Spanish ambassador to Holy See voices support amid papal transition

Madrid, Spain, Mar 4, 2013 / 12:22 pm (CNA).- Spain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Eduardo Gutierrez Saenz de Buruaga, said after meeting with the Spanish cardinals that they are “very hopeful” as they approach the upcoming conclave.While the papal election has no clear favorite to be the next Pontiff, Ambassador Gutierrez told Spanish television on March 1, the cardinals “intend to find a successor to Benedict XVI as smoothly and as quickly as … [Read more...]

‘Church changing big time,’ says Cardinal Dolan

Vatican City, Mar 3, 2013 / 05:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An American cardinal said Sunday that the Catholic Church is undergoing a lot of changes.“The Church is in the business of change big time,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said at St. Peter’s Basilica during a Mass he celebrated for U.S. journalists at 10:30 a.m. local time.He said that many journalists had been asking him if he believed the new pontiff would make changes within the Church.“Jesus calls us first … [Read more...]

Future Popes will mirror Benedict XVI, says cardinal

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2013 / 09:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Australian cardinal said that future popes are likely to follow in the footsteps of Benedict XVI.   “I think his pontificate will be typical of pontificates of the future,” said Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. “I admire him for the decision that he took, but it does change the situation a little bit,” said Cardinal Pell in an EWTN interview in Rome on Feb. 28. Benedict XVI resigned as … [Read more...]

College students in Rome send farewell message to Benedict

Rome, Italy, Mar 1, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Students at the University of Dallas who are spending this semester in Rome had a special opportunity to show their love and support for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as he officially retired from the papacy. “It was a very special moment because we were able to give the Pope a farewell present that was totally unique,” said Ada Thomas. On Feb. 28, as the Pope traveled by helicopter from the Vatican to his summer residence at … [Read more...]

US cardinals say next Pope must be ‘man of deep faith’

Rome, Italy, Mar 1, 2013 / 09:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Countering much speculation that next Pope will be chosen based on geographic concerns, three American cardinals say the best candidate to succeed Benedict XVI is a man of holiness who can communicate the Gospel. “Our people back home and throughout the world are all praying for this event, that we will be guided to be able to choose the very best person to lead the Church,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston … [Read more...]

Young people across globe thank Pope in video

Madrid, Spain, Feb 26, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking Pope Benedict XVI for his service to the Church.“We young people are with you,” the video emphasizes to the Pontiff, who will be retiring from his role as Pope at the end of February due to waning strength.Entitled, “For the 85 year-old young man,” the video has already gone viral, receiving more than … [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...]