Vatican News

Pope Benedict XVI will talk about John Paul II in first televised interview

Sep 21, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI decided to grant his first televised interview, in which he will talk about his predecessor Pope John... Read more

Closeness of God with Old Testament Israel points to coming Christ, His presence to the world, says Pope

Sep 20, 2005

Speaking to some 26,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for today's general audience, Pope Benedict demonstrated how God's closeness... Read more

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Pope Benedict: sports, properly practiced, can build respect, loyalty and solidarity between people and cultures

Sep 20, 2005

Among the nearly 26,000 pilgrims present for the Pope's general audience today in St. Peter's Square were representatives from the... Read more

Holy See rejects accusations of harboring Croatian war criminal

Sep 19, 2005

the spokesman for the Holy See, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, and the Croatian Episcopal Conference both rejected the accusations of the Chief... Read more

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US government says pope immune from lawsuit

Sep 19, 2005

The US government, through the Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler,  has told a Texas court that Pope Benedict XVI should... Read more

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Vatican to open museums, catacombs, share Christian history in celebration of European Heritage Day

Sep 19, 2005

The Vatican announced today that it will once again take part in the annual "European Heritage Day", on September 25th,... Read more

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Papal envoy notes gestures of “great humanity” in wake of Katrina

Sep 19, 2005

The President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Archbishop Paul Cordes, returned to Rome this week after visiting the areas... Read more

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Vatican names Mons. Urosa new Archbishop of Caracas

Sep 19, 2005

The Holy See Press Room informed that Pope Benedict  named Mons. Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino as the new Archbishop of... Read more

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Grace of the Eucharist is secret to holy priests, says Pope

Sep 18, 2005

Before his noontime Angelus prayer at the papal Castelgandolfo summer residence yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI said that the key to... Read more

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Pope challenges new bishops to humbly trust God, be 'teachers of the faith'

Sep 18, 2005

Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of recently ordained bishops who have just completed a period of... Read more

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Vatican official calls for renewal of U.N., supports 'Peacebuilding Commission'

Sep 18, 2005

On Friday, the final day of a high-level United Nations summit held in New York, Vatican Cardinal Secretary of State... Read more

Pope Benedict: Church is fed on Holy Scriptures, faithful must learn to study and announce it's message

Sep 15, 2005

Meeting with Biblical scholars at his Castelgandolfo summer residence earlier today, Pope Benedict said that the Church must live off... Read more

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Pope denounces attacks in Iraq

Sep 15, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI energetically denounced the latest attacks in Iraq, which have left more than 100 dead, and he expressed... Read more

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Vatican backs goals and objectives of the summit, Cardinal Sodano to United Nations

Sep 15, 2005

Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano gave his speech earlier today to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).... Read more

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Chief rabbis meet pope, urge promotion of Nostra Aetate

Sep 14, 2005

Israel's two chief rabbis met Pope Benedict XVI today to mark the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a document which... Read more

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Pope calls Catholics to mend split between faith and daily life, 'a serious error of our age'

Sep 14, 2005

Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with visiting Mexican bishops and challenged them to help change their country's social structure,... Read more

Old Testament Temple points toward Christ, symbolizes God's presence with His people, says Pope

Sep 13, 2005

In his general audience today, held at St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI told gathered pilgrims that the relationship between... Read more

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Pope blesses statue of St. Josemaria Escriva

Sep 13, 2005

At the conclusion of his general audience today at St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his blessing upon a... Read more

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Vatican Radio to air special on life of Benedict XVI

Sep 13, 2005

Vatican Radio announced it would air a special radio program on the life of Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, September... Read more

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Have courage to commit to peace and dialogue, says Pope

Sep 12, 2005

In a letter sent today by way of Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, Pope Benedict XVI told participants of... Read more