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
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
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
[pl_button type="inverse" link="http://ourladyofhope.net/can-a-pope-retire-has-a-pope-ever-retired-in-history/" 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
You know you can’t eat meat on Fridays in Lent, but what about soup made with chicken stock or sauce made with meat? The USCCB answers this question on a Lent Q&A page: Q. I understand that all the Fridays of Lent … Continued
No, it is not a sin for a Catholic to attend a different Christian church service. I have done so, for instance for funerals of friends or weddings of parishioners marrying a Protestant. However, as Catholics we must refrain from … Continued
Unfortunately, we do not have an abundance of evidence. St. John Damascene (d. 749) recorded an interesting story concerning the Assumption: “St. Juvenal, Bishop of Jerusalem, at the Council of Chalcedon (451), made known to the Emperor Marcian and Pulcheria, … Continued
Why do Catholics stand during the Eucharistic prayer? I attended Christmas Mass at the Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk, NC, and many practices were different from what I grew up with.
“I will got to the altar of God. To God, the joy of my youth.” What is the history of this 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?