- 12/28/10 - On the 100th anniversary of Mother Theresa's birth, Pope invited hundreds of homeless to the Vatican for lunch. [Video, courtesy of Rome Reports].
- 01/12/11 - According to the mainstream media, the Pope warned parents against giving children celebrity-inspired names and urged them to turn to the Bible for inspiration ... or perhaps not. David Schütz (Sentire Cum Ecclesia) does some investigating and finds some evidence lacking.
- 01/12/11 - In the first North American airing of footage originally captured for Italian television some years back, CatholicTV ran a special edition of its "House + Home" program, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at life in the Papal Apartment. (HT: Whispers in the Loggia).
- 01/14/11 - The Vatican announced that the much-anticipated beatification of Pope John Paul II will take place on May 1, the Sunday after Easter. Responding to criticisms about the rapidity of the elevition, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf registers some observations about the speed of some causes for beatification.
- 01/19/11 - Pope Benedict XVI was presented with a copy of the swiftly produced but handsome and comprehensive official record of his state visit to Britain by Peter Jennings, its author and editor.
- 01/21/11 - It is reported that An upcoming art exhibit in Toronto could raise eyebrows with its use of violent images ... [including] a painting of the Pope, in which the portrait is riddled with bullet holes." [HT: Deacon Greg Kandra].
- 01/21/11 - On the Feast of Saint Agnes, Pope Benedict took part in the annual tradition of blessing two lambs. The wool of the lambs blessed on the feast day is woven by a different community of nuns and becomes the fabric for the "pallium," a circular stole, which the pope gives each June to new archbishops from around the world. (Catholic News Agency).
- 01/24/11 - Appropos of this website (and blogging in general), here is Pope Benedict's message for the 45th World Day of Social Communications, which will be observed June 5. The letter is titled "Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age".
- 02/02/11 - On February 2nd, Pope Benedict initiated a series of catecheses on the doctors of the Church, beginning with St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) | "On St. Teresa of Avila" [Full Text].
- A Book in the Backpack. With the Pope's Autograph 02/05/11 - It is the catechism for the very young. It will be launched at the worldwide gathering in Madrid. Benedict XVI is betting on it heavily, and recommending it. "Because it speaks to us of our own destiny," more compelling than a crime novel. Sandro Magister reports on a third edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "aimed at young people between the ages of 14 and 20, in a language expected to be more suited to them."
- Pope Benedict XVI's push toward unity. L'Osservatore Romano interviews Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the ecumenical goals of the Holy Father.
- In December, in celebration of Pope Benedict's new book Light of the World, Ignatius Press published four interviews with Fr. Joseph Fessio -- former student of the Pope's and founder of the publishing house: