Benedict XVI Archives - Crux



  • Fatima, the Marian Age, and the Devil’s Century

    Fatima, the Marian Age, and the Devil’s Century

    In the great slaughterhouse of the twentieth century, the sheer scale of lethal evil, organized above all in the communist regimes, appeared to have loosed Satan himself in the world. In this context, the apparitions of Fatima were addressed directly to the wickedness of the twentieth century, as well as to the wickedness of sin that lurks in all of history.

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  • Francis’s trip to Fatima will be short, but hardly irrelevant

    Francis’s trip to Fatima will be short, but hardly irrelevant

    His May 12-13 outing to Fatima is considered by many observers as the easiest of Francis’s foreign trips so far, with security concerns not being as high as they were when he visited an active war zone when he went to the Central African Republic, nor as politically charged as his two-day trip to Egypt last month. Nonetheless, it’s far from irrelevant.

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  • Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Before proclaiming martyrs, the waiting game is needed

    Many of those killed in attacks targeting Christians were simply going about their daily affairs when the bomb went off, or the mob arrived. Some of them professed their faith, or at least did not deny it, before death, while others died without even knowing what was happening to them. Before the Church proclaims them all martyrs, the Church needs time to permit a fuller picture of the candidate to emerge. Waiving the mandatory five-year waiting period before opening a cause for canonization makes it harder to do that.

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