Posts Tagged ‘Pope Benedict XVI’

Vatican’s first female-only association gets the nod Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The Vatican’s first female-only association has been formally approved as a Vatican association. Donne in Vaticano (“Women in the Vatican”) is open to all 750 women working for the Holy See and its attached institutions. So far about 50 women have joined. Women make up about a fifth of the Vatican workforce. Most of them Read more

Global warming now part of seminary teaching Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Global warming and the Catholic church do not seem to have any connection, on the face of it. However, priests are going to be learning about environmental concerns during their formation period at seminaries. Later, they’ll be expected to preach about the environment at Mass. How did this topic come to be included in the Read more

What relationship did Castro have with the church? Comments 0

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
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The relationship Fidel Castro had with the Church has often often speculated about Pope Francis’s condolence message to Raul Castro expressed his “sentiments of grief”. He promised to pray for Fidel. Jesuit-educated, Fidel Castro followed a Marxist-Leninist ideology. Believing the Church was a state enemy, he declared Cuba an atheist state. He seized all Cuba’s Read more

Pope Benedict the Green Comments 0

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Pope Benedict is often forgotten when the call for Catholics to be better stewards of God’s creation is made. Even though Pope Francis usually gets the credit, Benedict was behind the changes the Vatican has made to becoming a “green” carbon-neutral state. Read more

Ageing brings intense prayer, awareness of judgment says Benedict Comments 0

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Ageing brings intense prayer and awareness of judgement, says 89 year-old Emeritus Pope Benedict. He says retirement has given him the gift of silence to enter more deeply into prayer, especially with the Psalms and the writings of early Church theologians. He also says the approach of death makes his failings and God’s judgment a Read more

Retired Pope Benedict says it was his ‘duty’ to resign from papacy Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI felt he had a “duty” to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel. While his heart was set on completing the Year of Faith, the retired pope told Italian journalist Elio Guerriero that after his visit to Mexico and Cuba in March Read more

Francis praises Benedict in new book Comments 0

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Benedict XVI’s resignation and withdrawal into a life of prayer has taught the Church a lesson of doing “theology on its knees”, Pope Francis has said. Francis wrote this in the preface of a new book by the Pope Emeritus, titled “Teaching and Learning the Love of God”. It is the first volume of several Read more

Bishop appointed against Bergoglio’s wishes resigns Comments 0

Friday, November 6th, 2015

An Argentine bishop whose appointment Pope Francis opposed before he became Roman Pontiff has resigned after allegations of mismanaging funds. Bishop Oscar Sarlinga of Zarate-Campana diocese announced his resignation on Sunday. This came after an administrative takeover of his diocese, ordered by Francis in January 2014. The “fraternal mission” was led by the Pontiff’s successor Read more

Benedict XVI still believes he was right to resign Comments 0

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has never regretted or doubted his decision to resign two years ago, says his personal secretary. Archbishop Georg Ganswein said Benedict is certain and serene about his decision, made for the good of the Church, because of his waning strength. Archbishop Ganswein said the retired Pope’s usual routine these days involves Read more

Emeritus popes should return to college of cardinals Comments 0

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Hubert Wolf, Professor of Church History at the University of Münster, is calling for a clearer distinction between “pope” and “pope emeritus”. According to Wolf, there are fears that “around Francis and Benedict XVI two competing power centres could come into being in the curia, with pope and antipope at the top of each.” The Read more