The conclave that will elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI begins tomorrow, Tuesday 12 March.
Thomas McCoog SJ argues that even Pope Gregory XII’s resignation in 1417 is not a real precedent for Pope Benedict’s decision. We have to go back to 1294 to find the only true historical precedent...
We asked four authors to tell us why they are thankful for Pope Benedict's eight-year papacy. Niall Keenan, Angela Kitching, John Moffatt SJ and Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ express their gratitude.
On hearing the announcement of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Gemma Simmonds CJ considered how this ‘last, charismatic and courageous gesture’ might inspire the Church as a whole.
How do historical martyrdoms inform our lives as followers of Christ today? 'Perhaps when questions are resolved and peace is restored the impact of martyrdom becomes weaker'.
What does the new evangelisation mean, and how is it an authentic fruit of Vatican II? Dominic Robinson SJ explores Pope Benedict’s call in the light of the Second Vatican Council’s understanding of evangelisation and later developments of this teaching.
James Corkery SJ explores Dei Verbum, Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation How did an intervention from Pope John XXIII prevent it from becoming a very different document?
Oliver Rafferty SJ asks to what extent the Second Vatican Council achieved the initial aims that were set for it by Pope John XXIII.
Damian Howard SJ opens Thinking Faith’s series for the Year of Faith by reflecting on why a whole year devoted to the experience and practice of faith could be a moment of healing for the Church.
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