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In the weeks leading up to the conclave the Cardinals are meeting in Rome to discuss the state of the Church and the profile of the new pope. It is no secret that questions of administration and governance at the Vatican have been raised. But there are also serious conversations going on about evangelization, inter-religious dialogue, ...read more
Cardinal Marc Ouellet with Peter Mansbridge and cameraman Dave Rae. (Sebastian Gomes) CBC. Standing on the rooftop of his apartment building in Vatican City, Marc Ouellet pointed across St. Peter’s Square towards the building that houses the Pope’s residence. “I used to come up here often in the evenings and I’d always see the lights on, ...read more
On the evening of Wednesday March 6 at 5:00pm Rome time (11:00am ET/8:00am PT), the Prayer for the Church on the Occasion of the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals will take place at the Altar of the Cathedra in St. Peter’s Basilica. The order of the service is as follows: The prayer will ...read more
The Cardinals gathered in General Congregation meetings in Rome wrote and send a telegram to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Below is the text of that telegram. TO HIS HOLINESS POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI CASTEL GANDOLFO THE CARDINAL FATHERS, GATHERED AT THE VATICAN FOR THE GENERAL CONGREGATIONS IN VIEW OF THE NEXT CONCLAVE, SEND YOU THEIR ...read more
Tonight on Prespectives we take a look at the first pre-conclave meetings and Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton celebrated a mass of thanksgiving for Pope Benedict’s pontificate. ...read more
Photo: Cardinal Marc Ouellet hosts Salt and Light’s Fr. Thomas Rosica (left) and Sebastian Gomes (right) at his apartment at the Vatican on Saturday. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the current Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops and a native of Lamotte, Quebec sat down with Peter Mansbridge at the Vatican for an exclusive pre-conclave interview on ...read more
Sebastian Gomes speaks with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. in Rome on the final day of Pope Benedict’s Pontificate.  The Cardinal shares his thoughts on Pope Benedict’s departure, his lasting legacy, and the important characteristics of the new pope. ...read more
Photo: Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, Vice-Chamberlain of the Apostolic Chamber, sits between Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ and Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB at this afternoon’s press briefing at the Vatican.  Archbishop Celata gave a summary of the Motu Proprio issued by Pope Benedict. Just before noon in Rome, Pope Benedict issued a Motu Proprio leaving the ...read more
This Sunday, live from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Salt + Light Television will broadcast a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the pontificate of Benedict XVI. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, is the principal celebrant and homilist. He will be joined by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio ...read more
It has been nearly two weeks since Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation. Last week we looked at his announcement and the reaction from the cardinals who were first hand witnesses to the historic moment. This week we look at the questions that have begin to arise: what will happen to ...read more