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As Sequester Looms, Catholics Consider the Best Response (4203)

The U.S. bishops direct attention on the need to preserve the social safety net, but others suggest additional options merit consideration.

03/01/2013 Comments (19)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton, Calif.

Bishop Stephen Blaire

– Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton, Calif.

WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders are concerned that government programs that help the poor and vulnerable will be compromised if the White House and Congress cannot reach a deal to avert sweeping across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

“I think our concern is that any cuts that are made not be done on the backs of the poor,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Bishop Blaire told the Register this week that while some anti-poverty programs will be spared — such as food stamps and Medicaid — others will probably not. He called upon President Barack Obama and...READ MORE

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Cardinals Set Date for Meetings About Next Pope (8099)

First general congregation of the cardinals will take place on March 4.

03/01/2013 Comments (3)

Cardinal Angelo Sodano

VATICAN CITY — On the first day that the Church is without a pope, Cardinal Angelo Sodano announced that the first general congregation of cardinals will take place next Monday morning.

Cardinal Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, made the date public in an official letter sent to the world’s cardinals on March 1.

The cardinals will meet at 9:30am on March 4 in the Synod of Bishops' hall on the second floor of the Paul VI audience hall. They will convene again at 5pm in the same place.

Prior to entering into the conclave, where they vote for the next pope, the cardinals of the Church will meet for a series of meetings to take care of business and to discuss who they think...READ MORE

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A Most Loving and Prudent Move (5187)

Former Swiss Guard Andreas Widmer discusses Benedict’s thoughtful leadership.

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Andreas Widmer

Andreas Widmer (l) during his Vatican service as a Swiss Guard.

– Andreas Widmer

EDITOR'S NOTE: Register editor in chief Jeanette De Melo interviewed Andreas Widmer March 1 on Register Radio. Listen online.

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to leave his office on Feb. 28 shocked the Catholic world and set off a firestorm of speculation on everything from why he is leaving to who will be his successor.

As the dust storm settles and the mainstream media moves on to other topics, cooler heads with thoughtful observations of what the Pope’s decision means to the Church now and in the future are beginning to emerge. One such thoughtful leader is author Andreas Widmer.

Andreas Widmer served Blessed John Paul II as a young Swiss Guard, and, later, after becoming a...READ MORE

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Why I'm Changing Rites; Sacred Liturgy: Past, Present and Future; Sede Vacante Begins and More! (5134)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why I’m Changing Rites. Follow the link by Mindy Goorchenko of the MonkRock blog to read more.

Why I’m Changing Rites by Mindy Goorchenko of the MonkRock blog - Big Pulpit

Sacred Liturgy: Past, Present, and Future – The Catholic World Report

Sede Vacante Begins - Big Pulpit

Ought, and Nature’s Laws – David Bentley Hart, First Things

Do Demons Experience Pleasure? – Fr. Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Let’s Bring Back the Clerihew! – Karl Keating JD, Catholic Answers

Rock, Paper, Scissors; Vice and Virtue – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Running From Hell: Thoughts on Love and Sin – Pete Jermann, Crisis Magazine

Resignation Questions – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Dr. N. S. Topping Shares How the Catechism can Rebuild a Catholic...READ MORE

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U.S. Leaders Voice Thanks, Support for Pope Emeritus (1933)

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. sends ‘best wishes’ to Benedict ‘after years of service and dedication to God, the Catholic Church and world peace.’

02/28/2013 Comment

Secretary of State John Kerry.

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — Catholic American political officials and commentators have solemnly expressed their appreciation and prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as his resignation goes into effect.

“The United States sends its best wishes to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as he leaves the Vatican after years of service and dedication to God, the Catholic Church and world peace,” said newly installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

In a statement released on the eve of the Holy Father’s retirement, Kerry added that he anticipates further cooperation with the Holy See.

“As the papal conclave assembles, I look forward to continuing our important relationship with the Vatican and working...READ MORE

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‘The Barque Is Not Mine’ (3904)

EDITORIAL: Pope in Dialogue with Christ to the End

02/28/2013 Comments (10)
Catholic News Agency

– Catholic News Agency

The world revels in the pomp and spectacle of the papacy, but it’s rare that the soul of the vicar of Christ is laid bare, revealing something of the mystery of the Petrine office and the successor of St. Peter’s close personal bond with God.

Pope Benedict’s last Wednesday audience on Feb. 27 was such a moment. His personal testimony offered us a glimpse into the conscience of a pope, a man who served and revered his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, before his own election in 2005.

Benedict offered his reflections to an estimated crowd of 200,000 people, who feared they might never see him again, even as he promised to “gather up the whole Church in prayer.”

“When, on April 19,...READ MORE

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Swiss Guards Seal Gates, Leave Benedict’s Service (2983)

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

02/28/2013 Comments (4)


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 (3628)

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

02/28/2013 Comment

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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