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S+L BLOG: Benedict XVI,Conclave,Special Coverage



With his announcement February 11, Pope Benedict XVI becomes one of only four popes to resign. The last time a pope resigned from the Chair of Peter was 1415, in effort to end a major schism. The Code of Canon Laws allows for a pope to resign. The only conditions are that the decision be ...read more
For one last time before retirement, Benedict XVI is ushering the Church into Lent. Today the Holy Father will preside at mass to mark Ash Wednesday, during which he will bless and distribute ashes to the penitent faithful. Unlike past years, the liturgy will not be held at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, southeast of ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI, 85, who has been considered a guardian of the faith, upholding the traditional teachings of the church leading the clergy in the defense of the faith, announced Feb 11 he is resigning as Bishops of Rome and Pope effective at the end of the month. Regarded as one of the sharpest theologians ...read more
Pope Benedict announced earlier today in Rome that he will resign as Supreme Pontiff and Bishop of Rome on February 28th, 2013. Benedict, the 265th pope in the history of the Church, is the sixth German to serve as Supreme Pontiff and the first German since the 11th century. He became pope in 2005 – ...read more
Below is the full text of the Homily delivered by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Pontifical Comission for Latin America, during the opening mass for the ECCLESIA IN AMERICA congress, celebrating 15 years since the Synod of Bishops for America.    Dear friends, let us welcome this promise of God that resonates in the ...read more
Salt + Light is proud to present to you a complete video of the closing mass held in Dublin, Ireland, of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. The presider was the papal legate, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, who serves as the Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission on Latin America. See ...read more
In our continuing series of coverage, we bring you the homily that Cardinal Marc Ouellet proclaimed earlier today at Mass. The closing Mass took place inside Croke Park. It concluded a week of celebrations and activities at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. As a note to our viewers, we will re-broadcast the Statio Orbis Mass ...read more
His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops Papal Legate to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress June 10,2012 Dublin, Ireland I warmly greet all of you here: my brother bishops and priests, consecrated men and women and the many faithful from Ireland and from around the world who have gathered here for ...read more
“I told the press that Pope Benedict would be a great Pope,” recalls Cardinal Marc Ouellet, reflecting on the days following the conclave in 2005. “And I think I was right.” “Obviously I don’t see myself at this level. Not at all, because I see how much this entails.” At the time of the last ...read more
A prayer vigil was held at Rome’s St. Ignatius Church on Dec. 7 to show contrition for clerical sexual abuse. The service was led by Canada’s Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who currently serves as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops. Below is the full text of his homily. My venerable brother bishops and priests and ...read more