Author Archive for Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday Audience: Abraham's Example of Prayer
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Wednesday Audience: Abraham’s Example of Prayer

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the last two Catecheses [one, two] we have reflected on prayer as a universal phenomenon which — although in different forms — is present in the cultures of all times. Today instead I would like to start out on a biblical path on this topic which will guide us to […]

On Prayer – Second Audience in New Series
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On Prayer – Second Audience in New Series

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I wish to continue my reflection on how prayer and the sense of religion have been part of man throughout his history. We live in an age in which the signs of secularism are glaringly obvious. God seems to have disappeared from the horizon of some people or to have […]

<em>Universae Ecclesiae</em>: Document on How to Implement <em>Summorum Pontificum</em>
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Universae Ecclesiae: Document on How to Implement Summorum Pontificum

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PONTIFICAL COMMISSION ECCLESIA DEI INSTRUCTION on the application of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum of HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI given Motu Proprio I. Introduction 1. The Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum of the Sovereign Pontiff Benedict XVI given Motu Proprio on 7 July 2007, which came into effect on 14 September 2007, has made the […]

On Prayer – First Audience in New Series
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On Prayer – First Audience in New Series

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 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to begin a new series of catecheses. After the catecheses on fathers of the Church, on great theologians of the Middle Ages, on great women, I would now like to choose a subject that we all have very much at heart: It is the subject of prayer, […]

The Beatification of John Paul: The Homily of Pope Benedict XVI
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The Beatification of John Paul: The Homily of Pope Benedict XVI

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HOMILY OF POPE BENEDICT XVI BEATIFICATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL II ST PETER’S SQUARE 1 MAY 2011 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Six years ago we gathered in this Square to celebrate the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Our grief at his loss was deep, but even greater was our sense of an immense grace […]

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord, Homily of Pope Benedict XVI
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Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord, Homily of Pope Benedict XVI

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CELEBRATION OF PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF OUR LORD HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI St Peter’s Square 26th World Youth Day Sunday, 17 April 2011 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear young people! It is a moving experience each year on Palm Sunday as we go up the mountain with Jesus, towards the Temple, […]

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2011
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Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2011

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“You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him.” Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Lenten period, which leads us to the celebration of Holy Easter, is for the Church a most valuable and important liturgical time, in view of which I am pleased to offer a specific word in […]

Jesus before Pilate: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Jesus before Pilate: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection  by Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI Jesus before Pilate Jesus’ interrogation before the Sanhedrin had concluded in the way Caiaphas had expected: Jesus was found guilty of blasphemy, for which the penalty was death.  But since only […]

Mystery of the Betrayer: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Mystery of the Betrayer: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection  by Joseph RatzingerPope Benedict XVI The mystery of the betrayer he account of the washing of the feet presents us with two different human responses to this gift, exemplified by Judas and Peter.  Immediately after the exhortation […]

Papal Homily at Episcopal Ordination Feb. 5, 2011
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Papal Homily at Episcopal Ordination Feb. 5, 2011

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I greet with affection these five priest brothers who will shortly be receiving Episcopal Ordination: Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra. I would like to express to them my gratitude and the Church’s for the service they have carried out to […]

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