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  April 25, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 8Oakland, CA

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Important dates in the life of Pope Benedict XVI

What does the name Benedict portend?

Oakland priest witnesses events leading to papal election


O’Dowd teacher lauded for Holocaust education

Three local teachers
to visit Poland
for Holocaust Day

Bishop Vigneron reaffirms commitment
to healing for clergy sex abuse victims

Bishops name new protection director

Court blocks release of priest personnel files

Congregations join legal push for health insurance for all children

Physician-assisted suicide bill clears
California Assembly committee

COR churches urge new affordable housing in San Leandro

Rector named for new diocesan cathedral

New director at Catholic Charities

Five parishes get
new boundaries

Concord parish dedicates monument

COMMENTARY
Letting Go and Letting God: The Prayer of Surrender

NBC ‘Revelations’ miniseries
is ‘religious-tinged hokum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Important dates in the life of Pope Benedict XVI

April 16, 1927: Born Joseph Alois Ratzinger in Marktl am Inn, Germany, to Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. and his wife, Maria.

1939: Entered the seminarian school in Traunstein at age 12.

1941: Required by law to enroll in the Hitler Youth. Released to continue his training for the priesthood.

1943: Drafted into the German army and served in the auxiliary anti-aircraft corps.

1945: Deserted the Germany army in May; taken prisoner by American forces and held in a POW camp for several weeks. After his release he and his older brother, Georg, re- entered the seminary.

1946 – 1951: Studied philosophy and theology at the University of Munich and at a higher school in Freising.

1951: Ordained to the priesthood.

1953: Obtained a doctorate in theology.

1959 – 1969: After qualifying as a uni- versity teacher, taught dogma and fun- damental theology at the higher school of philosophy and theology at Freising in Bonn. Also taught at uni- versities in Munster (1963 – 1966), Tubingen (1966 – 1969), and Ratisbon (1969 – 1977).

1962 – 1965
: Served as a chief
theological expert to Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne, Germany, at the Second Vatican Council.

1969 – 1977: Member of the International Theological Commission.

1972: Founded the theological journal, “Communio” with Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac and others.

1977: Appointed archbishop of Munich and Freising by Pope Paul VI in March. Created cardinal in June.

1978: Participated in the conclaves electing Pope John Paul I (Aug. 25 – 28) and Pope John Paul II
(Oct. 14 – 16).

1981: Named Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly known as the Holy Office of the Inquisition, by Pope John Paul II.

1986-1992
: Served as president of the Commission for the Preparation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which he presented to the Holy Father in 1992.

1998: Elected vice dean of the College of Cardinals.

2002: Elected dean of the College of Cardinals.

April 2, 2005:

Death of Pope John Paul II.

April 8, 2005: Presided at the funeral Mass of the late Holy Father in St. Peter's Basilica.

April 19, 2005: Elected pope on the second day of the papal conclave; takes the name Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict XVI waves from a balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, April 19.
REUTERS/Max Rossi

 


Prayer for
Pope Benedict XVI

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.

O Divine Spirit,
you who were sent upon the early church on Pentecost,
pour out your gifts of wisdom and discernment
upon our new pope, Benedict XVI.
Grace him with the inner strength to
reach out to the poor and brokenhearted,
preach the Gospel with courage and compassion,
treasure life in all its forms,
heal the wounds of an aching church,
and build bridges of peace north, south, east, and west.

O Holy Spirit, you who dwell in the depths of our hearts,
inspire us to do these things as well.
Knit us together with bonds of charity,
that we, your Church, might stand as a living witness,
a visible sign of God’s invisible love for the world.
We ask all this, through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Julie McCarty, April 19, 2005


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