Letter #67, 2016: The Silent Pope

December 8, 2016, Thursday — The Silent Pope “This apostolic exhortation contains a number of statements that can be understood in a sense that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals… We request that the Cardinals and Patriarchs petition the Holy Father to condemn the errors… in a definitive and final manner.” —Letter to Cardinal […]

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Letter #59, 2016: The Face of Christ and Unity

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September 18, 2016, Sunday — The Face of Christ and Unity “Seeking the Face of Jesus must be the longing of all of us Christians… If we persevere in our quest for the Face of the Lord, at the end of our earthly pilgrimage, he, Jesus, will be our eternal joy, our reward and glory […]

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Letter #58, 2016: The Bells of Rome, Last Conversations, #4

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September 17, 2016, Saturday — The Bells of Rome, Last Conversations #4 “Peter Seewald: When you left the Vatican in a helicopter, this also was part in some way of the entire screenplay, as it were, at least as seen from the outside. One could say that up until that moment no Pope had ascended […]

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Letter #56, 2016: Dark Night, Last Conversations #3

September 15, 2016, Thursday — Dark Night, Last Conversations with Pope Benedict, Letter #3 “Peter Seewald: Have you also experienced any of those ‘dark nights’ of which many saints speak? Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI: Such powerful experiences, no. Perhaps I am not holy enough to have plumbed the depths of that obscurity. However sometimes, things […]

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Letter #55, 2016: “Seek His Face Always,” Last Conversations #2

September 14, 2016, Wednesday — “Seek His Face Always,” Last Conversations with Pope Benedict, Letter #2 “Peter Seewald: When you find yourself before the Almighty, what will you say to Him? Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI: I will ask Him to be indulgent with my wretchedness.” —Passage in the first chapter of Ultime Conversazioni (“Last Conversations”), […]

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Letter #54, 2016: Last Conversations with Pope Benedict

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September 11, 2016, Sunday — Last Conversations with Pope Benedict “Peter Seewald: The last question of these last conversations: love is one of your central themes. You dealt with the question of love as a student, as a professor, as a Pope. Where was love in your life? What was your experience: did you feel […]

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Letter #49, 2016: Again, Russia….

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July 29, 2016, Friday — Again, Russia… Earthen Vessels…. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.” —2 Corinthians 4:7 “As light was the beginning of the first creation; so, in the new creation, the light of the Spirit is […]

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New Rome Master’s Program To Study the “Theologian Pope,” Joseph Ratzinger

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It’s not a “Ratzinger Fan Club,” but rather a way to better understand the Faith… No Catholic who wants to take an in-depth look into the faith and the reality of the Church of our time can skip the works of the “Theologian Pope,” Benedict XVI. To really deepen one’s knowledge, or to literally become […]

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On “Third Secret,” Vatican Says No…

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Press communiqué says Pope Emeritus Benedict has confirmed that “the publication… is complete” An aging German priest who evidently has been a long-time friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Fr. Ingo Dollinger (photo), was in mid-May thrust into the middle of a new controversy over the Third Secret of Fatima which led to an unusual […]

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One Pope, One Petrine Ministry

Pope Francis greets emeritus Pope Benedict XVI during an encounter for the elderly in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ELDERLY Sept. 29, 2014.

A Response to Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s Recent Remarks on Benedict and Francis On May 20, during the presentation of a new book on Pope Emeritus Benedict and his pontificate, his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, delivered an address at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, that raised many questions and concerns among Catholics. Instead of […]

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Letter #44, 2016: The Three Positions

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May 16, 2016, Monday — The Three Positions (And Now Four) On Amoris Laetitia The text below is the Editorial in the May edition of Inside the Vatican, which is just out. (To obtain a copy of the issue or to subscribe for one or more years, click here. We welcome new subscribers, of course. […]

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Letter #43, 2016: In the Footsteps of Pope Benedict

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May 13, 2016, Friday — In the Footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI… Blessed Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima… “In terms of what we today can discover in this message [the message of Fatima], attacks against the Pope or the Church don’t come just from outside the Church. The suffering of the Church also […]

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Letter #36, 2016: The Next Synod

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April 27, 2016, Wednesday — The Next Synod: The Return of “The Peace of God”? “The Pope would like to dedicate the next Synod of Bishops to the theme of peace.” —The Italian news agency ANSA, in a short news article released this morning in Italy. The question of what topic the next Bishops’ Synod […]

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Pope Benedict XVI Expresses Thanks for Birthday Wishes

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On Day Marking 11-Year Anniversary of German Pope’s Election, Pope Benedict Sends Message of Gratitude Via Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation Today marks the 11-year anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s election as Pope, and the German retired Pontiff has reached out to thank those who have given him 89th birthday wishes on Saturday. “Giving thanks […]

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Letter #24, 2016: Synod Document, T Minus 1

April 7, 2016, Thursday — The Synod Document and the Problem of God The essential question is the existence of God… and so, consequently, the nature of man… “The splendor of being an image of God no longer shines over man, which is what confers on him his dignity and inviolability, and he is left […]

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People April 2016

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Vatican Paper Lauds Spotlight as Brave, Not Anti­-Catholic The film Spotlight, which won the Oscar for best picture on February 28, is a courageous movie that is not anti­-Catholic, the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano said in two articles commenting on the Oscars. Italian historian and journalist Lucetta Scaraffia (photo), in an op-­ed titled “It is […]

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“The Christian Faith Is Not an Idea But a Life”

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An unexpected and thought-provoking interview with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI A new book containing an extensive interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict has been published in Italy, entitled Through Faith: Doctrine of Justification and Experience of God in the Preaching of the Church and the Spiritual Exercises, by Jesuit Fr. Daniel Libanori. The volume contains the […]

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Letter #16, 2016: Emeritus Pope Benedict Grants an Interview

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March 17, 2016, Thursday — Emeritus Pope Benedict Grants an Interview on Justification and God’s Mercy “What the human person needs for salvation is the intimate openness to God.” —Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, in a 2015 interview with Jesuit theologian Father Jacques Servais. The interview was conducted during 2015 for a book on the doctrine […]

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Letter #5, 2016: The Renewal Will Come from Norcia

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January 21, 2016, Thursday — “A regression without precedent” “To create new and lasting unity (in Europe), political, economic and juridical instruments are important, but it is also necessary to awaken an ethical and spiritual renewal which draws on the Christian roots of the Continent, otherwise a new Europe cannot be built.”—Pope Benedict XVI, April […]

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Letter #53, 2015: Vatileaks, Part 2

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November 2, 2015, Monday, Feast of All Souls — Vatileaks, Part 2 “Radix omnium malorum cupiditas est” (“The love of money is the root of all evils”). —St. Paul, First Letter to Timothy, 6:10; a more idiomatic understanding of this phrase is, “For every possible kind of evil can be motivated by the love of […]

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