Monthly Archives: February 2014

Behind-the-scenes during the announcement “of great importance for the life of the church…”

VATICAN CITY — One year ago today was not like any other workday for the Catholic News Service Rome bureau. Today we’d like to look back on that historic day in several ways. First, be sure not to miss this … Continue reading

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“Your brother’s blood cries out from the ground!”

VATICAN CITY — “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Pope Francis often holds up Cain’s cynical words and attitude of indifference as a rallying cry against the apathy and outright complicity shown in today’s world to the crime and horror of … Continue reading

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After Typhoon Haiyan, nightmares continue for kids

By Dennis Sadowski TANAUAN, Philippines — When Dem Depayso heard that kids across the Visayas in the central Philippines were having nightmares and difficulty focusing on their schoolwork because of vivid scary memories of Typhoon Haiyan, she decided to help. A … Continue reading

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Three months after Haiyan, Filipinos find remains of teen

By Dennis Sadowski PALO, Philippines — The mood turned somber late this morning in the community known as Barangay San Joaquin as residents uncovered the body of 16-year-old John Steve Cobacha, who had been missing since Typhoon Haiyan tore through … Continue reading

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Hog wild! Pope’s Harley gear nabs record prices

VATICAN CITY — A Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide that Pope Francis put up for auction went for a hefty $326,500 today, demolishing its pre-sale appraisal of $16,000. The record sale was the hit of the day as hundreds of bidders … Continue reading

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Hark, the heraldry: cracking the coat-of-arms code

VATICAN CITY — Have you ever wanted to decipher the mysterious signs and symbols on a coat of arms? An Italian cardinal has just published a book (alas, in Italiano) on cracking the code of heraldry in the church — … Continue reading

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In Philippines, rubble disappearing, but challenges remain

By Dennis Sadowski TACLOBAN, Philippines — The massive piles of rubble are disappearing from the streets of this city of 240,000, but plenty of evidence of destruction remains from November’s Typhoon Haiyan in every corner of town. On our arrival … Continue reading

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