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Pope Francis, Year 1 – Photo Special

March 12, 2013, St. Peter’s Basilica. Holy Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio seems pensive — perhaps he is beginning to be aware that the task will fall to him... During the past 12 months, Francis has [...]

Francis: Year 1

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... 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 [...]

Three Popes of Inside The Vatican

“I arrived in Italy on the same day as Bob — on May 17, 1984. He arrived in Rome by plane from the United States; I entered northern Italy by bus from Poland. I wanted to be at Monte Cassino on May 18, but the pilgrimage was organized in such a way that we were there [...]

Two Days of Celebrations in St. Peter’s Square

With humor and passion, Pope Francis on the vigil of Pentecost shared highlights of his personal faith journey and explained some key points of his teaching to an enthusiastic crowd of representatives from Catholic lay movements. Celebrating the Pentecost vigil with an estimated 200,000 people singing, chanting and waving their groups’ banners, Pope Francis focused on [...]

“May Christ’s Light Shine Throughout the World”

PHOTO ESSAY EPIPHANY CONSECRATIONS After the consecration Mass, Benedict XVI invited the faithful, gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus, to pray for the four new bishops At midday on January 6, Solemnity of the Lord’s Epiphany, the Holy Fa­ther appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered [...]

Ten Things You Should Know About New Head of Papal Household

PHOTO ESSAY EPIPHANY CONSECRATIONS Who is the priest who became Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s personal secretary in 2003 and the closest collaborator of the Vicar of Christ in 2005? Archbishop Georg Gänswein lies prostrate during the episcopal ordination Pope Benedict XVI ordained his longtime secretary an archbishop January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany. The [...]

“The Bishop Must Go Ahead”

PHOTO ESSAY EPIPHANY CONSECRATIONS —photography by Grzegorz Galazka Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary of Benedict XVI, carries his pastoral staff during his episcopal ordination Pope Benedict’s words during his homily on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 in Rome were a profound reflection on what it [...]

Christmas Eve Mass 2012: “Find Room For God”

Pope Benedict celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on December 24. Benedict XVI celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and asks all of us to make time and space for God. Pope Benedict XVI had an urgent message during his homily on Christmas Eve in St. Peter’s Basilica: he [...]

The Nativity Scene in St. Peter’s Square

A reproduction of parts of Matera, the city in southern Italy called the “Italian Jerusalem.“ The scene also cost far less than last year’s nativity scene. We know what Jeru­salem was like when Jesus lived 2,000 years ago thanks to the description provided by Josephus Flavius. As described by the Roman-Jewish historian, Jeru­salem must have been [...]

“Sign of a Tie to Heaven and Earth, to Christ and the Pope”

On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, 44 archbishops received the wool pallium from Pope Benedict during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica View photo essay in our photo viewer. The bronze statue of St. Peter is clothed with an amice, alb, tiara, stole, red cape and a ring. (Grzegorz Galazka photo) [...]

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