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  • Scalpers selling free papal tickets for $3K

    09/14/2015 2:17:53 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 31 replies ^ | September 14, 2015
    Pope Francis will make his first visit to the U.S. next week. (snip) Some people are selling tickets to events for as much as $3,000. Monday morning
  • Video: Pope Francis confirms September 2015 visit to US

    11/17/2014 1:08:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Although it had been well known for months, Pope Francis made his travel plans official this morning. The pontiff will make his first visit to the US in September 2015 at the World Meeting of Families, part of the lengthy conversation about the pastoral direction of the Catholic Church that officially began with the Extraordinary Synod last month. Rome Reports has the video of the announcement, thankfully with subtitles for the Italian-challenged, which still includes me:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO When I was in Rome last month, this was already assumed to be on the calendar. Vatican officials...
  • Obama to pay visit to Pope

    01/14/2014 11:52:43 AM PST · by topher · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 1-14-2014 | Kevin Liptak
    CNN) – President Barack Obama plans to soon meet with Pope Francis for the first time. Secretary of State John Kerry said the President was “looking forward” to visiting the popular new leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican. Kerry did not say when the trip would take place.
  • Cyprus prepares for first papal visit

    06/01/2010 5:09:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 84+ views
    The National ^ | 5/31/2010 | Michael Theodoulou
    NICOSIA // Pope Benedict XVI on Friday will become the first pontiff to visit Cyprus, home to tiny, centuries-old Maronite and Roman Catholic communities and boosted in recent years by migrant workers mostly from the Philippines and Sri Lanka. All are ecstatic. “I am speechless. I wish I can touch him, I can hug him,” said Scarlet Tugbo, 38, a Filipina. The Pope was invited by the president, Demetris Christofias, and Archbishop Chrysostomos II, the head of the island’s independent Orthodox Church. The visit gives Cyprus, a predominantly Orthodox Christian country, the opportunity to bask in the international limelight....
  • Queen 'Appalled' at Church of England Moves, Claim Vatican Moles

    10/04/2009 7:23:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies · 1,663+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/3/09 | Richard Eden
    When Pope Benedict visits this country next year, he is expected to stay at Buckingham Palace as a guest of the Queen. The warmth of her welcome will come as no surprise to the Pontiff, if senior sources at the Vatican are to be believed. According to informants quoted in The Catholic Herald, the Queen has "grown increasingly sympathetic" to the Catholic Church over the years while being "appalled", along with the Prince of Wales, at developments in the Church of England. The usually well-informed newspaper adds that the Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the C of E,...
  • Pope To Open Africa Synod In Rome

    10/03/2009 11:39:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies · 483+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 03rd 2009
    Pope To Open Africa Synod In Rome By David Willey BBC News, Rome The pope drew huge crowds during his visit to Angola in March Pope Benedict is to open a three-week gathering of African bishops with a Mass in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The Synod on Africa is aimed at discussing the continent's social and economic problems. The Catholic Church is growing faster in Africa than in any other part of the world, nearly trebling in size to 150 million followers over 30 years. It will be the second synod of bishops organised at the Vatican to be...
  • On the Trip to the Czech Republic

    09/30/2009 9:09:34 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies · 370+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 30, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to the Czech Republic "A People and a Church With Profound Historical and Religious Roots" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2009 ( Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address during today's general audience held in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, As is the custom following international apostolic journeys, I shall take advantage of the general audience to speak about the pilgrimage I made these past days to the Czech Republic. I do this first of all as an act of thanksgiving to God, who enabled me to make this visit and who...
  • From a reader in the Czech Republic about papal trip (English blogs got it wrong)

    09/30/2009 6:21:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 486+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/30/2009 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A note from a reader in the Czech Republic: I come from the Czech republic and I am quite frustrated that the pope`s visit gets such a negative response in the English blogs – or no response at all… In reality, it was fantastic! There was a lot of symbolism which foreigners do not understand. For example: The first place he went (at his own request), the church of Our Lady of Victory, it is THE church – the symbol of recatholisation of the country. In the year 1620 catholics defeated protestants and this particular church in Praha got...
  • Pope Benedict XVI urges believers never to forsake hope at open-air mass in Brno

    09/27/2009 10:14:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 940+ views
    Radio Czech ^ | September 27, 2009 | Christian Falvey
    Thousands of believers flocked to the Czech Republic's second largest city Brno in south Moravia on Sunday to greet Pope Benedict XVI and attend a mass he celebrated out in the open. A region with the highest concentration of believers in the largely secular Czech Republic, Brno was a key stage on the pope's visit and pilgrims came from near and far to get a glimpse of him – some arriving well before daybreak to get a good vantage point. Jan Richter attended the mass in Brno and reported on the atmosphere there in the course of the morning. Pope...
  • Pope decries 'wounds' left by Czech communism [Ecumenical]

    09/26/2009 3:37:43 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 1,548+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 09/26/2009 | Victor L. Simpson
    Pope Benedict XVI sought to reach out to the heavily secular people of the Czech Republic on Saturday, decrying the "wounds" left by atheistic communism and urging them to rediscover their Christian roots. ...Benedict said Christianity has an "irreplaceable role" to play in their lives. The Czech Republic is one of the most secular countries in Europe, with nearly half the country professing to be non-believers.... Vatican organizers are hoping for a crowd of up to 200,000 people for the pope's Sunday Mass in Brno, in the Catholic heartland of the Czech Republic.... The [papal vespers] service was held in...
  • Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague

    09/26/2009 4:23:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 864+ views
    Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague [See URL Video] A spider appeared on Pope Benedict's robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday, disappearing and appearing again.
  • In Pictures: Pope's Czech Visit

    09/26/2009 1:34:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 532+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 26, 2009
    In pictures: Pope's Czech visit
  • Spokesman says pope wants honest dialogue with Obama on life issues

    07/10/2009 4:24:34 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 51 replies · 1,302+ views
    CNS News ^ | july 10, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict XVI gave President Barack Obama a Vatican document on bioethics, he was trying to be clear with him about church teaching and open a path to further dialogue, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, told reporters after the meeting between the pope and the president that, in giving Obama the document July 10, "the intention was not to be divisive or political, but for clarity and objectivity; to say that, for us, this is extremely important." Pope Benedict gave Obama the document "Dignitas Personae" ("The Dignity of a Person"), which was published in December...
  • The Pope's Israel Trip Was a Success

    05/16/2009 11:04:01 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 17 replies · 513+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-16-09 | YECHIEL ECKSTEIN
    The world desperately needs Benedict's model of reconciliation.Jerusalem Most Israelis seem to agree that the pope's just concluded trip to Israel wasn't a raving success. Far from healing wounds, his address at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum garnered harsh criticism for failing to adequately address the horrors memorialized there. I see the visit in a much more positive light.
  • Thousands Greet Pope in Nazareth

    05/14/2009 10:03:19 PM PDT · by americanophile · 1 replies · 304+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Howard Schneider
    NAZARETH, Israel, May 14 -- A newly erected concrete spire sliced high into the air over an altar spread beneath, turning a dusty amphitheater here in northern Israel into a church foNational flags and ecumenical banners stood out in the breeze, and quavering Arabic melodies alternated with the sounds of English and Latin. Pope Benedict XVI traveled to the boyhood home of Jesus on Thursday to celebrate the final Mass of his eight-day trip to the Middle East. The ceremony served as a boisterous send-off for the 82-year-old pontiff, who returns to Rome on Friday. "Viva al baba!" the crowd...
  • THE POPE STANDS UP (and walks out on Palestinian leader Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi)

    05/12/2009 11:09:18 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 3,190 replies · 24,970+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 12, 2009
    In an action that spoke far louder than words, Pope Benedict yesterday walked out of an interfaith meeting in Jerusalem after the chief Islamic judge of the Palestinian Authority launched into an anti-Israeli diatribe. The pontiff, on his first day in Jerusalem, did not realize at first that Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi, speaking in Arabic, was condemning the "crimes of the Jewish state" and accusing Israel of having "slaughtered women, children and senior citizens." But as soon as he was told the nature of the sheikh's tirade, he stood and left the meeting, which took place at Notre Dame church, before...
  • Pope comes under criticism in Israel

    05/12/2009 1:14:49 PM PDT · by americanophile · 12 replies · 571+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | May 12, 2009 | Philip Pullella and Jeffrey Heller
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Vatican had to play down Pope Benedict's teenage membership of the Hitler Youth on Tuesday as Israeli disappointment at a lack of emotion in his remarks on the Holocaust dogged his tour of the Holy Land. The speaker of the Knesset, echoing many of his compatriots, accused the German-born pope of showing detachment on Monday from Jewish suffering under the Nazis. He referred to Benedict as "a German who joined the Hitler Youth and ... Hitler's army." The Vatican spokesman at first flatly denied that Benedict, 82, was ever in the Nazi youth movement. But when...
  • Pope's address disappoints Muslim leaders

    05/09/2009 5:38:21 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 32 replies · 1,490+ views
    Breitbart ^ | May 9, 2009 | AFP
    Jordanian clerics expressed disappointment that Pope Benedict XVI in an address to Muslim leaders on Saturday failed to offer a new apology for remarks seen as targeting Islam. "We wanted him to clearly apologise," Sheikh Yusef Abu Hussein, mufti of the southern city of Karak, told AFP after the pope's address in Amman's huge Al-Hussein Mosque. "What the pope said (in 2006) about the Prophet Mohammed is untrue. Islam did not spread through the power of sword. It's a religion of tolerance and faith," Hussein said.
  • The Pope Brings The Truth To The Middle East - Not A Peace Plan

    05/10/2009 4:29:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 766+ views
    Telegraph (UK) | May 10th 2009
    The Pope brings the Truth to the Middle East - not a peace plan By George Pitcher. 10 May 2009 Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Israel today, amid some of the tightest security ever to accompany a visiting dignitary. Unsurprising at any time, given the febrile and fractious nature of Middle East diplomacy, but a particularly vulnerable aura surrounds the Pope on this tour, as a consequence of recent events that have again poisoned the well of Jewish-Christian relations. The fear is that the lone fanatic with a gun will have gained renewed motivation from the Pope's apparent enthusiasm for...
  • Pope visits mosque in Muslim outreach: Calls for religious cooperation during Middle East tour

    05/10/2009 3:04:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 34 replies · 545+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2009 | Dale Gavlak
    , Jordan | Pope Benedict XVI visited a mosque in the Jordanian capital Saturday, the second day of his Middle East visit, in an effort to mend fences with a Muslim world still smarting from his remarks three years ago linking the prophet Muhammad with violence. Speaking at the new King Hussein bin Talal Mosque, the largest in Jordan, Benedict, 82, urged Christians and Muslims to work together for peace in the region. "I firmly believe Christians and Muslims can embrace [the task of cooperation] particularly through our respective contributions to learning and scholarship, and public service," Reuters news agency...
  • 100 Rabbis Prepare to Welcome Pontiff to Holy Land

    05/01/2009 4:20:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 484+ views
    ZNA ^ | April 30, 2009
    JERUSALEM, APRIL 30, 2009 ( More than a hundred rabbis of various denominations will sign a message welcoming Benedict XVI to the Holy Land and encouraging dialogue between Jews and Christians. The presidents of the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education, Adalberta and Armando Bernardini, told ZENIT that the message is due to be published on the Web site of an Israeli newspaper, "Ha'Arezt." The initiative is being promoted by one of the foundation's members, Rabbi Jack Bemporard, also director of the New Jersey based Center for Interreligious Understanding. From May 8 to 15 the Pope will visit the...
  • Cameroonian Pygmies give pope send-off, gift of a turtle

    03/20/2009 7:57:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 706+ views
    CNS ^ | March 20, 2009 | John Thavis
    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (CNS) -- A group of Pygmies showed up to give Pope Benedict XVI an unscheduled send-off from Cameroon, and presented him with a live turtle to take back with him to the Vatican. The 15 Pygmies from the Baka ethnic group came to the pope's residence at the apostolic nunciature in Yaounde March 20 as the pontiff was preparing to leave for Angola. They built a ceremonial hut out of leaves in the garden of the residence, and the pope came out to greet them. The Pygmies, including grandparents, parents and children, sang songs and danced to the...
  • Rabbi Asks Pope Benedict Not to Wear Cross at Western Wall

    03/17/2009 9:26:17 AM PDT · by TaraP · 53 replies · 2,576+ views
    FOx News ^ | March 17th, 2009
    <p>A rabbi in Jerusalem has one request for Pope Benedict XVI when he visits the Western Wall in May: Leave the cross at home.</p> <p>Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who will meet the pontiff when he visits the Holy Land on May 12, said that a cross is not proper when visiting the Jewish religious site, The Jerusalem Post reported.</p>
  • On Africa trip, pope says condoms won't solve AIDS

    03/17/2009 2:09:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 634+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/09 | Victor L. Simpson - ap
    YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Pope Benedict XVI said condoms are not the answer to the AIDS epidemic in Africa and can make the problem worse, setting off criticism Tuesday as he began a weeklong trip to the continent where some 22 million people are living with HIV. Benedict's first statement on an issue that has divided even Catholic clergy working with AIDS patients came hours before he arrived in Cameroon's capital — greeted by thousands of flag-waving faithful who stood shoulder-to-shoulder in red dirt fields and jammed downtown streets for a glimpse of the pontiff's motorcade. In his four years as...
  • Pope to make historic visit to Britain

    03/15/2009 4:32:31 PM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 553+ views ^ | 3/15/09 | staff
    London (PTI): Pope Benedict XVI will undertake what would be the first papal visit to Britain in 30 years and the second by any pontiff since King Henry VIII broke with the Vatican to establish Church of England, according to sources. However, details of the papal visit are still under discussion, but some cities being considered include London, Birmingham, Oxford, Edinburgh, Armagh and Dublin, 'The Daily Telegraph' quoted the unnamed sources as saying. And, a senior cardinal is due to make a private trip to Britain in the summer to make preparations for the Pope's visit, which could be announced...
  • Pope Benedict arrives on four-day France visit

    09/12/2008 5:55:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 177+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2008 | Philip Pullella and Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters) - Pope Benedict began a four-day visit to France on Friday with a plea to the French to keep God in their lives and let religion help create a better world. Meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in central Paris, the German-born pontiff praised France both for the deep Christian roots of its culture and the "serene and positive dialogue" between faith and power. Sarkozy, who has broken a political taboo by speaking openly and positively about the role of religion in society, said it would be "a folly" for France to ignore its long...
  • Syrian Leader Invites Papal Visit

    08/02/2008 2:44:44 PM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 213+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | Aug. 1, 2008 | Phil Lawler
    Damascus, Aug. 1, 2008 ( - A top Islamic leader has issued an invitation for Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) to visit Syria during the current Pauline year, the Italian Apcom news agency reports. Sheik Ahmad Badereddine Hassoun, the grand mufti of Syria, told reporters that he hoped the Pope would visit "in the footsteps of St. Paul." He volunteered to travel to Rome to help the Pontiff prepare for such a trip. The Vatican acknowledged the invitation without making any commitment. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, observed that the invitation was a sign...
  • Italy: Iraqi PM to meet Pope on official visit

    07/23/2008 6:50:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 135+ views
    AKI ^ | 7/23/2008
    Rome, 23 July (AKI) - Pope Benedict XVI will meet Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki on Friday for the first time during his official visit to Italy. Al-Maliki is due to arrive in Rome on Thursday to meet his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi on the second leg of his European visit after talks with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin on Tuesday. The Iraqi prime minister will meet the Pope at the pontiff's summer residence at Castelgandolfo, outside Rome. He will then hold separate talks with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state. Iraq is home to the Chaldean...
  • Half a million people fill Sydney to greet Pope Benedict XVI

    07/17/2008 1:22:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 104+ views
    CNA ^ | July 17, 2008
    Pope Benedict XVI on the Pope-a-boat under Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney, Jul 17, 2008 / 07:00 am (CNA).- In the midst of jubilant crowds, the Papal “Boat-a-cade” arrived at Barangaroo this afternoon, after sailing around Sydney Harbour, where the Pope waved to tens of thousands people who had lined the foreshore to catch a glimpse of the Pontiff's arrival. “His Holiness stood waving in full-view of the crowd on board the vessel,” said WYD08 spokesman Father Mark Podesta. The Papal Boat carried approximately 530 people including 168 international pilgrims. After thanking the indigenous people of Australia for their warm...
  • NYPD, Secret Service and Swiss Guard to protect Pope

    04/13/2008 4:32:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 1,118+ views
    CNA ^ | 4/13/2008
    New York, Apr 13, 2008 / 02:28 am (CNA).- Massive security operations will protect Pope Benedict XVI in his visit to New York City, including bomb-sniffing dogs, rooftop snipers and hovering helicopters, CBS News reports. "The closer you are to those locations, the more you are going to feel the effects of it," said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.A reporter asked Kelly if the security for the visit will be like a United Nations General Assembly, followed by a parade, followed by a presidential visit, Kelly said “yes.”On Friday the Pope’s visits to the United Nations, the Park East Synagogue,...
  • Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Pope Benedict XVI?

    04/15/2008 1:33:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 105+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | April 2008
    Before he became pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was well-known at the Vatican, but he remains a bit unknown to those outside Rome. Test your knowledge of the pontiff, including his favorite soft drink. Q1. How many popes preceded Benedict? 1. 264 2. 150 3. 450 Q2. Pope Benedict is the first pope to: 1. Snowboard in his papal robes 2. Write a book 3. Own an iPod Nano Q3. Which writer and thinker is a favorite of Pope Benedict's and was also the subject of his dissertation? 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 2. St. Augustine 3. St. Teresa of Avila...
  • Pro-Life Group Challenges Pro-Abortion Politicians With Video of Abortions

    04/15/2008 4:28:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 154+ views
    Life News ^ | 4/15/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Staten Island, NY ( -- A leading pro-life Catholic group is challenging pro-abortion politicians with new YouTube videos illustrating the two most common types of abortion methods. The videos are part of a campaign Priests for Life has started, called “Is This What You Mean?” Father Frank Pavone, the head of the pro-life group, talked with about the new initiative.“Our campaign is based on a simple challenge: We quote the words of the doctors who perform abortions, and then we ask supporters of legal abortion, ‘Is this what you mean when you say the word abortion?,'" Father Pavone explained.“People...
  • Pope: Good Priests More Important Than Many Priests (Themes of 5-Day Trip)

    04/15/2008 4:38:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 109+ views
    ZNA ^ | April 15, 2008
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, APRIL 15, 2008 ( Benedict XVI says that it is hard for him to understand how sexually abusive priests could have betrayed their mission, and promised that the Church will do everything possible so that such a situation does not repeat itself. The Pope affirmed this today from the Alitalia Boeing 777, "Shepherd One," that is carrying him to the United States for a 4 p.m. arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. Some 70 journalists are on-board the flight. "Really, it is a great suffering for the Church in the United States and for the Church...
  • Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians Warned Against Receiving Communion During Papal Visit

    04/15/2008 4:47:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 136+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/15/08 | LifeSiteNews
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2008 ( - American Life League has warned pro-abortion Catholic politicians not to politicize the Eucharist in a nation-wide, full page message addressed to Pope Benedict XVI. "First of all, welcome from the bottom of our hearts," says the ad. "From us all, thank you for the blessing of your presence. But most of all, please protect the body of Christ from the bloodstained hands of pro-abortion 'Catholics.'"On April 17, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass in Washington, DC where pro-abortion Catholic politicians are expected to attempt to receive communion. "Pro-abortion Catholics, who are not really...
  • Pope: 'The fundamental solution [would be] that there is no longer any need to immigrate'

    04/15/2008 6:12:28 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 84+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/15/2008 | John Allen
    The following is a rush transcript of comments made by Pope Benedict XVI to reporters aboard the papal plane, on his way to his first pastoral visit to the United States.... Fr. Federico Lombardi: ...We’ll have a question from our colleague Andres Beltramo, from the Notimex agency in Mexico. Beltramo: I’ll ask the question in Italian, but we would love to have just a greeting in Spanish. With the enormous growth in the Hispanic presence, the Catholic church in the United States is becoming steadily more bilingual and bicultural. Yet there’s also a growing “anti-immigrant” movement in America. Do you...
  • How the Heterodox Greet the Pope

    04/15/2008 8:17:02 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 68 replies · 100+ views
    On Monday 14 April, I was having dinner at an Irish pub in Washington, DC with two Catholic priests, a Catholic high school teacher, a community leader in DC, and a Catholic blogger/author known as the "bane of feminist feminist bloggers," when one of them noticed a message written on the side of a truck. I rushed over to the window with my camera, and took a picture of the truck and its message. This is how it turned out: Groups such as the so-called "Women's Ordination Conference" have sympathizers in the mainstream media. The Voice of America recently featured...
  • Joint US-Holy See Communique (following private meeting between B16/Bush)

    04/16/2008 12:17:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 97+ views
    WITL ^ | April 16, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Following their private meeting in the Oval Office, a joint communique was released by President Bush and Pope Benedict. Fulltext: His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush met today in the Oval Office of the White House. President Bush, on behalf of all Americans, welcomed the Holy Father, wished him a happy birthday, and thanked him for the spiritual and moral guidance, which he offers to the whole human family. The President wished the Pope every success in his Apostolic Journey and in his address at the United Nations, and expressed appreciation for the Pope’s upcoming...
  • Colombian seminarian to be in charge of Pope’s mitre and skullcap (in NY)

    04/16/2008 1:17:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 86+ views
    CNA ^ | April 16, 2008
    Washington DC, Apr 16, 2008 / 01:53 pm (CNA).- Freddy Patino, a Colombian seminarian from the Archdiocese of New York, has been chosen to care for the Pope’s mitre and skullcap during his visit to New York. Patino, who was born in Medellin, Colombia, and lives in Yonkers, was overjoyed at the news.  “They posted the lists, and I went and looked and realized I was chosen to carry the mitre during the Mass at Yankee Stadium.  I thought they made a mistake but they didn’t.  I am thrilled,” he said in a interview with Caracol Radio.“On Friday the Pope...
  • Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, Holy Mass at Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

    04/17/2008 8:21:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 317+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 17, 2008
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, "Peace be with you!" (Jn 20:19). With these, the first words of the Risen Lord to his disciples, I greet all of you in the joy of this Easter season. Before all else, I thank God for the blessing of being in your midst. I am particularly grateful to Archbishop Wuerl for his kind words of welcome. Our Mass today brings the Church in the United States back to its roots in nearby Maryland, and commemorates the bicentennial of the first chapter of its remarkable growth - the division by my predecessor, Pope...
  • President Bush to Pope: "Awesome speech your Holiness"

    04/17/2008 10:03:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 236+ views
    American Papist ^ | April 17, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    This recorded comment from President Bush to Pope Benedict is quickly becoming the talk of the town: When you hear it being talked about on the newsfloor of the BBC, it's gotta be news. Oh, and by the way, my interview on BBC World News went very well tonight. They talked with me for almost 4 1/2 minutes, which is a good stretch in the television news world, for those who keep track of these things. Address of Pope Benedict XVI at the White House Welcoming Ceremony     After the welcome of President Bush, Pope Benedict XVI responded with...
  • Pope resolution stalled over 'human life' language [Sen. Barbara Boxer objected to language......]

    04/17/2008 9:51:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 61+ views
    Pope resolution stalled over 'human life' language While Pope Benedict XVI's historic visit to Washington has received wall to wall coverage, Sen. Barbara Boxer briefly held up a Senate resolution welcoming the pontiff because she objected to language about how the pope values "each and every human life." Senators are trying to work out some alternative language to put into this measure, which should be a non-controversial resolution cleared on a voice vote by the Senate. Some Democrats obviously believe the "human life" reference is a reference to the pope's anti-abortion stance. A copy of the resolution can be found...
  • At ground zero, pope offers silent prayer, comforts survivors

    04/21/2008 7:12:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 423+ views
    CNS ^ | April 20, 2008 | Cindy Wooden
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In the most somber moment of his six-day visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI knelt alone at ground zero and offered a silent prayer. The cheering crowds were far away as the pope blessed the ground where the World Trade Center stood until terrorists forced planes into its twin towers Sept. 11, 2001. While the extraordinary security measures that surrounded the pope's entire visit tangibly demonstrated how the attacks changed the United States, the ground zero visit gave the pope an opportunity to speak to and console those whose lives were changed most directly...
  • A youth's first-hand account of the papal youth rally

    04/21/2008 8:05:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 853+ views
    American Papist ^ | April 19, 2008 | Thomas Peters
    This sent to me last night by an overjoyed Megan B., of Hyde Park, New York: "Hello! I’m a long time reader of your blog and I wanted to give you some more details on the papal youth rally, which I was able to attend today. First of all, it was absolutely amazing. It was like a giant 4th of July fireworks event, or county fair (including long lines for food!) One of the things they didn’t show on TV (I don’t know if they mentioned it) was that there was also a prayer chapel and confessions available. The...
  • What will be the long-term impact of Benedict's visit?

    04/21/2008 10:54:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies · 68+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 21, 2008 | Carl Olson
    From an Associated Press piece titled, "Impact of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to US to be seen" (April 21, 2008): Pope Benedict XVI's U.S. visit left behind the impression of a compassionate and candid leader who has made a successful transition from professor to pope. But it's uncertain whether the pontiff's six-day pilgrimage, which ended Sunday, will make a lasting imprint on a country he obviously admires. "In the short term, the trip was an enormous success, probably beyond anyone's expectations, including those of the pope himself," said Russell Shaw, a Catholic writer and former spokesman for the U.S. bishops'...
  • B16 Challenges his Bishops

    04/29/2008 9:49:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 64+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 29, 2008 | Terry Mattingly
    The headlines and dramatic photos rush by during a papal visit, framing the sound bites that journalists uncover in stacks of Vatican speech texts.So Pope Benedict XVI visited the White House and proclaimed “God bless America!” Then he noted that, in this culture of radical individualism, “Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility.”The former theology professor, speaking to Catholic college leaders, enthusiastically embraced academic freedom. Then he stressed that traditional doctrine — as “upheld by the Church’s Magisterium” — should shape all aspects of a truly Catholic “institution’s life, both inside and outside the...
  • On the Trip to the UN and the US: I Have Had the Joy of Announcing 'Christ Our Hope'

    04/30/2008 8:14:09 PM PDT · by ELS · 7 replies · 175+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 30, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to the UN and the US "I Have Had the Joy of Announcing 'Christ Our Hope'" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2008 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Even if a few days have already passed since my return, I would like to dedicate the catechesis of today, as I normally do, to the apostolic trip that I made to the United Nations and the United States of America this past April 15 to 21. Before all, I renew my most...
  • Pro-choice politicians take Communion

    05/09/2008 11:54:31 AM PDT · by JZelle · 25 replies · 95+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-9-08 | Julia Duin
    Despite a 2004 order from the future Pope Benedict XVI barring pro-choice Catholic politicians from the Communion table, a quintet of elected officials flouted his wishes twice during his recent six-day visit here by partaking of the sacrament right before his eyes. The bishops whose job it is to enforce the pope's wishes have been all over the map in responding. While New York Cardinal Edward Egan publicly chastised former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani for taking Communion during an April 19 Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, the bishops of Washington, Boston and Norwalk, Conn., have not disciplined members...
  • Letter: Bush was wrong to welcome pope (and responses)

    05/04/2008 8:10:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies · 263+ views
    Danbury (CT) News Times ^ | 4/25/2008 and following | Pastor Kenneth T. Brooks (and respondents)
    That the pope should come to American soil is a disgrace. That he should be here during Passover is an insult. The history of the Catholic Church is a history of persecution and oppression. Along with Protestants and Baptists, chief among its victims were the Jews. The pope is the head of this religious system. His stand in defense of human rights and the life of the unborn is a sham. Where were Benedict's predecessors when the church slaughtered thousands of Jews, Protestants and Baptists because they would not convert to Catholicism? What stand on the rights of the individual...
  • Pope Benedict: Logos, Chaos, and Freedom

    05/03/2008 12:11:49 PM PDT · by AndrewWalden · 21 replies · 182+ views ^ | 05/02/2008 | Andrew Walden
    Speaking at the White House, Pope Benedict XVI April 16 embraced America's "quest for freedom...." Benedict explained: "Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience - almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at home and abroad." April 16 was Pope Benedict's 81st birthday. The White House greeting, carefully scripted by US and Vatican officials, included the Army Chorus' moving rendition of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" -- anthem of an earlier war for freedom which...
  • Papal Visit Results in Big Jump in Positive View of Benedict and Church, Poll Shows

    05/01/2008 7:52:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 101+ views
    Knights of Columbus ^ | 4/30/2008 | Patrick Korten
    One third now more likely to vote and be more active in community and Church. A poll taken immediately following the conclusion of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States shows that it had a powerful impact on public attitudes toward the pope, the Church, and a willingness to live their faith more fully.The nationwide poll of 1,013 adults was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and conducted by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion between April 22 and April 24, 2008.  Marist conducted a similar poll  prior to the pope’s visit, allowing before-and-after comparisons.Among the highlights of...