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« Reply #160 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.
 
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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« Reply #161 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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« Reply #162 on: October 19, 2014, 09:09:05 PM »

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives at the Beatification of Pope Paul VI
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« Reply #163 on: October 19, 2014, 09:17:49 PM »

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Beatification mass for Pope Paul VI

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/

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




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« Reply #164 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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« Reply #165 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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« Reply #166 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


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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« Reply #167 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'


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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« Reply #168 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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« Reply #169 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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« Reply #170 on: November 12, 2014, 10:22:12 PM »

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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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« Reply #171 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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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



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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« Reply #173 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


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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« Reply #174 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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« Reply #175 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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« Reply #176 on: January 23, 2015, 10:42:35 PM »

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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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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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« Reply #177 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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« Reply #178 on: February 11, 2015, 10:33:37 PM »

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'Vergelts Gott, Heiliger Vater!' -Remembering Pope Benedict's Resignation Two Years Later http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/vergelts-gott-heiliger-vater


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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« Reply #179 on: February 11, 2015, 10:46:10 PM »

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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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