New Pope & Conclave Questions

Q: Now that Pope Benedict has retired, what is his official title? A: Pope Benedict will be known officially as “Roman pontiff emeritus.” Of course “Roman pontiff” refers specifically to the office of St. Peter. Moreover, he is also the bishop … Continued

What is Pope Benedict’s Title after Retirement?

According to the Vatican Information Service, “Benedict XVI will be “Pontiff emeritus” or “Pope emeritus”… He will keep the name of “His Holiness, Benedict XVI” and will dress in a simple white cassock without the mozzetta (elbow-length cape).” In addition, … Continued

Can the Pope retire?

The Holy Father may retire if he chooses.  The Code of Canon Law states, “If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that he makes the resignation freely and that it be … Continued

How is the Pope Elected?

[pl_button type=”inverse” link=”” size=”small”]Also Read – Can the Pope Retire?[/pl_button] The procedure for electing the Pope has evolved over the history of the Church.  In the early centuries, the clergy and people of Rome elected the successor, who usually had … Continued

Q&A: the Fatima Prayer

Why do we say “especially those in most need of Thy mercy” at the end of the Fatima prayer? Isn’t everyone equally in need of His mercy?