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2008-07-17 03:00:08

Pope Benedict XVI Thursday called the Australian government courageous for apologizing for past injustices suffered by the nation's indigenous peoples. The leader of the world's Roman Catholics, who is in Australia for the World Youth Day celebration, said the courageous decision by the government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to apologize would help bring indigenous and non-indigenous Australians closer together, The Australian reported. This example of reconciliation offers hope to...

2006-04-26 04:27:40

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of South Korean Roman Catholics left for North Korea on Wednesday, a Church official said, the first such official delegation to visit a country Washington has criticized for suppressing religion. The visit comes after Pope Benedict installed a second cardinal for South Korea earlier this year. Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk is interested in rebuilding the Church in the communist country and having a priest installed there. Cheong also heads the Roman...

2006-03-20 11:37:13

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of England's Roman Catholics called on Monday for tighter ethical controls in a fashionable Catholic hospital embroiled in a complex morality debate. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor ordered an inquiry after the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London decided to build an extension where doctors would operate medical services under Britain's state health system. Senior Catholics feared that the doctors would be obliged under their...

2006-01-11 14:51:05

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - Roman Catholics would be the majority on the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time if Samuel Alito is confirmed -- a historically remarkable prospect in a country where "papists" were once taught in state schools that their faith was a lie. But so far the development has passed for little more than a curiosity, reflecting how politics trumps religion when it comes to appointments to America's highest court, experts say. Alito and the Catholics...

2006-01-08 06:36:43

By Crispian Balmer VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict performed the first baptisms of his pontificate on Sunday, using the occasion to launch an impassioned denunciation of irresponsible sex and a "culture of death" that he said pervaded the modern world. Pope Benedict, abandoning his prepared sermon, compared the wild excesses of the ancient Roman empire to 21st century society and urged people to rediscover their faith. "In our times we need to say 'no' to the largely dominant...

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...

2005-08-24 14:37:38

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has withdrawn an anti-AIDS campaign ad featuring a smiling nun holding a condom after it sparked an outcry from Roman Catholics, local media said on Wednesday. The poster, which shows the nun holding the condom with both hands and saying "Although I don't need one, even I know," had been removed from all condom machines in Taipei hospitals, subway stations and elsewhere. "As a nun, I can't agree with their way of expressing things," a church spokeswoman...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.