Here are the highlights I found particularly moving from Pope Benedict’s Urbi et Orbi (“The City and the World”) Easter message:
Easter morning brings us news that is ancient yet ever new: Christ is risen! The echo of this event, which issued forth from Jerusalem twenty centuries ago, continues to resound in the Church, deep in whose heart lives the vibrant faith of Mary, Mother... More
This photo is from last year’s Holy Thursday (I believe) – this year’s liturgy has begun in Rome:
I’ve been reading the Pope’s newest book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, and enjoying it immensely. My goal has been to read along with the pope’s narrative of the final events of Jesus’ life in between attending Triduum liturgies this year. So far, so great!... More
Margaret Cabaniss of InsideCatholic:
Behold the power of the Interwebs! Taylor Marshall, over at his Canterbury Tales blog, has unearthed a video of Pope Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood on June 29, 1951, in Friesing. No lie. You can spot him below at the 4:52-4:55 mark:
Benedict recalls a moment from this very scene in his memoirs:
[A]t the moment the elderly Archbishop laid his h... More
Carol Glatz of CNS News reports:
Pope Benedict XVI has urged young people not to abandon their faith in God because of the “attacks of evil” within the Church.
In a foreword to a new catechism edited specifically for young people, he said: “Carry intact the fire of your love in this Church every time that men have obscured her face.”
The new Youth Catechism, also called “YouCat”, will... More
Hey Google: careful there, your despicable bias is showing:
That’s a screen capture of what happens when you type “Joseph Ratzinger ” (the space after “Ratzinger” is intentional) into the Google search bar. You find out that he was a Nazi and a member of Hitler Youth, and that this eeeeeevil character has written a book on Jesus of Nazareth.
I’m sure a few peop... More
Via the indispensable Rome Reports:
During the general audience, Benedict XVI explained the meaning of placing ashes on the forehead. He also noted that fasting, giving alms and prayer help to deepen faith. The pope said that Lent is a good time to renew the commitments acquired in Baptism.
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What. A. Pope!
Source: Rome Reports
Pope Benedict is back in the headlines with his latest book, the second volume of Jesus of Nazareth. While the book is about a lot more, the headlines are focused on his discussion of anti-Semitism and why there are no Scriptural grounds for it.
On the one hand, it’s sad that this is headline news. On the other hand, we are faced with many ideologies that include anti-Semitic beliefs; so it&... More
Per the great Steve Mosher, I read about the upcoming celebration of the birth of the 7 billionth living person.
What a glorious event–and we need more.
Overpopulation Chicken Littles are going to use this landmark to yet again claim that the world is DOOMED, DOOMED! just as they have been doing since Paul Ehrlich said in the early 1970’s we that need to start “compulsory abor... More
We welcome Dr. Paul Kengor as an occasional contributor to the CatholicVote Blog. Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
Of the 56 signers to the Declaration of Independence, all were Christians, but only one was Catholic. Of the nearly 100 signers to both the Declaration and Constitution, all were Christians, but only three were Catholic. Fas... More