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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 »

President Perez Molina of Guatemala Has Audience with Pope Benedict

President Perez Molina of Guatemala Has Audience with Pope Benedict

This morning, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, received in audience Mr. Otto Fernando Perez Molina, president of Guatemala. continue reading »

Pope Benedict Requests Prayers From Followers

Pope Benedict Requests Prayers From Followers

More than 100,000 people gathered Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict XVI's next-to-last Angelus prayer, listening attentively as the pontiff asked them to pray for him. continue reading »

Conclave to Elect New Pope May Begin Before March 15

Conclave to Elect New Pope May Begin Before March 15

The papal conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who will step down on Feb. 28, could begin prior to March 15 if all the cardinal electors are in Rome before that date, Vatican Press Office Director Federico Lombardi said Saturday. continue reading »