Posts Tagged ‘Pope Benedict XVI’

A 90th Birthday Gift to Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Fittingly, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday on Easter Sunday. This milestone offers a chance for us to reflect on the gift that his life has been to the Church and world and to offer gifts of our own. What has marked the life, ministry and pontificate of this pastor who was born […] [Read more]

The Fruitful Witness of the Family of Pope Benedict XVI

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Eighty-nine years ago tomorrow, in the early morning of Holy Saturday 1927, Joseph Ratzinger was born in a small town in Bavaria, Germany.  That same day, he was reborn in Jesus Christ – the first baby baptized in the newly-blessed waters of Easter.  “I have always been filled with thanksgiving for having had my life […] [Read more]

Papal Visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2008

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

As we prepare to host Pope Francis as he comes to the United States later this month, the exhilarating visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 still remains in our memories as a moment of grace for the Church of Washington and for our nation. The theme of Pope Benedict’s apostolic journey to the United […] [Read more]

The Pope, Touchstone of Faith and Unity

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Early Sunday morning I watched our Holy Father, Pope Francis, give his Angelus talk – the comments he shares before praying the Angelus with the huge crowd – tens of thousands – gathered in Saint Peter’s Square each Sunday. Here, this enormously popular and revered successor to Peter spoke about the tenderness of Jesus, his […] [Read more]

Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Star of the New Evangelization

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

One year ago today, Pope Benedict XVI launched the papal Twitter account, sending his first “tweet” to more than one million followers.  Fittingly, his effort to preach the Gospel in a new way to a worldwide audience on the “digital continent” came on December 12, 2012, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who played […] [Read more]

Mary, Star of Evangelization

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

In preparation for the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which we observe on August 15, I invite you to a three-part reflection on learning from Our Blessed Mother how to be evangelizers.  Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Mary as the “Star of Evangelization” because of […] [Read more]

The Light of Faith Shines Out to Transform the World

Monday, July 8th, 2013

On a glorious day in the Year of Faith, when Pope Francis approved the causes for canonization of soon-to-be saints John XIII and John Paul II, he also provided us with the wonderful gift of his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. Only with the light of faith, which is capable of illuminating every aspect of human […] [Read more]

Prayer and Continuity in the Eternal City

Monday, February 25th, 2013

As you may know, I have traveled to Rome to meet with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in the final days of his pontificate, and then to prepare for the upcoming conclave to elect the next successor of Peter. During this time, you will certainly continue to be in my thoughts and my prayers, […] [Read more]

The Gift of Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The news that Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign at the end of this month came as a surprise and, in some ways, a shock simply because this is the first time in modern history that this has happened.  Yet, this announcement speaks to the greatness of our Holy Father and his ability to recognize […] [Read more]

Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Five years ago this spring, Pope Benedict XVI, himself a former university professor, seemed right at home as he addressed Catholic educational leaders from across the United States who gathered in Washington, D.C., at the Catholic University of America. “Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News,” said the […] [Read more]