- Jun 14, 2021
Alcide De Gasperi was an Italian Prime Minister after WWII, the builder of bridges between the U.S. and Europe, and among the founders of the European Union. Quoted by popes and admired by many Catholic politicians he might, one day, even be a saint.
Pope Francis met Tuesday with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in the first known contact between the two, following a major gaffe by Francis’s communications chief over his misrepresentation of a letter from the retired pontiff.
While many look mockingly at Italian Bishop Antonio Staglianò’s “homiletic humming,” which uses popular music to convey the message of the Gospel during Mass, the massive number of people that his sermons reach on the internet shows that he may have tapped into the secular world’s thirst for spirituality.
If you’re sitting on a letter from a pope, even an emeritus one, you’ve really only got two choices about what to do with it. Either you publish the entire thing, or you keep it to yourself.
Gary Jansen is an editor at Penguin/Random House who has edited books by Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. He spoke to Crux.
The Vatican bowed to pressure Saturday and released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.
The Vatican has admitted that it altered a photo sent to the media of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis’s theological background. The manipulation changed the meaning of the image.
Roman artist Jacopo Cardillo chipped away the clothing on his earlier statue of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, not to be mocking, but to make him “even more human.”