Freiburg, the Pope, and Me

Today, September 24, Pope Benedict XVI rode through the streets of Freiburg in the popemobile before meeting with a group of lay Catholics gathered at the Freiburg Seminary.  In the background of the copyrighted photo, you can clearly see Freiburg’s village clock.I was there, too, in October 2000.  I was poring through some photos and came across one in particular that I’d like to share.Our family photo reveals the village clock in clearer perspective.  It also shows you that right next door … [Read more...]

Benedict’s Visit to His German Homeland: Grace, Compassion and Truth

Day by day, Pope Benedict’s first official state visit to his native Germany brings encouraging reports:In Berlin, he met with German Jewish leaders.  In that meeting, Pope Benedict emphasized that what the two faiths “hold in common is not an insignificant part of their traditions.”  He went on to tell the dozens of rabbis that: It is clear to us all that a loving relationship of mutual understanding between Israel and the Church, each respecting the existence of the other, still has further t … [Read more...]

BXVI Has a Message for Youth

From Pope Benedict XVI's address to the youth gathered today in Madrid: Dear young people, listen closely to the words of the Lord, that they may be for you “spirit and life” (John 6:63), roots which nourish your being, a rule of life which likens us – poor in spirit, thirsting for justice, merciful, pure in heart, lovers of peace – to the person of Christ.  Listen regularly every day as if he were the one friend who does not deceive, the one with whom we wish to share the path of life.  Of cours … [Read more...]


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