Today is the 2654 day of pilgrimage of the Pope Benedict
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    • Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated Mass with some of his former students, as the Ratzinger Schuelerkreis concluded its annual meeting. No video, no audio, no text of the homily. 

    • A few days ago a small concert was given for Benedict. It took place in a studio of Vatican Radio.

    • On 14 June a group of priests from the Maltese island of Gozo visited Benedict. The group was accompanied by Mons Alfred Xuereb.

    • Нas  published a series of pictures of Benedict XVI on the roof terrace with his brother and using a walker. The pictures were taken on 27 May.

    • Georg Ratzinger arrived in Rome on 14 May and will be here with his brother till 2 June.

    • Benedict XVI has attended the canonization of JP2. He concelebrated the Mass, but not at the altar.

    • Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, celebrates his 87th birthday on 16th April. Happy birthday, our dear beloved Pope. Ad multos Annos!
    • On the evening of the 26th March Benedict received a group of Friars from the Franciscan shrine of La Verna, near Arezzo in Tuscany. We have amazing photos.  

    • Benedict XVI has granted a lengthy interview on the topic of his years with Blessed John Paul II. It was in November of 2013.

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    Francis X. Rocca

    The question of truth

    Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the church’s size but to share the joy of knowing Christ.   The retired pope’s words appeared in written remarks to faculty members and students at Rome’s Pontifical Urbanian University, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Geo...

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    Benodette. Theratzingerforum

    Benedict will spend the summer in Rome

    Thanks his successor the Pope emeritus can't rest well

    Georg Ganswein is in Germany for a short period – although not apparently spending that much time at his home as he is making guest appearances at various shrines and churches - so it is interview season again and time to stir the pot. There will almost certainly be other interviews.   In an interview with the Augsburg Catholic Sunday newspaper he says Benedict is spending the summer in Rome rather than going to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. According to Ganswein, he is doing so because Pope Francis will not go to the villa in the Alban Hills. In Augus...

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    Dominic Lawson, The Independent

    English newspaper's: "Pope Benedict... an apology"

    Benedict XVI wins over doubters

    One of Private Eye's most enduring satirical devices is the imaginary letter of apology by the press as a whole, when their commonly-held opinion about an individual is confounded by events. This would certainly apply to the state visit of Pope Benedict XVI. The headline on this newspaper's leading article yesterday – "Benedict spoke to Britain" – was not one that could have been imagined a week earlier.   Or, as Private Eye might put it: "The Pope. An Apology. We wish to apologise for describing His Holiness as the jackboot-wearing tyranni...

This Day in History of the Pontificate

That new beginning that bloomed among the ruins

Inteview with Alfred Läpple, prefect of the future Pope at the seminary
«He said: I am Joseph Ratzinger, and I have some questions for you. Out of that came the friendship of a life. We have never lost sight of each other. And if there was anything to say, we phoned». A conversation with Professor Alfred Läpple, prefect of the future successor to Peter at the seminary of Freising. Of Joseph Ratzinger’s first work only two typed copies, bound in red Morocco exist. The gilt lettering on the cover makes clear that it is a translation, a German version of the Quaestio disputata of Saint Thomas on charity. One of the two more

Blown clean away by a brush with Benedict

Marvelous essay
I KNOW, I know, so many things going on, but perhaps I could just tell you that on the Feast of Corpus Christi, I almost literally bumped into the Pope. In Rome for a few days, that Thursday afternoon I decided, by chance, to visit the cathedral of St John Lateran, Omnium Urbis et Orbis Ecclesiarum Mater et Caput, to give it its grand title, a title which, believe you me, it deserves.   The present vast basilica was built over the ruins of other basilicas, the first of which was constructed by the Emperor Constantine in the fourth century more

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Your Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI

With filial affection and deep gratitude, I greet you in my own name and the name of my Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares and all the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Phoenix, and I assure you of our best wishes and prayers as you prepare for retirement from the duties of the Petrine ministry. Even before you became pope, we knew and admired you, for you faithfully served the office of the pope who preceded you. For more than 20 years, you were Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, working as a close collaborator with Blessed John Paul II in his historic witness to Jesus Christ. The College of Cardinals, in one of ...

USA, Washington. Pope Benedict in the Basilica of the National Shrine
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord 2012
We all understand that it is the immense love of Your Holiness to God and the Church led you to make this gesture, discovers the purity of the soul.

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