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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Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Lebanon - Full Texts

09/15/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI delivering his arrival discourse at a welcoming ceremony at Beirut airport, Sept. 14, 2012


Below are the complete texts of all of Pope Benedict XVI's discourses delivered in Lebanon, beginning with the most recent. 



Address of the Holy Father during Farewell Ceremony at Beirut's International "Rafiq Hariri" Airport:

Mr President,
Messrs President of the Parliament and of the Council of Ministers,
Your Beatitudes, my brother Bishops,
Civil and religious authorities, dear Friends,

As the moment to depart draws near, I leave Lebanon with regret. I thank you for your words, Mr President, and for promoting along with the Government whose representatives I salute, the organization of the various events during my stay with you, assisted in a...READ MORE

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Pope Signs Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation

09/14/2012 Comments (3)
Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

Pope Benedict XVI signing the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente, Sept. 14, 2012

– Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

Shortly before 6pm this evening, the Holy Father was driven to the Greek-Melkite Basilica of St. Paul in Harissa, just outside Beirut, to sign the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente - a document summarizing the fruits of the work of the Synod of Bishops on the Church in the Middle East, held in the Vatican in October 2010. 

The Pope gave the following speech to the assembled dignitaries:

Mr President,

Your Beatitude,

Venerable Patriarchs,

Dear Brother Bishops and Members of the Special Council of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East,

Distinguished Representatives of the various religious confessions, the world of culture and civil...READ MORE

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Pope Arrives in Beirut as "Pilgrim of Peace" - Full Text

09/14/2012 Comments (2)
Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

– Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

In his arrival speech in Beirut, Pope Benedict XVI said he had "come symbolically to all the countries of the Middle East as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of all the inhabitants of all the countries of the region, whatever their origins and beliefs." Full text below.

Upon his arrival at Rafik Hariri international airport at around 1.45pm local time, the Holy Father was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Lebanon, General Michel Sleiman, the Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites and President of the Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Raï, as well as civic and political leaders, the patriarchs, bishops...READ MORE

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Vatican Issues Strong Condemnation of Libya Terrorist Attack

09/13/2012 Comments (13)

The Vatican has issued a strong condemnation today of the killing of US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and other embassy officials on Sept. 11th.

From VIS: "Given below is the text of a declaration made by Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., concerning the recent attack against the United States consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi:

The very serious attack organised against the United States diplomatic mission in Libya, which led to the death of the ambassador and of other functionaries, calls for the firmest possible condemnation on the part of the Holy See. Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organisations and homicidal violence....READ MORE

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Funeral of Cardinal Martini to Take Place Monday

09/01/2012 Comments (569)

The late Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, pictured at an event in Milan in 2010.

– Wikipedia

The funeral Mass of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini will be held in Milan’s cathedral on Monday afternoon and he will be buried there immediately after the rite, according to the archdiocese.

The Jesuit Archbishop Emeritus of Milan died at 3.45pm local time on August 31st at a Jesuit-run clinic in the city of Gallarte, near Milan. He was 85, and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years. 

Appointed by Pope John Paul II in 1979, the Turin-born cardinal led Italy's largest archdiocese for 22 years and was renowned for his expertise in Sacred Scripture, serving as rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Cardinal Martini was a...READ MORE

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The Framing of Pius XII - From Skepticism to Belief

08/17/2012 Comments (21)

Portrait of Venerable Pope Pius XII

– Wikipedia

Professor Ronald J. Rychlak is an expert on the “Hitler’s Pope” controversy surrounding Venerable Pope Pius XII.

But despite being a defender of Pius XII’s wartime record in saving Jewish lives from the Holocaust, the American law professor at the University of Mississippi was initially skeptical of claims, first disclosed by former Romanian intelligence chief General Ion Mihai Pacepa in 2007, that efforts to blacken Pius’s name were driven by a Soviet plot.

Yet after two years of research and regular contact with Pacepa, his perception changed, and he is now convinced that the KGB played a key role in framing Pius XII by promoting The Deputy – Rolf Hochhuth’s 1963 play that gave...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. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin