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The March Edition of The Catholic Telegraph, featuring coverage of the historic papal resignation, should hit mailboxes Thursday. This issue, look for the special two-page spread on Pope Benedict XVI‘s resignation beginning on page 12. Coverage includes world leader’s reactions, timeline, photos and more. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has two letters in this edition. On

Pope greets crowd as he arrives to lead final Angelus at Vatican
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his last week as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI issued new rules for conclaves, including a clause that allows the College of Cardinals to move up the date for the beginning of the conclave to elect his successor. However, the

Pope Benedict XVI leads his last Angelus as pope at Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI delivered his final Sunday Angelus address before a packed St. Peter’s Square. The pilgrims in attendance interrupted his address with applause more than once and he closed by stressing that his resignation is not an abandoning of the Church. After reflecting on the Gospel of Luke’s account

POPE TALKS WITH U.S. PRESIDENT AT VATICAN
By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON (CNS) — During Pope Benedict XVI‘s visit to the White House in 2008, his thoughts turned to the First Amendment and its enshrinement of the free practice of religion. He told President George W. Bush that the idea of religious freedom as expressed

Pope Benedict XVI delivers a talk at the conclusion of a Mass for the Knights of Malta. The Vatican says the pope is considering changes to conclave rules as his papacy nears an end. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI is considering making some changes to the conclave rules and rituals before he leaves office Feb. 28, the Vatican spokesman confirmed. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, told reporters Feb. 20 that any papal document is more

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, left, celebrates mass on the feast of Our Lady of Suyapa Feb. 3 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Suyapa in Honduras. Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr, right, concelebrated.
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, 70, is a personal ambassador of the Catholic Church’s emergency relief and development aid and probably the best-known Latin American member of the College of Cardinals. In May 2011, he was elected to a

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presided at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion Feb, 17 at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Dayton
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati celebrated the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion Feb. 17 with 1,023 adults and children seeking entrance into the Roman Catholic Church. The Rite of Election is celebrated with adults and children who are unbaptized and preparing to receive the sacraments of baptism,

Pope Benedict XVI leads general audience at Vatican
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At his first public appearance since he announced that he would resign at the end of February, Pope Benedict XVI thanked the faithful for their love and prayers and asked them to pray for his successor. “I have felt,

Lightning illuminates sky over St. Peter's Basilica in evening at Vatican
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign the papacy was a “surprise, like thunder that gives no notice that it’s coming,” said one of the cardinals who was in the room when the pope announced his decision Feb. 11. “We

File photo of Pope distributing Communion during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica
By Elieen Connelly, OSU The Catholic Telegraph Like many Catholics around the world, the Sisters of the Precious Blood were surprised by today’s announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will be retiring at the end of February. Still, the congregation understands the pope’s decision. “The pressures and energy required of an office