Monthly Archives: December 2009

Vatican UN nuncio calls world to ‘discernment and new thinking’ on climate change

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the church official heading the Vatican’s five-member delegation to the U.N. climate change conference, said “discernment and new thinking” are necessary to address the moral crises facing the world. In addressing the delegates during a Dec. 17 … Continue reading

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A step toward sainthood for John Paul II?

VATICAN CITY — For more than a week, Vatican sources have been predicting that on Saturday Pope Benedict would sign the decree declaring that Pope John Paul II heroically lived the Christian virtues — a major step toward eventual beatification of … Continue reading

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Archbishop Milingo dismissed from the priesthood

VATICAN CITY — Three years after excommunicating Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the Vatican has imposed the additional penalty of dismissal from the clerical state. In a statement issued today, the Vatican said it was forced to take the step after Archbishop … Continue reading

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Pope to join Sant’Egidio for Holy Family lunch with the poor

VATICAN CITY — After reciting the Angelus at the Vatican Dec. 27, Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood to have lunch with the poor, the Vatican announced. The luncheon will be held at one of the soup … Continue reading

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If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict’s World Peace Day message, released today at the Vatican, is dedicated to environmental themes as seen from a Christian perspective. The full text is here. (UPDATE: Here is our story.) (SECOND UPDATE: The full text … Continue reading

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National Guadalupe shrine is in Pennsylvania

As we approach the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas, it’s worth mentioning that a parish in Allentown, Pa., is home to a national shrine dedicated to her.  The National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Immaculate … Continue reading

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Inside the John Paul II-Gorbachev meeting

VATICAN CITY  — The release of a transcript of the 1989 meeting between Pope John Paul II and Mikhail Gorbachev offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of one of the more important papal audiences of the 20th century. It’s a translation of … Continue reading

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