Author Archives: John Thavis

Cardinal Scola to head Milan Archdiocese

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Angelo Scola was named this morning as the new head of the Archdiocese of Milan, Italy’s largest diocese. The 69-year-old cardinal, a native of Milan, has been patriarch of Venice since 2002, where he made a … Continue reading

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Rome’s (unfortunate) statue of Blessed John Paul II

ROME — This week the city of Rome erected its first statue of Blessed Pope John Paul II. The Vatican newspaper said yesterday what a lot of people were thinking: it’s ugly. Sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi intended to show the late … Continue reading

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Infallibility redux

VATICAN CITY — In a letter informing Australian Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba of his dismissal, Pope Benedict is said to have described the church’s teaching against women’s ordination as “infallibly” taught by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. That … Continue reading

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Vatican spokesman on killing of Osama bin Laden

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a man who sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths, should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God. A Christian “never rejoices” in … Continue reading

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‘A reflection of the divine, a sign of hope’

ROME — U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Miguel Diaz hosted a small reception at his residence last night to celebrate Blessed Pope John Paul II’s beatification. The gathering included several U.S. cardinals and three former ambassadors: Jim Nicholson, Francis Rooney … Continue reading

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‘John Paul II is blessed!’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI declared Pope John Paul II “blessed” today at a Mass attended by an estimated 1 million people. They packed St. Peter’s Square and the major streets radiating out from the Vatican, and cheered when … Continue reading

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John Paul II: The mango pope

VATICAN CITY — One of the most curious tributes in the run-up to Pope John Paul II’s beatification came from Mexico, where church officials recalled the late pope’s love for mangos. During his first trip to Mexico in 1979, the … Continue reading

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‘The entire cosmos is rejoicing today’

VATICAN CITY — In his Easter “urbi et orbi” blessing to the city of Rome and to the world, Pope Benedict today contrasted the joy and hope brought by Christ’s resurrection with persistent conflicts and other forms of suffering in … Continue reading

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Seven questions for the pope

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI fielded seven questioners from Christians and non-Christians around the world, touching on such diverse topics as the fighting in Ivory Coast, Christ’s “descent into hell” and the suffering of Japanese earthquake victims. The pope … Continue reading

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Goodbye to the dean of the Vaticanisti

VATICAN CITY — Vatican reporters said goodbye today to the dean of the Vaticanisti, Arcangelo Paglialunga, who died Wednesday at age 91. Paglialunga, who worked off-and-on until the day of his death, was in many ways the living memory of … Continue reading

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