Pope prays for victims of Newtown school shooting

December 24, 2012

After 20 children and six adults were shot dead in Connecticut, Pope Benedict offered his condolences and prayers, urging all to dedicate themselves to acts of peace in the face of such “senseless violence.”

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Climate talks disappoint development agencies

December 24, 2012

Representatives of Christian aid and development agencies expressed disappointment that, despite a Dec. 8 agreement among delegates at the UN climate talks to extend the Kyoto Protocol aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, there was little urgency to quicken the pace to respond to climate change.

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Climate talks disappoint development agencies

December 24, 2012

Representatives of Christian aid and development agencies expressed disappointment that, despite a Dec. 8 agreement among delegates at the UN climate talks to extend the Kyoto Protocol aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, there was little urgency to quicken the pace to respond to climate change.

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Oil giants help fund Vatican Nativity scene

December 24, 2012

Oil giants such as Total and Shell and other companies operating in southern Italy’s petroleum-rich Basilicata region footed the expenses for this year’s Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.

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Latin America faces demographic earthquake

December 24, 2012

Latin America is facing a demographic earthquake, and older adults are at the epicentre.

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Pope urges Bible reading during Year of Faith

December 24, 2012

Urging Catholics to “pick up the Bible” and read it during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict said the Scriptures recount the story of God’s love for humanity and the steps he took in history to save all men and women.

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Pope tweets to more than 1M followers

December 24, 2012

Pope Benedict launched his very own Twitter account, sending a short inaugural message to his more than one million followers.

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‘Pseudo-prophecies’ can’t predict the end

December 24, 2012

A papal astronomer gave his reassurances that the world will not end Dec. 21, 2012.

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U.S. Catholics say they like new Mass translation

December 24, 2012

A wide majority of U.S. Massgoers are satisfied with the new English translation of the Roman Missal introduced a year ago at Advent, a survey showed.

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Berlin Archdiocese restructures parishes

December 24, 2012

Germany’s Berlin Archdiocese has announced it will merge its parishes into larger “pastoral areas” and pool its institutional resources in the face of falling Church membership.

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