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...]

Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 07:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 that he no longer has the strength to carry out ministry and will resign on Feb. 28. “I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI announces his retirement

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2013 / 04:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign from his duties as Pope on February 28th, 2013.The full text of the Pope's announcement follows. Please revist this page for more details. A press conference will be held in minutes at the Vatican press office.Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life … [Read more...]

Momentum builds around national March for Marriage

Washington D.C., Feb 10, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Plans for a national March for Marriage in downtown Washington, D.C., are generating excitement and enthusiastic support, according to organizers of the event.The upcoming March for Marriage “is an opportunity to witness to the culture about our pro-marriage beliefs,” said Thomas Peters, cultural director for the National Organization for Marriage.Peters told CNA that coming together visibly to support the institution … [Read more...]

Post-abortive woman finds healing, offers hope for unplanned pregnancies

St. Paul, Minn., Feb 10, 2013 / 10:11 am (CNA).- The year was 1969,  three years before abortion became legal in America.A 20-year-old from rural Iowa fled her rocky upbringing, looking for a fresh start in a big city.She landed in New York. A great job and a sprawling metropolis bursting with culture invigorated her.Looking for a carefree life to erase the troubles and scars of her childhood, she immersed herself in the arts and entertainment of the city that never sleeps.And, … [Read more...]