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Swiss Guards Seal Gates, Leave Benedict’s Service (2978)

Now that he has resigned, the Swiss Guards will stand down from active service until the election of a papal successor.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday evening, the Swiss Guards have left their posts and sealed the gates of the former pope’s temporary residence of Castel Gandolfo.

A crowd of Catholic faithful gathered Feb. 28 outside the papal vacation spot. At 8pm Rome time, a loud bell rang eight times. The crowd shouted Viva il Papa! (“Long live the Pope!”)

The Swiss Guards entered Castel Gandolfo and hung up their ceremonial weapons — called halberds — on the inner walls, as there is no longer a sitting pope for them to protect.

Vatican gendarmes dressed in black uniforms have relieved the guards. The doors of Castel Gandolfo have been sealed,...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s Kiss Goodbye (3580)

Infant son of a CNA editor received a farewell kiss from Pope Benedict.

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John Paul Uebbing's big moment.


VATICAN CITY — The infant son of a Catholic News Agency editor received a farewell kiss on his forehead from Pope Benedict yesterday at the plaza of St. Peter’s Basilica before Benedict's final general audience.

“To see him today, in the final hours of his papacy, and to have him hold my son in his arms was a special kind of blessing and a consolation from the Lord,” Jenny Uebbing, the mother of the fortunate infant, John Paul, told Catholic News Agency on Feb. 27.

“I asked the Lord to help me truly experience this morning, this last event with Pope Benedict, and to not be anxious about whether we would get a good spot or be able to see him drive by.”

“I had so much peace while we...READ MORE

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B16: The Prisoner of the Vatican Thesis, C. Everett Koop: The Padre Pio Connection and Much More! (2514)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation: The Prisoner of the Vatican Thesis. Follow the link by Dr. Jeff Mirus to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation: The Prisoner of the Vatican Thesis by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Big Pulpit

C. Everett Koop: The Padre Pio Connection – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Making Life an Uphill Battle – Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Purgatory: Conversion as a Process – J. C. Sanders, Catholic Lane

Papa Bene: “I Will Not Leave You Orphans” – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

Extraordinary Form Mass at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Who Wrote 1 Peter? – Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

Pope Benedict XVI’s Last Audience and More Links - Big Pulpit

Suicide No Way to Go – Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine


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Benedict’s Last Benediction (3972)

Speaking to a cheering crowd at Castel Gandolfo, he said: ‘I am a pilgrim who is beginning the last part of his pilgrimage on earth.’

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Pope Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims for the last time as head of the Catholic Church from the window of his residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Shortly after arriving at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, following a brief helicopter trip from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI made his final public address.

“Thank you; thank you from my heart,” the Holy Father said to hundreds of cheering people assembled below the balcony from which he spoke, Vatican Radio reported. “I am happy to be here with you surrounded by the beauty of creation and your friendship that warms me.”

Said the Pope, “You know that today is different from others; as of 8pm, I will no longer be the Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Roman Church.”

From now on, he said, “I am a pilgrim who is beginning the last part of his...READ MORE

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Benedict's Final Meeting With Cardinals (3291)

Speaking to 144 cardinals in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, he pledges his ‘unconditional reverence and obedience’ to his successor.

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Pope Benedict XVI speaks to his cardinals during a farewell ceremony Feb. 28 in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Register editor in chief Jeanette De Melo will talk with Rome correspondent Edward Penitn today on Register Radio at 2 p.m Eastern Time or listen online any time.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI pledged his “unconditional reverence and obedience” to his successor at a final meeting with cardinals and senior Vatican officials.

Addressing the 144 cardinals present this morning in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father said that he would continue to be close to them in prayer, “especially in the next few days, so that you may all be fully docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in the election of the new pope.”

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Benedict’s Message: Go to Jesus (10031)

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Pope Benedict's last audience on Feb. 27, 2012

– Sergio Galindo/ Intermirifica.net

People aren’t hearing us. People aren’t seeing us.

That’s why it’s nothing short of urgent that as Catholics we hear the message, not only of the Holy Father’s bold, historic and jolting move to renounce the papacy, but also, from a communications point of view, the message of his entire papacy.

The message: Catholics, be who you claim to be — live lives of prayer and faith.

Pope Benedict has witnessed to us how to do this, by opening a window into his own friendship with Christ, with all the world’s eyes looking in.

Every visible thing this man has said and done as pope has pointed us to Jesus, seeking to build up the body of Christ to a radically new level of engagement.


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Cardinal Wuerl Describes Spiritual Experience of Conclave (4851)

The archbishop of Washington asks the Church to pray and ask God to send the Holy Spirit on the cardinals during the conclave.

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ROME — Attending a conclave is similar to going on a rigorous spiritual retreat that is pervaded by silence, according to Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington.

“It’s like going on a very, very strong, heavy retreat,” explained Cardinal Wuerl in an interview at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

“It’s heavy in the sense of leaving aside everything else, but, this time, the retreat master is the Holy Spirit,” he said.

He believes that while the conclave is focused on the actual voting, it is also a time of prayer and being open to the Holy Spirit: “I will be. And I’m sure it will be the same for all of the cardinals there, taking this time of quiet simply to open our hearts...READ MORE

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Doctors Object to N.Y. Abortion Expansion (2947)

Pro-life advocates warn against the dangers of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s unrestricted abortion bill.

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NEW YORK — Medical professionals from across New York gathered at the state Capitol Feb. 27 to oppose local leaders’ plans to dramatically widen abortion access in the state.

“We believe the governor’s proposed legislation would expand abortion and actually be less safe for women than current laws,” said Dr. Anne Nolte, director of the National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility in New York City..

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, which would strengthen the position of legal abortion in state law. The legislation would create a “fundamental right” for a woman to end a pregnancy.

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