Pope Benedict

The World, and some in the Church, Hate the Pope

March 25, 2010

If they ever suspect a chink in the armor the enemy will smell blood and rush in with hatred in their eyes. Thus it is with the secular media and the Catholic Church, especially regarding the Pope. THE LATEST L’Osservatore rips Pope’s critics on sex-abuse claims A strongly worded editorial in the Vatican newspaper has [...]

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Pope Under Attack

March 15, 2010

Vatican answers critics on abuse http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=5725 Pounded by stories in the European media about the sex-abuse scandal that is exploding across the continent, the Vatican released an unusual statement on Saturday, March 13, defending Church policies and refuting stories that had sought to link Pope Benedict XVI directly to the scandal. Today there are thousands [...]

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Pope Knocked Down at Christmas Eve Mass

December 24, 2009

Woman knocks down Pope, cardinal at Christmas Eve Mass A woman, apparently deranged, charged at Pope Benedict during the entrance processional at Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, knocking down the Holy Father and Cardinal Roger Etchegaray. Pope Benedict, apparently uninjured, got up and celebrated the Mass; Cardinal Etchegaray, the 87-year-old vice dean of [...]

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Green Pope?

December 17, 2009

Italian journalist reminds reader: Pope is not Al Gore http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=4949 Although the message of Pope Benedict XVI for the World Day of Peace places heavy emphasis on environmental concerns, Giuliano Gerrar of the Italian daily Il Foglio reminds his readers that the “green” approach favored by the Pope is very distant from the environmentalism espoused [...]

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Pope on Biblical Interpretation (I couldn’t agree more!)

October 27, 2009

Church has ultimate authority to interpret Bible, Pope reminds scholars Pope Benedict XVI met on October 26 with leaders of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year. The Pontiff reminded the Jesuit administrators of the Biblicum that the study of the Scriptures must take place in a context of Christian [...]

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Wish I Could Join My Publisher :-)

August 13, 2009

Topic announced for Pope’s annual meeting with former students http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3767 The topic of the annual “Ratzinger Schulerkreis,” in which Pope Benedict meets with his former doctoral students has been announced. Participants will gather in Castelgandolfo from August 27 to August 30 to discuss the theme of the mission of the Church. In recent years, the [...]

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Has the Pope’s Paper Lost its Mind?

June 30, 2009

From friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: L’OR and the Loss of Reason “For most of my life L’Osservatore Romano has been a sleepy Roman rag that arrived weeks after its publication date, printed in cheap ink that soiled the fingers of those who felt the need to read page after page of boilerplate remarks [...]

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From Jericho to Bethlehem; We See the Pope

May 13, 2009

Today was a banner day. One of this trip’s highlights for the pilgrims was to see the Pope in Bethlehem. We also we able to see the birthplace of Christ without waiting in line. It was a great day. Enjoy the movie.

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Yad Vashem, the Jews & Two Popes

May 9, 2009

On Monday the Pope will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. However, he is not expected to go inside — to protest the inaccurate and scandalous display concerning Pope Pius XII and the Jews during the Nazi regime. My wife Janet and I visited Yad Vashem again two days ago. We have been [...]

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Interpreting the Bible – Viva Papa!

April 24, 2009

Read the Bible ‘within the faith of the Church,’ Pope says Bravo Holy Father! This is what I have been reiterating over and over all week in my course too! http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=2699 Pope Benedict XVI met on April 23 with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which had recently concluded a meeting devoted to discussion of [...]

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Tickets for Papal Mass in Bethlehem!!

April 18, 2009

Our May 8-17 Pilgrimage group now has tickets to celebrate Mass with the Pope in Manger’s Square in Bethlehem due to the kindness of a good friend of mine who lives in Bethlehem. He is a Palestinian Catholic and a deacon in the local parish. It is NOT TOO LATE to join us! We have [...]

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Pope’s Itinerary in Israel while we are there with our group

April 15, 2009

We plan to have Mass with the Pope at one of the three Mass sites during his trip. Monday, 11 May, 2009: Arrival and Official Welcome Arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport (from Jordan). Official welcoming ceremony headed by President Shimon Peres, Official welcoming ceremony and meeting with President Shimon Peres, Visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust [...]

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Harvard Expert: Pope Correct about Condoms & AIDS

March 25, 2009

March 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, has said that the evidence confirms that the Pope is correct in his assessment that condom distribution exacerbates the problem of AIDS.  “The pope is correct,” Green told National Review Online [...]

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Pope Educates Pelosi

February 18, 2009

Update: Nancy Pelosi spins Pope meeting Vatican, House Speaker give different stories The Vatican Press office and the Speaker of the House have released different versions of a private meeting between the Holy Father and Nancy Pelosi last Wednesday. The Pope spoke of “the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.” Pelosi’s statement [...]

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Pope’s Trip to the Holy Land

February 18, 2009

Pope Releases Dates for His Travels to the Holy Land Zenit just released news of the Pope’s scheduled trip to Jordan and Israel. He will be there from May 8-11, 2009. Our first pilgrimage group in May will arrive in Tel Aviv on May 8 just as the Pope is landing in Amman Jordan. We [...]

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Will We Meet the Pope in Israel?

February 11, 2009

The news is solidifying — the Pope plans to visit the Holy Land in May 2009. I will be there with two separate groups during May, one an open pilgrimage (seats still open) and another leading Dr. Scott Hahn and his group (filled with waiting list). We are watching the pope’s plans very carefully to [...]

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