Pope Benedict XVI gave the following address at the celebration of First Vespers on the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 31 October 2012:
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
By His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
Articles by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI gave the following homily at the Ordinary Public Consistory for the Creation of New Cardinals and for the Vote on Several Causes of Canonization, 19 February 2012.
His Holiness Benedict XVI gave the following address at a General Audience at Castel Gandolfo on August 31, 2011.
His Holiness Benedict XVI gave the following address at the inauguration of the exhibition “Splendor of Truth, the Beauty of Love,” a tribute of artists to the Holy Father on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination. The address was given at the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican on July 4, 2011.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep… The joy of the Lord is your strength’ (Neh 8:9-11). With these words from the first reading that we have proclaimed, I wish to greet all of you taking part in this celebration.
“With great joy I welcome you to this solemn place, so rich in art and in history…”
“Today, a few days after the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul and the conclusion of the Pauline Year, my wish to reopen the Pauline Chapel for worship is fulfilled…”
On August 6, 2008, during his two-week retreat at the seminary near Bressanone, Italy—a town at the foot of the Alps near the Austrian border and a long-time vacation locale for Benedict XVI and his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger—the Holy Father met with four hundred priests of the Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone at the Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta for an open question-and-answer session. The questions on beauty and the protection of creation and the pontiff’s responses are reproduced below.