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Emeritus Pope Benedict’s last WCD Message

47th World Communications Day 12 May 2013 “Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.” Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI delivered in January 2013 Dear Brothers and Sisters, As the 2013 World Communications Day draws near, I would like to offer you some reflections on an increasingly important reality regarding […]

Resignations – Benedict and Celestine

I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine Ministry…In order to govern the Barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary. I have had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill adequately […]

Benedict’s Resignation Speech in full

VIS 11/02/2013 “I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are […]

Pope Benedict’s Resignation Raises Questions

Fr John Murphy is a Marist priest working in digital media at the Marist Internet Ministry, New Zealand.This article was first published in CathNews NZ Pacific — www.cathnews.co.nz — a free twice-weekly email publication Just as Joseph Ratzinger’s election was a surprise to some, the way he leaves the papacy surely surprises us all. For […]

Pope’s Resignation a Gift to the Church

No one saw it coming. Out of the blue at a Consistory summoned to announce three new saints, the Holy Father stunned his audience by dropping a bombshell – his resignation from the papacy at the end of the month. The reasons given were he lacked the strength to fulfil the office of Pontiff. The […]

Message for World Mission Sunday 2012

Benedict XVI Dear Brothers and Sisters, This year the celebration of World Mission Day has a very special meaning. The 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and of the opening of the Year of Faith and of the Synod of Bishops on the theme of the New Evangelization contribute to reaffirming […]

The Door of Faith

The proclamation  by Benedict XVI of the Year of Faith 11 Oct 2012 – 24 November 2013 Summary of  Porta Dei by Fr Sergius Wroblewski ofm with paragraphs as in the original document 1. The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, offering us the life of communion with God and offering entry […]

Pentecost, Health Care, Ascension

Pentecost overcomes divisions, enmity “Pentecost is the feast of union, of human understanding and communion. Yet it is evident to everyone that in our world, although we are closer to one another than ever before thanks to the development of the communications media, … understanding and communion among people is often superficial and difficult. Imbalances […]

Obedience, Easter, Jesus and women

On the Radicalism of Obedience Pope Benedict concluded, “we must also pay attention to the content of Jesus’ prayer on the Mount of Olives. Jesus says: “Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet not what I want, but what you want”. The natural will of the man Jesus recoils […]

The Mother of God / Crisis in family life

Venerating the Mother of God Means Learning to Become a Community of Prayer  14/3/2012 The Pope focused his remarks today on the figure of Mary as she appears in the Acts, when with the Apostles she awaits the coming of the Holy Spirit. Benedict XVI told the more than 10,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s […]