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Pope John Paul II beatification’s final lap

Pope John Paul II beatification’s final lap

As the Church considers the possibility of Pope John Paul II being declared a saint, Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service JOHN THAVIS reports on speculation that the late pope will be beatified on the fifth anniversary of his death on April 2 next year.

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Pope promotes Lenten fast

Pope promotes Lenten fast

With Ash Wednesday less than two weeks away, Pope Benedict XVI has issued a Lenten message focusing on the value of fasting for the modern Christian. ZENIT reports.

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Synod helped with scriptural focus: Pontiff

Synod helped with scriptural focus: Pontiff

Rome bureau chief of Catholic News Service JOHN THAVIS reports on the insights Pope Benedict XVI conveyed as he closed the Synod of Bishops of the Bible which was held in the Vatican from October 5-26.

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Gathered in prayer to await Jesus

Gathered in prayer to await Jesus

One commentator described Pope Benedict XVI's homily at the World Youth Day Saturday-night vigil as "one of the most beautiful texts of his pontificate". ZENIT reports.

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Changing hearts and minds

Changing hearts and minds

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit Sydney for World Youth Day 2008 next month, the apostolic nuncio to the United States claims that the Holy Father's recent visit there has changed hearts to the extent that some parishes have noticed an increase in Mass attendance...

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Pope Benedict’s historic US visit

Pope Benedict’s historic US visit

Pope Benedict XVI and United States President George W Bush have had wide-ranging discussions covering topics as diverse as human rights and religious freedom, marriage and family life, and the Middle East situation during the Holy Father's five-day visit to the US during the week...

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Pope to make historic US visit

Pope to make historic US visit

Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the United States from Tuesday until next Sunday (April 20). Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service JOHN THAVIS gives his view on what the Pope's message might be.

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