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Quotes by "Pope Benedict XVI"

Pope Benedict XVI, (born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, 16 April 1927) served as Pope from 2005 until his resignation in 2013, the successor of Pope John Paul II and predecessor of Pope Francis.


Ordained a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger served as a highly regarded university theologian. He was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and Cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977. In 1981, he was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the papacy of John Paul II.

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Yes to the Dignity and Beauty of Marriage, No to “Gender” Philosophies

The Church reaffirms her great “yes” to the dignity and beauty of marriage as an expression of the faithful and…

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3 Moments When Mary Had Reason to “Fear” the Annunciation

These words, “Do not fear”, must have deeply penetrated Mary’s heart. We can imagine how in various situations the Virgin…

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What Kind of People Were the Shepherds? Why Did God Choose Them?

Tonight let us look at the shepherds. What kind of people were they? In the world of their time, shepherds…

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“Rejoice!” – An Advent Gem from Benedict XVI’s Infancy Narratives

A striking feature of the angel’s greeting is that he does not address Mary with the usual Hebrew salutation shalom…

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Only where God is seen does life truly begin

It is really so: the purpose of our lives is to reveal God to men. And only where God is…

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What are the Three Advents (Comings) of Christ? How Can We Hasten Them?

The archetype for that coming of Christ, which we might call a “spiritual incarnation”, is always Mary. Just as the…

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The Real Commitment of Advent: Not Expensive Gifts, But Joy

We cannot keep solely for ourselves this joy that we have received; joy must always be shared. Joy must be…

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Pope Benedict XVI on the Disintegration of Liturgy

I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due…

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“From the beginning, Christianity has been the religion of reason…”

From the beginning, Christianity has understood itself as the religion of the Logos, as the religion according to reason… It…

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What is the “Coming” of the Lord All About? How Does it Involve You?

We have said that this coming was unique:  “the” coming of the Lord. Yet there is not only the final…

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Lent Leads Us To The Truth

Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental…

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Faith is not merely a personal reaching out towards things to come that are still totally absent

Faith is not merely a personal reaching out towards things to come that are still totally absent: it gives us…