Fri 31st Oct 2014 | Last updated: Thu 30th Oct 2014 at 16:43pm

Facebook Logo Twitter Logo RSS Logo

Comment & Blogs

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/02/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Thursday, 28 February 2013

A cardinal greets Pope Benedict in the Vatican's Clementine Hall this morning

A cardinal greets Pope Benedict in the Vatican's Clementine Hall this morning

Pope Benedict XVI promised to show “unconditional reverence and obedience” towards his successor when he greeted members of the College of Cardinals this morning (full text of Cardinal Sodano’s address, video).

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri has written to bishops around the world, asking them to support the annual Good Friday collection for the Church in the Holy Land.

The Catholic News Service reports that the average age of the 117 eligible cardinal-electors is 71 years and 11 months.

Alan Dershowitz has clashed with Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League over whether Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga would make a suitable pope.

Kevin Clarke wonders if relations between Cardinal Timothy Dolan and US President Barack Obama are suddenly warming up.

Fr Tom Washburn OFM argues that “Pope Benedict has a Franciscan heart” and may have been inspired to resign by St Francis of Assisi.

And Timothy O’Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, offers a playlist for the papal transition.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

  • Deodatus

    A post in the dark …… I feel profoundly unhappy for Cardinal O’Brian who still has not been informed of who is accusing him or of what he is accused.  Whatever the truth or otherwise, this is more than unkind ….. surely the three Priests could have let him know, even if the ‘former’ Priest could not?  

  • Nat_ons

    ‘Alan Dershowitz has clashed with Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League over whether Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga would make a suitable pope.’

    No man would make a suitable vicar to Christ. The Holy Ghost takes his own good pick of a fundamentally sorrowful lot of all too human souls. And the Holy Father has his will done – on earth as it is in heaven – even in the selection of a weak, frail, trembling life of dust as a serving holy father in the ministry of the gospel.

  • leigh kilsdonk

    I hope Pope Benedict enjoys every day of his retirement to the fullest. I also want to say Happy Easter,Benedict! I also would like to see Cardinal Timothy Dolan become our next Roman Catholic pope.