Local Catholics React to New Pope

EUGENE, Ore. — The news of the white smoke traveled fast. Faithful followers watched intently to hear the announcement of the new pope. Earlier Wednesday, employees at St. Mary’s Catholic Church gathered in their offices, patiently waiting for the name of the new pope to be called. Everyone filed into any room with a screen … Continue reading »

Cardinals Elect New Pope

(CNN) — White smoke poured from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel, signaling the selection of the next pope. One hundred and fifteen cardinals entered the conclave Tuesday to begin the process. They needed more than two-thirds of the vote to approve Pope Benedict the XVI’s successor. The burning of the ballots that produced the … Continue reading »

Local Catholics React to Pope Leaving

EUGENE, Ore. — Pope Benedict officially stepped down from his position as pope Thursday. It was a historic moment because Benedict was the first pope to step down from his position in 600 years. As of five o’clock Thursday, Benedict’s new title is Pope Emeritus. Locally, parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eugene said … Continue reading »