Papal Resignation and Conclave News Round-up

02/21/2013 Comments (5)

A fair amount of news has been coming out of the Vatican and Italy regarding the papal resignation and conclave. Below is a round-up of some of the latest stories:

*  Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli says Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio in the coming days to change the rules governing a papal conclave so that an earlier election of his successor can take place – if the College of Cardinals decides it wants an election sooner than the statutory 15 days after a pope’s death or resignation.

* Fr. Federico Lombardi’s statement:

* Perhaps with a view to ensuring accurate news is diffused during the conclave, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, has now set...READ MORE

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English Translation of Pope's Discourse to Rome Clergy

02/19/2013 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI delivering his 45 minute unscripted discourse in the Paul VI Hall, Feb. 14, 2013.


The Vatican has released the following English translation of Pope Benedict XVI's off-the-cuff discourse to the clergy of the diocese of Rome last Thursday:

Your Eminence,

Dear Brother Bishops and Priests,

For me it is a particular gift of Providence that, before leaving the Petrine ministry, I can once more see my clergy, the clergy of Rome.  It is always a great joy to see the living Church, to see how the Church in Rome is alive; there are shepherds here who guide the Lord’s flock in the spirit of the supreme Shepherd.  It is a body of clergy that is truly Catholic, universal, in accordance with the essence of the Church of Rome: to bear within itself the universality, the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI's Last Public Mass - Homily Full Text

02/13/2013 Comments (5)

VIDEO: Some of the words of tribute to Pope Benedict XVI given by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. 

Below is Vatican Radio's translation of the Holy Father’s Ash Wednesday homily [original text Italian]

Venerable Brothers,
Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin a new Lenten journey, a journey that extends over forty days and leads us towards the joy of Easter, to victory of Life over death. Following the ancient Roman tradition of Lenten stations, we are gathered for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The tradition says that the first statio took place in the Basilica of Saint Sabina on the Aventine Hill. Circumstances suggested we...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI To Resign

02/11/2013 Comments (20)

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world this morning by announcing his resignation. He is to step down by Feb. 28. 

A summary of today's momentous event as they unfolded:


Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed to a packed and sombre press conference this morning that Pope Benedict XVI would be stepping down at 8pm on feb. 28th.

He said even the Pope's closest aides did not know what he was planning to do and were left "incredulous." The Pope showed "great courage" and "determination," he said. 

Reports say Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the Pope's brother, commented that the Holy Father had been advised by his doctor not to take any more transatlantic trips and had been...READ MORE

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"Accompany Young People and Give Them Joy and Zest for Life"

Vatican Meeting Offers Recommendations on Evangelizing Youth Culture

02/09/2013 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI meeting a young participant after addressing the Pontifical Council for Culture's plenary on "Emerging Youth Cultures". Feb. 7th, 2013


The importance of welcoming young people just as they are, accompanying them on their emotional and spiritual pilgrimage, and giving them a zest and joy for life were just some of the final recommendations coming from the Pontifical Council for Culture’s plenary meeting on the theme “Emerging Youth Cultures.”

The four-day meeting which ended today was aimed at helping the Church to better understand today’s young people in an attempt to evangelize them better.

The “question of youth” is a challenging one for the Church, the Pontifical Council said, because, among other things, of the evident difficulty in transmitting the faith.

“So in an attempt to produce good, evangelization...READ MORE

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High Expectations for Rome March for Life 2013

“Extraordinary number” of participants from all over the world expected

02/07/2013 Comment

Participants gather near the Colosseum for the 2012 March for Life in Rome.

– EP

This year’s March for Life in Rome is already attracting “an extraordinary number” of participants from all over the world, according to the website Corrispondenza Romana, promising to make it one of Europe's largest pro-life rallies.

The Rome March for Life, just the second of its kind to be held in the Eternal City, will take place on May 12th. The route, which lasts about a mile, begins at the Colosseum at 9am, passes through downtown Rome, and ends at Castel Sant’Angelo near the Vatican in time for the Holy Father's Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter's Square.

Last year’s event “exceeded all expectations”, according to its organisers, attracting an estimated 15,000 people from...READ MORE

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How Pius XII’s Dollars Helped Defeat the Nazis

01/29/2013 Comments (18)

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– Wikipedia

According to new research, at the onset of the Second World War the Vatican rapidly moved its securities and gold reserves from areas under threat of Nazi occupation to the United States from where it used its financial means to assist the persecuted Church in Europe and help the Allies combat Nazism.

It was a strategy that was “fundamentally important” to victory over the Nazis, it has been claimed.

The findings, based on the discovery of British intelligence interceptions of Vatican financial transactions dated 1941-1943, are revealed in a December 2012 article entitled “New Perspectives on Pius XII and Vatican Financial Transactions during the Second World War”, written by Patricia...READ MORE

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Pope Offers Plenary Indulgence During World Day of the Sick

01/28/2013 Comment

As part of the Year of Faith, the Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI is to offer a Plenary Indulgence to those who charitably assist the sick 7-11 February, and those who are suffering themselves from illness and infirmity.

A Partial Indulgence will also be offered on those days to those who pray for the Lord’s assistance to those “sick in spirit during this Year of Faith.”

The Plenary Indulgence is offered to the faithful participating in the 21st World Day of the Sick to be celebrated 7–11 February, in Altotting, Germany, and to other places where a ceremony is held “to beseech God to grant the goals of the World Day of the Sick, praying the Our Father, the Creed, and an...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin