Cardinal Wuerl thanks Pope for guidance and humble example

Washington D.C., Feb 25, 2013 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict’s eight years of service to the Church should leave the faithful filled with gratitude and renewed in both faith and love, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C.“We are able to recognize that our Holy Father’s action speaks to us of his greatness and his ability to recognize the needs of the Church Universal today,” the cardinal said at a Feb. 24 Mass of Thanksgiving for the service of … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop says Benedict is latest in line of holy Popes

Madrid, Spain, Feb 25, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Throughout the past century, God has blessed the Church with exceptional Popes, including Benedict XVI, said Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain.“Almost all of the Popes that the Church has had in the last century are canonized or on their way to being so,” said Bishop Fernandez in a letter sent to CNA on Feb. 22. “St. Pius X, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II. The Church has … [Read more...]

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...]