Monthly Archives: April 2011

John Paul II: The mango pope

VATICAN CITY — One of the most curious tributes in the run-up to Pope John Paul II’s beatification came from Mexico, where church officials recalled the late pope’s love for mangos. During his first trip to Mexico in 1979, the … Continue reading

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Bishops join in fighting cuts to anti-poverty programs

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., and Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., have joined an ecumenical effort to oppose budget cuts to anti-poverty programs and congressional plans to make additional reductions in spending on programs supporting the poor. The … Continue reading

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‘Soul Surfer’: A real-life story hits the red carpet

By John Mulderig Catholic News Service Events this spring surrounding the New York opening of the Hawaii-set film “Soul Surfer” – a fact-based drama about devoutly Christian surfing enthusiast Bethany Hamilton – revealed some interesting details about her story’s odyssey … Continue reading

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How Operation Rice Bowl coins add up

Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. church’s international relief and development agency, received Operation Rice Bowl donations from 12,681 parishes and schools across the country this year. Participating donors  (and possible future contributors) can check out how their contributions are used here. Operation Rice Bowl began in 1975 … Continue reading

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‘The entire cosmos is rejoicing today’

VATICAN CITY — In his Easter “urbi et orbi” blessing to the city of Rome and to the world, Pope Benedict today contrasted the joy and hope brought by Christ’s resurrection with persistent conflicts and other forms of suffering in … Continue reading

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Seven questions for the pope

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI fielded seven questioners from Christians and non-Christians around the world, touching on such diverse topics as the fighting in Ivory Coast, Christ’s “descent into hell” and the suffering of Japanese earthquake victims. The pope … Continue reading

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Goodbye to the dean of the Vaticanisti

VATICAN CITY — Vatican reporters said goodbye today to the dean of the Vaticanisti, Arcangelo Paglialunga, who died Wednesday at age 91. Paglialunga, who worked off-and-on until the day of his death, was in many ways the living memory of … Continue reading

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