Monthly Archives: April 2010

Let us never forget Oklahoma City

In all the commemorations yesterday of Pope Benedict’s fifth anniversary as head of the universal church, another anniversary got short shrift — the 15th anniversary of the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April … Continue reading

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Pope to youths in Malta: Be courageous witnesses to life

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict met with young people in Malta Sunday evening, urging them to be courageous witnesses to the sanctity of human life and the centrality of marriage and the family. The pope held his encounter after crossing the … Continue reading

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Pope expresses shame, sorrow in meeting with sex abuse victims

VALLETTA, Malta — Pope Benedict XVI met with eight victims of priestly sex abuse in Malta and promised them the church would do “all in its power” to bring offenders to justice and protect children. The pope was “deeply moved … Continue reading

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Vatican text: Pope meets with sex abuse victims in Malta

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict met today with a group of sex abuse victims in Malta. Here is the Vatican’s statement on the encounter: PRESS RELEASE: MEETING OF THE POPE WITH A GROUP OF PERSONS WHO WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED On … Continue reading

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Pope at Malta Mass: ‘With him, we can do all things’

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Mass Sunday morning in Malta, Pope Benedict urged the island’s people to preserve their rich tradition of faith at a time when “many voices try to persuade us to put aside our faith in God and his church, … Continue reading

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Papal plane outruns ash cloud (for now)

VALLETTA, Malta — Even the papal plane was trying to outrun the giant ash cloud billowing south from Iceland. When I was getting ready to fly with the pope yesterday, I kept expecting to get a call from someone saying our … Continue reading

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Pope at St. Paul’s Grotto

VATICAN CITY — Visiting Malta, Pope Benedict paid a visit Saturday to the grotto where tradition holds that St. Paul took refuge after his shipwreck some 1,950 years ago. The grotto lies beneath the Church of St. Paul in the … Continue reading

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