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May We All Be As Chill As Pope Benedict On His 90th Birthday

The best job in the world right now is ex-pope. Case in point, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Far removed from Vatican scandals and intrigue, Benedict quietly enjoyed his 90th birthday on Monday, listening to traditional Bavarian musicShow More Summary

’Modest’ 90th birthday party for retired pope Benedict XVI

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Benedict’s birthday falls on Easter Sunday this year.        

‘Modest’ 90th birthday party for retired pope Benedict XVI

last weekReligion / Islam : On Faith

A “modest” 90th birthday party is being planned for Benedict XVI, who stunned the Catholic Church by resigning as pope in 2013.

Pope Francis celebrates Benedict's 90th

His 90th birthday may not be for a few days yet, but former pope Benedict XVI got an early present on Thursday: a visit from his Argentine successor, Pope Francis. The two men met at Benedict's home in the grounds of the Vatican so Francis could be the first to wish him many happy returns. Show More Summary

Pope Benedict won’t comment on Amoris Laetitia debate, says his personal secretary

'It’s not possible that Benedict doesn’t notice now and again these contrasting positions' over the document.

EXPLOSIVE REPORT From The Vatican: Pope Francis And Benedict “Never Talk To One Another”

Many conservatives in America and around the world are at odds with Pope Francis’ Leftist politics. It appears his predecessor,... The post EXPLOSIVE REPORT From The Vatican: Pope Francis And Benedict “Never Talk To One Another” appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Pope Francis to visit Egypt in April as dialogue improves

last monthReligion / Islam : On Faith

Pope Francis will visit Egypt in late April, reflecting improved Vatican-Muslim dialogue after years of tension that developed during the previous papacy of Benedict XVI.

The Purpose of a Pope

Four years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, or abdication — debate swirled around the question of what the appropriate English word was. “Renuntiare” was the Latin verb in his announcement, which he read aloudShow More Summary

Fight Erupts Between Francis and Benedict Over Election Crowd Size

Well, we didn’t see this coming. Ever since Pope Benedict’s surprise resignation in 2013 and the subsequent election of Pope Francis, the two pontiffs have maintained a respectful and peaceful co-existence.  On the few occasions that they have appeared together in public, Francis and Benedict have displayed what observers can only describe as affectionate friendship.  There [...]

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

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

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

5 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

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

6 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 […]

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