Pope Benedict allows earlier conclave, extends secrecy oath

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2013 / 09:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has changed Church law allowing cardinals to vote earlier for the new Pope, provided that they are all in Rome. “Pope Benedict XVI allows for the College of Cardinals to begin the Conclave before fifteen days have passed from the beginning of the sede vacante, providing that all voting cardinals are present,” said Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata Feb. 25 at the Holy See’s press office. The Pope’s … [Read more...]

Vatican sets dates for 2015 World Meeting of Families

Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 25, 2013 / 09:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has announced the dates for the eighth World Meeting of Families, officially confirming that the event will be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27, 2015.  “The more we encourage and support the integrity of families, the healthier society becomes,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. In a Feb. 25 announcement from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that the next World Meeting of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns, will not go to conclave

Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb 25, 2013 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the conclave. "Approaching the age of seventy-five and at times in indifferent health, I tendered my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh to Pope Benedict XVI some months ago.  I was happy to know that he accepted my resignation ‘nunc pro tunc’ – (now … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone calls contemplatives to pray for conclave

Vatican City, Feb 25, 2013 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretary of State has written to the world’s nuns and monks to ask for their prayers for the conclave to elect his successor “The Holy Father is certain that you, in your monasteries and convents throughout the world, will provide the precious resource of that prayerful faith which down the centuries has accompanied and sustained the Church along her pilgrim path,” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s Feb. 21 … [Read more...]

Protestant scholar lauds Benedict’s ecumenical strides

Pasadena, Calif., Feb 24, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict has been a leader devoted to ecumenical efforts, according to a professor of Christian history and ecumenism at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Protestant school in Pasadena, Calif. “I have appreciated his commitment to ecumenism,” Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., who is also a minister in the Assemblies of God, an ecclesial community in the Pentecostal tradition, told CNA Feb. 19. Robeck participated in the third inter-faith … [Read more...]

Conclave expected between March 9 and 11

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The conclave to choose the next Pope will likely begin between March 9th and 11th. A Vatican official speaking on background to CNA said Feb. 24 that the dates being discussed for the start of the conclave to elect Benedict XVI’s successor are somewhere between March 9th and 11th. The possibility of foregoing the normal 15-day waiting period for opening a conclave has been raised by Pope Benedict announcing that he will resign on … [Read more...]

Pope will change rule for conclave date tomorrow

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio on Feb. 25, clearing the way for the College of Cardinals to choose a date in early March to begin the conclave for electing his successor. According to sources at the Vatican, Pope Benedict plans to publish a declaration on Monday that will enable the cardinals to select a date that is earlier than the 15-day waiting period currently required by Church law. The director of the Holy See press … [Read more...]

The ‘strictest’ secrecy: a look at how conclaves work

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI's successor will soon be elected during a conclave, a secret vote of cardinals that will occur in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel next month. The number of cardinal-electors, who will travel to Rome from across the globe, is limited to 120, and only those cardinals who are not yet 80 are allowed to vote in the conclave. Conclaves are events of “the strictest secrecy,” to preserve the impartiality of proceedings. … [Read more...]

Wales and England celebrate patron St. David on March 1

Denver, Colo., Feb 24, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Among Welsh Catholics, as well as those in England, March 1 is the liturgical celebration of Saint David of Wales. St. David is the patron of the Welsh people, remembered as a missionary bishop and the founder of many monasteries during the sixth century. David was a popular namesake for churches in Wales prior to the Anglican schism, and his feast day is still an important religious and civic observance. Although Pope Benedict XVI … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict says he is not ‘abandoning the Church’

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address, in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.” “Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said as he dwelt on the Sunday Gospel on the Transfiguration, “the Word of God feels … [Read more...]