Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Zenit News Agency (www.zenit.org)
The year 2010 looks to be one of the most intense of his five years in the Chair of Peter. The Pope will turn 83 on April 16.
It is expected that the Pontiff will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890), an intellectual Anglican convert during his visit to England.
ROME (Zenit.org) - The year 2010 promises to be the busiest yet for Benedict XVI's pontificate, as the almost-83-year-old-Pope is planning four international trips and a synod on the Middle East.
The year 2010 looks to be one of the most intense of his five years in the Chair of Peter. The Pope will turn 83 on April 16, but this does not affect how quickly his calendar fills up.
The Holy Father will visit Malta, Portugal, Cyprus and the United Kingdom during 2010. He will also preside over the first synod on the Middle East, and his several pilgrimages within Italy will include celebrations as momentous as a visit to the Shroud of Turin.
It also promises to be a year when the expected will come to pass: Pope John Paul II might be beatified (though the Vatican has repeatedly reiterated that his cause must follow the normal path leading to beatification), and the second part of Benedict XVI's bestseller "Jesus of Nazareth" could be published. As well, his apostolic exhortation taking up the conclusions of the 2008 synod on the Word of God could be released.
The year 2010 is also expected to bring forward causes that the German Pope has made a priority: advances in Christian unity, and work with other religions, particularly Islam and Judaism.