Pope decided to resign after Cuba trip, Vatican advisor says

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down from his office was made soon after his trip to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, according to a senior communications officer at the Vatican.“What's interesting is how long ago this decision was made, shortly after the Pope's trip to Cuba, which was in March of last year,” said Vatican advisor Greg Burke.On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict XVI announced to a gathering of cardinals in Rome … [Read more...]

Vatican expert thinks Pope timed resignation for Easter

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2013 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's resignation during Lent is no coincidence according to a Vatican expert who thinks the timing was tied to the Church’s liturgical calendar."He did this at the beginning of Lent because he wanted to ensure that when we celebrate Easter with the risen Christ, we could have a new pontiff with the Lord's resurrection," said Paul Badde, the Rome correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt."He … [Read more...]

Bishops of Latin America united in prayer for Pope Benedict

Lima, Peru, Feb 12, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Latin America have voiced admiration for Pope Benedict XVI, calling his decision to resign from the papacy both courageous and humble.Pope Benedict “has been a Pontiff who understood how to guide the Church in times of crisis with prudence, humility and strength,” said Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City.He commended the Holy Father for “always seeing problems in the light of the faith and with the hope that … [Read more...]

German atheists suddenly respect Pope, says journalist

Rome, Italy, Feb 12, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A German journalist and acquaintance of Pope Benedict XVI says atheists in their native country are more respectful of him after realizing their perception of the pontiff was wrong."The atheists are very respectful now of him because they had a completely invalid image of him clinging to his power, although it meant nothing to him," said Paul Badde, Die Welt's Vatican correspondent since Feb. 2002."They saw him as … [Read more...]

New Pope will attend World Youth Day, Rio archbishop confirms

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 12, 2013 / 12:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro said the new Pope elected in the upcoming conclave will attend World Youth Day this summer.During Mass at a parish in Rio, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said that when he spoke with Benedict XVI about the event, the Holy Father told him, “The Pope will go to World Youth Day. Me or my successor.”The archbishop confirmed that … [Read more...]

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...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X