But this date will be remembered as the one chosen by Benedict XVI to announce his decision to renounce the Throne of Peter. Pope Benedict XVI chose this double Vatican holiday – which commemorates the Lateran Accords signed in 1929 – to convene a consistory dedicated to setting the date of future canonizations, following a well-worn ritual. Archbishop Guido Marini, the Pontiff’s ceremonial secretary, had just handed a sheet of paper to Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope serene and the cardinals stunnedIn the Consistory Hall, the cardinals gathered around Benedict XVI were equally stunned by the news. In the late morning of February 11, the press room of the Holy See was packed for an impromptu speech by Father Federico Lombardi.
Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet is suing a woman for defamation, after she accused him of sexual assault in a class action lawsuit. F. claims that Cardinal Ouellet touched her inappropriately on four occasions,between 2008 and 2010, while she was doing an internship as a pastoral agent. “This inappropriate association, intentionally constructed and widely spread for improper purposes, must be denounced,” continued the Canadian cardinal. “Sincere closeness” to victims of sexual abuse“It is clear that victims of sexual abuse are entitled to just compensation for the harm they have suffered. The abuse suffered by indigenous children in residential schools was the central theme of Pope Francis’ trip to Canada in July 2022, which Cardinal Ouellet accompanied.3 months ago Aleteia
Every day, Aleteia offers a selection of articles written by the international press about the Church and the major issues that concern Catholics around the world. The book offered by Emmanuel Macron to the Pope causes controversy in Poland2. What is known, however, is that before Macron gave it to the Pope, it was purchased for €2,500 from the Parisian bookstore Hatchuel. The first claims the book arrived in France before the Second World War, as Hatchuel assures that the edition arrived in the country around 1900. Now though, Hedman calls for a return to a full in-person ministry.5 months ago Aleteia
Clarence Gilyard, an actor who played leading roles in the television series “Matlock” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” – and who experienced a deep conversion because of the Eucharist in his life – has died at the age of 66. Born on Christmas Eve in 1955 in Moses Lake, Washington, Gilyard was the second of six children in a military family. “My wife left me because I started to have an affair,” he told St. Anthony Messenger magazine in 2009. As St. Anthony Messenger said, Gilyard “had spent a lot of time on his knees, alone, in his anguish. “It is one of the great gifts.”St. Anthony Messenger continued:Being near the Eucharist made Clarence intensely aware of the presence of God, he explains.3 months ago Aleteia
Smaller than the other children crowding behind him, the boy in the worn red shirt managed to slip through a crack in the gray gate of St. Teresa’s Cathedral. Visting a battered peopleOn Friday, Pope Francis arrived in the capital of South Sudan and was greeted with fervor by crowds lining the roads along which he travelled. The drama of conflict has displaced a total of 4 million people in recent decades, one-third of the country’s total population. In South Sudan, weather-related disasters are adding to the security chaos. It is “the biggest refugee crisis in Africa,” Sara Beysolow Nyanti, the UN representative in South Sudan, warned the Pope during a meeting with 2,300 internally displaced people in central Juba.1 month ago Aleteia