The race to replace Pope Benedict XVI is underway at The Vatican as more than 100 cardinals gathered Monday without a Pope to lead them. They’re holding two meetings Monday, in which they may set a date for the next conclave to select a new Pope.
Pope Benedict XVI is in the final hours of his papacy and South Florida Catholics are watching every moment of his historic resignation.
In Rome Wednesday, Pope Benedict took a final lap around St. Peter’s Square and delivered a goodbye address to hundreds of thousands of cheering, adoring faithful. In Miami, bells were tolling at the Archdiocese as advocates for alleged victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests called on the out-going Pope to fully reveal the scope of the Church’s sex scandals.
Today, Benedict XVI celebrated his last general audience. In St. Peter’s Square, crowded with tens of thousands of people wishing to bid him farewell, the Pontiff said: “Thank you for coming in such large numbers to this, my last general audience. Thank you, I am truly moved! And I see the Church is alive! I think we also have to thank the Creator for the beautiful weather that He is giving us now, even in winter.”
Pope Benedict XVI stunned the Catholic world Monday morning by announcing his resignation from the job effective at the end of February.
Pope Benedict XVI is expected to arrive in Mexico Friday, but unlike his predecessor Pope John Paul II, the excitement level may not be as high for the current Holy See.
Pope Benedict XVI may be preparing to make a trip to Cuba and Mexico as early as the Spring of 2012, and if the Pope makes his way to Cuba the Archbishop of Miami said he will accompany him on his travels.
Pope Benedict XVI may be preparing to make a trip to Cuba and Mexico as early as the Spring of 2012.