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Benedict XVI: Consummate Priest (335)

EDITORIAL: Celebrating the 65th anniversary of Benedict’s ordination and his humble, courageous witness to truth.

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Sixty-five years ago on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, following a call from the Lord that would set this brilliant, shy scholar on the path to the chair of Peter.

On June 28, in his first public address since his resignation in 2013, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated the day he received holy orders. During a joint appearance with Pope Francis at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Benedict offered a brief meditation on the vocation that still gives him joy.

Efkaristomen — a Greek word inscribed on the memorial card for his first Mass by a fellow priest — was the same word he chose to explain the sense of gratitude that...READ MORE

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Forthcoming Book Will Highlight ‘Most Important Stages of Life of Joseph Ratzinger’ (507)

Compilation of the pope emeritus’ interviews, conducted a few months after Benedict XVI’s Feb. 28, 2013, resignation, with German journalist Peter Seewald debuts in September.

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Pope Benedict XVI on June 15, 2005.

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VATICAN CITY — Though he has rarely spoken since resigning from the papacy, Benedict XVI granted several lengthy interviews to German journalist Peter Seewald shortly after stepping down. The conversations touched on themes such as the reform of the Curia, his resignation and his thoughts on Pope Francis.

The interviews, conducted a few months after Benedict’s Feb. 28, 2013, resignation, are set to be released in one book on Sept. 9, according to Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

About 240 pages in length, the book in German is titled Letzte Gespräche (“Final Conversations”) and “touches upon all the most important stages of life of Joseph Ratzinger.”

These stages include Benedict’s...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Innocents’ (1655)

A haunting Polish film about the travails of a community of nuns in the wake of World War II explores religious and moral questions around faith, suffering and the nature of evil from a female point of view.

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SUFFERING SISTERS. Inhumanity to women religious is at the heart of The Innocents.

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The Innocents opens in a Benedictine convent in Poland in 1945, shortly after the event known, not without bitter irony, as the liberation of Poland by the Soviet army. As the nuns lift their voices in song, giving praise to God, a voice is heard making a rather different sound. In response, a young novice slips out of the convent and sets off across the snowy countryside, seeking help of a specific sort.

She returns with a young French Red Cross doctor named Mathilde, who has been chosen because she is neither Polish nor Russian. It is not the first time the boundary between this convent and the world has been transgressed, and it was an earlier violation that makes the present trespass...READ MORE

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What Are the Differences Between Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Anyway? (1525)

The recent Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox provides an opportunity to review the differences between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

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VATICAN CITY — With the Eastern Orthodox having concluded the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church this past weekend, it might be a good time to take a look at the factors that separate Catholics from these sister Churches of the East.

The main issues of disagreement between the Catholic Church (which includes the Latin church and 23 sui juris Eastern churches in communion with the Bishop of Rome) and the Eastern Orthodox (which includes 14 autocephalous Eastern churches in communion with the Patriarch of Constantinople) are the primacy of the Bishop of Rome, and elements of Trinitarian teaching, although differences also exist over the Immaculate Conception, purgatory and other...READ MORE

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The Trouble With Secularist Witch Hunts (1793)

COMMENTARY: ‘I am not a hater’ in today’s society is the equivalent of ‘I am not a witch’ from days of yore.

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As the U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” approaches the Fourth of July, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate the endurance of religious liberty in America. There’s also reason for heightened vigilance.

Vigorous debate and genuine airing of differences are critical to open societies. But today’s secularist attacks on Christians just for being Christians are something else. If anyone can be said to be on the receiving end of irrational animus these days, it isn’t activists who oppose the Church. It’s people sitting in the pews.

To say that today’s inquisitorial atmosphere towards Christians is reminiscent of a “witch hunt” is to speak figuratively, not literally, of course. Yet no...READ MORE

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A Cardinal Celebrates His Birthday in Rio — With the Homeless (1083)

The archbishop of the Brazilian city said he wanted to shed witness to the Year of Mercy doing the works of mercy.

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Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro.

Cardinal Tempesta meets with a homeless man on the streets of Rio.

– Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's Cardinal Orani Tempesta celebrated his 66th birthday with a special visit: he spent his time with a group of homeless people.

On June 22, after a previous birthday celebration, the cardinal went out at night around 11:00 p.m. to the downtown area of the Brazilian city to meet some homeless people and to celebrate his birthday with them, the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro reported.

“The cardinal offered gifts, blankets, milk and coffee, and listened to their stories,” the archdiocese news brief said. The cardinal was able “to learn up close about the reality of those who live and sleep on the streets.”

The archdiocese said the effort was a witness for the...READ MORE

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He Escaped Communist Vietnam on a Fishing Boat, and Now He’s a Bishop (2299)

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen became a refugee after the fall of Saigon, and found welcome in Australia.

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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, June 16, 2016.

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SYDNEY, Australia — In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He landed as a refugee in a foreign land.

Now, he has been installed as the fourth Catholic bishop of Australia’s Parramatta diocese.

On June 16, Vietnamese native Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, a Conventual Franciscan, became the new shepherd of the Parramatta diocese.

“I have taken many leaps of faith before, including the one that launched me literally onto the Pacific Ocean,” Bishop Nguyen said at his installation Mass at Parramatta’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The bishop explained his episcopal motto “Duc in Altum,” which means “Go into the deep.” He connected it to...READ MORE

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Chinese Church Conundrum: Why Did Bishop Ma Recant? (2794)

Analysts interpret the apparent turnabout by the Shanghai bishop, who has been jailed since 2012 for distancing himself from the state-controlled Patriotic Association, as a pressure tactic by China’s Communist regime.

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A Catholic church in Cizhong, Yunnan Province, China.

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Critics of China’s continuing crackdown on religious freedom allege that the Communist Party is responsible for a bishop recanting his public statements from four years ago when he disassociated himself from the state-sanctioned Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.

And, as talks continue between China and the Holy See on appointing bishops and other matters, observers believe communist leaders are using the example of Auxiliary Bishop Taddeo Ma Daqin of Shanghai to strengthen their hand in negotiations and to demoralize the country’s underground, official Church.

“I have written and said often in the past that the solution of this case will be very significant for the future of...READ MORE

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