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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.

Cardinal Dolan summons prayer for Pope Benedict

Feb 21, 2013 - 02:42 pm .- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is calling on his archdiocese to pray in a particular way for Pope Benedict on Feb. 22, the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter.

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.

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.

Benedict XVI's travels as pontiff spanned globe

Feb 21, 2013 - 02:07 am .- 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.

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.

US Mass guidelines issued for Pope's resignation

Feb 19, 2013 - 05:03 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has promoted and released guidelines for Masses and prayer services surrounding Pope Benedict XVI's resignation at the end of February.

Cloistered nun believes monastic life will extend Pope's reach

Feb 19, 2013 - 04:16 pm .- Pope Benedict’s decision to dedicate himself to a life of prayer will enable him to impact people who might not have listened to him while he was Pope, according to a cloistered Dominican nun.

Pope remembered for linking education, love of God

Feb 19, 2013 - 04:10 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has left a lasting mark on Catholic education by showing how reason and knowledge can lead to an essential love of God, reflected scholars at leading Catholic universities.

Knights of Malta leader praises Pope's character

Feb 18, 2013 - 12:11 pm .- As Pope Benedict XVI serves his last days in office, the head of the Knights of Malta paid tribute to him by describing the pontiff as “a marvelous person with a great sense of humor.”

Conclave may take place earlier than expected

Feb 16, 2013 - 03:59 pm .- The Vatican's spokesman announced today that the coming conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor might be convened in shorter order than previously thought.

Rome priests react with sadness to Pope's resignation

Feb 15, 2013 - 08:01 am .- After meeting with Pope Benedict on Thursday, priests from the Rome diocese said they are sad he is retiring and that he was a great gift to the Church.

Engaging modern society central to Benedict's papacy

Feb 15, 2013 - 02:03 am .- Pope Benedict has used his pontificate to advance the new evangelization and to speak to the modern world, said the president of a leading Catholic publication.

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