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Spiritual Testament of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
December 31, 2022
A year into his pontificate, Benedict XVI wrote his Spiritual Testament. He thanked God, his parents, and loved ones, and reflected on the insights and challenges of theology in the 20th century. The Vatican released it on the day he died, December 31, 2022. Read the full text below: Spiritual Testament of Pope Emeritus Benedict more
Statement by Bishop Raymond Poisson, Bishop of St-Jérôme-Mont-Laurier and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI   Today, the Bishops of Canada join Pope Francis and all the People of God in mourning the loss of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and thank God for his life more
“The heart of Christianity is the Paschal mystery of [Christ’s] death and resurrection….The centre of it all is the triune God, and, therefore, love as the Alpha and Omega of the world. [In these statements] the self-same truth is indicated: sharing in the witness of Jesus by that dying which is faith and love. Such more
? Do you ever get the feeling that you’re not in control of your life? So often we can try to take the driver’s seat, to be in charge of where we’re heading. We can be unsettled when something unexpected happens or disappointed when things don’t go our way. It’s a normal part of being more
? Something we don’t often realize is how Advent coincides with the final weeks of Mary’s pregnancy. Perhaps you have personally experienced being pregnant. Maybe some important women in your life have been pregnant. Your mother certainly has been. Of course, pregnancy is a time filled with ups and downs, highs and lows. It can more
Put yourself in the shoes – or sandals – of a Jewish person 2,000 years ago. Maybe you’re one of Mary’s cousins or one of Joseph’s siblings. Since you were little, your parents and relatives have told you about “the Messiah” – the Chosen one, the Anointed, the one who is to come. This Messiah more
Pope’s General Audience – Dec 28, 2022
Pope Francis
December 28, 2022
In today’s catechesis, Pope Francis reflects on the mystery of Christmas and the thoughts of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Read the full text below: Dear brothers and sisters, good morning and again, Merry Christmas! The liturgical season invites us to pause and reflect on the mystery of Christmas. And more
    Do good; Seek justice The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023 by Nicholas Jesson   The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity originated in the 19th century from Evangelical, Anglican, and Roman Catholic initiatives. By 1908 it had become an eight-day mini-season of prayer, observed in various forms and at different times more
I remember once, a Cuban friend who grew up in Cuba with no Christmas, telling me that she had never seen or heard of a Christmas tree before she left Cuba. But had Christ never been born, the implications would be much worse than not having Christmas trees. Just think of the music we’d be more
Read the full text of Pope Francis' Christmas message "to the city and to the world" given on December 25, 2021, at the Vatican. more