Archive of February 11, 2014

Translator predicts Benedict XVI's legacy as a great teacher

Feb 11, 2014 - 05:07 pm .- A former translator of Benedict XVI has predicted that the retired pontiff’s legacy will only grow, given the “wonderful freshness” and clarity of his writings.

Journalist who broke news of resignation recalls her 'panic'

Feb 11, 2014 - 02:02 pm .- Vatican journalist Giovanna Chirri remembers her shock at Benedict XVI's resignation last year, and how she broke the news before he finished his announcement because she could understand Latin.

Bishops encourage tenderness, policy changes for mentally ill

Feb 11, 2014 - 11:17 am .- The Catholic bishops of New York State have released a pastoral document on mental illness, urging Christians to show compassion for the mentally ill and to support sufficient programs for their care.

Vatican Secretariat of State to undergo 'pastoral conversion'

Feb 11, 2014 - 10:35 am .- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican, said in a recent interview that under Pope Francis’ reform, his department will undertake the Pope’s call for pastoral conversion.

New York welcomes new bishops for Albany, Rockville dioceses

Feb 11, 2014 - 07:57 am .- The Vatican announced earlier this morning that Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger will take the helm as the new Bishop of Albany, NY, with Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski stepping up as auxiliary of Rockville Centre.

Courage head sees Christ in Pope's 'non-judgment' remarks

Feb 11, 2014 - 04:02 am .- As many look for signs of change in Pope Francis' comments on people with same-sex attraction, the leader of a ministry for those with homosexual inclinations instead believes the Pope's words hearken back to Christ himself.

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

Feb 11, 2014 - 03:16 am .- On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff.

Cardinal O'Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

Feb 11, 2014 - 02:06 am .- A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but took an “ideological” approach, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said.

Oil tanker strikes, knocks down, St. Anne statue in Thailand

Feb 11, 2014 - 12:04 am .- A landmark 26 foot Thai statue of St. Anne revered by local fishermen was knocked down last week, after being hit by a oil tanker.

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