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Pope: I Can ‘Almost Physically’ Feel Prayers and Love (3085)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father receives an outpouring of support from thousands of pilgrims gathered in Paul VI Hall.

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Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims in November 2012 at Paul VI Hall.

– Matthew Rarey/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Two days after saying he will resign, Pope Benedict XVI said that he has been able to feel, “almost physically,” the prayers and love that have been poured out for him.

“I have felt, almost physically, your prayers in these days which are not easy for me, the strength which the love of the Church and your prayers brings to me,” he said at the beginning of his weekly general audience Feb. 13.

“Continue to pray for me and for the future Pope; the Lord will guide us!" he told the thousands of pilgrims.

The outpouring of support for Pope Benedict was evident from the moment he stepped onto the stage in Paul VI Hall. He was met with sustained applause when he began his...READ MORE

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Habemus Ex-Papam? Benedict Gives New Life to Old Precedent (4491)

‘The Holy Father is a realist,’ Cardinal Adam Maida explains about the Pope’s startling decision to step down.

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Cardinal Adam Maida, archbishop-emeritus of Detroit.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has shaken up the modern world by giving new life to a papal precedent not seen in 600 years: freely abdicating the Chair of St. Peter.

Pope Benedict, 85, has made headlines as the first pope in the era of mass communication to resign. Nearly eight years after the death of his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, whose 26-year pontificate ranks as the third-longest papal reign (including St. Peter’s), Benedict is following in the footsteps of a handful of other popes in the Church’s 2,000-year history.

“The Holy Father is a realist,” said Cardinal Adam Maida, the archbishop-emeritus of Detroit. “He loves the Church very much and is thinking of what is in...READ MORE

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Tough Talk About Vatican II—Not Pretty, Keep Your Sacrifices and Plaster Your Ashes and Much More! (3766)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Tough Talk about Vatican II, Not Pretty. Follow the link by Sandro Magister via Fr. Z's Blog.

Tough Talk about Vatican II, Not Pretty by Sandro Magister of the La Repubblica newspaper – Big Pulpit

Keep Your Sacrifices Secret and Plaster Ashes All Over Your Face – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Ten Good Reasons to Give up Contraception for Lent – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Rows to Hoe in the Virtual Fields of the Lord – Elizabeth Scalia, First Things/On the Square

A Fable About Suffering, Seeking and Finding God – Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

We Must Not Forget – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Learning from Saints Who Transformed Their Culture – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Nine Ways To Keep Lent – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine


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German Atheists Suddenly Respect the Pope, Says Journalist (5567)

Now that the Holy Father is resigning, irreligious critics in his native land are realizing they had a false image of their famous compatriot.

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Paul Badde, Vatican correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ROME — A German journalist and acquaintance of Pope Benedict XVI says atheists in their native country are more respectful of him after realizing their perception of the Holy Father was wrong.

“The atheists are very respectful now of him because they had a completely invalid image of him clinging to his power, although it meant nothing to him,” said Paul Badde, Die Welt‘s Vatican correspondent since Feb. 2002.

“They saw him as harsh, as the German shepherd clinging to his throne,” he said.

But Badde, who met Pope Benedict personally in the early 1980s in theological debates and close inner circles, also said many Germans did not take full advantage of his efforts to help change...READ MORE

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Prayers for Pope Benedict, for the Election and for His Successor (7272)

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Icon of Pope Benedict at St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome

– Luca Volpi (Goldmund 100) / Wikipedia Commons

Prayers for Benedict XVI

Pro Pontifice

V. Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict XVI.

R. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make

him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will

of his enemies.


Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon thy servant Benedict XVI,

our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to thy loving-kindness, in

the way of eternal salvation; that, of thy gift, he may ever desire that which

is pleasing unto thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ

our Lord. Amen. (Collection of Indulgences)



In Thanksgiving

O God, who in your wondrous providence chose your...READ MORE

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Papa Bene's Resignation in Historical Context; The Good, the Bad, and Gaudium et Spes and More! (1852)

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation in Historical Context. Follow the link by Donald S. Prudio of Crisis Magazine to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation in Historical Context by Donald S. Prudio of Crisis Magazine – Big Pulpit

The Good, the Bad, and Gaudium et Spes – Tracey Rowland, The Catholic World Report

Loaves, Fishes and God and His Work – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Why Don’t Priests Follow Rubrics? – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Rise of Evangelical Catholicism – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Conscience and Its Enemies: Robert P. George’s New Book – Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Sign Petition Asking for Richard III be Buried as Catholic – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Catholicism and Libertarianism: Now More Than Ever – Bonchamps, Catholic Stand

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U.S. Politicians React to Pope's Retirement (2323)

They express surprise at the news and thanksgiving for the Holy Father’s leadership and accomplishments.

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President Barack Obama.

– Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

WASHINGTON — Political leaders in the United States offered their prayers and respect upon learning of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire at the end of the month. 

“On behalf of Americans everywhere,” said U.S. President Barack Obama in a Feb. 11 statement, “Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.”

“Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years,” the president said.

“The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world,” he added, “and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict...READ MORE

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Benedict’s Last Papal Mass Will Be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's (2537)

The celebration has been moved from Santa Sabina Church to accommodate the crowd of the faithful who wish to be present with the Pope. Other highlights of the Holy Father's schedule prior to retirement are announced as well.

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in October 2012.

– Anne Hartney/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Amid the buzz created by Pope’s Benedict XVI’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last public Mass as Pope will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent.

“It’s very clear that St. Peter’s is a much bigger church than Santa Sabina in Aventino, so, for a celebration in which we expect there will be a lot of faithful, bishops and cardinals who wish to be present to pray together with the Pope, St. Peter’s Basilica was chosen spontaneously,” Father Federico Lombardi told Catholic News Agency Feb. 12.

“It’s a natural motive of space, and it’s also necessary to bear in mind that this will probably...READ MORE

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