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Newsflash? Jews Not Responsible For The Death Of Jesus

The second volume of Pope Benedict?s three-volume work, Jesus of Nazareth, will officially come out next week, but the publishers are allowing certain sections to be released today. Jesus of Nazareth II won?t generate the kind of news that ?Light of the World? did in November. That was a book-length interview Pope Benedict did with German journalist Peter Seewald, which set off a kind of condom-mania because of the ... read more

Greg Burke

Rome Correspondent

March 2, 2011

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January 17, 2011 11:11 AM

French “Miracle” Nun Pays Back Pope John Paul

“At present there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease,” says the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. A French nun named Sister Marie Simon-Pierre knows what it’s like to read those words, as she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when she was just 40. It was 2001, and Pope John Paul II was already visibly shaking from the disease, so ... read more



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January 12, 2011 9:47 AM

Sainthood For John Paul II?

When John Paul II died, some people came to the Vatican with banners proclaiming: “Santo Subito.” The translation is something like, “Make him a saint immediately.” It has not been immediate, but as far as sainthood processes go, it is moving along at lightning speed. And according to reliable reports published today in Italy, everything is ready for Pope ... read more



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January 12, 2011 6:25 AM

Haiti Quake: The Pope’s Man In Port-au-Prince

One of the interesting things about meeting diplomats through work is that they end up in some interesting places. So when the quake struck in Haiti a year ago, I immediately remembered that I had known in Rome Archbishop Bernard Auza, a Filipino in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps who had become the nuncio (or ambassador) in Port-au-Prince. I recently caught up with ... read more



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January 10, 2011 9:25 AM

Pope To Islamic Countries: Protect Christian Minorities

Pope Benedict made his annual address to diplomats today, and it was anything but diplomatic as he pounded away at countries to respect religious freedom. Calling religious freedom “a fundamental human right,” the Pope pointed to recent attacks on Christian communities in both Iraq and Egypt. He also called for Pakistan to overturn its blasphemy law, saying it ... read more



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November 23, 2010 9:58 AM

Pope’s Book: Cardinals, Condoms And Cold Ears

Pope Benedict’s new book, Light of the World, has created quite a bit of buzz. Although the book, a long interview with German journalist Peter Seewald, was released officially only today, ... read more



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November 16, 2010 9:46 AM

Pope Benedict: Finding God On The Ski Slopes

Next time you feel guilty about spending a whole day skiing, don’t. The Pope himself has signed off on skiing as a sport that can help you contemplate your Creator. I have to admit that when I read the Pope’s speech to Italian Ski Instructors, I kept thinking it was the wrong Pope talking. John Paul was the skier, not Benedict. While John Paul was a hiker, skier, and ... read more



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November 12, 2010 11:14 AM

Checking Out Books At The Vatican Library

It’s easy to get in St. Peter’s Basilica. Just wait in line (or go very early in the morning). It’s also easy to get in the Vatican Museums; just wait in line and cough up the money when you finally reach the entrance. But it’s not easy getting into the Vatican Library. It’s not the oldest library in the world – Alexandria in Egypt has it beat by quite a bit ... read more



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November 3, 2010 8:00 AM

Is Al Qaeda Threat To Christians Serious?

Just days after a brutal attack in a Catholic Church in Baghdad that killed more than 50 people, an Al Qaeda group in Iraq has declared all Christians “legitimate targets,” calling for them to be killed. A group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq, or ISI, has labeled all Christians “idolators” in an Internet statement, which it also used to dub the Vatican a ... read more



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October 26, 2010 3:14 PM

Vatican Tries To Save Tariq Aziz

While the Catholic Church holds that the death penalty is wrong in nearly all cases, that doesn’t mean the Vatican speaks out publicly in every situation where an execution is scheduled. So that raises the question why the Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, asked today that Iraq not carry out the death sentence on former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq ... read more



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October 20, 2010 8:23 AM

Pope Names Two New American Cardinals

The tailors in Rome are a happy bunch today, as Pope Benedict announced that he would be making 24 new cardinals. That means 24 men need new clerical garb, as they now have the right to be decked out in red. And a red hat in this town means membership in the College of Cardinals, whose most important duty is to elect the new pope. Only those under the age of 80 are ... read more