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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

2 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

4 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’

4 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

4 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.

Comedian Has to Cough Up $42K for Insulting Child With Disabilities

A French-Canadian comedian found a child singer with a genetic disease who's performed for Celine Dion and Pope Benedict to be the perfect butt of his jokes—and now the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal is making the funnyman pay some not-so-funny money to both the singer, now 19, and his...

Benedict XVI’s secretary: Popes can’t change doctrine with ‘half sentences or somewhat ambiguous footnotes’

In a sweeping interview, Archbishop Georg Ganswein also criticizes his fellow German bishops for downplaying Catholic doctrine.

The Ambitiousness and Modesty of Summorum Pontificum (For the Ninth Anniversary of the Motu Proprio)

Nine years have passed since the promulgation of the great Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict XVI, already included in the most recent edition of Denzinger and destined to be seen as one of the most important papal interventions of the modern period. Show More Summary

Vatican Liturgy Chief asks all priests and bishops to face east for Mass, faithful to kneel for Communion

Cardinal Sarah's appeal is being hailed as 'the biggest liturgical announcement' since Pope Benedict's motu proprio on the Latin Mass.

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