceremony and co-celebrated the mass with the 87-year-old Benedict and hundreds of bishops and cardinals — the first time that two living popes have ever said mass together.
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Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 01:59:51 AM
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Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

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Benedict XVI. Photo Credit: Mazur

Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life.

“In the years in which I collaborated with him, it was ever clearer to me that John Paul II was a saint,” said Benedict XVI during an interview with Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch, which was published April 20 in the Spanish newspaper “La Razon.”

 “Naturally, his intense relationship with God, being immersed in communion with the Lord, needs to be taken into account above all,” the former Pope said of his predecessor.

 Benedict XVI, who served under Pope John Paul II as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the Polish pontiff courageously “embraced his task in a truly difficult time.”

 “John Paul II did not ask for applause nor did he look around worried about how his decisions were going to be received. He acted based on his faith and his convictions, and he was also willing to take hits,” Benedict recounted. “The courage for truth is, in my view, a primary measure of holiness. Only by looking first at his relationship with God is it possible to also understand his unfailing pastoral determination.”
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Post by: grace-land on April 29, 2014, 02:09:35 AM
Video of the canonization ceremony and mass at the link

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The day of four popes: John XXIII and John Paul II raised to the altars in historic first
27 April 2014 09:29

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Pope Francis praised popes John XXIII and John Paul II as “the pope of openness to the Spirit” and “the pope of the family” following their canonisation at a ceremony witnessed by 800,000 pilgrims crammed into a rainy St Peter’s Square and the roads leading up to it.

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints this morning during an unprecedented canonisation ceremony at the Vatican attended by pilgrims from around the world.

There was applause and shouts of joy in St Peter’s Square as Pope Francis said: “We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II be Saints and we enroll them among the Saints” during the simple, short ceremony.

Watch the ceremony

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 87, made a rare public appearance to concelebrate alongside Pope Francis, who embraced his predecessor before the ceremony began.

The Pope Emeritus wore white vestments, and in an historic first, concelebrated the Mass with Pope Francis, though he did not join him at the altar.

Today has been dubbed “the day of four popes”.
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Post by: grace-land on June 17, 2014, 01:08:48 PM
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Archbishop Gaenswein: thread of diplomacy links Benedict, Francis

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Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the Papal Household, speaks to the press June 5, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Rome, Italy, Jun 17, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recent interview with CNA, the prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary to Benedict XVI recounted how the current and emeritus Bishops of Rome are connected by their diplomacy during apostolic journeys.

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein was at the June 5 conference “The Pope's journeys: between diplomacy and communication,” held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and noted what is common to Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, even though their diplomacy has been interpreted according to their differing characters.

The conference was an occasion for presenting “Sull'aereo di Papa Benedetto,” a recent work by Italian journalist Angela Ambrogetti, which gathers Benedict's press conferences on the papal plane during his pontificate.

“When the Pope makes an apostolic journey, it is clear that diplomacy plays a key role, with regards to both words and gestures,” Archbishop Gaenswein said, calling diplomacy a “thread” in Benedict XVI's pontificate.

He stressed the importance of the five so-called ‘political speeches’ Benedict XVI held during his apostolic journeys, in front of the representatives of the world of culture and politics. He added that through these speeches, one can better understand the Bavarian's diplomatic sense – even if the sense of his words was rarely understood.

“In the beginning, it was always surprising to me how different were the newspaper reports about the same speeches,” Archbishop Gaenswein underscored.

While Benedict XVI was subjected “to several prejudices directed against him as the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” he noted, Pope Francis “gained the trust of journalists” from the time he first spoke on the loggia of St. Peter's.

“I myself must take into account that Benedict has been considered ‘the Pope of the word,’ while Pope Francis is considered ‘the Pope of gestures,’” Archbishop Gaenswein added.
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Post by: grace-land on July 18, 2014, 08:54:13 PM
http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/07/summorum-pontificum-seven-years-on (http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/07/summorum-pontificum-seven-years-on)

Summorum Pontificum, Seven Years On
7 . 9 . 14

Seven years ago this week, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum, liberalizing use of the 1962 missal and affirming the continuity between it and the ordinary form of Mass. He stressed the seamlessness of the Roman rite in its two forms, the old and the new. In principle, the traditional Latin Mass does not divide the Church, he insisted, in response to the spectacle of Catholics dividing themselves over it, each side accusing the other of being divisive.
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Post by: grace-land on August 28, 2014, 05:58:08 PM
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A refreshed Benedict XVI captivates students with homily

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2014 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love.

“The homily was very moving. It was the Gospel of the day about Cesarea of Philippi where Jesus asks the apostles, 'Who do you say I am?'” Father Vincent Twomey recalled to CNA Aug. 25.
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“What struck us all is that despite being older each year,” Benedict XVI “looks much better, fresher. He's very clear in his mind,” he noted, observing how the former pontiff stood for nearly an hour and a half during the mass even though a chair was provided for him.

“He was in good form. There was a good spirit about him.”

Echoing Fr. Twomey’s sentiments is Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture Mons. Barthélemy Adoukonou, who also participated in the study circle.

“It was extraordinary. As always, it amazed us that in spite of age, and without a prepared text, the Pope (emeritus) gave a homily at a great level, with an extraordinary clarity of mind for his age.”

Composed of about 50 people who studied for their doctorates under Ratzinger, the schuelerkreis usually takes place with the 25 to 30 who are able to make it to any given year's meeting.

The circle has enlarged in recent years, establishing a “youth branch” composed of academics who had not studied with Ratzinger, yet who are studying and developing upon his theological work.

The topic of the meeting varies each year; last year was the question of God amid secularism, and the year prior to that, ecumenism was the subject chosen.


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Post by: grace-land on September 03, 2014, 11:32:41 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/regensburg-revisited-faith-reason-and-the-islamic-state/

Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State
by FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA 08/28/2014

Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword?

The establishment of an “Islamic State” in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians.

There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation?

Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in the “real world,” even if it takes some time for them to become evident to the mass public. The horrors of the Islamic State — including public beheadings and crucifixions — have made manifest what can happen when it is accepted that lethal violence is justified to spread the faith.

Theological problems require theological responses, in the first place to recognize that a theological problem exists and then to provide an adequate answer.

Six years ago, in his famous lecture at the University of Regensburg, Pope Benedict XVI provided just such a response. The events of this summer make it more urgent to return to the argument of Regensburg.

Regensburg remains the most famous papal lecture ever given because of the lethal riots that followed in the Islamic world afterward. Some regard it as an early gaffe in Benedict’s pontificate, before he learned that being pope was different than being a provocative professor. Yet sometimes a pastor has to provoke, especially when deadly threats are lurking about.
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The fruit of all that was evident this summer, as the highest scholarly authorities in Islam, based in Cairo, have explicitly stated that the “Islamic State” is not justified by Islam and is not an authentic representation of it.

Six years ago, Christians inclined to be friendly toward Muslims severely criticized Benedict’s frank and respectful address. Then, as now, it was best understood and welcomed in the Islamic world itself, suffering the plague of jihadi violence.

Regensburg was not so much the work of a professor or even a pope. It was the work of a prophet.


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Post by: grace-land on October 17, 2014, 09:36:47 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/benedict-xvi-to-attend-paul-vi-s-beatification

Benedict XVI to Attend Paul VI's Beatification
Vatican City,  October 17, 2014

Benedict XVI will attend the beatification of Paul VI in St. Peter's Square this Sunday, according to the director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.

Pope Paul VI, who was Pope from 1963-1978, made Joseph Ratzinger a cardinal in 1977.

Another two cardinals created by Paul VI will attend the beatification: Paulo Evaristo Arns, archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and William Wakefield Baum, major penitentiary emeritus.

A press conference was held this morning in the Vatican press office to speak about Paul VI and his relevance to the contemporary Church.
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Post by: grace-land on October 19, 2014, 09:09:05 PM
Video at the link

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives at the Beatification of Pope Paul VI
2014-10-19


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Post by: grace-land on October 19, 2014, 09:17:49 PM
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Beatification mass for Pope Paul VI

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
"Thank You, Blessed Paul VI! Thank You For Your Humble, Prophetic Witness!"

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Post by: grace-land on October 23, 2014, 08:50:33 PM
http://www.catholicregister.org/columns/item/19038-never-too-late-to-listen-to-pope-benedict-xvi

Never too late to listen to Pope Benedict XVI
October 23, 2014

One of the world’s wisest voices was not heard during the synod fortnight in Rome. His time to speak publicly is definitively past, but it behooves the Church to listen now to what he said then.
 
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appeared at the concluding Mass of the Synod to witness the beatification of a predecessor, Pope Paul VI. It was Blessed Paul VI who called Joseph Ratzinger from his professorial chair and seated him upon the cathedra of Munich in May 1977, creating him a cardinal one month later. It was one of the most consequential decisions he would make.

Blessed Paul VI’s great task was to complete the work of the Second Vatican Council and to begin its implementation. The same Council was the great event that made the young Ratzinger into a figure that would play a central role in Catholic life for five decades. As pope, Benedict would call for a Year of Faith to commemorate the Council’s 50th anniversary and then, dramatically, abdicate during it. Three days after he announced his departure, Benedict addressed the clergy of Rome for their annual encounter at the beginning of Lent. The Holy Father, more lucid extemporaneously than most can manage with extensive preparation, delivered “a few thoughts on the Second Vatican Council, as I saw it.”

“There was the Council of the Fathers — the real Council — but there was also the Council of the media,” said Benedict in his valedictory to his priests. “It was almost a Council apart, and the world perceived the Council through the latter, through the media. Thus, the Council that reached the people with immediate effect was that of the media, not that of the Fathers. And while the Council of the Fathers was conducted within the faith — it was a Council of faith seeking intellectus, seeking to understand itself and seeking to understand the signs of God at that time, seeking to respond to the challenge of God at that time and to find in the word of God a word for today and tomorrow … the Council of the journalists, naturally, was not conducted within the faith, but within the categories of today’s media, namely apart from faith, with a different hermeneutic. It was a political hermeneutic: for the media, the Council was a political struggle, a power struggle between different trends in the Church. It was obvious that the media would take the side of those who seemed to them more closely allied with their world.”
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Post by: grace-land on October 23, 2014, 08:55:04 PM
http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/retired-pope-benedict-xvi-interreligious-dialogue-no-substitute-mission

Retired Pope Benedict XVI: Interreligious dialogue is no substitute for mission
by Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service |  Oct. 23, 2014

Vatican City --
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as "lethal to faith." He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the church's size but to share the joy of knowing Christ.
 
The retired pope's words appeared in written remarks to faculty members and students at Rome's Pontifical Urbanian University, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to retired Pope Benedict, read the 1,800-word message aloud Tuesday at a ceremony dedicating the university's renovated main lecture hall to the retired pope.

The speech is one of a handful of public statements, including an interview and a published letter to a journalist, that Pope Benedict has made since he retired in February 2013.

"The risen Lord instructed his apostles, and through them his disciples in all ages, to take his word to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all people," retired Pope Benedict wrote. " 'But does that still apply?' many inside and outside the church ask themselves today. 'Is mission still something for today? Would it not be more appropriate to meet in dialogue among religions and serve together the cause of world peace?' The counter-question is: 'Can dialogue substitute for mission?'
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Post by: grace-land on October 23, 2014, 09:00:18 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/3466/pope_emeritus_benedict_xvi_dialogue_cannot_substitute_for_mission.aspx

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI: Dialogue cannot substitute for mission
October 23, 2014 05:01 EST

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI arrives for the beatification Mass of Blessed Paul VI celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. To the right is Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and the personal secretary to Benedict. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis X. Rocca of CNS has a report for CNS on a speech by Benedict XVI, delivered on October 21st to faculty and students of Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome; the address was read by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who is prefect of the papal household and the personal secretary to Benedict. Rocca reports some of the address, which doesn't appear to be available online in its entirety:
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Post by: grace-land on October 27, 2014, 09:31:50 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1404420.htm

Oct-27-2014
Pope Francis says Pope Benedict was a 'great pope'

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI exchanges the sign of peace with cardinals during the beatification Mass of Blessed Paul VI celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. (CNS/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI is a perfect example of how intellectual knowledge and scientific curiosity do not lead a person further from God, but can strengthen their love for God and for his human creatures, Pope Francis said.

"Benedict XVI was a great pope," he said: "Great for the power and penetration of his intellect, great for his considerable contribution to theology, great for his love for the church and for human beings, great for his virtues and his religiosity."

Pope Francis praised his predecessor Oct. 27 at a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The academicians invited Pope Francis to unveil a bronze bust of Pope Benedict at the academy's headquarters in the Vatican Gardens.

The pope said he was pleased that the statue's face and particularly its eyes captured the spirit, intelligence and love of Pope Benedict.

"This spirit, far from crumbling with the passing of time, will appear greater and more powerful from generation to generation," the pope predicted.
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Post by: grace-land on October 30, 2014, 08:28:18 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-emeritus-benedict-xvi-writes-personal-ordinar

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI writes Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
2014-10-30 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has sent a message to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was established for former Anglicans in England in 2011.  The message was on the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, which was released on November 4th 2009.

The Pope Emeritus was responding to a letter he received from Nicolas Ollivant, the chairman of the Friends of the Ordinariate, a charity set up to support the Ordinariate's work.

Mr. Ollivant’s letter also included information on the Ordinariate's central church in London, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, on Warwick Street.  It is the site of the former chapel to the Bavarian embassy to England, which greatly pleased the Pope Emeritus.

The full text of the letter (translated into English on the Ordinariate’s website) is below
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Post by: grace-land on November 10, 2014, 09:44:27 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/benedict-xvi-to-leaders-of-caritas-in-veritate-international-keep-faith-and-charity-together

Benedict XVI to Leaders of Caritas in Veritate International: Keep Faith and Charity Together
Rome,  November 10, 2014

Several leaders of Caritas in Veritate International were received by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his residence in the Vatican last Thursday. They were in Rome hosting a five-day forum to discuss and understand better ways to implement Pope Francis’ "Theology of Encounter" around the world.

Founded in 2010, Caritas in Veritate is a “confederation of Catholic institutions, dedicated to recruit, mobilize and engage volunteers as a response to Pope Benedict’s call for Charity in Truth.”

Henry Capello, founder and president of Caritas in Veritate, spoke of the meeting, saying the Pontiff Emeritus “was remarkably gracious” upon receiving them.

“He received us personally into his living room and generously gave us 25 minutes of his time,” Capello said. “His health is excellent – the Pope Emeritus is as sharp as ever. He knew clearly what we were all about. He wished to encourage us in our endeavor to keep together charity and faith. ‘Faith without charity is meaningless,’ he said. ‘Charity without faith is meaningless. The two must be kept together.’”
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Post by: grace-land on November 12, 2014, 10:22:12 PM
Picture at the link

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/priest-swaps-clerical-hats-with-a-sharp-healthy-benedict-xvi-48840/

Priest swaps clerical hats with a 'sharp, healthy' Benedict XVI

Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy, mental clarity and good health.

“We were so, so enthused by the joy in Benedict, (by his) his serenity. He's a man at peace, at peace in the will of God for him today, which is to pray for the Church,” Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo told CNA Nov. 7.

Benedict XVI is like a wise grandfather, he said, pointing out how as “a tender man who is full of humility,” the retired pope is a living example of what Pope Francis means when he often speaks of the importance of tenderness.

“He is in fantastic health, fantastic health, and his mind is as sharp today and perhaps even sharper than when he was the great theologian and the great Pope that we knew him as.”

Msgr. Figueiredo serves as spiritual director at Rome's Pontifical North American College. He was one of five leaders of the new “Caritas in Veritate International” confederation, for which he also serves as Vice President for Relations with Bishops, who met Benedict XVI last Thursday.

Inspired by the retired pontiff's encyclical letters “Deus Caritas est” – God is Love – and “Caritas in Veritate” – Charity in Truth – the organization is made up of several Catholic communities, international groups and charitable institutions who are involved in missions in 80 countries throughout the world.
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Post by: grace-land on November 25, 2014, 02:44:06 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/scholars-no-benedict-xvi-doesnt-support-kasper-in-synod-debates-35882/

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn't support Kasper in Synod debates

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2014 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had suggested that the divorced and remarried could receive Communion – but the Pope had long since abandoned that position, scholars noted.

“In his book The Gospel of the Family, Cardinal Walter Kasper cites a 1972 essay by Joseph Ratzinger … it is unfortunate that Cardinal Kasper failed to mention that Ratzinger retracted the proposal or 'Vorschlag' outlined in his 1972 essay,” Dr. Nicholas Healy, an assistant professor at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C., told CNA Nov. 24.
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Post by: grace-land on December 03, 2014, 06:24:59 PM
http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1350933?eng=y

In the Synod on the Family Even the Pope Emeritus Is Speaking Out
He has rewritten the conclusion of one of his articles from 1972 that Cardinal Kasper had cited in his own support. Here is the complete text of his “retractatio,” in which he reiterates and explains the ban on communion for the divorced and remarried

by Sandro Magister

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ROME, December 3, 2014 – Joseph Ratzinger's position on communion for the divorced and remarried is well known. He has formulated it a number of times, as cardinal prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith and then as pope.

But now he is returning to the argument with a new text, just released in Germany in the collection of his Opera Omnia.

This text is reproduced in its entirely further below. But its origin demands an explanation.
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Post by: grace-land on December 10, 2014, 11:17:20 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-emeritus-just-call-me-father-benedict/

Pope Emeritus: Just Call Me ‘Father Benedict’
12/09/2014

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Benedict XVI
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VATICAN CITY — Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pope revealed that, since his retirement, he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.”

Benedict made his comments in a private conversation with journalist Jorg Bremer, who published bits of them in a Dec. 7 article for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

According to the journalist, Benedict explained that, when he initially stepped down, he wanted to be called “Father Benedict” rather than pope emeritus or Benedict XVI, but “I was too weak at that point to enforce it.”
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Post by: grace-land on December 10, 2014, 11:20:40 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=23475

CDF prefect: Pope Benedict XVI is the ‘Mozart of theology’
Catholic World News - December 10, 2014

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI in awarding the Ratzinger Prize in theology to Anne-Marie Pelletier, a French scholar, and Msgr. Waldemar Chrostowski, a Polish biblical exegete.

“The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is particularly tied to Joseph Ratzinger, not only due to the fact that he led the dicastery for over 23 years, but also because this Congregation has the task of promoting and protecting the doctrine of the faith, and the abundantly rich theology of the Pope Emeritus was of great importance in this respect, causing the Christian doctrine to shine in all its intensity and beauty,” said Cardinal Müller.

Pope Benedict “has been defined as the ‘Mozart of theology,’” Cardinal Müller added, as he expressed “the deep gratitude of the Church to Benedict XVI for his tireless commitment as a scholar and master of the science of God.”
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Post by: grace-land on December 31, 2014, 02:52:16 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/3602/georg_ratzinger_travels_to_rome_to_visit_his_brother.aspx

Georg Ratzinger travels to Rome to visit his brother
December 30, 2014 01:43 EST

Regensburg, December 29, 2014 (kath.net/KNA). Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, former music director of the Regensburger Domspatzen, the Boys’ Choir of the Cathedral in Regensburg, flew on Monday from Munich to Rome to visit his brother, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. He will stay there until January 16, the prelate told Bavarian Radio on Monday. He looks forward to his weeks at the Vatican, not only because of his younger brother’s company, but also because of the good food. The cleric himself admits that he still has a good appetite. Moreover he likes the mild climate in Italy in the winter months. On January 15 Georg Ratzinger will turn 91.

The Monsignor commented on the present routine of his younger brother Joseph (aged 87), the Pope Emeritus: “He just feels freer now, after all. In the morning he opens his mail and writes letters, in the afternoon he often has audiences with bishops and God knows what else. But it is all more relaxed.” In Rome Georg Ratzinger will be met at the airport, otherwise “I couldn’t manage it.” On account of his age he cannot stand for any length of time waiting for his luggage.
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Post by: grace-land on January 23, 2015, 10:42:35 PM
Two-page article

http://www.aleteia.org/en/world/article/king-abdullah-who-was-first-saudi-ruler-to-visit-a-pope-5859474287886336

January 23, 2015
King Abdullah, First Saudi Ruler to Visit a Pope, Dead at 90

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AP

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died Friday, was the first Saudi monarch to visit a Pope. Abdullah visited Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in November 2007.

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, was 90.
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Post by: grace-land on February 06, 2015, 09:14:39 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/pope-benedict-francis-unblocked-romero-sainthood-case-28714672

Pope Benedict, Not Francis, Unblocked Romero Sainthood Case
VATICAN CITY — Feb 4, 2015, 9:26 AM ET

The monsignor who spearheaded the saint-making process for El Salvador's slain Archbishop Oscar Romero said Wednesday it was Pope Benedict XVI — and not Pope Francis — who removed the final hurdle in the tortured, 35-year process.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia told reporters Benedict "gave the green light." Speaking a day after Francis declared that Romero died as a martyr for the faith, Paglia said Romero's beatification would likely be within a few months in San Salvador.

Paglia says Benedict told him on Dec. 20, 2012, the case had passed from the Vatican's doctrine office, where it had been held up for years over concerns about Romero's orthodoxy, to the saint-making office. From there it proceeded quickly, taking a mere two years for theologians, and then a committee of cardinals and bishops, to agree unanimously that Romero died as a martyr out of hatred for the faith.
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Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2015, 10:33:37 PM
February 11, 2015 Tweet

Thomas Rosica retweeted 
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  ·  12h 12 hours ago   
'Vergelts Gott, Heiliger Vater!' -Remembering Pope Benedict's Resignation Two Years Later http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/vergelts-gott-heiliger-vater …
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Vergelts Gott, Heiliger Vater!
Remembering Pope Benedict's Resignation Two Years Later
Rome,  February 11, 2015

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, is the CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and the English Language Assistant to the Holy See Press Office.

The momentous occasion of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation two years ago on February 11, 2013, stands as an important moment in the life of the Catholic Church and in the life of the world. To his brother Cardinals gathered in consistory that February morning last year, he startled them, the Church and the entire world with these moving words:

“After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.”
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Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2015, 10:46:10 PM
Videos at the link

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2015/02/11/a-monsignor-sobbed-then-silence-fell-an-eyewitness-account-of-benedict-xvis-resignation/#.VNs9QVJ8d0s.twitter

A monsignor sobbed, then silence fell: an eyewitness account of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation

This is what it was like to witness the moment Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign in 600 years

February 11 is a holiday in the Vatican. It is the day when the Holy See celebrates the settlement in 1929 of the so-called “Roman Question”, the resolution of the 59-year stand-off between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See after the fall of Rome in 1870 to the Kingdom’s troops and the effective end of the ancient Papal States in central Italy.

By chance it was also the day Pope Benedict XVI chose to resign.

The date had been scheduled for a small consistory, comprising midday prayer and the announcement by Cardinal Angelo Amato of some beati due to be promoted to saints. There had also been a little gentle buzz for some time in the Roman Curia about the Holy Father announcing one or two important changes then, perhaps near the top of the administration, but these kinds of rumours circle like the seagulls around the Vatican’s Belvedere: they come round frequently, make a bit of noise and go away again. In other words, as in most places, nothing happens until it happens.
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Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2015, 10:52:34 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/two-years-into-retirement-the-legacy-of-father-benedict-lives-on-44605/

Two years into retirement, the legacy of Father Benedict endures

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Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from the papal office, those impacted by his pontificate say that his legacy is still burning bright.

“Pope Benedict's legacy is really very massive,” said Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary for the congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

“His teaching, his balance, his ability to get to the bottom of so many things with such clarity” are among the marks that remain from Benedict’s pontificate, the archbishop told CNA.

While Feb. 11 is normally set aside as a holiday in the Vatican for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the day took on huge added significance in 2013, when Benedict used the opportunity to announce his retirement at a relatively routine consistory – most of the prelates in the room had expected to hear little more than the dates for some upcoming canonizations.

Three weeks later, on Feb. 28, Benedict XVI would greet the crowds from the balcony of the papal palace at Castel Gandolfo for the last time as the reigning pontiff. Shortly thereafter, the resignation took effect, and the See of Peter was vacant until the election of Pope Francis on Mar. 13, 2013.

Since his retirement, Benedict’s days have been filled with prayer and study, largely out of the public view. He now goes by the simple title, “Fr. Benedict.” However, some see the legacy of the Pope Emeritus as continuing to resonate in complementarity to that of his successor, Pope Francis.
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Post by: grace-land on February 12, 2015, 09:53:02 PM
http://americamagazine.org/issue/pope-benedict-no-regrets-about-retirement

Pope Benedict: No Regrets About Retirement
Feb 12 2015 - 1:21pm

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has never doubted or regretted his decision to resign, knowing it was the right thing to do for the good of the church, said Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to the retired pope.

"The church needs a strong helmsman," and Pope Benedict was keenly aware of his own waning strength while faced with such a demanding ministry, the archbishop said in an interview published Feb. 12 in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
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Archbishop Ganswein said Pope Benedict, who will turn 88 in April, is still following the prayerful, quiet life he wanted to dedicate himself to upon his retirement.

Like his namesake, St. Benedict -- the father of Western monasticism -- the retired pope "has chosen a monastic life. He goes out (in public) only when Pope Francis asks him to; as for the rest, he does not accept other invitations," said the archbishop, who lives with retired Pope Benedict in a renovated monastery and has been his personal secretary since 2003.

Archbishop Ganswein told the newspaper that in addition to the pope's usual routine of prayer, reading, keeping up with correspondence, receiving visitors, watching the evening news and walking in the Vatican Gardens, he has been playing the piano much more often: "Mozart especially, but also other compositions that come to mind at the moment; he plays from memory."

The only health issues, the archbishop said, are "every now and then his legs give him some problems, that's all." The pope, who has had a pacemaker for several years and uses a cane, still has an incredibly sharp mind, the archbishop added.

When asked what Popes Benedict and Francis might have in common, Archbishop Ganswein said that while their ways of expression are very different, the one thing they share is "the substance, the content, the deposit of faith to be proclaimed, promoted and defended."


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Post by: grace-land on February 13, 2015, 07:47:46 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/benedict-xvi-will-be-present-at-tomorrow-s-consistory

Benedict XVI Will Be Present at Tomorrow's Consistory
Rome,  February 13, 2015

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has accepted Pope Francis' invitation to attend tomorrow's Ordinary Public Consistory in St. Peter's Basilica.

Although Holy See spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, did not confirm the Pontiff Emeritus' presence at the consistory during today's briefing, Vatican Radio confirmed shortly after that Benedict XVI will attend the celebration that will created 20 new cardinals for the Roman Catholic Church.
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Post by: grace-land on February 14, 2015, 10:35:55 PM
http://www.gulf-times.com/uk-europe/183/details/427095/pope-francis-appoints-20-new-cardinals-at-special-ceremony

Pope Francis appoints 20 new cardinals at special ceremony
14  February 2015

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Pope Francis greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI during a mass to create 20 new cardinals during a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-elevates-20-new-cardinals-1423922173
Pope Francis Elevates 20 New Cardinals
Updated Feb. 14, 2015 11:17 a.m. ET

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Meanwhile, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made a rare appearance Saturday, attending the ceremony to elevate the new cardinals. The 87-year-old pope has lived in near-seclusion since stepping down just two years ago.

In an interview this week with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, personal secretary to the retired pope, denied reports that Pope Emeritus Benedict is failing, saying that “his legs give him some trouble occasionally” but that “his mind is still formidable.”

Archbishop Ganswein said the pope emeritus—a prominent theologian—spends his days praying, writing, receiving occasional visitors and playing Mozart on his piano. Pope Francis has said the he sometimes turns to his predecessor for advice.

The German bishop said Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets about his shock decision to step down. “The church needs a strong helmsman,” he said.


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Post by: grace-land on February 14, 2015, 10:39:36 PM
Photos

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/02/14/photos-pope-francis-inducts-20-new-cardinals-into-the-church/

Photos: Pope Francis inducts 20 new cardinals into the Church
February 14, 2015


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Post by: grace-land on February 23, 2015, 08:30:37 PM
http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/ratinger-ecumenismo-ecumenism-39326/

02/23/2015
Ecumenism according to Ratzinger: Pluriform unity

In a speech delivered in 1993 the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith talked about the path toward unity between the Churches and about possible “intermediate solutions” before full communion could be achieved: “There is a duty to let oneself be purified and enriched by the other”

ANDREA TORNIELLI
vatican city
 
The “ultimate aim” of the ecumenical journey, “is obviously the unity of the churches in the one Church”. “This does not mean uniformity” but “unity in pluriformity”. The “Orthodox Churches should not change much in their internal structure, almost nothing in fact, if they unite themselves with Rome”. The then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger pronounced these words on 29 January 1993 during a public conversation with Waldesian professor Paolo Ricca held at the evangelical cultural centre.

Pope Francis took these considerations further during his visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople last November, when he said that in its efforts to achieve full unity with Orthodox Christians, the Catholic Church “does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith”.

Speaking about ecumenism during his meeting with the Waldesian community, Francis wished to distinguish between “two phases”: the final aim and the “models” for the in-between waiting period before unity is achieved. The future Pope saw the former as “the real force and the main motivating factor behind our ecumenism”. He explained that “the unity of churches within the Church” does not imply “uniformity”, but “unity in pluriformity”. “It seems to me,” the then cardinal added, “that the ancient Church can be taken as something of a model. The ancient Church was united on three fundamental elements: Holy Scripture, regula fidei, the sacramental structure of the Church. But, for the rest, it was a Church of very many forms, as we all know. There were the churches of Semitic regions or language, the Egyptian Coptic Church, and here were the Greek Churches of the Byzantine empire, the other Greek Churches, the Latin Churches featuring great diversities between the Church in Ireland, for  example, and the Church of Rome.”
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Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2015, 09:39:49 PM
Videos at the link

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Two Years Later

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With the Pope and Curia on the road and off the grid for this week's Lenten retreat, the beat's been unusually quiet... but don't worry – it won't be for much longer.

In any case, beyond fresh stories, the coming weeks are likely to bring an uptick of wider focus on the Vatican as Francis marks his second anniversary on Peter's chair. Eventful as the last two years have been, though, it remains the case that the most surreal and extraordinary moment of all hasn't been because of Papa Bergoglio, but the one that made him – the moment two years ago today when the Pope left office alive for the first time since before Europeans settled the Americas and the "new" St Peter's was built.

Indeed, as head-spinners go, nothing in the current context – arguably nothing we've seen, ever – can compete with those 17 days in February 2013 between Benedict XVI's announcement of his resignation on the 11th and his departure from the Vatican at dusk on the 28th. Even if the modern information cycle holds its choicest rewards for the bright, shiny thing of the day – however fleeting it is – this moment deserved and still deserves more enduring attention than it got... and not just because, at some point in time, the reigning pontiff has quietly signaled his determination to follow suit and institutionalize resignation from the papacy as a matter of course.

Ergo, let's go back to the scenes of that unbelievable night: first, B16's emotional, masterfully choreographed farewell from the Apostolic Palace and the chopper out...
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Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2015, 05:07:40 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/archbishop-georg-gaenswein-interviewed-by-italian-publication

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein Interviewed By Italian Publication
Vatican City,  March 18, 2015

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein has given an extensive interview to the Italian publication Oggi.

In the interview which the prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI granted yesterday, he discusses his experiences under both pontificates, and speaks specifically on Pope Francis’ pontificate, the Pope Emeritus’ health and the Vatileaks scandal.
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Pope Benedict

Archbishop Gaenswein also reflected on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, for whom he has been secretary since 2003. He remembered crying when Pope Emeritus left the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, after resigning.

"I was moved,” he said. “After eight years there as a secretary, I was living a historic moment. Instead, Pope Benedict was serene." That evening of February 28, he reflected, he had withheld his emotions, until they became tears.

The German archbishop also spoke of how the Pope Emeritus passes his days.

“He's fine, for his age,” he reflected, noting he makes afternoon stroll daily in the Vatican Gardens.

"I usually go with him. We recite the Rosary together. We walk [30 minutes]. Pope Benedict, who has always had a brisk pace, now, on the advice of the doctor, uses a walker, and a cane in the house.  The days always start with Mass, and I concelebrate with him every morning. During the day, he reads, studies, answers many letters and, not infrequently, in the evening, he plays the piano.”

"With the three volumes on Jesus of Nazareth, he ended his theological work,” he noted.

“He [Pope Benedict] says he has no more strength to write." he noted. Yet, he said during Sunday Mass, the Pope Emeritus always gives the homily, without written notes. "He has a good memory."

Gaenswein on His Role

The prefect also reflected on his unprecedented role, the first prelate to be a collaborator to two Popes.

"I started this journey with great faith, energy, but also a bit of fear. Now, after two years, it is easier. At first, I was more insecure," he said, noting this was partially due to some having greater expectations from the retired Pope to stay more involved.

“The attitude of welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to Francis was, and is, exemplary. Between the two, there really is a very friendly and respectful relationship," he said.
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Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2015, 06:24:24 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/cardinal-george-pell-benedict-xvi-laid-groundwork-for-financial-transparency

Cardinal George Pell: Benedict XVI Laid Groundwork For Financial Transparency
Vatican City,  April 01, 2015

For many months there has been talk about the steps the Vatican is taking to achieve transparency in financial and economic matters. In this connection, Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, explained that “it must not be thought that Pope Benedict XVI did nothing  and we are now doing everything.”

“We are doing something on the foundations proposed during Benedict’s time. And it seems to me increasingly that Benedict understood in some way – on some aspects, not all --, that the situation was serious,” said the Australian Cardinal during the presentation last Tuesday of the book “Co-responsibility and Transparency in the Administration of the Goods of the Church,” by Francesco Lozupone. “I wish to stress that Pope Benedict tried seriously to improve the situation,” added the Cardinal.
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Post by: grace-land on April 13, 2015, 09:18:05 PM
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will celebrate his 88th birthday on April 16!  Happy Birthday!  :smt113  ::MonkeyHeart::

April 13, 2015 Tweets
https://twitter.com/roccopalmo

Rocco Palmo @roccopalmo 
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Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Fluffy – ahead of his 88th on Thursday, B16 photoed in wknd meet w/ Munich seminarians:
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Post by: seahorse on April 14, 2015, 07:47:01 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11533635/Pope-Francis-effect-leads-to-exorcism-boom.html

Pope Francis effect' leads to exorcism boom
“Pope Francis effect” credited with rising demand for exorcisms around the world


Nick Squires

By Nick Squires, Rome

7:57PM BST 13 Apr 2015

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Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2015, 08:27:04 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11533635/Pope-Francis-effect-leads-to-exorcism-boom.html

Pope Francis effect' leads to exorcism boom
“Pope Francis effect” credited with rising demand for exorcisms around the world


Nick Squires

By Nick Squires, Rome

7:57PM BST 13 Apr 2015

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Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2015, 01:58:13 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/04/15/abp_ganswein_benedict_xvi_prayerful_at_88/1136972

Abp Ganswein: Benedict XVI prayerful at 88
15/04/2015 13:33

(Vatican Radio) The Prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, has given an in-depth interview to Italian television, in which he discusses issues ranging from the the current Pope’s concern for persecuted Christian faithful, to the Church’s discernment of miracles, and the former Pope’s ongoing dialogue of prayer, in preparation for his meeting with Our Lord.

Archbishop Ganswein told Mediaset’s La strada dei miracoli programme, “It is clear that a man who soon will turn 88 should be thinking about this.” He continued, “His is a Christian art – because preparing for death means preparing to meet the LORD, and this is a decisive meeting.”
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Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2015, 02:02:43 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/04/16/pope_emeritus_benedict_xvi_celebrates_his_88th_birthday/1137382

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday
16/04/2015 17:44

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Pope Benedict toasts for his 88th birthday - AP

(Vatican Radio) The Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI marked his 88th birthday on Thursday (April 16th) with a Bavarian-style celebration. He received birthday greetings from a group of Gebirgsschutzen (mountain protection units) from his native Bavaria, dressed in traditional costumes. Among those present to celebrate his birthday were his older brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger and the Prefect of the Pontifical Household, Archbishop George Ganswein.

Since resigning as Pope in February 2013,  Benedict XVI has lived a life of prayer and reclusion at the Mater Ecclesiae situated inside the Vatican Gardens.  Speaking in an interview with Vatican Radio, Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, the former second secretary of Benedict XVI, said affection for the Pope Emeritus has increased over the past two years. He paid tribute to Benedict XVI’s great humility and humanity as well as his deep intellect and his ability to transmit profound thoughts.  ::snipping3::



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Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2015, 02:07:58 PM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/04/16/pope-francis-wishes-benedict-xvi-a-happy-88th-birthday/

Pope Francis wishes Benedict XVI a happy 88th birthday
posted Thursday, 16 Apr 2015

Pontiff offers morning Mass for the Pope Emeritus

Pope Francis has marked the 88th birthday of Benedict XVI by offering morning Mass for the Pope Emeritus.

According to Vatican Radio, the Pontiff said: “I would like to remind you that today is the birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. I offered Mass for him and also invite you to pray for him, that the Lord will sustain him and give him a lot of joy and happiness.”
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In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said the Pope Emeritus told him: “If I still had the strength to write, I would not have given up the papacy.”


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Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2015, 02:28:34 PM
Photos at the link

http://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/pope-benedict-xvi-celebrates-th-birthday-with-party-pint/article_f6f044cd-358e-5753-88df-424a40a260e1.html

Retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrates 88th birthday with pint
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Post by: grace-land on April 22, 2015, 10:24:48 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/joseph-ratzinger-benedict-xvi-library-to-be-opened-in-rome

Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Library To Be Opened in Rome
Rome,  April 21, 2015 

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Roman Library, dedicated entirely to the life and thought of Ratzinger as scholar and Pope, was officially announced. The study center is located within the Library of the Teutonic College and of the Roman Institute of the Gorres Society.

The announcement was made yesterday by Monsignor Stefan Heid, Director of the Roman Institute, during the presentation of the volume Benedict XVI, Servant of God and of Men, published in Italian by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana and in German by Schnell & Steiner Publishers, for the 10th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s election as Pontiff on April 19, 2005.

Attending the event, which took place in the afternoon of April 20 in the church of the Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican, were, among others, the brother of the Pope Emeritus, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, Cardinals Bertone, Farina, Koch and Muller, and Archbishops Farhat, Ganswein, Marra and Pozzo.

The Library, named after the Pope Emeritus, will open next September and will have, to begin with, some one thousand volumes in different languages and will be characterized as an open place to all those interested in the publications of and on Joseph Ratzinger, to know his life and to reflect on his Theology. Benedict XVI himself donated many of the volumes. Others, instead, were given by the Vatican Foundation that bears his name and that supported the initiative.
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Post by: grace-land on May 12, 2015, 08:49:42 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/in-rare-new-letter-benedict-xvi-seeks-shepherds-for-the-whole-world-59940/

In rare new letter, Benedict XVI seeks shepherds for the whole world

Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking from retirement, Benedict XVI has underscored the need for the Church to extend its pastoral care to non-believers and to share “the questions of the times” in its continuing efforts to announce the gospel to the world.

Benedict XVI’s new reflections came in an April 21 letter to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who served as his Secretary of State from 2006 to 2013. A summary of the letter was published in the May 10 edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

The Pope emeritus wrote that “the service of a shepherd cannot be only limited only to the Church,” even though “in the first place, we are entrusted with the care of the faithful and of those who are directly seeking faith.”
 
The Church, he maintained, “is part of the world, and therefore it can properly play its service only if it takes care of the world in its entirety.”
 
According to Benedict XVI, the “Word of God concerns the totality of reality, and this actuality places on the Church a general responsibility.” This is the reason why the Church “must be involved in the efforts that humanity and society put into action” for a path toward justice and why the Church must “find a way of reasoning” that would also include non-believers.
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Post by: grace-land on June 16, 2015, 11:00:28 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/benedict-xvis-summer-plans-rare-public-events-and-a-visit-to-castel-gandolfo-24010/

Benedict XVI's summer plans – rare public events and a visit to Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI’s summer is set to be the most active since he stepped down from the pontificate in 2013, with plans for participation in at least two public events and a two-week stay at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

“Pope Francis invited Benedict XVI to spend some time in Castel Gandolfo in the month of July and Benedict accepted,” Fr. Lombardi told journalists on June 15. Benedict XVI is expected to be there for two weeks, although no official dates have been disclosed.

Castel Gandolfo, which lies about 15 miles southeast of Rome, has not been officially used as a papal residence since Benedict XVI – who now goes by “Fr. Benedict” – spent just over two months there following his Feb. 28, 2013 resignation from the See of Peter. He currently lives in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican Gardens.
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While in Castel Gandolfo on July 3, Benedict XVI is also set to receive an honorary doctorate from the Krakow, Poland-based Pontifical University of John Paul II and its music academy.

The honor specifically recognizes Benedict’s “great respect for musical tradition of the Church” and “special concern for the noble beauty of sacred music and its proper place in the celebration of the sacred liturgical rites of the Church,” according to a press release from the university.

Back at the Vatican at the end of August, Benedict XVI will also take part in the inauguration of the “Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI Roman Library” at the Pontifical Teutonic College on August 30.
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Post by: grace-land on June 17, 2015, 10:56:24 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/a-meeting-to-remember-seminarians-chat-with-benedict-xvi-10569/

A meeting to remember: seminarians chat with Benedict XVI

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Pope emeritus Benedict XVI meets with seminarians from the diocese of Faensa-Modigliana, Italy on June 16, 2015 at the seminary of Faensa-Modigliana. Credit: Diocese of Faenza-Modigliana

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican City, Jun 17, 2015 / 07:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several enthusiastic seminarians met with Benedict XVI at the Vatican Gardens on Tuesday – even though it is their exam time, they did not want to miss the chance to meet the Pope emeritus.
 
“It lasted two minutes, but I will always remember it,” one seminarian told CNA about the meeting. He added: “the Pope emeritus was so kind, and asked me some personal information about my life.”

The seminarian has an ontology exam on June 18.

The seminarians come from the Diocese of Faenza-Modigliana, headed by Bishop Mario Toso. The diocese has 12 seminarians.

“The seminarians really wished to meet with the Pope emeritus, whom they really esteem and love,” Bishop Toso told CNA.
 
The bishop had forwarded the seminarians’ request to meet Benedict XVI, who jumped at the chance for a short meeting.
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Post by: grace-land on June 19, 2015, 04:48:14 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/summorum-pontificum-conference-celebrates-benedict-xvis-liturgical-legacy-62040/

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

Rome, Italy, Jun 19, 2015 / 07:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and to discuss the liturgical heritage of Benedict XVI.

Benedict issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007, acknowledging clearly the right of all priests of the Roman rite to say Mass using the Roman Missal of 1962 – the form of the Mass used prior to the reforms which followed the Second Vatican Council.

The fourth annual conference to celebrate the document was held June 13 and centered on the theme, “A Treasure for the Whole Church.”

“In this moment of theological reflection we wanted to make the liturgical treasures of the Church known, eight years after the publication of Benedict XVI’s document,” explained Fr. Vincenzo Nuara, OP, in an interview with CNA June 13.

“In the past years, as this year, we have tried to deepen theological and liturgical topics which attain to the Latin Gregorian liturgy. We wanted to create a basis of study, of research, and of debate for young theologians, and to make known the treasure of this liturgy.”

The conference took place in Rome’s Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, commonly called the Angelicum.

To close the meeting, a solemn pontifical Mass was said the following day by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis in the Holy Sacrament chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Post by: grace-land on July 04, 2015, 11:57:43 PM
http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/benedetto-xvi-benedict-xvi-benedicto-xvi-42166/

07/ 4/2015
Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorates

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Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI received Doctorates honoris causa on Saturday from the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music. The motivation for the honors issued by the University’s Academic Senate specifies five contributions Pope Benedict has made to knowledge and culture: his great respect for the musical tradition of the Church and remarkable sensitivity to the music of faith; the life-long and constant demonstration of a special concern for the noble beauty of sacred music and its proper place in the celebration of the sacred liturgical rites of the Church; his constant insistence on the didactic importance of the via pulchritudinis – the way of beauty – which can become a way of knowing and worshiping God for the modern man; his lifelong commitment to Truth, which strengthens the Christian faith in times of spiritual confusion caused by liberalism, postmodernism and relativism, and his tireless efforts to restore the spiritual dimension of Europe; his kind support for the work of transforming the schools of the Pontifical Academy of Theology into the Pontifical John Paul II University.

In remarks prepared for the occasion, and delivered on July 4th at Castel Gandolfo, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI said, “In the Constitution on the Liturgy of the II Vatican Council,  it is very clearly written: ‘The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. (114)’ On the other hand, the text highlights the actuosa participatio of the faithful in the sacred action as a fundamental liturgical category. Those two things, which in the text of the Constitution remain together and at peace with each other, were in the implementation of the Council, often in a relationship of dramatic tension. Significant areas of the Liturgical Movement believed that, in the future, there would be room for the great choral works and even for orchestral Masses only in concert halls, not in the liturgy. [In the liturgy], there could be space only for the singing and common prayer of the faithful. On the other hand, there was shock at the cultural impoverishment of the Church that would necessarily result from this. How to reconcile the two? How to implement the Council in its entirety? These were the questions that were particularly striking to me and to many other believers, to simple people, no less than to persons in possession of a theological education.”
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Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2015, 05:47:15 PM
http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/matini-martini-martini-benedetto-xvi-benedict-xvi-benedicto-xvi-42410/

07/18/2015
Martini: Benedict XVI’s resignation and the 2005 Conclave
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Benedict XVI with Cardinal Martini

The disclosures made by the Jesuit Biblicist, Fr. Silvano Fausti, Carlo Maria Martini’s confessor and spiritual guide, who passed away on 24 June, have turned the spotlight back onto the role played by the formed Archbishop of Milan in the 2005 Conclave that elected Benedict XVI Pope. In a video interview published on Italian news website Gli Stati Generali, Fausti talked about two moments. One was Ratzinger’s resignation and the last conversation with Martini on 2 June 2012 in Milan, on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families. The Jesuit cardinal, who was seriously ill with Parkinson’s (he died three months later), met Ratzinger in the archbishop’s residence in the early afternoon.
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http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-original-story-when-jesuit-cardinal.html
The Original Story: When the Jesuit Cardinal told Pope Benedict XVI he had to Resign


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Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2015, 06:27:22 PM
http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/polisca-francesco-francisco-francis-42568/

07/28/2015
Polisca remains Ratzinger’s doctor but not Francis’

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Polisca with Ratzinger (Photo by Il Sismografo)
Pope Francis will soon be in the care of a new personal doctor  and the Vatican City will have a new health services director. Patrizio Polisca is leaving his post as director of  Vatican Health Services and as such will no longer be Francis’ personal physician. He will, however continue his service as private physician to the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and will also hold onto other roles he holds in the Vatican, including his position in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He will also continue to reside in the Vatican. The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi clarified this in a statement to journalists who asked him about certain speculations about Polisca’s alleged “ousting” from the Vatican. Accoridng to the information at hand, the doctor was informed about the change-over at the end of May and was expected to leave his post at the end of July.

“Regarding the speculations in the Italian press this morning, I would like to clarify that Patrizio Polisca's five-year term of service as director of the Vatican Health Services has ended. A rotation (of directors) is to be considered normal, based on regulations for directorial lay personnel in the Holy See and Vatican City.” “Polisca,” Fr. Lombardi emphasised, “will continue his invaluable service, as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal physician and will continue to reside in the Vatican.”
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Post by: grace-land on July 30, 2015, 10:23:19 PM
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/benedict-xvi-celebrates-mass-with-elderly-priest-of-vatican-parish-of-st-anne-s

Benedict XVI Celebrates Mass With Elderly Priest of Vatican Parish of St. Anne’s
Rome,  July 30, 2015

Benedict XVI on Tuesday concelebrated Mass with a priest who is marking the 70th anniversary of his ordination.

The priest, Father Gioele Schiavella, was formerly the pastor at the papal parish of St. Anne, which is located within Vatican City.

Father Schiavella, known for his short and profound sermons, will be 93 in September. For his anniversary, he was invited to concelebrate Mass with Benedict XVI on Tuesday in the chapel of the Mater Ecclesia convent, where the Pope Emeritus leads his life of retirement and prayer inside the Vatican.

Together with them were the other priests who work in the parish of St. Anne: the present Italian Augustinian parish priest, Bruno Silvestrini, Filipino Stefano Canuto, and Latin American Jafet Ramon Ortega.

At the end of the Mass, the Pope Emeritus gave each one of them a Rosary, and to Father Schiavella his book, “Heralds of the Word and Servants of Joy,” as well as a basket of fruit for the Community. 

The parish has a long history and is close to one of the entrance gates of Vatican City, which enables the public to enter it without having to pass through the security gates of the Swiss Guards or the Vatican Gendarmerie
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Post by: grace-land on November 19, 2015, 09:27:54 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/latest-ratzinger-prizes-highlight-lebanese-and-brazilian-gifts-to-theology-34870/

Latest Ratzinger Prizes highlight Lebanese and Brazilian gifts to theology

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Brazilian priest and a Lebanese scholar were awarded on Monday the 2015 Ratzinger Prizes, in recognition of their work in theology.

“With these two figures, the list of theologians who have deservedly received the Ratzinger Prizes is further enriched not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively,” Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said Nov. 16.

The two honorees were announced during a press conference at the Holy See Press Office.
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Post by: grace-land on November 19, 2015, 09:34:36 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/11/19/teutonic_college_hosts_ratzinger_library_inauguration/1187906

Teutonic College hosts Ratzinger Library Inauguration
19/11/2015 08:15
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(Vatican Radio) The official inauguration of the Library Biblioteca Romana Joseph Ratzinger – Benedetto XVI – dedicated to the life and the thought of the Pope Emeritus as a scholar and a Pontiff - was held on Wednesday evening at the Pontifical Teutonic College.

Before becoming Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger celebrated Mass every week at the College, which serves the German-speaking community and is located on the Vatican grounds.

The library is a collection of more than 1000 books in 36 languages provided by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, by the Vatican Foundation, and by the Papst Benedikt XVI Institute of Regensburg.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Council of Culture, began the evening with an academic lecture at the nearby Augustinian Patristic Institute, entitled “From the Bible to the Library – Benedict XVI and the Culture of the Word of God."
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Post by: grace-land on December 08, 2015, 08:38:56 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/its-time-to-rediscover-gods-mercy-pope-says-at-jubilee-launch-77943/

It’s time to rediscover God’s mercy, Pope says at Jubilee launch
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Pope Francis prays after opening the Holy Door in St. Peters Basilica Dec. 8, 2015 launching the extraordinary jubilee of mercy. Credit: LOsservatore Romano
Vatican City, Dec 8, 2015 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love.

“This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace,” Pope Francis said in his homily for Mass, just before opening the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Pope Francis presided over the rite of the Holy Door’s opening before passing through himself. He was followed by retired pontiff Benedict XVI, who attended the rite in one of his rare public appearances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNhBeZrI_Js
Benedetto XVI Varca la Porta Santa per Giubileo della Misericordia
Published on Dec 8, 2015
Benedetto XVI Varca la Porta Santa per Giubileo della Misericordia


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Post by: grace-land on December 08, 2015, 08:42:48 PM
October 8, 2015 Tweets

https://twitter.com/roccopalmo
Rocco Palmo ‏@roccopalmo  · 14h14 hours ago 
Another Jubilee first – B16 crossing Holy Door immediately after his successor....
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Post by: grace-land on December 21, 2015, 03:20:18 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-emeritus-makes-rare-appearance-to-thank-visiting-bavarians

Pope Emeritus Makes Rare Appearance to Thank Visiting Bavarians
by Edward Pentin  12/21/2015
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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Bavarian dignitaries singing a German Christmas carol outside his residence on Friday. 
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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has made a rare public appearance to thank civil and ecclesiastical authorities from Bavaria for donating this year’s Vatican Christmas tree.

Speaking to the dignitaries outside his Mater Ecclesiae residence in the Vatican on Friday (see video here), Benedict said the lighting of the 82 foot spruce represents the light of God’s friendship to mankind which, he stressed, was especially important at this time.

“The tree tells us that God is our friend and that we are therefore friends and siblings with each other,” he said, according to Vatican Radio's German edition. “So this is a message that we need right now when there is such a threat of hostility and terror.”
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A short video...
https://www.facebook.com/RadioVatikanDeutsch/videos/vb.1006999125979090/1109603572385311/?type=2&theater


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Post by: grace-land on December 31, 2015, 01:39:07 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/concert-for-pope-emeritus-benedict-xvi

Concert for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
2015-12-31 Vatican Radio
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(Vatican Radio) The “Hall of Assumption” in the Vatican Radio studios located in the Vatican Gardens on Wednesday afternoon hosted a special musical performance. It included a special member of the audience too – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

The German choir “Jugendkantorei of Eichstatt Dom”, directed by Master Christian Heiss, is made up of 36 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years. They are in Rome to attend the 40th International Congress of Young Singers.

The concert program, inspired by Christmas themes, included pieces by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Benjamin Britten. The carol "O du fröhliche” was actually arranged by Mgr. Georg Ratzinger, brother of the Pope Emeritus, who was also present at the concert, along with Mgr. Georg Gaenswein, Prefect of the Papal Household and Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, former nuncio in Germany.
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Post by: grace-land on January 03, 2016, 04:12:28 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2015/clear-and-colorful-a-common-property-in-unscripted-papal-preaching.cfm

Clear and colorful: A common property in unscripted papal preaching
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
12.30.2015 2:09 PM ET

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The god of Mammon, who is "like a wild animal, trying to clutch me with his talons and enslave me," and people not open to the Holy Spirit, who "are like swamps that give off foul-smelling gases," are just a few of the analogies that appear in the latest collection of papal homilies.

Rigid doctors of the law "imagine God as a kind of really strict school teacher who assigned humanity homework that only very few are able to do. For the majority, the notebook of life will be handed back with the grade: 'Poor!'"

If it sounds like the usual fare from Pope Francis, it is strongly similar, but the author in this case was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI.

Never-before published, the 10 homilies are informal, colorful, off-the-cuff reflections that seek to make the mystery, relevance and force of the faith clear and inspirational to everyday Catholics in a small Bavarian parish. The 100-page book -- currently available only in Italian -- is titled, "The Homilies of Pentling," the German village where the cardinal vacationed and kept a home he had hoped to retire to one day.

"Apart from a few small corrections, I kept the familiar style of the text just as it flowed out back then," the retired pope wrote in the book's preface. He said he hoped the homilies, taken from transcribed audio recordings between 1986 and 1999, would help not just "my fellow citizens of Pentling," but all readers in "understanding and living the word of the Gospel."

While Pope Francis consistently crafts clever, memorable metaphors in his writings and talks, many people don't remember that Pope Benedict was quite good at it, too.
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Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2016, 05:54:45 PM
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History---February-11_51074

This Day in History - February 11
Thursday, February 11, 2016 
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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

2013: Pope Benedict XVI does what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, announcing his resignation and sending the already troubled Roman Catholic church scrambling to replace the leader of its one billion followers.


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Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2016, 06:05:58 PM
http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2016/02/11/three-years-ago-brought-historys-greatest-act-of-papal-humility/

Three years ago brought history’s greatest act of papal humility
By John L. Allen Jr.
Associate editor | February 11, 2016

By sheer coincidence, I was in Rome on Feb. 11, 2013. My wife and I had already moved back to the United States from Rome, but on that date I had returned to give a talk on religious freedom at the Italian Foreign Ministry, which is why I happened to be in town when the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was made.
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Benedict was the first pope to renounce his powers, not in the teeth of schism, foreign armies, or internal power struggles, but rather as the result of an honest self-examination that he simply wasn’t up to the demands of the office any longer.

Granted, some Italians believe Benedict stepped down because of a leaks scandal involving secret documents stolen by his former butler, or as the result of pressure from a nefarious insider lobby in the Vatican opposed to his efforts at “purification.” Benedict and those close to him, however, have consistently rejected those explanations, and in any event they don’t make his decision any less voluntary.

Despite Benedict’s reputation as an arch-conservative, this was a deeply innovative thing to do. Over the years, I’d consulted experts on the papacy in Rome who felt it was inconceivable, not to mention theologically impossible, for a pope to resign.

“My God,” one of those experts once told me. “Can you imagine a resigned pope? He might as well be the Archbishop of Canterbury!”

In truth, Benedict never got credit for the real humility he exuded throughout his life, including his eight-year run as pope.

Here’s a classic example: Shortly after the election of Pope Francis in March 2013, the new pontiff returned to the Rome residence where he’d stayed prior to the conclave, the Casa del Clero, in order to pack his own bag and pay his own bill. That episode became part of the “humble pope” narrative that has surrounded Francis ever since.

Know what Pope Benedict did after his election?

He returned to his apartment in Rome’s Piazza Leonina to pack his own bag, which he ported himself back to the papal quarters. His apartment was on the same floor with the residences of three other cardinals, and as he left, Benedict rang their doorbells to thank the startled nuns who acted as the household staffs for being such good neighbors.

(As a footnote, several of those sisters were Americans, members of the Mercy Sisters of Alma.)

Why does the story about Francis become legend, while the other about Benedict is almost forgotten? Because Benedict carried a bad narrative into the papacy, while Francis had the good luck to be able to shape his own.

In truth, those who’ve had the chance to interact with Benedict generally believe that no public figure in the modern era has suffered from a more dramatic disjunction between public image and private personality. In public, Benedict was seen as aloof and autocratic; in private, he came off as kind, gentle, and shy.

History will almost certainly portray Benedict in a kinder light than contemporary accounts. In the meantime, Church officials might want to consider marking Feb. 11 as the “Feast of Holy Humility”, because no matter what happens from here on out, they’re unlikely to get a better example at a higher level.


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Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2016, 06:18:46 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-silent-reform-of-benedict-xvis-papacy-54175/

The silent reform of Benedict XVI's papacy
By Elise Harris

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2016 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his new book on Benedict XVI, Vatican journalist Marco Mancini argues that while the retired pontiff became known for his shocking resignation three years ago, his real legacy began far earlier.

“Unfortunately, we remember Benedict for the great gesture of the renunciation, but if we go on remembering Benedict only for that act, it would not be doing a service to truth of the facts,” Mancini told CNA.

Neither would it be a service to history, to his pontificate or his person, “because he really in eight years confronted the totality of the themes and the emergencies that the Catholic Church lived.”

Benedict XVI's Feb. 11, 2013, announcement of his resignation from the papacy – exactly three years ago today – hit the Church “light a lightning bolt in a clear blue sky,” said one cardinal who was present in the room when the pontiff stunned the Vatican and the rest of the world with his decision.

But in his book “Benedict XVI: Un Papa Totale,” translating roughly as “Benedict XVI: a Complete Pope,” Mancini, 33, said Benedict's most memorable act was not his resignation, but everything he did to carry the Church through the many difficult and varied crises it endured during his eight-year reign.

The book, which as of now is only available in Italian, was presented at the Vatican's Teutonic College Feb. 5. Speakers at the event included Mancini, Angela Ambrogetti – editor of CNA's Italian edition ACI Stampa – as well as Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household.

Archbishop Gaenswein told CNA that in his opinion, Benedict XVI's greatest legacy “is yet to be discovered,” but that an important one we can see now “the personal and theological witness of a man who is a great theologian, but who did theology in a very, very humble way.”

The “silent reform” Benedict carried out is centered on the way he guided and governed the Church, “above all with clarity, but above all with his fine theology,” the archbishop said.
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In terms of the resistance Benedict faced, Mancini said he believes it is the same “lobby” that is resisting Francis' process of reform.

“I think there is a lot of continuity between the two, whether it's among whoever tries to hinder the process of reform, or the way of reforming the Church,” he said, because Pope Francis “is continuing the same work that Pope Benedict started.”

“So I realize in speaking with many people, there's a need to thank Benedict more for what he did for the Catholic Church.”



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Post by: grace-land on February 23, 2016, 09:31:42 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/02/23/theological__pastoral_perspectives,__deus_caritas_est/1210691

Theological and pastoral perspectives, a decade after "Deus caritas est"
23/02/2016 17:12

(VIS) An international conference entitled "Love will never end. Prospects ten years on from the Encyclical Deus caritas est" will be held on Thursday 25 February in the Vatican's New Synod Hall. Organised by the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", the conference forms part of the programme of events for the Jubilee of Mercy and has the aim of examining in depth the theological and pastoral implications of Pope Benedict XVI's first Encyclical for today's world, especially in relation to the activity of those who work in the Church's charitable service. The event will be attended by, among others, representatives of the episcopal conferences and Catholic charitable organisations from all over the world.
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Holy Mass will be celebrated on 25 and 26 February at 6 p.m. in the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà in Camposanto dei Teutonici (Our Lady of Mercy in the German Cemetery). On the first day Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president emeritus of "Cor Unum"; will preside, and on the second, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

The conference will be fully broadcast by web streaming on the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" website.
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The link for Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" website:  http://www.corunumjubilaeum.va/content/corunumexpo/en.html


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Post by: grace-land on February 26, 2016, 05:55:06 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/benedict-xvi-centre-roots-of-culture-bridges-of-di

Benedict XVI Centre: roots of culture, bridges of discourse
2016-02-26 Vatican Radio
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(Vatican Radio) The Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society is a new interdisciplinary endeavor designed to create synergy and explore existing connections among the social sciences as these pertain to religion and the study of religion. Founded by St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, with the approval of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society brings together existing strands of research and seeks to foster new projects with partner researchers and organizations.

The Centre’s founding ethos and central conviction is rooted in the enduring vision of Catholic higher education, as enunciated in the Apostolic Constitution Ex corde Ecclesiae of Pope St. John Paul II on the nature and purpose of the Catholic university in the life of the Church and the world.

Among the external affiliates of the Centre is Vatican Radio’s Chris Altieri, who spoke with the Centre’s founder and first Director, Dr. Stephen Bullivant, about the initiative and its efforts to recover the Christian roots of our increasingly secular culture.

Click below to hear Chris Altieri’s extended conversation with Dr. Stephen Bullivant
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Post by: grace-land on February 26, 2016, 05:59:07 PM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/02/25/university-opens-benedict-xvi-centre-approved-by-the-holy-see/

University opens Benedict XVI centre approved by the Holy See
posted Thursday, 25 Feb 2016
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The Pope Emeritus visited the university in 2010, leading a “Big Assembly” with 3,500 school children and meeting leaders of different religions.

St Mary’s has also established the “Benedict XVI House”, where a lay community made up of staff and full-time students pursue a life focused on prayer.

The new Benedict XVI centre, according to the website, was “founded upon the conviction that interdisciplinary research, in which the sciences are brought into direct engagement with theology and ethics, is central to the life of a Catholic university (cf. Pope St John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, 46).”

One of its first projects is to mark the 50th anniversary of Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae with a book that draws together scholars from different disciplines.
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Post by: grace-land on March 16, 2016, 10:10:50 PM
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-emeritus-benedict-says-church-is-now-facing-a-two-sided-deep-crisis

Wed Mar 16, 2016 - 11:49 am EST
Pope Emeritus Benedict breaks silence: speaks of ‘deep crisis’ facing Church post-Vatican II

March 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, in which he spoke of a “two-sided deep crisis” the Church is facing in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The report has already hit Germany courtesy of Vaticanist Guiseppe Nardi, of the German Catholic news website Katholisches.info.

Pope Benedict reminds us of the formerly indispensable Catholic conviction of the possibility of the loss of eternal salvation, or that people go to hell:

The missionaries of the 16th century were convinced that the unbaptized person is lost forever. After the [Second Vatican] Council, this conviction was definitely abandoned. The result was a two-sided, deep crisis. Without this attentiveness to the salvation, the Faith loses its foundation.

He also speaks of a “profound evolution of Dogma” with respect to the Dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. This purported change of dogma has led, in the pope's eyes, to a loss of the missionary zeal in the Church – “any motivation for a future missionary commitment was removed.”

Pope Benedict asks the piercing question that arose after this palpable change of attitude of the Church: “Why should you try to convince the people to accept the Christian faith when they can be saved even without it?”
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Post by: grace-land on March 16, 2016, 10:14:10 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/pope-benedict-yearning-for-mercy-is-sign-of-longing-for-gods-love.cfm

Pope Benedict: Yearning for mercy is sign of longing for God's love
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
3.16.2016 4:40 PM ET

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although he lives a relatively hidden life in a villa in the Vatican Gardens, retired Pope Benedict XVI continues to study modern theological questions and, occasionally, to comment on them publicly.

The attention Pope Francis and many Christians are giving to the theme of divine mercy is a "sign of the times" that shows how, deep down, people still experience a need for God, the retired pope told Belgian Jesuit Father Jacques Servais in a written interview.

"Mercy is what moves us toward God, while justice makes us tremble in his sight," Pope Benedict said in the interview published in mid-March.

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the retired pope's personal secretary, read Pope Benedict's German text in October at a conference on the doctrine of justification and the experience of God. The retired pope approved the Italian translation of the text, which was published along with other papers presented at the conference.

The doctrine of justification -- how people are made righteous in God's eyes and saved by Jesus -- was at the heart of the Protestant Reformation, which will mark its 500th anniversary in 2017.

In the interview, Pope Benedict said, "For people today, unlike at the time of (Martin) Luther and from the classical perspective of the Christian faith, things have been turned upside down in a certain sense: Man no longer thinks he needs to be justified in God's sight, but rather he is of the opinion that it is God who must justify himself because of all the horrendous things present in the world and in the face of human misery."
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Post by: grace-land on March 17, 2016, 08:47:45 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-of-benedict-xvis-recent-rare-and-lengthy-interview-26142/

Full text of Benedict XVI's recent, rare, and lengthy interview

Vatican City, Mar 17, 2016 / 11:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recently published interview on issues of justification and faith, Benedict XVI has addressed issues of mercy and our need for forgiveness, salvation through the cross, the necessity of baptism, and the importance of sharing in Christ's redeeming love.

The discussion with Fr. Jacques Servais, SJ, took place ahead of an October, 2015 conference in Rome studying the doctrine of justification by faith.

Benedict's answers, originally in German, were read aloud as a text at the conference by the Prefect of the Pontifical Household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein.

They were later published as the introduction to a book in Italian on the conference texts and conclusions, titled “Through Faith: Doctrine of Justification and Experience of God in the Preaching of the Church and the Spiritual Exercises,” by Fr. Daniel Libanori, SJ.

The emeritus Pope began by noting that faith has both a personal and a communal nature, saying that “the encounter with God means also, at the same time, that I myself become open, torn from my closed solitude and received into the living community of the Church.”

He emphasized that both faith and the Church come from God, and are neither self-generating nor man-made.

“The Church must introduce the individual Christian into an encounter with Jesus Christ and bring Christians into His presence in the sacrament,” Benedict remarked.

He then focused on modern man's tendency to ignore any personal sin and need for justification, and to focus instead on the suffering in the world, believing that God has to justify himself for this suffering.

“However, in my opinion, there continues to exist, in another way, the perception that we are in need of grace and forgiveness,” he said, pointing to the recent emphasis on mercy in the pontificates of both St. John Paul II and Pope Francis.

Pope Francis' “pastoral practice is expressed in the fact that he continually speaks to us of God's mercy,” he said. “It is mercy that moves us toward God, while justice frightens us before Him.”

“In my view, this makes clear that, under a veneer of self-assuredness and self-righteousness, the man of today hides a deep knowledge of his wounds and his unworthiness before God. He is waiting for mercy.”

Benedict suggested that the popularity of the parable of the Good Samaritan expresses this underlying desire for God and his mercy, adding that “it seems to me that in the theme of divine mercy is expressed in a new way what is means by justification by faith.”

He discussed how an old understanding of the Cross, articulated by St. Anselm, is difficult for modern man to relate to because of its focus on justice and its apparent juxtaposition of the Father and the Son.

The emeritus Pope reflected that God “simply cannot leave 'as is' the mass of evil that comes from the freedom that he himself has granted. Only He, coming to share in the world's suffering, can redeem the world.”

In the Cross, he said, one perceives “what God's mercy means, what the participation of God in man's suffering means. It is not a matter of a cruel justice, not a matter of the Father's fanaticism, but rather of the truth and the reality of creation: the true intimate overcoming of evil that ultimately can be realized only in the suffering of love.”

The discussion then turned to the missionary impulse, which was once informed by the conviction that all who died unbaptized would certainly go to hell.

Benedict noted, “there is no doubt that on this point we are faced with a profound evolution of dogma” and that since the 1950s “the understanding that God cannot let go to perdition all the unbaptized … has been fully affirmed.”

He noted that the great missionaries of the 1500s were compelled by their belief in the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation, and that the changing understanding of this necessity led to “a deep double crisis”: a loss of motivation for missionary work, and a loss of motivation for the faith itself.

The emeritus Pope addressed both the theory of the 'anonymous Christian' and indifferentism as inadequate solutions to the crises, and offered instead the idea that Christ's loving suffering for the world is the solution, which must become our model.

He concluded by again emphasizing that the true solution to evil is the love of Christ: “The counterweight to the dominion of evil can consist in the first place only in the divine-human love of Jesus Christ that is always greater than any possible power of evil.”

“But it is necessary that we place ourselves inside this answer that God gives us through Jesus Christ,” he added, saying that receiving the sacrament of confession “certainly has an important role in this field.”

Receiving confession, he said, “means that we always allow ourselves to be molded and transformed by Christ and that we pass continuously from the side of him who destroys to the side of Him who saves.”

Below please find L’Osservatore Romano’s full English translation of the interview:
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Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2016, 11:21:03 PM
http://www.news24.com/World/News/elderly-pope-benedict-xvi-slowly-fading-20160324

Elderly pope Benedict XVI 'slowly fading'
2016-03-24 21:02

Rome - Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is "slowly, serenely fading" but remains "very lucid", his personal secretary said in an interview published on Thursday.

Joseph Ratzinger is "an old man, of course, but very lucid. Unfortunately, it's become difficult for him to walk and he needs to use a walking frame," Georg Gaenswein said in an interview with the Italian magazine BenEssere.

In 2013, Benedict became the first head of the Catholic Church to resign in seven centuries, amid speculation he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, unable to cope at the top of an institution beset by scandals.

He said he no longer had the strength of mind or body to carry on, but his health appeared to improve after he stepped down and moved into a former convent in the grounds of the Vatican.

"In April, Benedict XVI will be 89 years old. He's like a candle which is slowly, serenely fading. He is serene, at peace with God, himself and the world," said Gaenswein.
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Post by: grace-land on March 30, 2016, 08:09:59 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/benedict-xvi-responds-to-mother-angelicas-death-17055/

Benedict XVI responds to Mother Angelica's death

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2016 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI had a special response to Mother Angelica’s death falling on Easter Sunday: “it’s a gift.”

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, told CNA about the Pope emeritus’ comment March 28.

Mother Angelica, an Ohio-born Poor Clare nun, founded EWTN Global Catholic Network in Alabama in 1981. It has since become the largest religious media network in the world. She passed away March 27, Easter Sunday, at the age of 92.
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Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2016, 08:00:10 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/4686/regensburg_revisited_ten_years_later_a_west_still_in_denial.aspx

Regensburg Revisited: Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial
April 04, 2016

A decade ago, a 79 year-old soft-spoken, white-haired German theologian returned to visit a university at which he had spent much of his academic career. On such occasions, it’s not unusual for a distinguished professor-emeritus to offer some formal remarks. Such reflections rarely receive much attention, and are often seen as exercises in reminiscing by scholars whose most substantial achievements are behind them.

In this instance, however, the speech delivered at the University of Regensburg on 12 September 2006 by the theologian Joseph Ratzinger, better known as Pope Benedict XVI, had immediate global impact. For weeks, even months afterwards, newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and even entire books attacked, defended, and analyzed the almost 4,000 words which came to be known as the Regensburg Address. Copies of the text and effigies of its author, however, were also ripped up, trampled on, and publicly burnt throughout the Islamic world. Television screens were dominated by images of enraged Muslim mobs and passionate denunciations by Muslim leaders, most of whom had clearly not read the text.
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Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2016, 05:33:49 PM
Happy 89th Birthday, Pope Benedict XVI!   :smt113

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-benedicts-celebrates-89th-birthday-tomorrow/

Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates 89th Birthday Tomorrow
April 15, 2016

While Pope Francis makes a pastoral visit to the Greek island of Lesbos to meet with refugees tomorrow, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will celebrate his 89th birthday.

Last year, Francis offered his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta for his predecessor.
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Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2016, 05:46:58 PM
From a blog by Cardinal Donald Wuerl

http://cardinalsblog.adw.org/2016/04/the-fruitful-witness-of-the-family-of-pope-benedict-xvi/

The Fruitful Witness of the Family of Pope Benedict XVI
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Joseph Ratzinger Jr. (left), Georg Ratzinger, Maria (Peintner) Ratzinger, Maria Ratzinger, Joseph Ratzinger Sr. (Photo is dated 1937 – Credit: Ignatius Press)

Eighty-nine years ago tomorrow, in the early morning of Holy Saturday 1927, Joseph Ratzinger was born in a small town in Bavaria, Germany.  That same day, he was reborn in Jesus Christ – the first baby baptized in the newly-blessed waters of Easter.  “I have always been filled with thanksgiving for having had my life immersed in this way in the Easter mystery, since this could only be a sign of blessing,” he would later say in his memoirs (Milestones, 8 ). Within this blessing, we must include his parents Mary and Joseph.

The Christian family is a domestic Church where children first encounter love and faith, affirms Pope Francis in his recent post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. In a particular way, beginning with the witness of parents, the family is the everyday place to encounter the Lord and thus is a school of the Gospel and authentic humanity. It is here where faith is first planted and where it grows, instilling in children the virtues of hope and love for God and one another.
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Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2016, 09:49:12 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-benedict-celebrates-89th-birthday

Pope Benedict celebrates 89th Birthday
2016-04-16 Vatican Radio
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On board the Papal plane en route to the Greek island of Lesbos where he is visiting refugees, Pope Francis remembered his predecessor in his prayers saying, "I would like to remind you that today is the 89th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. Pray for him"

Later this evening the Pope Emeritus is expected to attend a concert in his honour in the Vatican.

Below find the message of Pope Francis on the occasion of Pope Emeritus' Benedict XVI's birthday

The Holy Father Francis, along with all those who accompany him in his visit to Lesbos - entourage and journalists send Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI the most affectionate and cordial greetings on the occasion of his 89th birthday, asking the Lord to continue to bless his precious service of closeness and prayer for the whole Church.


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Post by: grace-land on May 06, 2016, 08:46:47 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/05/05/the_benedict_xvi_center_opens_with_a_focus_on_interdisciplin/1227830

The Benedict XVI Center opens with a focus on interdisciplinarity
05/05/2016 20:38

(Vatican Radio) The Benedict XVI Center for Religion and Society was inaugurated on Thursday at St Mary’s University in Twickenham,  London.

Vatican Radio’s Christopher Altieri, Professor of Philosophy and an external affiliate of the Center, explained to Linda Bordoni that the Centre aims to establish itself as an “international hub” for research to foster links between theology and the social sciences:

Christopher Altieri explains the Center was officially approved in 2015 as part of efforts to mark the 5th anniversary of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom.

He explains that its purpose is to foster dialogue among scholars who come from different disciplines.

“Inter-disciplinarity is one of those academic ‘buzz words’ that get tossed around a lot but don’t always receive careful consideration about what it means and the Center is trying to get it right” he says.

Altieri says members and participants are committed to getting interdisciplinary research right especially in regards to social sciences and their consideration of the role of religion in society and in public life.
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Post by: grace-land on May 10, 2016, 09:10:34 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/a-masters-degree-in-the-works-of-benedict-xvi-yep-its-happening-95583/

A master's degree in the works of Benedict XVI? Yep, it's happening

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2016 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No Catholic who wants to take an in-depth look into the faith and the reality of the Church of our time can skip the works of the “Theologian Pope”, Benedict XVI. To really deepen one’s knowledge, or to literally become an expert in all things Joseph Ratzinger, one can begin a new master’s program which began in February of this year. During two semesters at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome, the program, “Joseph Ratzinger: Studies and Spirituality,” teaches in eight parts the works and spirituality of the emeritus Pope. The program is offered in English and Italian, and one of its professors is Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus, who spoke with CNA about the program.
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Post by: grace-land on May 21, 2016, 01:34:42 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-emeritus-third-secret-of-fatima-was-released

Pope emeritus: Third Secret of Fatima was released in full
2016-05-21 Vatican Radio
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(Vatican Radio) Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said he never told anyone the publication of the “Third Secret of Fatima” in the year 2000 was incomplete, and confirmed the document was published in its totality.

A Communiqué was published Saturday by the Holy See Press Office on various articles regarding the “Third Secret of Fatima.”

“ Several articles have appeared recently, including declarations attributed to Professor Ingo Dollinger according to which Cardinal Ratzinger, after the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (which took place in June 2000), had confided to him that the publication was not complete,” – the Communiqué reads – “In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares ‘never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima’, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter ‘are pure inventions, absolutely untrue’, and he confirms decisively that ‘the publication of the  Third Secret of Fatima is complete’.”
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Post by: grace-land on May 22, 2016, 06:47:43 PM
http://www.lastampa.it/2016/05/21/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/ratzinger-the-third-secret-of-fatima-has-been-fully-published-OXrIthegUgMVgPQRIfuoGL/pagina.html

Ratzinger: The Third Secret of Fatima has been fully published
21/05/2016

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And for his part, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “is well,” even in consideration of his 89 years. “He prays, he loves to study and read, he dedicates his time to correspondence, he walks the rosary in the Vatican gardens, and receives visits.” This was reported by the secretary, Monsignor George Gaenswein, at the presentation of a book on the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

“You will see for yourself soon,” he added. On June 29, Ratzinger will celebrate 65 years of priesthood. “We will see what we can organize. It is an objective opportunity that gives hope of being able to see him, and to demonstrate,” added Gaenswein, jokingly, “that my sentence about the candle was stupid.” 

In fact, when speaking to an Italian newsweekly, the secretary to the Pope Emeritus had said that Benedict is like a candle that is fading very slowly. “I never knew that in Italian, this could have a negative meaning. To say he is like a candle means that the strength of his light remains the same,” he explained.

The Pope Emeritus “is serene, and is at peace with God, with himself and with the world,” added Monsignor Gaenswein. He continues to receive people but recently has had to slow the flow of visits, “because every day brings many letters to read and too many books, including manuscripts.”
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Post by: grace-land on May 23, 2016, 10:52:40 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/archbishop-gaenswein-recalls-dramatic-struggle-of-2005-conclave

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Sees Resignation as Expanding Petrine Ministry
05/23/2016

In a speech reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Archbishop Georg Gänswein has confirmed the existence of a group who fought against Benedict’s election in 2005, but stressed that "Vatileaks" or other issues had "little or nothing" to do with his resignation in 2013.

Speaking at the presentation of a new book on Benedict’s pontificate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome May 20, Archbishop Gänswein also said that Pope Francis and Benedict are not two popes “in competition” with one another, but represent one “expanded” Petrine Office with “an active member” and a “contemplative.”

Archbishop Gänswein, who doubles as the personal secretary of the Pope Emeritus and prefect of the Pontifical Household, said Benedict did not abandon the papacy like Pope Celestine V in the 13th century but rather sought to continue his Petrine Office in a more appropriate way given his frailty.
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Post by: grace-land on June 27, 2016, 11:03:33 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/will-the-papacy-end-with-francis-a-rare-interview-with-archbishop-gaenswein

Will the Papacy End With Francis? A Rare Interview With Archbishop Gänswein
by ANIAN CHRISTOPH WIMMER/CNA/EWTN NEWS
06/27/2016
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ROME — What is Benedict XVI's own view of his historical resignation? What has the fallout been from his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein's controversial remark on an “expanded Petrine office”? What about the “Prophecy of St. Malachy,” which allegedly sees Francis as the last pope?

In a recent and candid conversation, veteran journalist and EWTN Rome correspondent Paul Badde sat down with Archbishop Gänswein, who gave his take on these and a number of other questions.

The German archbishop currently serves Pope Francis as prefect of the papal household, and he has also maintained his duties as secretary for the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI.
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Post by: grace-land on June 27, 2016, 11:19:44 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-francis-on-pope-emeritus-the-wise-grandfather-at-home

Pope Francis on Pope Emeritus: ‘The Wise Grandfather at Home’
by Edward Pentin 
06/27/2016

At noon tomorrow, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will make another rare appearance together at a ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood.

During the event, to take place in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father will present Benedict XVI with a book entitled Teaching and Learning the Love of God, a collection of Joseph Ratzinger’s homilies on the priesthood. Also present will be Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger (they were ordained together), and a few senior Vatican officials.

The ceremony will be televised on Vatican television and also streamed live on YouTube here. Due to the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on Wednesday, the event actually takes place a day ahead of the anniversary, which falls on June 29th.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FljWR9eELE
Sixty-fifth anniversary of the priesthood of Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI - 2016.06.28
Scheduled for Jun 28, 2016
Pope Francis participates in the solemn ceremony for the 65th anniversary of the priesthood of Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI.


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Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2016, 08:29:45 PM
http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/5768/0/francis-says-benedict-s-contribution-continues-to-be-unceasing-on-65th-anniversary-of-his-ordination

Francis says Benedict's contribution continues to be unceasing on 65th anniversary of his ordination
28 June 2016
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PICTURE: Georg (left) and Joseph Ratzinger at their ordination on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul in the cathedral of Freising, Bavaria, in 1951

Pope Emeritus has never ceased to aid growth of the Church with his 'strength and wisdom'

Benedict XVI today celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in a special ceremony attended by Pope Francis.

During the ceremony, celebrated at the Sala Clementina within the Apostolic Palace, German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller presented Benedict XVI with a book entitled 'Teaching and Learning the Love of God', a collection of Joseph Ratzinger’s homilies on the priesthood. More than 30 cardinals were present, as well as a number of other invited guests.

Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was ordained a priest on 29 June 1951 on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, in the cathedral of Freising by the then-Cardinal Archbishop of Munich, Michael von Faulhaber. In his memoirs, written in 2005, Benedict describes the day as the most important of his life.

He explains there were 40 candidates for ordination, and that “when we were called we responded: ‘Here I am.’” Cautioning the reader not to be superstitious, Benedict recounts how when the elderly archbishop laid his hands on the future Pope’s head, “a small bird – perhaps a lark – rose up from the high altar of the cathedral and sang a joyful little song”.

“For me it was as if a voice from on high were telling me: it’s ok, you’re on the right path,” he writes. Benedict’s older brother, Georg, was ordained a priest alongside him.

Pope Francis said that Benedict continues to serve the Church, “not ceasing to truly contribute to her growth with strength and wisdom”.
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Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2016, 08:39:34 PM
Video at the link
http://www.romereports.com/2016/06/28/benedict-xvi-addresses-a-speech-to-pope-francis

Benedict XVI addresses a speech to Pope Francis
2016-06-28

Holy Father, dear friends,

65 years ago, a fellow priest who was ordained on the same day wrote on the memorial card for his first Mass his name, the date and a single word in Greek: Eucharistomen. This word, in all its dimensions, expresses all that can be said at this moment. Eucharistomen is also about human thanksgiving... Thank you all. A special thanks to you, Holy Father!

Your kindness, from the first moment of the election, in every moment of my life here, strikes me, is a source of real inspiration for me. More than in the Vatican Gardens, with their beauty, your goodness is the place where I dwell: I feel protected.

Thank you for your words, for everything. And we hope you continue to guide us along this path of Divine Mercy, showing us the way to Jesus, Jesus, to God.
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http://catholic.net/op/articles/2738/francis-address-to-benedict-for-65th-anniversary-of-pope-emeritus-priestly-ordination-.html
Francis' address to Benedict for 65th Anniversary of Pope Emeritus' Priestly Ordination

(ZENIT, Vatican City, June 28, 2016).- Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ address to Benedict XVI for 65th Anniversary of Pope Emeritus’ Priestly Ordination at the commemoration held today at noon in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace.
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Holiness,

Today we celebrate the history of a call that began sixty-five years ago with Your Priestly Ordination, which took place in the Cathedral of Freising on June 29, 1951. But what is the underlying note that runs through this long history and that from that first beginning up to today dominates it ever more?
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Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2016, 08:51:35 PM
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Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI at his finest as he thanks Pope Francis, Cardinals @AleteiaEn
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Benedict XVI to Francis: 'your goodness is a place where I feel protected' -via @cnalive
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2016, 08:34:21 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/benedict-xvi-talks-resignation-pope-francis-in-new-book-length-interview-16990/

Benedict XVI talks resignation, Pope Francis in new book-length interview

Vatican City, Jul 1, 2016 / 07:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though he has rarely spoken since resigning from the papacy, Benedict XVI granted several lengthy interviews to German journalist Peter Seewald shortly after stepping down - conversations that touched on themes such as the reform of the Curia, his resignation and his thoughts on Pope Francis.

The interviews, conducted a few months after Benedict’s Feb. 28, 2013, resignation, are set to be released in one book simultaneously worldwide Sept. 9, according to Italian daily “Corriere della Sera.”

About 240 pages in length, the book in German is titled "Letzte Gespräche," or, "Final Conversations," and “touches upon all the most important stages of life of Joseph Ratzinger.”

These stages include Benedict’s childhood under the Nazi regime, the discovery of his vocation to the priesthood, the hardships of the war and his time in the Vatican until his election to the papacy. It also covers “the anxiety” of his first few days as successor of St. Peter, as well as his “painful” decision to resign and his thoughts on Pope Francis.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2016, 08:39:09 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/new-book-with-retired-pope-benedict-due-in-early-september.cfm

New book with retired Pope Benedict due in early September
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
7.1.2016 10:18 AM ET

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI has given another interview to the journalist and author Peter Seewald, and a German publisher announced it would be released worldwide Sept. 9.

Titled "Letzte Gesprache," (which translates as "last conversations"), the book includes an in-depth conversation with the retired pope about the background of his resignation in 2013, said the German publisher, Droemer Knaur.

Information about an English translation and publisher was not immediately available.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2016, 08:43:18 PM
http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/5786/0/benedict-xvi-says-he-dismantled-vatican-s-gay-lobby-

Benedict XVI says he dismantled Vatican's ‘gay lobby’
01 July 2016 | by Megan Cornwell   

Benedicts' comments were reported today in Italy's daily newspaper Corriere della Sera

Pope Emeritus Benedict has alleged there was a so-called ‘gay lobby’ operating in the Vatican while he was Pope, but added that no one pressurised him to resign.

Benedicts' comments were reported today in Italy's daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, which has acquired the Italian newspaper rights for excerpts to a book of interviews between the retired pope and the journalist and author Peter Seewald.

During one of the interviews, the Pope Emeritus said he was aware of a group of between four or five gay people who tried to influence decisions during his papacy. The articles says he was able to break up the group.
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In the article they reveal how Benedict kept a diary during his papacy, which he now plans to destroy, despite its historical significance. They also include details of the Pope Emeritus’ life, faith and papacy, including his thoughts on current pope, Francis.


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Post by: grace-land on July 05, 2016, 11:32:19 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/full-english-transcript-of-archbishop-gaensweins-interview-with-ewtn-german

English Transcript of Archbishop Gänswein's EWTN Germany Interview
by Edward Pentin 
07/05/2016

In a recent wide-ranging interview on EWTN Germany, Archbishop Georg Gänswein discussed several key contemporary issues including his own controversial remark that, by resigning, Benedict XVI expanded the Petrine office.

During the candid conversation with German author Paul Badde (see full transcript below), the Pope Emeritus’ personal secretary stood by his comment, but also underlined that there are not two popes, and that Francis has full authority.
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Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2016, 05:19:56 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/munich-archbishop-expresses-profound-grief-over-deadly-shooting-86184/

Munich archbishop, Benedict XVI grieve deadly shooting

Munich, Germany, Jul 23, 2016 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of Munich has called for prayers for the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting at a shopping mall, and condemned acts of violence which “poison” society with fear.

"This horrific crime deeply affects me and fills me with profound grief," Cardinal Reinhard Marx is quoted as saying in a July 23 statement by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

"My prayers are with the victims and their families,” said the head of the German Bishops' Conference said, adding: “I hope that the many injured can return home soon."
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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who had served as archbishop of Munich and Freising as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger from 1977-1982, has reportedly also responded to the attacks, via the prefect of the papal household, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein.

Having been informed about the incident, Benedict XVI “prays for the innocent victims, and expresses condolences and closeness to the families,” the Vatican Insider reports.
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Post by: grace-land on August 01, 2016, 05:51:45 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/08/01/father_lombardi_appointed_chairman_of_ratzinger_foundation/1248625

Father Lombardi appointed Chairman of Ratzinger Foundation
01/08/2016 19:10
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(Vatican Radio) After ten years as Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi SJ has been appointed Chairman  of the “Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation”.

Father Lombardi was appointed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

The Ratzinger Foundation was founded by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 with the aim to promote theology in the spirit of Joseph Ratzinger, which it achieves by funding scholarships and bursaries for students across the world.

It also promotes  formation activities, conferences, seminars and Theology training courses which are offered throughout the world thanks to the Foundation’s proceeds. These partly come from the royalties that derive from the sale of almost 100 volumes written by Joseph Ratzinger.
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Post by: grace-land on August 19, 2016, 06:59:00 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/benedict-xvis-students-to-discuss-spiritual-crisis-in-europe-at-annual-meeting-82816/

Benedict XVI's students to discuss spiritual crisis in Europe at annual meeting

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual meeting of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's former students will discuss Europe's spiritual crisis during their gathering later this month, according to the group's organizer.

The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from academia to become a bishop.

The theme of spiritual crisis in Europe was approved by Benedict himself, Fr. Stephan Horn told CNA.

Fr. Horn, a Salvatorian, was Joseph Ratzinger's academic assistant at the University of Regensburg from 1971 to 1977, and is now organizer of the Schuelerkreis meeting. This year the group will meet at Castel Gandolfo Aug. 26-28.
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Post by: grace-land on August 23, 2016, 08:30:28 PM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/08/22/benedict-xvis-autobiography-to-be-translated-by-english-theologian/

Benedict XVI’s autobiography to be translated by English theologian
posted Monday, 22 Aug 2016

A theologian at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, is to translate Benedict XVI’s new autobiography.

Dr Jacob Phillips is programme director of the MA in Theology at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He also teaches on Fundamental Theology at Allen Hall Seminary, London, and has taught at King’s College London, where he earned his PhD, and at other London universities.

A convert to the Faith – he was accepted into the Church in 2008 – he worships at St Etheldreda’s, Holborn, London.

Benedict XVI’s book, to be entitled Last Testament, is based on interviews with German journalist Peter Seewald.
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Last Testament follows the same format as two previous book-length interviews with Peter Seewald, Light of the World and Salt of the Earth.

Last month an Italian newspaper revealed that Benedict kept a diary throughout his papacy, but plans to destroy it even though he realises it would be “a golden opportunity” for historians.

Last Testament will be published by Bloomsbury in Britain and the US in November.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on August 24, 2016, 09:38:01 PM
https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2016/08/24/benedict-says-quit-couldnt-face-another-trip/

Benedict says he quit because he couldn’t face another trip
Inés San Martín  August 24, 2016

ROME- Ever since February 28, 2013, when emeritus Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly, and in Latin, announced his resignation, theories regarding why became too numerous to count: scandals over leaked confidential documents, his health, an alleged “gay lobby” in the Vatican, and so on.

Benedict said at the time he was stepping down because he was 86 and lacked the strength to continue with his mission of leading an institution present in every corner of the world, with over 1.2 billion members.

In a recent interview he expanded on that explanation, adding more details. Among other things, he said that his March 2012 trip to Mexico and Cuba had taken such a toll that he knew he’d be incapable of making another grueling international trip. He says he agreed with his doctor it’d be better if he didn’t make such a demanding outing.

He had one looming: A July 2013 trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to lead millions of youth from around the world in a week-long festival known as World Youth Day in July 2013. Hence he saw it as his “duty” to resign from the papacy, sooner rather than later after his return from Mexico and Cuba.

That snippet was shared by the emeritus pope himself in an interview with Italian Elio Guerrero, author of the upcoming book “Servant of God and Humanity: The biography of Benedict XVI.” It’ll be released in Italian on August 30, and no date for an English publication has yet been announced.

The book includes not only a preface by Pope Francis, but also an interview Guerrero had with Benedict.
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Post by: grace-land on August 25, 2016, 10:19:24 PM
https://zenit.org/articles/feature-christmas-lists-teddy-bears-and-miracles-have-what-in-common-joseph-ratzinger/

FEATURE: A Walk Through the Life of Benedict XVI 
Christmas Lists, Teddy Bears, and Miracles Have What in Common? Joseph Ratzinger … Recent Pilgrimage Retraces His Life From Birth to Present
•August 25, 2016•Deborah Castellano Lubov
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Inside Freising Cathedral, where Joseph Ratzinger was ordained a priest – Photo by Michael Hesemann

Ever wanted to have a better idea about what teddy bears, Christmas lists, and miracles meant to young Joseph Ratzinger? And if not before, are you curious now?

Special moments in the early life of Pope Benedict were the discoveries to find on an ‘Inside the Vatican’-run pilgrimage this summer that retraced the life of Benedict XVI throughout Bavaria and Rome, guided by well-known historian Michael Hesemann, the co-author with Georg Ratzinger of “My Brother, the Pope.”

Some of the meaningful places this intimate spiritual pilgrimage included were: the charming little town of Marktl am Inn, where little Joseph Ratzinger was born; Tittmoning, where he spent early years through about kindergarten; Freising, where he attended minor seminary and was ordained a priest 65 years ago; Traunstein, where he celebrated his first Holy Mass as priest; Munich, where he served as archbishop; Regensburg, where he taught; and Pentling, where he had designed a home where he believed he would eventually retire.
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Post by: grace-land on August 26, 2016, 08:19:50 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/in-rare-interview-benedict-xvi-names-his-favorite-saints-92453/

In rare interview, Benedict XVI names his favorite saints

Vatican City, Aug 26, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since he resigned from the papacy over three years ago, Benedict XVI rarely gives interviews. In a recent exception, however, the former pontiff took the time to chat not only about his successor, but the saints who've accompanied him throughout his life.

In the interview, published Aug. 24 in Italian newspaper La Reppublica, Benedict said he has been serene and happy since his resignation, and that while there were “smaller and larger difficulties” in his pontificate, there were also “many graces” that came from the fact that he wasn’t alone.

“From the beginning I was conscious of my limits and I accepted, as I have always sought to do in my life, in a spirit of obedience,” he said.

“I realized that all I had to do I couldn’t do alone and so I was almost forced to put myself in the hands of God, to entrust myself to Jesus, to whom, as I gradually wrote my volume on him (Jesus of Nazareth), I felt bound by an old and ever deeper friendship.”
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Post by: grace-land on September 08, 2016, 08:41:19 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/retired-pope-says-governance-wasnt-his-gift-but-francis-is-good-at-it.cfm

Retired pope says governance wasn't his gift, but Francis is good at it
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
9.8.2016 6:10 AM ET

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While retired Pope Benedict XVI said organization and governance are not his strong suits, he also said, "I am unable to see myself as a failure."

In a book-length interview with the German author Peter Seewald, Pope Benedict said that when he resigned he had the "peace of someone who had overcome difficulty" and "could tranquilly pass the helm to the one who came next."

The new book, "Last Testament," will be released in English by Bloomsbury in November. The German and Italian editions were set for release Sept. 9, but some excerpts were published Sept. 8 by the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Pope Benedict insisted once again that he was not pressured by anyone or any event to resign and he did not feel he was running away from any problem.

"My weak point perhaps is a lack of resolve in governing and making decisions," he said. "Here, in reality, I am more a professor, one who reflects and meditates on spiritual questions. Practical governance was not my forte and this certainly was a weakness."
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http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/benedict-xvi-to-reveal-more-details-of-his-life-and-pontificate-in-new-book
Benedict XVI To Reveal More Details of His Life and Pontificate in New Book
by Edward Pentin  09/08/2016

https://cruxnow.com/analysis/2016/09/08/new-book-pope-benedict-xvi-exudes-rare-humility/
In new book, Pope Benedict XVI exudes a rare humility
John L. Allen Jr. Ines San Martin
September 8, 2016

https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/pope-benedict-speaks-i-do-not-see-myself-failure#.V9G4rxdc3mI.twitter
Pope Benedict speaks: 'I do not see myself as a failure'
by Joshua J. McElwee    |  Sep. 8, 2016


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Post by: grace-land on September 12, 2016, 05:22:34 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/5045/benedict_the_brave_the_regensburg_address_ten_years_later.aspx

Benedict the Brave: The Regensburg Address Ten Years Later
September 12, 2016

Ten years ago Pope Benedict XVI took to the dais of the University of Regensburg’s Aula Magna to offer a few “memories and reflections.” The speech, which became widely known simply as Regensburg, has long been dismissed as an infamous gaffe in a generally misunderstood pontificate; it was leveled as incendiary and undiplomatic in solemn rebukes from leaders like Jacques Chirac; it sparked firebombings and effigies; death threats from the Mujahideen Army against the pontiff; and generally did little to enhance Benedict’s reputation. But how much of Regensburg was actually read, understood, and properly digested, and what was its overall intention?

Contrary to the ensuing censure of the Pope and his speech, the 79-year-old pontiff knew exactly what he was doing. “As I said at the time,” stated Fr. James V. Schall, SJ about its lasting legacy, “this address is one of the world's most penetrating analysis ever made of intelligence and the consequences of the willful refusal to face its truth.” If really taken to heart, Regensburg at one point may have been the touchstone for a more truthful world—and still might be, a decade later.
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http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/4686/regensburg_revisited_ten_years_later_a_west_still_in_denial.aspx
Regensburg Revisited: Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial
April 04, 2016 

https://cruxnow.com/analysis/2016/09/12/anniversary-can-finally-catch-benedicts-point-regensburg/
On anniversary, can we finally catch Benedict’s point at Regensburg?
John L. Allen Jr.   September 12, 2016


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Post by: grace-land on September 12, 2016, 05:28:03 PM
https://cnstopstories.com/2016/09/09/retired-pope-says-aging-brings-intense-prayer-awareness-of-judgment/

Retired pope says aging brings intense prayer, awareness of judgment
Posted on September 9, 2016
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As he prays in his house in the Vatican Gardens and, especially, as he ages, retired Pope Benedict XVI said he finds many Scripture passages “more challenging in their greatness and gravity.”

Retirement has given the 89-year-old Pope Benedict what he describes as the gift of silence to enter more deeply into prayer, especially with the Psalms and the writings of early church theologians, but the inevitable approach of death also makes his failings and God’s judgment a more pressing concern, he said.

“Despite all the confidence I have that the loving God cannot forsake me, the closer you come to his face, the more intensely you feel how much you have done wrong,” the retired pope told Peter Seewald, a German writer.
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Post by: grace-land on October 18, 2016, 05:56:04 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/2016-ratzinger-prize-winners-announced

2016 Ratzinger Prize winners announced
2016-10-18 Vatican Radio
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(Vatican Radio) The winners of the 2016 Ratzinger Prize have been announed as Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles.

Mgr. Biffi, a professor, theologian and liturgist of international renown, who has also authored hundreds of books and essays, was awarded the prize for his Opera Omnia, a collection of his writings, most of which are on theology and medieval philosophy. Twenty volumes have already been published, while the rest are currently in the preparation phase. The other winner is Ioannis Kourempeles of the Faculty of Theology in Thessaloniki, Greece. A member of the Orthodox Church, he is associate professor in the Department of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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Post by: grace-land on November 25, 2016, 09:54:51 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/pope-emeritus-benedict-xvi-reflects-on-the-last-things

Nov. 25, 2016
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Reflects on the Last Things
In an extract from his latest book-interview, 'Last Testament', Benedict XVI reflects on death, God's judgment, and the afterlife.
Edward Pentin
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As the Church enters the liturgical season of Advent, a time of expectation and anticipation of Christ’s return in glory, it’s perhaps timely to publish here for the first time Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's recent thoughts on the Last Things.

In this extract from the new book, Last Testament – In His Own Words — Pope Benedict XVI With Peter Seewald, the Pope Emeritus discusses his approach to death, judgment and how close he feels to Jesus as he reaches the end of his earthly life.

He also reflects on the “dark night” of the soul, dealing with the problem of evil, and his expectations of the life to come.
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Post by: grace-land on November 26, 2016, 08:16:38 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/11/26/pope_addresses_2016_ratzinger_prize_winners/1275024

Pope addresses 2016 Ratzinger Prize winners
26/11/2016 13:12
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Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI together at the Vatican 19 Nov 2016.

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday morning addressed the winners of the 2016 Ratzinger Prize, Msgr Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall.

Awarded by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, the Ratzinger Prize is given as a sign of the Church’s gratitude to scholars and professors who have stood out for their scientific research in the theological field.

Msgr Biffi, a professor, and internationally renowned theologian and liturgist, was awarded the prize for his Opera Omnia, a collection of his writings, most of which are on theology and medieval philosophy.

The other winner, Prof Kourempeles is a member of the Orthodox Church, is associate professor in the Department of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

In his address to the winners, Pope Francis began by expressing “great affection” and “gratitude” for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, as he “continues to accompany us even now in his prayer.”

“The depth of Joseph Ratzinger’s thought, firmly founded upon Scripture and the [Church] Fathers, and always nourished by faith and prayer, helps us to remain open to the horizons of eternity, thus giving meaning even to our hopes and our human responsibilities,” the Holy Father said.

The Pope spoke of Benedict XVI’s richness in “thought and magisterium,  which knew how to center on the essential reference points of our Christian life, the person of Jesus Christ, charity, hope, faith.  And the whole Church will be forever grateful.”
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Post by: grace-land on December 19, 2016, 05:59:36 PM
Photos at the link

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/benedict-xvi-mother-angelica-was-a-great-woman-91924/

Benedict XVI: Mother Angelica was 'a great woman'

Vatican City, Dec 18, 2016 / 01:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI praised the founder of the EWTN Global Catholic Network on Thursday.

“Mother Angelica was a great woman, very brave,” he said Dec. 15.

He had greeted the editorial staff of the EWTN-backed Italian-language news agency ACI Stampa, who met him to give him a Christmas card.

Mother Angelica passed away on Easter Sunday 2016 at the age of 92.

In March, Benedict XVI had a special response to the timing of her death: “It’s a gift,” he said, his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein told CNA.

Soon after the nun’s March 27 death, at a March 30 general audience Pope Francis encountered members of EWTN’s Rome Bureau who carried a framed photo of Mother Angelica. The Pope saw the image and blessed it. Pointing to the sky, he said “she’s in heaven.”
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Post by: grace-land on January 13, 2017, 09:23:12 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/5342/journalist_peter_seewald_pope_benedict_is_one_of_the_most_misunderstood_personalities_of_our_time.aspx

Journalist Peter Seewald: Pope Benedict is “one of the most misunderstood personalities of our time”
January 12, 2017 

The German journalist reflects on his latest book-length interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whom he considers among history’s most significant popes.

It is well-known that Pope Francis regularly grants interviews to various media outlets, and has done so since the earliest days of his papacy. As a result, it seems as if each successive interview is received with less fanfare, and the words of the Holy Father are watched with breath a little less bated.

His predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, was never one to give interviews so frequently. However, over the last 25 years, he has granted four book-length interviews to German journalist Peter Seewald—Salt of the Earth, God and the World, Light of the World, and now Last Testament: In His Own Words (Bloomsbury, 2016). This most recent (and perhaps final) installment in the series of interviews, Last Testament contains many insights into the life and personality of Joseph Ratzinger.
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Post by: grace-land on February 10, 2017, 09:26:28 PM
https://zenit.org/articles/its-good-to-have-the-pope-emeritus-who-prays-for-the-church-and-for-his-successor-says-father-lombardi/

It’s Good to Have the Pope Emeritus, Who Prays for the Church and for His Successor,’ Says Father Lombardi
February 10, 2017

“Every time we see images of Pope Francis and his predecessor together, it is a great joy for all and a good example of union in the Church,” said Father Federico Lombardi, President of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.

Vatican Radio interviewed the former Director of the Holy See Press Office, four years after Benedict XVI’s surprising gesture of renouncing the Petrine ministry, which happened on February 11, 2013.

“The way in which he has lived and lives these years corresponds to what he told us, namely, to live in prayer, in retirement, from a spiritual point of view and with extreme discretion, his service of accompaniment in prayer of the life of the Church and also of solidarity with his Successor precisely in his responsibility. This is what is happening, in full serenity,” explained Father Lombardi regarding Benedict.

The former Director of the Press Office commented that it is “truly very good to have the Pope Emeritus who prays for the Church and for his successor. It is a presence that we feel, we know that he is there, even if we do not see him often; when we see him we are all very happy because we love him.”

Father Lombardi, who has met Benedict XVI on several occasions in the last months, says that he found him “perfect from the point of view of lucidity, of spiritual presence, mental state,” hence, it is a real pleasure to be with him.”
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February 11, 2017 Tweets
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Rocco Palmo ‏@roccopalmo  · 6h  6 hours ago 
Four years ago at this hour, Benedict XVI announced his intent to resign the papacy on 28 Feb 2013: http://bit.ly/XFk4XR

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https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/02/11/aide-says-benedict-perfect-mental-spiritual-health/

Aide says Benedict in perfect ‘mental and spiritual’ health
Inés San Martín   February 11, 2017
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Pope Francis, right, hugs Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the former Convent Mater Ecclesiae at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. After the basilica ceremony, the new cardinals and Pope Francis took two mini buses to the monastery on Vatican grounds where Benedict lives to greet the emeritus pontiff. (Credit: L'Osservatore Romano/pool photo via AP.)

ROME-Four years after he announced his resignation on Feb. 11, 2013, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is “in perfect mental and spiritual” health, according to his former spokesman, who remains a close collaborator.

Father Federico Lombardi, currently president of the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI, told Vatican Radio that even though the pope emeritus remains perfectly lucid, “his physical strength is debilitating little by little.”

There are no particular illnesses, Lombardi said, but “it’s noticeable that fragility increases with age. Whatever the case, he’s on foot, walking around the house.”

Speaking to the Italian TV outlet Tg2000, Lombardi said that since he was close to Benedict in the months previous to his resignation, it was clear that he was feeling at the limits of his possibilities to carry out his role.
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Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2017, 10:11:10 PM
https://zenit.org/articles/february-28-marks-the-fourth-anniversary-of-benedict-xvis-renunciation/

February 28 Marks the Fourth Anniversary of Benedict XVI’s Renunciation 
February 27, 2017

A sun of a precocious spring illuminated St. Peter’s Square crowded, as on great occasions, on that February 28, 2013. It was a multitude of faithful that rushed to say their goodbyes to Pope Benedict XVI. The wave of affection overwhelmed the German Pontiff, who was visibly moved.

However, the strong sentiments remained impressed also on the spirit of the faithful present in the Square. It is difficult to forget the effect of that historic flight to Castel Gandolfo of the helicopter with the resigning Pope on board, above a carpet of arms waving to greet him.

Historic moments, whose memory penetrates the heart of those who lived it. As Benedict XVI’s words penetrated the heart, which he addressed from the balcony of the Papal Apartment of Castel Gandolfo, in the afternoon of February 28, 2013, his last appearance in public as Supreme Pontiff.

I am simply a pilgrim who begins the last stage of his pilgrimage on this earth. However, with my heart, with my love, with my prayer, with my reflection, with all my interior strength I still want to work for the common good and the good of the Church and of humanity. And I feel very supported by your good wishes. Let us go forward together with the Lord for the good of the Church and of the world. Thank you, and now I impart to you with all my heart my Blessing,” he said.
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Post by: grace-land on March 02, 2017, 08:40:09 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/in-rome-a-new-generation-of-benedict-xvi-scholars-is-on-the-rise-58884/

In Rome, a new generation of Benedict XVI scholars is on the rise
By Andrea Gagliarducci
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Rome, Italy, Mar 2, 2017 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The theological legacy of Benedict XVI continues, four years after his pontificate came to an end.

A group of graduate students has gathered around the Ratzinger Foundation to further their studies and discussions on the thought of the former Pope, cardinal, and theology professor.
 
 Professor Pierluca Azzaro, a collaborator of the Ratzinger Foundation who translated Ratzinger’s complete works into Italian, told CNA these students reflect “the increasing interest toward Joseph Ratzinger’s theology.”

In one gathering, the students heard Father Stephan Horn, the coordinator of the Ratzinger Schuelerkreis, the circle of Joseph Ratzinger’s former students.

Azzaro summed up Fr. Horn’s remarks: “Joseph Ratzinger never wanted to assert himself and his ideas. He rather wanted to open people’s gaze to the Church.”

The priest stressed Benedict XVI’s own identity as a priest and his care for the communication of the faith.

Besides the gathering with Fr. Horn, the students have held an introductory meeting and have met with Father Federico Lombardi, president of the Ratzinger Foundation and former Vatican spokesperson.
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Since 2010, the foundation has awarded its Ratzinger Prize to noted theologians. Some compare the honor to the Nobel Prize of Theology.


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Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2017, 08:00:02 PM
https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/03/19/key-aide-pope-benedict-approaches-90-hes-fine/?platform=hootsuite

Key aide to Pope Benedict: As he approaches 90, he’s fine
March 19, 2017

ROME - Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI turns 90 next month, but according to his closest aide, his advanced age hasn’t yet created any truly serious health challenges aside from a basic problem with walking without assistance.

“Pope Benedict is in good shape,” said German Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the Prefect of the Papal Household for Pope Francis and also private secretary to Pope Benedict.

“What bothers him most are his legs,” Gänswein said, “so he uses a walker for help, and he gets along very well.”

Gänswein made the comments in a brief interview with Vatican Radio.

“Otherwise, he’s quite clear in his head, and quite bright,” he said. “He participates in everything. He reads, he prays, he listens to music, and he has visitors.”
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https://zenit.org/articles/ratzinger-foundation-a-book-for-the-pope-emeritus-90-years/

Ratzinger Foundation: A Book for the Pope Emeritus’ 90 Years 
March 31, 2017

On the occasion of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday (April 16, 2017), the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation is publishing the book Cooperatores Veritatis, which brings together the essays of 13 researchers who received the Ratzinger Prize since 2011, stated a press release of the Foundation.

The presentation will take place on April 6 at the Augustinianum Patristic Institute in Rome, with the participation of Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and member of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, as well as Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the Foundation’s President, Father Giuseppe Caruso, Director of the Augustinianum and Father Giuseppe Costa, Director of the Librairie Editrice Vaticana (LEV), one of the publishers of the work.

In the introduction, Father Lombardi stresses that the book “is an original way of bringing together an international group of known researchers, who have shared their points of view on Joseph Ratzinger’s thought.”
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Cardinal Sarah's Address on 10th Anniversary of "Summorum Pontificum"
March 31, 2017
The exclusive English translation of the message sent by the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the Colloquium “The Source of the Future”

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Colloquium “The Source of the Future” (“Quelle der Zukunft”)
on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the publication
of the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict XVI

March 29 – April 1, 2017
Herzogenrath, near Aachen (Germany)
 

Introductory Message
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Photos at the link

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/benedict-xvi-tells-ewtn-thank-you-for-your-work-40153/

Benedict XVI tells EWTN: 'Thank you for your work'
By Elise Harris

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2017 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of EWTN’s Rome Bureau on Friday met Benedict XVI in the Vatican Gardens to explain their work and thank him for his service to the Church, while he in turn thanked them for their efforts.

“Thank you for your work,” the emeritus Pope said March 31 to the six persons present at the encounter, who represented the various programs produced at the bureau.
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The team met Benedict in the Vatican Gardens at 4:30 in the afternoon, when the emeritus Pope prays his daily rosary. He was accompanied by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household.

After finishing his prayer, Benedict removed his hat and stood up to greet the team. 

Benedict was clear and alert, and interested in each person as they approched him.

Leading the delegation, Holdren gave a brief introduction to the organization; the emeritus Pope marvelled at the size of the bureau.

Benedict greeted each member of the group individually, learning about their families and their work.

Holdren gave the Bavarian personal letters from some of those present and their families. He in turn offered each of them  a medal and commemorative cards of his 2012 visit to Lebanon, the last he took as Roman Pontiff.

He then gave the group his blessing and departed for his residence in the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae monastery.

The audience was granted to mark the one-year anniversary of the March 27, 2016 death of Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN.
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Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2017, 09:40:09 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/cooperatores-veritatis-a-bithday-gift-to-the-pope

Cooperatores veritatis: a bithday gift to the Pope emeritus
2017-04-06 Vatican Radio
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(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI turns 90 years of age on April 16th. To mark the occasion the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI has edited a special festschrift volume of essays by Ratzinger Prize-winning theologians, which was presented on Thursday afternoon at the Augustinianum Patristic Institute of Rome.

Titled Cooperatores veritatis: Tributes to Pope emeritus Benedict XVI on his 90th Birthday, assembled under the editorship of Pierluca Azzaro and Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ and published by the Vatican Publishing House, the volume is at once a testament to the profound influence of the thought of the Pope emeritus across intellectual disciplines, and a genuine contribution to scholarship and intellectual endeavour.

Its main title, Cooperatores veritatis is taken from Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s episcopal motto.

In remarks to Vatican Radio ahead of the presentation, the President of the Ratzinger Foundation, Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, explained that the choice of the motto as the volume’s main title encapsulates the life, work, and legacy of the man who became the 264th Successor to St. Peter. “It is a[n episcopal] motto that came from his whole life prior [to consecration as a bishop], and represented his identity, his commitment as a theologian and as a servant of theology in the Church,” Fr. Lombardi said.
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https://zenit.org/articles/for-benedict-xvis-90th-birthday-a-literary-event-in-rome/
For Benedict XVI’s 90th Birthday, a Literary Event in Rome 
Book “Cooperatores Veritats” Is Presented in Honor of the Pope Emeritus
April 7, 2017

http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/birthday-book-scholars-offer-pope-benedict-traditional-german-tribute.cfm
Birthday book: Scholars offer Pope Benedict traditional German tribute
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
4.6.2017 12:18 PM ET


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Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2017, 09:48:32 PM
https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/04/07/new-book-shows-interest-pope-benedict-xvi-stay/

New book shows interest in Pope Benedict XVI is here to stay
Claire Giangravè   April 7, 2017

ROME - Priests and theologians, bishops and ambassadors, nuns and scholars braved a spring deluge on April 6 to attend the presentation of a new book dedicated to the life’s work of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum of Rome.

Interest in the retired pope shows no sign of slowing down as his essential contributions to the Church and theology continue to be relevant today.

Three new biographies on the German pontiff have been published in Italy this week alone. Three collections of essays by the pope emeritus are also in the works. Italy’s public television, Rai, will air two one-hour documentaries on Benedict celebrating his life.

Enthusiasm over the figure of Benedict XVI is not limited to Italy. All over the world symposiums, meetings and events take place focusing on the pope’s legacy.

At the Augustinianum, the Vatican publishing house and the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation unveiled Cooperatores Veritatis (Co-workers of the truth), a collection of essays by all 13 winners of the Ratzinger prize analyzing the fundamental contributions by Benedict’s life work.
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Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2017, 09:52:22 PM
http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/301592,Poland-to-host-conference-for-exPopes-90th-birthday

Poland to host conference for ex-Pope's 90th birthday
07.04.2017 08:12

The Polish parliament and Catholic bishops will hold an international conference to mark the 90th birthday of retired Pope Benedict XVI on 19 April.

The conference entitled “The concept of the State in the view of Pope Benedict XVI's teachings” is “unusually current”, according to Deputy Speaker Ryszard Terlecki, who extended an invitation to the event in parliament on Thursday.

The retired Pope's teachings say that the Catholic Church and state institutions can co-exist without limiting social, political and cultural relationships, Terlecki said.

He added that faith should infiltrate secular institutions.
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Post by: grace-land on April 13, 2017, 10:07:08 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/archbishop-gaenswein-benedict-xvi-wont-enter-amoris-laetitia-controversy

Apr. 12, 2017
Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Won’t Enter ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Controversy

Edward Pentin

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who turns 90 on Easter Sunday, has read Amoris Laetitia thoroughly, taken note of the controversies surrounding the document and how it is implemented, but is not commenting on it in any way.

This is according to Benedict’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein who, in an April 12 interview with the Italian daily La Repubblica, said the former pope is well aware of contrasts made between him and Pope Francis, but does not let them provoke him, and has “no intention of entering controversies that feel far away from him."

Benedict XVI, he said, is “serene, quiet and in a good mood,” doing only those things that his strength allows.
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Francis visited Benedict XVI for Easter greetings
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Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, April 12, Pope Francis went to the "Mater Ecclesiae" monastery to wish a Happy Easter to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  ::snipping3:: The news was announced by the Vatican press office, which points out the distinct character of this year’s visit to the Pope emeritus as next Sunday, April 16th, marks Benedict’s ninetieth birthday. A significant event which has seen an increase in number of editorial publications in his honor. Furthermore - his private secretary, monsignor Georg Ganswein has informed a few days ago – that upon the Pope emeritus’ desire, there will be a "Bavarian" style party on Easter Monday.


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Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2017, 08:47:52 PM
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Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Pontifical Household and Personal Secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. (Daniel Ibanez)

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Vatican  |  Apr. 15, 2017
Archbishop Gänswein: At 90, Benedict XVI Remains a Man of Joy

Full transcript of the interview the Personal Secretary to the Pope Emeritus granted to EWTN Germany, to mark the Pope Emeritus’ 90th birthday on Easter Sunday.

Martin Rothweiler


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Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2017, 09:33:28 PM
Happy 90th Birthday, Pope Benedict!   :smt113

Benedict XVI shares a 90th birthday beer with family and friends
John L. Allen Jr.   April 17, 2017

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI actually turned 90 years old on Sunday, but because the day was Easter, his closest aide Archbishop George Gänswein announced that a “modest” celebration would be held today instead, the day that Italians observe as Pasquetta, meaning the Monday after Easter.

What “modest” means for a retired pope living on Vatican grounds, however, is a bit different than for the rest of us.

Benedict XVI passed the day in the company of his beloved 93-year-old brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, as well as a small delegation from his native Bavaria in southern Germany. Among other things, the party enjoyed some beer and pretzels, both considered staples of Bavarian cuisine.
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Birthday party photos at the links

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Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/2017/04/18/pope-benedict-xvi-s-unseen-photos-released-for-his-90th-birthday

Pope Benedict XVI's unseen photos released for his 90th birthday
2017-04-16

This book published in Italy gives pope emeritus admirers an opportunity to see unpublished images of Pope Benedict XVI for the first time.
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On the occasion of his 90th birthday, these images and many others have been published in the book "Immagini di una vita", in English, "Images of a life.”

Presently, it is only available in Italian, but it has already attracted the attention of publishers in other languages.

It also includes this recent photo, in which he jokes with some of his students about his mobility problems.


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Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2017, 10:18:12 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/benedict-xvis-90-years-i-am-grateful-to-god-27868/

Benedict XVI's 90 years: 'I am grateful to God'

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2017 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At his birthday party on Monday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told his guests that “My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years which the good God has given me.”

The April 17 gathering at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery was held in observance of Benedict's 90th birthday, which fell on Easter Sunday, the day prior.

Some 50 guests from his homeland of Bavaria were present, including his elder brother, Fr. Georg Ratzinger.
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Post by: grace-land on April 19, 2017, 10:08:57 PM
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Benedict received a delegation from the Diocese of Munich and Freising on 18th April led by Cardinal Marx
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https://zenit.org/articles/for-pope-benedict-xvis-90th-birthday-a-conference-in-warsaw/

For Pope Benedict XVI’s 90th Birthday, a Conference in Warsaw 
Benedict XVI, Pope Francis Addressed Letters to Its Participants, Who Included Cardinal Müller and Fr. Lombardi
April 20, 2017
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“A State based on values is a value”—this was emphasized by the participants at a Conference on the concept of the State in the perspective of teaching J. Ratzinger / Benedict XVI. The event was organized by the Vatican’s Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, the Polish Bishops’ Conference, and the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. The meeting was held on April 19, 2017.

The conference in Warsaw dedicated to Benedict XVI was opened by Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. In his speech, he emphasized that, according to the teaching of Cardinal Ratzinger, the State’s action should be subordinate to the law. He added that the main task of politicians is to serve the law and to fight against injustice.

“Man does not exist by the will of the state, but the State exists because man wills it,” stressed Card. Gerhard Müller, who was one of the special guests of the conference. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaking about the relationship between the Church and the State, pointed out that the dignity of man is always the limit of public authority. He said that a State’s true sovereignty is in its willingness to serve the common good of all its citizens, and that Christianity’s cultural heritage is the best protection against totalitarian ideologies.
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May. 1, 2017
Benedict XVI Warns of ‘Dangerous Situation’ With Radical Atheism and Radical Islam

In a new message addressed to a conference sponsored by Poland’s president, Benedict warns this contrast ‘creates a dangerous situation for our age.’

Filip Mazurczak

Pope Emeritus Benedict discussed the joint perils posed by radical Islam and radical atheistic secularism in a message he sent to a conference held April 19 in Warsaw, Poland, on the topic of his thinking about the concept of the state, held to coincide with his 90th birthday. Benedict’s comments were delivered to the conference by Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, papal nuncio to Poland.

Here is the text of the pope emeritus’ comments, which were made in Polish and translated for the Register:
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https://zenit.org/articles/i-am-here-to-bring-the-greetings-of-pope-benedict/

FEATURE: ‘I Am Here to Bring the Greetings of Pope Benedict’ 
Archbishop Gänswein and Fr. Lombardi Present the Book ‘Joseph Ratinger-Benedict XVI. Pictures of a Life’
June 15, 2017

‘I am here to bring the greetings of Pope Benedict.’

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Pontifical House, and private secretary to Benedict XVI, announced this during his remarks at the presentation of the book “BENEDETTO XVI IMMAGINI DI UNA VITA” (“Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI. Pictures of a Life”), published by San Paolo, which took place yesterday, Wednesday 14 June 2017, at the Camera dei Deputati in Rome.

The volume was written by Maria Giuseppina Buonanno and Luca Caruso on the occasion of the 90th birthday of Joseph Ratzinger and includes many images throughout his life, starting from his earliest years up until the 65th-anniversary of the priestly ordination of the Pope Emeritus on June 29, 2016.
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Post by: grace-land on July 16, 2017, 05:40:51 PM
https://onepeterfive.com/pope-benedicts-message-funeral-cardinal-meisner-lord-not-abandon-church/

Pope Benedict’s Message at Funeral of Cardinal Meisner: “The Lord Does Not Abandon His Church”
Steve Skojec    July 15, 2017

We reported last week on the death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Germany, Archbishop Emeritus of Cologne and one of the four so-called “dubia cardinals”. Dr. Maike Hickson also shared a touching memorial of Meisner, who by all accounts was beloved by all who knew him. In a report on the German cardinal written last year, Hickson also noted his closeness to Pope Benedict XVI, and his role in the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the office of the papacy in 2005, in opposition to the wishes of the so-called “Sankt Gallen Mafia,” who were reported to have desired the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio at that time.

Today, Saturday, July 15, 2017, the funeral Mass for Cardinal Meisner was offered in Cologne Cathedral. Pope Francis, who was not present, had a message read to those gathered by the Apostolic Nuncio to Germany, Archbishop Nikola Eterović. Then, in what has been characterized as a surprise — particularly considering his usual silence on matters facing the Church — a message from the Pope Emeritus himself was read by his Personal Secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who also serves as Prefect of the Papal Household for Pope Francis.

When one reads the following message — particularly that moment where the Pope Emeritus speaks of how Meisner “learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even if the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing,” one cannot help but see in it a possible reflection on his own choice to step away from the papacy, and the crisis that even now engulfs the Church in his absence. This message, of course, of the Lord not abandoning His Church, cannot be read in isolation from the somewhat cryptic message the Pope Emeritus gave the five new cardinals at the ordinary public consistory last month: “The Lord wins in the end.” It would appear this is a theme very much on the mind of the former pontiff in recent days.

Below we provide the full text of Pope Benedict’s message on the occasion of the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, graciously translated by 1P5’s Matthew Karmel.
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Here's what Benedict XVI's former students will discuss next month
By Andrea Gagliarducci
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Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2017 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The persecution and martyrdom of Christians will be the topic of discussion at an annual gathering of Pope Benedict XVI’s former theology students, who will meet in Rome Sept. 1-3 for a reunion and symposium.

The “Ratzinger Schuelerkreis” is a group of students who studied under Benedict XVI and who continue to meet each year.

Meeting alongside the Schuelerkreis will be a group called the New Schuelerkreis, comprised of young scholars who study the thought of Benedict XVI.

The upcoming symposium is entitled “On the Persecution of Christians and Martyrdom.”

Fr. Stephan Horn, coordinator of the Ratzinger Schuelerkreis and formerly assistant professor to Joseph Ratzinger in Regensburg, told CNA that the topic “met the consensus of the majority of the Schuelerkreis members, and Benedict XVI accepted it and immediately suggested the presenters for the symposium.”
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Post by: grace-land on September 26, 2017, 09:12:33 PM
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/ratzinger-foundation-unveils-new-prize-announces-american-winners-92028

Ratzinger Foundation unveils new prize, announces American winners

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2017 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Joseph Ratzinger Foundation unveiled a new prize called “Expanding Reason,” aimed at promoting dialogue between the sciences and philosophy and theology in scholarly work.

Four Americans – Darcia Narvaez from the University of Notre Dame and Michael Schuck, Nancy C. Tuchman, and Jesuit Fr. Michael J. Garanzini from Loyola University – are among this year’s winners.

“Expanding Reason,” the name of the prize, “is a central idea in the teaching and in the work of Joseph Ratzinger (who would become Pope Benedict XVI) because he's a man of intelligence, he's a man of reason, of the search for truth,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, former director of the Holy See Press Office, told EWTN Sept. 26.

President of the Ratzinger Foundation, Fr. Lombardi said the idea for the prize came about as a way to encourage work in the direction of dialogue between science and philosophy, and science and theology – “in research and also in the organization of courses in the university.”
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https://zenit.org/articles/winners-of-this-years-ratzinger-prize-are-catholic-lutheran-and-orthodox/
Ratzinger Prize Winners Are Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox 
Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Announces Upcoming Initiatives
September 26, 2017


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Post by: grace-land on September 28, 2017, 08:00:18 PM
https://onepeterfive.com/summorum-pontificum-congress-report/

Summorum Pontificum Congress Report
Alessandro Rico    September 26, 2017

Summorum Pontificum: ten years later. The Fifth Colloquium in Rome, which marks the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio, sustained the importance of an appropriate liturgy to the spiritual aggrandizement of man

Ten years after the promulgation of motu proprio whereby Pope Benedict XVI allowed the Church to celebrate the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal, in the form known as the Tridentine Mass, the ‘frontmen’ of what some call “the traditionalist fringe” (but whom I would simply call “good Catholics”) met up for a conference about Summorum Pontificum. The conference took place on September 14th, in Rome, at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum. Among the speakers were Friar Vincenzo M. Nuara, acting as chairman; His Excellence The Most Reverend Bishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei; His Eminence The Most Reverend Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Friar Marino Neri, Secretary of Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum; Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau, Abbot of the Benedectine Abbey of Fontgombault; Dr. Martin Mosebach, writer and essayist (you can find his entire talk here); His Eminence The Most Reverend Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments; Monsignor Markus Graulich, Under Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; and Dr. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, former President of IOR (Istituto per le Opere di Religione, the Vatican Bank).
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Post by: grace-land on October 03, 2017, 08:52:14 PM
https://zenit.org/articles/benedict-xvi-writes-preface-to-russian-version-of-opera-omnum/

Benedict XVI Writes Preface to Russian Version of Omnia 
Metropolitan Gave Pope Francis, Benedict XVI a Copy of the Volume
October 3, 2017

Pope Benedict has written the preface to the Russian version of the Opera Omnia (‘Collected Works’) by Joseph Ratzinger ‘Theology of the Liturgy,’ reported the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, a Vatican institute inspired by the German Pontiff.

On September 25, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, president of the Department for External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, was present in Rome for an ecumenical meeting, where he gave Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI a copy of the volume XI of the Opera Omnia by Joseph Ratzinger, ‘Theology of the Liturgy,’ translated and published in Russian for the editions of the Patriarchate of Moscow.

The initiative is the result of formal scientific and editorial cooperation between the Publishing House of the Patriarchate of Moscow, the International Association “Sofia: Russian Idea, Idea of ​​Europe,” the International “Sapientia et Scientia” Academy, Libreria Editrice Vaticana and the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation.
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Post by: grace-land on October 06, 2017, 09:49:20 PM
https://twitter.com/EdwardPentin?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
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http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/benedict-xvi-darkening-of-god-in-the-liturgy-is-root-cause-of-current-crisi

Oct. 5, 2017
Benedict XVI: Obscuring God in the Liturgy Is Root Cause of Crisis
Writing in the preface of a Russian edition of his book ‘Theology of the Liturgy,’ the Pope emeritus says a misunderstanding of liturgical reform has placed the Church in danger.
Edward Pentin


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Post by: grace-land on October 18, 2017, 02:59:20 PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 -- Tweets
https://twitter.com/FatherRosica

Thomas Rosica Retweeted 
Greg Burke‏Verified account @GregBurkeRome · 3h3 hours ago 
The Pope Emeritus, Today at 5 p.m.
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Post by: grace-land on October 18, 2017, 03:05:08 PM
https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/10/18/benedict-xvis-secretary-denies-rumors-close-death/

Benedict XVI’s secretary denies rumors that he is close to death
Catholic News Agency
October 18, 2017

ROME - Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has rejected reports that the former pontiff is nearing death.

Rumors of Benedict XVI being close to death circulated on social media following a quote attributed to Gänswein, which reads, “Pope Benedict is like a candle that fades slowly. He is serene, at peace with God, with himself and the world. He can no longer walk without help and can no longer celebrate Mass.”

However, Gänswein called this quote “pure invention.”

“It is false and wrong! I would like to know who the author of this is,” he said, according to German media outlet kath.net.

“I have received in the last two days many messages that refer to this phrase, and people are worried,” he said.

Last week, Ratzinger’s brother Georg, who is 93, was at the Vatican to visit, and he has now returned home, Gänswein confirmed, adding, “Both had a good time.”
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Post by: grace-land on October 26, 2017, 10:37:35 PM
https://twitter.com/EdwardPentin?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Edward Pentin‏ @EdwardPentin · 5h5 hours ago 

+Oster of Passau, Germany, and journalist Peter Seewald today presented Benedict XVI with new book called “The German Pope”. They said he was healthy, “dazzling, full of esprit” despite a recent fall that has left him with a black eye

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Post by: grace-land on November 16, 2017, 01:38:59 PM
https://zenit.org/articles/theological-relevance-of-saint-bonaventure-message-of-pope-emeritus-benedict-xvi/

“Theological Relevance of Saint Bonaventure,” Message of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI 
November 16, 2017
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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI addressed a message to the participants in a colloquium on the “Theological Relevance of Saint Bonaventure,” which gathered some 50 experts at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, reported Vatican Radio in French (Cyprien Viet).

Joseph Ratzinger’s second post-doctoral thesis, in 1956, was, in fact, on the Theology of History in Saint Bonaventure (1217?-1274); a session of the colloquium was dedicated to it. In fact, the full works of the Pope Emeritus now include a translation in Italian.

Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, President of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, read a letter addressed by Benedict XVI to Belgian Jesuit Amaury Begasse de Dhaem, Professor Theology at the Gregorian.

Greeting the organizers of this colloquium, in the context of the eighth centenary of the birth of Saint Bonaventure (the date varies according to different sources between 1217 and 1221), Benedict XVI expressed the same intellectual enthusiasm. “When I received your invitation, I had just finished reading once again Fernand van Steenberghen’s book on the 13th century and, in comparing it with the subjects of the symposium, I saw at the end with satisfaction how, in the decades since then our knowledge on the 13th century has truly grown and deepened, precisely also in relation to the “Seraphic Doctor,” Bonaventure.

He affirmed notably that “awareness of the depth of his figure and of the richness of perspectives of his thought has augmented considerably.”
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Post by: grace-land on November 17, 2017, 07:43:20 PM
https://zenit.org/articles/ratzinger-prize-benedict-xvi-receives-the-three-laureates/

Ratzinger Prize: Benedict XVI Receives the Three Laureates 
November 17, 2017
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On November 17, 2017, Benedict XVI received the three laureates of the Ratzinger Prize in the Vatican: German Lutheran theologian Theodor Dieter; German theologian and Catholic priest Karl Heinz Menke, and Estonian sacred music composer Arvo Part.

According to a press released by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, the meeting was “very intense and serene.” The President of the Foundation, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, accompanied the three laureates.

Pope Francis will hand the Prize of this seventh edition on November 18 at the Vatican, with the participation of Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. During the ceremony, the work “Pater Noster,” which Arvo Part composed for Benedict XVI’s 60th anniversary of priesthood in 2011.

The composer, who will play on a piano that belonged to the Pope Emeritus, will be accompanied by a soloist of the “Boys’ Choir” of the Saint Cecilia National Academy. A note of the Foundation recalls that the prize awarded “for the first time” to an artist, expresses “Benedict XVI’s appreciation for music and all the arts, which bring men close to the Truth and foster the encounter with God.”
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Post by: grace-land on November 20, 2017, 07:33:04 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/pope-francis-calls-benedicts-teaching-precious-heritage.cfm

Pope Francis calls Benedict's teaching 'precious heritage'
By Cindy Wooden   Catholic News Service
11.20.2017 10:19 AM ET
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The theological work and papal teaching of retired Pope Benedict XVI "continue to be a living and precious heritage for the church," Pope Francis said.

The pope met Nov. 18 with the winners of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize, named for the retired pope to honor those who make significant contributions to theology and culture.

The three winners had met the day before with Pope Benedict in his residence in the Vatican gardens.

Pope Francis told the group that Pope Benedict's "prayer and his discreet and encouraging presence accompany us on our common journey."
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Post by: grace-land on December 29, 2017, 10:14:01 PM
https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/12/28/honoring-cardinal-muller-retired-pope-says-bishops-never-really-retire/

Honoring Cardinal Müller, retired pope says bishops never really retire
Cindy Wooden  Dec 28, 2017
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
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Gerhard Ludwig Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is seen at the Vatican in this 2016 file photo. (Credit: Paul Haring/CNS.)
ROME - Marking the 70th birthday of German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI said that even though the cardinal is no longer prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he will continue to have a public role of serving the church.

The retired pope wrote the introduction to a book of essays honoring Müller on his 70th birthday Dec. 31 and in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination in February.

Released in early December by the German publisher Herder, the book is titled, The Triune God: Christian Faith in the Secular Age.

In the introduction, Benedict wrote that Blessed Paul VI wanted the more demanding positions in the Roman Curia, particularly the posts of prefect and secretary of the congregations, “to be limited to only five years in order to protect the freedom of the pope and the flexibility of the Curia.”

Addressing Müller, Benedict said, “your five-year commission at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has expired, so you do not have a specific office anymore, but a priest and certainly a bishop and cardinal is never simply retired,” which is why he must continue to “publicly serve the faith.”
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Post by: grace-land on January 02, 2018, 09:08:49 PM
https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2018/01/for-record-benedict-xvis-letter-to.html

For the Record: Full translation of Benedict XVI letter of support to Müller after dismissal by Francis -- plus: Ratzinger explains the liturgical revolution
[Translation: Contibutor Francesca Romana]
By Francesca Romana   at Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Full translation below:
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Post by: grace-land on January 02, 2018, 09:16:56 PM
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January 2, 2018

http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2018/01/02/ratzinger-rehabilitates-muller-but-the-pope-emeritus-himself-is-being-hit-with-accusations-of-heresy/?refresh_ce

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Ratzinger Rehabilitates Müller. But the Pope Emeritus Himself Is Being Hit with Accusations of Heresy
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The attack in recent days on Ratzinger as theologian comes in a book just off the press that has as its author Enrico Maria Radaelli, known as the most faithful disciple of Romano Amerio (1905-1997), the Swiss philosopher who in 1985 published in “Iota Unum” the most systematic and detailed accusation against the Catholic Church of the second half of the twentieth century, for having subverted the foundations of doctrine in the name of modern subjectivism.

Radaelli’s book is entitled “Al cuore di Ratzinger. Al cuore del mondo,” and is published “pro manuscripto” by Aurea Domus, the publisher that is owned by the author himself, from which it can be bought via e-mail, as well as from a few bookstores in Rome and Milan.

What led Radaelli to the decision to accuse Ratzinger’s theology of being subversive as well was the reading and analysis of his best-known and most widely read theological work, that “Introduction to Christianity” which, published for the first time in 1968, later went through dozens of editions and numerous translations, down to our own day.

Now, what is most most striking is that Radaelli has not found himself alone in demolishing Ratzinger’s theological framework, because he received immediate support from a theologian and philosopher among the most decorated, Monsignor Antonio Livi, dean emeritus of the faculty of philosophy of the Pontifical Lateran University, a pontifical academic and president of the International Science and Commonsense Association.

In Livi’s judgment as well, in fact, Ratzinger and his theology potentially contributed to the rise to power, meaning to an ever more hegemonic role in the seminaries, in the pontifical universities, on the doctrinal commissions, in the curia dicasteries and at the highest levels of the hierarchy up to the papacy, of what he calls “the modernist theology with its evident heretical drift.”

It is not necessary to recap here the arguments that Radaelli musters in his indictment against Ratzinger as theologian and then pope. It is enough to read the perfectly clear presentation that Livi makes of them on this other page of Settimo Cielo:

> L'eresia al potere

From this it can be gathered that Francis is not the only pope who today is the target of a “correctio” for heresy, because not even his predecessor “emeritus” is sheltered from this anymore.

Both Radaelli and Livi are among the first signers of the “correctio” addressed to Pope Francis last summer. And now also of that against Benedict XVI.
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Post by: grace-land on February 07, 2018, 07:17:31 PM
http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2018/01/10/why-ratzinger-is-not-a-heretic-the-defense-speaks/

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Why Ratzinger Is Not a Heretic. The Defense Speaks

The frontal attack on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI by Enrico Maria Radaelli and Antonio Livi, which Settimo Cielo covered at the beginning of the year, has given rise to a very lively debate.

Radaelli and Livi accuse Ratzinger of having reinterpreted the Christian faith “in the conceptual categories proper to modern subjectivism, from the transcendental idealism of Kant to the dialectical idealism of Hegel,” with the result of invalidating precisely “the basic notion of Christianity, that of faith in the revelation of supernatural mysteries by God.” In their judgment, in fact, in the theology of Ratzinger “this notion becomes irreparably deformed by the adoption of the Kantian schema of the impossibility of a metaphysical knowledge of God, which involves the negation of the rational premises of faith.”

On this charge of substantial heresy, Settimo Cielo has already hosted a first reply, signed by Antonio Caragliu.

And now here is a second, written by an administrative magistrate of Rome who is also an esteemed author of works of philosophy and theology.
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NEITHER KANT NOR HEGEL. BETTER PAUL IN ATHENS
by Francesco Arzillo

I think that the final part of the unforgettable address by Benedict XVI at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris on September 12, 2008 could offer a decisive key for understanding succinctly - but also retrospectively - the true core of the thought of the “pope theologian.”

These are his exact words:
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Post by: grace-land on February 07, 2018, 07:38:02 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/pilgrim-pope-benedict-says-hes-journeying-toward-god.cfm

Pilgrim pope: Benedict says he's journeying toward God
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
2.7.2018 7:57 AM ET
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "I am on a pilgrimage toward Home," retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote, capitalizing the Italian word "casa" or "home."

Almost exactly five years after announcing his intention to be the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, Pope Benedict wrote the letter to a journalist from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

"I am touched to know how many of the readers of your newspaper want to know how I am experiencing this last period of my life," the 90-year-old retired pope wrote. "In that regard, I can only say that, with the slow diminishing of my physical strength, inwardly I am on a pilgrimage toward Home."

"It is a great grace in this last, sometimes tiring stage of my journey, to be surrounded by a love and kindness that I never could have imagined," said the letter, written on stationery with the heading "Benedictus XVI, Papa emeritus."

Massimo Franco, the journalist, said the letter, dated Feb. 5, was hand-delivered; the newspaper posted it online Feb. 6 and published it on the front page of the print edition Feb. 7.
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Post by: grace-land on February 11, 2018, 05:20:14 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/benedict-xvis-abdication-five-years-later

Feb. 11, 2018
Benedict XVI’s Abdication, Five Years Later

COMMENTARY: All the immense good that he accomplished will continue to bear fruit. But his decision to abdicate will occupy the first place evaluating his legacy.
Father Raymond J. de Souza

It requires the distance of history to judge properly whether Pope Benedict XVI was right to abdicate in February 2013. Five years is not sufficient distance. A judgment about the wisdom of the abdication need not involve a judgment on the pontificate of Pope Francis, but in practice it is difficult to separate the two.

Nonetheless, on the fifth anniversary there is an opportunity to reflect more soberly than was the case immediately after the earthquake of Feb. 11, 2013, when Benedict concluded a routine ceremony for the canonization of saints with the announcement that he would abdicate at the end of that same month.
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At the link below:  a short video and the COMPLETE RENUNCIATION IN ENGLISH

https://www.romereports.com/en/2018/02/11/how-benedict-xvi-announced-his-resignation-from-the-papacy/
Benedict XVI  | 2018/02/11
How Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy


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Post by: grace-land on February 15, 2018, 09:20:11 PM
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-denies-rumors-that-benedict-xvi-has-degenerative-nerve-disorder-35183

Vatican denies rumors that Benedict XVI has degenerative nerve disorder

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2018 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After rumors spread in German media that Benedict XVI has a paralyzing nerve disease, the Vatican debunked the story, saying the retired Pope is experiencing nothing more than the normal aches and pains of aging.

“The recent news of a paralyzing or degenerative illness are false,” the Vatican said Feb. 15.

The statement was in response to a story published in German tabloid Neue Post Feb. 14, which quoted Benedict’s older brother Georg Ratzinger as saying that the Pope Emeritus had a degenerative nerve disease which left him increasingly in need of a wheelchair.
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Post by: grace-land on February 28, 2018, 04:53:36 PM
https://twitter.com/EdwardPentin?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Edward Pentin‏ @EdwardPentin · 5h  5 hours ago 

A 2016 interview with Benedict XVI in which he shares more about his reasons for resigning, re-published on the fifth anniversary of his last day as Pope @NCRegister http://www.ncregister.com/blog/twehner/benedict-xvi-shared-motives-for-resignation-in-2016-interview …
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Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2018, 01:17:50 PM
Happy 91st Birthday, Pope Emeritus Benedict!  :smt113

https://twitter.com/FatherRosica

Thomas Rosica Retweeted 
Pope news‏ @Pope_news · 20h  20 hours ago 

Monday 16th April is Benedict's 91st birthday. He will have a modest celebration with his older brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, who is visiting from Regensburg.
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Photo at the link

https://twitter.com/CatholicNewsSvc

Catholic News Service‏Verified account @CatholicNewsSvc · 2h  2 hours ago 

Like last year (this @oss_romano photo), retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his birthday today in the company of his brother, Msgr Georg Ratzinger. This evening, the Vatican says, the Swiss Guard Band will stop by and play some tunes. Happy 91st, Pope Benedict!


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Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2018, 01:28:13 PM
Video at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-04/pope-benedict-birthday-16-april-2018.html

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates his 91st birthday
16 April 2018, 09:40

April 16 marks Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's 91st birthday. He will be spending the day quietly in the 'Mater Ecclesia' Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives.

The day of Joseph Ratzinger’s birth has been seen by some as a sign of Divine Providence. It was certainly a sign of things to come. The future Pope Benedict XVI was born on Holy Saturday, April 16th 1927. His birthplace is Marktl-an-Inn, a tiny village less than an hour’s walk away from Altoetting, the most important Marian Shrine in Bavaria.
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Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2018, 08:32:19 PM
http://www.lastampa.it/2018/04/16/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/ratzinger-turns-with-a-small-party-francis-sends-his-wishes-pvtS04TMiS1iWp3WPp2tOL/pagina.html

Ratzinger turns 91 with a “small party”. Francis sends his wishes   
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A small party for a few intimate friends, "in a quiet and familiar atmosphere", very different from last year's 90th birthday amid beer mugs, pretzels and sweets of all kinds, even the Schuetzen had participate dressed in typical costume, to play traditional Bavarian music. Joseph Ratzinger celebrated his 91th birthday this afternoon in that Mater Ecclesiae, a former monastery in the heart of the Vatican Gardens, which became his residence on May 2, 2013 after the historic renunciation of the Petrine ministry. 

In honor of the Pope Emeritus the Swiss Guard musical band performed some songs, the Vatican Press Office informs us, reporting, among other things, that "early this morning, Pope Francis offered the holy mass for Benedict XVI and then sent him his personal wishes". 

At the feast in the Vatican Gardens there was Joseph Ratzinger’s elder brother, 94-year-old Monsignor Georg, who had come specially from Bavaria and who, in recent months had raised some concerns for an interview he gave in which he claimed that Benedict suffered from a "paralyzing disease", with the risk that it would also reach his heart. The Pope Emeritus’ closest collaborators, the Memores Domini and the Prefect of the Papal Household, Georg Gänswein, his special secretary, were there too. At 5 p.m., he moved to the Vatican Film Library where a preview of the documentary "Benedict XVI, the hour of truth" was presented, curated by Javier Martinez Brocal and Antonio Olivié, produced by Rome Reports, in collaboration with TV2000 and the Ratzinger Foundation, and under the patronage of the Ramon Tallaj Urena Foundation. 

Gänswein, who has been with Ratzinger for over a decade now, told those present that Pope Benedict "told me to bring you his greetings". And added, "I am often asked how he is. His mind is fine. He is 91, it is obvious that his strengths have diminished, they are reduced, but he is in a good mood, at peace with himself. And, above all, as I always say, he's in good company”.
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https://zenit.org/articles/feature-a-walk-through-the-life-of-benedict-xvi/
BIRTHDAY FEATURE: A Walk Through the Life of Benedict XVI 
Christmas Lists, Teddy Bears, and Miracles Have What in Common? Joseph Ratzinger … Pilgrimage Retraces His Life From Birth to Present
April 16, 2018 15:47


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Post by: grace-land on May 07, 2018, 01:14:42 PM
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Pope Francis writes preface for 2nd volume of Ratzinger's collected writings
07 May 2018, 13:11

Pope Francis has written the preface for the second volume of collected writings by the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, on the theme "faith and politics".

Entitled "Liberating freedom. Faith and politics in the third millennium", Pope Francis describes the work as a sort of compass to "understand our present and find a solid orientation for the future."

He elaborates on the main themes touched upon and concludes his preface saying that together with Benedict’s powerful Opera Omnia these writings are also “ a real source of inspiration for political action that, by placing the family, solidarity and equity at the centre of its attention and planning, truly looks to the future with foresight” .

The volume is scheduled to be launched in Rome on 11 May, in the presence of Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household and particular secretary of the Pope Emeritus together with other political and religious representatives.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2018, 12:41:26 PM
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Edward Pentin‏ @EdwardPentin · 9h  9 hours ago 

Pope Emeritus #BenedictXVI yesterday with Italian photographer Stefano Spaziani. Benedict was reported to be “lucid, in good humour and physically quite active.” (Photo: Spaziani / Facebook)
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on August 10, 2018, 09:55:02 PM
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/9554/jewish-leaders-complain-to-cardinal-koch-on-benedict-essay

09 August 2018 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt   
Jewish leaders complain to Cardinal Koch on Benedict essay

The essay on Christian-Jewish relations by Pope Emeritus Benedict that was published in Communio magazine last month has continued to provoke the anger of Jewish leaders.

Headlined “Grace and Vocation without Remorse”, the essay argued that the current rejection of the so-called substitution or replacement theory, which holds that the Church replaces Israel’s salvific role, needs more consideration. The Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation in Germany have already expressed “extreme irritation” and “fierce condemnation”, with regard to some of the views in the essay.

Now, in an official letter dated 3 August, the German Orthodox Rabbis’ Conference has asked the president of the pontifical commission for relations with the Jews, Cardinal Kurt Koch, to explain how Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Communio essay was supposed to enrich Jewish-Christian dialogue, and how far it is consistent with Pope Francis’ views on Judaism.

Koch persuaded Benedict to have the essay published.
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Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on August 15, 2018, 02:53:56 PM
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Aug 14, 2018 - 8:59 pm EST
German bishops’ website sharply criticizes Pope Benedict for new essay on the Jews

August 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI published an essay in July on the question of the Jews, to include the Church's teaching on the Old Covenant and her relations with the Jewish religion. His attempt at refining and modifying some of the post-conciliar teaching in this matter – to adopt a somewhat more traditional viewpoint – has, however, provoked the indignation of many Christians and Jews, and also especially of Katholisch.de, the official website of the German bishops.

Pope Benedict originally wrote a study on the topic of the Jews at the request of Cardinal Kurt Koch, and only for internal use in the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews which is headed by Koch. Upon Koch's pleading, Benedict finally agreed to the publication of this study, in the July issue of the international Catholic journal Communio. He signed the text “Joseph Ratzinger/ Benedict XVI,” and Cardinal Koch himself wrote a short introduction to it, explaining its genesis.
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In response to such accusations, Cardinal Kurt Koch himself has now come to Benedict's defense. He said on August 13 that Benedict XVI's essay did not at all aim at a doubting or questioning, but, rather, aimed at a “deepening of the Jewish-Catholic dialogue.” According to Koch, Benedict tried to “deepen theologically this path” of dialogue. The cardinal also stated that this Ratzinger essay is about a “discussion within the Church which should promote the Jewish-Christian dialogue, and it is not so much a document of the Jewish-Christian dialogue itself.” But Koch also assured his Jewish partners that there is still no intention on the part of the Catholic Church to conduct missionary evangelical activities among the Jews.


Title: Re: Pope Benedict RESIGNING
Post by: grace-land on August 16, 2018, 06:13:13 PM
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/9582/koch-defends-benedict-s-communio-article

16 August 2018 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt   
Koch defends Benedict’s Communio article

Pope Emeritus Benedict did not call Christian-Jewish dialogue into question in his article published in Communio magazine in July, as claimed by Catholic and Jewish theologians, the Curia cardinal responsible for relations with Judaism told KNA news agency on 13 August.

Jewish critics have said Benedict fails to appreciate contemporary Judaism. But Cardinal Kurt Koch says that the Pope Emeritus wanted to deepen Catholic-Jewish dialogue. “Benedict discusses the basic convictions of Christian-Jewish dialogue not to expand on the problems or relativise or undermine the convictions but to specify and differentiate – and thereby to deepen them – theologically,” Cardinal Koch explained.

“Benedict’s reflections are concerned with an intra-Christian understanding that will promote Christian-Jewish dialogue, but not with a Christian-Jewish dialogue document itself,” the cardinal said. “It is of great importance to me,” he emphasised, “that the article should not cause uncertainty on the Jewish side but rather clarify the Catholic position and that no one on the Christian side should be able to get the idea that anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism are in any way at all justified and that Christians must or should try to convert Jews.”
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