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This may raise a few eyebrows. Details: Pope Benedict XVI and other church leaders said it was the moral responsibility of nations to guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens, regardless of social and economic status or […]

A board game based on a pope? Yep: Poles have a new way to remember the late Pope John Paul II: a board game that celebrates the Polish-born pontiff’s extensive travels. Marek Oczkowski, head of the Polish Board Games publisher, […]

The prolific pontiff has unexpectedly issued a lengthy, major document on scripture, which biblical scholars will certainly be poring over: Pope Benedict XVI has issued a lofty and impassioned plea for everyone in the Church to rediscover the Bible and […]

And they will have lots to talk about when they gather in Rome later this month: On the eve of the consistory to create 24 new cardinals, the princes of the Church will examine the entry of Anglicans into full […]

Amazing video below (h/t Rocco) of the famous giant thurible at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Top speed: a reported 42 mph. You gotta see this to believe it.

Only 5th? Details: Pope Benedict XVI won the No. 5 spot in a list of the world’s most powerful people, one of only two religious leaders in Forbes magazine’s list of 68 influential men and women. Benedict was sandwiched between […]

Pope Benedict’s historic outreach to Anglicans continues to make history — and make waves: Anglicans who defect to Rome in protest at plans to ordain women bishops could be allowed to continue worshipping in their Church of England buildings, a […]

“When I invite you to become saints, I am asking you not to be content with second best. I am asking you not to pursue one limited goal and ignore all the others. Having money makes it possible to be […]

The pope had some wise things to say to young people from Catholic Action during a question and answer session Saturday: After a question from a young woman of Catholic Action, Benedict XVI responded, “It is very important, I would […]

“Last year when Pope Benedict XVI met with the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Rome, he recalled an incident that occurred at the Second Vatican Council. Each day when the council was in session, the Gospel was enthroned to […]