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Cardinals attend a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The period immediately following a pontificate is one of excited speculation, more or less loose, about the identity of the next pope. Though secrecy rules do not forbid cardinals from naming their preferences, custom and prudence effectively do. In

Sede Vacante
UPDATE: For more up to date information, visit Conclave Central.   Effective Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. in Rome, the papacy of Benedict XVI came to an end. With that, the Catholic Church entered a period of sede vacante. Sede vacante is Latin for “the seat being empty”

Pope Benedict XVI blesses people gathered in the town square after arriving in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb. 28. It was his final public appearance before he drew to a close his papacy. “I am a simple pilgrim who begins the last stage of his pilgrimage on this earth,” he told the crowd. (CNS/Paul Haring) (Feb. 28, 2013) See BENEDICT-CASTELGANDOLFO (Feb. 28, 2013)
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy () — Pope Benedict XVI, who began his papacy describing himself as a “humble servant in the Lord’s vineyard,” described his retirement as a time of being a “simple pilgrim, who begins the last stage of his pilgrimage on this earth.”

Pope Benedict XVI addresses cardinals on final day of papacy at Vatican City
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — The Clementine Hall is traditionally the place where cardinals bid farewell to popes at the end of a pontificate, but usually when the pope in question is lying in state before his funeral. But on Feb. 28, hours before resigning

Papal audience
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph ROME — More than 150,000 pilgrims turned out for Pope Benedict XVI’s final general audience Wednesday Morning in St. Peter’s Square. Millions more around the world watched the audience via EWTN and a live feed on the Vatican’s website. Others followed online as The

Archbishop Schnurr celebrates a mass for Pope Benedict XVI
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  (Video & full text of homily  below) Just two days before it ends, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr celebrated a Mass of Thanksgivings for the Petrine Ministry of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday morning at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains

March The Catholic Telegraph Promo
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