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Mexico Mass Brings In Thousands


SILAO, Mexico — Pope Benedict XVI urged Mexicans to wield their faith against drug violence, poverty and other ills, celebrating Sunday Mass bef...

Will The Pope Meet Fidel Castro?

AP | Posted 05.16.2012 | World

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will be available should Fidel Castro ask to meet with the pontiff when he visits Cuba later this m...

Green Mountain Conversion

Thomas Worcester | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Are the monks and the sisters but marginal Catholics in these concerns? I dare say that they are not. In recent years Pope Benedict XVI has made some important statements about respect for the environment.

Pope May Visit Cuba, Mexico Next Spring

AP | By NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 01.10.2012 | World

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI is looking into visiting Cuba and Mexico next spring and will make a final decision shortly, the Vatican said Thursd...

Pope Slams Italian Mafia

AP | nvw | Posted 12.09.2011 | World

LAMEZIA TERME, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday denounced the "inhuman" mafia that plagues southern Italy and urged residents there to respon...

Gunshots Fired Near Pope's Mass in Germany

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 11.24.2011 | World

FREIBURG, Germany — Pope Benedict XVI called Saturday for a common front with Orthodox Christians to defend traditional church values, warning o...

Praying Through Music: The History Of Sacred Notation

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

The Catholic Church first truly cultivated the art of music as we know it. In the service of praising God, it fostered a number of innovations that inform the ways we create and transmit music even today.

John Paul II Moves Closer To First Step Toward Sainthood

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

It's looking increasingly likely that Pope Benedict XVI will soon move his predecessor one step closer to sainthood by confirming the existence of a m...

Papal Biographer Draws Parallels Between Benedict And John Paul II

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Bruce Nolan Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS -- Five years into the papacy of Benedict XVI, papal biographer George Weigel is struck by the conti...

Understanding The Pope's New Stance On Condoms

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

While it doesn't mean at all that the pope has approved condoms for use in terms of birth control, the Vatican's latest pronouncement is the first time that a pope has given voice to what many moral theologians have been saying for years.

Pope Asleep? Benedict XVI Appears To Sleep During Malta Mass (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

He wouldn't be the first person to fall asleep in church, though he's the last one you would expect. Benedict XVI appeared to nod off during a Sunday...

Pope Resignations Rare: After Several Centuries, Benedict XVI Unlikely To Break Tradition

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK — Only a few popes have resigned in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Don't expect Pope Benedict XVI to join their ranks. The ...

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Jesus said that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I invited Beck to a civil and respectful conversation about the issues at stake here, but he has chosen a different path.

Celibacy Partly To Blame For Clerical Sex Abuse, Says Cardinal | Richard Owen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A cardinal seen as a future candidate for the papacy has broken a Vatican taboo by raising the possibility that priestly celibacy is among the causes ...

Pope Calls For Action On World Hunger

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — The world must take "determined and effective" action against hunger after the global economic crisis pushed the ranks of the undernouris...

Pope: My 'Guardian Angel' Let Me Down

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LES COMBES, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday that his guardian angel was clearly acting "on superior orders" when he let the pontiff fal...

Pope: Greed Has "Wreaked Havoc" On Global Economy

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pope has called for reform of the United Nations and financial bodies, giving them the "real teeth" needed to tackle economic and social injustice...