Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI—scholar, teacher, theologian, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and finally supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church until his resignation in 2013—died on December 31, 2022, at the age 95.

Whether the subject was Islam, ecumenism, the rise and decline of the West, or simply “Who is Jesus Christ?,” Benedict opened up discussions once considered taboo and caused even hardened secularists to rethink some of their positions.

For today’s episode of Acton Line, in remembrance of Pope Benedict XVI’s life and legacy, we’re airing a lecture from Sam Gregg, currently senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, illustrating how much the pope changed the focus of Christian engagement by addressing political, social, and economic issues.

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Pope Benedict XVI: 1927-2022 | Joshua Gregor, Acton Institute

Faith and Reason in the Life and Work of Benedict XVI | Kevin Duffy, Acton Institute


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