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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

Pope Benedict XVI.

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

Pope Benedict XVI.

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