October 16, 2005 |
Pope Benedict XVI hosted his first youth festival in St. Peter's Square, drawing about 100,000 children and their parents to an afternoon of singing and break-dancing reminiscent of the gatherings inspired by the late Pope John Paul II. Children in yellow and red T-shirts leapfrogged over one another on the steps of St. Peter's as the late-afternoon ceremony got underway.
April 18, 2008 |
In an unprecedented gesture, Pope Benedict XVI met privately Thursday with a small group of men and women who were sexually abused as youths by their clergy, an emotional encounter of prayer and tears. Participants said later that they had experienced a long-overdue sense of "fulfillment." Inside the chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, the pope spoke to the victims individually and as a group, and they prayed together, said Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman.
August 20, 2005 |
As Hebrew prayers for the dead filled the air, German-born Pope Benedict XVI made a historic visit Friday to a synagogue once destroyed by Nazis, decried rising anti-Semitism and vowed to ease tensions between Jews and Christians. The sight of a German pope standing before Germany's oldest Jewish community -- some of them Holocaust survivors -- was a moment of breathtaking symbolism. It was only the second known time that a Roman Catholic pontiff entered a Jewish house of worship.
April 21, 2005 |
As demand has surged for books by the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, books about him in his new role as Pope Benedict XVI are quickly being readied for publication. Doubleday has scheduled a pair of them for May: a collection of the new pope's writings, and a biography by John Allen Jr., whose previous book on Ratzinger was released in 2000. Barnes & Noble Inc. is publishing its own book, by scholar Greg Tobin.
April 21, 2005 |
In his first extensive remarks as pope, Benedict XVI sought to calm fears Wednesday that his papacy would further divide the Roman Catholic Church and instead promised "open and sincere" dialogue. Benedict, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger asserted the primacy of Catholicism and branded other religions "deficient," said he hoped to promote the cause of ecumenism and reach out to other faiths.
April 23, 2005 |
Sitting in the marbled hall where Pope John Paul II lay in state two weeks ago, Benedict XVI on Friday greeted Roman Catholic cardinals who knelt before him one by one after pledging their support. The new pontiff, wearing the long white robes of his position, thanked the cardinals for electing him and told them he would need their help to serve as "pastor of the universal church."