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A decade on from Pope Benedict’s letter to Chinese Catholics

HONG KONG (SE): The letter, which has now become the text book for the Church in China penned by Pope Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics in 2007, is as important today as it was 10 years ago.
 
Speakers at a seminar held on May 7 in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary, said that it should be re-read as a source of wisdom in looking at what path the Church in China should follow.
 

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Pope Benedict turns 89

VATICAN (SE): Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 89th birthday on April 16. Vatican Radio reported that in his early morning homily, Pope Francis said, “I would like to remind you that today is Pope Benedict’s birthday.”

The pope said, “I have offered the Mass for him and I also invite you to pray for him, so that the Lord may sustain him and give him much joy and happiness.”

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Keep your nose close to the ground

VATICAN (SE): Charity is born out of the heart, not obligation or any sense of superiority, the international president of Caritas, Luis Cardinal Tagle, told a symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical penned by Pope Benedict XVI, God is Love (Deus Caritas Est), held at the Vatican at the Pope Paul VI Hall on February 25.

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History in the making: brothers in arms

In an historic photograph of a pope and former pope, Pope Francis embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on March 23. The two spent several hours together, sharing prayer, a long meeting and lunch. “We are brothers,” Pope Benedict was told by his successor. This was their first encounter since Pope Benedict resigned on February 28.  Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

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Hong Kong joins China in prayer for Pope Benedict and his successor

HONG KONG (SE): In response to a letter sent by the Vatican secretary of state, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, to all dioceses and religious houses in the world on February 21, passing on a request from Pope Benedict XVI for Catholics everywhere to be with him in prayer during the last days of his pontificate, Hong Kong diocese called people to come together at a Mass offered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of February 27.

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It is all Greek to the pope

THE ROAD TO hell may be paved with good intentions, but Pope Benedict XVI has erected Caution—Potholes signs on all roads leading towards the truth.


He said on January 19, “From the union between a materialistic view of man and the great development of technology, an anthropology that is essentially atheistic has emerged. It presupposes that man is reduced to autonomous functions—the mind to the brain, human history to a destiny of self-realisation.”








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Final closure on Pope Benedict’s reign

HONG KONG (SE): As the helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI lifts off the ground to take him from Rome to his summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo at 8.00pm on February 28, his tenure as head of the Church will end, his papal ring will be destroyed and he will cease to play any part in its governance.
He will not have any involvement in the conclave to elect his successor, as although he is still a cardinal, and at 85, has passed the eligibility cut-off age.

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Pope calls for a new vision of life in The Financial Times

 

HONG KONG (SE): The Financial Times published an article penned by Pope Benedict XVI in its December 20 edition, entitled, The birth of Christ challenges us to reassess our priorities, our values, our very way of life.

Attributed simply to the Bishop of Rome and author of ‘Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives’, the article begins by quoting Jesus’ famous economic comment, “Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

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Pope pleads for religious freedom in China

 

ROME (SE): Pope Benedict XVI made a special plea for religious freedom in China during his traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the People of Rome and the World) Christmas greeting on December 25.

“May the King of Peace turn his gaze to the new leaders of the People’s Republic of China for the high task which awaits them,” Pope Benedict said.

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