Pope Live: From Manila


A Filipino salesclerk checks the price of posters, including that of Pope Benedict XVI, at a religious store in Manila on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI formally resigned Thursday, the first pope to abdicate the papacy in 600 years. AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

“Pope Live” follows the events of the final day of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy as seen by journalists from The Associated Press around the world.

This from the Philippines, an Asian nation where more than 75 million people in the population of 94 million are Roman Catholic:

—Romeo Mercardo, a 45-year-old tricycle driver in front of Manila’s Santa Ana Church, says he’s saddened by Pope Benedict’s resignation. “I think he ran the church well. From what I see even here in our parish, you can see a lot of people going to Mass. People would go to church as early as Saturday, and on Sundays the church is packed,” Mercardo says.

The historic church dating back to the Spanish colonial era held no special Masses today for Benedict, but many Filipinos followed the news from the Vatican on the radio and TV.

—Eden Mendez, 23, a saleswoman in a clothing store: “It’s sad that he has to go. I hope whoever will replace him will also work like him. He did well for the Church.”

—Fortunato Vendivel, a professor at Philippine Normal University: “My wish for him is to get well because he looks really ill, and I think he badly needs to rest.”—Teresa Cerojano


The French Bishops’ Conference has announced that Cardinal Jean Honoré, who was appointed by Benedict’s predecessor John Paul II, died Thursday, hours before the pope was due to leave office. He was 92.

Honoré, who was Archbishop of Tours from 1972 to 1981, was already over 80 when he was made a cardinal in 2001, so he was unable to vote at the previous conclave in 2005 and would not have voted at the upcoming one either.

He was an expert in the work of the British 19th-century cleric Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was beatified by Benedict in 2010.—Noami Koppel  



The pope’s retirement means his famous Swiss Guards get a few days off before they have to protect the new guy.

Stern-faced and standing as erect as the halberds they grasp, Swiss Guards rarely betray emotion on duty. But their storied history has its early roots in a bloody drama.

Nearly five centuries ago, 147 Swiss Guard died while protecting Pope Clement VII in his frantic dash to safety when Emperor Charles V’s soldiers sacked Rome.

A few decades earlier, the Renaissance pope, Julius II, had asked Switzerland to supply the Vatican with soldiers because he was so impressed by the courage of Swiss mercenaries.

The Swiss Guards will go off-duty Thursday evening at 8 p.m.—the exact moment when the man they serve, Pope Benedict XVI, resigns.—Frances D’Emilio  


The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 to end the Great Western Schism, a nearly 40-year split over leadership of Christendom. The disagreement was a major political struggle since the Church played a central role in politics, art and daily life in much of Europe, which was slowly transitioning into the Renaissance.

During that era:

— Heretics were burned at the stake, including Bohemian-born Jan Hus, a priest considered an inspiration for the Protestant Reformation, in 1415. Joan of Arc, who fought for France in the Hundred Years War against England, died at the stake in 1431.

— The Medicis were building the banking empire that would turn them into a political dynasty, make them influential art benefactors and eventually produce four popes, the first in 1513.

— Early Renaissance artists like Donatello were playing with perspective in sculptures of saints that adorned his country’s ornate churches.—Matt Surman

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  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    tnx much dear Benedict XVI

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HOCSZLQBWVGXXI2NZJ2P7LMPHA Leond Yobar

    The resignation of the Pope signifies that the cardinals elected a wrong & weak leader after the death of Pope John Paul ll. It signifies also that man created the term “holy” and this might be the start of the collapse of the faithful. The catholic church will have a hard time bringing back the mystic of catholic faith in this digital-age! 

    No place in history that a filipino will become a pope considering the interest of Europe, just like giving the jewel to once your slave.

  • bogli_anakdami

    heto na ang mga flip gung gong relidiots katolickdicks…

    spending their hard earned remittance buying junks…. anong makukuha ninyo sa cardboard na may litrato ni herr papa sa roma?

    kung ibinili ninyo ng galunggong, allah eh di meron kayong mahahapunan…

    mga tunggaks…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    The Bible Based Theory. Twisted Truth by Protestant Fundamentalists and Pastors 

    What became of the unwritten truths which Our Lord and the Apostles taught? 
    The Church had carefully conserved this ‘word of mouth’ teaching by historical records called Tradition. Even the Protestant Bible teaches that many Christian truths were to be handed down by word of mouth.   

    2 Thessalonians 2-14: Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  

    2 Timothy 2-2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 

    Hence not only Scripture but other sources of information must be consulted to get the whole of Christ’s teaching. Religions founded on ‘the Bible only are therefore necessarily incomplete.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    The Bible Based Theory. Twisted Truth by Protestant Fundamentalists and Pastors

    Between what years were the first and last books of the New Testament written? 

    The first book, Saint Matthews Gospel, was not written until about ten years after Our Lord’s Ascension. Saint John’s fourth gospel and Apocalypse or Book of Revelations were not written until about 100 A.D.
    Imagine how the present-day privately interpreted ‘Bible-only’ theory would have appeared at a time when the books of the New Testament were not only unavailable, but most of them had not yet been written.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Bible Based Theory or Sola Scriptura is a FALLACY having incorrect argument in logic and rhetoric resulting in a lack of validity, or more generally, a lack of soundness.

    Even the bible said that not all was written. The bible is limited.
    John 20:30-31 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

    The apostles said to the faithful to hold on to the traditions! In 2 Thessalonica 2:14-15 It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

    Pastors you twisted the truth to justify your personal interpretation of the bible! How many protestants denominations are there now having different interpretations of the bible to each his own desire. Indeed you are the evil in this world!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    The Bible Based Theory. Twisted Truth by Protestant Fundamentalists and Pastors 

    Were there any printed Bibles before Luther?

    When printing was invented, about 1440, one of the first, if not the earliest printed book, was an edition of the Catholic Bible printed by Johann Gutenberg. It is reliably maintained that 626 editions of the Catholic Bible, or portions thereof, had come from the press through the agency of the Church, in countries where her influence prevailed, before Luther’s German version appeared in 1534. Of these, many were in various European languages. Hence Luther’s discovery of the supposedly unknown Bible at Erfurt in 1503 is one of those strange, wild calumnies with which anti-Catholic literature abounds.

    Today parts of the Bible are read in the vernacular from every Catholic altar every Sunday. The Church grants a spiritual premium or indulgence to those who read the Bible; every Catholic family has, or is supposed to have, a Bible in the home. Millions of Catholic Bibles are sold annually.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Scripture Alone Disproves “Scripture/Bible Alone Theory”

    Gen. to Rev. – Scripture never says that Scripture is the sole infallible authority for God’s Word. Scripture also mandates the use of tradition. This fact alone disproves sola Scriptura.

    Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15 – those that preached the Gospel to all creation but did not write the Gospel were not less obedient to Jesus, or their teachings less important.

    Matt. 28:20 – “observe ALL I have commanded,” but, as we see in John 20:30; 21:25, not ALL Jesus taught is in Scripture. So there must be things outside of Scripture that we must observe. This disproves “Bible alone” theology.

    Mark 16:15 – Jesus commands the apostles to “preach,” not write, and only three apostles wrote. The others who did not write were not less faithful to Jesus, because Jesus gave them no directive to write. There is no evidence in the Bible or elsewhere that Jesus intended the Bible to be sole authority of the Christian faith.

    Luke 1:1-4 – Luke acknowledges that the faithful have already received the teachings of Christ, and is writing his Gospel only so that they “realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.” Luke writes to verify the oral tradition they already received.

    John 20:30; 21:25 – Jesus did many other things not written in the Scriptures. These have been preserved through the oral apostolic tradition and they are equally a part of the Deposit of Faith.

    Acts 8:30-31; Heb. 5:12 – these verses show that we need help in interpreting the Scriptures. We cannot interpret them infallibly on our own. We need divinely appointed leadership within the Church to teach us.

    Acts 15:1-14 – Peter resolves the Church’s first doctrinal issue regarding circumcision without referring to Scriptures.

    Acts 17:28 – Paul quotes the writings of the pagan poets when he taught at the Aeropagus. Thus, Paul appeals to sources outside of Scripture to teach about God.

    1 Cor. 5:9-11 – this verse shows that a prior letter written to Corinth is equally authoritative but not part of the New Testament canon. Paul is again appealing to a source outside of Scripture to teach the Corinthians. This disproves Scripture alone.

    1 Cor. 11:2 – Paul commends the faithful to obey apostolic tradition, and not Scripture alone.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Everyone must accept Jesus as their own “personal Lord
    and Savior” The language “accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior”
    is indicative of certain traditions within Christianity in America.


    By “personal” they mean you as an individual as opposed to
    you as a member of a group. By “accept” they mean to emphasize you choosing,
    you deciding (or not) to be a disciple of Jesus and verbally and publicly
    acknowledge Jesus as your “Lord” (the master of your life) and “Savior” (the
    one who rescued you from sin and death). Once you have made such a public
    profession of your faith, then you are a candidate for baptism (called
    “believer’s baptism”) by these pastor protestants.


    The emphasis
    on the individual has more to do with American individualism than it does
    biblical faith. It all started in America!


    No matter how it is thought of, nothing can rationalize Jesus
    being an individual’s “personal” lord and savior. No matter what
    protestant mean by this, it is all INCORRECT!


    Jesus has been our savior for everyone and He has died for
    each one of us. You can’t emphasized so much to say the He is your personal
    lord and savoir because His death is for all of us sinners. There is no
    exclusion. He is not only for me,
    He is for all of us!


    All these rhetorics are formulas
    made by pastors to justify their false beliefs!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Sola Scriptura and other man made innovations; this term is an attempt to at the same time; deny MotherChurch, and make a convert to a MAN MADE RELIGION!

    Just mention any religion from these protestants! All have man as a founder!

    Now they say, their religion is better than the religion the Christ had established! Holy camote! PEKE NA NGA, nagmamagaling pa!

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