Monthly Archives: December 2009

Vatican astronomer to receive American Astronomical Society prize

Jesuit Father George V. Coyne, president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation and former director of the Vatican Observatory, will be honored by the American Astronomical Society Jan. 4. The AAS will present the American-born astronomer with the George Van Biesbroeck … Continue reading

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Need to pray? Try iRosary

Technology has come to praying the rosary. The Catholic Sentinel, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., recently reported that a new iPhone app, iRosary, helps guide the faithful through the rosary and the mysteries on any particular day. It … Continue reading

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The sainthood cause of Father Emil Kapaun continues

Advocates for the sainthood cause of Father Emil Kapaun are continuing their work on behalf of the Kansas native who died as a prisoner of war in North Korea in 1951. The Father Kapaun Guild has developed an extensive Web site that … Continue reading

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Oblate priest found guilty in protest at Colorado nuclear missile silo

 An Oblate priest who has long protested against America’s nuclear weapons arsenal was found guilty Dec. 21 of criminal mischief and trespassing on government property at the site of a nuclear missile silo in northern Colorado. Father Carl Kabat, 76, … Continue reading

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Pope fine after Christmas Eve knock-down

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict appeared to suffer no ill effects after he was knocked to the marble floor of St. Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve by a woman the Vatican described as “unbalanced.” French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 87, was less … Continue reading

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Urbi et Orbi: Little lights, to illuminate vast spaces

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict today delivered a message of Christmas hope, saying a world beset by conflicts and a “grave financial crisis” needs the light of Christ. The pope spoke at his Christmas message and blessing “urbi et orbi” — … Continue reading

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‘God’s sign is that he makes himself small’

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Christmas Mass tonight in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about a modern tendency to be “tone deaf” to God. Christmas, he said, reminds people that “God is the highest priority.” But rather than reveal himself … Continue reading

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