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The New Evangelization and the Domestic Church - Pope Benedict XVI on the Connection between the Two

Why the beauty of the prayer corner in the family home is crucial to the New Evangelization The New Evangelization has become a buzzword of the age. Used by Pope St John Paul II, it refers to the need to reach the faithless in the West whose parents and grandparents were Christian. Show More Summary

Bigger than St. Patrick: In Italy St. Joseph is the man

VATICAN CITY — Today’s feast of St. Joseph is a big day in the Vatican. In addition to being Father’s Day in Italy, St. Joseph’s feast day is a paid holiday for Vatican workers. It is the name day of retired Pope Benedict XVI (who was born Joseph Ratzinger). And, the guardian of Jesus is […]

Holocaust-Denying Bishop Richard Williamson Plans Consecration Without Pope's Consent

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A Holocaust-denying Catholic bishop, who made headlines in 2009 when Pope Benedict XVI rehabilitated members of a breakaway traditionalist society, is heading for trouble again with the Vatican. Bishop Richard Williamson...Show More Summary

Garry Wills: Pope Benedict, Not Muslims, Spurred Violence

In his 2006 address at Regensburg University, Pope Benedict XVI described how Islam was perceived as "evil and inhuman" by a 14th-century Christian emperor who was under siege by Muslims. The central point of the pope's address was to...Show More Summary

Pope Francis disappoints fans of Latin Mass

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The perception that Pope Francis is more “liberal” than Pope Benedict XVI has been shaped mostly by his seemingly softer approach to hot-button issues such as homosexuality -- “Who am I to judge?” -- and his humble personal style. But not much attention has been paid...

That Awkward Moment When Ronan Keating Headbutted Pope Benedict XVI

In a classic awkward moment, Ronan Keating, Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter and musician, has just admitted to headbutting Pope Benedict XVI. Apparently he really didn’t know how to handle the necessary protocols and simply headbutted the holy man’s hand instead. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Could Tip Balance Against Fossil Fuels

Originally published on RenewEconomy. Six years ago, Pope Benedict XVI installed more than 1,000 solar panels on the Vatican’s audience hall, helping him earn him the sobriquet of the “Green Pope”. Some time in the next few months, his successor Pope Francis may just go one step further. Show More Summary

Vatican Concludes Six-Year Investigation of American Nuns 

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

In 2008, under then-pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican launched a broad investigation into the "quality of life" of American nuns, a move that, to a lot of those nuns, looked like it was meant to forcefully nudge them back in line. On Tuesday,...Show More Summary

Pope Benedict XVI Harley Davidosn to be sold for charity at Bonhams Paris sale

4 months agoArts : Artdaily

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle blessed with the signature of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and later received by Pope Francis, is to be sold for charity at Bonhams 5 February Paris Sale. The motorcycle is to be offered as part of Bonhams Grand Palais auction, entered at no reserve, with an estimate of ?15,000-25,000 (£11,700-19,600). Show More Summary

Pope Benedict XVI: “Charity Without Faith is Useless”

Caritas in Veritate International, a Catholic group that specializes in charity and proselytizing, recently held a meeting in Rome for its leaders. And they met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who had some strong words of support for them:... Show More Summary

Beer Commemorates Pope: Because what says "papal visit" more...

Because what says "papal visit" more than beer, a German brewery has created Papst Bier to commemorate Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Germany this week. And it's not just any beer, either: this beer has been "'ensouled'...by playing Gregorian chants...

Cool Pope Francis Declares Big Bang Theory and Evolution Are Real

5 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Holy canoli, this pope is tearing it up and is showing no signs of slowing down. First Despite previous Pope Benedict XVI (aka Uncle Ben)'s firm beliefs on creationism, today, the chill as fuck Pope has decreed that God is "not a magician with a magic wand." Oh shit. Read more...

Pope Francis Says Evolution is Not Inconsistent With God, Backs Scientific Advancements

Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday.

Let's Make This The Last Story About A Celebrity Using Twitter You Ever Read

The queen is on Twitter, which should surprise nobody. Oprah Winfrey first tweeted in 2009. Barack Obama sent his first tweet in 2010. So did Conan O'Brien and the Dalai Lama and Bill Gates. Pope Benedict XVI sent his first tweet in 2011. Prince, Kobe Bryant, and Justin Bieber's cat all started tweeting in 2013. Read Full Story

The Power Of Francis’ Glasnost

Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI understood the power of open dialogue, which is why they did all they could to shut it down within the Catholic church. The sensus fidelium, the insight that ordinary Catholics may have into the Christian life, was all but banished in favor of top-down control and increasingly fastidious […]

Well Said: Pope Benedict is like the "grandfather of all grandfathers"

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope...Show More Summary

Pope Benedict makes rare public appearance to join Pope Francis at Vatican event for elderly

Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday for an event focused on elderly people. The event was only the third time Benedict, 87, has attended a public event since his resignation from the papacy in February 2013. Show More Summary

Pope Francis implores people to respect the elderly

With his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, looking on, the pontiff on Sunday celebrated senior citizens — and said that a nation that fails its elderly 'is a people with no future.'

How Pope Francis could turn out to be a stealth reformer

Remember when Pope Francis' pontificate was going to be all about doctrinal reform? After 34 years of reactionary Catholicism under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the story went, Francis was going to tear down the curtains and throw open the windows to let the brisk air and bright sunshine of modernity into the church. Show More Summary

The Truth About Climate Change

In his 2010 World Day of Peace message titled, "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation," Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that "it would be irresponsible not to take seriously" the signs of a growing environmental crisis.

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