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...]

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...]