Cardinal Timothy Dolan
The Swiss Guards standing at attention in Castel Gandolfo shut the gates of the palazzo shortly after 8 p.m. local time Thursday, symbolically closing the doors on a papacy whose legacy will be most marked by the way it ended.
Many Catholics are split over whether they hope Pope Benedict’s successor should preserve tradition or make changes in Catholic teaching.
Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square and thanked his flock for respecting his decision to retire.
On the same day Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional send-off from an estimated 150,000 people at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, there has been a lot of talk about his successor.
An ancient institution is being challenged by an uncertain situation — the historic resignation of a pope, a man even his critics concede is blessed by a tremendous intellect.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan flew to Rome Tuesday where he’ll be taking part in his first conclave as concerns continued to mount about potential conflicts arising from having both a reigning and a retired pope.
Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates.
Does New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan have a serious chance at becoming pope? He usually makes a joke when asked, but a leading Italian newspaper is taking Dolan’s papal prospects seriously.
Ash Wednesday is the day when many Christians begin a 40-day period in preparation for Easter. Cardinal Timothy Dolan is also preparing — to travel to Rome, following the historic resignation of the pope.
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said Benedict has had the pacemaker for years. He received the device before he became pope in 2005 to help regulate his heartbeat.
The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.
Pope Benedict XVI said Monday that he will step down on Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.
Spokesman George Arzt said Koch died at 2 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital of congestive heart failure. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
“How’m I doin’?” That was the refrain of Edward Irving Koch, who we knew simply as Ed Koch.
It was 40 years ago today that the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in America.