Monthly Archives: February 2013

“Just a pilgrim on the final stage of his journey”

(Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI arrived at Castel Gandolfo, Thursday evening, after a 15 minute helicopter ride over the rooftops of Rome. But before taking his leave of the men and women, officials and lay staff in the Vatican’s Apostolic … Continue reading

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The Holy Father speaks to the College of Cardinals: “I will be near to you”.

Vatican City, 28 February 2013 (VIS) – At 11:00am in the Clementine Hall, Benedict XVI greeted the College of Cardinals, whose dean, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, addressed a short farewell to the Pope on behalf of all those present. Dear beloved … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI begins last day of Pontificate

 The Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI will come to an end with the Sede Vacante (“Vacant See”) beginning at 8pm Rome time (7pm GMT). On the last full day of his pontificate, Pope Benedict will hold a special farewell meeting … Continue reading

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A Tribute

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The Holy Father: “Please remember me before God”. Final General Audience. Full Text.

Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood! Distinguished Authorities! Dear brothers and sisters! Thank you for coming in such large numbers in this last General Audience of my pontificate. As the Apostle Paul in the biblical text that … Continue reading

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It all becomes clear….

….so that’s who made Mr Inwood so terribly cross. Ad multos annos, Bishop Egan! St Michael, pray for us!

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Call Me the Optimist – A Meditation on Recent Reports of Crisis and Conclave

By: Msgr. Charles Pope I’ve been asked  to record a few thoughts about the events surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict. Over the weekend especially, many rumors circulated, regarding a seedy backstory to the resignation. I am not surprised to read … Continue reading

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Is this the face of the next Pope?

The BBC’s Rome correspondent thinks he could be in with a shot. Or at least, Pope Benedict XVI seems to favour him. His name is Gianfranco Ravasi (aged 70), only appointed Cardinal in 2010. Based on his record, Ravasi appears … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict: Truth and beauty go together

(Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict on Saturday concluded the “spiritual exercises” which mark the beginning of Lent at the Vatican. This year’s reflections were offered by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture. At the end of the … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI’s farewell Angelus: I will never abandon the Church

(Vatican Radio) “Dear brothers and sisters…The Lord is calling me to “climb the mountain”, to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation. But this does not mean abandoning the Church, indeed, if God is asking me to do this, … Continue reading

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Biblical Reflection for Second Sunday of Lent

 Two striking revelations of God’s presence. Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 The background to this selection is Abram’s desire for an heir for up to now he has been childless, and if he came to die, his slave would get his inheritance. … Continue reading

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Cardinal Ravasi – on Power, Fragility of the Word

God of Grace, God of the Word, and God Creator are images being used by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi in his catecheses for the spiritual exercises being preached for the Pope and Roman Curia. The reflections of the president of the … Continue reading

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How to become Pope

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10 Quotes That Will Change the Way You Attend Holy Mass

From: by Taylor Marshall Saint Gertrude the Great once reported that for each and every Mass that we hear with devotion during our lives, Christ sends a saint to comfort us in death. I was deeply moved the first time I read … Continue reading

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The Dome of Home

The following short film explores the Shrine church of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena, on the Wirral. In it Canon Montjean, the rector of the Shrine, discusses aspects of the Extrordinary Form of the liturgy, as well as showing the … Continue reading

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