Francis: Year 1

Pope Benedict chose Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to be his  Secretary of State in mid-2006, a year after his election. Here, Benedict greets Bertone at the Pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on September 15, 2006. Bertone replaced Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who retired from the Secretary of State post after 16 years of service.

One of the privileged witnesses to the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, and to his last months, including the decision to resign his office, was Cardinal Bertone… At first, Pope Benedict wanted to resign the papacy “before Christmas.” Then, “after thinking about it and praying about it again, he took the final decision to announce […]

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A Musician-Diplomat among the Bishops

Msgr. Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, plays the piano.

Interview with Msgr. Lorenzo Baldisseri, the new secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, who has served as apostolic nuncio in many countries. “When it came to making the act of obedience to the new Pope, I got in line — as secretary of the conclave — behind the cardinals, in order to kneel before […]

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Interview with Msgr. Jean Laffitte

Monsignor Jean Laffitte

The World Meeting of Families in Milan was one year ago. What were the results? Monsignor Jean Laffitte: It was a very significant event from a spiritual point of view, as well as in a social and ecclesiastical perspective. More than 1 million people had come to pray with the Successor of Peter and had […]

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Mobilization for the Family

Feast of Testimonies, held in the park at Bresso, Milan, in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI,
during the VIIth World Meeting of Families (June 1-3, 2012) (Galazka photo)

They are the “Veilleurs,” that is, the “Watchers,” silent and peaceful vanguards of a larger mass movement: Manif pour tous, born in France last January to defend the family against the new “Taubira” law (named after the politician who proposed it), which allows same-sex couples to “marry” and adopt children. This law passed in France […]

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Interview with Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes

From 1980 to 1995, Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes was vice president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. For the German cardinal, it was a chance to get in touch with new movements: “I slowly discovered these new groups. I have seen their strength and zeal, I have seen how they were bound to the […]

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Pope Francis and Catholic Movements

On May 18 and 19, Catholic movements and lay associations will meet with Pope Francis in Rome during the Year of Faith. The idea was born some months ago when Benedict XVI was still Pope, and has been kept by his successor, Francis. Reflecting on this, the different organizations decided to propose not just a […]

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Interview with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

Pope Benedict XVI greets priests at the end of a Mass concluding the Year for Priests in St. Peter's Square, June 11, 2010 (CNS photo)

Among his last acts, Pope Benedict XVI met with Rome’s seminarians and parish priests. Benedict also was attentive to his relationship with his clergy. What kind of bond did Benedict have with his priests? In your role as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, you must have been able to observe the Pope’s concern […]

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Faith and Reason: Christianity Is Reasonable

Benedict XVI meets with journalists March 23, 2012 on the plane during his apostolic trip to Mexico (Galazka photo)

Almost every September, Pope Benedict delivered a profound, dramatic address to the political and academic world. His cry: “The windows must be flung open again.”   We can call them Benedict’s “September speeches.” Pope Benedict pronounced them during the trips he took each year, after the summer vacation, to different European capitals. The meetings with […]

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