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...]

Swiss Guards seal gates, leave service of Pope Emeritus

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday evening, the Swiss Guards have left their posts and sealed the gates of the former pontiff's temporary residence of Castel Gandolfo. A crowd of Catholic faithful gathered Feb. 28 outside the papal vacation spot. At 8 p.m. Roman time, a loud bell rang eight times as they shouted “Viva il Papa!” or “Long live the Pope!” The Swiss Guards entered Castel … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict’s kiss goodbye

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 11:26 am (CNA).- The infant son of a Catholic News Agency editor received a farewell kiss on his forehead from Pope Benedict yesterday, at the plaza of St. Peter's Basilica before his final General Audience. “To see him today in the final hours of his papacy and to have him hold my son in his arms was a special kind of blessing, and a consolation from the Lord,” Jenny Uebbing, the mother of the fortunate infant, John Paul, told CNA Feb. … [Read more...]

Pope’s last words: Thank you for your friendship and love

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb 28, 2013 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the 15-minute helicopter trip to Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI offered a word of thanks to the thousands of people who traveled there to support him in has last hours as Pope.   “I am happy to be with you, surrounded by the beauty of Creation and your sympathy that does so much good for me. Thank you for your friendship and love,” the Pope said at around 5:30 p.m. from the balcony of his … [Read more...]

Pope leaves Vatican for Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 09:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican by helicopter and will soon arrive in the town of Castel Gandolfo where he will live for two months. Staff from the pontifical household, senior cardinals, senior members of the Secretariat of State, and all the Swiss guards lined up in front of the St. Damaso courtyard for their final goodbye. He was then driven from the courtyard to the heliport where he boarded the helicopter, which left at … [Read more...]