Benedict XVI says he’s ‘on pilgrimage home’

In letter to Italian newspaper, retired pontiff says: “It's a great grace for me to be surrounded in this last piece of the road, which is at times a bit tiring, by a love and goodness that I could never have imagined”

In a rare new letter penned by Benedict XVI, the retired pontiff said he is in the last phase of his life, and while his physical strength might be waning, he is surrounded by a “love and goodness” that he never imagined. “I can only say that at the end of a slow decline in physical strength, inwardly I am on pilgrimage home,” Benedict XVI said in the letter, published Feb. 7 … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI to break his silence

New book is "nearest to an autobiography" ever written by the pope emeritus

The following comes from an August 16 The Sacred Page post by Michael Barber: Indeed, it's official. Bloomsbury is announcing that Pope Benedict has a new book coming in November 2016, entitled, The Last Testament. The book is said to be the "nearest to an autobiography from the shy and private man who has remained 'hidden to the world' in a former convent in the Vatican … [Read more...]

The age of sin against the Creator

Pope Francis tells Polish bishops Benedict XVI is right about gender ideology

The following comes from an August 2 La Stampa article by Domenico Agasso Jr.: The contents of Francis’ address to Polish bishops during World Youth Day in Krakow were released today. The closed-door meeting took place on 27 July in Krakow cathedral and the now former director of the Holy See press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi (he left his post two days ago), had described … [Read more...]

Francis promotes Benedict

Lenten homilies from the past

Eight days ago Pope Francis promulgated a Homiletic Directory to reeducate the clergy of the whole world in preaching: Homiletic Directory And on Thursday February 19 he will dedicate precisely to the art of preaching the traditional meeting at the beginning of Lent with the priests of his diocese of Rome. Pope Francis cares deeply about the homily. In the agenda-setting … [Read more...]

Sign of peace in current place maims Catholic teaching

Pomp, whistles, vocal affirmation, clapping, music

The following comes from a Dec. posting on Crisis magazine. At the request of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a requisite inquiry into the timely appropriateness of the Latin Rite’s gesture of peace shared amongst the people during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass commenced almost a decade ago. The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments … [Read more...]

The elusive Pope

Why I can’t get too upset

The following comes from an Oct. 5 posting by Father Mark Pilon of the Arlington (VA) diocese on The standard take on the new Pope seems to be that he is determined to shake up the Church  and create a new openness to the world.  He is, in his own subtle way, quite critical of the lack of openness in the Church as governed by his predecessors and seems … [Read more...]

“Making space for silence”

Bombarded by words, images and sounds, we should not forget the need to be quiet sometimes, says Benedict XVI VATICAN CITY, 24 JAN 2012 (VIS) -- Today's Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, marks the World Day of Social Communications, and the Holy Father's Message for the Day, entitled: "Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization" was made public this … [Read more...]

“Grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness”

In remarks to US bishops, Pope Benedict warns of growing menace, underscores ‘need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity’ VATICAN CITY, 19 JAN 2012 (VIS) -- Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received a group of prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Regions 4 and 6) at the end of their "ad limina" visit. Extracts from his … [Read more...]

“Very austere”

Pope will stay at convent during trip to Mexico By Rosa Maria Ordaz Leon, Mexico (CNA/EWTN News) -- A religious order unveiled new details about the convent where Pope Benedict and his entourage will be staying during his upcoming visit to Mexico March 23-26. While in the city of Leon on March 23, the pope will stay with the Servants of the Most Holy Eucharist and of … [Read more...]

22 new cardinals

Among them are two archbishops from U.S. By Michelle Bauman Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) -- Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals on Jan. 6, including two prominent American archbishops. “This is an honor for these outstanding church leaders as well as an honor for the Church in the United States,” said Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville, vice president of the U.S. … [Read more...]