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 Pope Benedict XVI holds a general audience at Castel Gandolfo.

Prayer is best source of courage for facing hostile world, Pope says

Aug 29, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says the heroic sanctity of St. John the Baptist proves that a solid life of prayer is... Read more

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen.

Former SSPX community granted formal status in Catholic Church

Aug 24, 2012

A traditionalist religious order that used to be part of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X has received formal... Read more

Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai of the Maronite Catholic Church.

Pope to proceed with Lebanon trip despite Syria violence

Aug 23, 2012

As fighting in neighboring Syria rages on, Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed that he will proceed with his trip to... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo.

Pope explains how Mary's queenship points to Jesus

Aug 22, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI recommended that Christians look to the queenship of Mary, who is “queen in the service of God... Read more

A crowd listens to a presentation on Aug. 20, 2012 at the Rimini meeting.

Pope explores man's connection to the Infinite

Aug 20, 2012

Pope Benedict welcomed the 33rd Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay Catholic movement Communion and Liberation, by examining... Read more

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Pope says Christ's life was one of sacrifice, not popularity

Aug 19, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI said that Jesus did not seek recognition during his public ministry but chose instead to preach the... Read more


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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