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With her deep prayer life and total devotion to serving God and the good of her fellow citizens, St. Joan of Arc is a wonderful model for Christian politicians, Pope Benedict said.
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Despite the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, more than 77,000 Canadian pilgrims and three million people worldwide visited the Holy Land last year.
The French Senate has rejected legislation that would have permitted any adult to request a “quick and painless death.”
Laura Strietmann, the director of a Cincinnati crisis pregnancy centre, calls abortion “the issue that is shaping our country,” and said the challenge for pro-lifers is to get everyone “to respect life again.”
Fundamental differences, particularly over human sexuality and marriage, should not be ignored out of fear of damaging the progress that has been made in ecumenical dialogue, Pope Benedict told Lutheran representatives.
For just over four years, retired Italian Archbishop Cosmo Francesco Ruppi of Lecce has had 60-70 seconds each day on Italian public radio to tell listeners about the saint or blessed being honoured in the Catholic liturgy.
When one Christian community is suffering, other Christians must offer assistance, Pope Benedict told Coptic Orthodox and other Oriental Orthodox church leaders.
Men and women have a natural right to marry, but that does not mean they have a right to a Catholic wedding, Pope Benedict said.
Catholic missionaries are ready to set up faith communities in Bhutan after the country announced it would accept the registration of Christians for the first time.
Mourners stand near the coffin of Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia.