BLOG: Benedict XVI
At first impact the phrase “the Cuban Church” sounds like an oxymoron, or a misnomer and thoughts of an underground catholic presence might spring to mind. That might have been true at some point. However, Pope Benedict XVI’s planned visit to the Island nation later this month shows that is not the case today, and ...read more
“When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing his great society, he chose for its corner-stone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward – in a word, a man.  And upon this rock he has built his Church, and the gates of hell have not prevailed against ...read more
Pope Benedict gathered the faithful earlier today at St. Peter’s Square, where he proclaimed the Angelus. In a special announcement following the Angelus, he announced the appointment of 22 new Cardinals, including Toronto’s Archbishop Thomas Collins. A consistory will be held at the Vatican Feb. 18 and 19.   ...read more
Benedict XVI included a big announcement in his homily on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but it was hardly a surprise. For weeks, journalists had speculated that plans for a trip Mexico and Cuba would be unveiled at the special Mass for Latin America. The bishops of Cuba had essentially confirmed the trip ...read more
The feast of the Immaculate Conception is a public holiday in Italy and most of Europe. When I lived there as a student, December 8th was always a special day because it was a holiday, because it reminded me that Advent had indeed begun, and because it was also the day for a special gathering with ...read more
By Deborah Gyapong Canadian Catholic News OTTAWA (CCN) – The importance of the New Evangelization and the deep sense of communion between the Church in Canada and the Holy See are two themes that emerged from the recent visit to Rome by a delegation of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). “It is fair ...read more
In several hours, Pope Benedict will land in the western African nation of Benin. As was the case with his 21 previous papal visits, he faces a packed schedule — 16 events and 10 speeches over the course of 3 days. On the eve of another arduous trip, Catholic News Service examines the validity of ...read more
On Nov. 18, Pope Benedict makes his 22nd Apostolic Voyage. He travels to the country of Benin to present bishops with a special letter about the Church in Africa. Join our host Alicia Ambrosio and guest Fr. Stan Chu Ilo, who will lead us step-by-step through the Pope’s entire visit. Fr. Stan Chu Ilo will offer ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: Pope Benedict may be making a trans-Atlantic voyage next year — we’ll tell you where he may be heading. We also preview next week’s papal visit to Benin and take a look at events happening across Canada. ...read more
On Monday, we told you that a Salt + Light DVD landed on the desk of Pope Benedict. It was a surprise to us, though maybe it shouldn’t have been. The person who gave the documentary to the Pope was Archbishop Richard Smith, and its subject was the newly built seminary in his archdiocese. The ...read more