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Shevchuk: Pope Francis wants to be present through Cardinal Krajewski

(CNS photo/episkopat.pl) March 9, 2022 Pope Francis’ envoy to Ukraine, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, meets with leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and of the Latin Church in Ukraine, as he begins his mission to the war-torn nation. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner, began his mission as Pope Francis’ envoy to Ukraine on [...]

Family as a Key to Reading His Pontificate and His Life

In the classroom, the Curia and the Papacy, Benedict treated all as members of a family By Andrea Gagliarducci Joseph Ratzinger, top right, is pictured with his family in a 1951 photograph. Next to the future Pope Benedict XVI is his brother, Georg. Seated are his sister, Maria, and his parents, Maria and Joseph. (CNS [...]

Benedict’s Diagnosis of the Church in Ireland

The Church lost Ireland. Can she reclaim the false narrative of the past? By Dualta Roughneen* Pope Benedict XVI meets with Irish bishops at the Vatican, Feb. 15, 2010. The two-day, closed-door meeting was to assess responsibility in the Irish Church's handling of priestly sex abuse cases and explore ways to heal wounds left by [...]

Reflections on Joseph Ratzinger

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: "I was struck by his warmth, gentleness and wit" The first time I met Joseph Ratzinger still stands out clearly in my memory. He was then Cardinal Ratzinger and Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and I a young priest pursuing canon law studies in Rome. At that time [...]

“I appreciate his quiet humility”

By Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap. What I appreciate most about Pope Benedict XVI, a virtue that he has manifested throughout his life, is his quiet humility. He has never been a boisterous man wherein he pushed himself into the limelight. Rather, his calm, unassuming presence brought to every situation a reassuring strength that all would [...]

Did Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) Really Cover Up Abuse Scandals?

The media's hate campaign against Pope Benedict XVI is fully active — but what does the "Munich Report" really say? By Michael Hesemann* The report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church faulted the since-retired Pope’s handling of four cases when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany, in the 1970s and 1980s. The accusations [...]

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