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‘We Will Always Be Grateful to God for Benedict XVI’

The initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello, Carmen Hernández and Fr. Mario Pezzi, expressed both sorrow and gratitude upon hearing of the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. In a communique released this morning, the responsible team of the itinerary of Christian formation thanked the H…

Pope Benedict XVI: ‘The Church Belongs to Christ’

Prior to delivering his weekly General Audience today, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on his retirement at the end of the month. Thousands of pilgrims gathered at Paul VI Hall to express their support for the Supreme Pontiff. “As you know, […] I have decided to give up the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to me on A…

Fr. Lombardi: ‘Pope Benedict is Still Our Pope’

Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, met with journalists to follow-up on yesterday’s announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will retire from the papacy at the end of February 28th. Fr. Lombardi stated that after yesterday’s an…

Cardinal Dziwisz: ‘I Will Always Be Faithful and Grateful’ to Pope Benedict XVI

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, Poland, released a statement regarding Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation which was announced yesterday morning. Prior to being named Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Dzwisz served as Blessed John Paul II’s…

Outpouring of Support and Gratitude for Pope Benedict Continue After Historic Announcement

Religious and world leaders from across the globe continued to pour in words of support for Pope Benedict XVI upon hearing the news that the 85 year old Pontiff resigned from the See of Saint Peter. During a consistory yesterday morning, the Holy Fa…

Cardinal Sodano: "We Are Closer to You Than Ever"

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, conveyed his “sense of loss” and “total disbelief” at Pope Benedict’s announcement that he would be resigning the See of St. Peter at the end of the month. “Allow me to tell you, in the name …

World Reacts to Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation

As news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation spread worldwide, prelates and dignitaries from around the world reacted with surprise and support for the Holy Father’s decision. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of…

Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation of the See of Rome today during a consistory during which three canonizations were also announced. In his statement to the cardinals present at the consistory, the Holy Father said: “After having repeatedl…

Cardinal Bertone: ‘Peace is An Enduring Task That Must Be Fulfilled Always Anew’

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State addressed participants in a conference celebrating the 50thanniversary of the Elysée Treaty. The event, which was organized by the Embassies of France and Germany to the Holy See, focused on the theme “Fifty years of Franco-German friendship at the service o…

Pontiff Expresses Heartfelt Sympathy on Death of Cardinal Giovanni Cheli

Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram of condolence upon hearing of the death of Cardinal Giovanni Cheli, the president Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. The 94 year old Italian prelate, who was als…

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