Vatican Post Office issues stamp for Pope’s resignation

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s post office is issuing a special cancelation stamp to mark the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy. A Feb. 28 communiqué from the post office reproduces the special postmark, which shows Pope Benedict in the foreground with his arms raised in a greeting. In the background is the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and along the bottom in Latin are the words: “Pope Benedict XVI Renounces the Petrine … [Read more...]

Cardinals bid Pope farewell with hearts full of thanks

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 04:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Echoing the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, Cardinal Angelo Sodano told Pope Benedict that the cardinals’ hearts “burned when walking with you in the past eight years.” “Yes, Holy Father, I know that our hearts that burned when walking with you in the past eight years. Today we want to once again express our gratitude. We repeat in chorus a typical expression of his dear native land ‘Vergelt's … [Read more...]

Theologian says cultural renewal starts with Catechism

Merrimack, N.H., Feb 28, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA).- A U.S. theology professor's new book seeks to revitalize society through the “integrated whole of the Catholic vision,” found in the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Dr. Ryan Topping of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., said that the task of evangelizing formerly Christian societies “requires effort on all fronts.” “Bishops have their part, as do religious, as do … [Read more...]

Catholic college students honor Pope Benedict’s last days

Washington D.C., Feb 28, 2013 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Students at American Catholic universities are observing the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy with special Masses, prayers and acts of charity.At Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, “Christ the King Chapel was filled to overflowing” during a holy hour on Feb. 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, said Tom Sofio, a public relations official.Sofio told CNA that hundreds of students attended the holy … [Read more...]

Obama officials, Republican group advocate ‘gay marriage’

Washington D.C., Feb 28, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Both President Barack Obama’s administration and a group of Republican officials have filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court calling for marriage to be redefined to include same-sex partners.“Like a lot of the country, my views have evolved on this from the first day I set foot in Congress,” said former U.S. Representative Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio).On Feb. 25, a group of over 70 Republican leaders and public figures filed a … [Read more...]