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Visit to the United States - April 15- 20, 2008

American Catholics remember Benedict XVI’s singular brilliance, love for beauty

Jan 6, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

“You can’t understand him simply as a brain. You have to understand him as a person who had a real... Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall.

Pope Francis praises ‘fruitful’ theology of Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Speaking at the 2022 Ratzinger Prize award ceremony, Francis said: “We all feel his spiritual presence and his accompaniment in... Read more

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Pope Francis says this is the difference between theologians and catechists

Nov 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Thursday distinguished between how catechists and theologians interact with Church teaching. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI reflects on Vatican II in new letter

Oct 21, 2022

By AC Wimmer, Shannon Mullen

The letter provides fresh observations from one of the few remaining theologians to have personally participated in Vatican II, which... Read more

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French Jesuit and American legal scholar win 2022 Ratzinger Prize

Oct 7, 2022

By AC Wimmer

A French Jesuit and an American legal scholar were named the recipients of this year’s Ratzinger prize on Friday. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican cardinal says he did not compare German Synodal Way to Nazi ideology

Sep 29, 2022

By AC Wimmer

A Vatican cardinal has defended himself against the accusation by the president of the German bishops’ conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing,... Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer speaks at a press conference on June 22, 2020.

German bishop: Evangelizing secular society requires sharing ‘the reasonableness of faith’

Sep 5, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The director of Benedict XVI Institute says a “healthy defense of the faith” is necessary if Catholics are to credibly... Read more

Pope Francis adores the crucifix during the Good Friday liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021.

Pope Francis to theologians: See ‘contemporary challenges in light of the Wisdom of the Cross’

Sep 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

He sent the message to an international theological congress in Rome. Read more

Father Andrew Liaugminas, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a recent appointee to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, teaches a class at Mundelein Seminary. Credit: Mundelein Seminary.

Chicago priest with a 'pastoral heart' named to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Aug 20, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Andrew Liaugminas of the Archdiocese of Chicago has been appointed to serve at the doctrine section of the Catholic... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Vatican summit on 'theology of the priesthood' will look at questions raised in recent synods

Apr 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Marc Ouellet announced Monday that the Vatican will host a theological symposium on the priesthood that will touch on... Read more

Theologians say there is ‘doubt’ of sacramentality in marriages between ‘baptized non-believers’

Mar 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The International Theological Commission this week published a study into the question of whether two “baptized non-believers” can contract sacramental... Read more

Bible.

CDF official: Anthropology and Scripture document is not 'open' to same-sex unions

Dec 20, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, said Friday that a new document... Read more

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria, who as prefect of the CDF, leads the International Theological Commission.

Pope Francis: Synodality is what the Lord expects of the Church

Nov 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s theological commission Friday that synodality will be key for... Read more

2019 Ratzinger Prize winners with Pope Francis Nov. 9, 2019.

Theology in 'dialogue with cultures' renews humanity, Pope Francis says

Nov 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

When theology and philosophy engage with cultures in creative ways, they become a powerful tool for renewing humanity with the... Read more

Raphael's The School of Athens (1511)

Why do priests study philosophy?

Jul 26, 2019

Philosophy does not teach its students the Bible. It does not teach one how to minister to a congregation. It... Read more

Pope Francis delivers speech in Naples, Italy June 21, 2019.

In Naples, Pope Francis calls for theological dialogue with Islam, Judaism

Jun 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In Naples Friday Pope Francis delivered a speech calling for theological dialogue with Islam and Judaism in pontifical universities as... Read more

Church of San Gregorio Armeno in Naples, Italy,

Pope Francis to discuss 'Veritatis Gaudium' in Naples

Feb 11, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Naples in June to discuss the impact of the apostolic... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience May 23, 2018.

Pope Francis: Include the Holy Spirit in art, theology

Nov 17, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the face of the difficulties of the modern-age, artists and theologians need the inspiration of the Holy Spirit –... Read more

Pope Francis receives absolution during a penitential celebration at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

Pope to theologians: Spiritual conversion should precede pastoral solutions

Jul 27, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On moral, theological issues, conversion of heart – in Greek, metanoia – should take place before the development of pastoral... Read more

Does God make people gay? A theologian responds

May 22, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Sexual attraction does not define identity, a priest has said, after comments attributed to Pope Francis have prompted questions about... Read more