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German Atheists Suddenly Respect the Pope, Says Journalist (5793)

Now that the Holy Father is resigning, irreligious critics in his native land are realizing they had a false image of their famous compatriot.

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Paul Badde, Vatican correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt.

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ROME — A German journalist and acquaintance of Pope Benedict XVI says atheists in their native country are more respectful of him after realizing their perception of the Holy Father was wrong.

“The atheists are very respectful now of him because they had a completely invalid image of him clinging to his power, although it meant nothing to him,” said Paul Badde, Die Welt‘s Vatican correspondent since Feb. 2002.

“They saw him as harsh, as the German shepherd clinging to his throne,” he said.

But Badde, who met Pope Benedict personally in the early 1980s in theological debates and close inner circles, also said many Germans did not take full advantage of his efforts to help change...READ MORE

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Prayers for Pope Benedict, for the Election and for His Successor (7766)

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Icon of Pope Benedict at St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome

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Prayers for Benedict XVI

Pro Pontifice

V. Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict XVI.

R. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make

him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will

of his enemies.


Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon thy servant Benedict XVI,

our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to thy loving-kindness, in

the way of eternal salvation; that, of thy gift, he may ever desire that which

is pleasing unto thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ

our Lord. Amen. (Collection of Indulgences)



In Thanksgiving

O God, who in your wondrous providence chose your...READ MORE

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Papa Bene's Resignation in Historical Context; The Good, the Bad, and Gaudium et Spes and More! (1910)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation in Historical Context. Follow the link by Donald S. Prudio of Crisis Magazine to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation in Historical Context by Donald S. Prudio of Crisis Magazine – Big Pulpit

The Good, the Bad, and Gaudium et Spes – Tracey Rowland, The Catholic World Report

Loaves, Fishes and God and His Work – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Why Don’t Priests Follow Rubrics? – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Rise of Evangelical Catholicism – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Conscience and Its Enemies: Robert P. George’s New Book – Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Sign Petition Asking for Richard III be Buried as Catholic – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Catholicism and Libertarianism: Now More Than Ever – Bonchamps, Catholic Stand

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U.S. Politicians React to Pope's Retirement (2418)

They express surprise at the news and thanksgiving for the Holy Father’s leadership and accomplishments.

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President Barack Obama.

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WASHINGTON — Political leaders in the United States offered their prayers and respect upon learning of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire at the end of the month. 

“On behalf of Americans everywhere,” said U.S. President Barack Obama in a Feb. 11 statement, “Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.”

“Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years,” the president said.

“The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world,” he added, “and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict...READ MORE

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Benedict’s Last Papal Mass Will Be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's (2596)

The celebration has been moved from Santa Sabina Church to accommodate the crowd of the faithful who wish to be present with the Pope. Other highlights of the Holy Father's schedule prior to retirement are announced as well.

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in October 2012.

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VATICAN CITY — Amid the buzz created by Pope’s Benedict XVI’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last public Mass as Pope will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent.

“It’s very clear that St. Peter’s is a much bigger church than Santa Sabina in Aventino, so, for a celebration in which we expect there will be a lot of faithful, bishops and cardinals who wish to be present to pray together with the Pope, St. Peter’s Basilica was chosen spontaneously,” Father Federico Lombardi told Catholic News Agency Feb. 12.

“It’s a natural motive of space, and it’s also necessary to bear in mind that this will probably...READ MORE

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Why We Need the Gift of Wisdom (10856)

Commentary: Part 2 of a Register series on the gifts of Holy Spirit.

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Icon of 'Sophia' (Wisdom) from St. George Church in Vologda, Russia

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Isaiah says of the Anointed One, “the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD” (Isaiah 11:2-3).

Wisdom is the first and greatest gift of the Holy Spirit in confirmation, because it perfects faith by bringing it to fruition in concrete acts of love. Wisdom, of course, is highly valued throughout the Old Testament. Indeed, there is an entire genre of literature in the Old Testament known as “Wisdom literature,” which includes such books as Proverbs, the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes and (surprise!) Wisdom.


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U.S. Bishops Express Gratitude for Pope’s Leadership (3003)

Stunned Church leaders extoll a spiritual father and courageous defender of faith and request prayers as the Church prepares to elect his successor.

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WASHINGTON — “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” stated Pope Benedict XVI in a Feb. 11 announcement that stunned the globe’s 1 billion Catholics.

Not least among those dumbfounded by the news were the U.S. bishops, some of whom were appointed by the octogenarian Pope. But while the news of the Holy Father’s imminent resignation provoked surprise and sadness, they also expressed their gratitude for Pope Benedict’s leadership during a tumultuous era  and declined to speculate about the reasons for his decision.

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Pope Benedict’s Prayerful Decision to Resign (4314)

Waning strength of mind and body led to his decision, which the papal spokesman said reflected ‘great courage.’

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Pope Benedict XVI listens to a declaration from the Knights of Malta at ceremonies marking the organization's 900th anniversary.

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VATICAN CITY — During the course of his nearly eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI has sometimes been labeled  the “Pope of Surprises” on account of his academic brilliance and unpredictability, but few seriously imagined this.

News of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation — which was declared formally in a written statement dated Feb. 10 — filtered through the Italian news agency ANSA at around 10:30am Rome time Feb. 11 and was initially met with widespread disbelief, even by those closest to him.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed a couple of hours later during a packed and somber press conference that the Pope would indeed be leaving his ministry as Bishop of Rome...READ MORE

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