Pope Benedict’s remarks during farewell ceremony

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a farewell ceremony at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during visit to Armenian church in Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit to the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchal Church of St. James in Jerusalem: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during visit to Holy Sepulcher

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit to Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher, where tradition holds that Jesus was buried: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during an ecumenical meeting in Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during an ecumenical meeting in the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Continue reading

A garage treasure

When CNS photographer Bob Roller and I paid a visit to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fayette, Iowa, as part of a trip to the Midwest for a CNS series on rural America, Father Jim Brokman, pastor, took us on a tour of the parish grounds. He didn’t really expect we’d want to see the inside of his garage.

He noted that when he took over as pastor of the parish, in the Dubuque Archdiocese, the garage was too cluttered for his liking. Inside there was indeed a bit of clutter, including some Christmas decoratons — and a bronze 1966 Dodge Charger in impossibly perfect condition.

The car isn’t Father Brokman’s, nor does it belong to the parish. Fayette hosts a classic-car fair each summer, and one of the regular participants rents space in the garage to store his Charger. Even in a dark garage, this bronze beauty shone.

Pope Benedict’s remarks at a vespers service in Nazareth

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during the celebration of evening prayer service in the upper Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth attended by bishops, priests, men and women religious, seminarians, members of church movements and pastoral workers of Galilee: Continue reading

Pope Benedict’s remarks during a visit with religious leaders

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit with religious leaders of Galilee in the auditorium of the Basilica of the Annunciation: Continue reading

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