Text of Pope's Homily at Berlin's Olympic Stadium

Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:20 PM Comments (1)

Dear Brother Bishops,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As I look around the vast arena of the Olympic Stadium, where you have gathered today in such large numbers, my heart is filled with great joy and confidence. I greet all of you most warmly – the faithful from the Archdiocese of Berlin and the Dioceses of Germany as well as the many pilgrims from neighbouring countries. It was fifteen years ago that Berlin, the capital of Germany, was first visited by a Pope. We all remember vividly the visit of my venerable predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, and the beatification of the Berlin Cathedral Provost Bernhard Lichtenberg – together with Karl Leisner – here in this very place.

If we consider...READ MORE

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Pope's Address to German Parliament

Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:30 AM Comments (7)

Mr President of the Federal Republic,
Mr President of the Bundestag,
Madam Chancellor,
Mr President of the Bundesrat,

Ladies and Gentlemen Members of the House,

It is an honour and a joy for me to speak before this distinguished house, before the Parliament of my native Germany, that meets here as a democratically elected representation of the people, in order to work for the good of the Federal Republic of Germany. I should like to thank the President of the Bundestag both for his invitation to deliver this address and for the kind words of greeting and appreciation with which he has welcomed me. At this moment I turn to you, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, not least as your...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Begins Historic Visit to Germany

Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:46 AM Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI has begun an historic first official visit to his homeland. 

Shepherd One landed shortly before 10.15 this morning at Berlin’s Tegel airport under sunny autumnal skies. 

The Holy Father was welcomed with full military honors and greeted at the airport by Germany’s President Christian Wulff, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, president of the German Bishops Conference and other dignitaries. 

In his address (full text below) - the first of 17 during the intense four day visit - the Pope, standing on the lawns of Bellevue Castle, the official residence of the German President, laid out his aims for this historic trip with characteristic clarity.

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Vatican Publishes Confession and Spiritual Direction Manual for Priests

Thursday, August 25, 2011 10:11 AM Comments (12)

The Vatican has published an aid for confessors and spiritual directors, reflecting an urgent need for both priests and the faithful to rediscover the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Published by the Congregation for the Clergy, “The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy — An Aid for Confessors and Spiritual Directors” is essentially a manual on how to be good confessors.

The 70 page document is a fruit of the Year for Priests during which the Holy Father urged priests to return to the confessional, both to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation but also as a place where the priest should “dwell” more often.

In this way, the Pope told confessors in March 2010, “the faithful may find...READ MORE

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Pope Tweets Launch of Vatican News Website

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:26 PM Comments (2)

The Holy Father has sent his first “tweet” to launch the new Vatican online news portal news.va.

Using an iPad, Benedict XVI sent out the following tweet this afternoon, using the Vatican’s Twitter account: “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI”.

At first glance, the new website looks impressive and promises to be a helpful resource, not only to journalists. The Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which devised it, is looking at ways to broaden its functionality in the future. Thaddeus Jones, an official at the PCCS, told the Register it’s possible that dicasteries of the Roman Curia will also post...READ MORE

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Cardinal Scola Appointed Archbishop of Milan

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:14 AM Comments (3)

Cardinal Angelo Scola, 69, has served as Patriarch of Venice since 2002. (CNS file photo from Catholic Press Photo)

Pope Benedict XVI has today appointed Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Patriarch of Venice, as the new Archbishop of Milan – an important appointment often seen as a stepping stone to the papacy.

Born in Malgrate near Milan in 1941 and the son of a truck driver, Cardinal Scola is a respected intellect and former theology professor who was once rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

He is close to Benedict XVI in his thinking, having been heavily influenced by the theologians Hans Urs von Balthasar and Henri de Lubac. Together with Joseph Ratzinger, he helped found the international theological periodical “Communio”, and is also closely associated with the Communion and...READ MORE

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La Civiltà Cattolica on Bin Laden's Death

Friday, June 24, 2011 6:48 AM Comments (34)

The Italian Jesuit periodical La Civiltà Cattolica has given its opinion on the death of Osama Bin Laden and mostly backs the U.S. operation carried out last month.

The influential fortnightly journal, whose drafts are passed by the Vatican Secretariat of State, focuses on the many risks that a trial of Bin Laden would have created, and the strong geopolitical implications.

According to Francesco Peloso, writing in Gesuiti News, La Civiltà Cattolica gives “a very careful and realpolitik assessment” of the death of al Qaeda’s leader, and doesn’t condemn the decisions made ​​by the Obama administration.

“The ocean could dilute the memory of Bin Laden,” La Civilta Cattolica says in an...READ MORE

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The iBasilica of St. John Lateran

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:18 AM Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Eucharist during Mass of the Lord's Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome April 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The basilica of St. John Lateran, “the mother of all the churches of Rome and the world”, is leading the way in embracing new media by offering guided tours with an iPod.

With the help of sacred music, images (historical ones as well as photographs), and some vivid explanations, the tour uses the famous touch-screen device to bring a “mix” of history, culture and spirituality to a visiting pilgrim or tourist. Also included is a welcome from Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar of Rome, together with detailed maps. 

The pilgrimage office of the Vicariate of Rome, L’Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, is responsible for introducing the new facility, and is offering it free to visitors for a trial...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin