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Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum on April 13, 2012.

Pope cancels delegation to Syria, focuses on aid work

Nov 7, 2012

A delegation of bishops from the recent synod on the New Evangelization will not go to Syria as violence continues... Read more

The panel of three Vatican judges delivers the verdict in the Paolo Gabriele case.

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Nov 5, 2012

Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.

Benedict XVI sends encouragement to new Coptic Orthodox head

Nov 5, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI congratulated the new leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian Church as Christian minorities throughout the region... Read more

Filipinos visit their dead on All Saints Day at the Manila North Cemetery, Nov 1, 2012.

Pope celebrates Feast of All Souls in papal crypt

Nov 2, 2012

As Catholics around the world on Nov. 2 remember those who have passed away, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Vatican... Read more


Pilgrims arrive in Rome to celebrate Latin Mass permission

Nov 2, 2012

In honor of the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that any priest can celebrate the Mass according to... Read more

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

Pope: saints connect us with eternity, fullness of life

Nov 1, 2012

Pope Benedict said that the solemnity of All Saints should help people reflect on the link between the Church on... Read more

The Creation of Adam by Michaelangelo from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Sistine Chapel reveals light of God, Pope says on 500th anniversary

Oct 31, 2012

The Sistine Chapel ceiling is celebrating its 500th anniversary today, and Pope Benedict XVI followed in the footsteps of his... Read more

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

Pope offers prayers for Hurricane Sandy victims

Oct 31, 2012

At the Oct. 31 general audience, Pope Benedict offered prayers for the victims of Hurricane Sandy which ravaged the East... Read more

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

Faith is lived in community, Pope Benedict reflects

Oct 31, 2012

Although faith is intensely personal, it is necessarily transmitted and lived through relationships with others, Pope Benedict XVI said at... Read more

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

Pope urges respect for rights of migrants, refugees

Oct 30, 2012

The Vatican has released Pope Benedict's message for the upcoming ninety-ninth World Day of Migrants and Refugees, in which he... Read more

The Pope's former butler, Paolo Gabriele.

Pope's former butler goes to prison

Oct 25, 2012

Today the Pope’s ex-butler was taken to prison for stealing his boss’ private documents and leaking them to the press... Read more

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

Pope says spiritually dry world needs faith of Christians

Oct 24, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI said at his Oct. 24 general audience that the world’s “spiritual desert” must be transformed into “fertile... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI gives Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York his biretta and cardinal's ring at the Feb. 2012 consistory.

Pope announces six new cardinals, including an American

Oct 24, 2012

At today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will appoint six new cardinals, including an American, at a consistory... Read more


Violence postpones papal delegation to Syria

Oct 23, 2012

The Vatican Secretary of State told the synod on the New Evangelization that the planned peace mission to Syria will... Read more

Fr. Brian Daley, Ratzinger Award winner, poses with his award in Rome on Oct. 20, 2012.

American priest celebrates receiving Ratzinger award in Rome

Oct 22, 2012

An American priest and scholar who was awarded the annual Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct.... Read more

Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin

Vatican's deputy official for religious to lead Indianapolis archdiocese

Oct 18, 2012

Pope Benedict named Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin as head of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Oct. 18.  Read more

Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled June 9, 2012 in the city of Homs, Syria.

Pope sending Cardinal Dolan on peace mission to Syria

Oct 17, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will be part of a papal delegation to Syria that will voice “fraternal solidarity”... Read more

Pope Benedict kisses a baby girl during the Oct. 10, 2012 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope will deliver year-long teaching series on restoring faith

Oct 17, 2012

At his first general audience during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI initiated a new, year-long cycle of teachings... Read more

A shot from an Oct. 12, 2012 session of the Synod on Evangelization.

Pope believes Christianity will rekindle in Europe

Oct 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI granted a rare interview to the creators of a documentary in which he said that he is... Read more

My Year of Faith app.

Catholic dioceses create phone apps for Year of Faith

Oct 15, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

The beginning of the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith comes at a time when several dioceses have released smart phone... Read more