On receiving honorary doctorate, Benedict XVI lauds John Paul II

Benedict_awardBehold the beauty of humility and mutual respect the Supreme Pontiffs of Catholic Church maintains for each other! While receiving an honorary doctorate from both the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and Krakow Academy of Music, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave all credits for his spiritual and theological achievements to St. John Paul II, his great predecessor.

“Without him my spiritual and theological journey would be unimaginable” the retired Pontiff said. He said that he feels a special joy, as “in this way my bond with Poland, with Krakow, and with the home of St. John Paul II, has become even deeper.”

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow and former secretary of St. John Paul II, conferred the degrees during the ceremony that took place in Italian city of Castel Gandolfo. The doctorates were conferred for the remarkable contributions of Benedict XVI for knowledge and culture, specifically his attention to truth, beauty, faith and the presence of sacred music in the liturgy.


A. Fraizer.