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2009-07-15 10:35:04

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth installment in the magic-themed movie franchise, has earned a glowing review from the Vatican's newspaper. L'Osservatore Romano published a critique Tuesday praising the filmmakers for drawing a clear line of demarcation between good and evil, making clear that good is right, and that in some cases this involves hard work and sacrifices, The Times of London reported. The L'Osservatore reviewer also said the movie promotes the values of...

2006-06-09 08:37:54

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's newspaper on Friday criticized the government of the Tuscany region in Italy for deciding to provide free hormone treatment for patients undergoing sex change operations. L'Osservatore Romano called the decision by the Tuscany regional government earlier this week "incredible." "The problem is not cost, it's principle," the newspaper said. "Faced with problems that afflict health care in Tuscany, waiting lists for operations, (insufficient...

2006-05-25 09:49:41

By Philip Pullella and Natalia Reiter WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland gave German-born Pope Benedict a warm but sparse reception on Thursday as he began a visit to honor his predecessor John Paul and help banish lingering ghosts of the Nazi occupation. The new conservative government turned out in force to welcome him at the airport and thousands of waiting Poles burst into cheers and applause when Benedict, 79, started addressing them in clear, slightly accented Polish. There were...

2006-04-30 13:54:37

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - China pressed ahead with appointing a new bishop to its state-sanctioned Catholic Church on Sunday and warned the Vatican not to interfere, risking a deepening rift with the Vatican which objected to the promotion. Ma Yingling was ordained bishop of Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Earlier, a Vatican-backed news service said the Holy See objected to Ma's ordination because he was too...

2006-04-16 07:22:14

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, in his first Easter message, called on Sunday for an "honorable solution" to the nuclear standoff with Iran, a truly independent Palestinian state, and global cooperation to combat terrorism. The German Pope, speaking on his 79th birthday, made his appeal for world peace in his Easter "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message to some 100,000 people as he concluded the first Easter season of his pontificate. The...

2006-04-16 05:58:44

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, in his first Easter message, called on Sunday for an "honorable solution" to the nuclear standoff with Iran, a truly independent Palestinian state, and global cooperation to combat terrorism. The German Pope, speaking on his 79th birthday, made his appeal for world peace in his Easter "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message to some 100,000 people as he concluded the first Easter season of his pontificate. The...

2006-04-16 05:53:17

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, in his first Easter message, called on Sunday for an "honorable solution" to the nuclear standoff with Iran, a truly independent Palestinian state, and global cooperation to combat terrorism. The Pope, speaking on his 79th birthday, made his appeal for world peace in his Easter "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message to nearly 100,000 people as he concluded the first Easter season of his pontificate. The Pope, who...

2006-04-15 17:00:18

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict began the first Easter of his pontificate on Saturday, urging Catholics to let the risen Christ help them transform a world of violence and corruption. The 78-year-old German Pope, who marks the first anniversary of his election next week, presided at an Easter Vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica to mark the most important day in the Church's liturgical calendar. At the start of the service, the Pope carved the first and last...

2006-04-03 01:34:37

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China and the Vatican could re-establish diplomatic relations by the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Roman Catholic clergyman in the country, said on Monday. Ties were cut in 1951 and the Vatican has formal relations with Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers a breakaway province. But momentum has been building in recent years for the Vatican to make the switch from Taiwan to China. As a precondition, Beijing insists...

2006-03-25 07:24:06

By Philip Pullella and Tom Heneghan VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict and 15 new cardinals he elevated to the highest ranks of the Roman Catholic Church paid tribute on Saturday to the late Pope John Paul, who died nearly a year ago, recalling his public suffering. Benedict, dressed in resplendent gold vestments, led the new "princes of the Church" in a solemn mass attended by tens of thousands of people assembled in St Peter's Square. The new cardinals from around the world,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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