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Pope Benedict XVI’s Papacy, 2005-2013 (2579)

A timeline recapping highlights of his papacy.

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Feb. 28: Date of resignation.

Feb. 11: Announced resignation.

Fourth encyclical, on faith, was expected to be published this year.



Dec. 12: Twitter debut @Pontifex.

Nov. 24: Consistory created Milwaukee native Archbishop James Harvey a cardinal and five other non-European cardinals.

Nov. 20: Releases third volume of Jesus of Nazareth.

Oct. 28 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization held.

Oct. 21: Canonizes Americans Sts. Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope.

Oct. 11: Year of Faith begins; 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 50th anniversary of start of Vatican II.

Oct. 7: Declares two new doctors of the...READ MORE

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Catholic Blogosphere Roundup of Pope's Resignation, How Chastity Restores Culture and More! (2316)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Latest News Around the Catholic Blogosphere Concerning Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation

The Latest News Concerning Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation - Big Pulpit

How Does Chastity Relate to the Restoration of Catholic Culture? – Taylor Marshal, Canterbury Tales

Sundance Films, Utah, and Porn – Edmund Mitchel, Catholic Stand

Hastening the Reform of the Reform; or, the End of Clown Masses – Joanna Bogle, The Catholic World Report

Money, Death of Culture – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

The Spiritual Benefits to Growing Old – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

Hopeful Vibrant Continuity vs. Grim Secularist Watchmen – Fr. Z’s Blog

Call to Prayer: Seven Resources for your Lenten Journey – Daniel Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

What the Christian West Used to...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Resigns: Special EWTN Live Roundtable (4827)

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A special installment of EWTN Live, featuring Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, EWTN President and CEO Michael Warsaw, Colin Donovan, vice president for theology and host of Theology Roundtable, and Franciscan Father Joseph Wolfe, EWTN chaplain.

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‘Your Pontificate Will Shine Like a Star’ (3291)

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, responded personally to the Holy Father after the Pope announced his resignation.

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Cardinal Angelo Sodano adrresses gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 at the Vatican.


VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, told Pope Benedict XVI that his pontificate will always shine like a star as he reacted to the news of Pope’s resignation.

“The stars in the sky will continue to shine, and your pontificate will always shine like them among us,” said Cardinal Angelo Sodano, just after the Pope read his declaration of resignation on Feb. 11, which was dated Feb. 10.

“We have heard you with a sense of astonishment, almost in disbelief,” Cardinal Sodano said in front of a group of cardinals gathered at the Vatican to decide on three canonization proposals.

“In your words, we have noticed the big affection that you have always...READ MORE

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Papal Resignation Is Rare Historical Event (2220)

But canon law makes specific provision for the decision Pope Benedict XVI announced today.

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VATICAN CITY— On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict made it public that he will step down from his role as head of the Catholic Church, raising a number of questions about how the process of resignation works.

Only two other popes have resigned their post voluntarily in the history of the Church, with the last one being Gregory XII in 1415.

But, in retrospect, the idea was perhaps not so distant from the mind of Benedict XVI.

The first clear hint of such a move being on the mind of Pope Benedict came in his 2010 interview with the German journalist Peter Seewald.

That series of questions from Seewald later became the book Light of the World.

In that work, the Pope responded to a question...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: Benedict's Papacy Highlighted His Pastoral, Scholarly, Holy Life (5608)

President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reflects on Holy Father's 'tender heart of a pastor' that prompted him to encourage and meet his flock around the world.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan

The following is the statement from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of New York, Feb. 11, 2013:

The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with his God in all he did. His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church. We are sad that he will be resigning, but grateful for his eight years of selfless leadership as Successor of St. Peter.

Though 78 when he was elected Pope in 2005, he set out to meet his people — and they were of all faiths — all over the world. He visited the religiously threatened — Jews, Muslims and Christians in...READ MORE

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Belgium’s Slippery Slope: Lethal Injections for Deaf Twins Going Blind (6120)

Grounds for euthanasia expand in Belgium, where legislators are also challenging the right of doctors and hospitals to say ‘No’ to doctor-directed death.

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JETTE, Belgium — Marc and Eddy Verbessem dressed in their new suits and shoes, had a cup of coffee and said goodbye to their parents and brother for the last time. Then the 45-year-old identical twin brothers gave a last little wave, and “they were gone,” said the doctor who gave them both lethal injections in December at the Brussels University Hospital in Jette, Belgium.

Born deaf, the brothers had lived together their entire lives, sharing a small apartment and working as cobblers in the village of Putte near Antwerp. When they were diagnosed nearly two years ago with a rare form of congenital glaucoma and told that they would eventually go blind, they sought euthanasia in Belgium,...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI to Step Down Feb. 28 (17061)

The Holy Father, who became the leader of the world's more than 1 billion Catholics nearly eight years ago, says 'my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.'

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Editor's note: Following is the full statement from Pope Benedict XVI resigning his papacy Feb. 28:

Dear brothers,

I have convoked you to this consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so...READ MORE

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