Tag Archive: Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI On St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Here is a translation of the address Pope Benedict XVI gave 20 October 2010 at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like to speak to you about one of the women of the Middle Ages who inspired great admiration: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, also…

Pope cites medieval mystic as model for discovering God’s presence

Pope Benedict XVI said the penitential path of a little-known medieval mystic offers modern men and women a lesson on discovering the presence of God in their lives. He made the remarks at his general audience Oct. 13 in St. Peter’s Square, where tens of thousands of pilgrims joined him on an unusually warm fall…

Papal audience topic: St. Gertrude, great German mystic and theologian

Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of weekly talks on influential Christian women of the Middle Ages, speaking about St. Gertrude at his public audience on October 6. Born in 1256, St. Gertrude entered a convent school as a young girl, chose to enter monastic life, and had established herself as an outstanding scholar by…

Pope continues audience talks on influential Christian women

At his weekly public audience on September 29, Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of talks on the influential women of the Middle Ages, speaking about St. Matilda of Hackeborn. Born into a noble family in 1241 or 1242, St. Matilda entered religious life and soon became head of a convent school; later she became…

History of Catholicism is shown in Vatican art

A framed illustrated description of the “Foundations of the Church” informs visitors that the “Vatican and Catholic Church grew out of the events described in the New Testament: the story of Jesus, the Holy Family and the Apostles.” This “revelation” as well as the notation that follows that “Jesus’ birth is fundamental to the history…