PAPAL CONCLAVE: A papal conclave is a meeting of the College of Cardinals convened to elect a new Bishop of Rome, also known as the Pope. The pope is considered by Roman Catholics to be the apostolic successor of Saint Peter and earthly head of the Roman Catholic Church. The conclave has been the procedure for choosing the pope for more than half of the time the church has been in existence, and is the oldest ongoing method for choosing the leader of an institution. Click for info: What do Cardinals look for in the next Pope? Inside the Conclave
The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013. A Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning. In the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the Conclave.
Conclave to elect a new Pope: Excellent BBC Interactive video
Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien: The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has accepted on the 18 February 2013 the resignation of His Eminence Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. This information will be announced and published in the Osservatore Romano of Monday 25 February 2013. Read More
SECAM: The Common Good, Respect for Human Rights and Good Governance, are social elements of the Gospel Message.
The Pastoral Letter, following after Benedict XVI's post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Africae Munus", emphasized that "the Church cannot remain indifferent and isolated in the face of Africa’s socio-political and economic challenges, and notes that "the common good, the respect for human rights, and the promotion of good government are essential elements of the Gospel Message."
A debate has opened regarding the new translation of the Roman Missal, which priests often have to adapt, to make it easier for the congregation to understand. A year since the introduction of the new English language translation of the Roman Missal, the experience of faithful who enter a church on either side of the Atlantic, is practically identical: in almost every church, the introduction has been “domesticated”. Rarely does the celebrant follow the new text word for word, but often adapts it to make it more comprehensible to the audience. Read More
Catholics in England and Wales are being invited to pray for all victims of human trafficking on the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita, 8 February 2013. "The Day of Prayer for the Victims of Trafficking is an opportunity to remember and pray for the thousands and thousands of victims of trafficking throughout the world,” said the Lead Bishop for Migration, Bishop Patrick Lynch, sscc. “It is especially appropriate that the day itself coincides with the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita who despite the suffering she experienced as a slave was a wonderful witness of how to live a life rooted in faith, inspired by hope and characterized by love. I would, therefore, encourage all people - young and old - to make a special effort to join in this Day of Prayer."
In 2013, the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, the 21st World Day of the Sick will be solemnly celebrated at the Marian Shrine of Altötting in Germany. Message of Benedict XVI for the World Day of the Sick 2013
Canon William Crean was Ordained the 67th Bishop of Cloyne at St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh on Sunday, 27 January. The Principal Ordaining Bishop was Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, assisted by the Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, Most Reverend Dermot Clifford DD and the Bishop of Kerry, Most Reverend William Murphy DD. Read More
The banks should come to the assistance of ordinary people struggling with economic and financial difficulties, the newly ordained Bishop of Cloyne, Dr William Crean, urged yesterday at his ordination at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh. Addressing a congregation of close to 1,000 people, Bishop Crean said there was no doubt but that a feeling of desolation had swept across Ireland as people struggled to meet the various financial demands made on them in a time of economic hardship.... Read More
WORLD DAY FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST LEPROSY: Vatican City, 25 January 2013 (VIS) – This Sunday, 27 January, will mark the 60th World Day for the Fight Against Leprosy. For the occasion, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, has published a message entitled: "A Fitting Occasion for Intensifying the Service of Charity". In the text of the document the archbishop notes that Hansen's disease is "a malady that is as old as it is grave when we consider the suffering, the social exclusion and the poverty that [it] involves".
Canon William Crean was Ordained the 67th Bishop of Cloyne at St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh on Sunday, 27 January. The Principal Ordaining Bishop was Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, assisted by the Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, Most Reverend Dermot Clifford DD and the Bishop of Kerry, Most Reverend William Murphy DD.
"According to the most recent data of the WHO," the message states, "about 220,000 people,men, women and children have contracted leprosy in 2011 and many of these new cases were diagnosed when the disease was at an advanced stage. Read more.... Holy Father Marks World Leprosy Day
Catholic Schools Week 2013: January 27 - February 2 Theme: Catholic Schools Raise the Standards. Click here
Peace in the Holy Land: On Sunday Jan 27th. the prayer for peace in the Holy Land will be offered in three thousand cities around the world. Click here
Christian Unity Week: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Friday 18th January and concludes with the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.
What does God require of us? The theme for 2013 is: What does God require of us?, a theme which invites us to reflect on and respond to our obligations to act justly in the world.
Poster Prize: The work of Michael McEvoy, (see image left) a sixth-year student of Scoil Uí Mhuirí Post Primary School, Dunleer, Co. Louth, will become the signature poster of the 2013 Peace Campaign in Ireland by Instruments of Peace for the celebration of the 32nd U.N. International Day of Peace on 21st September 2013.