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Archbishop Rino Fisichella discusses Pope Benedict's last audience on Feb. 27, 2013.

Pope's final audience was bittersweet for cardinals

Feb 27, 2013

The cardinals and bishops who attended Pope Benedict XVI’s last big public appearance made sure to show him their love... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI responds to the crowd at his final general audience on Feb. 27, 2013.

Pope confident God will guide Church in days ahead

Feb 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI told the 150,000 people who came to his final general audience that he is filled with trust... Read more

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Benedict's faith encyclical could appear in different form

Feb 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI's anticipated encyclical on faith will not be released before his resignation but it may appear in another... Read more

Father Michael P. Gallagher discusses Pope Benedict's decision in a Feb. 25 interview with CNA.

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

Feb 26, 2013

An Irish theologian who is familiar with the life and thought of Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to resign... Read more

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Young people across globe thank Pope in video

Feb 26, 2013

A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking  Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives the final blessing at the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience.

Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

Feb 26, 2013

Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer Pope – a simple white cassock, and... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi speaks to the media at the Vatican press office.

Pope Benedict's new name revealed

Feb 26, 2013

The Holy See press office revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called... Read more

Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata answers questions from the media about the motu proprio on Feb. 25, 2013.

Pope Benedict allows earlier conclave, extends secrecy oath

Feb 25, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has changed Church law allowing cardinals to vote earlier for the new Pope, provided that they are... Read more

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Cardinal Bertone calls contemplatives to pray for conclave

Feb 25, 2013

The Vatican Secretary of State has written to the world’s nuns and monks to ask for their prayers for the... Read more

CNA

Conclave expected between March 9 and 11

Feb 24, 2013

The conclave to choose the next Pope will likely begin between March 9th and 11th.  Read more

Pope Benedict XVI rests at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo in July 2010.

Pope will change rule for conclave date tomorrow

Feb 24, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio on Feb. 25, clearing the way for the College of Cardinals to... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI responds to the crowd at the Feb. 17, 2013 Angelus.

Pope Benedict says he is not 'abandoning the Church'

Feb 24, 2013

Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address, in which he said that “the Lord called... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is greeted by his brother cardinals at the Feb. 18, 2012 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo.

Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

Feb 23, 2013

As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope... Read more

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Pope spends final retreat exploring truth, beauty connection

Feb 23, 2013

Benedict XVI finished his final Lenten spiritual exercises as Pope by thanking his collaborators for support and help these last... Read more

Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas at Castel Gandolfo. File photo CNA.

Castel Gandolfo prepares to receive first retired Pope

Feb 23, 2013

Residents of the town that is home to the Pope’s summer residence say they are happy Pope Benedict is returning... Read more

CNA

God will help choose next Pope, cardinal stresses

Feb 21, 2013

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru, discouraged a spirit of intrigue surrounding the upcoming conclave and said the new... Read more

Fr. Lombardi and Fr. Rosica give Feb. 21, 2013 update at the Vatican press office.

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

Feb 21, 2013

At a press briefing to preview the Pope’s final events, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said now is a time... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi holds a Feb. 21, 2013 briefing at the Vatican press office.

New Pope will handle Pius X Society decision

Feb 21, 2013

The effort to reach an agreement between the Church and the Society of St. Pius X will be passed on... Read more

Msgr. Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham gives a homily during Mass at the Altar of St. Joseph in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope praised for trailblazing unity with Anglicans

Feb 21, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Pope Benedict's move allowing Anglican converts to enter the Catholic Church as a group makes him “the Pope of Christian... Read more

Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, director of HLI's Rome office, holds a photo of himself with Pope Benedict during a Feb. 15, 2013 interview.

Catholic leaders say Pope will be remembered for marriage defense

Feb 20, 2013

Two leaders from one of the world’s largest pro-life groups think Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered for defending traditional... Read more