Pope’s last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2013 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent. “It’s very clear that St. Peter’s is a much bigger church than Santa Sabina in Aventino, so for a celebration in which we expect there will be a lot of faithful, bishops and cardinals who wish to be present to … [Read more...]

Scott Hahn: Resignation shows Pope’s servant nature

Steubenville, Ohio, Feb 12, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's decision to resign as Bishop of Rome shows how the papacy is an office not of power but of service, reflected author and professor Dr. Scott Hahn. “It seems to me this might be for him, the most humble and obedient act of service that he can render in his own conscience,” Hahn, a professor of Biblical theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, told CNA Feb. 11. “It's a profound … [Read more...]

Eleven Americans among cardinal-electors

Vatican City, Feb 12, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the conclave to elect Pope Benedict's successor, 11 of the 117 cardinals eligible to vote in the closed-room meeting will be Americans. The Diocese of Rome will be “sede vacante” or vacant at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28, when Pope Benedict's resignation goes into effect. On that day, 117 cardinals will be eligible to elect the successor to the Holy See. The conclave must begin within 20 days of his date of … [Read more...]

Late-term abortions criticized after death of New York woman

Baltimore, Md., Feb 12, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life advocates are urging an end to third-trimester abortions in response to the death of a 29-year-old woman who underwent the procedure at a Maryland clinic run by Dr. Leroy Carhart.“It is so tragic that this family had to lose not only their nearly full-term child, but also their wife, daughter, and sister,” said Michael Martelli, executive director of the Maryland Coalition for Life. “What is most appalling is … [Read more...]

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...]


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