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A tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

A Pope’s Tribute

A Pope’s Tribute

And speaking of kindness, at this moment, my thought

naturally goes to dear Pope emeritus Benedict XVI who left us this morning. We are moved as we recall


him as such a noble person, so kind. And we feel such

gratitude in our hearts: gratitude to God for having


given him to the Church and to the world; gratitude to him for all the good he accomplished, and above all, for his witness of faith and prayer, especially in these last years of his recollected life. Only God knows the value and the power of his intercession, of the sacrifices he offered for the good of the Church.




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Preface I had the joy and privilege of I had the joy and privilege of serving for ten years on the Pontifical

all his musicianship.

Biblical Commission under the leadership of Cardinal Joseph

Ratzinger as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the

Faith before he became Pope. The joy was that he treated each one

of us ashis personal friend, welcoming us at each annual session

with real, unaffected warmth. He also acted as host to us in Santa

Marta, going round in the coffee breaks and asking whether our

om was comfortable, whether we had enough blankets, clean

en and other household details. In the formal meetings he did

preside, but preferred to sit listening carefully. He did not

h himself forward and on at least one occasion deferred to

insisting that I should speak first. If the discussion stalled

ymied he could be persuaded to make an intervention, and

contributions would often solve the problem by taking

scussion to another level, going deeper than the problem

as blocking progress. It was here that his depth of biblical

dge (to us biblicists!) and his breadth of theological

serving for ten years on the Pontifical

threw new light on complicated issues. re also moments of re also moments of hilarity, as when, late one afternoon,

nted a sub-commission to look into a matter that

One of the three nominated, a Spaniard, demurred

unds that he simply could not manage that evening.

“Madrid is playing Bilbao.” The Cardinal offered to

rogramme and the difficulty was solved. Later, when

dy Pope and I led the singing at our papal Mass,

e in awe of his brother Georg, a Kappelmeister, than

hilarity, as when, late one afternoon,

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Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB

Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB is a renowned English biblical scholar and monk of

Ampleforth Abbey. Among his remarkable academic experiences, he was General

Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and the Revised New Jerusalem Bible.


Pope Benedict XVI Behind the scenes Joseph Ratzinger’s life did not begin on 19 April 2005, when the Conclave elected him to become Pope Benedict XVI. Like all of us, his life story was a uniquely personal journey from his birth until his death on 31 December 2022. The theologian Pope, the first in 600 years to resign his papal office, encountered innumerable people and, in one way or another, touched countless lives. This book presents some aspects of the background story of Benedict XVI, as offered by individuals who, to some extent, remained behind the scenes whilst, as Pope, he necessarily stood on centre stage.

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Thoughts from the Pen of a Pope How could any booklet do justice to the words of Pope Benedict XVI? As Pope, he wrote sixty-six books, three encyclicals and four apostolic exhortations, greeted millions of people, made twenty-four Apostolic Voyages outside Italy and many inside Italy. Between becoming Pope in 2005 and his resignation in 2013, he spoke many hundreds of times – live and through the media – to a huge range of gatherings inside and outside the Vatican. Thoughts from the Pen of a Pope takes some of the many reflections of a theologian Pope and offers them as a tribute to the “humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord”.

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Compiled by Janet Fearns FMDM Sr Janet Fearns acted as a Vatican Radio correspondent for the English Africa Service from 1999 to 2003 and was a member of staff for the English Programme from 2004 until the end of 2007.

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