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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

Pope Benedict XVI.

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

Pope Benedict XVI in Paul VI hall.

Pope presents St. Teresa of Avila as model for evangelization

Jul 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI believes that 16th-century Saint Teresa of Avila is a model for current efforts to launch the New... Read more

Pope Benedict chats with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano during a concert for the fifth anniversary of his pontificate.

Friendship with Pope one of Italian president’s greatest highlights

Jul 13, 2012

He may be an ex-communist and avowed atheist but Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano says becoming friends with Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica as seen from the top of the colonade that surrounds the square.

'Vatileaks' committee to deliver findings to Pope next week

Jul 12, 2012

The special Commission of Cardinals established by Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the leak of confidential Vatican documents is on... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at an April 20, 2012 concert offered for him at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

Orchestra performance inspires Pope's message on peace

Jul 12, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI believes that music can help bring different nations and creeds together – as shown by the renowned... Read more

Court rules against magazine's vulgar portrayal of Pope

Jul 11, 2012

A German magazine must stop publishing its latest issue, which depicts Pope Benedict XVI in a urine- and feces-stained cassock,... Read more

Bishop-designate Philip Egan. Photo courtesy of Edmund Montgomery.

Pope's new English bishop appointee sounds evangelization note

Jul 11, 2012

The future Bishop of Portsmouth says he “looks forward with joy” to working with the priests and people of his... Read more


Pope mourns death of Brazilian cardinal

Jul 11, 2012

Pope Benedict grieved with Brazil's Catholics over the death of Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales, who died on July 9... Read more

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Pope recalls happy days of Vatican II work

Jul 9, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has been reliving the happy days he spent in the Italian countryside with Bishop Fulton Sheen and... Read more


Latin American countries competing for papal visit in 2013

Jul 6, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI could make a stopover in a Spanish-speaking Latin American country during his visit to the region for... Read more

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Pope Benedict reaffirms confidence in Cardinal Bertone

Jul 4, 2012

As he leaves the Vatican for his summer residence outside of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI voiced full confidence in his... Read more

Monsignor Jeffrey Marc Monforton.

Pope appoints Detroit priest as Bishop of Steubenville

Jul 3, 2012

On July 3, Pope Benedict appointed Msgr. Jeffrey M. Monforton, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, as the new... Read more

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Pope Benedict leaves Vatican for summer residence

Jul 3, 2012

On July 3, Pope Benedict left the Vatican for his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, located outside of Rome.  Read more

Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Pope names German bishop as new head of doctrinal office

Jul 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Regensburg, Germany as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

New US archbishops grateful to receive palliums

Jun 29, 2012

Archbishop-elect Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said he was deeply thankful to be among the dozens of new archbishops to... Read more