Resources on the Papacy
At St. Peter Church in Olney, a wood carving depicts St. Peter the fisherman pulling in his net.
“Habemus Papam!” Praised be Jesus Christ! We have a Pope!
Statement from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington on the Election of Pope Francis I
Letter from Bishop Barry Knestout, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General, Archdiocese of Washington
Catechesis on the papacy is an integral part of understanding Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign as Bishop of Rome, Successor to Peter. To assist with this, the Archdiocese of Washington has created catechetical materials and resources for use in parishes, schools and religious education programs. These resources have been created to support the work of pastors, teachers, catechists, youth ministers, RCIA leaders and homeschool families. Below are these materials in English and Spanish:
Following are resources primarily for teachers, catechists and parents in preparation for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, 2013 and the upcoming Papal Conclave:
- Introduction (español)
- Core Theology on the Papacy (español)
- Resource Guides on the following teachings: Who is Peter? Who is Pope Benedict XVI? What is the Mission of the Pope? and How is a New Pope Elected?
Below are bulletin announcements, bulletin inserts and liturgical resources for parishes in preparation for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, 2013 and the upcoming Papal Conclave:
- Bulletin Announcements (español)
- Bulletin Inserts (español)
- Novena in Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict XVI (español)
- Liturgical Resources
Conclave at a Glance
How is the new Pope elected? What happens after a new Pope is chosen? Who is the Camerlengo? Find everything you need to know about the history and process of electing a new Pope here (español).
- The Church, Our Spiritual Home, a pastoral letter by Cardinal Donald Wuerl (español)
- Study Guide for The Church, Our Spiritual Home (español)
- Want to learn more about your faith? Check out Living Catholic, a short foundational Year of Faith course designed to reach Catholics seeking to learn or re-learn the beautiful truths of the Catholic faith which we are all called to share as part of the New Evangelization.
- The Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared liturgical and musical resources to assist dioceses, parishes, and other groups in praying for Pope Benedict XVI, in giving thanks for his pontificate, and in praying for the Church as we look to the future and the election of a new Pope.
Mass of Thanksgiving for the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI
- Text of the homily delivered by Donald Cardinal Wuerl
- Audio of the homily delivered by Donald Cardinal Wuerl
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 10, 2013