Pope cancels delegation to Syria, focuses on aid work

Vatican City, Nov 7, 2012 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation of bishops from the recent synod on the New Evangelization will not go to Syria as violence continues to ravage the country, Pope Benedict XVI announced Nov. 7.“As a sign of my own solidarity and that of the whole Church for the Syrian people, as well as our spiritual closeness to the Christian communities in that country, I had hoped to send” a delegation, the Pope said.The delegation would have consisted of … [Read more...]

Colombia asks Pope to bless peace talks with rebel group

Vatican City, Nov 6, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Colombia's new ambassador to the Holy See has asked Pope Benedict to give his blessing to the peace talks begun in October between the Colombian government and the Marxist rebel group FARC. “In the name of our President Juan Manuel Santos and the Colombian people, I ask for your Apostolic Blessing upon Colombian for the peace talks,” Ambassador German Cardona Gutierrez Cardona said to the Pope during an official ceremony … [Read more...]

Americas saint’s feast a time for prayer, evangelization

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official called Nov. 5 “an occasion of prayer” and renewed evangelization efforts, as the day marks the feast of Saint Emeric, a patron saint of the Americas. “It's a time to thank our Lord for the great blessings he has bestowed not just on the United States but upon all the Americas, and to pray for the future – for the re-evangelization of our own United states, of North America and certainly South … [Read more...]

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the trial for the second man accused in the so-called Vatileaks scandal will continue.Claudio Sciarpelletti, the Vatican Secretariat of State’s computer programmer, is accused of aiding and abetting the Pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in stealing documents from Benedict XVI.Senior Vatican communications … [Read more...]

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the trial for the second man accused in the so-called Vatileaks scandal will continue.Claudio Sciarpelletti, the Vatican Secretariat of State’s computer programmer, is accused of aiding and abetting the Pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in stealing documents from Benedict XVI.Senior Vatican communications … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI sends encouragement to new Coptic Orthodox head

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI congratulated the new leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian Church as Christian minorities throughout the region face uncertain futures after the Arab Spring.“I am confident that … you will be a genuine spiritual father for your people … and an effective partner with all your fellow citizens in building the new Egypt in peace and harmony,” the Pope said in his message to Bishop … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI sends encouragement to new Coptic Orthodox head

Vatican City, Nov 5, 2012 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI congratulated the new leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian Church as Christian minorities throughout the region face uncertain futures after the Arab Spring.“I am confident that … you will be a genuine spiritual father for your people … and an effective partner with all your fellow citizens in building the new Egypt in peace and harmony,” the Pope said in his message to Bishop … [Read more...]


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