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Pope decrees Plenary Indulgence for Feast of Immaculate Conception

Nov 28, 2005

In a decree released today, Pope Benedict has announced that the Church will grant a Plenary Indulgence for the upcoming... Read more

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Pope to Polish Bishops: urgent need for Christian education, especially for the young

Nov 27, 2005

The Holy Father said that he was “aware that economic difficulties, consistently high levels of unemployment, and concern over guaranteeing... Read more

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Vatican representative urges U.N. to guarantee food supplies for developing nations

Nov 27, 2005

Last week, Vatican representative, Msgr. Renato Volante urged members of the 33rd General United Nations Conference of the Food and... Read more

Jesus needs you to renew modern society, Pope tells Dutch youth

Nov 27, 2005

Earlier today, the Vatican released a message from Pope Benedict to Dutch participants of the first ever National Day of... Read more

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Hope of Advent is pointed toward the future, but rooted in the past, says Pope

Nov 27, 2005

Before praying his weekly Angelus prayer with a large group of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, Pope Benedict... Read more

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Pope’s Advent message: God calls us to communion which is fully realized in Christ’s return

Nov 27, 2005

On Saturday evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI marked the first day of this year’s Advent season with... Read more

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Pope calls for end to violence, suffering in Sudan

Nov 27, 2005

Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI added his own voice to the cries of suffering rising from the violence-ridden African region... Read more

Pope’s challenge of true Catholic university: quality research and teaching, faithfulness to Magesterium

Nov 24, 2005

Pope Benedict, earlier today visited Rome’s Sacred Heart Catholic University, where he described and challenged faculty and students with his... Read more

Education, cultural dialogue, support for rural farmers needed to combat poverty, hunger, says Pope

Nov 23, 2005

Earlier today, Pope Benedict told a group of representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),... Read more

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Vatican Christmas concert will highlight Church universality, honor east Asian missions

Nov 23, 2005

The Vatican announced today that its annual Christmas concert, scheduled for December 3rd, will be dedicated this year to the... Read more

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Pope puts friars of Assisi under direct Vatican authority

Nov 23, 2005

In a move that some reports have called “shocking”, Pope Benedict XVI has put the friars of the shrine of... Read more

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US backs Vatican effort to improve relations with China

Nov 22, 2005

The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See said one of his priorities is to support the Vatican's efforts for improved... Read more

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U.S. Vatican ambassador says new document on homosexuality will make Church stronger

Nov 22, 2005

Remarking yesterday on the long-awaited release of a Vatican document regarding admission of homosexuals to Catholic seminaries, the U.S.’s ambassador... Read more

Through Christ, ‘we reach infinite, glorious depths of God,’ says Pope

Nov 22, 2005

In today’s general audience, Pope Benedict XVI explained to a large number of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that... Read more

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Cinema has potential to spiritually guide man to essential understanding of himself, says Archbishop Foley

Nov 22, 2005

As he inaugurated the 9th International Congress on Cinema and Spirituality last evening, Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the... Read more

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Growing Vietnam Catholic population receives new diocese, throng of new priests

Nov 21, 2005

Because of a recently-burgeoning Catholic population, Pope Benedict XVI has decided to erect a new diocese in the harshly communist... Read more

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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