Pope Introduces New Weekly Catechesis for Year of Faith

10/18/2012 Comments (2)


St Peter's Square

17th October 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today I will introduce the new cycle of catechesis, which will be developed throughout the Year of Faith that has just started and interrupt - for this period - the cycle dedicated to the school of prayer. With the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei I chose this special year, so that the Church would renew its enthusiasm to believe in Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of the world, revive the joy of walking on the path that He has shown us, and witnesses in a concrete way the transforming power of the faith.

The fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican...READ MORE

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Title and Cover of Pope's New Book Released

10/17/2012 Comments (2)

Image Books, the American publishing house given rights to publish the English language edition of Pope Benedict XVI's final installment of his Jesus of Nazareth trilogy, has today released details of the book's cover and title (right).

Called simply "The Infancy Narratives", the book is scheduled to go on sale in North America on December 4th. 

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Pope: Vatican II Opened With "Extraordinary Expectation"

The Holy Father issues a new reflection on the Second Vatican Council

10/12/2012 Comments (4)
Rome Reports

– Rome Reports



Reflections on the Second Vatican Council


It was a splendid day on 11 October 1962 when the Second Vatican Council opened with the solemn procession into St Peter’s Basilica in Rome of more than two thousand Council Fathers. In 1931 Pius XI had dedicated this day to the feast of the Divine Motherhood of Mary, mindful that 1,500 years earlier, in 431, the Council of Ephesus had solemnly recognized this title for Mary in order to express God’s indissoluble union with man in Christ. Pope John XXIII had chosen this day for the beginning of the Council so as to entrust the great ecclesial assembly, which he had convoked, to the motherly goodness of Mary and...READ MORE

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Pope: Church Must Not Be Debased to Fashion of the Times

10/12/2012 Comment

Presidents of episcopal conferences listen to Pope Benedict XVI as he delivers an address in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, 12 Oct. 2012


Pope Benedict XVI today reiterated that the Second Vatican Council did not break with Tradition but rather was an expression of Tradition’s continued vitality.

Reflecting on Pope John XXIII’s controversial use of the word ‘aggiornamento’ (updating) to describe the Council, the Pope said he was convinced that the word “was and remains correct” because Christianity “must not be considered as ‘something that has passed’, nor must we live with our gaze always turned back, because Jesus Christ is yesterday, today and forever. “

"For this reason", the Holy Father went on, "Christianity is always new” and he warned against seeing it as “a fully mature tree” sprung from the mustard seed of...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily at Opening Mass of Year of Faith

10/11/2012 Comments (17)

The Holy Father incensing the altar during Mass to open the Year of Faith, Oct. 11, 2012.




St. Peter's Square

11 October 2012


Dear Brother Bishops,

Dear brothers and sisters!

Today, fifty years from the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, we begin with great joy the Year of Faith. I am delighted to greet all of you, particularly His Holiness Bartholomaois I, Patriarch of Constantinople, and His Grace Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. A special greeting goes to the Patriarchs and Major Archbishops of the Eastern Catholic Churches, and to the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences. In order to evoke the Council, which some present had the grace to experience for themselves - and I...READ MORE

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Pope: Vatican II Calls Us to Rediscover Beauty of the Faith

10/10/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI addressing pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his weekly general audience, Oct. 10, 2012.



St. Peter's Square

10 October 2012


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are on the eve of the day when we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Ecumenical Council Vatican II and the beginning of the Year of Faith. With this Catechesis I would like to begin to reflect - with some brief thoughts – on the great ecclesial event that was the Council, an event of which I was a direct witness. It, so to speak, appears to us like a giant fresco, painted in its great diversity and variety of elements, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And just like before a great work of art, still today we continue to grasp that moment...READ MORE

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New Evangelization Requires Humility, Joy and Confidence

10/09/2012 Comments (5)

Pope Benedict XVI addressing the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, 8 Oct. 2012.


The need for humility, joy and confidence in spreading the Gospel have been some of the major subjects for discussion during the first session of the first full day of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

The Church, said various bishops, must be humble and not preoccupied with herself; she cannot pretend to give easy solutions; she must rediscover the newness and richness of Christ’s teaching, and cannot be guided by "our own thoughts," but must constantly reach back into Tradition.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville advocated blessing a child in the womb – approved by the Vatican in 2011 – saying it is the first act of evangelization of a child and his family, and...READ MORE

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Publishers Release Three Extracts of Pope's New Book

10/09/2012 Comments (6)

Rizzoli, the publishers of the Holy Father's new book "The Infancy of Jesus", has today published these three short extracts of the work which is scheduled to go on sale in time for Christmas:


Benedict XVI's Foreword


I hope it will help many people

I can at last consign to the reader the long promised little book on the narratives of Jesus' childhood. It is not a third volume but a sort of small “antechamber” to the two preceding volumes on the future and message of Jesus of Nazareth. Here I have sought to interpret, in dialogue with exegetes of the past and of the present, what Matthew and Luke recount at the beginning of their Gospels about the infancy of Jesus.


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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