Chilean miners, who were trapped in a collapsed mine near Copiapo, Chile, for 69 days before being rescued in October, touch the Stone of Anointing in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City Feb. 24.
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As the second volume of Jesus of Nazareth was about to be published, a Swiss cardinal said it's important that people realize the book was written by the theologian Joseph Ratzinger and not by Pope Benedict.
Pope Benedict said that pregnant women facing difficulties due to their personal circumstances or to health issues of the fetus can be misled by doctors or people close to them into believing that abortion is the best solution.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson, once a leading figure in the movement to legalize abortion, later spent decades raising awareness about the horrors of abortion and repenting for the tens of thousands of abortions for which he felt responsible.
The head of a group of traditionalist Catholics said reconciliation talks with the Vatican would soon come to an end, with little change in the views of either side.
Prayer is not a reflection on one's self, but a complete abandonment to the word and will of God, Pope Benedict said.
Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Lebanese Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, the 90-year-old head of the Maronite Catholic Church.
Reasonable access to clean water is a fundamental human right and its distribution should not be left solely to private companies seeking profit, a top Vatican official said.
The man who attacked Bishop David Monroe of Kamloops last October was found not criminally responsible in Provincial Court Feb. 24.