The Choice of a Word“The consecrated woman is a mother: she must be a mother and not an ‘old maid’!
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On the Death of Giulio AndreottiGiulio Andreotti passed away quietly yesterday in Rome at the age of 94.He was arguably the single most important Italian statesman of the last 60 years. He was a man of brilliant intelligence, profound culture, great learning, and shrewd political pragmatism.
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Second Photo of Two PopesA second photo of the “two Popes” from May 2, the day of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s return to the Vatican, has emerged.The photo depicts Benedict, 86, with Pope Francis, 76, in prayer in the chapel at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican gardens, where Benedict will now be living.The photo shows the slight difference in the clothing of the two men. Pope Francis wheres a shoulder cape and waist sash that Emeritus Pope Benedict does not wear.Sign up for Dr
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“Here one can work well“When Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, 86, came back to the Vatican today, expected video of the event was not released.This lead some observers to speculate that Benedict might not be in good physical health and that the Vatican did not want to reveal that.But now a photo from the Osservatore Romano has been released, showing the first meeting of Benedict with Pope Francis. The photo seems to set aside any worries about the former Pope’s health.Benedict seems in fine form, aged but healthy, despite the stress of last year’s “Vatileaks” affair and the decision to resign the papacy.When he first saw his new home today in the Vatican gardens, Benedict said, “The house is comfortable, one can work well here” (“La casa e’ accogliente, qui si puo’ lavorare bene”).From these words, one has the impression that Benedict intends to study, and perhaps also to write, as well as to pray, in his new home “in the yard (“recinto“) of St.
“Above all in prayer”Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, 86, has returned to Vatican City two months after renouncing the papacy on February 28.So, for the first time in history, two Popes will be living at the same time in the Vatican, one (Benedict) retired, the other (Francis) elected on March 13.Benedict “is happy to return to the Vatican” and he will now dedicate himself “to the service of the Church above all in prayer,” the Vatican said in a communique released this afternoon by the press office.Benedict returned at about 4:45 p.m., just as he had left on the afternoon of February 28, by helicopter.He came from from Castel Gandolfo, a small town outside of Rome which contains the extraterritorial Vatican properties known as the Papal Summer Palace and the Vatican Gardens, where Benedict has been staying since his resignation.
Benedict to Return to Vatican CityEmeritus Pope Benedict XVI is expected to return from Castel Gandolfo to Vatican City in the next few days.The Emeritus Pope — creating a situation unique in the history of the Church where a former Pope and a reigning Bishop of Rome will be both living inside the Vatican at the same time — will return to the Vatican “between the end of April and the first days of May, as planned,” Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Vatican Press Office, said yesterday at the offices of the Foreign Press Club in Rome, as reported by Isabella Piro of Vatican Radio.Some had speculated in recent days that Benedict might change his mind and not come back to the Vatican for many months, or perhaps even not at all, remaining instead at Castel Gandolfo. This news ends that speculation.Father Lombardi also told the journalists that the only foreign trip Pope Francis will make this year will be to Brazil from July 23 to 28 for World Youth Day.
Francis Stopped for Divine MercyThis Sunday evening in Rome, a beautiful, quiet, clear, cool spring evening, the parish priest of the Santo Spirito in Sassia church (the church next to the world headquarters of the Jesuits, 200 yards from the colonnade around St. Peter’s Square, and the church entrusted by Pope John Paul II to carry out a special devotion to the teaching about Divine Mercy preached by the Polish mystic, St.
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“We are brothers”… in humility“We are brothers.”–Pope Francis to Emeritus Pope Benedict today at Castel GandolfoThe Icon of Mary that Pope Francis Gave as a Gift to Emeritus Pope Benedict Today Was… a Russian Icon The present and former Pope met today, in a moment without precedent. And the words which remain are the ones spoken by Pope Francis to Benedict: “We are brothers.”As Nicole Winfield put it in her comprehensive Associated Press dispatch today: “The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a Pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning Pope telling a retired one, ‘We are brothers,’ and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.”In the same report, she noted: “Francis also brought a gift for Benedict, an icon of the Madonna.
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Two Popes — First Video“Very beautiful” embrace between Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo in the Vatican Gardens upon Pope Francis’ arrival.–Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., today.
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Francis Meets Benedict“Very beautiful” embrace between Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo in the Vatican Gardens upon Pope Francis’ arrival.–Father Federico Lombardi, S.J.Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope FrancisPadre Lombardi: “An historic meeting”Lombardi: Castel Gandolfo meeting a moment of profound communionThe following is a Vatican Radio report on the meeting still taking place between the new Pope, Francis, and the former Pope, Benedict XVI. Sign up for Dr.
“My Brother Andrew”The key thing that Pope Francis did today was to greet Patriarch Bartholomew I, ecumenical patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, based in Constantinople, as “my brother Andrew.”Now, Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter, the first Bishop of Rome. They were fishermen together on the Sea of Galilee, 2,000 years ago.So Pope Francis, the successor of Peter, in 2013, is expressing the sense of friendship he feels toward the Orthodox, a friendship which reaches the level of fraternal feelings: the two men, Francis and Bartholomew, are as the brothers Peter and Andrew.The patriarchs of Constantinople are considered the successors of the Apostle Andrew, and the Popes of Rome are considered the successors of the Apostle PeterBartholomew’s’ decision to travel to Rome for Pope Francis’ installation “is an extraordinary event in the history of Christianity, and it is significant for reasons far beyond its novelty,” writes George E.
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March 19, 2013, Tuesday — ProtectPope Francis at his inauguration Mass.Today a new pontificate officially began.The essential message in the homily given by Pope Francis to open his pontificate draws on the work and image of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary, head of the Holy Family.
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