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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.