Pope Benedict XVI: March 2010 Archives

Who is Benedict XVI?

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I bet you can't answer that question in a 5 minute video!!!! 4 university students from the University of Navarra (Spain) try to answer this question. You've got to watch this VERY fun video on Pope Benedict.

Thanks to Miguel Rojo, Santiago Gonzalez-Barros, Juan  Camino Pedraza and Alvaro Piquer. 

Benedict to Ireland

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Following a tough meeting with the Irish bishops a few weeks on clergy sexual abuse, Pope Benedict wrote to the Church in Ireland. I think it is an amazing pastoral letter--all people should read it. 

The text is here.

Prayer for Pope Benedict

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B16 Eastertide.jpgGiven the recent problems for the Church in Germany, not to mention the USA, Netherlands, England and Ireland, I think we should offer a daily prayer for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. Confidently we can say that the current events weigh heavy on his heart; accusations and verifiable incidents of sexual and physical abuse by clergy is a dreadful experience to live through, especially if the problems are rampant in the Church, particularly with a brother being in the middle of controversy. Plus, Benedict turns 83 on April 16 and begins his 5th year as Pontiff on April 19. The prayer below use Psalm 40:3 for its content; there is a partial indulgence* attached the prayers.

V. Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict.
R. The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify hose over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

*The indulgence is given to those who in a spirit of filial devotion devoutly recite any duly approved prayer (as in above) for the Pope.
Mass23.jpgHave you ever thought of Pope Benedict XVI's liturgical "style"? Or have you asked yourself, "What does Pope Benedict think about the sacred Liturgy?" Or have you asked yourself, "Do I know what the meaning of Catholic Liturgy is for the Church? Good. I want you to ask these questions because I want to encourage you to read some good things on the Liturgy and not the crap you generally find in the NCR or America Magazine. You can read longer works of Ratzinger's like A New Song for the Lord, The Feast of Faith, The Spirit of the Liturgy, Looking Again at the Question of the Liturgy with Cardinal Ratzinger, God and the World (Ch. 17), among others.

BUT for a short piece on the subject you may be interested in reading the article by John Allen, "Liturgist: Pope aims to "propose' practices," where he speaks with the Pope's Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini. Plus, there's the "Q&A with Msgr. Guido Marini, papal liturgist."
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March 2010.jpgUnited in prayer to God the Father, we ask Him to hear the pope's prayers for this month, especially,


The general intention


That the world economy may be managed according to the principles of justice and equity, taking account of the real needs of peoples, especially the poorest.


The missionary intention


That the Churches in Africa may be signs and instruments of reconciliation and justice in every part of that continent.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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