Pope Francis on Pope Emeritus: ‘The Wise Grandfather at Home’

Holy Father pays tribute to Pope Emeritus on the eve of a ceremony to celebrate Benedict XVI's 65 years as a priest.

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At noon tomorrow, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will make another rare appearance together at a ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood.

During the event, to take place in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father will present Benedict XVI with a book entitled Teaching and Learning the Love of God, a collection of Joseph Ratzinger’s homilies on the priesthood. Also present will be Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger (they were ordained together), and a few senior Vatican officials.

The ceremony will be televised on Vatican television and also streamed live on YouTube here. Due to the Feast of Sts. Peter...READ MORE

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We Must Repent of Our Sins, But We Can't Apologize for God's Truth

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Pope Francis addresses the press corps on his return flight from Armenia on June 26. (Edward Pentin/National Catholic Register)

Pope Francis has given another in-flight interview this weekend that’s getting a good bit of attention throughout the press. He called on the Church to, as he stated, “ask forgiveness to the gay person who is offended”, as one English translation has it. He did so amongst a litany of other things the Church must apologize for: to the poor, to exploited women and children and having “blessed so many weapons.”

Christians must always have a posture of humility and ask forgiveness when we have wronged others. This is fundamental to our faith and comes directly the teachings of our Lord. This includes asking forgiveness from our gay and lesbian neighbors, friends, family members and co-workers...READ MORE

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What Pope Francis Just Said About Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015. (Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano)

As is usually the case, Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference created a stir and brought out the typical media obsession with hot-button issues. Somewhat overlooked were his comments about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Francis was asked by Elisabetta Piqué of the Argentinian paper La Nación about the retired pope, specifically to respond to the statements from the prefect of the papal household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, that there is a kind of “shared Petrine ministry,” with an active pope and a contemplative one.

Pope Francis’ response touched on two important points.

First, there is only one pope.

Second, there’s a new reality—now in its third year of existence—that invites the...READ MORE

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9 things you need to know about the prophecy of St. Malachy

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Who was St. Malachy, what was his mysterious "prophecy of the popes," and what should we think of it?

[Editor's Note: In a recent interview with Paul Badde, Archbishop Georg Gänswein—Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's personal secretary and Prefect of the Papal Household—briefly discussed a collection of predictions purported to have been made by St. Malachy in the 12th century. Due to the renewed interest in the alleged “Prophecy of St. Malachy” that resulted from the interview, the Register is re-running this article, which originally appeared on February 24, 2013.]


With the announcement of Pope Benedict's resignation, many people have been talking about the "prophecy of the popes" attributed to St. Malachy.

Who was he, what is the prophecy, and what should we think of it?

Here are 9...READ MORE

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It's Time for a Nobel Prize for Mothers

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Mary Cassatt (1844–1926), “The Child's Bath”

These days, you'd be hard-pressed to find a young lady saying “I want to be a M-O-M!” when she is asked what she wants to do with her life. Have kids? Sure – maybe some day, after more adventurous and challenging feats are admiringly accomplished. Be a mother – sure, I guess... But what else? Isn't motherhood, after all, more like a hobby of a successful woman's life – something done on the side as time allows?

I suppose I could not say it better than Pope St. John Paul II did when he wrote this statement about dedicated mothers in Evangelium Vitae:

In living out their mission, these heroic women do not always find support in the world around them. On the contrary, the cultural models...READ MORE

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Here's How You Can Tell That the Universe is Designed

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Is the universe designed? When it comes to scientific evidence of God to refute atheism, people search for order in nature and for specific cases that demonstrate whether the order was created intentionally and intelligently. Thus, the evidence offered up tends to be truncated, selective based on what qualifies as design to the one posing arguments. My concern is that the bigger picture gets lost.

For example, the language of the genetic code is often called evidence of intelligent design, but I have never heard anyone call a decaying pile of peat moss proof of a designer, even though the genetics of dried Sphagnum direct the properties of peat moss. In the debates, “nature” is spoken of...READ MORE

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VIDEO: Pope Francis' Answers to 3 Questions on Papal Plane from Armenia

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Pope Francis answered seven questions in total on the papal plane from Armenia last night, including one from the Register on the Brexit vote. The full text of the press conference can be read here

I wasn't able to film all of it, but I did catch his responses to three questions: on whether there are two popes, if the Church should apologise to homosexuals, and how he would be approaching his visit to the Nazi extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau when he travels to Poland for World Youth Day next month. To view the English translation of his comments, make sure you click on the CC (closed caption) icon on the bottom right.

1. Elisbetta Piqué, La Nacion: "Congratulations on...READ MORE

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10 Kids You Definitely Can’t Miss in Vacation Bible School This Summer and More Great Links!

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Click on 10 Kids You Definitely Can’t Miss in Vacation Bible School (VBS) This Summer by Mel West of epicPew link to find out more.

10 Kids You Definitely Can’t Miss in Vacation Bible School (VBS) This Summer – Mel West, epicPew

Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle – Robert Kurland Ph.D., Reflections of a Catholic Scientist

Is Patriotism a Virtue? – Jerry Salyer, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

The Bishop Who Brought the Church in the East of England to Life - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Are You Certain There Isn’t Anyone to Forgive? – Dan Byron, Catholic Stand

Where Would Brexit Leave Catholic Organisations Reliant on European Union Funding? – Brice Sokolowski, Catholic Herald

The Near Occasion of Sin and Restroom Debates – Luke Arredondo, Ignitum Today

The Way Ahead With...READ MORE

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