Most-viewed CNS stories for July

Eclectic? I suppose that would be one word to describe our most-viewed-stories list for the month that just ended. Among other things, it was a month when Pope Benedict XVI issued a historic encyclical — and yet our many stories on it didn’t crack our Top 10!

But what does seem to matter for our readers are the stories that they can’t find elsewhere. There were many sources for encyclical stories, but not so many for the other stories that made this list, including coverage of President Obama’s visit to Vatican City (Nos. 2 and 4 below) and his interview with religion reporters (Nos. 8 and 9) the week before, including our Patricia Zapor.

Anything else here that you missed?

1. Pope confirms visit to Shroud of Turin; new evidence on shroud emerges (July 27)

2. White House official says Obama gave pope letter from Kennedy (July 10)

3. Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian who spoke about girl’s abortion (July 2)

4. Spokesman says pope wants honest dialogue with Obama on life issues (July 10)

5. Vatican used nighttime mission to gather relics from St. Paul’s tomb (July 6)

6. Nation called ‘fortunate’ to have Alabama physician as Obama nominee (July 14)

7. Pope says doctrinal congregation will dialogue with traditionalists (July 8)

8. Obamas miss having a church, but worry about causing disruptions (July 2)

9. Obama cites influence of Cardinal Bernardin, prepares to meet pope (July 2)

10. Permission to kill: Can a nation ever justify assassination of enemy? (July 17)

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