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...]

Pope Francis’ First Encyclical Continues Themes Begun by Pope Benedict

Pope Francis seated

On Friday, July 5, Pope Francis will publish his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith).Looking forward to that, I can’t help but notice that it lines up perfectly with the themes of the encyclicals published by Pope Benedict XVI during his pontificate.Remember his first?  Benedict surprised the world when he published Deus Caritas Est (On Christian Love—God Is Love) on Christmas Day 2005.  The media was still referring to him as “the Rotweiler” and painting a picture of a ruthles … [Read more...]


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