Pope John Paul II's former secretary has revealed that the late pontiff
seriously contemplated resigning because of ill health as news emerges
that that three miracles credited to his intercession are on the verge
of being accredited.
Former Milan Cardinal Carlo Martini has weighed in on the Italian
euthanasia debate in favour of a right to refuse treatment following
the case of a man who was denied a Church funeral because he had asked
to be removed from a life-saving respirator.
In an Ash Wednesday homily to mark the beginning of Lent, Pope Benedict
described it as an invitation to inner change and said fasting other
Lenten practices are spiritual "weapons" in the fight against evil,
wicked passions and vices.