Church bells ring out as Pope travels to Castel Gandolfo

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 09:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, Feb. 28, church bells in Rome and Albano rang out during the helicopter flight that took Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican to Castel Gandolfo on the day of his resignation.The Pope departed the Vatican at 5 p.m. local time to travel to Albano, where the papal summer residence is located and where he was welcomed by the faithful. Numerous Catholic communities organized a pilgrimage to Castel Gandolfo to begin … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is present and that he already pledges his “unconditional respect and obedience” to him. “Before I personally greet you I desire to tell you that I will continue to remain close to you with prayer, especially in these next days, that you may be fully docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in the election of … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 05:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI surprised the cardinals and organizers of a Feb. 28 farewell ceremony by saying the future Pope is present and that he already pledges his “unconditional respect and obedience” to him. “Before I personally greet you I desire to tell you that I will continue to remain close to you with prayer, especially in these next days, that you may be fully docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in the election of … [Read more...]

Vatican Post Office issues stamp for Pope’s resignation

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s post office is issuing a special cancelation stamp to mark the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy. A Feb. 28 communiqué from the post office reproduces the special postmark, which shows Pope Benedict in the foreground with his arms raised in a greeting. In the background is the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and along the bottom in Latin are the words: “Pope Benedict XVI Renounces the Petrine … [Read more...]

Cardinals bid Pope farewell with hearts full of thanks

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 04:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Echoing the disciples on the Road to Emmaus, Cardinal Angelo Sodano told Pope Benedict that the cardinals’ hearts “burned when walking with you in the past eight years.” “Yes, Holy Father, I know that our hearts that burned when walking with you in the past eight years. Today we want to once again express our gratitude. We repeat in chorus a typical expression of his dear native land ‘Vergelt's … [Read more...]

Cardinal Wuerl describes spiritual experience of conclave

Rome, Italy, Feb 27, 2013 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A conclave is similar to going on a rigorous spiritual retreat that is pervaded by silence, according to Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. “It’s like going on a very, very strong, heavy retreat,” explained Cardinal Wuerl in a Feb. 26 interview with CNA at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. “It’s heavy in the sense of leaving aside everything else, but this time the retreat’s … [Read more...]

Cardinal says next Pope likely to be young

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2013 / 02:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A cardinal from Chile who will be participating in the general meetings leading up to the conclave said that the next Pope will most likely be relatively young. “One of the external characteristics that the Church needs is for a person not very advanced in age to be chosen and this is very probable,” said Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, former archbishop of Santiago. The 80-year-old cardinal, who has taken … [Read more...]


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