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2005-12-25 06:22:44

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, in his first Christmas address, on Sunday urged humanity to unite against terrorism, poverty and environmental blight and called for a "new world order" to correct economic imbalances. The Pope made his comments to tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered under umbrellas in a rainy St Peter square for his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message and blessing. In his address, telecast live from the central balcony of...

2005-12-18 08:44:11

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged Roman Catholics on Sunday not to commercialize Christmas, saying joy -- not expensive objects -- was the real gift of the season. The 78-year-old Pope, apparently suffering from a sore throat, made his comments in an impromptu sermon during a visit to a parish in a densely populated neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome. "Joy is the real gift of Christmas -- not expensive gifts that only cost time and money -- but joy," he said, speaking in a...

2005-10-25 16:39:56

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict's top diplomat said on Tuesday the Holy See was always ready to end relations with Taiwan and return its embassy to Beijing but that China must respect religious freedom and treat the Vatican fairly. "We have said many times that it (Taiwan) is not an obstacle," said Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, adding the Vatican was ready to start dialogue at any time. "I have said many times that if we had contacts with...

2005-09-08 14:14:53

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Thursday invited four bishops from China to take part in a synod next month, in what could herald a new phase in the strained relations between the Vatican and Beijing. If some or all of the bishops are allowed to travel to Rome, their trip would represent a major thaw in decades of often icy relations between the Holy See and the communist government, which does not allow its Catholics to recognize the Pope. The four...

2005-08-21 07:38:34

By Philip Pullella and Alexandra Hudson COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, wrapping up a triumphant return to his German homeland, on Sunday urged young people to shun a "do-it-yourself" concept of religion where they can choose what they want and disregard the rest. A crowd of up to a million young people cheered the Pope at the last major event of his trip -- an open-air mass outside the city to conclude the Catholic Church's World Youth Day. Most had spent the chilly...

2005-08-18 04:25:38

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict left for Germany on Thursday on the first international trip of his pontificate, saying he was "very moved" to be flying back to his homeland. The Pope, who was elected four months ago, will spend four days in Cologne to conclude celebrations of the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day. Benedict greeted reporters as he boarded his flight. Asked how he felt, he replied: "Very moved because this is a visit to my homeland, but also a visit to young...

2005-08-17 18:08:08

By Alexandra Hudson COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Pope Benedict faces a tall order as he embarks on the first foreign trip of his papacy on Thursday. He must charm excitable teenagers, bring restive Catholics back to the fold and boost relations with other faiths. Youngsters from almost 200 countries at the World Youth Day festival in Cologne are sure to give the 78-year-old a hearty reception, but curiousity is intense as to how much charisma he can muster on the giant stage where...

2005-07-29 02:35:47

Please read in paragraph 10 ... Xing Wenzhi ... instead of Xing Wenzhian A corrected story follow. By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - The Vatican is reported to have given its blessing to atheist China's choice of a new bishop, the second such appointment in as many months in a sign of a thaw in decades-old icy relations. But the Connecticut-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said Chinese authorities had beaten up parishioners in the southeastern province of Fujian who had been trying...

2005-07-29 02:42:14

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - The Vatican is reported to have given its blessing to atheist China's choice of a new bishop, the second such appointment in as many months in a sign of a thaw in decades-old icy relations. But the Connecticut-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said Chinese authorities had beaten up parishioners in the southeastern province of Fujian who had been trying to prevent the arrest of an underground Roman Catholic priest, undermining reconciliation efforts....

2005-07-05 04:01:51

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which does not recognize theVatican, has arrested an underground Roman Catholic bishop, aU.S.-based religious rights group said, quashing hopes of anysudden rapprochement between Beijing and the Holy See. China has not had diplomatic relations with the Vaticansince 1951 and believers must attend state-sanctioned churchesled by bishops who pledge loyalty to Beijing. But a parallelchurch loyal to the Pope practises in secret. "Bishop Jia Zhiguo, the underground...


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ween
  • To think; to imagine; to fancy.
  • To be of opinion; have the notion; think; imagine; suppose.
The word 'ween' comes from Middle English wene, from Old English wēn, wēna ("hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wēniz, *wēnōn (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win”).
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