Vatican Releases Free eBook with Benedict XVI’s Messages – New Links

Benedict XVI

Great news this morning from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications!The Pontifical Council has just published an eBook entitled Benedict XVI: World Communications Day Messages.  The free eBook contains the eight messages released during Pope Benedict’s pontificate.  This first digital release is intended as a test of audience interest; if readers take advantage of the digital format, additional titles will be released in the future.According to the Pontifical Council:The off … [Read more...]

Francis on Benedict: “You Cannot Imagine the Humility and Wisdom of the Man”

Francis and Benedict

Pope Francis, in a phone call with his friend and former pupil, journalist Jorge Milia, had some high praise for his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict.Milia recounts the story in an article which appeared in Terre d’America, the blog of Italian journalist Alver Metalli.  Milia reported that the Pope had teased him for sending a long (12-page) letter, and the two had laughed together.  They spoke of many things, including the former pontiff.  When Pope Francis expressed his deep respect for t … [Read more...]

Two Popes Consecrate the Vatican to St. Michael the Archangel

Statue of St. Michael the Archangel, blessed by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on July 5

Since his retirement, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has kept a low profile—living a life of quiet prayer and study in the home prepared for him in the Vatican Gardens.So it was a treat for Vatican City State workers when Benedict joined his successor, Pope Francis, in the gardens on Friday, July 5, for the blessing of a statue of St. Michael the Archangel.  At the same time, Pope Francis consecrated the Vatican to the Archangel’s protection.Pope Francis, in his remarks following the brief ce … [Read more...]