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In 1976, he suggested that the Augsburg Confession might be recognised as a Catholic statement of faith. It is the first encyclical to be published since the Vatican decided to assert copyright in the official writings of the pope.

a police officer, and Maria Ratzinger ( née Peintner); his grand-uncle was the German priest-politician Georg Ratzinger. If there is no human dimension, if Africans do not help, the problem cannot be overcome by the distribution of prophylactics: on the contrary, they increase it. The main points of emphasis of his teachings are stated in more detail in Theology of Pope Benedict XVI.

On 11 February 2013, Benedict announced his resignation, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; 16 April 1927 – 31 December 2022) was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 19 April 2005 until his resignation on 28 February 2013. The Joseph Ratzinger–Benedict XVI Roman Library at the Pontifical Teutonic College was announced in April 2015 and was scheduled to open to scholars in November 2015. In 2007, Benedict sent a letter at Easter to Catholics in China that could have wide-ranging implications for the Church's relationship with China's leadership.

On the morning of 28 February 2013, Benedict met with the full College of Cardinals and in the early afternoon flew by helicopter to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. Guardini inspired many in the Catholic social-democratic tradition, particularly the Communion and Liberation movement in the New Evangelization encouraged under the papacy of the Polish Pope John Paul II. Benedict's writings were prolific and generally defended traditional Catholic doctrine, values, and liturgy. At the time of his resignation, Benedict had completed a draft of a fourth encyclical entitled Lumen fidei ("The Light of Faith"), [125] intended to accompany his first two encyclicals to complete a trilogy on the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.

Dopo le dimissioni il Papa si ritirerà presso il monastero Mater Ecclesiae fondato nel '94 per volontà di Wojtyla" (in Italian). Benedict's elder brother, Georg, became a Catholic priest and was the former director of the Regensburger Domspatzen choir.

French cardinal Philippe Barbarin said that since the first stroke Ratzinger had been suffering from an age-related heart condition, for which he was on medication. Ratzinger had pressed John Paul II to investigate Hans Hermann Groër, an Austrian cardinal and friend of John Paul accused of sexual abuse, which resulted in Groër's resignation. As Cardinal Ratzinger, he was known (according to former neighbours) to look after stray cats in his neighbourhood, Borgo. The letter condemned a liberal interpretation of the earlier CDF document Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, which had led to a "benign" attitude "to the homosexual condition itself". Honours and awards In 2013, one of Notre-Dame de Paris' new bells was named Benoît-Joseph after Benedict.The best-known title, that of "Pope", did not appear in the official list of titles, but is commonly used in the titles of documents, and appears, in abbreviated form, in their signatures as "PP. Corbinian's bear: A legend states that while travelling to Rome, Saint Corbinian's pack horse was killed by a bear.

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