Pope Benedict has left the Vatican for the last time in office after offering “unconditional obedience and reverence” to his successor. The bells of St Peter’s rang as the Pope was taken in his helicopter to his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. He officially resigns his position at 8pm.
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The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict’s final public appearance will be at Mass in St Peter’s Square on 27 February. A new Pontiff is expected to be elected before Easter. The Pope’s announcement shocked catholics around the world and has led to intense speculation about who will be elected his successor. The parish of Sacred Heart is praying for the Holy Father as he prepares for a period of prayer and reflection. Follow the story here
In his new year homily Fr Reg talked about
The Catholic Children’s society, who deliver vital front line work with the most disadvantaged people on our doorstep in London, helping over 3000 families in London over christmas. He asked for our help in supporting them. If you missed this on sunday, and would like to donate, click on the image. Thank you.
The Vatican says Pope Benedict is to start tweeting under the name @pontifex. His first tweet is expected to be sent on December 12.
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Pope Benedict has urged all parishes to find ways of engaging non-church goers who may be searching for a spiritual life