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"There were not sufficient reasons to unleash a war against Iraq. To say nothing of the fact that, given the new weapons that make possible destructions that go beyond the combatant groups, today we should be asking ourselves if it is still licit to admit the very existence of a 'just war.'"
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, May 2, 2003
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As Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger celebrated his 85th birthday, his last as Pope, with a Mass in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican. It was April 16th 2012. Reflecting on his long and eventful life, he claimed he was "facing the final stretch" of his life's journey. "I do not know what awaits me", he said. Benedict XVI
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who will turn 91 on April 16, visited the United States 10 years ago, April 15-20, 2008. I remember the occasion fondly. I was in my second year of teaching Spanish at my alma mater (Class of 2000), Bishop McNamara High School ("McNamara"), in Forestville, Maryland.

These are the most recent photos of Benedict XVI. As shown, the pope emeritus, who is turning 91, continues to welcome visitors, though at a much slower rate than during his papacy. He plans to spend his birthday in private, in the Vatican Gardens, with his brother Georg, who is 94. Just like last ...
The pope also sent a warm 'Happy Easter' to his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, emphasizing the continuity of their pontificates, and, indirectly, responding to impressions of a rift following a recent Vatican scandal featuring efforts to suppress part of the content of a letter from Benedict about a ...
The fiasco surrounding Benedict XVI's letter declining an invitation to write the introduction for a series of volumes on Pope Francis's theology was more than a PR snafu. It reveals deeper issues in the ongoing transition from the pontificate of Benedict XVI to the pontificate of Francis. In his now-famous letter ...
Pope Francis Tuesday afternoon met Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his Mater Ecclesiae Monastery residence in the Vatican and offered him best wishes for Easter, the Holy See's Press Office said in a communique. Earlier Tuesday morning, the Pope visited the Vatican Secretariat of State where some ...

ROME - Pope Francis met Tuesday with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in the first known contact between the two, following a major gaffe by Francis's communications chief over his misrepresentation of a letter from the retired pontiff. The Vatican press office said Francis called on Benedict to bring him Easter ...
Benedict XVI also visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. September 12-20, 2006 - Gives a speech in Bavaria, Germany that includes quotes from 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, regarding Islam and the Prophet Mohammed. The speech sparks protests by Muslims around ...
Pope Francis Tuesday afternoon met Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his Mater Ecclesiae Monastery residence in the Vatican and offered him best wishes for Easter, the Holy See's Press Office said in a communique. Earlier Tuesday morning, the Pope visited the Vatican Secretariat of State where some 300 ...
Pope Francis met Tuesday with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in the first known contact between the two, following a major gaffe by Francis's communications chief over his misrepresentation of a letter from the retired pontiff. The Vatican press office said Francis called on Benedict to bring him Easter ...
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis met Tuesday with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in the first known contact between the two, following a major gaffe by Francis' communications chief over his misrepresentation of a letter from the retired pontiff. The Vatican press office said Francis called on Benedict to ...
Vatican City, Mar 22, 2018 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The story of Benedict XVI's letter and the communication issues it raised, dubbed “Lettergate,” has led to the resignation of a curial prefect, among other things. But it also had the effect of revealing the agenda behind some discussion, namely, pieces of a strategic plan for ...
It was Benedict XVI who overruled those fears and paved the way for the upcoming canonization. This was affirmed by the postulator of Romero's cause, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who spoke last week with Vatican Insider about the case. Paglia, who is also president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, ...
On the Feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis ordained three new bishops. It took place in St. Peter's Basilica at 5 p.m.. Alfred Xuereb, a 60-year-old from Malta, was secretary for both Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Following his ordination, the pope will send him as nuncio to South Korea. Waldemar Stanisław ...
Five days after releasing a portion of a letter from Benedict XVI regarding a collection of books about the theology of Pope Francis, the Vatican Secretariat for Communication released the complete text of the letter. In a portion of the letter never read at the presentation of the books nor shown in a blurred ...
The Vatican has finally released the full text of the letter of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI following a five-day long public controversy in which the Secretariat for Communications was accused of censorship and manipulation of the text because it had originally published only parts of the letter together with a ...
VATICAN. In this photo of a letter released by Vatican Media, retired Pope Benedict XVI praises a volume of books about the theological training of Pope Francis. The Vatican admitted Thursday, March 14, 2018 that it blurred the final two lines of the letter's first page, where Benedict begins to acknowledge ...

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican admitted Wednesday that it altered a photo sent to the media of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis. The manipulation changed the meaning of the image in a way that violated photojournalist industry standards. The Vatican's communications office ...
VATICAN CITY — On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the church's teaching under his successor and dismissed those who criticize the pope's theological foundations. In a letter sent to Msgr. Dario Vigano, prefect of the Vatican ...
Pope Francis greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during a visit with new cardinals at the retired pope's residence, Nov. 19, 2016 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout). In a letter released today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has strongly defended Pope Francis against those who claim he lacks ...
In the winter of 2013, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world when he announced he would be stepping down from the papacy after just eight years. Benedict, a well-regarded Catholic scholar and theologian, cited his advanced age, making him the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
in In a new interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said he was prompted to resign because there were many commitments he was “no longer able to accomplish” as Pope, and that he was unable to take any more long-haul flights. Speaking to theologian Elio Guerriero in an interview published in the ...
February 28, 2013, was a blur. I'm pretty sure I was in the newsroom at Vatican Radio for some of the day, but I can't recall whether I was there, or at home, or in a bar watching the chopper take off and carry the soon-to-be Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to his retirement at Castel Gandolfo. I can talk a little ...
ROME - Speaking to artists at the Vatican in late November 2009, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized how beauty should not be something illusory or deceitful, but rather something that “gives us wings,” and sometimes even “disturbs us” and leads to suffering. Quoting the Greek philosopher Plato, he said that ...
The Vatican denied that retired Pope Benedict XVI has a degenerative neurological disease or paralyzing condition after his brother, 94-year-old Mgr Georg Ratzinger, told a magazine that Pope Benedict had a debilitating disease. In an interview published February 13 in the German weekly entertainment ...
The pope gathered all cardinals present in Rome, before reading them the renunciation text, which was written in Latin and signed with the date of the day before. In it, Benedict made it clear that he had acted completely freely, after having meditated on the issue, and established the day beginning the ...
“Before Pope Francis went out before the whole world, appearing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, he wanted to call Pope Benedict to greet him,” said Monsignor Alfred Xuereb to Vatican Radio's Alessandro Gisotti. Xuereb was Pope Benedict XVI's second private secretary for five and a half years, ...
"Sensation" was not strong enough to convey the import of Pope Benedict XVI 's announcement on Rose Monday five years ago that he would resign. It was a deep shock — a break with the past. German media assured their audiences that the 85-year-old pope's retirement was not a Carnival joke.
Benedict XVI spent almost eight years as pope, and the past five years as something no man has been since the 15th century — pope emeritus. Now, the pontiff who stunned the Vatican by retiring from the position in February 2013 says he is headed toward his next step: “I am on a pilgrimage toward Home ...
Five years after his resignation, "Benedict XVI, in honor of the truth," a documentary by Rome Reports and TV 2000, presents the key reasons for his decision. Benedict XVI February 11, 2013 "I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter." WHEN DID HE MAKE ...
April 18 marks the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Such addresses are distinct, in that they are relatively short, are initially heard rather than read, and have a secular global audience. As did Blessed Paul VI, St. John Paul II and Pope Francis, ... Rights
It was February 11, 2013, when Benedict XVI communicated to the world his decision to resign from the exercise of the papal ministry. This historic event has left many open questions. Five years later, on the occasion of the Pope Emeritus' 91st birthday, a documentary has been presented in the ...
Bishop Scicluna, who declined to comment for this article, acted as a prosecutor during his time at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope Benedict XVI. He took on the powerful Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado of Mexico, the founder of the influential Legionaries of Christ, who was ...
The review copy came from the publisher with promotional material highlighting the fact that in 2012 Pope Benedict XVI had canonized Hildegard and named her a Doctor of the Church in spite of the fact that he was “one of the most conservative popes in recent history.” (They also maligned Pope Saint ...
The constitution replaces "Sapientia Christiana" ("Christian Wisdom"), an apostolic constitution issued by St. John Paul II in 1979; the new document includes the amendments made to the norms in "Sapientia Christiana" by St. John Paul in 2002, by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011 and by Pope Francis in 2015, ...
His successor, Benedict XVI, timidly followed that precedent; but it is Pope Francis who has turned the symbolic apology into something of a masterstroke, helping to shift the church's atonement from a focus on historical wrongs to accepting moral responsibility for more current events. In January 2017 ...
I have spoken with many journalists and personalities about Benedict XVI and I have discovered that even those most favorable to him have made the following observation, about which I'd like your comment: a great thinker, a great theologian, but not a great leader when it came to the government of the ...
Seewald does not probe into Benedict XVI's reasons for resignation and breaking with the long tradition of popes' dying in office, but I can't be the only one to assume that his experience of the final years of Karol Wojtyla's papacy must have played a considerable part in his decision. I could also have done ...
Pope Francis, left, embraces Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before opening the Holy Door to mark the opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, in St. ... Conservative Catholic dissidents, who have been attacking Pope Francis, showed their true colors recently by attacking retired Pope Benedict XVI, ...
“Pray often for the help of the Virgin Mary, and Saint Joseph, that they may teach you to receive God's love as they did.” This is an exhortation from a homily of Pope Benedict XVI at the 2012 World Meeting of Families. It's worth reading a second time. Pray for the grace, he says, to learn — not how to do ...
Pope Francis visited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Thursday afternoon to personally give his Christmas greetings to the Pontiff Emeritus at his residence at the Mater Ecclesiae ... In various occasion, Pope Francis likened Benedict XVI's presence in the Vatican to having a “wise grandfather living at home.
This week, as we published a new report at the Jesuit Refugee Service looking at homelessness amongst refugees, words from Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical came flooding back to me. Christian love of neighbour, he said, is a response to and a sharing of God's love. But neighbours aren't only people like ...
The Wise Men from the East embody the men and women who in every age set out on the way which leads to the Child of Bethlehem to offer him homage as the Son of God and to bow down before him. These men who set out towards the unknown were men with restless hearts—men driven by a restless quest for God and ...
The capital is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Niamey, which was set up on April 28, 1942, and became an archdiocese in June 2007 by virtue of a declaration by Pope Benedict XVI. Niger continues to pursue a moderate foreign policy and maintains friendly relations with countries in ...
Unlike Benedict XVI, who naturally spoke in complete sentences, Francis is a rambler. A typical rough transcript of Francis's presser is full of ellipses, where a thought trails off, as well as parentheses, where, for instance, he begins a story about that time in Buenos Aires. Also complicating life is the fact that ...
Citing this history in 1982, Rome's International Theological Commission, under the now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, noted that the church “enjoys a wide margin of freedom with regard to the discipline and the pastoral aspects of reconciliation”. The commission identified clericalism as a root cause ...
(Vatican Radio) Five years have passed since Pope Benedict XVI posted the first Tweet on the official papal Twitter account: @Pontifex. That historic Tweet read: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.".
On Oct. 26, 2017, the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St. Mary's University, England, hosted a special event in Ohio to unveil Beer-nedict XVI: Pint-ifex Maximus! It has been brewed as an authentic Bavarian-style 5.3 percent hefeweizen, by local Ohio brewers Hightower Brewing Company.
An international symposium on Laudato si', organized by the Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation and the Catholic University of Costa Rica will begin at 4 p.m., local Rome time. With the motto, “The care of the common home, a necessary conversion to human ecology,” the meeting will run for three days, ...


 

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