Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

14 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Choo-choo: Now tourists can take a train to see the Castel Gandolfo gardens

With a deafening whistle and a plume of smoke, an antique train departed from the Vatican rail station Friday to inaugurate a weekly train service to the papal …

Read more

03 Dec 2015 Articles No comments

Watch Trailer of “Call Me Francesco” – A Movie portraying Pope Francis’ life till his election

"Call Me Francesco" Trailer....Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLmXEsGkAb8kwZMhMhK_buqnRwwP_sJwY3&v=DtC5lJBjpTM Directed by Italian filmmaker Dan…

Read more

04 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Strong words from the Vatican as migrant crisis spikes worldwide

A Vatican official in charge of assisting migrants spoke about the increasing number of refugees around the globe and stressed that they should be welcomed as b…

Read more

08 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (116)

As a Catholic, may I witness my grandson's Lutheran first communion?

Full Question My husband and I are Catholic; our daughter and her family are Lutheran. Her son is now going to make his first holy communion but at a Luthe…

Read more

16 Sep 2015 Articles Comments (5)

The Origin and Meaning of Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is not only a very old devotion in our Church, but one that highlights the fundamental mystery of the Holy E…

Read more

15 Jul 2016 Europe News USA Vatican No comments

Vatican condemns Nice attack that has killed 84 people

The Vatican has condemned a terrorist attack in Nice that has left at least 84 people dead. A lorry rammed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the Prome…

Read more

23 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

Lords to debate Bill on ending abortion disability discrimination

Lord Shinkwin's Bill will have its Second Reading on Friday in the House of Lords The House of Lords is to debate a Bill to end abortion on the grounds of disa…

Read more

04 Nov 2016 News Comments (1)

Catholic Church will never ordain women priests, says Pope Francis

Francis discussed the ordination of women, refugees and the Venezuela crisis during his latest in-flight press conference The Catholic Church’s insistence that…

Read more

30 Sep 2015 Articles No comments

THE GRACE OF BAPTISM

1262 The different effects of Baptism are signified by the perceptible elements of the sacramental rite. Immersion in water symbolizes not only death and purifi…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Benedict XVI: Pope Francis for his focus on mercy at unprecedented Vatican ceremony

Benedict XVI endorsed Pope Francis’s mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pope honouring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

Francis had invited the entire Roman Curia to celebrate Benedict’s anniversary, and prelates turned out in force for the rare occasion of being able to greet each man in white. The audience took place in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the same marble and fresco-filled room where Benedict bid a final farewell to his cardinals on February 28, 2013, becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign.

While Pope Francis presided over the ceremony, it was Benedict XVI who stole the show with an off-the-cuff, mini-theology lesson sprinkled with Greek and Latin that showed that the mind of the German theologian is still going strong at 89.

Benedict thanked Francis for letting him live out his final years in the beauty of the Vatican gardens, where he said he felt “protected.”

“Thank you, Holy Father, for your goodness, which from the first moment of your election has struck every day of my life,” Benedict XVI said, speaking without notes. “We hope that you can go forward with all of us on this path of divine mercy, showing us the path of Jesus toward God.”

Pope Francis has recently dismissed new questions about the implications of Benedict’s resignation by insisting that there is only one pope – himself – and that Benedict pledged his obedience on the day he resigned.

He told reporters on the weekend he felt that Benedict XVI “had my back” and was continuing to help the Church through his prayers. He added he had heard that Benedict had even sent away some nostalgic faithful who had come to him complaining about the “new pope.”

During Tuesday’s ceremony, Pope Francis entered the Clementine Hall to applause from the gathered cardinals and went straight to embrace Benedict, who stood up and removed his white skullcap in a sign of deference. They embraced several more times during the ceremony.

Benedict listened intently as Francis addressed him – as “Your Holiness” – lauding his 65 years of service to the Church and saying his decision to retire to a life of quiet prayer to a small monastery in the Vatican gardens was a very “Franciscan” thing to do.

The monastery “is nothing like those forgotten corners where today’s ‘throwaway culture’ tends to put those who lose their strength with age,” Pope Francis said. “Quite the contrary!”

The monastery, the Pope said, is similar to the Porzinuncola, the small chapel in Assisi where his namesake St Francis founded his order and then spent his dying days.

by









wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories