ROME (Reuters) – A visibly moved Pope Benedict tried to assure his worldwide flock on Wednesday over his stunning decision to become the first pontiff in centuries to resign, saying he was confident that it would not hurt the Church.
The Vatican, meanwhile, announced that a conclave to elect his successor would start sometime between March 15 and March 20, in keeping with Church rules about the timing of such gatherings after the papal see becomes vacant.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, in his first public comments since he announced that he would become the first pontiff in centuries to resign, on Wednesday said he was fully aware of the gravity of his decision but confident that it would not hurt the Church.
“Continue to pray for me, for the Church and for the future pope,” he said in unscripted remarks at the start of his weekly general audience, one of his last public appearances before he resigns on February 28.
Cardinals around the world began informal contacts to discuss who should next lead the Church through a period of major crisis and the Vatican said it planned a big send-off for Pope Benedict before he becomes the first pontiff in centuries to resign.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Cardinals around the world began informal contacts to discuss who should next lead the Church through a period of major crisis and the Vatican said it planned a big send-off for Pope Benedict before he becomes the first pontiff in centuries to resign.
At a Tuesday news conference on how the pope plans to spend the next two weeks before he steps out of the limelight, the Vatican also disclosed that the 85-year-old Benedict has been wearing a pacemaker since before he was elected pope in 2005.
VATICAN CITY, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said in a
historic announcement he no longer had the mental and physical
strength to run the Roman Catholic Church and would become the
first pontiff in more than 700 years to resign, leaving his
inner circle “incredulous”.
Church officials tried to relay a climate of calm confidence
in the running of a 2,000-year-old institution but the decision
could lead to one of the most uncertain and unstable periods in
centuries for a Church besieged by scandal and defections.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – - Pope Benedict was cheered by conservatives for trying to reaffirm traditional Catholic identity but liberals accused him of turning back the clock on reforms and hurting dialogue with Muslims, Jews and other Christians.
The 85-year-old German-born pontiff announced on Monday he would step down at the end of the month because of the effects of old age meant he was unable to complete his ministry. It was a decision that stunned Church officials and Catholics around the world, but one that he had hinted at in the past.
ROME (Reuters) – Pope Benedict surprised the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with the demands of his ministry, becoming the first pontiff to step down since the Middle Ages and leaving his aides “incredulous”.
The 85-year-old German-born Pope, hailed as a hero by conservative Catholics and viewed with suspicion by liberals, said he had noticed that his strength had deteriorated over recent months.
ROME, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, leader of the
world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, said on Monday he will resign on
Feb 28. because he no longer has the strength to fulfil the
duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the
Middle Ages to take such a step.
The 85-year-old German-born Pope, hailed as a hero by
conservative Catholics and viewed with suspicion by liberals,
said he had noticed that his strength had deteriorated over
ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi and his brother Paolo are getting heat over maverick Italy striker Mario Balotelli, with one accused of racism and the other of signing him for their club AC Milan only to win votes in this month’s national election.
Paolo Berlusconi, AC Milan’s vice president, was lambasted in social media after calling former Manchester City forward Balotelli “the little black boy of the family”.
The Vatican’s new sexual crimes prosecutor acknowledged that the U.S. media “did a service” to the Catholic Church through its aggressive reporting on child abuse that helped the Church “confront the truth”.