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Pope Ends U.S. Trip With Yankee Stadium Mass

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By Daniel Burke c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW YORK — Pope Benedict XVI ended his first trip to America on Sunday (April 20) with a Mass for more than 50,000 at Yankee Stadium that celebrated 200 years of the […]

Benedict: Discuss Differences “With Calmness, Clarity”

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Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) – April 17, 2008 Washington (dpa) – Pope Benedict XVI greeted leaders of other faiths in the United States in a meeting Thursday in Washington, continuing the interfaith contacts that have not always gone well in the […]

Catholics Meet Their New Pope and Fall in Love

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By Jonathan Rubin c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — As the sun rose over the sparkling new Nationals Park baseball stadium, the weather turned from chilly to warm to downright glorious — not unlike the feelings many Catholics here […]

Pope Carves Out Distinctive Approach to Interfaith Dialogue

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By Jeff Diamant c. 2008 Religion News Service They gathered in the Italian hillside town of Assisi. In October 1986, at the place where St. Francis famously preached repentance in the 1200s, top representatives from 15 religions stood together and […]

Pope Says U.S. Bishops Must Heal `Enormous Pain’ of Abuse

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By Daniel Burke and Adelle M. Banks c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI told the nation’s Catholic bishops Wednesday (April 16) that they must heal the “enormous pain” caused by the clergy sexual abuse scandal by […]

Catholic University President Anticipates Pope’s Address

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By Daniel Burke c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI’s address to Catholic educators on Thursday (April 17) has become one of the most anticipated moments of his first U.S. trip as pontiff. Already there is debate […]

Remarks By Pope Benedict XVI At The White House

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Associated Press – April 16, 2008 Remarks by Pope Benedict XVI at the White House on Wednesday, as transcribed by the White House. Mr. President, thank you for your gracious words of welcome on behalf of the people of the […]

A Joint Statement By President Bush And Pope Benedict XVI

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Associated Press – April 16, 2008 A joint statement by the White House and Holy See on the Oval Office meeting Wednesday between Pope Benedict XVI and President Bush: His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush met […]

Pope Arrives In Washington For First U.S. Visit

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By Daniel Burke c. 2008 Religion News Service ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. — Pope Benedict XVI, the shepherd of the world’s 1 billion Roman Catholics, arrived here Tuesday (April 15) for his first U.S. visit as pontiff and was […]

Politics To Greet Pope On U.S. Visit

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The Baltimore Sun, Maryland Apr. 14–Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the United States this week amid a full-throttle presidential campaign, with Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain seeking support from the same engaged Catholics the pontiff hopes to […]

Bush Readies Big Welcome for Pope

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Associated Press – April 14, 2008 WASHINGTON – The leader of the world’s Roman Catholics has been to the White House only once in history. That changes this week, and President Bush is pulling out all the stops: driving out […]

Bavarian-born Pope to Visit New York’s Last German Church

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By Amy Ellis Nutt c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW YORK — Julia Winter was tending to her flock, passing out sheets of paper printed with the prayers and songs for the “Deutsche Messe.” Here at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic […]

Poll: Pope Enjoys 70 Percent Approval Among U.S. Catholics

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Renee K. Gadoua Religion News Service On the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States next week, his approval rating among U.S. Catholics is 70 percent, according to a LeMoyne College/Zogby International poll released Wednesday (April […]

What’s The Big Deal About The Pope Anyway?

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By Benedicta Cipolla c. 2008 Religion News Service In case you’ve missed the countless news articles, blog posts and television segments, the leader of 1.13 billion Catholics is coming to America. When Pope Benedict XVI makes his first trip to […]

Schools Give Pope Birthday Gift of Community Service

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Brittani Hamm c. 2008 Religion News Service Anyone who’s ever tried to buy a birthday present for an octogenarian grandparent knows the dilemma: What do you buy for someone who seems to have everything and need nothing? Pope Benedict XVI […]

Pope Says US Trip To Reach Out To All Christian Communities, Other Religions

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Associated Press VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI hopes his trip to the United States later this month will be seen as a sign of friendship toward all Christian denominations and other religions. Benedict has asked the faithful to pray […]

Vatican: Pope Will Address Abuse Crisis

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Associated Press VATICAN CITY – The Vatican’s No. 2 official says Pope Benedict XVI recognizes the damage and pain caused by the clergy sex abuse crisis and will seek healing during his U.S. trip next week. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said […]

Pope Will Find Diverse Church In US

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Associated Press NEW YORK – In his visit this month to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will find an American flock wrestling with what it means be Roman Catholic. The younger generation considers religion important, but doesn’t equate faith […]

Pope Benedict XVI Blazing His Own Path

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Chicago Tribune CHICAGO – Most Americans awaiting Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the U.S. this month likely know little about him beyond his fluffy white hair, his taste for red Prada shoes and his reputation as a hard-nosed church […]

Vatican Assures Jews of Its Respect And Esteem Despite Tension Over Good Friday Prayer

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Associated Press VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has expressed its respect and esteem for Jews despite tension over a Good Friday prayer. The Vatican issued the assurances Friday, shortly before Pope Benedict XVI begins a visit to the United States […]

Pope’s ‘Loving’ Fans An Added Security Challenge

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By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service NEW YORK — High-profile political leaders get Secret Service agents and police escorts to guard against assassins. Celebrities rely on bodyguards to shield them from overzealous fans. When it comes to Pope Benedict XVI, […]

Pope’s Subtle Impact May Be Felt in Elections

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By Elizabeth Birge Religion News Service Two days after the 2004 presidential election, William Portier ran into an acquaintance at the grocery store. The man was a strong opponent of the Iraq war and had demonstrated against it, but when […]

Pope Carves Out A Quieter, More Deliberate Style

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By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — For more than two decades, Pope Benedict XVI served as one of the closest and most influential subordinates to his predecessor, John Paul II, a relationship built on common priorities, […]

U.S. Trip Introduces Unknown Church To An Unknown Pope

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By David Gibson Religion News Service Central to the anticipation surrounding Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to the United States is a widespread curiosity among U.S. Catholics about a pontiff whom they mostly know only through headlines and video clips. […]

Pope, At U.N., To Address Issues That Cross Boundaries

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By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will become the third leader of the Catholic Church to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York, following Pope Paul VI in 1965, and Pope […]

Poll: Pope Unknown to Most Americans

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By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans hold a favorable opinion of Pope Benedict XVI, but the vast majority confess they don’t know much about the pontiff, according to a new poll. Just weeks before Benedict’s first […]

Contraception Ban Colors U.S.-Vatican Ties

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By Daniel Burke Religion News Service Asked about her church’s ban on artificial birth control, Emily Kunkel inhales deeply and pauses. “It’s hard because the church has had this stance for so many years, there’s so much tradition behind it,” […]

Technology Aids Students In Race To Build Papal Altar

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By Brittani Hamm Religion News Service WASHINGTON — With only two months to design and construct the altar that will be used for the giant outdoor papal Mass next month, two first-year grad students at Catholic University have relied on […]

Schedule For Pope Benedict XVI’s U.S. Trip

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By Tom Feeney Religion News Service This the official schedule for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Washington and New York April 15-20: TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 4 P.M. Arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. Greeting by President Bush and Mrs. Bush. […]

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