BREAKING NEWS: Rome official: Retired pope to attend canonizations; spokesman cautious

Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:00 am

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Retired Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27, said Msgr. Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.

“Never before have there been two popes canonized and two popes living,” he said at a news conference in Rome April 23 to discuss final plans and preparations for pilgrims. “You can imagine their emotions!”

However, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, continued to caution journalists, saying that while the retired pope certainly had been invited to the Mass, “we’ll have to wait and see” if, at 87 years old, he feels up to attending.

During the canonization Mass, Msgr. Andreatta said, priests will be stationed

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    Posted January 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

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    The Catholic Commentator

    If every item in his home has a story to tell, then Robbie Giroir has a lot to talk about. Musician, teacher, pilot and collector extraordinaire, Giroir’s home is a thumbprint of his life,

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