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Papal Transition Resource Material, Papal Facts of Interest

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Since the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI on his resignation effective February 28, 2013, the attention of the universal Church and the world has turned to the Vatican, as Church fathers plan for an event that has not happened in 600 years: the stepping down of a Pope from the Chair of St. Peter.

To assist the faithful, the Diocese will post daily stories on the Diocesan website of news and activities on the Papal Transition; stories that will be provided by Catholic News Service and other agencies. The Papal Transition page will include additional information on Pope Benedict and his papacy. Among the documents are his three encyclicals and his speeches during his visit to the United States in April 2008.

The page also contains resource material, including study guides for students from K-12 and adults, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. (See links below).

Above: A member of the Swiss Guard closes the main door of the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo at 8 p.m. Feb. 28. The Swiss Guard concluded its protective service to Pope Benedict XVI, signaling the end of his papacy. (CNS/Paul Haring) Click photo to view larger.

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Catechetical Resources

Courtesy of Archdiocese of Washington, DC

How is the Pope Elected? (PDF)

Grades K-2 English (PDF)

Grades K-2 Spanish (PDF) 

Grades 3-5 English (PDF)

Grades 3-5 Spanish (PDF)

Grades 6-8 English (PDF)

Grades 6-8 Spanish (PDF) 

Grades 9-12 English (PDF) 

Grades 9-12 Spanish (PDF) 

RCIA and Teens English (PDF) 

RCIA and Teens Spanish (PDF) 

Papal Documents

Pope Benedict XVI Declaration of Resignation February 11, 2013

CARITAS IN VERITATE (Charity in Truth)

SPE SALVI (Saved in Hope)


Activities of Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013)

Talks by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States, April 2008