Daily Archives: April 17, 2008

A papal chair made from American walnut

The papal chair used by Pope Benedict XVI for yesterday’s vespers service and his address to the U.S. bishops afterward was fashioned from American walnut, a wood “characteristic of America,” said Lou Dicocco. His family-run company received the commission to make the … Continue reading

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Text of pope to Jewish community

Here is the text as released by the Vatican of Pope Benedict’s message today to the Jewish community: My dear friends, I extend special greetings of peace to the Jewish community in the United States and throughout the world as … Continue reading

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What the well-stocked reporter brings

When covering a major event like a papal visit in situations when you don’t know when you’re going to be back at the office, one needs to be both compact and resourceful. Here’s a personal checklist, augmented by CNS International … Continue reading

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Text of pope to other religions

Here is the prepared text as released by the Vatican of Pope Benedict’s message this evening to representatives of other religions: My dear friends, I am pleased to have this occasion to meet with you today. I thank Bishop Sklba … Continue reading

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Text of pope to educators

Here is the prepared text as released by the Vatican of Pope Benedict’s address to Catholic educators this afternoon: Your Eminences, Dear Brother Bishops, Distinguished Professors, Teachers and Educators, “How beautiful are the footsteps of those who bring good news” … Continue reading

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Pope meets privately with victims of priestly sexual abuse

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI held an unscheduled meeting with victims of priestly sexual abuse, shortly after pledging the church’s continued efforts to help heal the wounds caused by such acts. MORE

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No cheering in the press box

Baseball fan that I am, I’ve wangled my way into more than a few press boxes in my day. Press boxes are now far too big to be considered boxes or boxlike. Some press boxes at newer ballparks are now called … Continue reading

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