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Andreas Widmer

Entries by Andreas Widmer

A Former Swiss Guard Reflects on Canonizations and Saints

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:21 PM

John Paul II beatified and canonized over 1500 people -- more than all other popes before him combined. I remember Pope John Paul pointing out that the reason for his frequent beatification and canonizations was simple: to bring to our attention that being a saint is not something of yesterday,...

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Surprise: Pope Francis is Catholic

(10) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 5:15 PM

The guessing is over -- the 265th successor of St. Peter is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina -- Pope Francis.

He's just as Catholic as the previous pope, and those before him. No matter what the pundits may say, the new pope will, as did all his predecessors, preserve...

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Conclave: Prayer Meeting or Political Rally?

(18) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 6:13 PM

The news is rife with speculation on who will be the next pope. Names, photos, and biographies are on every major religious and secular program. Discussions about the conclave are happening as if some strange, arcane rite is about to unfold. Experts are offering opinions based on a set of...

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What's Missing From the Conversation on Benedict's Resignation

(84) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 1:23 PM

The Vatican moves very slowly -- they measure time in centuries, not years. Thus the news from Pope Benedict of his impending resignation during the last stretch of his seventh year as pope struck the public like lightning.

"Shocking! Unbelievable!" was the sentiment that came to mind when I (and...

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