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« Reply #220 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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« Reply #221 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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« Reply #222 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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« Reply #223 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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« Reply #224 on: April 15, 2016, 05:33:49 PM »

Happy 89th Birthday, Pope Benedict XVI!  

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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« Reply #225 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

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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« Reply #226 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

 
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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« Reply #227 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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« Reply #228 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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« Reply #229 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

(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
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“ 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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« Reply #230 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

 
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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« Reply #231 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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« Reply #232 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

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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« Reply #233 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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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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« Reply #234 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

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
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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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« Reply #235 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.
 

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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« Reply #236 on: June 28, 2016, 08:51:35 PM »

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« Reply #237 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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« Reply #238 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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« Reply #239 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
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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.
 
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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