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Benedict XVI shows us the core of Christianity

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Georges Cottier, OP, the former theologian to the Papal Household, about the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

Hope fragranced encyclical

Artur Stelmasiak

Christian hope is the main theme of the second encyclical of Benedict XVI entitled ‘Spe salvi’. The Pope gives answers to the question: What is the fragrance of hope? ‘He says that Christian hope has the fragrance of salvation’, thinks Rev. Professor Henryk Seweryniak from Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University. »

I am proud of Catholic schools

Fr Adam Lach talks to Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Catholic schools enjoy great recognition in liberal countries, too. In Belgium the Catholic Church is rather weak but almost 60% of all children attend Catholic schools. »

Firstly: You shall not kill on the road

Milena Kindziuk talks to Fr Marian Midura, national chaplain for drivers, who collaborated with the Vatican council, which prepared the document ‘Guidelines for the pastoral care of the road’.

The condition of faith in Europe

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, who participated in the 8th Gniezno Congress.

If people want to be active in building democracy and working for common good they must be open to the fundamental characteristics of person and society. In the Christian vision these values are claimed to come from God'. »

Who does not want the beautification of Pius XII?

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Fr Peter Gumpel, SJ, relator for the cause of Pius XII.

The process of beautification of Pope Pius XII, which has lasted 40 years, evokes many controversies because of the 'black legend' surrounding this figure. »

Two years of Benedict XVI's pontificate

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

Benedict XVI aimed at returning to the fundamentals, showing the essence of Christian life - friendship with Jesus. »

The papal broadcasting station

Weronika Nowakowska

Setting out on a journey the Pope takes reporters of Vatican Radio. They ensure broadcast and satellite information services in six languages. In the quarters of Vatican Radio in the Palazzo Pio written messages are replaced by electronic ones. Journalists less and less seldom read newspapers. The Internet is at hand. »

I will be Secretary of the Church

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the new Cardinal Secretary of State of the Apostolic See and the closest collaborator of Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI did not appoint a diplomat, as it was customary, for the highest office in the Roman Curia, but his collaborator in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a Salesian, who speaks about his mission: 'I will be more Secretary of the Church than Secretary of the State. »

John Paul II, Benedict XVI

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture and President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

After the first year of the pontificate of Benedict XVI, Vaticanists noticed that the new Pope preserved 'the theological line ' of John Paul II but he changed 'the style' of the pontificate. »

Benedict XVI will visit Turkey this year

The news about the murder of Father Santoro in Trabzon, Turkey, was released together with the announcement of the official visit of Benedict XVI to Turkey. The head of the office of Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer told the paper 'Hurriyet' that the Pope would visit the country on 28 November 2006. »

New Cardinals

On 22 February, on the liturgical Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Benedict XVI named 15 new cardinals during the general audience. He said that on 24 March there would be a Consistory at which the future cardinals would receive their insignia. Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow is one of the appointed cardinals. »

Polish accent in the Vatican

Rev. Dr. Ireneusz Skubis talks to Rev. Dr. Hab. Antoni Debinski, Professor of KUL, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration, Catholic University of Lublin.

The commentary on the binding law, concerning not only adjective law (rules of procedure) but also substantive law (nature and essence of sanctity) is now available on the market as the most extensive research in the field to date. »

Option for love

Fr Andrzej Przybylski

Pope Benedict XVI devoted his first encyclical 'Deus caritas est' to love, the most beautiful and important value. The encyclical was presented in the Vatican and in Warsaw on 25 January 2006, reminding us that before his death John Paul II began writing an encyclical about love and mercy. »

A remarkable and moving relationship of the popes

Cardinal Stanislaw Nagy, SCJ

The interview the Holy Father Benedict XVI gave to Polish Television, broadcast on 16 October 2005, is an astonishing and multi-dimensional event. The very fact that it was an unprecedented interview makes it a unique event. »

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