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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

By Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Curious who will choose the next pope? Here is a list of cardinal-electors, from oldest to youngest, eligible to vote for a pope in a conclave. Cardinal Walter Kasper turns 80 March 5; depending on the date of the conclave, he might

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation Monday before a consistory of Cardinals. His speech was read in Latin. The full text in English is provided below the video. The full text of the speech was posted on the Vatican’s website. Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr had this reaction today to the resignation of the Holy Father: “In announcing his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI has acted humbly and unselfishly for the good of the Church. That same spirit has characterized his entire life of service. “I will always remember Pope Benedict as

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation Monday, effective Feb. 28. (CNS)
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saying he no longer has the strength to exercise ministry over the universal church, Pope Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he would be resigning at the end of the month. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON (CNS) — It took the combined clout of an actress best known for playing an angel and her big-ratings executive-producer husband, but Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have pulled off the making of a 10-hour miniseries, “The Bible,” that gets its premiere Sunday,

  USCCB Release WASHINGTON — The Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shows some movement by the Administration but falls short of addressing U.S. bishops’ concerns. “Throughout the past year, we have

Young people watch a concert sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome Feb. 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture said he wanted to listen to what today’s young people had to

By Eileen Connelly, OSU “We are all part of God’s creation. We all share the same faith.” With those words, Griselda Geygan, a native of Honduras who is now a Cincinnati resident, summed up the experience of a group from the archdiocese, including Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, during a recent trip

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  ROME (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s efforts to prevent clerical sexual abuse and protect children around the world will be “a long-term effort,” said Father Robert W. Oliver, a Boston priest who began work Feb. 1 as the promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine