Pope Benedict XVI
Sister Maureen Paul Turlish is active in the Philadelphia chapter of Voices of the Faithful, a national organization which represents nuns in the US.
The 115 voting cardinals will need at least one more day to decide the new leader of the Catholic Church. The conclave cast its first ballot for a pope Tuesday night and the smoke was black.
The cardinals of the Catholic Church will enter the conclave on Tuesday, following a morning mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
A group of Latin language students from McCallum High School in Austin, Texas, flew into Philadelphia Saturday to make a connecting flight to Rome with their teacher and chaperones.
Philadelphia’s Archbishop will not be attending the conclave in Rome, because he hasn’t been elevated to the post of cardinal just yet.
Father Frank Berna, director of graduate theology and ministry at LaSalle University, says the new pope has to take the pulse of the people, not just those who are loyal to the church, but those who have fallen away.
Vatican watchers and even some of the cardinals themselves say the two biggest issues facing the new pope are abuse and administration.
Pope Benedict XVI left Vatican City for the last time Thursday and became the became the first pope in about 600 years to retire.
“He was first of all a great teacher. He was a great preacher of the word of God. He was a great pastor of the people,” Rigali said.
Pope Benedict XVI has sent what could possibly be the last tweet of his papacy.
It’s an event that is projected to draw tens of thousands of Catholics from around the world for the six-day event.
Some worshipers are confident the new Pope will have a large role in reversing the trend of the declining number of American Catholics and shrinking enrollment at Catholic schools.
Chris previews President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Philadelphia to discuss gun violence, and analyzes the state of healthcare costs. He talks to Maureen Ferguson from the Catholic Association about Pope Benedict’s decision to step down.
A day before his installation as bishop of the Diocese of Camden, Bishop Dennis Sullivan reflected on his mission, as well as the stunning news about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on—the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
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