Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2013 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinals of the Catholic Church gathered for their first general meeting this morning to take an oath of secrecy, pray and begin discussing some of the logistics to elect a new Pope. “The atmosphere was very serene, positive and intense. It was constructive and reflects a spirit concern for the Church throughout the world,” Father Federico Lombardi said March 4. The first general congregation began precisely at 9:30 … [Read more...]

Old establishment cardinals hope for quick conclave

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2013 / 07:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the cardinals created by Benedict XVI arrive in Rome and get acquainted with the pre-conclave operations, cardinals from the old establishment are pushing for a quick conclave. An anonymous cardinal – which is how this type of pressure is usually applied – told the Italian press agency AGI that his “dream is that the Church will have a new Pope within this week,” and that “this is possible if the … [Read more...]

Cardinal says selecting new Pope is ‘a great responsibility’

Rome, Italy, Mar 1, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, stressed the great responsibility undertaken by the cardinals who will choose the next Pope.In an interview with CNA on Feb. 21, Cardinal Lozano Barragan explained that participating in a conclave is “a very beautiful experience,” but because of the responsibility it entails, it is “not at all … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI’s first night as Pope emeritus

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2013 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI ate dinner, watched the news with Archbishop Georg Gänswein and slept soundly during his first night as a retired pontiff.   “We spoke with Archbishop Georg Gänswein this morning and he told us that both of them slept very well, had dinner and watched two Italian newscasts of the days events,” Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi said March 1.   “The Pope was immersed … [Read more...]

Papal apartments, basilica sealed for sede vacante

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2013 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone sealed off the papal apartments, marking the beginning of the sede vacante, the period when there is no Pope. The head of the Apostolic Chamber, an office that only operates during the time of sede vacante and takes care of papal properties, closed and sealed the Vatican’s papal apartment doors at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 28. The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, is the leader of … [Read more...]

Cardinals set date for meetings about next Pope

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2013 / 05:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first day that the Church is without a Pope, Cardinal Angelo Sodano announced that the first general congregation of cardinals will take place next Monday morning. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals, made the date public in an official letter sent to the world’s cardinals on March 1. The cardinals will meet from 9:30 to 12:30 on the morning of March 4 in the Synod of Bishops hall on the second … [Read more...]

Beauty in liturgy the ‘great legacy’ of Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Mar 1, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be remembered in Church history for his work to recover the beauty of traditional liturgy, according to Bishop James D. Conley. The head of the Lincoln, Neb. Diocese, who has been reading Benedict's writings on liturgy for decades, said these works “will remain a great contribution to liturgical theology for years to come.” “His great legacy,” Bishop Conley told CNA Feb. 27, … [Read more...]


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