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Benedict’s Last Benediction (4104)

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.”

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Benedict's Final Meeting With Cardinals (3517)

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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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 (10166)

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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 (5087)

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 (3053)

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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Maternal Abortion Deaths Spark Formal Complaints Against Abortionists (3694)

Late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart and other abortion doctors come under scrutiny after two patients die.

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Operation Rescue has filed a complaint against late-term abortionist Dr. Leroy Carhart.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The death of two women after abortions in Maryland and Chicago may be taking the luster off a new documentary extolling one of the abortionists involved as a hero.

In both maternal-death cases, pro-life activists have complained to medical authorities as a hoped-for first step toward removing the abortionists involved from the medical profession for their alleged negligence.

Jennifer Morbelli, a 29-year-old schoolteacher, died Feb. 7 in Rockville, Md., after undergoing a late-term induction abortion at the hands of Dr. Leroy Carhart at his business in nearby Germantown.

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Pope’s Final Audience Was Bittersweet for Bishops (3933)

Archbishop Fisichella reflects on the impact of Pope Benedict’s papacy.

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Archbishop Rino Fisichella

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VATICAN CITY — The cardinals and bishops who attended Pope Benedict XVI’s last big public appearance made sure to show him their love and respect, but it was a hard moment as well.

“There was a touch of sadness, as when one sees a person for the very last time,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella after the Pope’s last general audience.

“Bishops and cardinals have shown a lot of respect, love and affection towards him here today,” he said.

Around 200,000 people from all over the world came to St. Peter’s Square to see Pope Benedict for the last time before he steps down as pope tomorrow evening.

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That Is Not Correct Catholic Doctrine, Meatless Family Dinners, Exercising Good Judgment and More! (3802)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Report: Cardinal Mahony’s Pretty Much Got This Pope Thing In The Bag. Follow the link via the Eye of the Tiber blog to read more.

That is Not Correct Catholic Doctrine by Fr. Simon Henry - Big Pulpit

Meatless Family Dinners – Taylor Marshal PhD, Canterbury Tales

Exercising Good Judgment – Debi Vinnedge, Catholic Stand

The Church Music Director: Job or Vocation? – Andrew R. Motyka, Corpus Christi Watershed

What is Social Justice? – Jason Hall, Ignitum Today

The Evangelical Reform of the Church – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Sally Quinn, Short Skirts and the Church of Rome – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pre-Conclave Buzz - Big Pulpit

An ‘Ordinary’ Day in Rome! – Father Ed Tomlinson’s Blog

The Superpower of a Grandmother – Anabelle Hazard Esq, Catholic Lane

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