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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Vatican Announces Plenary Indulgence for Year of Faith

10/05/2012 Comments (325)

Pope Benedict XVI is to grant the faithful a Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the Year of Faith, the Vatican announced today.

The decree states that the indulgence will come into effect on the 50th anniversary of the solemn opening of Vatican Council II, which marks the beginning of the Year of Faith. It says it is “especially dedicated to the profession of the true faith and its correct interpretation, through the reading of - or better still the pious meditation upon - the Acts of the Council and the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

The decree was signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, respectively penitentiary major and...READ MORE

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Pope's Weekly Audience Catechesis Oct. 3rd - Full Text

10/03/2012 Comment


In his weekly general audience catechesis today,  Pope Benedict XVI focussed on the meaning and importance of the liturgy.

Below is his summary of his address in English, followed by the full text of the catechesis delivered in Italian. (Translations courtesy of Vatican Radio): 

“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today, I would like to highlight the ecclesial nature of liturgical prayer. The liturgy is a “participation in Christ’s own prayer addressed to the Father in the Holy Spirit” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1073). The Church, as Christ’s Mystical Body and united with him, offers worship to the Father. By identifying ourselves with Christ in his prayer to the...READ MORE

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Cardinal: Pope Likely to Pardon Valet

10/01/2012 Comments (4)

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis


Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, a canon lawyer and member of the Vatican’s Supreme Court, is convinced that Pope Benedict XVI will pardon his former valet, Paolo Gabriele.

Gabriele, who is currently being tried in a Vatican court for the theft of confidential documents from the papal apartments, is to take the witness stand tomorrow.

In an interview with La Repubblica Sept. 30, the Curial cardinal, asked if Gabriele will be jailed or pardoned, stressed that a pardon “is a personal prerogative of the Holy Father” and one that only he, in good conscience, can decide.

He added: “According to my studies of criminal procedure applied to the Church, I feel I can say that, with a full...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI to Publicly Celebrate Tridentine Mass in November?

09/21/2012 Comments (28)

Poster advertising the 'Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum' pilgrimage to Rome in November.


For some weeks, a rumor has been circulating in Rome that this coming November Pope Benedict XVI will, for the first time during his pontificate, publicly celebrate a Pontifical Mass in the Old Rite.

The speculated date is Nov. 3rd when thousands of pilgrims from all over the world are expected to attend a Tridentine Rite Mass in St. Peter’s basilica.

The pilgrimage and Mass, organized by 'Coetus Internationalis Pro Summorum Pontificum', a group of various traditionalist Catholic organizations, is being held principally in thanksgiving for the promulgation of Pope Benedict’s 2007 Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum' which granted greater freedom for the faithful to celebrate the Old...READ MORE

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Final Volume of Jesus of Nazareth to Appear at Christmas

09/21/2012 Comments (1)

The third and final volume of Pope Benedict XVI's book Jesus of Nazareth, which will focus on the figure of Jesus in the Gospel narratives of His infancy, will be published in Italy at Christmas, the Vatican announced today. It's not clear when the other language editions will reach bookstores, but it's likely to be around the same time. 

The Vatican's statement:

"Today in the Vatican, the Vatican Publishing House and the Italian publishers Rizzoli signed an agreement concerning the publication of Benedict XVI's latest book about the infancy of Jesus in the Gospels.

The Vatican Publishing House gives Rizzoli the mandate to sell the rights to the work throughout the world. In...READ MORE

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Pope: Christians and Muslims Must Witness Together Against Conflict

09/19/2012 Comments (7)

Pope Benedict XVI reflecting on his recent visit to Lebanon during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall. Sept. 19, 2012


Pope Benedict XVI today called on Christians and Muslims to firmly witness together against division and war.

Speaking during his weekly general audience, the Pope said the respectful and sincere welcome he received from Muslims in Lebanon gave him with the opportunity to call for Christians and Muslims to come together.

"Muslims welcomed me with great respect and sincere consideration," he told the faithful in the Paul VI Hall. "Their constant presence and participation gave me the opportunity to launch a call to dialogue and collaboration between Christianity and Islam: it seems to me that the time has come for us to give a decided and sincere witness together against the divisions...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