Catholicism http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/32034/all en UPDATE 4-Pope Benedict stepping down, cites poor health http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/update-1-pope-resigns-saying-no-longer-has-strength-fulfil-mini <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds further Vatican comment, reaction)</p> <p>By Philip Pullella</p> <p>VATICAN CITY, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict shocked the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with his ministry, in an announcement that left his aides "incredulous" and will make him the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/update-1-pope-resigns-saying-no-longer-has-strength-fulfil-mini" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christian theology Christianity Europe Human Interest Pope Pope Benedict XVI Religion Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:45:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5752525 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope announces resignation in historic move http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-announces-resignation-historic-move <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign as leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics on February 28 because his age prevented him from carrying out his duties -- an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic Church.</p> <p>"I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the 85-year-old pope said in a speech pronounced in Latin at a meeting of cardinals in the Vatican.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-announces-resignation-historic-move" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity International Theological Commission Religion AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:17:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752573 at http://www.globalpost.com TIMELINE-Benedict steps down as Pope http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/timeline-benedict-steps-down-pope <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feb 11 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday that he no longer had the strength to fulfil his role as head of the Roman Catholic Church and would retire on Feb. 28.</p> <p>Here are the major events of his ministry:</p> <p>2005:</p> <p>April 19 - German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected to succeed Pope John Paul II as the 265th leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He chose the name Benedict XVI.</p> <p>Nov. 29 - The Vatican imposes restrictions on homosexuals becoming priests.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/timeline-benedict-steps-down-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic traditionalism Catholicism Christianity Religion Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:45:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5752668 at http://www.globalpost.com The last 10 popes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/the-last-10-popes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Below is a list of the last 10 popes and the length of their pontificates following Monday's announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will step down on February 28:</p> <p>- John Paul II (October 1978-April 2005): 26 years. The first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in the 16th century, and the first Polish pope</p> <p>- John Paul I (August 1978-September 1978): Died suddenly after only 33 days</p> <p>- Paul VI (June 1963-August 1978): 15 years. Named his three immediate successors as cardinals</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/the-last-10-popes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Roman Curia AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:15:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752811 at http://www.globalpost.com Papal exits: A turbulent history http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/papal-exits-turbulent-history <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI, who stunned the world on Monday with the announcement he will resign on February 28 because his age is impairing his ability to govern, is the first pontiff to step down in 700 years. </p> <p>There has been only one pope to resign because he could not carry on his papal duties in 2,000 years, but numerous popes were deposed or exiled.</p> <p>Four popes died in exile or in prison, six were assassinated, two died of wounds received in the course of riots and one was killed when a roof collapsed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/papal-exits-turbulent-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Holy See AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:47:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752977 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil Catholic fest still on despite pope resignation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/brazil-catholic-fest-still-despite-pope-resignation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Catholic World Youth Day festival will be held in July in Rio as scheduled despite the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, church authorities said here Monday.</p> <p>"WYD will be maintained. The resignation of the pope changes nothing," Adionel da Cunha, a spokesman for the archdiocese said.</p> <p>Rio Archbishop Orani Tempesta also confirmed that the event was still on and that Benedict XVIs successor would attend.</p> <p>"We do not anticipate an absence of the pope. It's a tradition to have the pope," the G1 news website quoted him as saying.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/brazil-catholic-fest-still-despite-pope-resignation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Our Lady of Aparecida Religion Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:47:16 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752978 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil Catholic fest still on despite pope resignation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/brazil-catholic-fest-still-despite-pope-resignation-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Catholic World Youth Day festival will be held in July in Rio as scheduled despite the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, church authorities said here Monday.</p> <p>"WYD will be maintained. The resignation of the pope changes nothing," Adionel da Cunha, a spokesman for the archdiocese said.</p> <p>Rio Archbishop Orani Tempesta also confirmed that the event was still on and that Benedict XVIs successor would attend.</p> <p>"We do not anticipate an absence of the pope. It's a tradition to have the pope," the G1 news website quoted him as saying.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/brazil-catholic-fest-still-despite-pope-resignation-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Our Lady of Aparecida Religion Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:30:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753005 at http://www.globalpost.com Catholic world in shock after pope resigns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/catholic-world-shock-after-pope-resigns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Catholic Church faced a tricky transition on Tuesday as it prepared to elect a new pope, with many faithful still reeling from the shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.</p> <p>The 85-year-old Benedict told a group of cardinals in a speech in Latin on Monday that he will step down on February 28 because he could no longer fulfil his duties in a fast-changing world -- the first pope to resign of his own free will in more than 700 years.</p> <p>A report in Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore said his decision may have been for health reasons.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/catholic-world-shock-after-pope-resigns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Religion Roman Curia Social Issues AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:30:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753399 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope to bid Catholics farewell in St Peter's on Feb 27 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/pope-bid-catholics-farewell-st-peters-feb-27 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI will bid his followers farewell in a final audience in St Peter's Square on February 27, the day before he officially steps down, a Vatican spokesman said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"The last general audience will be held in the square since a lot of people will come," Federico Lombardi said at a press briefing.</p> <p>Lombardi also said the pope's traditional Ash Wednesday mass on February 13 would be his last major religious ceremony as pope together with other prelates.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/pope-bid-catholics-farewell-st-peters-feb-27" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholic liturgy Catholicism Christianity Religion AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:30:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753517 at http://www.globalpost.com Vatican prepares momentous papal transition http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/vatican-prepares-momentous-papal-transition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Vatican prepared for a momentous transition after Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign on February 28, starting with a special mass on Wednesday and culminating in a final farewell in St Peter's Square on the eve of his departure.</p> <p>The rumour mill over a successor was into full swing after what will be only the second voluntary papal resignation in the Catholic Church's 2,000-year history, although no clear favourite has emerged.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/vatican-prepares-momentous-papal-transition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Religion Roman Curia Social Issues AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:00:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753602 at http://www.globalpost.com Vatican prepares momentous papal transition http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/vatican-prepares-momentous-papal-transition-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Vatican on Tuesday prepared for a momentous transition after Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign on February 28, insisting that a recent heart operation had no bearing on his decision.</p> <p>The rumour mill over a successor went into overtime after what will be only the second voluntary papal resignation in Catholicism's 2,000-year history, although no clear favourite has emerged.</p> <p>The 85-year-old Benedict made the surprise announcement on Monday that he will step down after just short of eight years, saying he could no longer fulfil his duties in a fast-changing world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/vatican-prepares-momentous-papal-transition-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Human Interest Religion Roman Curia Social Issues AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:15:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753713 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Pray for me' says pope at first appearance since resignation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/pray-me-says-pope-at-first-appearance-resignation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI made his first public appearance on Wednesday since his shock resignation announcement, asking thousands of cheering pilgrims at the Vatican to "keep praying for me".</p> <p>The 85-year-old pontiff was greeted by a standing ovation and chants of "Benedetto", his name in Italian, at his weekly audience in the Paul VI auditorium, with a prominent banner reading "Thank You, Holiness".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/pray-me-says-pope-at-first-appearance-resignation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Religion Roman Curia AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:30:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754306 at http://www.globalpost.com Benedict will lose power of infallibility: Vatican http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/benedict-will-lose-power-infallibility-vatican <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI will lose his infallibility -- his supreme authority in Church matters -- as soon he steps down on February 28, the Vatican said on Wednesday as it struggles to explain a virtually unprecedented situation.</p> <p>"These powers go with the office, so they will pass to the next pope.... Whoever renounces no longer has the assistance of the Holy Spirit to guide the Universal Church," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said at a briefing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/benedict-will-lose-power-infallibility-vatican" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christian theology Christianity Religion AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:34:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754446 at http://www.globalpost.com Calendar of Pope Benedict XVI's last days in power http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/calendar-pope-benedict-xvis-last-days-power <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI will combine public engagements with private prayer in the final days before he steps down as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics at 1900 GMT on February 28.</p> <p>The 85-year-old will mostly stick to his regular schedule, with a few notable additions and changes -- he has added meetings with Italy's prime minister and president, and his last general audience will be held exceptionally in St Peter's Square instead of at a Vatican auditorium.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/calendar-pope-benedict-xvis-last-days-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Roman Curia AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:00:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754832 at http://www.globalpost.com Book Talk: Papal resignation a PR coup for Vatican journalist http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/book-talk-papal-resignation-pr-coup-vatican-journalist <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor</p> <p>VATICAN CITY, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Few authors can boast that Pope Benedict helped sell their books, but the pontiff's shock resignation has boosted interest in all things Catholic just as veteran Vatican journalist John Thavis is about to publish.</p> <p>"The Vatican Diaries," a behind-the-scenes look at the faith's fabled nerve centre, goes on sale on Feb. 21, just one week before the pope takes the nearly unprecedented step of quitting as the head of the world's largest church.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/book-talk-papal-resignation-pr-coup-vatican-journalist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catholicism Christianity Entertainment Hospitality Human Interest Roman Curia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:00:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5755336 at http://www.globalpost.com