Emeritus Pope Benedict

Letter #139, 2022 Sat Dec 31: Farewell, Benedict XVI

Portrait of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Vatican Media) The late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Vatican Media)     "With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican," the Vatican spokesman, Dr. Matteo Bruni, said a few minutes ago [...]

Letter #39, 2021, Tuesday, June 29: Benedict

    “Currently, he’s the Vatican’s contemplative one, who is spending is life praying for the church and for the diocese of Rome, of which he is emeritus bishop.” —Pope Francis, speaking today about Pope Benedict XVI, who was ordained a priest 70 years ago today, in 1951     Above, Fr. Joseph Ratzinger next to St. Peter's Square, [...]

Letter #52, 2016: Why Benedict Resigned

August 26, 2016, Friday -- Emeritus Pope Benedict Lives "At the Still Point of the Turning World" "Here I was taught by the grace of God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith... and that at the same time I should take my stand on and earnestly believe in what our Lord showed in [...]

Letter #42, 2016: Day of Tears

May 5, 2016, Thursday -- Pope Francis Celebrated Today in Rome the "Jubilee of Tears" -- For All Who Weep and Are in Need of Consolation... "Jesus wept." —John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible. The verse describes the reaction of Jesus to the news of the death of his friend Lazarus, the brother of [...]