RADIO SERMON PART ONE..REAL OR FAKE?Written by Irvin l. Rozier
This is part of a message I preached on radio in 1994.
The other day, I was picking up pecans. I picked up one pecan that was especially beautiful...the shell was perfect, coloring was great..it was so pretty. I decided to crack it open and eat it. Imagine my disappointment when I cracked that beautiful (on outside) pecan open and there was nothing inside but a little rotten kernel. A few days before, I heard a man talking about a 45 year old Vietnam veteran that lived in a small town in Midwest. Seems like he was a war hero. he had medals all over his uniform..in fact, at ceremonies, they would call on him to speak. Some of older veterans became suspicious of him, and did some checking on his background. They found out he had never joined Army!
Why Cardinal Ratzinger Chose the Name Pope Benedict XVIWritten by Henry Yao
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to papal throne on April 19, 2005, second day of conclave. He chose to be known henceforth as Pope Benedict XVI. The cardinal from Germany is 265th pope in Catholic Church history.
But why name Benedict? We have long been accustomed to having a pope named John, or Paul, or a combination thereof. In fact, quite many catholics today have known only one pope in their lifetime. Well, at least before late Pope John Paul II passed away and Pope Benedict XVI came along. Some, though, who are much older have also known Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI. A few lucky ones can even remember as far back as Pope John XXIII, smiling pope who initiated Second Vatican Council in early 1960's.
Why Benedict? In his first general audience held in St. Peter's Square, Pope explained that he chose name Benedict XVI as a link to Benedict XV, Italian pope who guided Church during turbulent era of First World War. Pope Benedict XV tried many times, though unsuccessfuly, to negotiate peace among warring nations. He organized significant humanitarian efforts to guarantee well-being and freedom of people affected by war.