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Source: First Things by Pope Benedict XVI Originally published January 2006 What is the true definition of Europe? Where does it begin, and where does it end? Why, for example, is Siberia not considered part of Europe, even though many Europeans live there, and it has a European style of thinking and living? To the south of the community of Russian peoples, where do the borders of Europe disappear? Which Atlantic islands are European and which are not? Europe is a geographic term only in a secondary sense: Europe is rather a cultural and historical concept…. Click here to read…

Source: First Things by George Weigel On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.” That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture: a “gaffe”-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedict’s pontificate. Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture…

Source: Catholic World News Three days after Pope Francis received a Marian icon as a gift from Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Pope gave the icon as a gift to Pope Emeritus Benedict. Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer, presented the icon of Our Lady, Support of the Humble, along with a book, to Pope Francis during a March 20 audience; Pope Francis in turn presented the icon to the Pope Emeritus on March 23. Pope Francis told his predecessor that when he had received the icon, and been told that it…

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines by Lucia Bellinello A few hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, Russia was already thinking about building relations with his successor. It had not happened for nearly 600 years. On February 11, 2013 Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) announced his resignation in Latin to the Vatican. “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he said. In Russia, the pope’s Russian hashtag immediately became one of the most tweeted in the hours following the news, and…

Thanks to patriarch’s support ‘much progress’ has been made Source: ANSA.it (ANSA) – Vatican City, November 30 – Pope Benedict XVI on Friday urged the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I to “continue with confidence along the path that leads to the recovery of full communion” between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. In a message conveyed by a papal delegation to Istanbul for the feast of St Andrew the Apostle, the pontiff said “much progress” had been made “on this road” thanks to the “assiduous and active support” of Bartholomew I . “Even though the road ahead still seems…

Source:  AmericanCatholic.org By FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the start of a special Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI called on Catholics to revive the “authentic spirit” of Vatican II by re-proposing the church’s ancient teachings to an increasingly Godless modern world. The pope spoke at a special Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 11, half a century to the day after the opening ceremonies of Vatican II. About 400 bishops from around the world, including 15 of the 70 surviving members of the 1962-65…

Source: OINOS Educational Services | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke Once upon a time a large boulder obstructed the middle of an ancient roadway. To get around it travelers were obliged to veer off to either side of the road. As they passed, they would shake their heads and mutter, “What an inconvenience, someone should get that big thing out of the way.”

After many years, a visitor finally came along and decided to move the large impediment. The entire neighborhood watched as the stranger used a sturdy…