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S+L BLOG: Benedict XVI

On Friday morning, S+L brings you the annual Mass of the Imposition of the Pallium. The pallium, a band of wool shorn from lambs blessed on the Feast of St. Agnes, symbolizes the close bond between the Pope and his Archbishops. In this liturgical celebration, held each year on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and ...read more
The following is the unofficial translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily on the celebration of the solemnity of Corpus Christi today at the basilica of  St. John the Lateran in Rome. Dear brothers and sisters, Tonight I would like to meditate with you on two aspects of the Eucharistic ministry that are connected: the devotion ...read more
Milan, Italy – Our fifth and last day in Milan for the VII World Meeting of Families was marked this morning with thanksgiving and reverence as we participated in Sunday Mass with Pope Benedict XVII.   As we made our way back toward the Bresso Airport grounds this morning, André and I reflected on the “Feast ...read more
This is Pope Benedict’s homily at the closing mass of the VII World Meeting of Families in Milan. Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is a time of great joy and communion that we are experiencing this morning, as we celebrate the Eucharistic Sacrifice: a great gathering, in union with the Successor of Peter, consisting of ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI, who turns 85 today and celebrates seven years as pope this week, has long been considered a guardian of the faith, upholding the traditional teachings of the church leading the clergy in the defense of the faith. Regarded one of the sharpest theologians in the church both before and during his pontificate, ...read more
During his visit to Cuba last week Pope Benedict XVI met with Cuban President Raul Castro. During that visit the Holy Father made one request: that Good Friday be considered a public holiday in that country. A communique from Cuba’s state-run news service Granma published on Saturday, said Raul Castro had informed Pope Benedict his request ...read more
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
Tonight on Perspectives: The Pope visits prisoners and finds common ground. Plus, two North American women are on the verge of Sainthood. ...read more