John Paul II’s canonization progress remains confidential

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s continuing work on Blessed John Paul II’s cause for sainthood cannot currently be made public, said the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.“We are working on it, it is going well, and various documents are coming into the Congregation for the Saints,” Cardinal Angelo Amato said, responding to a flurry of media reports about an alleged miracle that would pave the way for the … [Read more...]

Vatican official: prepare for resignation with spiritual growth, not division

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2013 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a press briefing to preview the Pope’s final events, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said now is a time to grow spiritually and not fabricate stories on possible Vatican division. “We’re in a deep spiritual time and we should be preparing ourselves for the ‘sede vacante’ and the new Pope,” said Fr. Lombardi, the Holy See press office director. “Now is a time for seeking the … [Read more...]

New Pope will handle Pius X Society decision

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2013 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The effort to reach an agreement between the Church and the Society of St. Pius X will be passed on to the next Pope, Father Federico Lombardi said. “An important point is that these days people have spoken about a deadline for Pius X priests and a conclusion to the situation. The Pope is confiding the decision to the next Pope, and no conclusion will be made on this date,” said Fr. Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI’s travels as pontiff spanned globe

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2013 / 02:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI's papacy continued his predecessor's worldwide travels, crisscrossing Italy and spending 100 days abroad to encourage the Catholic faithful and evangelize for Jesus Christ. For the English-speaking world, the highlights of his travels included a visit to the United States from April 15-20. “Christ is the way that leads to the Father, the truth which gives meaning to human existence, and the source of … [Read more...]

Catholic thinkers: Pope will be remembered for marriage defense

Rome, Italy, Feb 20, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two leaders from one of the world’s largest pro-life groups think Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered for defending traditional marriage and his contributions to bioethics.“He defended marriage as between a man and a woman and made statements, which later he was attacked for, because we really are in a very concerning situation where same-sex ‘marriage’ is being legalized worldwide,” said Monsignor Ignacio … [Read more...]

Catholic leaders say Pope will be remembered for marriage defense

Rome, Italy, Feb 20, 2013 / 03:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two leaders from one of the world’s largest pro-life groups think Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered for defending traditional marriage and his contributions to bioethics.“He defended marriage as between a man and a woman and made statements, which later he was attacked for, because we really are in a very concerning situation where same-sex ‘marriage’ is being legalized worldwide,” said Monsignor Ignacio … [Read more...]

Pope considering changes to papal election rules

Vatican City, Feb 20, 2013 / 08:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is considering modifying the laws that govern how a Pope is elected, given the circumstances created by his resignation.Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists Feb. 20 that Pope Benedict is thinking about publishing a document to further clarify the conclave section of the Apostolic Constitution.This means he would have to issue a motu proprio – a new set of legal … [Read more...]


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