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Pope Benedict XVI to Live Rest of Life as Simple Pilgrim

Pope Benedict XVI to Live Rest of Life as Simple Pilgrim

Benedict XVI, the 265th successor to St. Peter at the helm of the Catholic Church, left the papacy on Thursday to become a simple "pilgrim who is starting the last phase of his pilgrimage on this earth." continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI Vows “Unconditional Obedience” to New Pope

Pope Benedict XVI Vows “Unconditional Obedience” to New Pope

Pope Benedict XVI bid farewell to the College of Cardinals and vowed "unconditional obedience to the new pope" on Thursday, his last day as the leader of the world's more than 1 billion Catholics. continue reading »

Catholic “Flashmob” to Descend on Mexico City

Catholic “Flashmob” to Descend on Mexico City

On Saturday 9th March, a group of young Catholics as a "flashmob" will get on the underground in Mexico City to bring the message of Christ to thousands of people who every day use this means of transport. continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI Says Good-Bye to the Public

Pope Benedict XVI Says Good-Bye to the Public

Amongst throngs of supporters and devotees, Pope Benedict XVI bid farewell, holding his last public audience at the Vatican. The first pontiff to retire from office in 600 years will official step down tomorrow. continue reading »

Pope Benedict to be Called “Pope Emeritus” and Relinquish Papal Ring and Red Shoes

Pope Benedict to be Called “Pope Emeritus” and Relinquish Papal Ring and Red Shoes

The Vatican has announced that retiring Pope Benedict XBI will be called "Pope Emeritus" and dress white thereby relinquishing the papal ring and the red shoes. continue reading »

If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter?

If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter?

"The 40 days of Lent" has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count. Over the course of history the season of preparation for Easter Sunday has ranged from one day (in the first century) to 44 (today in the Roman church). Officially since 1970, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday. continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI Presides Over Last Sunday Blessing in the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI Presides Over Last Sunday Blessing in the Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday took part in his last Angelus prayer, telling the approximately 200,000 of the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square that he planned to focus even more on prayer and meditation after stepping down as leader of the Roman Catholic Church later this week. continue reading »

PEW STUDY: 60% of Catholics Think New Pope Should Hail from Developing Region Like South America

PEW STUDY: 60% of Catholics Think New Pope Should Hail from Developing Region Like South America

As the pontificate of Benedict XVI winds down, many American Catholics express a desire for change, according to a new survey report by the Pew Research Center. For example, most Catholics say it would be good if the next pope allows priests to marry. And fully six-in-ten Catholics say it would be good if the next pope hails from a developing region like South America, Asia or Africa. continue reading »

Another Priest Murdered in Latin America Making Fr. Jose Mendoza Death the 4th in 2013

Another Priest Murdered in Latin America Making Fr. Jose Mendoza Death the 4th in 2013

Since the beginning of this year 2013, a total number of 4 priests have been killed in Latin America, most recently Fr. Jose Ramon Mendoza in Lara, Venezuela continue reading »

One of Pope Benedict Final Actions: Naming New Archbishop in Mexico

One of Pope Benedict Final Actions: Naming New Archbishop in Mexico

Pope Benedict XVI has named Fabio Martinez Castilla to be the next archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, the Vatican said Tuesday. continue reading »