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Pope celebrates Guadalupe feast, confirms trips to Mexico, Cuba

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VATICAN CITY — Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and confirming he will travel to Mexico and Cuba in the spring, Pope Benedict XVI called on the people of Latin America to hold firm to their faith.

During his homily at the Mass Dec. 12 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope prayed that God would guide the decisions of the Latin American people, so they could progress in “building a society based on the development of good, the triumph of love and the expansion of justice.”

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Pope says late cardinal should inspire use of media to spread Gospel

December 12th, 2011 Posted in Vatican News

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said he hoped the legacy of the late Cardinal John P. Foley would inspire others to make the Gospel known through mass media.

In a telegram to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia Dec. 12, the pope expressed his sadness and condolences for the death of Cardinal Foley, who died Dec. 11 in Darby, Pa., after a battle with leukemia. The College of Cardinals now has 192 members, 109 of whom are under age 80 and eligible to vote.

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Church should fear ‘sin of her members,’ pope says

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ROME –– The church should fear the sin of its own members more than hatred against Christians, Pope Benedict XVI said.

While the church has suffered from persecution throughout its history, it “is supported by the light and strength of God” and will always end up victorious, he said.

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Vatican thanks KOC for restoring tomb

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VATICAN CITY — With help from the Knights of Columbus, the only papal tomb transferred from the old to the new St. Peter’s Basilica has been restored.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica and president of the office responsible for the basilica’s upkeep, rededicated the tomb of Pope Innocent VIII during a brief ceremony attended by leaders of the knights Dec. 5.

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Check out new Catholic News Service video

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Visitors to The Dialog website can now click on the Catholic News Service VIDEO link at the bottom of  The Dialog home page’s right-hand column for CNS video reports from Rome and the United States.

Video available now includes a report from Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s on what he discussed during his recent visit to the Holy See with Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Chaput states that the pope has been emphasizing that faith isn’t only a private matter but something the faithful should demonstrate in the public square .

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To follow Gospel is to follow Christ, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Following the Gospel is not adhering to a doctrine or code of ethics but entails truly following the person of Christ in one’s life, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, “we can turn with trust to God our Father, confident that, in doing his will, we shall find true freedom and peace,” he said during his weekly general audience Dec. 7.

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Vatican plans Christmas carols in square this year

December 6th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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The Vatican is planning to sing its way into the Christmas season this year, with a chorus and orchestra leading Christmas carols at the annual unveiling of its Nativity scene.

 

The hourlong evening ceremony Dec. 24 will feature traditional Christmas songs in several languages, performed by a 100-person choir and orchestra in St. Peter’s Square.

 

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Vatican official urges ‘real reforms’ in Syria

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VATICAN CITY — A Vatican official deplored the growing violence in Syria, and called on political leaders there to enact “real reforms.”

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi made the remarks Dec. 2 to a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, which was discussing the Syrian crackdown on regime opponents that has left an estimated 4,000 people dead in recent months.

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Pope prays for migrants, calls for aid

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI expressed concern for the millions of migrants around the world, and encouraged the agencies trying to help them.

“I entrust to the Lord all those who, often forcibly, must leave their homeland, or who are stateless,” the pope said at his noon blessing Dec. 4.

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Christian theology has role in promoting peace, pope says

December 2nd, 2011 Posted in Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — Theology is not simply an academic discipline or a means of explaining the faith to believers, it also has a role in promoting peace and harmony, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Catholic theology’s attention to the links between faith and reason “is more necessary than ever today” because it demonstrates the compatibility of different sources of knowledge, avoiding “the violent results of a religiosity opposed to reason and of a reason opposed to religion,” the pope said.

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