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