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Vatican 'widget' offers papal news updates

April 30, 2012

Marking the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict, the Vatican is offering a "widget" – a software application – that will allow anyone with a website or blog to provide readers with automatically updated news and documents from the Vatican.

Traditionalists' response marks 'step forward'

April 30, 2012

In what the Vatican described as an encouraging "step forward," the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has revised its response to a Vatican document laying out basic principles and criteria for interpreting Church teaching.

Pope gives Collins another assignment

April 30, 2012

Pope Benedict has named Cardinal Thomas Collins to the Congregation for Catholic Education, which supports and guides the work of Catholic schools, universities and seminaries.

Bavarian band, dancers celebrate as pope marks 85th birthday

April 23, 2012

Pope Benedict celebrated his 85th birthday with guests who treated him to Bavarian "oompah" music and folk dancing in the apostolic palace.

Teachers urged to monitor student use of social media

April 23, 2012

When the reputation of a student, teacher or school can be brought down by a YouTube posting, blog or anonymous email, educators need to be "more vigilant than ever."

Judge rules bishop must stand trial

Bishop Robert Finn

April 23, 2012

A Missouri judge declined to dismiss misdemeanor charges of failing to report suspected child sexual abuse against Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, which he heads.

Pope encourages efforts to abolish land mines

April 23, 2012

Pope Benedict called for continued efforts to rid the world of land mines so that people could be free to walk the earth without fear of injury or death.

Sculpture invites visitors to sit at Christ's table

April 23, 2012

From a distance, a distinct figure sits alone at a long, rectangular table surrounded by 12 large, empty stools.

Pope expected to visit Lebanon Sept. 14-16

April 23, 2012

Pope Benedict will visit Lebanon Sept. 14-16, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai announced during Easter Mass at the patriarchal seat in Bkerke, Lebanon.

Welcoming parish helps woman return to faith

April 23, 2012

No one gasped when Judy Payne told a parish group she hadn't attended Mass regularly in 25 years.

Vatican-Jewish group urges economy of moderation

April 9, 2012

A Vatican-Jewish dialogue commission said moderation, honesty and a fair distribution of world resources are the ingredients for a more just economic order.

Vatican warns Catholics against schismatic group

April 9, 2012

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sounded a warning against four excommunicated priests who continue to claim they represent the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Irish bishops: Europeans are forgetting God

April 9, 2012

Europe today is a culture in which God appears to be "silent and unmissed in the lives of many," the Irish bishops warn in a new pastoral letter issued March 29.

Films, TV series win Catholic group's awards

April 9, 2012

The feature films Hugo and The Way, the documentary I Am and the television sitcom Modern Family have been named winners of this year's Catholics in Media Awards.

Pope urges young people to find joy in Christ

April 9, 2012

Pope Benedict called on young people to not pursue power, money and prestige, but to find true joy in Christ and live a life of generous service to others.

Vatican urges support for the autistic

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The Church needs to address the alienation often surrounding those living with autism by coming to the aid of those affected, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski.

Dalai Lama wins Templeton Prize

April 9, 2012

The Dalai Lama was named March 29 as the winner of the 2012 Templeton Prize.

U.S. Church gives $1.8M to rebuild Haiti church

April 9, 2012

One of the iconic symbols of the Catholic Church in Haiti's earthquake-battered capital will be rebuilt starting this year under a program administering millions of dollars in donations.

Paraguayan palms

April 9, 2012

A young woman takes part in a Palm Sunday procession before Mass at the Catholic cathedral in Capiata, Paraguay, April 1.

Irish Church is now fighting abuse, Vatican says

Fr. Federico Lombardi

April 2, 2012

A Vatican-appointed investigation of the Church in Ireland recognized serious shortcomings in the handling of accusations of the sexual abuse of minors, yet found that bishops, clergy and lay faithful are doing an "excellent" job in creating safe environments for children today.

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