Benedict XVI

  • Analysis: Pope Benedict XVI's Visit in Israel

    Pope Benedict XVI and the Israeli flagBenedict's visit to the Holy Land was and probably will remain the most complicated and sensitive trip of his pontificate.  Even before he arrived there was a sense in the air that "anything that can be misinterpreted will be." Now that the dust has settled, it is fair to say that the trip generated very mixed feelings. 

  • From the Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini

    Pope Benedict at the Wailing Wall

    "Having considered the close relationship between the New Testament and the Old, we now naturally turn to the special bond which that relationship has engendered between Christians and Jews, a bond that must never be overlooked. Pope John Paul II, speaking to Jews, called them "our 'beloved brothers' in the faith of Abraham, our Patriarch."

  • Gott ist kein Bigamist (German)

    Robert SpaemannOn March 9, 2009, the Central Committee of German Catholics released a heretical document entitled Nein zur Judenmission - Ja zum Dialog zwischen Juden und Christen ("No to Jewish mission - Yes to dialogue between Jews and Christians").  This document claims: "We emphasize, with the Church of the Second Vatican Council, that God's covenant with the Jewish people represents a way of salvation to God - also without recognition of Jesus Christ and without the sacrament of Baptism". German philosoper Robert Spaemann responds to the document's claims (in German).

  • Magdi Allam's Path to Conversion

    Magdi AllamHere is a translation of Magdi Allam’s account of his conversion to Catholicism. The formerly Muslim journalist was baptized by Benedict XVI at Saturday's Easter Vigil Mass 2008 in St. Peter's Basilica.

     
  • Pope Benedict XVI: Holocaust Denial Unacceptable

    Pope Benedict and Rabbi Arthur Schneier in the VaticanPope Benedict XVI said any minimization of the Holocaust was unacceptable, especially for a priest, as he met with Jewish leaders in hopes of ending the rancor over a bishop who denied 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Address at Mount Nebo

    Pope Benedict at Mount Nebo"Like Moses, We Too Have Been Called by Name." Here is the text of the discourse Benedict XVI gave on May 9, 2009 when he visited the Basilica of the Moses Memorial at Mount Nebo. Tradition holds that at this spot, God showed Moses the Promised Land.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Address at the Holy Sepulcher

    Pope Benedict at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre"Here the History of Humanity Was Decisively Changed."Here is the text of the address Benedict XVI gave during his visit to the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Address at Yad Vashem

    Pope Benedict at Yad Vashem"May the Names of These Victims Never Perish." Here is the text of the address Benedict XVI gave on May 11, 2009 at the Yad Vashem memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Address to American Jewish Organizations

    Pope Benedict receives a delegation of American Jews at the VaticanBenedict XVI calls the Shoah "a Crime Against God and Against Humanity" and reaffirms that "the Church draws its sustenance from the root of that good olive tree, the people of Israel, onto which have been grafted the wild olive branches of the Gentiles (cf. Rom 11: 17-24)."

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Arrival Speech in Israel

    Pope Benedict's arrival at Ben Gurion Airport"Sadly, anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head in many parts of the world. This is totally unacceptable." The following is the speech delivered by Pope Benedict XVI at Ben Gurion airport upon his arrival in Israel on May 11, 2009.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Farewell Address to the Holy Land

    Pope Benedict's farewell speech at Ben Gurion Airport"We meet as brothers, brothers who at times in our history have had a tense relationship, but now are firmly committed to building bridges of lasting friendship." Here is the text of the farewell address Benedict XVI gave at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion international airport, before boarding a plane to return to Rome.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Message at Auschwitz

    Pope Benedict XVI in AuschwitzKRAKOW, Poland, MAY 28, 2006 - Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered when visiting the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the last stage of his apostolic trip to Poland.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Message to Berlin's Jewish Leaders

    Pope Benedict XVI meets with Jewish leaders in Berlin"Strengthen Our Common Hope in God in the Midst of an Increasingly Secularized Society." Here is the address Benedict XVI delivered on September 22, 2011 to a gathering of representatives of the Jewish community at Berlin's Reichstag Building.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to the Grand Rabbinate

    Pope Benedict's visit to the Grand Rabbinate in Jerusalem"Our Two Communities Are Challenged to Engage People of Good Will at the Level of Reason." Here is the text of Benedict XVI's address during a courtesy visit to the "Hechal Shlomo" center, seat of the Grand Rabbinate, after he visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

  • Video Highlights: Pope Benedict XVI in Israel

    Pope Benedict XVI in IsraelView videos showing the highlights of Pope Benedict's visit in Israel.

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