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NEW INVOCATION DATES   Please take note the altered dates for Invocation this year – Invocation Central will now be at St. Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham on 12th October, and instead of an event being held in the South there will be a pilgrimage to Rome from 5th – 7th July.  Invocation North however is still taking place at Ampleforth Abbey from 14th – 16th July.  For more information visit   ...

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Vatican releases schedule for final days Pope’s Pontificate

Vatican releases schedule for final days Pope’s Pontificate   The remaining days of the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests ofRome, Lenten spiritual exercises, and audiences with politicians and cardinals. Vaticanspokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a February 13th meeting. On Thursday, Pope Benedict will meet in Paul VI Hall with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome and reflect on the Second Vatican Council. Three politicians will have the chance to meet with the Pope before he leaves office. The president of Romaniawill be received on February 15th, while Guatemala’s president and the Italian Senator Mario Monti will be granted audiences on February 16th. Two groups of bishops from Italy– one from Liguriaand the other from Lombardi...

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The vacant Roman See

The vacant Roman See – duties during the sede vacante Now that we have gotten somewhat used to yesterday’s news, and all speculation has, well, not died down, but channelled into a few set directions, here’s a look at the major players in the coming sede vacante period. The Apostolic Penitentiary, concerned with questions of conscience from the faithful and the pressing matters related to it, will continue to function during the sede vacante. Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, who leads the office, will remain in office likewise. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (pictured left) will remain as Camerlengo. He will head the management of the temporal goods and finances of the Holy See. He will also chair the daily meetings of the College of Cardinals for the daily affairs of the Church. Upon the election of the new Pope, he will accompany him to the papal apartments and hand him the keys. Cardinal Bertone...

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Final Public Mass

Pope Benedict XVI’s Final Public Mass     His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s final Mass in public will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday in St Peter’s Basilica rather than the Station Lenten church at Sant’ Anselmo on Rome’s Aventine Hill.   Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., Vatican Press Officer, drew particular attention to the decision to move Ash Wednesday celebrations to St Peter’s Basilica. It was motivated by a question of space to accommodate those wishing to attend what will be the last great liturgical celebration of Pope Benedict’s Pontificate.   Basilica Vaticana, ore 17  Holy Mass presided over by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at 05.00 pm [Rome time; i.e. 4.00pm GMT] From St. Peter’s Basilica, Holy Mass with Imposition of Ashes, presided over by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Live Broadcast from 04.50 p.m. – in Portuguese via...

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Statement on Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign

Statement on Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign Commenting on Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks said: “I was honoured to welcome Pope Benedict XVI to Britain on behalf of non-Christian faiths in 2010 and spend time with him during a visit to the Vatican in 2011. I saw him to be a man of gentleness, of quiet and of calm, a deeply thoughtful and compassionate individual who carried with him an aura of grace and wisdom. I wish him good health, blessings and best wishes for the future.”   The Chief Rabbi meeting Pope Benedict XVI   On 12th December 2011, Pope Benedict XVI received by the…  ...

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Archbishop of Canterbury on Pope Benedict’s resignation

A message from the Archbishop of Canterbury on Pope Benedict’s resignation Pope Benedict XVI. Photo: Marcin Mazur/CCN The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has released the following message on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. It was with a heavy heart but complete understanding that we learned this morning of Pope Benedict’s declaration of his decision to lay down the burden of ministry as Bishop of Rome, an office which he has held with great dignity, insight and courage. As I prepare to take up office I speak not only for myself, and my predecessors as Archbishop, but for Anglicans around the world, in giving thanks to God for a priestly life utterly dedicated, in word and deed, in prayer and in costly service, to following Christ. He has laid before us something of the meaning of the Petrine...

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Paris Novitiate: St Eymard loved us into the Eucharist.

I would be lying if I said leaving St Jean Baptiste and the faces and routines that was the Novitiate canonical year was easy. I think for anybody in Religious life there is the definitive moment during that time, that year, when the penny drops, and one has to hold onto the scaffolding of what is going to be the mansion of your new life. For me, a convert clergyman from Anglicanism, New York will always be the place where I found Catholicism in a very concrete way. The world, well, most of it, is there in one-way or another. To glimpse differing manifestations of the same faith was both immensely humbling and remarkably opportune. It is never too late in life to have your horizons broadened. About three weeks before our departure it was as if I was...

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Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation at end of month

Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation at end of month His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on Monda, 11th February, 2013, said he plans on resigning the Papal office on February 28th. Below please find his announcement. Full text of Pope’s declaration Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s...

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155th Anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes

More than 30,000 pilgrims are expected to attend the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes on Monday, 11th February for the 155th Anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a young girl named Bernadette.   Organizers at Lourdes have spent the past few weeks preparing for the expected surge in pilgrims. According to tradition, the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette in 1858 at a Grotto at Massabielle. For a period of several weeks, 18 additional apparitions followed. Some years later the Church recognized the apparitions and the shrine was built. Today, more than six million people visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes each year, making it the third most visited Marian shrine in Catholicism. All the ceremonies will also be broadcast live through TV Lourdes, the sanctuary’s internet television channel. The...

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