Monthly Archives: March 2010

In letter, pope apologizes to Irish abuse victims

VATICAN CITY — In a letter to Irish Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI personally apologized to victims of priestly sexual abuse and announced new steps to heal the wounds of the scandal, including a Vatican investigation and a year of penitential … Continue reading

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Excerpts from the pope’s letter on sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY — In his letter to Irish Catholics, Pope Benedict apologized to victims of sexual abuse, urged abusive priests to admit their crimes and criticized bishops for “inadequate” handling of abuse allegations. The full text is here on a … Continue reading

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Virtual visit to the Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY — You have to check this out. The virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, a joint project of Villanova University and the Vatican, has been launched here on the Vatican Web site. We’ve written about the university’s filming team, who … Continue reading

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Barefoot for a cause

On April 8 you may see more people going barefoot than usual. That’s because the shoe company TOMS is promoting “One Day Without Shoes” to spread awareness about the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. The company, which donates a … Continue reading

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Health care debate reaches full steam in the Catholic press

Thanks to the immediacy of our Twitter feed, this morning we saw an incredible storm of discussion just within the Catholic press among our clients in the Catholic press on the health care measure being considered by Congress. In just … Continue reading

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What’s so wrong with the Hyde amendment?

There are so many issues in the health care debate, you need a scorecard to keep up with them. One that keeps many people scratching their heads is what’s so wrong with the Hyde amendment? As Mercy Sister Mary Ann … Continue reading

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Book captures spirit of the Irish

It may be March and it may already be St. Patrick’s Day — but it is just the right time to catch up on a December feature on a book about the Irish, written by John Shaughnessy, assistant editor of  The Criterion, … Continue reading

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