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Holy See to celebrate 500 years under protection of Swiss Guard

Nov 21, 2005

The world’s oldest active military corps, the Pontifical Swiss Guard, will celebrate its 500th anniversary next year. Earlier today, Vatican... Read more

Pope warns against science that seeks autonomy from moral norms, individual human dignity

Nov 20, 2005

Over the weekend, Pope Benedict met with members of a Vatican conference on health care ministry, to whom, he urged;... Read more

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Christ the King: center of humanity, civilization, says Pope

Nov 20, 2005

Christ’s role King of creation was the major theme of a brief address Pope Benedict gave to throngs of pilgrims... Read more

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Newly announced Mexican martyrs faced death to defend Christian faith, says Pope

Nov 20, 2005

Thirteen Mexican martyrs were beatified Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico--the latest in a recent string of Saints-to-be, pronounced by the Holy... Read more

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New pastoral norms for famous Assisi Basilicas

Nov 20, 2005

Pope Benedict has established new juridical norms for the famous Basilica of St. Francis, as well as the Basilica of... Read more

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Like John Paul II, reach out to science, culture with message of salvation, Pope challenges Church academia

Nov 20, 2005

Earlier today, Pope Benedict visited the Vatican offices of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, where he told... Read more

Bond between John Paul II and his people will never be broken, says Pope

Nov 17, 2005

Last evening, Pope Benedict was treated to a special screening of the new film, “Pope John Paul II" which, he... Read more

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Pope to Czech bishops: be leaven in society that is ‘secularized but interested’ in Gospel

Nov 17, 2005

This morning, Pope Benedict met with a group of bishops from the Czech Republic--in Rome for their semi-annual “ad limina”... Read more

In ‘profoundly changing times’, Pope calls for greater pastoral care, education for seminarians

Nov 16, 2005

As vocational problems and priestly scandals continue to arise in some regions of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict today, called... Read more

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Caring for sick is ‘emblem of Christian charity’, says Pope

Nov 16, 2005

In a message, sent today to the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), currently meeting in Assisi, Italy, Pope Benedict stressed the... Read more

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As historic Church document comes to new light, Pope Benedict invites Greek patriarch to Vatican, encourages further unity

Nov 16, 2005

In an historic event yesterday in Athens, Greece, Vatican archivist and librarian, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, officially announced the new publication... Read more

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Pope Benedict meets with Israeli president, renews call for peaceful coexistence with Palestinians

Nov 16, 2005

In a meeting with Israeli President Moshe Katsay earlier today, Pope Benedict stressed his continued desire for the peaceful co-existence... Read more

Through periods of trial and liberation, God is always with His people, says Pope

Nov 15, 2005

The continued presence of God with His people throughout history was the major theme of Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly Wednesday... Read more

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Vatican official says Church established accords with states, not governments

Nov 15, 2005

Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, said this week the Church’s concordats and accords are made... Read more

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Italian government honors John Paul II, Pope Benedict commends ‘serene relations’ between Church and State

Nov 14, 2005

Yesterday morning, the Italian parliament commemorated a visit made by the late John Paul II three years ago to the... Read more

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Science accompanied by the wisdom of faith: Vatican conference to explore the human genome

Nov 14, 2005

This morning, Vatican officials held a press conference to discuss the upcoming International Conference on the Human Genome, presented, in... Read more

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Cardinal to take possession of historic Titular church

Nov 14, 2005

Earlier today, the Vatican announced that this coming Sunday, Cardinal Carlo Furno, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the... Read more

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Iraqi president visits Pope Benedict, tomb of John Paul II

Nov 13, 2005

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met in a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI last week and, the next day, capped... Read more

Three proclaimed Blessed: all servants of the poor and adorers of Christ, says Pope

Nov 13, 2005

On Sunday, the Church presented three more men and women as major models of Christian holiness as Charles de Foucauld,... Read more

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Pope says lay mission of Church depends on personal holiness, communal influence on society

Nov 13, 2005

Following Sunday Mass at St. Peter‘s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI joined thousands of pilgrims gathered below his study window in... Read more