Let me begin with a speculative proposition.
Papal conclave, Benedict XVI was elected the th pope at the age of On 2 JanuaryTime magazine quoted unnamed Vatican sources as saying that Ratzinger was a front runner to succeed John Paul II should he die or become too ill to continue as pope.
On the death of John Paul II, the Financial Times gave the odds of Ratzinger becoming pope as 7—1, the lead position, but close to his rivals on the liberal wing of the church. In Aprilbefore his election as pope, he was identified as one of the most influential people in the world by Time.
At the conclave"it was, if not Ratzinger, who? And as they came to know him, the question became, why not Ratzinger? And I still remember vividly the then Cardinal Ratzinger sitting on the edge of his chair. Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord.
The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with insufficient instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help, let us move forward.
On 7 May, he took possession of his cathedral church, the Archbasilica of St. Pope Benedict XV was pope during the First World War, during which time he passionately pursued peace between the warring nations.
Benedict of Nursia was the founder of the Benedictine monasteries most monasteries of the Middle Ages were of the Benedictine order and the author of the Rule of Saint Benedictwhich is still the most influential writing regarding the monastic life of Western Christianity.
The Pope explained his choice of name during his first general audience in St. Filled with sentiments of awe and thanksgiving, I wish to speak of why I chose the name Benedict.
Firstly, I remember Pope Benedict XVthat courageous prophet of peace, who guided the Church through turbulent times of war. In his footsteps I place my ministry in the service of reconciliation and harmony between peoples.
I ask him to help us all to hold firm to the centrality of Christ in our Christian life: May Christ always take first place in our thoughts and actions! The cardinals had formally sworn their obedience upon his election. He began using an open-topped papal carsaying that he wanted to be closer to the people.
Pope Benedict continued the tradition of his predecessor John Paul II and baptised several infants in the Sistine Chapel at the beginning of each year, in his pastoral role as Bishop of Rome. However, in an audience with Pope Benedict, Camillo RuiniVicar General of the Diocese of Rome and the official responsible for promoting the cause for canonization of any person who dies within that diocese, cited "exceptional circumstances" which suggested that the waiting period could be waived.
Cardinal Ruini inaugurated the diocesan phase of the cause for beatification in the Lateran Basilica on 28 June Paul converted the inhabitants.“At its core, the debate about modern exegesis is not a dispute among historians: it is rather a philosophical debate.” - Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) My reflection today revolves around this poignant line from Joseph Ratzinger’s Erasmus Lecture .
Today’s announcement that Pope Benedict XVI intends to resign because of ill health has taken the Catholic Church by surprise – and although there is no obvious successor – bookmakers say.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign his position as the head of the Roman Catholic Church on February 28, shocking the Christian world and even many close to him. Pope-emeritus Benedict has been scrupulously careful, these last five years, to avoid anything that could be construed as criticism of Pope Francis.
At the same time, the former Pope has come. The Facts About “Pope Benedict XVI” – Joseph Alois Ratzinger What You Need To Know About the Man who Claimed to be the Pope from "Benedict XVI" On April 19, , the German "cardinal" Fr. Joseph Ratzinger was elected "Pope" Benedict XVI. This page is dedicated to demonstrating that the past and present beliefs and actions.
First published in English in , Joseph Ratzinger's ""Eschatology"" remains internationally recognized as a leading text on the ""last things"" - heaven and hell, purgatory and judgment, death and the immortality of the soul. This highly anticipated second edition includes a new preface by Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI and a supplement to the bibliography by theologian Peter A.