Pope Benedict - Latest News

Benedict's faith encyclical could appear in different form

Feb 27, 2013 - 12:03 am .- 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.

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

Feb 26, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- 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.

Young people across globe thank Pope in video

Feb 26, 2013 - 12:08 pm .- A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking  Pope Benedict XVI for his service to the Church.

Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

Feb 26, 2013 - 06:07 am .- 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.

Pope Benedict's new name revealed

Feb 26, 2013 - 05:50 am .- The Holy See press office revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called Pope Emeritus.

Pope Benedict allows earlier conclave, extends secrecy oath

Feb 25, 2013 - 09:24 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has changed Church law allowing cardinals to vote earlier for the new Pope, provided that they are all in Rome.

Cardinal Bertone calls contemplatives to pray for conclave

Feb 25, 2013 - 04:31 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State has written to the world’s nuns and monks to ask for their prayers for the conclave to elect his successor

Conclave expected between March 9 and 11

Feb 24, 2013 - 03:52 pm .- The conclave to choose the next Pope will likely begin between March 9th and 11th.

Pope will change rule for conclave date tomorrow

Feb 24, 2013 - 03:16 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio on Feb. 25, clearing the way for the College of Cardinals to choose a date in early March to begin the conclave for electing his successor.

Pope Benedict says he is not 'abandoning the Church'

Feb 24, 2013 - 05:05 am .- Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address, in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.”

Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

Feb 23, 2013 - 08:00 am .- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote. 

Pope spends final retreat exploring truth, beauty connection

Feb 23, 2013 - 07:21 am .- Benedict XVI finished his final Lenten spiritual exercises as Pope by thanking his collaborators for support and help these last eight years and by reflecting on the relationship between truth and beauty.

Castel Gandolfo prepares to receive first retired Pope

Feb 23, 2013 - 06:03 am .- Residents of the town that is home to the Pope’s summer residence say they are happy Pope Benedict is returning to live there.

God will help choose next Pope, cardinal stresses

Feb 21, 2013 - 12:04 pm .- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, discouraged a spirit of intrigue surrounding the upcoming conclave and said the new Pope will be chosen with God’s help, regardless of nationality.

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

Feb 21, 2013 - 09:38 am .- 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.

New Pope will handle Pius X Society decision

Feb 21, 2013 - 07:56 am .- 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.

Pope praised for trailblazing unity with Anglicans

Feb 21, 2013 - 04:02 am .- Pope Benedict's move allowing Anglican converts to enter the Catholic Church as a group makes him “the Pope of Christian Unity,” says the head of the United Kingdom's structure for these communities.

Catholic leaders say Pope will be remembered for marriage defense

Feb 20, 2013 - 03:59 pm .- 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.

Pope considering changes to papal election rules

Feb 20, 2013 - 08:55 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is considering modifying the laws that govern how a Pope is elected, given the circumstances created by his resignation.

Benedict XVI's crowds slightly larger than John Paul II's

Feb 20, 2013 - 06:50 am .- The streets of Rome are beginning to fill with pilgrims coming to see Benedict XVI for one last time, bringing to mind the crowds that flocked to his predecessor and raising the question of how the crowds of the current Pope compare with those.

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