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Stranger things have happened. But reports from Italy say the man who attempted to assassinate the pope has converted to Catholicism. From the website CathNews: In a letter written from a Turkish prison, Mehmet Ali Agca, author of the failed […]

Pope Benedict visits survivors of the devastating earthquake in L’Aquila. You can read more about it here. PHOTO:  from Sky News

This news strikes me as something that could be wonderfully beneficial for couples preparing for marriage — not to mention, those already married. From Catholic News Agency: In its Thursday printed edition, the Italian daily Il Messagero published an unknown […]

“‘Hoping against hope: is this not a magnificent description of a Christian? Africa is called to hope through you and in you! With Jesus Christ, who trod the African soil, Africa can become the continent of hope! We are all […]

A: “I would say the opposite. I think that the reality that is most effective, the most present and the strongest in the fight against AIDS, is precisely that of the Catholic Church, with its programs and its diversity. I […]

While Pope Benedict prepares to depart on his first trip to Africa, it’s interesting to flashback to his predecessor’s trip to the continent nearly 30 years ago. John Paul visited six countries on his first tour — and offered some […]

As has been widely reported, Pope Benedict penned a letter to the world’s bishops about the Williamson boondoggle — and expressed regret for how it was handled. You can read the entire text here. A snip: One mishap for me […]

Pope Benedict is poised to make some history when he visits the Holy Land this spring, according to the Associated Press: Pope Benedict XVI will show solidarity with Jews and Muslims during his first papal trip to the Holy Land […]

Continuing his custom, Pope Benedict plans to baptize a number of new Catholics at the Easter Vigil this year — and one of them will be a woman from California. CNS reports: This year, parishioners at St. Joseph Church in […]

Another voice has weighed in with criticism of how the Vatican gets out its message — or, more often, doesn’t. Noted Catholic editor Philip Lawler offered his thoughts in an Op-Ed piece for this morning’s USA TODAY: “We didn’t control […]