Ratzinger Prize

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall. | © L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis Praises "fruitful" Theology of Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2022

Pope Francis on Thursday praised the role of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his theology for the Church.

Credit: © L’Osservatore Romano | Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City on August 28, 2010.

French Jesuit and American Legal Scholar Win 2022 Ratzinger Prize

Oct 8, 2022

A French Jesuit and an American legal scholar were named the recipients of this year’s Ratzinger prize on Friday.

Fr. Paul Béré, delivering the inaugural lecture of the Sarpong Theological Lecture (STL) organized by the Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI) on 1 October 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Share “richness of our theology”: African Award-winning Priest at Inaugural Lecture

Oct 4, 2021

Catholics in Africa and beyond need to share the richness of African theology for a better understanding of this type of Christian theology, an African award-winning Priest has said. 

A poster announcing the Sarpong Theological Lecture (STL) scheduled to take place on Friday, 1 October 2021. Credit: Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI)

Planned Jesuit Inaugural Theological Lecture in Ghana to “celebrate our living legends”

Oct 1, 2021

Honoring and celebrating living legends who shaped theology in Africa is expected to be the focus of a virtual biennial event that is organized by the Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI), a Ghana-based social justice centre of the Jesuit North-West Africa Province.

Ratzinger Prize winners Ludger Schwienhorst-Schönberger, left, and Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz. Bistum Münster.

Old Testament Expert and Philosopher from Germany Win 2021 Ratzinger Prize

Oct 1, 2021

Pope Francis will present the award on Nov. 13.

Pope Francis presents the Ratzinger prize to Jesuit Fr Paul Bere during a ceremony at the Vatican on November 9, 2019. / Vatican Media

First African to Win Ratzinger Prize Appointed to Vatican’s Pontifical Biblical Commission

Jan 26, 2021

Pope Francis has appointed Jesuit Fr. Paul Beré, the first African to win the Ratzinger Prize, as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which is an entity within the Roman Curia established to ensure the proper interpretation and defense of Sacred Scripture.

Professor Tracey Rowland, St John Paul II Chair in Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Australia). Credit: Emmaus Academic/ St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Australian Professor and French Philosopher win Ratzinger Prize

Oct 2, 2020

An Australian professor and a French philosopher were named the winners of this year’s Ratzinger Prize Oct. 1.

2019 Ratzinger Prize winners with Pope Francis Nov. 9, 2019. Credit: Vatican Media.

Theology in 'dialogue with cultures' renews humanity, Pope Francis says

Nov 9, 2019

When theology and philosophy engage with cultures in creative ways, they become a powerful tool for renewing humanity with the Word of God, Pope Francis said Saturday, during the awarding of the 2019 Ratzinger Prize.

Jesuit Fr. Paul Beré, winner of Ratzinger Prize 2019, first African ever to win the award

Q&A with First African to Win Ratzinger Prize, Jesuit Fr. Paul Béré

Oct 8, 2019

The Ratzinger Prize has, over the years, been awarded to scholars whose contribution to theology is considered outstanding in the spirit of the German theologian, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI. Established in 2011, no African had ever featured among the winners of this prestigious prize. This year, Burkinabé Jesuit priest, Paul Béré made history as the first African ever to win the coveted prize. He will receive the award on November 9.

Jesuit Fr. Paul Beré, winner of the Ratzinger Prize 2019

Burkina Faso Jesuit Priest Makes History as First African to Win Ratzinger Prize

Oct 2, 2019

Burkina Faso born Jesuit priest, Fr. Paul Béré, is making history as the first ever African to win the Ratzinger Prize, which rewards the work of theologians and specialists from related disciplines.