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Pope Benedict Requests Prayers From Followers

Pope Benedict Requests Prayers From Followers

More than 100,000 people gathered Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, in St. Peter's Square for Pope Benedict XVI's next-to-last Angelus prayer, listening attentively as the pontiff asked them to pray for him. continue reading »

Conclave to Elect New Pope May Begin Before March 15

Conclave to Elect New Pope May Begin Before March 15

The papal conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who will step down on Feb. 28, could begin prior to March 15 if all the cardinal electors are in Rome before that date, Vatican Press Office Director Federico Lombardi said Saturday. continue reading »

Catholic Churches Urging Followers to Contact Members of Congress on Immigration Reform

Catholic Churches Urging Followers to Contact Members of Congress on Immigration Reform

Catholic Church through its Conference of Bishops are urging their followers to contact their Congressmen, Senator to support comprehensive immigration reform and focus on needs of the poor. continue reading »

Was Pope Benedict’s Trip to Mexico Reason for Historic Resignation?

Was Pope Benedict’s Trip to Mexico Reason for Historic Resignation?

Reports coming out of the Vatican indicate Pope Benedict decided to retire after his trip to Mexico-Cuba back in March of last year. continue reading »

Pope Benedict Made Personal Decision to Step Down

Pope Benedict Made Personal Decision to Step Down

Pope Benedict XVI said here Wednesday that he decided to resign the papacy "in full freedom for the good of the Church." continue reading »

Mexico to Have a New Saint - “Mother Lupita” García Zavala

Mexico to Have a New Saint - “Mother Lupita” García Zavala

This morning at 11:00am in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Benedict presided over an ordinary public consistory for the canonization of the blessed that included Mexico’s Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala continue reading »

The Concave to Elect New Pope Has 19 Latin American Cardinals

The Concave to Elect New Pope Has 19 Latin American Cardinals

The conclave to elect the successor of Benedict XVI will be regulated by the "Ordo Rituum Conclavis" established by John Paul II's apostolic constitution "Universi Dominici Gregis", para. 27. The Cardinal Camerlengo, who has a fundamental role during the Sede Vacante period, is Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed by Benedict XVI on 4 April 2007. continue reading »

Pope Benedict Resigns at End of Month Cites “Advanced Age”

Pope Benedict Resigns at End of Month Cites “Advanced Age”

Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of this month due to his "advanced age," the Vatican said Monday. continue reading »

ACLU Urges Ohio School to Remove Jesus Portrait

ACLU Urges Ohio School to Remove Jesus Portrait

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has filed a federal lawsuit against Jackson Middle School, stating that their display of a portrait of Jesus Christ is unconstitutional. continue reading »

Statement on Immigration ReformChristian Churches Together in the U.S.A.

Statement on Immigration ReformChristian Churches Together in the U.S.A.

Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., representing the breadth of Christian churches and denominations in the U.S., gathered in Austin, Texas, for its annual meeting to focus on the challenge of immigration reform. We heard from “dreamers,” a variety of immigrants and experts on immigration issues continue reading »