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February 12, 2013 | Breaking News Desk
Statement from Pope Benedict XVI on his resignation The following is a statement issued by Pope Benedict XVI this morning announcing his plan to leave the office by Feb. 28, 2013 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.
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February 12, 2013 | By Frank Kummer and Emily Babay, Breaking News Desk
Pope Benedict XVI, 85, said this morning that he will resign on Feb. 28, and would become the first pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church to do so in nearly 600 years. Benedict announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning and said it was because of his age. A conclave to elect a new pope will form before the end of March. "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," he told the cardinals this morning.
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December 25, 2011 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI decried the increasing commercialization of Christmas as he celebrated Christmas Eve Mass, urging the faithful to look beyond the holiday's "superficial glitter" to discover its true meaning. Benedict, 84, presided over the Saturday night service in a packed St. Peter's Basilica, kicking off an intense two weeks of Christmas-related public appearances that will test his stamina amid signs that fatigue is starting to slow him down. The Christmas Eve Mass was moved up to 10 p.m. from midnight several years ago to spare the pope a late night that is followed by an important Christmas Day speech.
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February 13, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
Consensus among any group as large and diverse as the nearly two million Roman Catholics in the Philadelphia region would be nearly miraculous. Yet the news Monday that Pope Benedict XVI would resign at the end of February hit one consistent note among the faithful. Shock, and variations thereof. "I was surprised," said Jack Betzal, a lifelong Philadelphia Catholic who gives tours of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. "Stunning," said Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell.
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September 7, 2012
THE FORMER superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been named to the highest pontifical order that can be achieved by a layperson, the Archdiocese announced Thursday. Mary E. Rochford, who resigned in March, was named to the Order of Saint Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI. Rochford had resigned to care for ailing relatives, according to the Archdiocese. - Phillip Lucas
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April 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a very Bavarian birthday Monday, marking his 85th with his brother, bishops and a musical band from his native land at the Vatican. Monday's birthday is just the first in a week of milestones for Benedict. He marks the seventh anniversary of his election as pope on Thursday. And April 24 is the anniversary of the start of his pontificate. Despite his age and increasing frailty - he has begun using a cane on occasion - Benedict has quashed speculation of a possible resignation.
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July 4, 2011
Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky, 75, who stepped down as Berlin's archbishop this year, has died. The Berlin Archdiocese said Cardinal Sterzinsky died early Thursday. It did not give details, but the cardinal had long been ill. In February, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation. Cardinal Sterzinsky was born in 1936 in what is now Poland and studied in communist East Germany. He became bishop of Berlin, then a divided city, in 1989 and was later promoted to archbishop and cardinal.
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September 26, 2006
What did people expect from a member of the Hitler Youth? Pope Benedict XVI exercised very bad judgment in saying what he did, even if it was based in fact. (World literature is an enlightening subject to study.) I am, however, amused that the Turks (of all people!) are outraged at Benedict's comments, considering what these people did to the Armenians and Greeks in Northern Turkey not 100 years ago (and the way they took Albania by force back in the 1500s). If I were them, I'd closely guard my glass house.
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October 2, 2006
IN HER OP-ED "The world according to Oriana" (Sept. 22), Christine Flowers pays eloquent tribute to feisty journalist Oriana Fallaci, who wasn't afraid to confront the religious hypocrites of her time in a way that only an atheist can. The violent protests by Islamic fanatics over a speech by Pope Benedict XVI confirm Ms. Flowers' inference that such hypocrisy continues to exist. In response to the pope's appeal for reason and dialogue, unreasonable rage continues to pour out of radical Islam.
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April 21, 2005 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With words and hymns of celebration, about 400 people gathered for noon Mass of Thanksgiving yesterday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Center City in tribute to the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Addressing the Roman Catholic congregation, Auxiliary Bishop Robert P. Maginnis quoted Long Live the Pope, a hymn written by the Right Rev. Hugh P. Henry in the early 1900s in honor of whoever would be elected pope. "Long live the Pope," Bishop Maginnis said. "Long live the shepherd of the flock.
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March 28, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
VATICAN CITY - Hours after learning that Pope Francis would not be receiving them in private audience, Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter and others in a delegation of Pennsylvanians greeted the pontiff individually Wednesday morning at his public audience in St. Peter's Square. Their combined face time with the pope lasted only about six minutes, far less than the 45 minutes Corbett had said Monday he anticipated the delegation might have. Instead, they filed one-by-one up a short flight of steps to the open-air canopy where Francis was seated on a simple, upholstered gold chair.
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March 26, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
VATICAN CITY - Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter, Archbishop Charles Chaput and a cadre of local business leaders have traveled all the way to the Vatican this week to invite Pope Francis to Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families. It's an impressive group. But will they really affect the pope's decision? "If [Pope Francis] weren't coming, odds are they wouldn't be going over," Philadelphia-based Vatican observer Rocco Palmo said. "It's really part of the effort to just build the anticipation.
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March 26, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROME - A high-level delegation led by Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput arrived in Rome Monday on a mission to persuade Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia next year for an international church gathering. The delegation of Pennsylvania political, business, and community leaders will meet with the pontiff on Wednesday, so Monday gave members a chance to get in some touring. One stop for Nutter was the Pantheon in Central Rome, where he posed for a "selfie" with a couple from Gettysburg, Pa. He also shook hands with Romans, who apparently had no idea who he is but figured he has to be somebody based on the pack of cameras following him. The officials purpose of the trip is to plan for the World Meeting of Families, a once every three-year event started by Pope John Paul II. Philadelphia will be the first U.S. city to host the gathering, which could bring more than 1 million people to the city if the pope decides to attend.
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March 26, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROME - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says he was "quite anxious" when he first learned that Pope Benedict XVI was considering Philadelphia as the site for the Eighth World Meeting of Families in 2015. Concerned whether the financially strapped archdiocese could handle the logistics and costs, "for a while I was thinking 'find someplace else,' " Chaput said in an interview here Monday. "But then we decided yes, we could handle it. " Yet even as he stood alongside Benedict in Milan at the close of the 2012 World Meeting to announce the selection of Philadelphia, Chaput was hoping, he said, for an event "considerably smaller" than the crowds of 350,000 that had descended on the Italian city.
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March 25, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
ROME - Please allow the People Paper to introduce you to six members of the Philly delegation to the Vatican before the pope himself meets them:   ROBERT CIARUFFOLI Ciaruffoli, president of the 2015 World Meeting of Families - which some have predicted will be the largest gathering in North American history - is chairman and CEO of the accounting firm ParenteBeard. He's not underestimating the scale of his task. "The chance to welcome any pope to our city is a joyous experience.
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March 24, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA If all goes according to plan, Mayor Nutter, Gov. Corbett, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will meet Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport, hold a short news conference, and board US Airways Flight 718 to Rome. The men represent very different entities - a city, a state, and a church - but a common purpose is taking them to a unique place that is all three of those things: Vatican City. There, they will meet midweek with Pope Francis and other Vatican officials to discuss what could be the largest gathering in Philadelphia's history: next year's Eighth World Meeting of Families.
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March 9, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Church and civic leaders are heading to Rome soon with hopes of wooing Pope Francis to an enormous international church gathering in Philadelphia next year. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Mayor Nutter, and Gov. Corbett said at a Friday news conference that they would meet with Francis at the Vatican to discuss the Eighth World Meeting of Families and invite him to attend. "I hope we'll have a very special visitor," Corbett said. The March 23 to 27 trip would focus on planning for the event with Vatican officials, Chaput said, but the three would meet in a private audience with Francis on March 26. A celebration of traditional family life and values, the five-day gathering of prayer, teaching, and jubilee will promote Roman Catholic values, Chaput said, but will have an "interfaith" and "ecumenical" feel.
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March 8, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With 18 months to go before Philadelphia hosts the Vatican's World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is expected to announce Friday that he, Mayor Nutter, and Gov. Corbett will soon meet with Pope Francis to discuss what promises to be an enormous international gathering. Chaput is expected to say at a morning news conference that their audience with the pontiff will take place March 26 at the Vatican. Corbett and Nutter, honorary co-chairs of the event, are expected to join him for the announcement, the archdiocese said.
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January 26, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Will Pope Francis visit Philadelphia next year? That question was sparked by a National Catholic Reporter story Friday that said the pontiff "has expressed an intention" to visit the United States in September 2015. The reason for his visit would be to attend the World Meeting of Families, a major Catholic event to be held in Philadelphia that Sept. 22 to 27. But it could expand to include a trip to New York City for an address to the United Nations. The Vatican does not officially announce papal visits until several months in advance, and the Reporter said Vatican sources cautioned that circumstances could change.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
POPE FRANCIS is a little bit like that chatty friend up the street who gives you his opinion on everything, even when you haven't asked. He is garrulous, joyful, easy to approach (just ask his apoplectic bodyguards who have to keep him from straying off course in crowds) and quite candid about anything and everything. If he were Jewish and did stand-up, he would have made a terrific addition to the old Catskill circuit. You might be saying that this is a rather sacrilegious way to be talking about the Vicar of Christ, but his most recent appearances in public almost invite this type of familiarity.
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