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Facing threats to the faith together: Pope affirms commitment to building unity with Greek Orthodox Church

Feb 26, 2006

At noon today, Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of priests and seminarians visiting as representatives of the Orthodox... Read more

Pope Benedict calls the youth to be "a new generation of apostles anchored firmly in the word of Christ"

Feb 26, 2006

In his message to all the youth in the world, for the celebration of the XXI World Youth Day, which... Read more

‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’, Pope Benedict tells Bishops of war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

Feb 23, 2006

Meeting today with prelates from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the war-torn former Yugoslavia, Pope Benedict XVI stressed... Read more

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Pope will preside at Ash Wednesday Mass, procession; act will renew ancient tradition

Feb 23, 2006

The Vatican announced today that next week, Pope Benedict himself will mark the beginning of lent with an Ash Wednesday... Read more

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Who decides nature of human embryos? Vatican conference to explore scientific, ethical issues

Feb 23, 2006

Earlier today at the Vatican Press Office, a veritable who’s who of scientific and ethical experts gathered to discuss the... Read more

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Greek seminarians, priests to make historic visit to Rome; seek understanding between Orthodox and Catholic faiths

Feb 22, 2006

On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to meet with priests and seminarians from Greece’s Orthodox Christian Church. It is... Read more

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Vatican to release new pastoral document on care for often persecuted Gypsies

Feb 22, 2006

The Vatican has announced that the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples will... Read more

Benedict XVI names 15 new Cardinals

Feb 21, 2006

After the general audience today, Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Benedict XVI announced the names of 15 prelates... Read more

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Pope Benedict: Chair of Peter is privileged sign of God’s love, created to lead Church to unity, salvation

Feb 21, 2006

In his weekly Wednesday audience, held earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict used the occasion of today’s Feast of... Read more

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Holy Father commends, encourages ‘treasured’ study of Latin

Feb 21, 2006

Following his Wednesday audience, held earlier today at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Pope Benedict XVI called for a renewal... Read more

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World Catholic population sees increase of 1.1%

Feb 20, 2006

According to statistics from the 2006 edition of the Annuario Pontificio, the official Vatican yearbook, the world’s Catholic population grew... Read more

Pope calls for end to cartoon-sparked violence in Nigeria

Feb 20, 2006

In the message, the Holy Father was "Saddened to learn of the tragic consequences of the recent violent protests in... Read more

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Pope recalls one-year anniversary of death of Communion and Liberation founder

Feb 20, 2006

Earlier today, the Vatican released a letter from Pope Benedict XVI, reflecting on the death--one year ago tomorrow--of Monsignor Luigi... Read more

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Vatican Radio at 75: a bridge between the Universal Church and societies, cultures of the world

Feb 20, 2006

During a press conference, held earlier today to mark the 75th anniversary of Vatican Radio, officials from the worldwide media... Read more

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Union with Christ, commitment to sacraments and truth most important to ministry of permanent deacons, says Pope

Feb 19, 2006

On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI met with some 400 permanent deacons from around Rome, telling them that they have a... Read more

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Pope presented with yearly report on the state of the Church

Feb 19, 2006

On Saturday, the Holy See’s Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano presented Pope Benedict XVI with the Vatican’s annual report... Read more

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Paralyzed by sin, man needs the mercy of God, says Pope

Feb 19, 2006

Reflecting on Jesus’ miracles of physical healing, which are being described in the Sunday Gospel readings during the coming weeks,... Read more

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Pope calls on African bishops to build harmony, evangelization and priestly formation, tells to be ‘sure points of reference for your people’

Feb 19, 2006

Earlier this morning, Pope Benedict met with prelates from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau... Read more

Religious respect the only road to peace, fraternity for peoples of faith and good will, Pope tells Moroccan diplomat

Feb 19, 2006

Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with Ali Achour, Morocco’s new ambassador to the Holy See, with whom he stressed... Read more

Engage in modern cultural debate, defend truths of Church, Pope tells Italian Catholic journalists

Feb 16, 2006

Earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI met with journalists from the Italian “Civilta Cattolica”, a Jesuit magazine established... Read more