What is Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy? Why was he able to inspire so many priestly vocations? And what was the source of his deep affection for England and her saints?
Ahead of Pope Benedict’s solemn funeral on Thursday, 5 January, the Catholic Herald discussed these and other questions with Father Roberto Regoli, an Italian priest and Professor of Contemporary History at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he directs the Department of Church History. A specialist in the history of the papacy, the Roman Curia and papal diplomacy for the 19th and 20th centuries, Fr Regoli is author of Beyond the crisis of the Church: the Pontificate of Benedict XVI.
In this interview, we also discuss the lasting impact of Benedict XVI’s 2006 Regensburg Address, his deep friendship with St John Paul II and the suggestion that Pope Benedict could one day be declared a Doctor of the Church.
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