Pope Benedict XVI: March 2007 Archives

Putin Meets the Pope

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In addition to the release of Sacramentum Carititatis, today was also a noteworthy day in the Vatican due to the metting of Russian president Vladimir Putin with the pope.

Here's an AFP story.

And here's analysis from AsiaNews.

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More on Sacramentum Caritatis

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Sacramentum Caritatis

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POST-SYNODAL
APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS
OF THE HOLY FATHER
BENEDICT XVI
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY,
CONSECRATED PERSONS
AND THE LAY FAITHFUL
ON THE EUCHARIST
AS THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT
OF THE CHURCH'S LIFE AND MISSION

INTRODUCTION

1. The sacrament of charity (1), the Holy Eucharist is the gift that Jesus Christ makes of himself, thus revealing to us God's infinite love for every man and woman. This wondrous sacrament makes manifest that "greater" love which led him to "lay down his life for his friends" (Jn 15:13). Jesus did indeed love them "to the end" (Jn 13:1). In those words the Evangelist introduces Christ's act of immense humility: before dying for us on the Cross, he tied a towel around himself and washed the feet of his disciples. In the same way, Jesus continues, in the sacrament of the Eucharist, to love us "to the end," even to offering us his body and his blood. What amazement must the Apostles have felt in witnessing what the Lord did and said during that Supper! What wonder must the eucharistic mystery also awaken in our own hearts!

The whole document may be found here.

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Pope Geeks: take note!

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Great things are happening!

Pope Benedict XVI is due to release two books this spring. The first is the long-awaited Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration. I forgot to blog them at the time, but in November Sandro Magister had an English translation of a review of the book by papal household preacher Raniero Cantalamessa and in January he had an English translation of the book's preface.

The second book is the one that has caused a crapstorm this week. Apparently it's news that an 80-year old German Catholic priest has reservations about American rockers. The real story is that the Pope is publishing a book about his predecessor. The name of the book is John Paul II, My Beloved Predecessor and the Italian edition is being published next week.

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Apostolic Exhortation due out next week

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In October 2005, bishops frpom around the world gathered in Rome for a synod on the Eucharist. Today, the Vatican reported that a post-synodal document entitled "Sacramentum Caritatis" or "Sacrament of Love" will be released. This will be the second major document of Benedict XVI's pontificate, and given his voluminous writing on the liturgy and the recent rumors swirling around that he plans to loosen the restrictions on the Tridentine Mass, the document will surely be closely scrutinized. Catholic News Agency has a report that speculates on some of the specific liturgical reforms that might be called for in the document. Though the document will undoubtedly make such prescriptions directed towards the clergy and towards liturgists, we can also expect that there will be a strong emphasis on exhorting the faithful to renew their own inner love and devotion for Jesus in the Sacrament. Whatever happens, this is exciting news indeed!

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