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Who is Pope Benedict XVI?
"After the great John Paul II, the cardinals elected me, a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord."
With those gentle words, Pope Benedict XVI greeted the faithful of Rome and the world as the Church’s 265th pope.
In selecting Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to lead the Church, the cardinals chose a man they had known well for many years, but one who remains relatively unknown to most of the world’s Catholics.
Now, noted Catholic author and historian Mathew E. Bunson, D.Min., provides a detailed portrait of Benedict XVI, introducing Catholics to a man of powerful intellect and confident faith who now must lead the Church as it confronts some of the most challenging issues facing modern men and women. Bunson examines
• What made him the man he is today • What you are not being told about him by the secular media • What lies ahead for Catholics worldwide
Twenty-six years ago, when Karol Wojtyla was chosen to be the successor to Peter, some of the most difficult challenges to the Church's mission came from the East. Twenty-six years later, the most difficult challenges to the Church's mission come from the West. There is a man now very well prepared who understands Western society and the history of the world. — Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago
Pope Benedict XVI, like many people including myself, is very uncomfortable with some of the trends that came after the Second Vatican Council, which ended up in destroying large segments of religious life, undermining vocations, undermining Catholic theology and moral teaching. When people say that he’s a conservative, they’re saying that he wants to restore those vital parts of the Catholic Christian life. I’m one hundred percent in agreement with him. — Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
[Pope Benedict’s] acceptance of the humanly crushing burden of the See of Peter tells us something important about the man: Like John Paul II, this is a Christian radical who long ago handed his life over to the will of God, manifest through the call of the Church. — George Weigel
Author: Matthew E. Bunson, D.Min.
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Pope Benedict XVI has declared the year between Oct. 2012 and Oct. 2013 to be a "Year of Faith." Part of the purpose of this year is, in the words of the Pope, "to rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed..." (Porta Fidei).
Deepen your prayer life this year with this collection of meditations from the Holy Father's catechesis on prayer, offered since the spring of 2011 through his Wednesday audiences in St. Peter’s Square. These addresses contain profound meditations on prayer as practiced by some of the great figures of history, beginning with Old Testament patriarchs and prophets, leading up to Jesus, our great model in prayer, and continuing on to the prayer of the disciples after the resurrection. The addresses collected in this volume (May 2011 to May 2012) reveal to the Christian in the modern world how he too can live by faith in the God who is always present.
"In the upcoming catechesis [...] let us learn to live our relationship with the Lord even more intensely, as if it were a “school of prayer.” " ~ Pope Benedict XVI
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Aristocrat. Catholic. Patriot. Founder. Before his death in 1832, Charles Carroll of Carrollton - the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence - was widely regarded as one of the most important founders. Today, Carroll's signal contributions to the American founding are overlooked, but in the fascinating new biography American Cicero, historian Bradley J. Birzer rescues Carroll from this unjust neglect. Born a bastard, Carroll became the best educated founder, a man of supreme intellect, imagination, and integrity. He recognized the necessity of American independence well before most other founders, brilliantly analyzed the situation in the run-up to the Revolution (though that analysis is now ignored by historians), inspired the creation of the U.S. Senate, and helped legitimize his religion, Roman Catholicism, in America.
Author: Bradley J. Birzer