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BY John Lilly
Pope Benedict Writing a Book on
July 18 — The second major work of Pope Benedict’s
pontificate will be a book on Jesus, reported Reuters.
The book, expected to be completed
by the end of the summer, will focus on Jesus, the human race and
Christianity’s relationship with other faiths, according to a Vatican
Benedict, a leading Catholic
theologian and prolific author, aimed to include reflections from his
experience as Pope in the book written in the form of a “theological
narrative,” the Italian daily La Repubblica said.
The paper noted that his focus on
Jesus might revive the controversy surrounding Dominus Iesus (On the Unicity
and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the
Church), a document he issued in 2000 when he was the prefect of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Cardinal: Couples Should Use the
UNIVERSE, July 12 — Cardinal William Levada, prefect
of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has recommended that couples
use the Catechism of the Catholic Church to benefit their long-term
relationships, the international faith-based website reported.
Speaking at the
Theological-Pastoral Congress, held in the context of the 5th World Meeting of
Families, Cardinal Levada recommended the Catechism
was a “unique help” for families in discovering the beauty of the faith and
The Catechism, and the recently
published Compendium which summarizes it, “can help families and each one of us
to discover the beauty of the Catholic faith and to live it joyfully, to
transmit it to the new generations, to the fathers and mothers of tomorrow,”
Cardinal Levada said.
“The Catechism helps the Church to ensure the unity of faith, for which Jesus
himself prayed in the Last Supper,” the cardinal added. “This unity of the
Church is supported by the faithful’s awareness of
being in communion with Christians of all times, from the age of the apostles
to our days.”
Pope Meets Privately With
NEWS AGENCY, July 25 — Pope Benedict XVI met privately Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Archbishop of
Genoa and soon-to-be Vatican Secretary of State, while on vacation in northern Italy,
the news service reported.
The meeting “did not focus on
international political issues,” said Vatican sources, in an apparent response
to speculation by some reporters that the Pope and his former colleague at the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith may have been discussing the
appointment of a successor to Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo
as the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States.
The same sources also hinted that
the meeting touched upon two other issues: what actions to take regarding
Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who recently announced
his decision to join a new cult started by a renegade priest in Washington; and
the creation of a special commission at the Congregation for the Doctrine of
the Faith to look into the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje,
where the Virgin Mary supposedly began appearing to six young people on June
24, 1981 (see related story on this page).