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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill re Pope Benedict XVI

In 13 History on 2013/03/03 at 11:11 AM

It is the Patriarch Kirill fervent hope that the next to occupy the Chair of Peter will follow Pope Benedict’s relationship to the Orthodox churches.


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In a farewell message to the Pope Emeritus published Friday in English at the official Web site of the Russian Church’s Department of External Church Relations, Kirill expresses his “fraternal love in Christ and respect.”

He speaks of Benedict XVI’s decision to step down as one of simplicity and humility.

“We have always held dear your consistent position characterized by [an] uncompromising stand in the questions of faith and commitment to the living church tradition. In an age when the ideology of all-permissiveness and moral relativism tries to force moral values out of people’s life, you boldly raised your voice in the defense of the Gospel’s ideal, the lofty dignity of human beings and their calling to freedom from sin,” the patriarch wrote.

Kirill said he remembered “with warmth” the meetings the two had before Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope. Many hoped that Benedict XVI would be able to meet with Patriarch Kirill during his pontificate.

Though a meeting never happened, Kirill suggested that Benedict XVI brought the Churches closer.

“In the years of your pontificate, a good development was given to relations between our Churches who bear a great responsibility for common witness to [the] Crucified and Risen Christ in the modern world,” he said.

“I sincerely hope that good and confidential relations established with your active participation will develop under your successor,” the patriarch added.

“Kindly accept my heartfelt wishes of good health, many years of life and God’s help in your life devoted to prayer and in your theological work,” he concluded. “‘Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace’ (Rom. 15:13).”

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Cyberspace Benedict

In 07 Observations on 2011/07/04 at 8:37 PM

The Vatican introduced Portal as a One-Stop Information Site on the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood.  Pope Benedict put it on line with a click.

Vatican officials said on Saturday that Pope Benedict had been following the development of the Portal, which will for the first time aggregate information from the Vatican’s various print, online, radio and television media in a one-stop shop for news about the Holy See.

It is the latest effort by the Vatican to bring its evangelizing message to an Internet-using audience, already having ventured into Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Vatican can now reach a wide new audience by interacting with the outside world.

The Portal is available to you in English and will be updated three times every day. In the Portal you will find printed texts of papal homilies, statements and speeches as well as audio and video materials.

The Portal contains no search functions, nor does it offer an obvious link to the Vatican’s main home page, but those may come in an update.

Link to Portal:


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The Muslim Reality and the Western Crisis

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/06/18 at 1:00 AM

In 1998 Cardinal Ratzinger was interviewed by Peter Seewald and made the following statement which alerted most Christians to the current religious peril.

“The great moral crisis of the Western World broke out in the 60’s &70’s. . . . In the face of the deep moral contradictions of the West and of its internal helplessness, combined with the sudden opposition by the new economic power of the Arab countries, the Islamic soul reawakened.  Islam believes that they are now somebody too; they know who they are; that their religion is holding its ground; we  no longer have one.

This is actually the feeling today of the Muslim world, what they believe: ‘The Western countries are no longer capable of preaching message of morality but have only knowhow to offer the world. That Christian religion has abdicated; that it really no longer exists as a religion; that the Christians no longer have a morality or a faith; all that’s left are a few remains of some modern ideas of enlightenment, while they have the religion that – stands the test.’

So the Muslims now have the consciousness that in reality Islam has remained in the end as the more vigorous religion and that they have something to say to the world, indeed, are the essential religious force of the future. Now there is a new pride. Thus a new zest, a new intensity about wanting to live Islam has awakened. This is its great power: They say: ‘We have a moral message that has existed without interruption since the prophets, and we will tell the World how to live it, whereas the Christians certainly can’t.”

The future pope concluded: “We must naturally come to terms with this inner power of Islam, which fascinates even academic circles.”

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in SALT OF THE EARTH: The Church at the end of the millennium (interview by Peter Seewald). pp. 243/244.


Eucharistic Church

In 07 Observations on 2011/04/22 at 3:38 PM

In JESUS OF NAZARETH, Part II, Benedict XVI says that the Protestant theologian, Ferdinand Kattenbusch, was correct when he tried to demonstrate that Jesus’ words at the Last Supper actually founded the Church.  The Pope concurs that through the body of Christ, the Church became one for herself and for the entire world through the ages.  It is from the Eucharist that the Church receives her mission.

New Passover

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/04/21 at 2:08 PM

“…this farewell meal was not the old Passover, but the new one, which Jesus accomplished…It was Jesus’ Passover.  And in this sense he both did and did not celebrate the Passover: the old rituals could not be carried out when their time came.  Jesus had already died.  But he had given himself, and thus he had truly celebrated the Passover with them.  The old was not abolished; it was simply brought into its full meaning.”

Ratzinger, Joseph (Pope Benedict XVI) JESUS OF NAZARETH, Part Two. Ignatius Press.