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Quebec's Lacroix visits Rome

July 11, 2011

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec waves after greeting Pope Benedict.

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Hybrid Mercedes eyed as next popemobile

July 11, 2011

Pope Benedict will travel in greener style in the future when a project for a new hybrid popemobile gets off the drawing board and on to the road, a papal spokesman said.

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Cardinals feed Rome's poor to mark papal anniversary

July 11, 2011

Members of the College of Cardinals celebrated Pope Benedict's 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination by making a personal donation to pay for a special lunch for hundreds of poor people living in Rome.

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World Youth Day registration hits 440,000

World Youth Day 2011 Logo

July 11, 2011

Organizers of this year's World Youth Day say the figures for registration and requests to volunteer are higher than ever and auger well for a successful gathering in Madrid in August.

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Participation in civil unions 'seriously sinful' — bishop

July 11, 2011

Civil unions "promote an unacceptable lifestyle, undermine the faith of the Church on holy Matrimony, and cause scandal and confusion," said Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I.

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Ancient image of St. Paul discovered in catacomb

July 11, 2011

The Vatican announced what it called the "sensational discovery" of an early image of St. Paul on the frescoed wall of a catacomb in Naples.

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Libyan children suffer from ordnance explosions

July 11, 2011

Fifteen-year-old Mohammed Majeed had grown so accustomed to the war raging around him that he lost his fear of the ordnance scattered on the ground in his neighbourhood.

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Benedict launches Vatican web portal

July 11, 2011

Pope Benedict inaugurated the Vatican's online news portal with a click, and then announced the launch with the first-ever papal tweet.

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Vatican newspaper is at service of truth, pope says

July 11, 2011

The "pope's newspaper" is a paper of information and ideas at the service of truth and justice, Pope Benedict said.

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Prayer is the sure pathway to walking in God's love

St. Francis de Sales

July 11, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even in the time of St. Francis de Sales, 400 years ago, people felt they didn't know how to pray. Today, we live in the most secularized of all ages. It is easy to turn to things, not so easy to turn towards God. A million distractions beset us. Indeed, more than a secular age, ours might be characterized as a distracted age.

Still the human heart, yearning as it does for infinity, is tied to the earth. That is true in all epochs. So in his Introduction to the Devout Life, Francis not only wanted to encourage people to pray, he felt he must give them a method.

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