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Benedict XVI says he felt he had a ‘duty’ to resign because of his health

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has said in an interview that he felt a “duty” to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel. 733 more words


The Sorrowfulness of the Secular State

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is certainly not an ‘integralist’ in my sense of the word, but there are moments when he comes very close. Consider the following passage of  174 more words

The Dove

Putting my foot on the path..

“Chase two rabbits catch neither”
Japanese Proverb

People who knew me in college are almost always amazed that I converted to Catholicism, and wonder how a Buddhist interested, quasi-socialist ended up in the world’s largest religion. 1,201 more words


Pilgrimage - A Journey Toward the Face of God Pt. 1

Part 1:  The Face of Mercy in Manoppello

“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. 

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A Reflection on Joy - Pope Benedict XVI

A striking reflection on joy by Pope Benedict XVI.

Something I constantly notice is that unembarrassed joy has become rarer. Joy today is increasingly saddled with moral and ideological burdens, so to speak. 269 more words


The Pope Who Resigned: Review of Wyatt North’s Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI: Protector of Faith or Opponent of Progress is a brief (154 pages) biographical sketch of Pope Benedict XVI (born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger). Known as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and who still wears the white robe, Ratzinger is a theologian who became pope and then resigned. 345 more words

Book Reviews


In this morning’s gospel we are surprised by Christ’s attitude. We have come know Jesus as the compassionate, the peacemaker, the merciful. His attitude towards his apostles, his disciples and those he meets during his ministry was one of fellowship, brotherhood, love. 423 more words