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Benedict XVI Rest in Peace | Episode 10

At the Foot of the Cross
Benedict XVI Rest in Peace | Episode 10

A new year, a new ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ podcast. Much has happened since we were last with you. A prayerful focus on the last days of Advent and the O Antiphons was followed by the joy of the Word Made Flesh – the coming of Christ at Christmas. That, in turn, was followed by some very sad news.

On 31 December, our Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died, aged 95, in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican. He had received the last rites a few days before so we knew to prepare ourselves for what was to follow. He is now with the Lord and we continue to pray for the repose of his soul.

Canon Christopher Thomas, our General Secretary, joins us in the studio to offer his personal reflections on Pope Benedict as well as to give a moving description of the Lying in State and Requiem Mass in Rome. We hear, too, from Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

On to Sacred Scripture and as Lent fast approaches, we’re preparing to conclude our audio Bible series by ‘Reading John in Lent’. The Gospel According to St John is our final installment and will be read from start to finish each weekday of the season. Canon Chris gives over a section of this podcast for a thought-provoking introduction to John’s Gospel.

We conclude by hearing from one of our bishops, as we always do. January sees bishops from around the world join together for the Holy Land Co-ordination – an annual meeting of the Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land. It focuses on the three Ps: Prayer, Pilgrimage and Persuasion and was based this year in Amman, Jordan, from 14-19 January.

Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Chairing his first Holy Land Co-ordination, spoke to us on the eve of his return home from Amman.


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