- Jan 24, 2020
Marking the 70th birthday of German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI said that even though the cardinal is no longer prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he will continue to have a public role of serving the church.
On the 158th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s world-changing book ‘On the Origin of Species,’ which laid the foundations for evolutionary theory, several Catholic scientists and experts are expressing frustration with the common perception of tension between evolution and religious faith — pointing, among other things, to a string of popes who clearly didn’t feel that way.
On a busy Saturday, Pope Francis delivered a speech praising his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI; sent a message to a conference on healthcare being held in Rome, reminding pharmaceutical companies of the right of access to basic or necessary treatment; and appointed the secretary for the upcoming synod of bishops on the youth.
Italian journalist and scholar Fabrizio Grasso says that when Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, he changed the institution of the papacy forever. Among other things, Grasso says, “it’s not hard to imagine a possible near future with more than one emeritus pope and, consequentially, an exclusive papal club, which could be no other than a proto-parliament of the Vatican State.”
In the wake of the latest spike in violence across Europe, the Vatican says it’s not taking extra security precautions, in part because safeguards were already “very strong.” Popes often feel a greater degree of calm about their safety than other public figures, because, let’s face it, from their point of view, they’ve got the ultimate safety net.
Today martyrdom is the only way to follow the Gospel, according to Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. In his homily for the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the archbishop also said that he hopes Pope Francis makes him a saint soon.