In His Own Footsteps

Benedict XVI: From Professor to Pontiff

It has been a year since Pope Benedict XVI first appeared in a white cassock above St. Peter’s Square, and four months since he issued his first encyclical, Deus caritas est. Reading that encyclical, like seeing him above the crowds, I was reminded of the last time I saw him in person. He was Professor Joseph...

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About the Author

Ronald Modras is a professor of theological studies at St. Louis University. His most recent book is Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st Century (Loyola Press).