Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pope Benedict to be called ‘pope emeritus’ or ‘Roman pontiff emeritus’

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI will continue to be known as Pope Benedict and addressed as “His Holiness,” but after his resignation, he will add the title “emeritus” in one of two acceptable forms, either “pope emeritus” or “Roman pontiff emeritus.” Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said…

Vatican blasts ‘deplorable’ secular press reports on papal transition

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Vatican City — Vatican officials released a pair of unusual statements Feb. 23 condemning some press coverage of the papal transition. A communique from the Secretariat of State called “deplorable” the “widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories” intended to exert “pressures on the…