Shipyard chairman named head of Vatican bank

February 25, 2013

In one of his last efforts to clean up the image of the Vatican bank, Pope Benedict approved the hiring of the chairman of a German shipyard as the bank’s new president.

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Conclave to silence at least nine tweeting cardinals

February 25, 2013

Parrots may squawk in the Vatican Gardens during a conclave, but the cardinals are not allowed to tweet.

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Papal portraitist

February 25, 2013

Russian painter Natalia Tsarkova poses next to a copy of a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI and another of Blessed John Paul II in her studio in downtown Rome Feb. 14.

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Cartoon chasuble

February 25, 2013

Fr. Humberto Alvarez sprays holy water from a water gun to bless the children during Mass at a church in Saltillo, Mexico, Feb. 17.

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Why the Church is portrayed as a purveyor of hate

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February 25, 2013

A society that does not admit the existence of God will not, of course, recognize offences against God. It will not admit the existence of sin.

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Jesus calls us to greater concern for Christian unity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 25, 2013

While saying farewell the night before he died, Jesus told those with him that he "had other sheep that are not of this fold" and that those with him at that moment were not his only followers. Importantly, he also said he longed for unity with those others just as deeply as he longed for unity with those in the room with him.

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In the desert, we come face to face with our vulnerability

John Connelly

February 25, 2013
Third Sunday in Lent
March 3, 2013

Imagine you are stranded alone in a desert with nothing but sand stretching for hundreds of miles. Would you choose to trust God or would fear get the upper hand?

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Disability forces one to cross a river of grief

Mark Pickup

February 25, 2013

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family has asked me to speak to a seminar it is sponsoring in Ottawa next month. The topic I am to address is "I am more than my handicap." That is true.

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Through beauty, one can come to know goodness and truth

Fr. Robert Barron

February 25, 2013

In his masterpiece Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh implicitly lays out a program of evangelization that has particular relevance to our time.

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In a wired world, personal privacy often in jeopardy

Gordon Self

February 25, 2013

A number of years ago my wife and I and our youngest daughter went to New York City and visited the Empire State Building. While up on the crowded observation deck with cameras in tow, I noticed a woman who looked very familiar, there with her own young children.

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