Benedict’s Bees

Some consider Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to be the “thinking man’s Pope”. A theologian and scholar by training he wrote three encyclicals, many apostolic letters, two popular books about the historical Jesus and numerous other publications; a Pope as industrious and prolific as his bees. In September 2011 eight beehives containing more than 500,000 bees …

Fly Me to Gandolfo

Benedict XVI’s departure from the Vatican on Thursday was a fly by to the faithful as he left the papacy aboard Shepherd One heading for the extraterritorial papal residence of Castel Gandolfo. While “volo papale”, Benedict got to see some of the most iconic scenes of Rome on what must have been a bitter sweet …