Monthly Archives: February 2013

Baby Doc: Will he show up in Haitian court?

It’s still uncertain whether former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier will appear in a Haitian court tomorrow as ordered. A judge issued the order Feb. 21 after the 61-year-old ex-dictator failed to show up in court again. Tomorrow’s hearing will … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict: I am not abandoning the church

VATICAN CITY — In one of his last public appearances, Pope Benedict XVI told an overflow crowd in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that his upcoming retirement does not mean he is abandoning the church, but that he will be … Continue reading

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The long goodbye — in St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY — Italian authorities estimated that perhaps as many as 200,000 people turned out for Pope Benedict’s last public Angelus address today with people gathered in St. Peter’s Square. The square was already full when I squeezed my way … Continue reading

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Deploring ‘gossip, misinformation and sometimes slander’

VATICAN CITY — Vatican officials released a pair of unusual statements Saturday condemning some press coverage of the papal transition. A communiqué from the Secretariat of State called “deplorable” the “widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news … Continue reading

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Pope thanks Curia for helping ‘carry the burden’ of papacy

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI thanked members of the Roman Curia “for these eight years during which you have helped me carry the burden of the Petrine ministry with great competence, affection, love and faith.” The pope make his … Continue reading

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Pope at Angelus: Unusual days for me and the church

VATICAN CITY — In his first Angelus address since announcing his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI asked for prayers and mentioned how unusual a period it is for him and for the church, but he did not explicitly talk to pilgrims … Continue reading

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Anticipating the conclave — literally

VATICAN CITY — Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, confirmed this morning that top cardinals and canon lawyers at the Vatican are studying the possibility of beginning the conclave to elect a new pope before March 15. But only the … Continue reading

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