Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates 65th anniversary of ordination

Emily Booker News, Uncategorized

VATICAN CITY (CNS) –Pope Francis led a Vatican celebration for the 65th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s priestly ordination on June 28. The two were joined by the heads of Vatican offices and congregations and several guests, including a delegation from the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Those gathered gave Pope Benedict a standing ovation as he made his way into …

The Humble Pope

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Pope Francis

Pope Francis has given a most interesting interview to the Spanish-language magazine La Vanguardia in which he touched on many things, from those who promote violence in the name of God, relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, peace in the Middle East, and relations between Christians and Jews. The most significant part of the Holy Father’s remarks, however, may be …

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II achieve sainthood

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions. “They were priests, …

Red hats, vestments signal arrival of new cardinals

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On a feast day commemorating the authority Jesus gave to St. Peter and his successors — the popes — Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals in the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. To the great surprise of most people present, the retired pope entered St. Peter’s Basilica about 15 minutes before the new cardinals and …

A Monsignor Moment

David Oatney Pope Francis, Priesthood

Pope Francis recently made some big waves in the proverbial finger lake of the Catholic blogosphere and social media community when it was announced earlier this month that the Vatican will now limit the awarding of the title “Monsignor” outside of the Roman Curia to those diocesan priests who may be nominated by their bishops who are over the age …

Pontiff Emeritus Says Holy Spirit Led Him Out (updated)

David Oatney Prayer, Priesthood

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reportedly told a visitor to his residence at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery last week that his abdication from the Chair of St. Peter came about not because he was unwilling to stay on the job, but because he had a mystical experience in prayer wherein the Holy Spirit planted a strong desire to remain alone with the …

Reflection On Orders and the Church Over Pizza

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations

Regulars here at Life At 25 may recall that I wrote a post on pastoral humility which featured Father Erik Richtsteig as part of a post on “Two Lessons in Humility” with regard to the way that Father Erik handled himself and cared for his shell-shocked flock after a shooting which took place at his parish, St. James the Just, …

The Church Is Not a Political Party

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On the eve of next week’s World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, the seeming fascination on the part of much of what we might call the mainstream secular news media with the day-to-day doings of Pope Francis continues without abatement. The Holy Father made the international cover of Time this week, where he has been dubbed “The People’s …

Servant of the Servants of God

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Year of Faith

As youth from around the world gather in Rio de Janeiro for next week’s World Youth Day festivities, some in the secular press seem keen to play a highly misleading and greatly erroneous game of “compare the popes” between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The latest to play this game seems to be the religion section …

Lumen Fidei

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Pope Francis’ very first encyclical, which is meant to help highlight the Year of Faith which the Church is currently in the midst of celebrating, has been released today. It is called Lumen Fidei, or “the Light of Faith,” after the very first words of the document. This encyclical must certainly be considered unique because it has truly been co-written …

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use the internet.

Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization

Yesterday I was privileged to spend some time with my friend and fellow blogger, The Ironic Catholic. Part of our conversation centered around the so-called “New Evangelization” and how it relates to social media. I say “so-called” because in many ways the New Evangelization is the same as the old. While we ought not overlook the great opportunity to communicate …

Faith Is a Gift Worth Sharing Through Love

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vocations, Year of Faith

Please forgive me for using the beginning of this post as a means to introduce you once again to myself. Some of you might remember that I wrote a post back in January on the “The Triple Meaning of the Epiphany,” and I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead on the Year of …

Benedict XVI: From humble servant to simple pilgrim

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Catholic News Service) — His Holiness Benedict XVI, who began his papacy describing himself as a “humble servant in the Lord’s vineyard,” described his retirement as a time of being a “simple pilgrim, who begins the last stage of his pilgrimage on this earth.” The 85-year-old pope emeritus arrived in Castel Gandolfo Feb. 28 about two-and-a-half hours …

Cardinal Rigali enjoys fitting send-off to Rome for papal conclave

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

In a turnout befitting a pope—or a cardinal—more than a thousand well-wishers were on hand Feb. 26 at All Saints Church and McGhee Tyson Airport to see Cardinal Justin Rigali as he departed for Rome, where he will join the College of Cardinals in a conclave to elect the next pope. Cardinal Rigali presided at a morning prayer service at …