Posts Tagged ‘Pope resigns’

Emeritus Pope Benedict wasn’t pressured to step down Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Emeritus Pope Benedict wasn’t pressured to step down, says Father Federico Lombardi. Lombardi, who was Benedict’s spokesman, denied Italian Archbishop Luigi Negri’s claim that Benedict was forced to resign. However according to Negri, Benedict’s resignation was as a result of “tremendous pressure” being put upon him. The Obama administration has been implicated in the pressures Read more

Benedict – last words, last decisions Comments 0

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Pope Benedict’s last words and gestures are worth noting. Take four of his last decisions, for example. 1)     Nine months after the sacking of the President of the scandal-ridden Vatican bank, he appoints a new President: a lay man and a non-Italian. 2)     He appoints a man of promise to a diplomatic post in a Read more

Sede Vacante: The seat of Peter is empty Comments 0

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI’s final trip as pope was a 15-minute helicopter ride from the Vatican to the papal summer villa at Castel Gandolfo. He was joined in the Italian government chopper by his personal secretary and assistant secretary, his personal physician, his new valet and an official of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household. Joining Read more

NZ priest tells TVNZ Breakfast, Benedict deserves a rest Comments 2

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Pope Benedict has done a ‘good enough’ job, according to Tim Duckworth, a Marist priest in Rome. Talking from the Vatican to Garth Bray on TVNZ Breakfast, Fr Duckworth qualified his remarks by saying he didn’t think it would be an easy job. Echoing Benedict’s comments in his final message, that whoever succeeds him “no Read more

Opinion: The power of silence Comments 1

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

I’ve just returned from St Peter’s Square where I was packed in shoulder-to- shoulder with 150,000 others for Benedict’s final general audience. Saying farewell to a Pope who hasn’t actually died makes this experience of farewell a rather unusual one – at least it hasn’t happened for centuries. Benedict has said clearly that he will Read more

Pope tells 150,000 farewell crowd, sometimes the Lord seems to be sleeping Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI held his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, telling tens of thousands of people he had known “moments of joy and light but also moments that were not easy” when “the Lord seemed to be sleeping.” In an unusually personal address,  the pope cited the biblical voyage of Jesus and Read more

Ride the Popemobile for the last time with Pope Benedict Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

For the very last time Benedict XVI rode the Popemobile to greet the pilgrims gathered for the general audience at St. Peter’s Square. In bright winter sunshine, the 85-year-old German Pope was driven around St Peter’s Square in a white Mercedes jeep. During the course of the journey, the frail Pope Benedict waved to the Read more

Pell lashes out at retiring Pope Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Cardinal George Pell, has levelled some surprising criticism at Pope Benedict, reports Australia’s Seven News. Pell criticised the outgoing Pope, saying that despite being a great theologian and a brilliant teacher, governance and government wasn’t his strong point. “He’s got to know his theology, but I think I’d prefer… someone who can lead the church Read more

Pope Benedict’s final statement Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I offer a warm and affectionate greeting to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who have joined me for this, my last General Audience. Like Saint Paul, whose words we heard earlier, my heart is filled with thanksgiving to God who ever watches over his Church and her growth in faith and Read more

New pope can still be @pontifex on Twitter Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Vatican has dispelled claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s “Pontifex” Twitter account will be shut down permanently, clarifying that it “will be available for use by the next Pope as he may wish.” Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Feb. 23 the Twitter account was created for the Pope’s Read more