The Coptic Orthodox Church proclaimed the 21 men to be martyrs.
The major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church said it was ‘important to listen to the Holy Father and at the same time to be listened to by the Holy Father.’
Dialogue between the Vatican and al-Ahzar, one of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious institutions, has been broken for several years, but the Holy Father wants to revive it.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says the Year of Mercy invites all people to follow Jesus ‘with greater fidelity.’
Bishops from various countries and language groups said divorcing gender from biological sex threatens to dissolve families, parenthood and the nobility of human love.
The ideas of the European bishops who endorse approval of contraception, homosexual acts and Communion for the divorced and remarried were reflected in the German-speaking group report.
The Holy Father’s council of cardinals recommended that the new congregation combine the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and Family and the Pontifical Academy of Life.
In his homily for the ‘Ratzinger Schulerkreis’ Mass on Sunday, the pope emeritus said, ‘The word is much more than words, because it is through words that we encounter the Word himself.’
‘Benedict said ‘the center of history is the living God who opened himself in Jesus Christ, and true progress is found in faith,’ according to former student Father Stephan Horn, organizer of the annual Ratzinger Schulerkreis.