Collins packs his bags and heads to Rome to vote in the conclave

Cardinal Thomas Collins

March 4, 2013
JIM O'LEARY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The College of Cardinals may be poised to break with 1,300 years of tradition and elect a non-European pope but the passport of the pontiff is "essentially not relevant," said Cardinal Thomas Collins.

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More Papabile

March 4, 2013
In our Feb. 18 issue, the WCR identified eight cardinals who could be considered possible successors to Pope Benedict. Here are another eight cardinals who might also be in the running during the conclave.

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Monastery threatened

March 4, 2013

Father Ibrahim Shomali celebrates an outdoor Mass in an olive grove outside the Salesian Monastery in Beit Jalla, West Bank, Jan. 18.

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Winnipeg Confirmation candidates support each other

March 4, 2013
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Hundreds of confirmation candidates in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and their parents and caregivers gathered for fellowship, faith formation and prayer as they prepare to receive the sacrament.

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Billings helped develop natural family planning

Drs. Evelyn Billings

March 4, 2013

Dr. Evelyn Billings, who with her husband, John, pioneered research that led them to develop a form of natural family planning supported by the Catholic Church, died Feb. 16 after a short illness. She was 95.

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German bishops’ ‘Plan B’ for rape acceptable

March 4, 2013

The Catholic Church has long accepted the possibility of preventing ovulation in a woman who has been raped, but withdraws that option if there is a possibility that ovulation may have already occurred, said the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life.

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Popes elected as young as 24, as old as 81

March 4, 2013

When Pope Benedict XVI, 85, announced his resignation, he said that “both strength of mind and body are necessary” to carry out the papal ministry in the modern world.

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Dolan discusses abuse cases in Milwaukee

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

March 4, 2013

A Feb. 20 deposition was a “long-awaited opportunity” for New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan to discuss decisions he made on clergy sex abuse cases as Milwaukee’s archbishop, his spokesman said.

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Scottish cardinal to stay away from conclave

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

March 4, 2013

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, 74, announced he would not participate in the conclave to elect Pope Benedict’s successor because he did not want media attention focused on him instead of the election of a new pope.

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Religious brothers called ‘vital to Church’

March 4, 2013

Religious brothers say they are an invisible group in the Church, but that it’s not such a bad thing because it allows them the freedom to be ordinary men performing an extraordinary ministry.

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