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The 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology will be given to an Anglican minister and to the lay German theology professor who is helping publish the complete works of Joseph Ratzinger-Pope Benedict XVI.
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The "dumbing down of the Catholic faith" that impacted catechesis in the mid-1960s "was a pastoral disaster of the first order," Father Robert Barron told a crowd of about 500 people at the Catholic Media Conference in Denver June 19.
While Church leaders repeatedly call for global aid for the poor and hungry, a Vatican official urged efforts to end another sort of hunger: the so-called "book famine."
Catholics concerned about the size of the world's nuclear weapons inventory welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to reduce the size of America's nuclear arsenals if Russia agrees to similar cuts.
The U.S. House June 18 passed the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act to prohibit abortion nationwide after 20 weeks of gestation, approximately the stage at which scientists say unborn babies are capable of feeling pain.
Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have a special devotion to St. Joseph and have assured that devotion regularly will be shared at Mass by Catholics around the world.
Education is essential for young people to become contributing adults who are able to thrive in a work environment, said the Vatican's representative to the United Nations.
Leaders of the Brazilian bishops' conference announced their support for the massive demonstrations sweeping across South America's largest nation, but declined to say how they might affect World Youth Day activities and the visit of Pope Francis in July.
People covered with mud and dried banana leaves raise their hands for a blessing as they attend a Mass celebrating the feast of St. John the Baptist in the remote village of Bibiclat, Philippines, June 24.
The Sisters of Life, who have been invited by Archbishop Richard Smith to come to Edmonton, help expectant mothers to carry their children to term, help them with adoption if necessary or prepare them for motherhood if they want to raise their babies.