Posts Tagged ‘Father Federico Lombardi’

Former Vatican spokesman: Benedict XVI is ready to meet the Lord

Monday, August 29th, 2022

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office from 2006 to 2016, said that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is ready for “the definitive encounter” with God. The Jesuit priest made the observation in an interview with Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops, on the occasion of his upcoming 80th birthday, which he will Read more

Emeritus Pope Benedict wasn’t pressured to step down

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Emeritus Pope Benedict wasn’t pressured to step down, says Father Federico Lombardi. Lombardi, who was Benedict’s spokesman, denied Italian Archbishop Luigi Negri’s claim that Benedict was forced to resign. However according to Negri, Benedict’s resignation was as a result of “tremendous pressure” being put upon him. The Obama administration has been implicated in the pressures Read more

German lawyer headhunted to lead Vatican Bank

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

After a long recruitment search, a German lawyer has been headhunted to become president of the Vatican Bank, an institution troubled in the past by scandal and more recently by complaints about inadequate safeguards against money-laundering. Ernst von Freyberg is currently chairman of the Blohm+Voss Group, a Hamburg-based company that builds and repairs yachts and Read more

Benedict’s resignation leaves a mixed legacy and raises lots of questions

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

There was “absolute silence” this morning when the Pope told cardinals that he decided to resign, according to Mexican prelate Monsignor Oscar Sanchez, who witnessed his resignation. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the pope took his decision “aware of the great problems the church faces today”. His decision showed “great courage” and “determination”, Lombardi said. Lombardi Read more

Officials close to Pope Benedict are not Vatileaks suspects

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The Vatican has flatly denied European media reports that three officials close to Pope Benedict are being investigated in connection with the leaking of confidential paper documents. A report in the online edition of the German newspaper Die Welt, republished in the Italian daily La Repubblica, claimed the involvement of the three officials in the Read more