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Pope sends heartfelt condolences for Ethiopian patriarch's passing

Aug 17, 2012

The death of the head of the Ethiopian Church has garnered sympathy and sadness from Pope Benedict XVI, who praised... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI. Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Pope supports 'spiritual adoption' for the unborn

Aug 16, 2012

Participants in a decades-old pro life initiative and a centuries-old pilgrimage in Poland received affirmation from Pope Benedict on the... Read more

Pope Benedict holds a general audience in August 2011 at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Pope explains St. Dominic's nine ways of prayer

Aug 8, 2012

On the Feast of St. Dominic, Pope Benedict XVI praised the founder of the Order of Preachers as “a man... Read more

The Pontifical Villa called "Villa Barberini" in Castel Gandolfo.

Villa director reveals rich history behind Pope's summer home

Aug 8, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones, Alan Holdren

Saverio Petrillo, director of the Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo, knows that the villas and farm at Pope Benedict's summer... Read more

The Pope's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

Pope praises joyfulness of Bavarian culture

Aug 6, 2012

Groups of choirs, dancers, artists, poets and horn blowers from Pope Benedict XVI’s native Bavaria visited the pontiff at Castel... Read more


Pope encourages generosity from Argentineans for the poor

Aug 6, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is calling on Argentineans to be generous during a special collection to be held in the country... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope finishes third volume on Jesus of Nazareth

Aug 3, 2012

The Holy See's Press Office announced on Aug. 2 that Pope Benedict XVI has finished the third volume of his... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict urges end to bloodshed in Syria

Jul 29, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI called for an immediate halt to “all violence and shedding of blood” in Syria during his weekly... Read more

Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone.

US bishops' marriage advocate to lead San Francisco archdiocese

Jul 27, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., the U.S. bishops’ leader on defense of marriage issues, has been named by... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Summer with Pope the best time of the year, Italian bishop says

Jul 25, 2012

Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Castel Gandolfo, Italy said that with the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for his summer vacation,... Read more

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks with CNA during a July 20, 2012 interview.

Vatican's doctrine chief: Pius X Society must accept Vatican II teachings

Jul 24, 2012

Although the new head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is optimistic about reconciliation with the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict 'deeply shocked' by Aurora tragedy

Jul 22, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is “deeply shocked by the senseless violence” carried out by a lone gunman who injured 58 people... Read more


Patriarch hopes Lebanon papal visit will bring peace to Syria

Jul 18, 2012

Patriarch Gregorios III, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, said he hopes Pope Benedict's visit to Lebanon in September will... Read more


Pope to speak on 'crisis of democracy'

Jul 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will use his annual message for the 46th World Day of Peace this Jan. 1 to examine... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in Paul VI hall.

Pope presents St. Teresa of Avila as model for evangelization

Jul 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI believes that 16th-century Saint Teresa of Avila is a model for current efforts to launch the New... Read more

Pope Benedict chats with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano during a concert for the fifth anniversary of his pontificate.

Friendship with Pope one of Italian president’s greatest highlights

Jul 13, 2012

He may be an ex-communist and avowed atheist but Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano says becoming friends with Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica as seen from the top of the colonade that surrounds the square.

'Vatileaks' committee to deliver findings to Pope next week

Jul 12, 2012

The special Commission of Cardinals established by Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the leak of confidential Vatican documents is on... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at an April 20, 2012 concert offered for him at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

Orchestra performance inspires Pope's message on peace

Jul 12, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI believes that music can help bring different nations and creeds together – as shown by the renowned... Read more

Court rules against magazine's vulgar portrayal of Pope

Jul 11, 2012

A German magazine must stop publishing its latest issue, which depicts Pope Benedict XVI in a urine- and feces-stained cassock,... Read more

Bishop-designate Philip Egan. Photo courtesy of Edmund Montgomery.

Pope's new English bishop appointee sounds evangelization note

Jul 11, 2012

The future Bishop of Portsmouth says he “looks forward with joy” to working with the priests and people of his... Read more