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When Benedict XVI was elected to the papacy in 2005, he continued to deliver the weekly General Audiences on the psalms and canticles that comprise Vespers using the text that John Paul II had prepared.  After completing that cycle of talks in February 2006, Benedict began his own series on the great figures of the history of the Church with the stated intention of reflecting on “the mystery of the relation between Christ and the Church.” As part of this series of audiences, which lasted until April 2011, Benedict delivered 160 addresses on the most significant figures in the history of early, medieval, and early-modern Christianity, proceeding chronologically from the Apostles, through the Eastern and Western Church Fathers and Doctors and concluding with Thérèse of Lisieux. These audiences can be counted among the most important contributions of Benedict’s pontificate not only by reason of their numerical extent and historical breadth, but especially on account of their pastoral and theological significance.

 

The following table summarizes the entire cycle of audiences. Links to Vatican text of each address are listed below.

 

 

Dates

Number of Audiences

  1. Introduction: The Apostolic Ministry of the Church

15 March, 2006 – 10 May, 2006

7

  1. The Twelve

17 May, 2006 – 18 October, 2006

15

  1. First Biblical Witnesses of the Christian Faith

25 October 2006 – 14 February 2007

9

  1. Great Figures of the Early and Medieval Church

7 March 2007 – 25 June 2008

46

  1. Excursus: The Year of St. Paul

2 July 2008 – 4 February 2009

20

  1. Great Figures of the Early and Medieval Church Continued

11 February 2009 – 7 July 2010

37

  1. Excursus: Year for Priests
24 June 2009 – 30 June 2010 11
  1. Medieval Women Saints

1 September 2010 – 26 January 2011

16

  1. Doctors of the Church

2 February 2011 – 6 April 2011

8

  1. Conclusion: Holiness

13 April 2011

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1.    Introduction: The Apostolic Ministry of the Church

15 March 2006, Christ and the Church

 

22 March 2006, Witnesses of Christ

 

29 March 2006, The gift of "communion"

 

5 April 2006, Safeguarding the gift

 

26 April 2006, Communion in time: Tradition

 

3 May 2006, The Apostolic Tradition of the Church

 

10 May 2006, Having a "vision from on high"

2.   The Twelve

17 May 2006, Peter, the fisherman

 

24 May 2006, Peter, the Apostle

 

7 June 2006, Peter, the rock

 

14 June 2006, Andrew, the "Protoclete"

 

21 June 2006, James, the Greater

 

28 June 2006, James, the Lesser

 

5 July 2006, John, son of Zebedee

 

9 August 2006, John, the theologian

 

23 August 2006, John, "the Seer of Patmos"

 

30 August 2006, Matthew, the tax collector

 

6 September 2006, Philip, the Apostle

 

27 September 2006, Thomas, "the twin"

 

4 October 2006, Bartholomew

 

11 October 2006, Simon and Jude

 

18 October 2006, Judas and Matthias

3.   First Biblical Witnesses of the Christian Faith

25 October 2006, Paul the Apostle

 

8 November 2006, St Paul's new outlook

 

15 November 2006, St Paul and the Spirit

 

22 November 2006, St Paul and the Church

 

13 December 2006, Timothy and Titus

 

10 January 2007, Stephen, the Protomartyr

 

31 January 2007, Barnabas, Silas (also called Silvanus), and Apollos

 

7 February 2007, Priscilla and Aquila

 

14 February 2007, Women at the service of the Gospel

4.   Great Figures of the Early and Medieval Church

7 March 2007, Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome

 

14 March 2007, Saint Ignatius of Antioch

 

21 March 2007, Saint Justin, Philosopher and Martyr

 

28 March 2007, Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

 

18 April 2007, Clement of Alexandria

 

25 April 2007, Origen of Alexandria (1)

 

2 May 2007, Origen of Alexandria (2)

 

30 May 2007, Tertullian

 

6 June 2007, Saint Cyprian

 

13 June 2007, Eusebius of Caesarea

 

20 June 2007, Saint Athanasius of Alexandria

 

27 June 2007, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

 

4 July 2007, Saint Basil (1)

 

1st August 2007, Saint Basil (2)

 

8 August 2007, Saint Gregory Nazianzus (1)

 

22 August 2007, Saint Gregory Nazianzus (2)

 

29 August 2007, Saint Gregory of Nyssa (1)

 

5 September 2007, Saint Gregory of Nyssa (2)

 

19 September 2007, Saint John Chrysostom (1)

 

26 September 2007, Saint John Chrysostom (2)

 

3 October 2007, Saint Cyril of Alexandria

 

10 October 2007, Saint Hilary of Poitiers

 

17 October 2007, Saint Eusebius of Vercelli

 

24 October 2007, Saint Ambrose of Milan

 

31 October 2007, Saint Maximus of Turin

 

7 November 2007, Saint Jerome (1)

 

14 November 2007, Saint Jerome (2)

 

21 November 2007, Aphraates, "the Sage"

 

28 November 2007, Saint Ephrem

 

5 December 2007, Saint Chromatius of Aquileia

 

12 December 2007, Saint Paulinus, Bishop of Nola

 

9 January 2008, Saint Augustine of Hippo (1)

 

16 January 2008, Saint Augustine of Hippo (2)

 

30 January 2008, Saint Augustine of Hippo (3)

 

20 February 2008, Saint Augustine of Hippo (4)

 

27 February 2008, Saint Augustine of Hippo (5)

 

5 March 2008, Saint Leo the Great

 

12 March 2008, Boethius and Cassiodorus

 

9 April 2008, Saint Benedict

 

14 May 2008, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite

 

21 May 2008, Saint Romanus the Melodist

 

28 May 2008, Saint Gregory the Great (1)

 

4 June 2008, Saint Gregory the Great (2)

 

11 June 2008, Saint Columban

 

18 June 2008, Saint Isidore of Seville

 

25 June 2008, Saint Maximus the Confessor

5.   Excursus: The Year of St. Paul

2 July 2008, Saint Paul (1): Religious and Cultural Environment

 

27 August 2008, Saint Paul (2): The Life of St Paul before and after Damascus

 

3 September 2008, Saint Paul (3): St Paul's "Conversion"

 

10 September 2008, Saint Paul (4): St Paul's Concept of Apostolate

 

24 September 2008, Saint Paul (5): Paul, the Twelve and the pre-Pauline Church

 

1 October 2008, Saint Paul (6): The "Council" of Jerusalem and the Incident in Antioch

 

8 October 2008, Saint Paul (7): The Relationship with the Historical Jesus

 

15 October 2008, Saint Paul (8): Paul's Ecclesiological Dimension

 

22 October 2008, Saint Paul (9): The Importance of Christology - Pre-existence and Incarnation

 

29 October 2008, Saint Paul (10): The Importance of Christology - The Theology of the Cross

 

5 November 2008, Saint Paul (11): The Importance of Christology - The Decisiveness of the Resurrection

 

12 November 2008, Saint Paul (12): Eschatology - The Expectation of the Parusia

 

19 November 2008, Saint Paul (13): The Doctrine of Justification - From Works to Faith

 

26 November 2008, Saint Paul (14): The Apostle's Teaching on Faith and Works In Regard to Justification

 

3 December 2008, Saint Paul (15): The Apostle’s teaching on the relation between Adam and Christ

 

10 December 2008, Saint Paul (16): Theology of the sacraments

 

7 January 2009, Saint Paul (17): The Spiritual Worship

 

14 January 2009, Saint Paul (18): Theological vision of the Letters to the Colossians and Ephesians

 

28 January 2009, Saint Paul (19): Theological vision of Pastoral Letters

 

4 February 2009, Saint Paul (20): St Paul's martyrdom and heritage

6.    Great Figures of the Early and Medieval Church Continued

11 February 2009, John Climacus

 

18 February 2009, Bede, the Venerable

 

11 March 2009, Saint Boniface

 

22 April 2009, Ambrose Autpert

 

29 April 2009, Germanus of Constantinople

 

6 May 2009, John Damascene

 

27 May 2009, Saint Theodore the Studite

 

3 June 2009, Rabanus Maurus

 

10 June 2009, John Scotus Erigena

 

17 June 2009, Saints Cyril and Methodius

 

2 September 2009, Saint Odo of Cluny

 

9 September 2009, Saint Peter Damian

 

16 September 2009, Symeon the New Theologian

 

23 September 2009, Saint Anselm



14 October 2009, Peter the Venerable

 

21 October 2009, Saint Bernard

 

28 October 2009, Monastic Theology and Scholastic Theology

 

4 November 2009, Two Theological Models in Comparison: Bernard and Abelard

 

11 November 2009, The Cluniac Reform

 

18 November 2009, The Cathedral from the Romanesque to the Gothic Architecture: The Theological Background

 

25 November 2009, Hugh and Richard of Saint Victor

 

2 December 2009, William of Saint-Thierry

 

9 December 2009, Rupert of Deutz

 

16 December 2009, John of Salisbury

 

30 December 2009, Peter Lombard

 

13 January 2010, The Mendicant Orders

 

27 January 2010, Saint Francis of Assisi

 

3 February 2010, Saint Dominic Guzman

 

10 February 2010, Saint Anthony of Padua

 

3 March 2010, Saint Bonaventure

 

10 March 2010, Saint Bonaventure (2)

 

17 March 2010, Saint Bonaventure (3)

 

24 March 2010, Saint Albert the Great

 

2 June 2010, Saint Thomas Aquinas

 

16 June 2010, Saint Thomas Aquinas (2)

 

23 June 2010, Saint Thomas Aquinas (3)

 

7 July 2010, John Duns Scotus

7.   Excursus: The Year for Priests

Note: for organizational clarity, these audiences are listed out of chronological sequence.

24 June 2009, Year for Priests

 

1st July 2009, Year for Priests (2)

 

5 August 2009, St. John Mary Vianney, the Holy Curé of Ars

 

12 August 2009, Mary, the Mother of priests

 

19 August 2009, Saint John Eudes and the formation of the diocesan clergy

 

7 October 2009, Saint John Leonardi

 

14 April 2010, Munus docendi

 

28 April 2010, Saint Leonard Murialdo and Saint Joseph Cottolengo

 

5 May 2010, Munus sanctificandi

 

26 May 2010, Munus regendi

 

30 June 2010, Saint Joseph Cafasso

8.   Medieval Women Saints

1st September 2010, Saint Hildegard of Bingen

 

8 September 2010, Saint Hildegard of Bingen (2)

 

15 September 2010, Saint Clare of Assisi

 

29 September 2010, Saint Matilda of Hackeborn

 

6 October 2010, Saint Gertrude the Great

 

13 October 2010, Blessed Angela of Foligno

 

20 October 2010, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

 

27 October 2010, Saint Bridget of Sweden

 

3 November 2010, Marguerite d’Oingt

 

17 November 2010, Saint Juliana of Cornillon

 

24 November 2010, Saint Catherine of Siena

 

1st December 2010, Julian of Norwich

 

15 December 2010, Saint Veronica Giuliani

 

29 December 2010, Saint Catherine of Bologna

 

12 January 2011, Saint Catherine of Genoa

 

26 January 2011, Saint Joan of Arc

9.   Doctors of the Church

2 February 2011, Saint Teresa of Avila

 

9 February 2011, Saint Peter Canisius

 

16 February 2011, Saint John of the Cross

 

23 February 2011, Saint Robert Bellarmine

 

2 March 2011, Saint Francis de Sales

 

23 March 2011, Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

 

30 March 2011, Saint Alphonsus Liguori

 

6 April 2011, Saint Theresa of Lisieux

10.   Conclusion: Holiness

13 April 2011, Holiness

 
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