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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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President of Palestinian Authority meets pope

 

VATICAN (SE): The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, was received in audience by Pope Benedict XVI on the morning of December 17 at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Vatican Information Service reported.

After the private audience, Abbas then met with the secretary for Relations with States, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.

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More Chinese in Vatican broadcasts and pope to tweet

 

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican now has its own YouTube channel in Chinese. Launched without the usual fanfare sometime in October, the channel now sports over 60 videos of papal and Vatican events with commentary in Mandarin.

However, the downside of low key launches is that no one knows much about it and to date the channel only has nine subscribers and the videos have only been accessed between 10 and 20 times.

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Third volume of pope’s trilogy on Jesus released

 

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican released the Italian version of the third volume in a trilogy dedicated to the life of Jesus of Nazareth, L’Infanzia de Gesu (The Infancy Narratives), on November 21.

Written by Pope Benedict XVI under the name of Joseph Ratzinger, the book is jointly published in Italy by Rizzoli and the Vatican Publishing House. It went on sale in Italy on the same day.

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