Conclave may take place earlier than expected

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's spokesman announced today that the coming conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor might be convened in shorter order than previously thought. "It is possible that church authorities can prepare a proposal to be taken up by the cardinals on the first day after the papal vacancy," Holy See Press Office director Fr. Federico Lombardi told the press on Feb. 16. Church law currently prescribes that … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank gets new president as papal coverage continues

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2013 / 09:47 am (CNA).- The drama surrounding the Pope's resignation did not prevent the Vatican from moving ahead with filling the top post at its main financial institution. The Institute for the Works of Religion, frequently called the Vatican Bank, announced Feb. 15 that Ernst von Freyberg will be the new president of the institute’s supervisory board. “This decision is the result of extensive evaluation and a series of interviews that the … [Read more...]

Rome priests react with sadness to Pope’s resignation

Vatican City, Feb 15, 2013 / 08:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After meeting with Pope Benedict on Thursday, priests from the Rome diocese said they are sad he is retiring and that he was a great gift to the Church. ““We’re sad because a Pope is not only a theoretical leader, he’s the man to whom you give your allegiance and your vows, so there’s a direct link and a sadness in that,” said Father Robert, after the Pope met Feb. 14 with the clergy of his diocese at … [Read more...]

Pope: media helped spread misinterpretations of Vatican II

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2013 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version. “The world interpreted the council through the eyes of the media instead of seeing the true council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,” said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall Feb. 14. “Fifty years later, the strength of the real council has been revealed, and it is our task for the Year of Faith … [Read more...]

Archbishop Ganswein plans to remain prefect of Papal Household

Vatican City, Feb 14, 2013 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Georg Ganswein will move with Pope Benedict XVI when he retires on Feb. 28, but he also intends to retain his role as head of the Papal Household. “The Pope will be accompanied to Castel Gandolfo and also to the monastery by Archbishop Georg and the Memores Domini, because this is the fundamental nuclear group of the pontifical family.” “He will also remain the head of the Papal Household. And the future, … [Read more...]

Nun describes simplicity of Pope’s retirement monastery

Madrid, Spain, Feb 14, 2013 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the nuns that lived in the monastery where the Pope will retire says his choice shows his “great simplicity” because it “is not a work of art or comparable with other Vatican buildings.” “His decision to retire has surprised me, but he is very brave, although he is fragile and elderly,” said the nun from the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, who requested anonymity because of her cloistered … [Read more...]

Benedictine abbot sees good reasons for moving Pope’s Mass

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Given the number of people that inevitably swarmed to the Holy Father’s last public Mass, Benedictine Abbot Nokter Wolf understands why his monastery did not host the Pope.“This is the last public concelebration of Benedict XVI before he leaves the pontificate. So that’s the reason which is given, and I understand that well,” said Abbott Wolf in a Feb. 12 interview with CNA.Pope Benedict celebrated Ash … [Read more...]