Pope nominates 19 for College of Cardinals

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Agency/EWTN News)—The 19 men chosen to be named cardinals in this month stress Pope Francis’ attention on the peripheries of the Church, and that appointment to a major diocese no longer automatically comes with a “red hat.” The 19 will be elevated to cardinal at a …

Several developments looming large at Vatican in 2014

Canonization ceremony, new cardinals, papal trip to Holy Land, Synod of Bishops chief among them    VATICAN CITY — After a year that included the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and a series of celebrated innovations by Pope Francis, it is hard to imagine 2014 at the Vatican could be …

Papal conclave to begin March 12

VATICAN CITY — The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the papal conclave will begin on Tuesday, March, according to a press statement issued Friday from the Holy See press office. A “pro eligendo Romano Pontifice” Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica Tuesday …

In farewell to cardinals, Pope Benedict pledges obedience to next pope

  VATICAN CITY — The Clementine Hall is traditionally the place where cardinals bid farewell to popes at the end of a pontificate, but usually when the pope in question is lying in state before his funeral. But on Feb. 28, hours before resigning from the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI …

Diocese of Knoxville plays role in papal succession

Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement Monday that he will resign effective Feb. 28 took the world by surprise, prompting Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is in residence in the diocese, to meet with East Tennessee media representatives and brief them on the pontiff’s decision. …