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Inside The Sistine Chapel Choir: A Singer Tells All (Well, Most)

The Vatican's flagship chorus got a bad reputation during the late 20th century (you may have heard its wobbly yelling on TV when a pope died), but Pope Benedict hired a new director to raise standards, and there's been real progress. The choir's only English member tells what it's like to have a job today […]

A Sacred Populist: Pope Francis Shakes Up His Church

Rex Features via AP Images) F or years, the solemn benediction given by the Pontiff of the Catholic Church to the City of Rome and the world on Christmas Day has been urbi et orbi, a blessing that conveys nothing less serious than the full absolution of his flock’s sins. Show More Summary

The Story We Need to Hear

CatholicVote is in the persuasion business. That’s what politics is all about. But Pope Benedict said something we try to keep in mind: The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.”-Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict [...]

Last Testament: In His Own Words by Pope Benedict XVI

Last Testament: In His Own Words by Pope Benedict XVII actually preordered this by accident or I'd never have read it. As it turns out, I'm glad I did. Journalist Peter Seewald continues the interview format that he used for his previous books with Pope Benedict XVI. Show More Summary

Pope Benedict admits he was 'unsure' about Francis at first

In "Last Testament: In His Own Words," the English version of his autobiography, the usually private Pope Benedict dives into many of the issues that swirled around his time serving, offering a revealing portrait of the former leader of the Catholic church. Show More Summary

The Moral Weakness of Pope Benedict’s “Last Testament”

It seems impolite to say so, given Pope Benedict XVI’s chastened retreat to the shadows of the Vatican, back in 2013, but his papacy was a failed one. For nearly eight years, he led the Catholic Church in the broad collapse of its moral...Show More Summary

There Should Never Be Two Popes

German journalist Peter Seewald does the reader both a favor and a disservice with his generous introduction to the new volume, Last Testament: In His Own Words, by Pope Benedict XVI, which publishes worldwide on November 15. He reminds...Show More Summary

Pope Emeritus Benedict reiterates call for priests to ‘face East’

The retired pope's thoughts affirm a recent suggestion by Cardinal Robert Sarah for celebrants to consider facing the altar during the liturgy.

Church offers cash to victims of Pope brother’s choir

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Roman Catholic Church has offered compensation to 422 victims of sexual and physical abuse in the choir school of Regensburg Cathedral, an institution headed for 30 years by Georg Ratzinger, brother of the former Pope Benedict. Ratzinger has denied all knowledge of the abuse. The church is offering sums of 5,000 to 20,000 euros to […]

Pope Benedict laments state of Church in Germany and its ‘employee-like’ Catholics

The pope emeritus expressed doubts about Catholics who refuse to pay Church tax being excommunicated.

Card. Levada to Preach at Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage Mass in St Peter’s

From the Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum:On the ninth anniversary of the entry into force of Pope Benedict’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, we are glad to announce the participation of William Cardinal Levada, Prefect Emeritus...Show More Summary

Pope Benedict XVI Is Really, Really Proud He Destroyed The “Gay Lobby” In The Vatican

4 months agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

When it comes to reflecting on his legacy, Pope Benedict XVI is most proud of kicking a group of gay lobbyists out of the Vatican.

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2016 // Trump unveiled a new $20 billion voucher plan for 11 million children from poor families to choose which school they will attend. http://cvote.it/2c9RudZ CATHOLIC // Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI admitted that governing the church...Show More Summary

'I do not see myself as a failure': Fresh peeks into Pope Benedict's new memoir

4 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

The book offers a never-before-seen glimpse into a pope's reflections on his career. The English translation will be released Nov. 3

Retired pope offers final reflections on papacy, Francis

4 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that governing the church wasn’t his strong suit but says he doesn’t see his papacy as a failure and that he succeeded at least in breaking up the Vatican’s so-called “gay lobby.”

The Pope Was Allowed to Retire. Why Not the Emperor of Japan?

It has been three years since Pope Benedict retired, to be succeeded by the dynamic Pope Francis. In the few years since, European kings and queens have abdicated in favor of their sons, including Carlos of Spain, Albert of Belgium, Beatrice of the Netherlands, and also the Emir of Qatar. Show More Summary

Pope: It’s ‘terrible’ children taught they can choose gender

6 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI has labeled current times “the epoch of sin against God the Creator.”

If the pope can retire, why can't Japan's elderly emperor?

TOKYO (Reuters) - Pope Benedict XVI did it. Dutch Queen Beatrix did it. So why is it so hard for Japan's elderly emperor to abdicate?

Pope Francis, Visiting Auschwitz, Asks God for the ‘Grace to Cry’

6 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

He was the third pope to visit the former death camp, following visits by John Paul II in 1979 and Benedict XVI in 2006.

Pope Benedict XVI Inks Deal With Bloomsbury

6 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Both the United Kingdom and the United States divisions of the publishing house have set the release date in November 2016.

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