Catholic News Service announced that Francis Rocca will join its staff as the new chief of the CNS Rome bureau.
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With help from the Knights of Columbus, the only papal tomb transferred from the old to the new St. Peter's Basilica has been restored.
The dignity of the human person is "a primary doctrine" of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York told an audience at the University of Notre Dame.
Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega has been named archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, replacing Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, 78, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican.
Following the Gospel is not adhering to a doctrine or code of ethics but entails truly following the person of Christ in one's life, Pope Benedict said.
The introduction of the English translation of the Roman Missal topped the religious news stories of 2011, and Pope Benedict was again the top newsmaker, according to the annual poll conducted by Catholic News Service.
The Cuban bishops announced that 2012 would be a Marian jubilee year and that Pope Benedict would come to Cuba as a "pilgrim of La Caridad," the popular name for the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, the country's patroness.
Pope Benedict Dec. 12 named two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Quebec: Servite Father Gaetan Proulx, 64, and Father Denis Grondin Jr., 57.
A Mercy sister who was automatically excommunicated because of her role on the ethics committee that allowed an abortion to be performed at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix in 2009 is back in good standing in the Catholic Church.
The Church should fear the sin of its own members more than hatred against Christians, Pope Benedict said.