Pope Benedict celebrates St. Agnes with blessing of lambs

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2013 / 10:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a traditional ceremony marking the feast of Saint Agnes, Pope Benedict blessed a pair of lambs whose wool will be used to make palliums for the Church's new metropolitan archbishops. On Jan. 21, the priests of Rome's Cathedral of St. John Lateran presented the Pope with the lambs in baskets with flowers. The wool of the lambs, who were raised by the Trappists of Tre Fontane Monastery, will be used to make palliums, a … [Read more...]

Pope’s secretary did not pose for ‘Vanity Fair’ photo

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- A source at the Vatican says that Archbishop Georg Ganswein – the prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI – did not pose for the latest cover of “Vanity Fair” and that his image was published in the latest Italian edition without his consent. The most recent cover in the country features the face of 56-year-old Archbishop Ganswein with a caption that says, “It’s not a sin to be … [Read more...]

Pope selects American priest for rare St. Peter’s job

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. "You're the first of this century and the first of this millennium," said Cardinal Angelo Comastri during the Jan. 20 celebration for Monsignor Francis D. Kelly. "This is a celebration of fidelity, and fidelity is maintaining during the whole life the commitment pronounced in your … [Read more...]

Pope selects American priest for rare St. Peter’s job

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. "You're the first of this century and the first of this millennium," said Cardinal Angelo Comastri during the Jan. 20 celebration for Monsignor Francis D. Kelly. "This is a celebration of fidelity, and fidelity is maintaining during the whole life the commitment pronounced in your … [Read more...]

Pope urges prayers for peace during Christian Unity Week

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2013 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI asked for more prayers of world peace as part of the Christian Unity week celebrated this week."For the prayer of Christian unity I would like to add again that one for peace, because, in the ongoing diverse conflicts, and end to the massacres of unarmed civilians, an end to all violence, and that courage to dialogue and to negotiate is found," he told thousands of pilgrims from his Aposotolic Palace window at … [Read more...]

Pope’s former butler given hospital job

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Paolo Gabriele, the Pope's former butler who was released from prison just before Christmas, has a new job working for an extension of the Vatican hospital Bambino Gesu. According to the German Catholic agency KNA, Gabriele has been offered a job doing clerical work for a new branch of the hospital near the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. He will also receive assistance with housing, since his wife and three children must … [Read more...]

Desire to see God’s face fulfilled in Christ, Pope affirms

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2013 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict examined salvation history as the story of man's relationship with and thirst for God at his general audience this week at the Vatican.“The desire to truly know God, that is, to see the face of God, is inherent in every human being,” he said Jan. 16 in Paul VI Hall. “Perhaps we also, unconsciously, have this desire to simply see who he is, what he is, who he is for us. But this desire is fulfilled … [Read more...]


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