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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

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God's love stronger than the attraction of wealth, Pope says

Oct 14, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI said that although riches should pose no barrier to serving the Kingdom of God, Christ's love fulfills... Read more

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Church's joy more humble today than 50 years ago, Pope reflects

Oct 12, 2012

Pope Benedict believes that the Catholic Church of 2012 possesses “a more sober and humble joy” compared to the optimism... Read more


No contradiction between reform and tradition, Pope states

Oct 12, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says there is no contradiction between a desire to uphold the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church... Read more

The Oct. 11, 2012 opening Mass for the Year of Faith.

At Year of Faith opening, Orthodox patriarch hopes for unity

Oct 11, 2012

Orthodox Christianity’s most significant bishop told Pope Benedict XVI that the Year of Faith should spur greater prayer, hope and... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims at the Oct. 11, 2012 opening Mass for the Year of Faith.

Pope opens Year of Faith, calls for return to Vatican II documents

Oct 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI opened the Year of Faith in Rome with a call for a new evangelization rooted in an... Read more

Screenshot of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization.

US bishop thanks Pope for approving unborn blessing

Oct 10, 2012

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville has personally thanked Pope Benedict XVI for the Vatican's recent approval of a new... Read more


Pope prays for Middle East Christians in Arabic

Oct 10, 2012

After his recent visit to the Church in Lebanon, Pope Benedict added Arabic to the list of official languages used... Read more

A screenshot of the Oct. 9 session of Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization.

Pope 'working harder than anyone' at synod sessions

Oct 10, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by... Read more

Pope Benedict greets the crowd during the Oct. 10, 2012 Wednesday general audience.

Pope calls Vatican II a 'moment of grace' in Church history

Oct 10, 2012

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s opening, Pope Benedict XVI described it as a... Read more

A screenshot of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization being held at the Vatican.

Cardinal Dolan: Confession is the sacrament of New Evangelization

Oct 9, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told the synod of bishops gathered at the Vatican that “the primary sacrament of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the April 18, 2012 general audience. CNA file photo.

Christians excited to hear Pope's messages in Arabic

Oct 9, 2012

Arab Christians are reacting positively to the decision to include Arabic as one of the official languages used at the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Pope promotes rediscovering Rosary during Year of Faith

Oct 8, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is suggesting that families and parishes rediscover the prayer of the Rosary in the Year of Faith,... Read more

Monsignor Charles Scicluna appears at a November 2011 press conference in Rome.

Vatican's prosecutor appointed as bishop for Malta

Oct 8, 2012

Pope Benedict named Monsignor Charles J. Scicluna, the Vatican official in charge of prosecuting clergy abuse cases, as an auxiliary... Read more

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Pope opens bishops' synod with universal call to holiness

Oct 7, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness”... Read more