Wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI

Ever since news of his death was announced on 31 December 2022, Catholic commentators around the globe have rightly called attention to the fact that Joseph Ratzinger/ Benedict XVI was one of the most brilliant theological minds of the 20th century. Others have gone even further, ranking him among the very best theologians in the entire history of Christianity and calling for him to be declared a Doctor of the Church.

We invite you to journey through Pope Benedict XVI’s most famous work, Introduction to Christianity.  Written by Fr. Advani Sameer, LC, this five-part Meditation Novena will walk you through this dense text in an approachable way – with the heart of Pope Benedict.

Sign up below for a weekly email (every Sunday) with an excerpt from Introduction to Christianity, a short commentary, and questions for reflection.  In Part 1 (the first nine weeks), we will cover the theme of Faith.

Other themes include God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, and the Church.  Each theme will be released separately. You can sign up for the entire series or just one part.

Meet Fr. Sameer Advani, LC

Fr Sameer Advani, LC, is a Canadian priest of German and Indian background. With degrees in mathematics, philosophy, and theology, he works in the Pontifical Atheneum Regina Apostolorum in Rome as full-time professor, as the director of the ‘Christianity and Culture’ program, and as one of the principal organizers for the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Religions at that university.

His doctoral work, done in collaboration with the Ratzinger Foundation at the Vatican, was on the thought of J. Ratzinger/ Benedict XVI and focused on the relationship between Christianity and world religions and on the meaning of Christian identity and mission in the contemporary world. He has lectured internationally on these topics including in Italy, the USA, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Morocco, Argentina, and Chile.

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