From the Vatican
Introd mayor Osvaldo Naudin speaks about Benedict's holiday this year.
After John Paul II's death the inhabitants of Valle d'Aosta were convinced that the tradition of papal holiday in the Italian Alps ended. But that was not the case. Benedict XVI also decided to spend part of his holiday here. »
Msgr Ireneusz Skubis talks to Archbishop Alfons Nossol about the significance of the election of Pope Benedict XVI for the universal Church.
Cardinal Stanislaw Nagy, SCJ
Cardinal Stanislaw Nagy comments on the address of Benedict XVI to Cardinals Electors delivered on 20 April 2005, at the end of his first Mass after the election as Peter's successor. The new Pope depicts the lines of his pontificate, presents himself with humility and at the same time he gives a moving testimony of his spiritual relationship with Pope John Paul II. »
Fr Piotr Zaborski
After the election of a new pope there is the moment when believers, running towards the square in front of the Vatican Basilica, keep greeting one another: 'We have a Pope' before they know who he is. This happens before the solemn announcement of the result of the election and the name of the new pope: 'Habemus Papam...'. »
Fr Konrad Hejmo, OP
The credit for Christmas tree in the Vatican, and exactly in St Peter's Square, undoubtedly goes to the Pope from Poland. Together with the Pope, called 'from a distant country', there were other Polish Christmas traditions, which have made the Vatican their home. Fr Konrad Hejmo, OP, writes about them in his article entitled 'Christmas tree in the Vatican'. »