Who was Benedict XVI?: 10 keys to the life of the pope emeritus

The Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, announced that it will be a solemn but sober funeral according to the will of the pope who asked for a simple farewell. His remains will be transferred to the basilica on January 2 so that the citizens can greet him.

The pope emeritus has been a lot delicate health from December 28th. This is how Francis announced it: «I would like to ask all of you for a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who is silently supporting the Church: remember this, we ask the Lord to console him and support him in this testimony of love for the Church until the end of the day.

But, who is Benedict XVI? Joseph Ratzinger will be remembered for they renounced the pontificate, never in two millennia of Church history had a Pope left the Chair because he felt physically handicapped. But he too will be recognized for his pastoral work in the Church, for his own great intellectual capacity and for his bold thinking. In the course of his life he treated, with depth and simplicity, important topics such as solidarity, selfless help to others as a form of love, his first Encyclical, “God is love” is the great key to his pontificate.

The harmony between faith and reason, respect for human dignity and religious freedom have also marked his thinking. Marcela Vergara, an academic at the Universidad de los Andes, provides 10 keys to her life.

Joseph Ratzinger born in germany in 1927. His father was a gendarme and his mother worked as a cook. Also, during the last months of World War II he was enlisted in the anti-aircraft auxiliary service.

After the war, studied philosophy and theology at the Freising School of Philosophy and Theology and at the University of Munich. Then in 1951 he was ordained a priest and began teaching theology at Freising College.

After that, I work as a teacher in Bonn, Münster and Tübingen before becoming a professor at the University of Regensburg.

Between 1962 and 1965 he participated as expert on the Second Vatican Council and was made Archbishop of Monaco and Cardinal by Pope Saint Paul VI in 1977.

After four years, Saint John Paul II appointed him Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the International Theological Commission. Shortly after I turned 75 he wanted to resign from ecclesiastical positionsHowever, Pope St. John Paul II asked him to continue in this service.

Benedict XVI he was elected pope in 2005 after the death of Saint John Paul II. He was the 265th pope of the Catholic Church. One of the most touching moments of his pontificate was his visit to Auschwitz in May 2006, in which the German Pope said: «In a place like this, words are superfluous, all that remains is a shocking silence, a silence which is an inner cry to God: Why were you able to bear all this?

On occasion eight years they led the Churchtime he wrote three encyclicals: “Deus caritas est” (God is love) where he reaffirms the centrality of charity in the Christian life; “Spe salvi” (Saved in hope) in which he explains that God never abandons man; and “Caritas in veritate” (Charity in truth) where he explains the need for the integral development of man and woman.

Finally, he stepped down in 2013 as Pedro’s successor and withdrew to a new service in the Church: to support her with his life of prayer and retreat in a monastery located in the Vatican.

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