~from Petrus via Papa Ratzinger Forum
Pope Benedict XVI has chosen French Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, the Biblicist whom he made a cardinal in the first consistory of his Pontificate, to preach the spiritual exercises for the Pope and the Roman Curia during the traditional retreat at the start of the Lenten season, according to the French online agency, I-Media.
Vanhoye, 84, is a Jesuit scholar who is a specialist in the New Testament.
Previous preachers chosen by Benedict XVI in the first two retreats of his Pontificate were also retired prelates - Cardinal Marco Ce, emeritus Patriarch of Venice, in 2006, and Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, emeritus Archbishop of Florence, last year.
[Equally noteworthy was the Pope's choice of Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hongkong to write the meditations and prayers for the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum on Good Friday.]