Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Goodbye, Papa

After today's audience

Grazie!

Pope Benedict XVI's Final General Audience


From The Catholic Herald
Pope Benedict XVI has given an extraordinarily emotional and personal final address as pope to 200,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.
Speaking off the cuff, he told the cheering crowd: “I’m moved. When I see you, I see the Church is alive.”
He said that when he was elected in 2005, his heart asked: “Lord, why do you ask me this? What do you ask of me?” Being pope, he said, means “not having any privacy”, belonging “always and totally to all, to the whole Church”.
But he said throughout his pontificate he perceived the presence of God “every day”. “The Lord has guided me,” he said. “I always knew the Lord was with us and that the Church was not mine, but his, and he would not let it sink.”
Read the full text at Vatican Radio

Monday, February 18, 2013

Interactive Site on Papal Conclave

Here's an interactive site that illustrates how a Papal Conclave works.

Pope Benedict XVI at Lenten Spiritual Exercises



















Lenten Desert

Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts: As in the provocation, according to the day of temptation in the wilderness: where your fathers tempted me, they proved me, and saw my works. For the Lord hath promised a crown to them that watch.