Thanks to a discount from Sony and a contribution from the Knights of Columbus, the Vatican television centre has a multimillion-dollar high-definition mobile television studio, which will be operational in time for the pope's Christmas midnight Mass.
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The Society of St. Pius X threatened to expel traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson if he retained an extremist lawyer with neo-Nazi ties to defend him in a German court.
Polish classical music composer Henryk Gorecki, whose distinct minimalist style of music gained throngs of followers beginning in the early 1990s, died Nov. 12 from complications of a lung infection.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the U.S. government to "redouble its efforts to assist Iraqis" in providing safety for its citizens, especially religious minorities.
Giving a Christmas present to the teacher is a tradition in Ireland and throughout the world, but there are only so many packets of bath salts, bottles of perfume and boxes of chocolate that one educator can use.
In what Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta called "a milestone on the ecumenical journey," the U.S. Catholic bishops affirmed an agreement to recognize baptisms in four Protestant Church communities.
A top journalist who is a veteran of covering violent conflict in Mexico and Central America has a sober warning for anybody who smokes marijuana: If it comes from south of the border, "it's heavy with the blood of innocent people."
Thanks to Pope Benedict, some of Rome's poor will enjoy a gourmet meal flavoured with shavings of a precious white truffle weighing more than one kilogram, reported Caritas Rome, the diocesan Catholic charity.
The Vatican is disturbed by reports from mainland China that government officials are forcing bishops to attend an illicit episcopal ordination.
Twenty cantors from U.S. Reformed Jewish congregations filled an ancient Roman basilica with the melodies of Psalms and other Scriptures in an attempt to share their heritage with a Catholic audience.