Archive of February 28, 2013

US leaders voice thanks, support for Pope Emeritus

Feb 28, 2013 - 05:02 pm .- American Catholic political officials  and commentators have solemnly expressed their appreciation and prayers for Pope Benedict XVI as his resignation goes into effect.

Swiss Guards seal gates, leave service of Pope Emeritus

Feb 28, 2013 - 12:41 pm .- 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.

Pope Benedict's kiss goodbye

Feb 28, 2013 - 11:26 am .- 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.

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

Feb 28, 2013 - 10:14 am .- 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.

Pope leaves Vatican for Castel Gandolfo

Feb 28, 2013 - 09:37 am .- 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.

Church bells ring out as Pope travels to Castel Gandolfo

Feb 28, 2013 - 09:07 am .- 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.

Benedict XVI pledges respect, obedience to future Pope

Feb 28, 2013 - 05:52 am .- 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.

Vatican Post Office issues stamp for Pope's resignation

Feb 28, 2013 - 05:05 am .- The Vatican’s post office is issuing a special cancelation stamp to mark the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.

Cardinals bid Pope farewell with hearts full of thanks

Feb 28, 2013 - 04:25 am .- 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.”

Theologian says cultural renewal starts with Catechism

Feb 28, 2013 - 04:03 am .- A U.S. theology professor's new book seeks to revitalize society through the “integrated whole of the Catholic vision,” found in the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Catholic college students honor Pope Benedict's last days

Feb 28, 2013 - 02:11 am .- Students at American Catholic universities are observing the end of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy with special Masses, prayers and acts of charity.

Obama officials, Republican group advocate 'gay marriage'

Feb 28, 2013 - 12:08 am .- Both President Barack Obama’s administration and a group of Republican officials have filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court calling for marriage to be redefined to include same-sex partners.

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