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Pope Benedict’s Prayerful Decision to Resign (4317)

Waning strength of mind and body led to his decision, which the papal spokesman said reflected ‘great courage.’

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Pope Benedict XVI listens to a declaration from the Knights of Malta at ceremonies marking the organization's 900th anniversary.

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VATICAN CITY — During the course of his nearly eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI has sometimes been labeled  the “Pope of Surprises” on account of his academic brilliance and unpredictability, but few seriously imagined this.

News of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation — which was declared formally in a written statement dated Feb. 10 — filtered through the Italian news agency ANSA at around 10:30am Rome time Feb. 11 and was initially met with widespread disbelief, even by those closest to him.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed a couple of hours later during a packed and somber press conference that the Pope would indeed be leaving his ministry as Bishop of Rome...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Plans Life of Prayer at Vatican Monastery After Retirement (6389)

After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February, he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and study in a Vatican-based monastery.

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Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae convent

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VATICAN CITY — After Pope Benedict XVI retires at the end of February, he will dedicate himself to a life of prayer and study in a Vatican-based monastery.

The Pope, who announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, will first stay in Castel Gandolfo, before eventually going back to the Vatican to live in Mater Ecclesiae Monastery.

The monastery is currently being renovated, but it is normally inhabited by a group of nuns who pray for the ministry of the Pope, a mission Pope John Paul II gave to them.

“He will be dedicating himself to prayer and reflection,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, during an unexpected Feb. 11 media event at the Holy See Press Office.


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Weigel on Papa Bene's Long Life, Scotch Whisky is the Extraordinary Form of Alcohol and More! (4094)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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George Weigel on Pope Benedict XVI: Realities of World Where People Live Much Longer. Follow the link via Matthew Schmitz to read more.

George Weigel on Pope Benedict XVI: Realities of World Where People Live Much Longer via Matthew Schmitz – Big Pulpit

Scotch Whisky is the “Extraordinary Form” of Alcohol – Whiskey Catholic

Church Militant: Forward March! – Jay Boyd PhD, Catholic Stand

An Execution Concentrates the Mind – Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

My Sisters the Saints, A Book Review – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Nine Centuries of Chivalry – Tracey Rowland, The Catholic Thing

Love Creates Us, or Why People Allow Abortion in the Case of Rape – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Legislation Creating ”Same-Sex” Marriage: What’s at Stake? – Francis Cardinal George OMI, Homiletic & Pastoral Review


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Pope Benedict XVI’s Papacy, 2005-2013 (2611)

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! (2344)

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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 (4912)

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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’ (3375)

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 (2281)

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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