Monthly Archives: October 2010

Pope will go to Croatia

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed reports that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation by the Croatian government and the church to visit the Balkan nation. Although there are no set dates, it’s expected he … Continue reading

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B16, Row 1, St. Peter’s Basilica

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI had just walked by when I saw some of his fans in St. Peter’s Basilica for the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. This was in the people’s section … Continue reading

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Miners’ rescue shows the real Chile

Arturo Fermandois, Chilean ambassador to the United States, said he used to have a hard time finding concrete examples to explain the Chilean spirit. Not anymore. Five days after the Oct. 13 rescue of the 33 trapped miners he told The … Continue reading

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Next synod theme: New evangelization

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict announced today that he’s chosen “new evangelization” as the theme for the next world Synod of Bishops in 2012. The pope said the topic reflects a need to re-evangelize in countries where Christian faith and … Continue reading

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The synod’s final message

VATICAN CITY — The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East released a “Message to the People of God” today, a 10-page text that drew together the main points of the two-week assembly. The bishops said they had come to … Continue reading

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Synod crunch time: amending final proposals

VATICAN CITY — The Synod of Bishops for the Middle East has hit the crunch point. This morning, the 185 voting members were given the first draft of the “propositions” in Arabic, French, English and Italian. The final proposals will … Continue reading

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Thirteen killed, hundreds homeless in Haiti flooding

Floods brought on by three days of heavy rain have claimed 13 lives and left the more than 1 million people living in tent camps since the Jan. 12 earthquake struggling to shore up their makeshift shelters. The unexpected storms … Continue reading

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