Pope’s final audience was bittersweet for cardinals

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2013 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The cardinals and bishops who attended Pope Benedict XVI’s last big public appearance made sure to show him their love and respect, but it was a hard moment as well. “There was a touch of sadness as when one sees a person for the very last time,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella after the Pope’s last general audience. “Bishops and cardinals have shown a lot of respect, love and affection towards him here … [Read more...]

Pope confident God will guide Church in days ahead

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2013 / 04:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told the 150,000 people who came to his final general audience that he is filled with trust and peace as he prepares to resign, because the Church is not his but God’s and he will “not let it sink.” “In this moment,” the Pope said, “there is in me a great trust because I know, we all know, that the Word of truth of the Gospel is the strength of the Church, it is her life. … … [Read more...]

Benedict’s faith encyclical could appear in different form

Vatican City, Feb 27, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's anticipated encyclical on faith will not be released before his resignation but it may appear in another form, according to the head of the Holy See's press office. “It remains an awaited document, but one that we will not have in the way we expected, perhaps we will have it in a different way,” Father Federico Lombardi said at a Feb. 12 press meeting. The encyclical, he added, “will not … [Read more...]

Vatileaks not at center of Pope’s decision, priest states

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Irish theologian who is familiar with the life and thought of Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to resign was not because of Vatican difficulties. “The media keeps focusing on the Vatileaks as key element to his resignation, and I think that’s absolute nonsense,” said Jesuit Father Michael P. Gallagher, who came to Rome about 20 years ago to work for the Pontifical Council for Culture. “I’m sure he … [Read more...]

Next Pope can still be ‘Pontifex’ on Twitter

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has dispelled claims that Pope Benedict XVI's “Pontifex” Twitter account will be shut down permanently, clarifying that it “will be available for use by the next Pope as he may wish.” Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Feb. 23 the Twitter account was created for the Pope’s “exclusive use.” In a statement published by … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer Pope – a simple white cassock, and brown shoes given to him in Leon, Mexico. “The city of Leon is known for beautiful shoes, and very comfortable shoes. And when the Pope was asked what he wanted to wear he said, ‘I want the shoes from Leon in Mexico,’” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 26. “It will no … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict’s new name revealed

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press office revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called Pope Emeritus. “He will still be called His Holiness Benedict XVI,” said the press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. “But he will also be called Pope Emeritus or Roman Pontiff Emeritus,” he added at the Feb. 26 press meeting. Pope Benedict is currently receiving hundreds of letters from … [Read more...]