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Pope Benedict Meets Fidel Castro in Cuba

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has met with Cuba’s former leader and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, shortly the pontiff called for greater religious freedom on the island. A Vatican spokesman said the meeting Wednesday occurred after the pope’s outdoor mass in Havana’s Revolution Plaza. The mass capped his first papal visit to Cuba. On Wednesday morning, tens of […]

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Pope to Meet Mexican President Saturday

Posted March 24th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Saturday, as the Roman Catholic leader embarks on a five-day Latin America trip that will also take him to Cuba. The pontiff began his day with celebration of a private Mass at Miraflores College in the central Mexican city of Leon. He planned an early evening meeting […]

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Pope to Meet Mexican President

Posted March 24th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Saturday, as the Roman Catholic leader embarks on a five-day Latin America trip that will also take him to Cuba. On Sunday, Benedict will preside over a huge outdoor Mass in the central Mexican city of Leon. Thousands of supporters turned out to welcome the pope when […]

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Coptic Faithful Fill Cathedral for Pope Shenouda’s Funeral

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christians have joined a funeral mass in Cairo for their patriarch, Pope Shenouda the Third, who died of illness on Saturday at the age of 88. Mourners, many of them in tears, packed St. Mark’s Cathedral for the service, also attended by representatives of Egypt’s ruling military council and prominent political […]

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Egypt Holds Funeral for Coptic Pope

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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The funeral for Egypt’s Coptic Pope, Shenouda the Third, the spiritual leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian community, is under way in Cairo. Shenouda died on Saturday in Cairo at age 88 from liver and lung disease. Historians say the Coptic church is one of the oldest in the world. It traces its founding […]

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Egypt’s Coptic Spiritual Leader Dies

Posted March 17th, 2012 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptians are mourning the death of Coptic Pope Shenouda III, the spiritual leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian community. Shenouda died on Saturday in Cairo at age 88 after suffering from what the official MENA news agency says was liver and lung disease. Mourners gathered in the main Coptic cathedral in Cairo to pray […]

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Egypt’s Coptic Spiritual Leader Dies

Posted March 17th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s Coptic Pope Shenouda III, the spiritual leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian community, has died. He was 88. Shenouda died on Saturday in Egypt after suffering from health complications. Egypt’s official MENA news agency says he had battled liver and lung ailments. Shenouda was consecrated as pope of Alexandria in 1971. He led […]

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Pope Benedict: String of Nigeria Attacks ‘Absurd’

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has denounced as “absurd” a string of Christmas day bombings in Nigeria, including one that killed 35 people at a Roman Catholic church. Speaking on Monday from his window overlooking St. Peter’s square, the Pope said he learned with profound sadness about the attacks, and invited people to pray for the victims. At […]

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Pope Benedict: String of Nigeria Attacks ‘Absurd’

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has denounced as “absurd” a string of Christmas day bombings in Nigeria, including one that killed 35 people at a Roman Catholic church. Speaking on Monday from his window overlooking St. Peter’s square, the Pope said he learned with profound sadness about the attacks, and invited people to pray for the victims. At […]

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Pope Warns ‘Shadow Has Fallen Over Our Time’

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The pope has an urgent warning as much of the world prepares to mark the New Year 2012. In a message released for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace on January 1, Pope Benedict warns, “It seems as if a shadow has fallen over our time.” And he cites a “rising sense of frustration,” […]

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