Youth gather to pray for Pope, recall his loving guidance

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young adults at the Vatican called Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign “humble” and “brave,” adding that they are “impressed by the strength of his choice.”“I have a lot of respect for his choice,” said one member of the Vatican’s youth group “San Lorenzo,” which gathered to pray the rosary in St. Peter’s Square for the Holy Father.“We … [Read more...]

American bishops thank Pope for service, love of Church

Denver, Colo., Feb 11, 2013 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Numerous American bishops voiced their gratitude to Pope Benedict for his nearly 8 years of service as Bishop of Rome, noting the pontiff's constant desire for the good of the Church. “Pope Benedict XVI has, in all circumstances, placed the will of God for the good of the Church before every other consideration....he has now shown great courage in deciding, after prayer and soul-searching, to resign his office at the end of … [Read more...]

‘Your pontificate will shine like a star,’ head cardinal tells Pope

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, told Pope Benedict XVI that his pontificate will always shine like a star as he reacted to the news of Pope’s resignation."The stars in the sky will continue to shine and your pontificate will always shine like them among us," said Cardinal Angelo Sodano, just after the Pope read his declaration of resignation on Feb. 11."We have heard you with a sense … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI plans life of prayer after retirement

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and study in a Vatican-based monastery.The Pope, who announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, will first stay in Castel Gandolfo before eventually going back to the Vatican to live in Mater Ecclesiae monastery.The monastery is currently being renovated, but it is normally inhabited by a group of nuns who pray for the ministry of … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI plans life of prayer after retirement

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and study in a Vatican-based monastery.The Pope, who announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, will first stay in Castel Gandolfo before eventually going back to the Vatican to live in Mater Ecclesiae monastery.The monastery is currently being renovated, but it is normally inhabited by a group of nuns who pray for the ministry of … [Read more...]

Papal resignation is rare historical event

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 10:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict made it public that he will step down from his role as head of the Catholic Church, raising a number of questions about how the process of resignation works. Only two other Pope’s have resigned their post in the history of the Church, with the last one being Gregory VII, in 1415. But in retrospect the idea was perhaps not so distant from the mind of Benedict XVI. The first clear hint of such a move … [Read more...]

Pope’s resignation invokes sadness, gratitude from US bishops

Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops voiced sorrow over the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, as well as appreciation for his eight years of leadership and service to the Church.“The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with His God in all he did,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. … [Read more...]


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