Monthly Archives: December 2012

The hidden talents of an Englishman in the Secretariat of State

VATICAN CITY — In our First Take: Vatican video today, Msgr. Philip Whitmore talks about his experience translating Pope Benedict XVI’s latest book, “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.” He explains how the pope had handwritten notes for the book, … Continue reading

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Come see the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square!

VATICAN CITY — Vatican officials unveiled the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square today. Journalists were given a sneak peek a few days before to take come crowd-free shots. The scene is more than 180 square yards and recreates the … Continue reading

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Gaming in a Winter Wonderland

A guide to the best video games of 2012 By Adam Shaw Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — As parents flock to the stores to search for those longed-for gifts that will make their little tot’s eyes light up … Continue reading

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Pope personally delivers pre-Christmas pardon to butler

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI visited his former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in his cell in the Vatican police barracks this morning, personally telling the butler he was forgiven and was being pardoned. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said … Continue reading

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Bells toll for Newtown victims; homilies, blogs address shooting

This morning at 9:30 a.m. thousands of churches across the country tolled their bells 26 times in memory of the 26 victims gunned down in Newtown, Conn., just a week ago. Many people also observed a moment of silence. Also … Continue reading

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US religion writers pick bishops’ battle with HHS as 2012 top news story

Members of the Religion Newswriters Association, the world’s oldest and largest professional non-denominational association for journalists who write about religion, picked the U.S. Catholic bishops’ opposition to national health care legislation mandating contraception coverage as the No. 1 religion story … Continue reading

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‘You can’t pick and choose in Catholic moral teaching’

By Greg Watry VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The church must evolve with the times, and the clergy must stand by their faith in the face of animosity from the secular world, a Catholic philosopher said. John Rist, a philosopher and … Continue reading

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