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Jan Bentz

Jan Bentz

Jan Bentz, Lic. Ps., PhD cand., was born in Georgsmarienhütte, Germany, and studied philosophy, art history, liturgy and ecumenism at the Pontifical Ateneo Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He is currently finishing a dissertation in metaphysics and has been active in the media for over four years with focus on the Pope and the Vatican. He also serves as a producer for EWTN in German.

Articles by Jan Bentz

Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Jul 16, 2015 / 03:02 am

Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force.

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

Jun 19, 2015 / 06:07 am

The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and to discuss the liturgical heritage of Benedict XVI.

3D technology takes pilgrims 'back in time' to Medieval Church

Jun 9, 2015 / 02:55 am

For fans of Church history and architecture, 3D imaging may be the second-best thing to time travel, allowing them to experience a medieval church as it existed hundreds of years ago.

What happens when beautiful street art meets a Rome ghetto?

Apr 23, 2015 / 03:02 am

Street artists from 10 countries around the globe gathered in Rome and put their talents to use in creating an outdoor art exhibit designed to place beauty at the center of an impoverished neighborhood.

As church-goers wane, Germany's controversial tax prompts unease

Feb 12, 2015 / 04:02 am

While church attendees dwindle in Germany, questions have arisen once again over the controversial state-imposed church tax – and whether it's time for the country's bishops to address concerns around it.

Vatican astronomers unlock the mysteries of the universe…sort of

Jan 8, 2015 / 04:03 am

Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno was 30 years old and just starting his career as an astronomer when he faced a personal crisis.

Cardinal Burke opens up about his new office with Knights of Malta

Nov 29, 2014 / 06:01 am

On Nov. 8 the Vatican announced the transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke from prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, which ensures correct administration of justice in the Church, to Patron of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta.

True pastoral work never contradicts doctrine, cardinal stresses

Oct 5, 2014 / 04:17 am

As bishops from around the world prepare to discuss pastoral solutions to various challenges surrounding the family, German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller explained that these solutions cannot oppose Church teaching.  

Taking Gospel seriously on marriage is not 'rigid' – it's love

Oct 4, 2014 / 04:58 am

The editor of a high-profile book on marriage said that adhering to Christ’s Gospel teachings on divorce is not harsh and mean-spirited, but rather a form of tough love aimed at the salvation of souls.  

Giuseppe Canovai, a Roman who left a community as his legacy

Jul 30, 2014 / 23:03 pm

Familia Christi is the Roman community formed by Fr. Giuseppe Canovai, a priest of the city whose life united Franciscan poverty and the Jesuit spirituality.

124 Korean martyrs to be beatified by Pope next month

Jul 30, 2014 / 01:04 am

During his August visit to Korea, Pope Francis is to beatify Paul Yun Ji-chung, the nation's first martyr, as well as 123 companions who were killed for the faith in the 19th century.

Papal trip to Korea should renew local Churches, priest says

Jul 17, 2014 / 12:01 pm

In the run up to Pope Francis visit to South Korea next month, a Korean priest said he expects ground breaking changes there in terms of peace and the Church’s service to society.

Rome church restoration boosted by unique 3D scanner

Jun 15, 2014 / 15:02 pm

Assisting in restoration and reconstruction for artists and architects alike, 3D scanner technology has recently been used to create unique point cloud models of churches and frescoes in Rome.

Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

Apr 14, 2014 / 09:23 am

A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and especially South Korea to evangelize countries throughout the world.

Legion's general director affirms Christ-centered spirituality

Feb 28, 2014 / 15:04 pm

At the conclusion of the Legion of Christ’s general chapter, the order’s recently elected general director, Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, confirmed their commitment to Christ and his reign.

Pope Francis to new cardinal: 'I love Korea'

Feb 26, 2014 / 18:03 pm

During the Feb. 23 Mass of Thanksgiving for the creation of new cardinals, Pope Francis offered words of affection for the newly-elevated South Korean cardinal’s home country.