Monthly Archives: May 2009

Patronizing advertisers

Most every publication carries a small announcement somewhere asking readers to “Please Patronize Our Advertisers,” from the daily newspaper to the weekly parish bulletin. At St. Mary Church in Hanover, Iowa, the “Pray Together” missal aid prints photographs of the … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict’s homily at Mass in Nazareth

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily at an open-air Mass on Mount Precipice in Nazareth. The town of Nazareth is the home of the Holy Family.

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Faces of faith

During my excursion into Iowa and Minnesota with CNS photographer Bob Roller for our “On the Farm: Life in Rural America” series, I had the occasion to stop in several churches along the way in the two states’ rural areas. And, without exception, these churches, … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict’s remarks leaving Bethlehem

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks at a farewell ceremony in the courtyard of the presidential palace in Bethlehem:

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The arrested American

Yesterday was the first anniversary of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid on the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. When visiting Postville last month, I met Violeta Aleman, a pastoral associate at St. Bridget Parish there. “Pastoral associate” may … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict’s remarks at Palestinian refugee camp

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit to the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem:

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Pope Benedict’s remarks during visit to children’s hospital

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks during a visit to the Caritas Children’s Hospital in Bethlehem:

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