Benedictine abbot sees good reasons for moving Pope’s Mass

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Given the number of people that inevitably swarmed to the Holy Father’s last public Mass, Benedictine Abbot Nokter Wolf understands why his monastery did not host the Pope.“This is the last public concelebration of Benedict XVI before he leaves the pontificate. So that’s the reason which is given, and I understand that well,” said Abbott Wolf in a Feb. 12 interview with CNA.Pope Benedict celebrated Ash … [Read more...]

Conclave to determine new Pope could be held mid-March

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 02:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The conclave to elect the next Bishop of Rome could start between March 15 and 19, according to the director of the Holy See's Press Office. “If everything goes normally, it could be envisioned that the conclave begins between 15 and 19 March,” Father Federico Lombardi said Feb. 13. “At the moment, we cannot give an exact date because it falls to the cardinals to determine it.” The Diocese of Rome will … [Read more...]

During last Mass, Pope Benedict urges return to God

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI encouraged people across the globe to wholeheartedly return to God during his last Mass today as pontiff of the Catholic Church. “May the invitation to conversion, to 'return to God with all our heart,' resonate strongly in us,” Pope Benedict said at St. Peter's Basilica on Ash Wednesday Feb. 13. “Accepting his grace that makes us new men and women, with the surprising news that is … [Read more...]

State of the Union speeches recognize role of family

Washington D.C., Feb 13, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The importance of strong families for the well-being of society was discussed by leaders of both political parties as President Barack Obama delivered his 2013 State of the Union address.Addressing the problem of poverty in his Feb. 12 speech, President Barack Obama promised to “work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples.”The president’s address, delivered … [Read more...]

Pope urges conversion in face of modern temptations

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After thanking everyone for their love and prayers since he announced his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on how modern culture frequently offers people the temptation to set aside their faith. “The tests which modern society subjects the Christians, in fact, are many, and affect the personal and social life,” the Pope said during his Wednesday general audience Feb. 13. “It is not easy to be faithful to … [Read more...]

Vatican releases schedule for Pope’s final days

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises, and audiences with politicians and cardinals.Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting.The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final … [Read more...]

Archbishop calls for return to America’s ‘founding ideals’

Scottsdale, Ariz., Feb 13, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics today must help the U.S. return to its founding principles amid dangers to religious liberty, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore told a gathering of business leaders. “In the spirit of the New Evangelization, may I invite engage your network of family members, colleagues, and friends to understand more profoundly how religious freedom is threatened and to think of our political system with more than … [Read more...]