Pope Benedict XVI Archives - Crux



  • Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism

    Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism

    Blasphemy laws are used to persecute critics of Islam in many Muslim countries, whether moderate Muslims, Christians or Jews, and to attack so-called “non-believers,” thus forming an impenetrable barrier to any form of acceptance of other religious beliefs and contributing to the growth of Islamic extremism. Ending these laws could set the stage for free expression of religious opinions in the Muslim world and help modernize Islamic societies.

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  • Letters show Francis’s outreach to traditionalists has a long history

    Letters show Francis’s outreach to traditionalists has a long history

    Letters written in 2011 by then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, today Pope Francis, which have been unearthed and aired by Swedish television, confirm what people close to the pontiff already knew — that over the course of his career, he’s tried several times to bring the breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X back into the fold.

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  • Renato Buzzonetti, doctor to four Popes, dies at 92

    Renato Buzzonetti, doctor to four Popes, dies at 92

    Renato Buzzonetti, the doctor who looked after four popes, died at the age of 92. Buzzonetti made the first examination after John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square in 1981 and assisted him though Parkinson’s disease. He retired under Pope Benedict XVI.

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