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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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Pope Benedict XVI transferred him to the Archdiocese of New York in 2009 and named him a Cardinal in 2012. Symbolically marking the beginning of the court year, co-chairpersons, Ronald M. Ceracchio and Mario Esposito Jr.
What's behind this phenomenon of "constitutional agnosticism"? First is the central role of "non-negotiable values" over the last few years and the muffling of the bishops' conferences under John Paul II and Benedict XVI. This has led the bishops to ...

While Francis has visited the Castel Gandolfo palace only a couple of times since his election, Saint John Paul II (1978-2005) and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (2005-2013) often stayed at the hilltop palace. But not all of Francis predecessors felt a ...
As Pope Benedict XVI underlined, "Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction" (Deus caritas est, 1).

Not only did frequent mass attendance decline from the reign of Saint Pope John Paul II to Pope Benedict XVI, but the percentage of those claiming to "rarely or never" go to mass jumped from 25% to 32%.
The most recent Pope to travel to the African nation was Pope Benedict XVI in 2011, when he made an official Nov. 18-20 visit to Cotonou.
Vatican CITY (CNS) -- Although with different personalities and different tones, the papacies of both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI focus on proclaiming the Gospel in a world that seems to confuse truth and lies, goodness and evil, said ...
For Benedict XVI, the villa was a favorite summer getaway during his pontificate. It was conceded to the Holy See as one of their extraterritorial possessions under the Lateran Pact of 1929.
This Sept. 28, 2014 file photo shows Pope Francis, right, greeting Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI prior to the start of a meeting with elderly faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
The Ratzinger Prize was begun in 2011 to recognize scholars whose work demonstrates a meaningful contribution to theology in the spirit of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Bavarian theologian who became Benedict XVI. The prize is awarded by the ...
Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and served through 2013, wrote a blistering letter in 2004 forbidding Catholics from voting for pro-abortion Hillary Clinton or anyone who espouses her ideas.
"[Pope Benedict XVI] has doubted publicly that it can be accommodated in a pluralistic society... and tempered his support for a programme of inter-religious dialogue run by Franciscan monks at Assisi.
Vatican CITY - As he prays in his house in the Vatican gardens and, especially, as he ages, retired Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said he finds many Scripture passages "more challenging in their greatness and gravity." Retirement has given the 89-year ...
The Pope Emeritus has praised worship ad orientem in a book which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the election of Ecumenical PatriarchBartholomew of Constantinople.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said this first meeting give him a picture of the entire personality of the ecumenical patriarch: "living on the road toward a goal; living in the many dimensions of the great cultures; living in encounter, borne by the ...

Chaput singled out Democrats such as Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for special criticism, linking them to the concept of a "silent apostasy" coined by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and saying Catholics who do not ...
The most recent Pope to travel to the African nation was Pope Benedict XVI in 2011, when he made an official Nov. 18-20 visit to Cotonou.
John Paul II was beatified in 2011 by Benedict XVI, and was canonized three years later by Pope Francis on the feast of Divine Mercy.
We saw in a previous piece in this series that both St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI developed the tradition of the Consistent Ethic, and no one could plausibly accuse them of ignoring or marginalizing the topic of abortion.
This Sept. 28, 2014 file photo shows Pope Francis, right, greeting Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI prior to the start of a meeting with elderly faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
It marked a turning point after Al-Azhar froze talks with the Vatican in 2011 to protest comments by then-Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict had demanded greater protection for Christians in Egypt after a New Year's bombing of a Coptic Christian Church in ...
It marked a turning point after Al-Azhar froze talks with the Vatican in 2011 to protest comments by then-Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict had demanded greater protection for Christians in Egypt after a New Year's bombing on a Coptic Christian Church in ...
Deneen credits Pope Francis, retired Pope Benedict XVI and St. John Paul II for reminding Catholics that the economy should always serve the good of human beings.
Speaking to Latin American bishops in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI openly worried that "this kind of distance of indifference by men, which strongly calls into question the style of our conventional ministry, is partly why the separation between faith and ...
At Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, South Carolina, the "art with a heart" of Jim Craft respects the great tradition of Christian art but makes it contemporary and accessible, a visible example of what Pope Benedict XVI called the "hermeneutic of ...
Vatican CITY (CNS) - Although with different personalities and different tones, the papacies of both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI focus on proclaiming the Gospel in a world that seems to confuse truth and lies, goodness and evil, said ...
Al-Azhar broke off talks with the Vatican five years ago after comments from then-Pope Benedict XVI. But relations have improved significantly under Pope Francis, who earlier this year held talks with the grand imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque, Sheikh Ahmed ...
In the United States, that process of reallocation began in 2007, when Pope Benedict XVI made Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston a cardinal and chose not to continue the practice of having cardinals in Baltimore and Detroit.
The Ratzinger Prize was begun in 2011 to recognize scholars whose work demonstrates a meaningful contribution to theology in the spirit of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Bavarian theologian who became Benedict XVI. The prize is awarded by the ...
Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and served through 2013, wrote a blistering letter in 2004 forbidding Catholics from voting for pro-abortion Hillary Clinton or anyone who espouses her ideas.
The procession is an annual event that gives thanks for the highly successful state visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. One year after that visit, it was decided to hold a procession in thanksgiving, and because it was popular it has been held every ...
The Ratzinger Prize was begun in 2011 to recognize scholars whose work demonstrates a meaningful contribution to theology in the spirit of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Bavarian theologian who became Benedict XVI. The prize is awarded by the ...
Cardinals Walter Kasper and George Pell also live in the block and Benedict XVI was resident there when he was a cardinal. Opening a McDonald's so close to the Vatican basilica is "not at all respectful of the architectural traditions of one of the ...
Archbishop Tobin was the superior general of his religious order, the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, when he and Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio struck up a conversation about the newly elected pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. They talked about how happy ...
Amman, Jordan, Oct 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After 10 years of renovations the Memorial Sanctuary of Moses on Mount Nebo has reopened, highlighting the importance of sacred art and holy spaces in the preservation of the faith.
Instead, communities devoted to the older Mass kept it alive until emeritus Pope Benedict XVI brought it down from the attic on a grander scale with his 2007 apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum, establishing the pre-Vatican II Mass as an ...
The Ratzinger Prize, awarded by the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger Benedict XVI, 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.
Benedict XVI, who first met Bartholomew in 2002, while still Cardinal Ratzinger, said he also was immediately moved by the personal warmth and openness of the patriarch.
In their forewords to a new book about the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI praised the faith and goodness of the ecumenical patriarch.
Brochero was beatified in 2013, after Pope Benedict XVI signed off on a miracle attributed to his intercession. Francis cleared him for sainthood earlier this year and on Sunday canonized Brochero along with six others in one of the final big Masses of ...
"[Pope Benedict XVI] has doubted publicly that it can be accommodated in a pluralistic society... and tempered his support for a programme of inter-religious dialogue run by Franciscan monks at Assisi.
But it is at the centre of Vatican life, a spot where many cardinals - including Pope Benedict XVI, before he was elected pontiff - have lived.
The Pope Emeritus has praised worship ad orientem in a book which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the election of Ecumenical PatriarchBartholomew of Constantinople.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said this first meeting give him a picture of the entire personality of the ecumenical patriarch: "living on the road toward a goal; living in the many dimensions of the great cultures; living in encounter, borne by the ...
Pope Benedict XVI greets Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico, in 2011 at the Vatican. Pope Francis has designated Archbishop Aguiar as one of 17 new cardinals.
He was beatified on May 1, 2011 at the Saint Peter's Square by Pope Benedict XVI, who is his immediate successor, and was canonized on April 27, 2014, along with Pope John XXIII.
"He gave me blessings and I can't remember more," she told AFP. "I feel the Pope is praying for my mother and he will keep praying, and with his prayers my mother will be freed.
This strategy worked pretty well in 2005 when the College of Cardinals picked a virtual clone of John Paul II in the person of Pope Benedict XVI. However, while the system worked fairly well in assuring that the papacy stay in conservative hands, it's ...


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