Pope: I can ‘almost physically’ feel prayers and love

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 03:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,” the prayers and love that have been poured out for him. “I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me,” he said at the beginning of his weekly general audience. “Continue to pray for … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus encourage prayers for next Pope

New Haven, Conn., Feb 13, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- A new prayer from the Knights of Columbus thanks Jesus for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and intercedes for the gift of a holy and faithful Pope after Benedict's retirement on Feb. 28. “Until a new pope is elected, we encourage all members of the Knights of Columbus, their families and all Catholics to say this prayer daily for Pope Benedict, for the Church, and for our future Pope,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Feb. … [Read more...]

Pope decided to resign after Cuba trip, Vatican advisor says

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down from his office was made soon after his trip to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, according to a senior communications officer at the Vatican.“What's interesting is how long ago this decision was made, shortly after the Pope's trip to Cuba, which was in March of last year,” said Vatican advisor Greg Burke.On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict XVI announced to a gathering of cardinals in Rome … [Read more...]

Vatican expert thinks Pope timed resignation for Easter

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's resignation during Lent is no coincidence according to a Vatican expert who thinks the timing was tied to the Church’s liturgical calendar."He did this at the beginning of Lent because he wanted to ensure that when we celebrate Easter with the risen Christ, we could have a new pontiff with the Lord's resurrection," said Paul Badde, the Rome correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt."He … [Read more...]