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Vatican suggests ways to celebrate coming Year of Faith

January 9th, 2012 Posted in Featured, Vatican News

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VATICAN CITY — In an effort to help Catholics have a better and correct understanding of their faith and become authentic witnesses to Christ, the Vatican issued a list of pastoral recommendations for celebrating the upcoming Year of Faith.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a “note” Jan. 7 outlining the aims of the special year and ways bishops, dioceses, parishes and communities can promote “the truth of the faith,” the congregation said.

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New U.S.-born cardinal used to varied ministries

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The priestly ministry of Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, named a cardinal Jan. 6 by Pope Benedict XVI, has been marked by frequent assignments, so that he rarely stays in one place very long. And even when he is ensconced somewhere for a while, he gets to moving.

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Pope names 22 new cardinals, including two Americans

January 6th, 2012 Posted in Vatican News Tags: , ,

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 VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals, including two from the United States, and announced a consistory for their formal induction into the College of Cardinals Feb. 18.

Among those named were Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York; Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem who still is administering the Archdiocese of Baltimore; and Archbishop Thomas C. Collins of Toronto.

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Pope discusses meaning of Christmas, Epiphany

January 4th, 2012 Posted in Featured, Vatican News

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VATICAN CITY — At Christmas, the human dream of being like God started to become a reality — not through any human efforts, but through God sending his son to be born on earth to redeem humanity, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Addressing an estimated 7,000 people gathered for his weekly general audience Jan. 4, the pope encouraged Christians to continue living the joy and mystery of Christmas as they prepare for the feast of the Epiphany, celebrated at the Vatican Jan. 6, and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which the pope planned to celebrate Jan. 8 by baptizing babies in the Sistine Chapel.

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Pope wants Christians to bring hope, peace to 2012

January 3rd, 2012 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , , ,

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VATICAN CITY — Christians should look toward the New Year with hope and a commitment to working for justice and peace, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“God is love, he is just and peaceable, and anyone wishing to honor him must first of all act like a child following his father’s example,” the pope said Jan. 1 during a Mass marking the feast of Mary, Mother of God and World Peace Day.

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Vatican estimates 2.5 million saw pope at Vatican in 2011

December 29th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — The Prefecture of the Papal Household, the office responsible for handing out free tickets to papal events, estimated more than 2.5 million people saw Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2011.

The prefecture — headed by U.S. Archbishop James M. Harvey — estimated 500,000 people attended a liturgy celebrated by Pope Benedict in the month of May.

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Contest seeks a ‘green’ design for pope- mobile

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VATICAN CITY — A select group of young international designers will be submitting innovative mock-ups of what an eco-friendly popemobile should look like.

For the first time, the annual Autostyle Design Competition will have a special category for a popemobile, according to L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. The vehicle design must meet standards for low-emissions, as well as the Vatican’s safety and security standards, it said.

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Pope condemns Christmas bombings in Nigeria

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI appealed for an end to violence in Nigeria, condemning the Christmas church bombings that led to the deaths of at least 39 people.

The celebration of Christmas leads people to pray in an even stronger way that God would “stop the hands of the violent who sow death and that justice and peace would reign in the world,” the pope said Dec. 26 as he recited the Angelus with visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

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Pope says Christmas shows God’s will to save people from sin

December 27th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — God sent his son into the world to save it from evil, pride and violence, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas message “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).

“The child whom we contemplate is our salvation! He has brought to the world a universal message of reconciliation and peace,” the pope said Dec. 25 as he stood on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and gave his solemn Christmas blessing.

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Pope tells prisoners God loves them

December 19th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: ,

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ROME — Pope Benedict XVI told inmates at a Rome prison that people say nasty things about him, too, but it’s important to remember that there are other people ready to offer their love and support.

During a visit Dec. 18 to Rome’s Rebibbia prison, the pope gave a short speech and then responded to questions from six of the inmates gathered in the prison’s Church of Our Father.

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