Monthly Archives: September 2013

What did the pope’s mechanic say?

VATICAN CITY — Leave it to the slapstick brothers, Tom and Ray, at Car Talk to have a field day with the news of Pope Francis’ recent present: a lovingly used 30 hp 1984 Renault 4. If somehow you missed … Continue reading

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Kentucky bishops support retired mine workers

Retired union mine workers gained four new allies in their campaign to maintain cradle-to-grave health care benefits. Kentucky’s four bishops have signed on to a statement saying that retired members of the United Mine Workers of America must be able … Continue reading

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Infertility and the ‘logic of profit’

A powerful op-ed is in today’s New York Times on some of the human costs of the $4-billion-a-year assisted fertility industry. The authors do not mention the countless embryonic human lives lost to these practices, but they draw attention to the … Continue reading

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New light is shed on Pope Benedict’s 9/11 memorial prayer

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Benedict XVI visited ground zero in 2008, he knelt alone and prayed inside the cement-walled crater where the World Trade Center Towers once stood. As a sign of bringing light and hope to the dark … Continue reading

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Pope takes classic Renault for spin, leaves security in the dust

UPDATE: Photos of the pope’s “new” car VATICAN CITY — When an Italian priest handed Pope Francis the keys to his classic 30hp Renault 4, the pope got behind the wheel and took off, leaving security squirming behind, knowing full … Continue reading

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Big papal pow-wow with the curia

VATICAN CITY — Today the Vatican’s weekly schedule announced Pope Francis has called together all heads of the Roman Curia for an early morning meeting tomorrow. Though the pope always meets with them at the end of the year to … Continue reading

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Examining the needs of some overlooked Syrian refugees

A new report from the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center takes an in-depth look at the situation of older Syrian refugees in Lebanon. “We know from experience that older persons suffer in silence, quietly stepping aside so that younger members of … Continue reading

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