At 8 p.m. (Rome time) on February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI’s reign as Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church came to an end. He had bid farewell to a large crowd gathered at the Vatican City a few hours earlier to travel to Castel Gandolfo, where he will live for about two months before moving to a monastery inside the Vatican City. Greeted by several hundred more of the faithful upon his arrival, the Pope offered his final apostolic blessing and departed the Castel Gandolfo balcony saying, “Thank you and good night. Thanks to all of you.”
On March 12, the cardinals of the Church gathered to begin the conclave to elect the successor of Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being locked in the Sistine Chapel, the cardinals celebrated Mass together in preparation for the task ahead. While only those cardinals under the age of 80 are eligible to participate in the conclave, all of them joined in the Mass.
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Did you know that in and through your body you are given a gift and a task to be a window into eternity? Blessed Pope John Paul II states that “the body and it alone is capable of making visible the invisible, the spiritual and Divine.” Humanity, he said, is called to reveal God in and through the body.
Sandy, a superstorm that began as a hurricane, slammed into the East Coast of the United States Oct. 29. At least 74 people are reported dead, and millions were without power. New York City’s transportation system, vital to residents’ lives, sustained significant damage.
Bishop Boyea released a statement via Twitter: “Please pray for all those affected by the hurricane, especially the homeless and the poor.”
Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – 1680), also known as Lily of the Mohawks, was a Native American convert to Roman Catholicism. As a religious lay woman, she was shunned and basically exiled by her tribe, dying at the age of 24. Known for her chastity, she became the first Native American woman to be venerated in the Church. Kateri was beatified by Blessed John Paul II in 1980 and Pope Benedict XVI officially announced on February 18, 2012 that she will be canonized on October 21, 2012. Her feast day is July 14.