Pope Francis canonized St. John Paul II, who led the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005, on April 27, 2014.
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Benedict XVI has tested negative for COVID-19 according to Archbishop Gänswein.
“Admittedly — it had not been Easter Sunday, but only Holy Saturday. But the longer I think about it, the more it seems to me to be in keeping with the essence of our human life."
Pope Francis visited his predecessor on April 13, ahead of the Pope emeritus’ birthday on April 16, Holy Saturday.
Local residents have donated pots, crockery, clothes, furniture, and toys to the two families.
Pope Francis agreed to conduct the consecration of the two countries in response to an urgent request from the Latin rite bishops of Ukraine.
The Church in German was the focus of many Catholic news headlines this week as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI responded to a report that faulted his handling of sexual abuse cases when he led the Archdiocese of Munich. Register reporter Edward Pentin brings us the story from Rome. Then we turn to another controversy that erupted in a German news interview with Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, relator general of the Synod on Synodality, that seems to undermine the integrity of Catholic doctrine. Register senior editor Jonathan Liedl brings us analysis of that story.
The three German canonists and an attorney present each criticism along with an explanatory response in the form of a 'fact-check.'
The letter was accompanied by a three-page rebuttal of the criticisms contained in the Munich abuse report, signed by four advisers of the pope emeritus.
Bishop Oster also raised the question of whether recent attacks on Benedict XVI indicated that the pope emeritus still presents a threat to a specific vision of the Church being advanced in Germany.