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White doves in flight.

Achieving peace requires respect for all human life, Pope states

Dec 14, 2012

More than anything else, the path to peace involves “respect for human life in all its many aspects,” Pope Benedict... Read more


Pope emphasizes education of youth in response to social fractures

Dec 13, 2012

As young people become more concerned with quick professional success and rely on social networks as a replacement for community,... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI sends his first tweet from a mobile tablet.

In first tweet, Pope blesses his million-plus followers

Dec 12, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

Pope Benedict XVI made his debut on Twitter today, sending out a greeting and a blessing as his first tweet... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI speaks to participants in the Ecclesia in America conference on Dec. 9, 2012.

Pope calls for renewed missionary spirit in the Americas

Dec 10, 2012

The solution to the issues plaguing the American continent is to renew faith in Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said as... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet presides over the Dec. 9, 2012 opening Mass for the Ecclesia in America Conference.

Cardinal encourages creative Catholic unity across Americas

Dec 10, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, opened an international meeting on the Catholic Church in... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square. CNA file photo.

Christmas is more than a party, Pope explains

Dec 9, 2012

The Pope asked Catholics to prepare for Christmas amid a consumerist society by listening to the voice of John the... Read more

Monsignor Georg Gänswein stands behind Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Pope taps secretary to head papal household, after Vatileaks

Dec 7, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI named his private secretary as the new head of the papal household, an important post because it... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI lights one of the largest electronic Christmas trees in Gubbio using a tablet device December 7, 2011.

Pope expected to have 1 million Twitter followers by launch

Dec 6, 2012

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is expecting one million total followers in eight languages when Pope Benedict issues his... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 24, 2012.

Catholic charity groups welcome Pope's call for fidelity

Dec 5, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Leaders of Catholic charities in the U.S. reaffirmed Pope Benedict's recent message on the need to remain firmly rooted in... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims on Nov. 14, 2012 during the general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope: Advent is time to focus on God's loving plan

Dec 5, 2012

As the Church celebrates the season of Advent, Pope Benedict said that Catholics should remember “God is present” and recall... Read more

Greg Burke speaks to the media about the Pope's new Twitter account at a Dec. 3, 2012 press conference.

Pope Benedict will make Twitter debut with @pontifex

Dec 3, 2012

The Pope's Twitter account will be @pontifex and will start on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe,... Read more

Artist David Lopez Ribes with his family at the Vatican as he recieves his award.

Artist praises family as he receives Vatican award

Nov 29, 2012

Artist David Lopez Ribes noted the importance of his wife and children in his life as he received the award... Read more


Pope urges support for children affected by AIDS

Nov 28, 2012

Pope Benedict is lending his support to combatting HIV/AIDS, with a special focus on advocating for children who receive the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives his Wednesday general audience Nov. 21, 2012 in Paul VI Hall.

Pope counsels parents to share faith with joy, dialogue

Nov 28, 2012

Sharing the faith with children and others should be done in a joyful, clear and simple manner, Pope Benedict said... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the consistory of cardinals on Nov. 24, 2012.

Pope names holiness, unity and peace as cardinals' mission

Nov 27, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met with six new cardinals and their families, just two days after they made their vows, and... Read more

Cardinals greet each other after the consistory on November 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

New cardinals excited, honored at elevation by Pope

Nov 26, 2012

The six new cardinals from various parts of the globe shared their excitement after making their vows to Pope Benedict... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Church responsible for spreading Christ's kingdom, Pope recalls

Nov 25, 2012

After he celebrated Mass with six new cardinals for the feast of Christ the King, Pope Benedict spoke about God's... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a consistory on Nov. 24 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Benedict creates six non-European cardinals

Nov 24, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI presided over the creation of six new cardinals Nov. 24, and in a unusual occurrence, none of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives his Wednesday General Audience Nov. 21, 2012 in Paul VI Hall.

Pope: Faith is reasonable, leads to joyful life

Nov 21, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by examining how it is “reasonable and not in conflict... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims during the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope warns Gaza conflict could spread in Middle East

Nov 21, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is warning violence could spread through the region, after Israel continued bombing Gaza and a suicide bomb... Read more