Pope urges conversion in face of modern temptations

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 10:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After thanking everyone for their love and prayers since he announced his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on how modern culture frequently offers people the temptation to set aside their faith. “The tests which modern society subjects the Christians, in fact, are many, and affect the personal and social life,” the Pope said during his Wednesday general audience Feb. 13. “It is not easy to be faithful to … [Read more...]

Vatican releases schedule for Pope’s final days

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises, and audiences with politicians and cardinals.Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting.The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final … [Read more...]

Pope: I can ‘almost physically’ feel prayers and love

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 03:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,” the prayers and love that have been poured out for him. “I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me,” he said at the beginning of his weekly general audience. “Continue to pray for … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]


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