The next pope’s first key choice will be his papal name. Choosing John would signal a desire to extend the legacy of John XXIII, the pontiff who brought us the progressive Vatican II council.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked outgoing Pope Benedict on Monday for his efforts to shore up often troubled relations between the Roman Catholic Church and Jews, including with his 2009 visit to the Holy Land.
Cardinal Kurt Koch, a close aide of Pope Benedict who will cast his vote for the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church, says there is no reason why the new pontiff cannot be African or Latin American.
Pope Benedict decided not to announce his resignation on Twitter, which he joined last year in a foray into social media that has reaped uncertain spiritual returns and could be curtailed by his successor.
Pope Benedict XVI has a mixed record when it comes to relations with Jews. Now that he is departing, the most pressing concern is where his successor will lead the church.
Pope Benedict was a ‘son of Germany’ and a conservative hero. For Jews, his legacy is tarnished by his outreach to Catholic traditionalists, some of whom ignored the Holocaust.
Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger on Monday praised Pope Benedict’s inter-religious outreach and said relations between Israel and the Vatican had never been better.
Pope Benedict stunned the world by resigning, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step. What does it mean for relations with Jews?
Pope Benedict said in his New Year’s message on Tuesday he hoped 2013 would be a year of peace and that the world was under threat from unbridled capitalism, terrorism and criminality.
Pope Benedict, leading the world’s Roman Catholics into Christmas, on Monday urged people to find room for God in their fast-paced lives filled with the latest technological gadgets.