Lay Catholics voice gratitude for ‘inspired’ Pope

Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent lay Catholics reacted with surprise and sorrow to Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he will resign the papacy, but they praised his Christian life and service to the Catholic Church. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus underscored Catholics' thoughts and prayers are with Pope Benedict in his remaining days in office. “We wish him all the best in his retirement,” Anderson said. … [Read more...]

Orthodox bishop lauds Pope for building good relations

Moscow, Russia, Feb 11, 2013 / 05:38 pm (CNA).- A leading bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church said that Pope Benedict's papacy has been the occasion of a “positive dynamic” in relations between the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox. “He is a prominent theologian, who is well versed in the tradition of the Orthodox Church while having the sensitivity that makes it possible for him to build relations with Orthodox Church on (a) due level,” Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Politicians react to Pope’s retirement with surprise, thanksgiving

Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Political leaders in the United States offered their prayers and respect upon learning of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire at the end of the month. “On behalf of Americans everywhere,” said U.S. President Barack Obama in a Feb. 11 statement, “Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.”“Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with … [Read more...]