Pope Benedict’s post-resignation title announced

The pope, who is now preparing to move temporarily to the Castel Gondolfo residence, will be known as pontiff emeritus.

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Vatican City:

In his final days as the leader of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI is focusing on prayer and is taking few audiences, the Vatican spokesman said Tuesday.

He is also packing up his belongings and preparing to move to Castel Gandolfo, a small Italian town southeast of Rome, said Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi.

When his resignation takes effect at 8 p.m. Rome time Thursday, Lombardi said, the Swiss Guards will no longer protect the pontiff, as they are charged with guarding only the pope.

At that time, Lombardi said, Benedict’s official title will be “His Holiness Benedict XVI, Roman pontiff emeritus.”

Lombardi said the pope will continue to wear a white cassock, but no longer will be seen in red shoes. Instead, the pope has decided to wear a pair of brown shoes given to him on the 2012 papal visit to Mexico.

His fisherman’s ring, which contains the pope’s formal seal, will also be destroyed.

“It will be broken at a particular moment, when that will happen is up to the college of cardinals,” said Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica, who provided English translation of the press conference.

Rosica also said the decisions regarding the retired pope’s title and clothing were made by Benedict, “but obviously he would have discussed those with other people around him.”

Lombardi also said Tuesday that a formal letter calling the church’s cardinals to meet to elect a new pope will be sent March 1, the day after Pope Benedict’s resignation.

After release of that letter, the cardinals are expected to meet several times together before they enter the conclave, or the secret meeting in which they will elect the pope’s successor. It is likely, Lombardi said, that the cardinals will not meet for the first time until Monday, March 4.

With several meetings of cardinals expected before the conclave, that timeline may upset some cardinals who have publicly stated they’re looking for the conclave to start earlier than normal.

While the beginning of a conclave is governed by church law, and laid out in detail in Pope John Paul II’s 1996 constitution Universi Dominici gregis, the Vatican announced Monday that Benedict had given the college of cardinals authority to set the beginning date of the conclave on their own.

115 cardinals are expected to participate in the vote to determine the next pontiff. While all cardinals under the age of 80 — numbering 117 — are allowed by church law to take part, two eligible cardinals have announced they are not coming.

One, Indonesian Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja, has said he cannot participate because of poor health and loss of vision. Another, Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, announced Monday he would not partake following allegations made against him of improper sexual relations with priests.

O’Brien, who the Vatican also announced Monday had resigned his post as archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, has denied the allegations through a spokesperson.

Rosica said Monday Pope Benedict had meant to approve O’Brien’s resignation earlier, but “because of the date of the pope’s resignation, some things were held up a bit.”

“Our role here is simply to confirm the resignation,” Rosica said then. “We do not comment on other stories, or things you may have heard.”

Source: National Catholic Reporter

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English: Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square, Rome (2007). Polski: Papież Benedykt XVI podczas Audiencji Generalnej na Placu św. Piotra w Rzymie (2007). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Rev James Martin tells us why he should be pope

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Rev James Martin tells us why he should be pope

Father Martin has come up with 12 reasons why he should be the one elected.

St. Peter's Basilica at Early Morning

St. Peter’s Basilica at Early Morning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Cardinals:

Eminences, I know you’ve got a tough job coming up in the conclave. You have to do the impossible: elect a guy who is super holy, wicked smart, speaks about a dozen languages and can run an international conglomerate. And if I can be a little blunt, chances are you may not know everyone in the room that day. Especially if you’ve just gotten that red hat you might be sitting in the Sistine Chapel listening to someone talking in French about aggornamiento and ressourcement and be too embarrassed to say to the guy on your left, “Who’s the heck is that?” Besides, everyone sort of looks the same: gray hair, red hat, glasses. It’s hard to keep them straight, no matter how many of those handy “Who’s Who” charts you might have studied.

So to make things easier, I’d like to suggest a candidate who you might not have thought about but upon a few seconds of reflection you’ll know is your man: Me.

Here are 12 reasons why you should elect me pope, which I’m calling: Twelve Reasons Why You Should Elect Me Pope.

1. I’m a man. That’s half the battle, right?

2. I’m baptized. And I’ve got the papers to prove it. No birth controversy here.

3. I speak several languages. Not well, but you know, who does really? I speak English, as you can see from this little essay. And guess what: Bonjour! That’s right: French! I started studying français when I was in seventh grade. (Notice I used the little thingy under the “c.”) That means I can talk to pretty much all of West Africa and France: that’s a lot of Catholics. Unfortunately, if I have to use the subjunctive or the pluperfect we’re out of luck, but all I have to do is avoid saying, “If I were” in any of my encyclicals and we’re golden.

But there’s more: Hola! That’s right: I speak Spanish. More or less. Or, “Mas o menos,” as we say in the biz. Now, in this case, I can’t really handle the past or future tenses, but that’s OK, because that means I’ll be speaking all about the present — which will make me sound forceful and confident. You know, “Now is the time!” Or “Ahora es la … well, ora, I guess.” Anyway, there are lots and lots of Spanish-speaking Catholics and once they hear my rendition of “De Colores,” they’ll be sold on the Servant of the Servants of God muy rapido.

4. I’m half Italian. I almost forgot: Ciao! I’m half Italian. On my mom’s side. So once I’m the Bishop of Rome I’ll easily be able to deal with any problems in the curia, because all the Italian curial officials will instantly recognize me as a paesan. Scandals? Finito! Mismanagement? Basta! (That’s Italian for “done” and “over,” in case yours is rustissimo.) My election will also satisfy anyone looking for an Italian pope: i.e., all the Italian cardinals, who you definitely want on your side. The other half of me, by the way, is Irish, which goes a long way in the States, believe you me.

5. I worked in Africa. I almost forgot my other language. Jambo! That’s right! I speak Swahili. Or Kiswahili. (That’s Swahili for Swahili.) Well, at least I used to. I worked in Kenya for two years. So for all those people who want a pope from the developing world, well, I’m not exactly from there, but there are three babies who were named after me while I was working in Kenya. (They’re not mine, if that’s a worry.) That’s got to count for something.

Now that you know that I speak English and Spanish and French and Swahili, you’re probably thinking, “Gee, why not Jim as the Pontifex Maximus?” Why not share that thought with the guy in red sitting next to you?

6. Books. You probably want a pope who is literate but maybe not someone who spends so much time writing books, what with all the stuff he has to deal with. I know that this was sometimes a criticism of Pope Benedict XVI — not that I’m casting any stones! But I’ve already written my books, so when I’m in the Vatican I’ll be 100 percent on the job. Nine to five. Weekends too, if things ever get really busy. Sundays, of course, I’ll be available for Masses.

7. Business experience! Speaking of jobs — guess what? — I’ve got a degree from the WhartonSchool. That’s one of the big business schools here in the States. Plus I worked at General Electric for six years. So here’s some good news: say arrivederci to any managerial problems in the curia. Ever heard of Management by Objectives? The marginal propensity to consume? The “Four Ps” of marketing? You will after I’m Supreme Pontiff. That place will run like a top. A top that makes money, too.

8. I’m ordained. I almost forgot: I’m already an ordained priest. That means that, since I meet all the other requirements, the only thing that left is for me to be willing to be ordained a bishop. And guess what: I’m willing. Now let me anticipate a minor objection. I’ll bet that you know that I took a vow as a Jesuit not to “strive for or ambition” any high office in the church, but I’ve got a nice, easy, canonically doable way around that roadblock. Once you elect me pope, I’ll be my own superior! After I put on those white robes, I can just call up the Jesuit superior general and say, “Hey, how about letting me accept that ordination as bishop and my election as pope?” And I figure he’ll have to say yes because he takes orders from me. Problem solved. Besides I’m not striving or ambitioning anyway. I’m campaigning.

9. Educated. The Jesuit training process is really, really, really long. I can’t even remember how many years I was in studies. That means that I studied philosophy (good to know), theology (really good to know) and a whole lot of other stuff like church history, which I think would be pretty helpful as pope. And guess what? I know Ancient Greek, too. That really impresses the scholarly types in the church. E.g., when scholars ask me, “What translation of the New Testament are you using?” I’ll say, “My translation.” They love that kind of thing. Plus, that appeals to the Ancient-Greek-speaking demographic that the church may have given up on.

10. Willing to travel. OK, I admit it. I’m not all crazy about air travel, what with all the delays and having to take your shoes off and sitting next to someone who keeps coughing up a lung, but it just dawned on me that this won’t be a problem at all. The Pontiff has his own airplane: Shepherd One. So once you install free movies in my gold-and-white plane I’m golden. I’ll go wherever you want me to go. To the ends of the earth, if need be. As long as I get an extra bag of peanuts.

11. Humility. I can already predict what your last objection is: My campaigning for pope may make me seem a tad less humble than you might hope for. But isn’t the fact that I’m willing to campaign a sign of my humility? A less humble guy would assume that everyone already knows that he’d be a good candidate and so wouldn’t say anything out of his pride. Kind of counterintuitive, huh? Ergo: Since I’m campaigning, I’m No. 1 when it comes to humility.

12. Cool Name. Everyone knows that the first big decision the pope makes is his choice of name. Plus, I know everyone’s always worried about continuity. With that in mind (I like to think ahead, which is a good trait) I’ve already picked my name. As you know, Pope Paul VI’s successor chose the name “John Paul I,” to show his continuity with Pope John XXIII and Paul VI. Everyone was pretty impressed with that. Next you had John Paul II. More continuity. And of course next we had (or have, depending on when you’re reading this) Benedict XVI. If you elect me, and I hope you will, after I say “Accepto” (see I speak a little Latin too), I would choose my name: John Paul Benedict I. That takes care of everyone from John XXIII to Benedict. Continuity plus. Of course saying “JPB1” might take some getting used to but Catholics are pretty flexible, and I’ll bet before long there will be lots of babies baptized John Paul Benedict.

Anyway, I hope that helps you make a tough decision easier, Your Eminences. Did I leave anything out? Well, I’m a fast typist, I can draw pretty well and I tell some really funny jokes. For example, here’ s a good one: “What did the Jesuit say when he was elected pope.”

There’s only one way to find out.

Pope Benedict XVI in São Paulo, Brazil

Pope Benedict XVI in São Paulo, Brazil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Nationality no criteria for choosing pope: Cardinal Gracias

During the conclave, the 117 cardinals will be cut off from the world.

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 Cardinal Oswald Gracias at Cross Maidan, Bombay.


Cardinal Oswald Gracias, who is one of the five Indian cardinals to vote for the election of a new pope, said he would choose qualities of intelligence, compassion and courage in the candidate over nationality.

“I will look for a pope who is spiritual, intelligent, compassionate and courageous in worldly matters as well. His is a tough job that invites criticism so he should be thick-skinned,” Cardinal Gracias said.

During the conclave, the 117 cardinals will be cut off from the world.

“No newspapers, telephone, TV or radio. If a decision is not reached within three days, we break for prayer on the fourth day and then resume,” the prelate said.

Once a name is selected, the ballots are burnt and mixed with a chemical to release white smoke by way of announcement.

The date of the papal election is yet to be announced, but the process may be advanced.

Cardinal Gracias said that usually the seat falls vacant after the death of an incumbent and the vote occurs 15 days afterwards.

“However, since the pope has chosen to resign, my guess is that the election will be advanced to March 10-11. Easter Sunday falls on March 31 and all the cardinals would like to be back in their dioceses by Holy Week,” he added.

He described the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI as a “gentle, soft-spoken, intelligent man who knows many languages and loves research.

“He did come under pressure over child abuse allegations but did his best to address the issue,” he said.

The pope, who announced to resign from the post earlier this month, would give his final audience on Feb. 28.

Source: Times of India

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Português: Funeral do papa João Paulo II.

Português: Funeral do papa João Paulo II. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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‘Make inquiry report on Velim priest’s raid public’

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Velim, Salcete, Goa

MARGAO: Locals from Velim constituency have submitted a memorandum to the governor, chief minister, archbishop and the council for social justice and peace demanding that the inquiry into the year-old pre-election incident wherein the parish priest of St Francis Xavier church came under the police radar, be made public.

The locals were referring to the incident that took place on February 6, 2012, when a raid by the Goa police was conducted on Fr Roman Gonsalves.

“One year has passed and there is no clue if the investigation is in process or has been completed, its status and who was behind it, was it real or was it a hoax or just to defame a priest,” said Chinchinim resident Michael Beny Da Costa in the memorandum. Da Costa had filed his nominations for the assembly elections and later withdrew from the fray. Incidentally, Clifton de Souza who also contested the elections, said in the memorandum, “As the present MLA and the former MLA has not taken interest in the incident, we felt it was our duty to awaken the system. I have full faith that you will look into the matter and give justice”.

The memorandum further stated that the ‘purpose of writing this letter is to find out the facts’. The memorandum listed four questions which included whether or not the basis on which the raid was conducted was a real complaint or a false one.

“Are government authorities aware as to who defamed the priest by complaining?” was another question.

The other two questions was to know what was the status of the inquiry and how many people were called in by the investigating authority.

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CSF founder accused of cheating

CSF founder accused of cheating

Archbishop with Joseph Dias MUMBAI: Police have charged Joseph Dias, founder of Catholic-Christian Secular Forum (CSF), with cheating a Vasai village resident after promising to feed 2,000 orphans in Mumbai on Christmas.

They said Dias allegedly appealed for donation to over 8,000 people through his daily e-mail service in December last year to feed orphans.

Malcome D’Souza (22), a two-wheeler insurance agent with IFFCO-Tokio, decided to contribute. “I was moved by the pictures of poor, starving children on the CSF website and decided to donate Rs 2,000,” he said.

D’Souza deposited a cheque for the amount on December 19 but when he sought receipt and list of orphans fed, Dias told him his money had not been credited.

“He told me he will give the list only after receiving money. At first, I thought the cheque had not been cleared. But my bank told me money was credited to the CSF account December 24,” he said.

D’Souza then approached Deepak Devraj, deputy superintendent of police, Vasai, who phoned Dias.

“Following the call, Dias sent an e-mail claiming he fed 1,070 orphans. But eight orphans denied the claim,” Devraj said. D’Souza then met superintendent of police (SP), Thane Rural, Anil Kumbhare, who transferred the case to the economic offences wing (EOW).

“Dias is running a racket. He gave D’Souza receipt after a lot of pressure. We are checking if he has cheated anyone else. D’Souza has all the documents to prove Dias cheated him. We have charged Dias with cheating and will arrest him following a discussion with SP,” said Prashant Deshpande, deputy superintendent of police, EOW.

Despite repeated attempts, Dias could not be reached for comment.

Source:   Express news service : Sun Feb 24 2013, 02:55 hrs

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