Vatileaks not at center of Pope’s decision, priest states

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Irish theologian who is familiar with the life and thought of Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to resign was not because of Vatican difficulties. “The media keeps focusing on the Vatileaks as key element to his resignation, and I think that’s absolute nonsense,” said Jesuit Father Michael P. Gallagher, who came to Rome about 20 years ago to work for the Pontifical Council for Culture. “I’m sure he … [Read more...]

Young people across globe thank Pope in video

Madrid, Spain, Feb 26, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking Pope Benedict XVI for his service to the Church.“We young people are with you,” the video emphasizes to the Pontiff, who will be retiring from his role as Pope at the end of February due to waning strength.Entitled, “For the 85 year-old young man,” the video has already gone viral, receiving more than … [Read more...]

Next Pope can still be ‘Pontifex’ on Twitter

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has dispelled claims that Pope Benedict XVI's “Pontifex” Twitter account will be shut down permanently, clarifying that it “will be available for use by the next Pope as he may wish.” Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Feb. 23 the Twitter account was created for the Pope’s “exclusive use.” In a statement published by … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer Pope – a simple white cassock, and brown shoes given to him in Leon, Mexico. “The city of Leon is known for beautiful shoes, and very comfortable shoes. And when the Pope was asked what he wanted to wear he said, ‘I want the shoes from Leon in Mexico,’” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 26. “It will no … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict’s new name revealed

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press office revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called Pope Emeritus. “He will still be called His Holiness Benedict XVI,” said the press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. “But he will also be called Pope Emeritus or Roman Pontiff Emeritus,” he added at the Feb. 26 press meeting. Pope Benedict is currently receiving hundreds of letters from … [Read more...]

Korean War chaplain slated to receive Medal of Honor

Wichita, Kan., Feb 26, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A former Kansas Congressman has indicated that Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor later this year, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War.  “Like everybody else, I think it’s great news we’ve been waiting for some time,” said Fr. John Hotze, a priest from the Diocese of … [Read more...]

Lawmakers demand account of Planned Parenthood funds

Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have requested a report from the government on the use federal funds given to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortions. “Planned Parenthood showed in its most recent annual report that they are providing fewer health services, while abortions and federal funding are going up,” said Rep. Diane Black (R- Tenn.). “Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood and others … [Read more...]


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