I was listening to a young woman on the radio. She talked about her childhood memory of receiving a Christmas shoebox. It was filled with toiletries, things for school and a small gift. She said the shoebox brought such joy to her. She has never forgotten that Christmas.
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Circuses, street musicians, clowns, magicians and other itinerant performers bring people joy, and they should hold tight to their values and their faith, said Pope Benedict.
The late archbishop of Florence, Italian Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, has been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem for the role he played in a widespread network set up to rescue Jews following the Nazi occupation of Italy.
In a world of hardened hearts and titillating distractions, Christians need to keep the Gospel message simple and live what they teach with love and joy, Pope Benedict said.
Explaining why they found a Vatican computer technician guilty of aiding and abetting the papal butler who stole private papal correspondence, Vatican judges said they found much of his testimony hard to believe.
World Youth Day organizers have chosen a spot in Rio de Janeiro’s Guaratiba neighbourhood, nearly 100 km from the city centre, for the vigil and closing Mass July 27-28.
An Irish bishop and pro-life activists said any legislation to provide abortion in limited situations would inevitably lead to widespread abortion.
The world authority envisioned by two popes as a way to ensure global peace and justice would be primarily a moral force with limited jurisdiction, Pope Benedict said.
A new Saudi-backed interfaith centre will provide an opportunity for the Church to promote religious freedom around the world, said the head of the Vatican’s office for interreligious dialogue.
The newly-appointed bishop of Cloyne, Ireland, vowed he will make healing the lives of victims of abuse in the diocese a priority.