Pope Benedict XVI
Four popes, two saints: The soul of the global village
| 29 April 2014 | SHEILA REPORTS |
As the Conclave begins
| 12 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |
The world is watching Rome and the Roman Catholic Church, only as it does it the big moments. The attention that was riveted instantly on the papacy when Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement has only intensified over the subsequent weeks. Now it’s in overdrive, as the College of Cardinals enters the Conclave to elect a new pope.
‘Peter is not there’
| 05 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |
The official Latin term for the time between popes holding the office of the papacy is the Interregnum. There is no pope. Vatican operations go into near shutdown or at least restricted mode with key officials doing only essential duties, attending to the most critical things, while the college of cardinals carry the weight of the church and world on their shoulders. But there’s no word for the uneasiness countless Catholics feel around the world for this time of the sede vacante, the empty seat. As one renowned cardinal put it last time around, in 2005, ‘it’s frightening, Peter is not there.’
Pope Benedict’s last audience
| 28 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |
The world is watching. Hopefully, they’re watching, reading and listening to reputable sources on what the pope said at his last public address.
Of Pope Benedict XVI and Gov. Andrew Cuomo
| 22 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |
So there, side by side in two top-of-the-fold articles in the Sunday New York Times the other day, were two stories that are seemingly unrelated, but are totally of a piece. A few days later now, they demand attention.
While Benedict XVI is still Pope
| 19 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |
The media and Vatican watchers are busy speculating about the recent past (what ‘really’ prompted this resignation) and the future (who is ‘most likely’ to replace him), I think it’s important to take the opportunity while he’s still in the Chair of Peter to recognize what is the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.
Dear media covering Pope Benedict
| 15 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |
Do your homework.
Will the Pope come from Africa?
| 14 February 2013 | HARAMBEE |
Too Old to Work?
| 13 February 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |
The Pope has resigned at 85, should we be looking again at when we become too old to work?
Pope Benedict’s retirement fatigue
| 12 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |
The man himself is clearly a tired and overly wrought servant who recognizes and admits his failing health and strength. The global coverage of his historic announcement to step down has unleashed an exhausting barrage of analysis, mostly from those who know not of what they speak.
Beyond the call of duty
| 12 February 2013 | FEATURES |
You won’t hear much praise of Pope Benedict XVI from the usual pundits, but what do they know?
Reject cohabitation! Pope urges young Croatians
During a brief visit to Croatia at the end of last week, Pope Benedict addressed a crowd of over 400,000 people at the country's first annual family day in the capital, Zagreb.
Jesus of Nazareth - 1
Love and reasoning go hand in hand in Pope Benedict’s best-selling second volume about “the figure and message of Jesus”.
Jesus of Nazareth - 2
| 06 April 2011 | FEATURES |
This great work of Joseph Ratzinger’s pontificate shows the importance of reading the Old and New Testaments as parts of a whole.
The Mideast story hardly covered
| 09 February 2011 | SHEILA REPORTS |
Behind the headlines coming out of Egypt and other countries in political and social upheaval in the Middle East, the story is about human life and striving and destiny, maybe more than it ever was before social communications media empowered these peoples’ revolutions.
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