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...]

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...]

Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote. “It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the Conclave … that there is a widespread distribution of often … [Read more...]

Pope spends final retreat exploring truth, beauty connection

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 07:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI finished his final Lenten spiritual exercises as Pope by thanking his collaborators for support and help these last eight years and by reflecting on the relationship between truth and beauty.“I would like to thank you all, not only for this week, but for the past eight years, in which you have borne with me, with great skill, affection, love, faith, the weight of the Petrine ministry,” Pope Benedict said Feb. 23 … [Read more...]

Castel Gandolfo prepares to receive first retired Pope

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb 23, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Residents of the town that is home to the Pope’s summer residence say they are happy Pope Benedict is returning to live there. “When the Pope arrives he will find his apartment the same as always, but also the affection and devotion of everyone here,” Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas in Castel Gandolfo, told CNA Feb. 20. Pope Benedict will officially end his ministry at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. … [Read more...]


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