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State-of-the-art technology and the latest in multi-media presentation techniques reveal some of the centuries-old treasures housed in the “pope’s library” in a new exhibit at the Vatican.
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Pope Benedict urged world leaders to seek “lasting, sustainable and just solutions” to the numerous economic and social problems facing the world as the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors gathered in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 11-12.
The Irish government has asked the country’s attorney general to consider a report by the Irish Human Rights Commission that calls for compensating women and girls held in the so-called Magdalene laundries run by 10 religious orders.
The Cuban government may have missed a deadline to release 13 prisoners of conscience detained in Cuba, but the work of the Church on their behalf — and for all prisoners on the island, regardless of their offence — will continue, said Cuba Bishop Arturo Gonzalez of Santa Clara during a news conference Nov. 8 in Miami.
Respect for each person’s relationship with God is an essential part of building a just social order and real peace, Pope Benedict said in a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
An Irishman who was promised by a judge that he would be spared time in prison if he undertook a religious pilgrimage and said “a few prayers” has completed the task and raised about $4,000 for charity in the process.
A parish in western Poland will dedicate what it says is the world’s largest statue of Christ in what a local Church spokesman said is a “show of devotion” by local Catholics.
Brian Holdsworth converted to the Catholic Church about seven years ago. A negative consequence was that he lost old friends who either did not understand or approve of his conversion. New to the Church, he did not immediately have any Catholic friends either.
"It was a real shock, a culture shock, to not have any friends around me all of a sudden, and not have any community around me anymore," said Holdsworth. more . . .
Perhaps it seems strange that in a document on the Word of God (Page 5), Pope Benedict would place a special emphasis on silence. Silence, after all, is the absence of words, is it not? Is it possible to find God's word in silence? more . . .
Perhaps more than anything else we are unconsciously seeking a confessor, someone before whom we can open our hearts, be completely transparent, pour out our confusion and freely admit our sins. Inside our search for a soulmate is the search for a confessor. more . . .