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Pope Benedict XVI reflects on abuse crisis

VATICAN (CNS): “When thinking about what action is required first and foremost, it is rather obvious that we do not need another Church of our own design. Rather, what is required first and foremost is the renewal of the faith in the reality of Jesus Christ given to us in the Blessed Sacrament,” Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI wrote in an article outlining his thoughts on the clerical sexual abuse crisis and what must be done now. Pope Francis and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, were contacted before the release of the article.
 

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Retired pope corrects critical theologian

VATICAN (CNS): In a message sent to the German monthly, Herder Korrespondenz, Emertius Pope Benedict XVI responded to an article in which Michael Bohnke, a German theologian, criticised the pope and accused him of advocating proselytism implying that the retired pontiff encouraged the evangelisation of the Jewish people as a mission.
 

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Pope Benedict defends his retirement

VATICAN (Agencies): Retired Pope Benedict XVI has expressed displeasure with the way Cardinal Walter Brandmuller of Germany, former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, publicly criticised his stepping down as pontiff, and he also defended taking the title pope emeritus.
 
In two private letters, the retired pope defended the way he handled his resignation and warned the cardinal of the negative impact his public comments could have, CNS reported.

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Popes’ styles may differ but message is same former spokesperson says

NEW YORK (CNS): Speaking at Fordham University, New York, about his experiences as Vatican spokesperson under Pope Benedict and Pope Francis, Jesuit Father Lombardi, who retired in 2016, said, “The vision and experience of the reality of the Church, led by the Spirit of the Lord, is the most profound and powerful element of continuity between the different popes.” 
 
His talk, From Benedict to Francis: A Jesuit Reflects on Serving Two Pope, under the univerity’s Russo Family Lecture, was given on May 15.

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Pope Benedict’s insight relevant and urgent today Pope Francis writes

VATICAN (CNS): For more than 50 years, the writings of retired Pope Benedict XVI on the relationship between faith and politics have insisted that the measure of human freedom is the extent to which each person acknowledges being dependent on the love of God, Pope Francis writes in the preface to a new book, Liberating Freedom: Faith and Politics in the Third Millennium.
 
The book is a collection of essays over the course of several decades, including during Pope Benedict’s eight-year pontificate.
 

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Criticism against Pope Francis is foolish prejudice Pope Benedict says

VATICAN (CNS): “These small volumes reasonably demonstrate that Pope Francis is a man with profound philosophical and theological formation and are helpful to see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences in style and temperament,” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote on the occasion of the launching of a new book collection titled, The Theology of Pope Francis.
 

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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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