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Pope's former students gather for annual seminar

August 25, 2011

Former students of Professor Joseph Ratzinger—now Pope Benedict XVI—have gathered with the Pontiff at Castel Gandolfo for an annual seminar, at which they will discuss the “new evangelization.”

The seminar, known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis, was inaugurated in 1977, after Professor Ratzinger was named Archbishop of Munich. The future Pontiff continued to meet with his former students each year, and continued the tradition after his election to the papacy. This year’s session, which will last from August 25 to 28, will also include some younger scholars who have specialized in the study of Pope Benedict’s thought.

Each year the Ratzinger Schülerkreis centers its discussions on a topic of current interest. This year the Pope chose the “new evangelization”—which will also be the topic for the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Last year’s topic was the interpretation of Vatican II.


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