Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Students from Saint Xavier University share their thoughts on the resignation of Pope Benedict
Catholics across the globe were reacting yesterday to the unexpected news that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning from the papacy. Patch stopped by Saint Xavier University to hear how local students were reacting to the news. Read: Benedict First Pope in 600 Years to Resign: Local Reaction Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood / Evergreen Park
Reaction to Pope Benedict XVI's stunning announcement that he is stepping down reverberates throughout the world.
Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he was resigning stunned many Chicago-area Catholics as they woke up to a new work-week on Monday morning. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood / Evergreen Park Citing failing health and his age, Benedict became the first pope to resign the post in almost 600 years. The resignation, effective Feb. 28, comes during Lent, a time of penance and the liturgical season leading up to Christianity’s most important holiday, Easter. On Monday, the pope’s decision to resign didn’t come as too much of a surprise to Rev. Lawrence Malcolm of St. Gerald Parish and School in Oak Lawn. “We heard he was considering it. We try to stay away from the politics,” Father Malcolm said. “There is always a lot of…
Monday, February 11, 2013
A spokesman for the pontiff announced he will step down Feb. 28.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he will resign, effective Feb. 28, according to the Associated Press. CNN reported that a spokesman for the pope did not give a reason for the decision, announced during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, but according to the AP, the 85-year-old pontiff cited his "advanced age and diminishing strength." Cardinal Francis George was surprised by the announcement, according to the Chicago Tribune . George returned to Chicago yesterday from a visit at the Vatican, where he attended committee meetings. The Cardinal issued an official statement Monday morning, referring to the pope's resignation as a brave decision. Pope Benedict XVI has, in all circumstances, placed the will of God for the good of …