Prior to meeting with the press Pope Francis prayed privately in the Vatican Gardens. He ended Saturday’s audience with a blessing for journalists and their families.
Roman Catholic cardinals have voted to begin their conclave next Tuesday, leaving the weekend and Monday to chit-chat, schmooze, think and pray about the papal election.
Moments after Pope Benedict’s resignation took effect, the wheels of the church began to turn.
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.
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.
Pope Benedict XVI presided over St. Peter’s Square for the last time Sunday, and Roman Catholics in New York and around the world are waiting to find out who will take his place.
Many New Yorkers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday – but not all – dismissed the reports that a scandal had a role in the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
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.
The pontiff will tweet in eight languages starting Dec. 12 using his personal handle. He will respond live to questions about faith during his weekly general audience, the Vatican said Monday.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan reflected on the weekend that saw him honored by the pope and covered by the international media as one of the Catholic Church’s leading voices in the world.
This week hundreds of New Yorkers are traveling to Rome to witness as Archbishop Timothy Dolan becomes a cardinal. What they’ll find is the “eternal city” buzzing about an alleged plot against Pope Benedict.
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