Monthly Archives: November 2013

President Kennedy’s Catholic stops in 1963

President John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic to be elected to the nation’s highest office, regarded his religion as “a very private matter,” but the mere fact he was a Catholic scared off plenty of voters and also drew some … Continue reading

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Catholic press accounts at time of Kennedy’s assassination and on 50th anniversary of his death

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963, and the 50th anniversary of this tragic event have garnered extensive media coverage. The Catholic press has done its share, too, specifically honing in on the Catholic faith of the … Continue reading

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Up close and personal: My first papal audience

By Caroline Hroncich VATICAN CITY–It’s difficult to not get swept up by the excitement of attending a papal audience, and this Wednesday was my first time. St. Peter’s Square was packed with eager pilgrims all waiting for a chance to … Continue reading

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Comet ISON brightens significantly in pre-dawn sky; celestial Thanksgiving feast on schedule

Comet ISON brightened last week and is already putting on a spectacular show for comet watchers. The first time interloper to the inner sanctums of the solar system remains on schedule for a reaching peak brightness early Thanksgiving morning. Karl … Continue reading

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It’s never too early to think about Christmas wishlists…

VATICAN CITY — Have you attended one of the pope’s weekly general audiences in St. Peter’s Square? If so and you’d like a memento of that day, you should know that you can order online a DVD of Vatican Television’s … Continue reading

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That hug from the pope “felt like paradise”

VATICAN CITY — When an Italian photographer published images of Pope Francis embracing a man disfigured by neurofibromatosis, no one knew his name or where he was from. Two Italian news outlets have found the man and interviewed him about … Continue reading

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“So dastardly a crime…” Pope Paul VI’s reaction 50 years ago

VATICAN CITY — After Pope Paul VI heard the news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he took the unusual step of letting a U.S. film crew into his papal apartments to record him reading a message of … Continue reading

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