Vatican cooler toward Obama’s second term

President Barack Obama

November 19, 2012

The day after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, hailed his election as a “choice that unites,” exemplifying America’s ability to “overcome fractures and divisions that until only recently could seem incurable.”

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New Anglican leader shaped by Catholics

Bishop Justin Welby

November 19, 2012

The newly appointed leader of the world’s Anglicans is a former oil executive who said his spiritual director was a Catholic monk.

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Sacred music can draw lapsed Catholics, pope says

November 19, 2012

Sacred music can bolster people’s faith and help lapsed Catholics rediscover the beauty of God, Pope Benedict said Nov. 10.

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Christians, Hindus must educate youth for peace

November 19, 2012

Christian and Hindu parents, teachers and religious leaders must educate young people to recognize and resist ideologies that teach disrespect for certain groups of people and sow divisions in society, said the leaders of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

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Computer tech guilty of aiding, abetting butler

November 19, 2012

A Vatican court found Claudio Sciarpelletti, a computer expert in the Secretariat of State, guilty of aiding and abetting the papal butler, who was convicted of stealing sensitive Vatican correspondence.

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Voters in 3 states approve same-sex marriage

November 19, 2012

Voters in Maine, Washington state and Maryland approved ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage Nov. 6.

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Bishop links environment to sacraments

Bishop Bernard Unabali

November 19, 2012

The link between respecting the environment and the sacramental life of the Church is inseparable for one bishop overseeing a diocese that encompasses a collection of small islands in the South Pacific.

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U.S. faces grave threats to religious liberty – nuncio

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano

November 19, 2012

In a Nov. 4 speech at the University of Notre Dame, the apostolic nuncio to the United States warned that the “menace to religious liberty is concrete on many fronts” today particularly “within your own homeland.”

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Visiting elderly, pope says ‘it’s wonderful being old’

Enrichetta Vitali

November 19, 2012

Presenting himself as “an elderly man visiting his peers,” Pope Benedict visited a Rome residence for the elderly, urging the residents to see their age as a sign of God’s blessing and urging society to value their presence and wisdom.

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De Souza's bombast undermines bishops' work

November 19, 2012

The tone of Father De Souza's commentary on the canonization of St. Kateri discredits the patient work of reconciliation with our First Nations people called for by our bishops. ("The making of saints should not be used for partisan interests," WCR, Oct. 29.)

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