Spoken Words / Addresses by Pope Benedict XVI
- Interview of the Holy Father during the flight to France (September 12, 2008)
- Meeting with authorities of State at the Elysée Palace in Paris (September 12, 2008)
- Meeting with representatives of the Jewish community (September 12, 2008)
- Meeting with representatives from the world of culture at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris (September 12, 2008)
- Celebration of Vespers with priests, religious, seminarians and deacons gathered at Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris, 12 September 2008)
- Greeting to young people gathered in the esplanade in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris, 12 September 2008)
- Greeting by the Holy Father from the balcony of the Apostolic Nunciature (September 12, 2008)
- Greeting by the Holy Father during the visit at the Institut de France (September 13, 2008)
- Eucharistic Celebration on the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris (September 13, 2008)
- Homily of the Holy Father at the torchlight procession in Rosary Square (Lourdes, 13 September 2008)
- Eucharistic Celebration on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Prairie (Lourdes, 14 September 2008)
- Recitation of the Angelus Domini in the Prairie (Lourdes, 14 September 2008)
- Meeting with the French Bishops in the Hemicycle Sainte-Bernadette (Lourdes, 14 September 2008)
- Meditation during the Blessed Sacrament Procession in the Prairie (Lourdes, 14 September 2008)
- Eucharistic Celebration for the sick in the Esplanade in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Lourdes (September 15, 2008)
- Farewell ceremony at the Airport of Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées in Lourdes (September 15, 2008)
Coverage by John Allen, Jr.
- 9-10-08: Cardinal Tauran on the pope's trip to France On September 10, L’Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, published an interview with Tauran by noted journalist Gianni Cardinale. Among other topics, Tauran discussed the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to France. The following is an NCR translation of that interview.
- 9-10-08: Extracts from Sarkozy on church/state relations in France On Dec. 20, 2007, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was inducted as an Honorary Canon of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, a traditional privilege of the French head of state since the era of Henry IV in the 16th century. During the ceremony, Sarkozy delivered an address on church/state relations in the famous Hall of Conciliation at St. John Lateran, the room in which Benito Mussolini and Cardinal Pietro Gasparri signed the Lateran Pacts in 1929 healing the rift between the Vatican and the Italian state. Sarkozy’s speech has been cited as a turning point in French attitudes towards the public role of religion.
- 9-12-08: The case for 'healthy secularism' Pressing the case for what he called a “healthy” form of laïcité, Benedict XVI today said the time has come to reopen the debate over the relationship between church and state in France. (The concept of laïcité is usually rendered in English as “secularism.”)
- 9-12-08: No reference to Muslims, but a call to resist 'disaster for humanity' Despite the symbolic resonance of both the date and the place, Benedict made no reference in tonight’s address [at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris] to Regensburg or, more generally, to Christian-Muslim relations. Instead, the pope focused on a topic that, at first blush, might seem of merely intra-Christian interest: the legacy of monasticism.
- 9-13-08: Pope tells shrunken church, 'Don't be afraid' If yesterday Pope Benedict XVI addressed the broader culture of both France and Europe, today he spoke directly to the French Catholic church – a church which, by all accounts, embodies the famous prediction of the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger that the future of Christianity in the West is as a “creative minority.”
- 9-13-08: Explaining Benedict's discretion on Islam Pope Benedict XVI is anything but a careless thinker, and even his omissions are usually significant. In that light, as the pope winds up the Paris leg of his first trip to France, one cannot help but wonder about his basic silence on the subject of Islam.
- 9-13-08: Nothing says 'Catholic' like the Virgin Mary A papal visit to Lourdes, arguably the premier Marian shrine and healing center in the Christian world, inevitably beckons reflection on two topics: the Virgin Mary and the theology of suffering. This evening, Benedict XVI delivered vintage versions of both.
- 9-14-08: Pope in France: Traditionalists deserve 'a place in the church' Catholicism is legendarily keen on tradition, which means there’s a traditionalist wing of the church pretty much everywhere. Nowhere else, however, are traditionalists so visible, and, at times, so fractious, as in France, making it all but inevitable that Pope Benedict XVI would address their signature issue while here – the old Latin Mass.
- 9-14-08: Eucharist is Jesus 'past, present and future' Pope Benedict XVI offered a prayerful mediation on the Eucharist this evening in Lourdes, calling the consecrated host “the eternal presence of the savior of mankind to his church.”
- 9-15-08: Pope in France: A lesson in 'Marian cool' As an orator, Pope Benedict XVI generally does not, unlike his predecessor John Paul II, mine his own biography. For John Paul, the dramatic events of his life were staples of his public rhetoric. Not so with Benedict, who prefers to emphasize the song rather than the singer.
Zenit News Coverage
- 9-10-08: George Weigel Part of France's Papal Preparations - The Pope will visit Paris and Lourdes this weekend, and French editing house Mame-Edifa-Magnificat has released -- just in time for the occasion -- the translation of Weigels' book God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church.
- 9-10-08: Papal Message Ahead of France Trip: "I Go As a Messenger of Peace and Fraternity" translation of the greeting Benedict XVI gave at the end of today's general audience to the people of France.
- 9-11-08: Press Conference with Pope Benedict XVI - translation of a 10-minute press conference Benedict XVI gave while en route to France on Friday. Benedict addresses the concern that "France is losing its Christian identity because of laicism"; his affection for France and its intellectual heritage; the criticism that the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum" is a step backward from the Second Vatican Council, and reflections on his pending visit to Lourdes:
... It is very important for me to experience this reality, this presence of the Virgin Mary in our lifetime, to see the path of this young person who was a friend of the Virgin Mary, and on the other hand to meet the Blessed Virgin, her mother. Naturally we are not going there to see miracles. I am going to find the love of the Mother, which is the true cure for every pain and to be united to those who suffer, in the love of the Blessed Mother. This seems to me an important sign for our times.
- 9-12-08: President Sarkozy: "It's Crazy to Take Religion Out of Society"
- 9-12-08: Roots of Europe Sunk in Monasteries, Says Pope; Notes How Science Became Important in Search for God
- 9-12-08: Pope Urges Rethinking Church-State Relationship: Reminds France That Their Roots Are Christian