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As the Catholic Church increases its new evangelization efforts and works for justice and peace in the world, it would be wise to imitate the positive, prophetic approach taken by Blessed John XXIII in his encyclical Pacem in Terris, a French archbishop said.
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Pope Benedict named the members of a papal commission he established in March to investigate a series of leaks of letters exchanged among Vatican officials and between the officials and the pope himself.
In what he called "a moment of sober reflection, not celebration," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill outlawing the use of capital punishment in the state.
Newly ordained priests lie prostrate in prayer during an ordination ceremony at the Citeaux Chau Son abbey in Vietnam's Ninh Binh province April 29.
Pope Benedict told the German bishops that, as pope, he has celebrated Mass in different languages and "sometimes it is hard to find common ground" in the various translations.
Pope Benedict wants the Catholic Church in America to be in the forefront of reviving Catholicism worldwide, the apostolic nuncio to the United States said in Columbus, Ohio.
All pastoral work, including promoting social justice and providing for the poor, must be nourished by prayer, Pope Benedict said.
First, a couple of schools. Then, several U.S. parishes.
Now . . . a fine craft beer?