VATICAN CITY (AP) - Retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 88th birthday Thursday with a party and a pint of beer. Photos released by the Vatican newspaper Thursday showed the German pope toasting a group of Bavarians in the Vatican...Show More Summary
A few weeks ago, on a stop at El Cobre, Cuba, I heard a man talking about leftovers and retired Pope Benedict XVI. In a country where St. John Paul II dominates the memory of Cuban Catholics, I went over to meet Omar Ramirez, an admitted fan of the retired pope. He talked about the time […]
KFC has launched a new fish food, uhm, product...thing, and they're hoping Pope Benedict XVI will endorse it for Lent, the 40-day period before Easter Sunday during which Catholics traditionally don't eat meat.
Poor Pope Benny. The little old ex-professor of theology and Vatican dogma expert has spent his life buried in books and encased in an academic environment firmly founded on the precepts of reason and empirical defense of one's intellectual position.
There are some who hold out hope that Pope Benedict XVI will significantly change certain backward church traditions. For example, theologian and SoMA contributor Uta Ranke-Heinemann, who was a fellow student and friend of the pope at the University of Munich in the ‘50s, is crossing her fingers that he’ll allow priests to marry.
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
Will the current pontiff follow Pope Benedict's shocking move and retire in the next few years? The post Pope Francis Hints He Might One Day Retire appeared first on OnFaith....
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 […]
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
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
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...
One of the memes currently circulating is that Pope Francis is in the midst of radically changing the American episcopate in a leftward, “progressive” direction. And whether or not you like using terms like “progressive” and “orthodox”, the media and some figures in the church are eager to claim that big change is happening. The [...]
It was feared he would become a sort of shadow pope. Instead he has opted to see out what remains of his life in the shadows. Two years after becoming the first leader of the Catholic church to resign in seven centuries, Benedict XVI has melted away from public view, even if he remains a benchmark...
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
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One of the rarest and most important things a pope does is issue encyclicals. In the eight years of Pope Benedict’s papacy, he issued three encyclicals. In the 27 years
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
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
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
On December 7, 1914, Pope Benedict XV asked both sides in WW I to stop the war to observe Christmas. Although the countries refused to halt their hostilities, soldiers on both sides observed the truce, even singing to each other across enemy lines. Show More Summary