- Dec 11, 2019
Perhaps Pope Francis could publicly entrust both ecumenism and integration of migrants and refugees to Mary, Untier of Knots, and encourage prayer to Mary under that title on both fronts.
The apostolic nuncio to Austria said Tuesday that he is “saddened and ashamed” that bishops and priests have been vocal critics of the Bavarian government’s mandate to display crosses in government buildings.
The government of Bavaria has decided to instruct all state administrative buildings in the German state to display a cross in their public entrances by June 1.
According to the short remarks released by the Vatican’s press office, during his 90th birthday party on Monday, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI said that throughout his life there have been difficult moments, but that God always guided him through them. The emeritus pope rang in his birthday by welcoming a delegation from his native Bavaria and sharing some pretzels and beer.
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday on April 17. Among those present was Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, Benedict’s 93-year-old brother, who flew in from Germany for the occasion, as well as a small delegation from Bavaria, his home region. They brought to the party two staples of Bavarian cuisine with which the 90-year-old emeritus pontiff was obviously delighted — beer and pretzels.