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Benedict XVI in the eyes of his personal secretary

Confessions of Msgr. Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary to Cardinal Ratzinger and Pope Benedict XVI.

The priest who became the Pope’s secretary

Wlodzimierz Redzioch talks to Msgr. Georg Gänswein about his life and service to Benedict XVI

On 2 April 2005, the Vatican Press Office issued an alarming communiqué about the bad health condition of John Paul II. I ran to St Peter’s Square to join those masses of people who were praying, looking at the window of the papal apartment. »

What is the truth about the Pope

Milena Kindziuk

The latest book ‘La verità del Papa' about Benedict XVI shows mechanisms of manipulation, which the media used against the Pope. Its author Aldo Maria Valli, as he said himself, made an attempt to defend the Holy Father. »

The effect of the appeal launched by ‘Niedziela’

The parliamentary club of Law and Justice party (PiS) has created a team that is to discuss the issue of moratorium on abortions. The initiative of the Italian journalist Giuliano Ferrara concerning moratorium was taken by the weekly ‘Niedziela’ that published an interview in which Ferrara presented his activities. »

The Pope discovers America, America discovers the Pope

Fr Pawel Rozpiatkowski

The visit of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to the United States on 15-20 April 2008 was unique in many ways. The Pope visited a superpower, which influenced the fates of the world, regions and particular countries. »

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. »

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