Pope Benedict XVI

Cosmic Christmas symbolism in the sweltering Southern Hemisphere

Zac Alstin | 8 Dec 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: Christmas, Pope Benedict XVI, symbolism

Four popes, two saints: The soul of the global village

Sheila Liaugminas | 29 April 2014 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: canonizations, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII, Second Vatican Council

As the Conclave begins

Sheila Liaugminas | 12 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic Church, College of Cardinals, Conclave, Conclave 2013, dictatorship of relativism, Evangelical Catholicism, new evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI
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’

Sheila Liaugminas | 05 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Chair of Peter, Interregnum, papacy, Pope Benedict XVI, Second Vatican Council, Vatican II
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 |  
tags: media bias, papacy, Pope Benedict final audience, Pope Benedict XVI
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

Sheila Liaugminas | 22 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abortion law, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, human rights, infanticide, late-term abortion, new humanism, Pope Benedict legacy, Pope Benedict XVI
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

Sheila Liaugminas | 19 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholicism, Fr. Robert Barron, new evangelization, papal resignation, Pope Benedict XVI, Romano Guardini
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

Sheila Liaugminas | 15 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic Church tradition, Catholic papacy, media bias, papal news coverage, papal resignation, Pope Benedict XVI
Do your homework.

Will the Pope come from Africa?

Eugene Ohu | 14 February 2013 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: African Pope, Cardinal Turkson, Conclave 2013, Pope Benedict retirement, Pope Benedict XVI

Too Old to Work?

Marcus Roberts | 13 February 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Pope Benedict XVI, retirement
The Pope has resigned at 85, should we be looking again at when we become too old to work?

Pope Benedict’s retirement fatigue

Sheila Liaugminas | 12 February 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic Church, papal conclave, Pope Benedict retirement, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II
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

Alex Perrottet | 12 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abdicatiions, Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI
You won’t hear much praise of Pope Benedict XVI from the usual pundits, but what do they know?

Christmas in the Vatican, Bethlehem

Sheila Liaugminas | 25 December 2011 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Pope Benedict XVI
What is, is. What gets reported is another story.

Times and climate changed with Pope’s visit

Sheila Liaugminas | 22 August 2011 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Madric 2011, Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day
This World Youth Day seemed different.

News media skip World Youth Day

Sheila Liaugminas | 20 August 2011 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Evangelical Catholicism, Madrid 2011, Pope Benedict XVI, social communications media, World Youth Day, young adult Catholics
And thus, one of the biggest stories on the planet right now. Certainly, the most positive and hopeful one at the moment.

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