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...]

Cardinal Wuerl describes spiritual experience of conclave

Rome, Italy, Feb 27, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A conclave is similar to going on a rigorous spiritual retreat that is pervaded by silence, according to Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. “It’s like going on a very, very strong, heavy retreat,” explained Cardinal Wuerl in a Feb. 26 interview with CNA at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. “It’s heavy in the sense of leaving aside everything else, but this time the retreat’s … [Read more...]

Cardinal says next Pope likely to be young

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2013 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A cardinal from Chile who will be participating in the general meetings leading up to the conclave said that the next Pope will most likely be relatively young. “One of the external characteristics that the Church needs is for a person not very advanced in age to be chosen and this is very probable,” said Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, former archbishop of Santiago. The 80-year-old cardinal, who has taken … [Read more...]