"Timeline of Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontificate (PDF)"
NAT IONA L CAT HOL IC R EGIST ER , A PR I L 25, 2010 2 BRIEFS India’s Guidelines Notable Quotables Women’s Studies Revamped Leaders of the Indian bishops’ conference will Excerpts from a series of essays from our website, AVOW International Center will offer seminars in discuss guidelines for handling allegations of clerical NCRegister.com, in the days leading up to and New York state designed to help Catholic women sexual abuse and disciplining priests during an April following Benedict XVI’s anniversary date of April 19. “make a positive impact on our culture and society.” 25 meeting. Vatican, page 5 Education, page 13 World, page 4 Timeline of Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontificate 2005 2006 June 13 Breaks protocol to receive President George W. Bush at the Vatican with unprec- April 2 Pope John Paul II dies. Jan. 25 The encyclical Deus Caritas Est is promulgated. edented honors. April 8 Celebrates John Paul’s funeral, thought to be March Begins to downsize the Curia by merging four June 28 Opens the the most-watched live event in the history of television. pontiﬁcal councils into two and by beginning to assign Pauline Year with vespers Virtually all Italy-based Web pages covering the event multiple executive duties to individual bishops. at Rome’s Basilica of St. crash under heavy trafﬁc. May 25-28 Stops by many of the places associated Paul Outside the Walls. April 18 Speaks of a “dictatorship of relativism” during with the life of Pope John Paul II while visiting Poland. July 13-21 Visits Aus- the homily at the Mass to begin the papal conclave. June 22 Names Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone Secretary of tralia to participate in April 19 Elected 265th Pope. State. World Youth Day. Makes a historic full apology for April 21 Announces his e-mail address: benedictxvi@ July 8-9 Visits Spain for the Fifth World Meeting of child sex abuse on July vatican.va. Families. 18 during a Mass with April 24 Celebrates his Papal Inauguration Mass. Sept. 9-14 More than half a million people participate 3,400 persons. May 9 Opens the beati- in outdoor Masses during a trip to Germany. Sept. 8 Sends a message to members of the social ﬁcation process for John Sept. 12 Delivers “The Regensburg Adrress” entitled networking site XT3.com — a ﬁrst in papal history — Paul II. “Faith, Reason and the University.” The controversy the and signs it “BXVI.” June 28 Approves the speech causes leads to violence and vandalism around Sept. 12-15 Travels to France to commemorate the Compendium of the the Muslim world. 150th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions. Catechism of the Catholic Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Unprecedented security measures Oct. 22 The ﬁrst volume of Joseph Ratzinger’s “Com- Church for publication. protect the Holy Father during a trip to Turkey, where plete Works” is published in German. Aug. 18-21 Visits Germany he prays silently alongside Grand Mufti Cagrici in Istan- bul’s Blue Mosque. Oct. 26 Celebrates Mass to open the Synod on the for the 20th World Youth 2007 Word of God. Day in Cologne. Nov. 11 Receives a phone call from President Obama Oct. 23 Canonizes ﬁve in thanks for his telegram of congratulations on his new saints at a Mass election. closing the Year of the 2009 Eucharist and the Synod of Feb. 22 The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Sacra- Bishops on the Eucharist. mentum Caritatis, on the Eucharist, is signed. Dec. 22 Explains his vision for the interpretation of May 9-13 Visits Brazil to address CELAM, the Latin Vatican II — a “hermeneutic of continuity” — in an ad- American Bishops’ Council. Jan. 5 Listed by Newsweek as No. 37 on the list of the dress to the Roman Curia. May 15 The Pope’s book Jesus of Nazareth hits stores world’s most inﬂuential people. in the U.S. Jan. 23 Launches a Vatican channel on YouTube. May 27 Signs a letter to Chinese Catholics to show his support and encourage growth in unity. Jan. 24 Lifts the excommunication of four Lefebvrist bishops. Feb. 1 Patriarch Kirill is elected to head the Russian Orthodox Church, bringing new hope for improved rela- tions between Rome and Moscow. March 12 An intensely personal letter defend- ing his handling of the Lefebvrist schism is released. March 16 Announces that a Year for Priests will be celebrated from June 19, 2009, to June 19, 2010. March 17-23 Travels to Cameroon and Angola. June 9 Receives President George W. Bush in audience at the Vatican. May 8-15 Visits Jordan, Israel and the Palestin- July 7 The “motu proprio” letter Summorum Pontiﬁ- ian Territories, where cum, expanding the use of the Extraordinary Form of he condemns Holocaust the Roman Missal, is promulgated. denials and calls for July 13 Announces that the Vatican will become the cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis. world’s ﬁrst “carbon-neutral” state by planting a forest May 20 The Ryan Report on clerical sex abuse in Ire- FROM IGNATIUS PRESS in Hungary to offset its carbon emissions and installing solar panels on Paul VI Hall. land is published. June 21 Visits the tomb of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Sept. 7-9 Visits Austria. Rotondo in southern Italy. Ignatius Press is proud to publish some of the Oct. 13 Receives a letter from 138 Muslim scholars July 7 The encyclical Caritas in Veritate, on problems very best in contemporary ﬁction as well as from 43 countries on dialogue between Christianity and related to global development, is promulgated. reprints of classic Catholic novels. Islam. July 10 Receives President Barack Obama in audience Oct. 28 Beatiﬁes 498 martyrs from the Spanish Civil at the Vatican and confers privately with him for half an To see more best-selling works, go online to War in a ceremony at the Vatican, setting an all-time hour. record for a single ceremony. www.ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531 and July 17 Falls and breaks his wrist while on vacation. ask for a free copy of our catalog. Nov. 30 The encyclical Spe Salvi, on the virtue of hope, Spends six weeks in a cast. is promulgated. 2008 Sept. 26-28 Visits the Czech Republic, one of the most atheistic countries in the world. Nov. 4 Signs the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus on personal ordinariates for Anglicans entering Jan. 17 A planned visit to Rome’s public La Sapienza into full communion with the Catholic Church. University is canceled when 67 faculty members pro- Nov. 26 The Murphy Report, analyzing bishops’ test that the Pope is “hostile” to science. The protest is handling of clerical sex abuse allegations in Ireland, is condemned by most Italian politicians and academics. published. Feb. 5 Modiﬁes the prayer for the Jewish people prayed Dec. 19 Awards the title “Servant of God” to Popes THEOPHILOS THE LOSER LETTERS THE LAST CRUSADER in the Good Friday liturgy. A Novel by Michael D. O’Brien A Comic Tale of Life, A Novel about John Paul II and Pius XII, recognizing their heroic virtue. March 19 An audio message from Osama bin Laden 2009 2.2 million people attend public audiences and S t. Luke addressed his Gospel and Acts of the Apostles to an Death and Atheism Mary Eberstadt Don Juan of Austria Louis de Wohl claiming that the Pope “has played a large, lengthy liturgical celebrations at the Vatican. 2010 role” in a “new Crusade” against Islam is posted on a unknown man named Theophi- los. In this novel, Theophilos is the skeptical but beloved adop- A wickedly witty satire, The Loser Letters chronicles the conversion of a young adult D on Juan, one of history’s most triumphant, inspiring heroes, is reborn in this opulent militant website. April 15-20 During his visit to the United States, he is received at the White House on his 81st birthday, meets tive father of Luke. Challenged Christian to atheism. A. F. Chris- novel. De Wohl paints in brilliant with sex abuse victims from the Boston Archdiocese, Jan. 17 Visits the synagogue of Rome. by the startling accounts of the tian’s open letters to the “spokes- color vivid scenes at the Court addresses the United Nations General Assembly, visits “Christos” received from Luke men of the New Atheism” ex- of King Philip, Juan’s campaign Ground Zero, and celebrates Mass at Nationals Park and March 20 A pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland and concerned for the zealous Yankee Stadium. on the abuse crisis is published. plain her reasons for rejecting against barbaric Moriscos in An- young man’s fate, Theophilos, God and the logical consequenc- dalusia, and the amazing climat- a Greek physician and agnos- es of that choice. Along the way ic victory at Lepanto where he tic, embarks on a search to bring she offers pithy advice to famous saved the Christian world from Luke home. Thus begins an epic atheists such as Richard Dawkins Islamic dominance. A novel of journey taking him deep into the and Christopher Hitchens, in the high adventure that brings to life war between nations and em- hope of helping them win over the turbulent 16th century with pires, truth and myth, good and more Christians. its wickedness and piety, sins of evil, and unexpected dimensions “As a Christian humorist, Mary pride and conquest, its seething of his very self. Eberstadt is the rightful heir and heresies, and its great faith. “Meticulously researched, ﬁnely tex- assignee of C.S. Lewis, and her “A page-turning thriller. tured, lush and convincing. O’Brien’s heroine in The Loser Letters is the Chesterton’s ‘last knight of Europe’ prose is hauntingly provocative, legitimate child (or perhaps grand- is transformed into de Wohl’s lyrical, and compelling.” child) of ‘the patient’ in ‘last crusader’ . . . exhilarating!” — David Lyle Jeffrey The Screwtape Letters.” — Joseph Pearce — P.J. 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