Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI was elected the 265th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Born in Germany on April 16, 1927, Pope Benedict XVI guided the Roman Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013.


Advent Calls Us to Silence: Part II

Pope Benedict XVI continues his previous discourse on silence by focusing on the importance of expectation. Another fundamental element of Advent is expectation, an expectation which is at the same time hope. Advent impels us to understand the meaning of time and of history as a kairós, as a favourable opportunity for our salvation. Jesus…


Advent Calls Us to Silence: Part I

In the biblical Reading we have just heard, taken from the First Letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul invites us to prepare for “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (5:23), with God’s grace keeping ourselves blameless. The exact word Paul uses is “coming”, in Latin adventus, from which the term “Advent” derives. Let…