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Adolf Hitler's real religion and twisted beliefs

Adolf Hitler's real religion and twisted beliefs

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Pope Francis' environmental encyclical: respecting God and the natural order

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Pope Francis is the Man who would not be King

Pope Francis is the Man who would not be King

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Defining the 'New Evangelization' for the Catholic Church

Defining the 'New Evangelization' for the Catholic Church

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The primacy of God: where Marxism failed

The primacy of God: where Marxism failed

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Pope Francis and the New Socialism

Pope Francis and the New Socialism

In his encyclical Lumen Fidei - the Light of Faith - Pope Francis warns against deceivers who cloak their true aims with environmentalism.

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'Mystical experience' encouraged Pope Benedict to retire

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The Light of Faith: Pope Francis' first encyclical

The Light of Faith: Pope Francis' first encyclical

Full text of Pope Francis' letter on faith, which has contributions made by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

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Pope Benedict XVI showed courage in resigning papacy

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Challenges aplenty await Pope Francis

Challenges aplenty await Pope Francis

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Patriarch's hope for East-West reunion

Patriarch's hope for East-West reunion

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And the new Pope is...Pope Benedict XVI?

And the new Pope is...Pope Benedict XVI?

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Pope Benedict: a pilgrim father

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Vatican issues coins & stamps commemorating Pope Benedict's resignation

Vatican issues coins & stamps commemorating Pope Benedict's resignation

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A time of waiting, and contemplation for the Catholic Church

A time of waiting, and contemplation for the Catholic Church

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Pope Benedict XVI, aging with dignity, and the Jewish People

Pope Benedict XVI, aging with dignity, and the Jewish People

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An atheist libertarian's perspective on Pope Benedict

An atheist libertarian's perspective on Pope Benedict

Author Vargas Llosa pays tribute to Pope Benedict and credits the Catholic Church with preserving Classical and Renaissance cultural traditions.

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Pope emeritus Benedict and new monastery home

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Vatican 'sede vacante': Benedict leaves behind the empty see of St Peter

Vatican 'sede vacante': Benedict leaves behind the empty see of St Peter

"I am simply a pilgrim ending the last leg of his journey on earth," said Benedict XVI in his last address as pope.

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A tearful farewell to Pope Benedict XVI

A tearful farewell to Pope Benedict XVI

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Pope Benedict swears allegiance to successor

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Poor pathetic Andrew Sullivan goes off the rails

Poor pathetic Andrew Sullivan goes off the rails

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An appreciation of Pope Benedict XVI

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'The Church is alive': says pope in final address: full text of address

'The Church is alive': says pope in final address: full text of address

Full Text of Pope Benedict's final address to the public.

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Pope makes final address to thousands at St Peter's Square

Pope makes final address to thousands at St Peter's Square

Pope Benedict said he "suffered" in making his decision to quit the See of St. Peter. But, he said, he will not be "coming down from the Cross."

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The broken ring and the end of Benedict's pontificate

The broken ring and the end of Benedict's pontificate

"Cast it into the fire!"

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A Lavender Mafia at work at the Vatican?

A Lavender Mafia at work at the Vatican?

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The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

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Soundings: Papal and U.S. federal elections. Part 1

Soundings: Papal and U.S. federal elections. Part 1

In this first installment in a 4-part series, Spero contributor Jim Thunder analyzes the qualifications required for the incoming Pope, and candidates to US federal office.

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Pope Benedict meditates on the Transfiguration in his last Angelus appearance

Pope Benedict meditates on the Transfiguration in his last Angelus appearance

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Pope: interchangeable 'logos': art and word

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Israeli premier thanks Pope Benedict for efforts towards Jewish-Christian comity

Israeli premier thanks Pope Benedict for efforts towards Jewish-Christian comity

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Pope Benedict makes last Sunday appearance

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Secret report reveals Vatican intrigue

Secret report reveals Vatican intrigue

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Catholics getting lots of unsolicited advice

Catholics getting lots of unsolicited advice

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David Letterman: your shrink is calling

David Letterman: your shrink is calling

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Non-Catholics' assessment of Pope Benedict puts ex-Catholics to shame

Non-Catholics' assessment of Pope Benedict puts ex-Catholics to shame

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Further reflections on Pope Benedict's resignation

Further reflections on Pope Benedict's resignation

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After Benedict: who will be the next Pope?

After Benedict: who will be the next Pope?

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What happens now after Pope Benedict's resignation?

What happens now after Pope Benedict's resignation?

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Media gets it wrong again about Pope Benedict

Media gets it wrong again about Pope Benedict

Rabbi David Rosen referred to accusations that, as a youth, Pope Benedict voluntarily joined the Hitler Youth movement, as 'rubbish'.

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Pope Benedict faces Islam

Pope Benedict faces Islam

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Shameless Andrew Sullivan brings back Christopher Hitchens from the dead

Shameless Andrew Sullivan brings back Christopher Hitchens from the dead

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Jewish leaders recognize Pope Benedict's interfaith efforts

Jewish leaders recognize Pope Benedict's interfaith efforts

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Pope Benedict's early hints about his resignation

Pope Benedict's early hints about his resignation

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Catholic reaction to Pope Benedict's resignation announcement

Catholic reaction to Pope Benedict's resignation announcement

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Seven good reasons to admire Pope Benedict XVI

Seven good reasons to admire Pope Benedict XVI

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No clear front-runner for new Pope

No clear front-runner for new Pope

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'Overexposed' Andrew Sullivan should not throw stones at the Pope

'Overexposed' Andrew Sullivan should not throw stones at the Pope

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Pope Benedict, Barack Obama, and Technological Prometheanism

Pope Benedict, Barack Obama, and Technological Prometheanism

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Killing of Christians continues in 'Schedule 2' countries

Killing of Christians continues in 'Schedule 2' countries

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Benedict XVI's homily on the splendour of God's truth and love

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Pope Benedict tells the world not to lose hope

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Pope Benedict cites rabbi to defend traditional marriage

Pope Benedict cites rabbi to defend traditional marriage

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Pope's message for peace: down with the dictatorship of relativism

Full text of Pope Benedict's message for the world day of peace.

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Pope Benedict's Twitter goes wild

Pope Benedict's Twitter goes wild

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Relativism generates violence, says Pope Benedict

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Pope Benedict speaks of God's benevolent plan for humanity

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Pope appoints Amigo in Puerto Rico

Pope appoints Amigo in Puerto Rico

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Pope prays for victims of Hurricane Sandy

Pope also prayed that Catholic university rectors would be reinforced in their 'sense of belonging to the Church."

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Pope says malnutrition is exacerbated by excessive competitiveness

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Pope Benedict calls on the wealthy to show solidarity for the poor

Pope Benedict calls on the wealthy to show solidarity for the poor

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Increased intolerance of Christians in Christian countries

Increased intolerance of Christians in Christian countries

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Vatican: new Israeli envoy accepts 'great challenge'

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Pope in Lebanon: 'resist all that undermines peace'

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Pope says to Mideast: Do not be afraid to be a Christian

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'Serve justice and peace' says Pope in Lebanon

'Serve justice and peace' says Pope in Lebanon

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Pope calls for Christians and Muslims to come together

Pope calls for Christians and Muslims to come together

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Pope to have common prayer with Lebanese Muslims

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Pope Benedict: Beware the temptations of power and materialism

Pope Benedict: Beware the temptations of power and materialism

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Insincerity is the mark of the devil, says Pope Benedict

Insincerity is the mark of the devil, says Pope Benedict

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Pope Benedict to honor 47 metropolitan archbishops

Pope Benedict to honor 47 metropolitan archbishops

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Unprecedented scandal could topple Number 2 Vatican official

Unprecedented scandal could topple Number 2 Vatican official

VatiLeaks scandal appears to be directed at Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

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Benedict XVI: Real liturgical renewal needed, 50 years after Vatican 2

Benedict XVI: Real liturgical renewal needed, 50 years after Vatican 2

Pope Benedict condemned sins committed by Irish priests and consecrated persons. "Instead of showing them the path towards Christ...they abused people and undermined the credibility of the Church's message."

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Pope Benedict focuses on sacredness of adoration of Christ in the Eucharist

Pope Benedict focuses on sacredness of adoration of Christ in the Eucharist

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Vatican slams American nun: Divorce and homosexual unions are still no-noes

Vatican slams American nun: Divorce and homosexual unions are still no-noes

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith warned against the book 'Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics', by Sr Margaret A. Farley of Yale University: "not in conformity with the teaching of the Church".

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The New Evangelization and Catholic education

The New Evangelization and Catholic education

Why would a Georgetown University seek to honor a pro-abortion politician such as Barack Obama or Kathleen Sebelius?

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'VatiLeaks' scandal could be defining moment for Pope Benedict

'VatiLeaks' scandal could be defining moment for Pope Benedict

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Benedict XVI: Catholic Church in US struggles to incorporate diversity

Benedict XVI: Catholic Church in US struggles to incorporate diversity

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Pope Benedict: U.S. Catholics have struggled to tolerate Eastern rite Catholics

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Go back to basics, says Pope about 'New Evangelization'

In order to speak about God, we must speak to God, says Pope Benedict.

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Mexico sees Catholic/Protestant divide over public education

Mexico sees Catholic/Protestant divide over public education

A proposed reform of Mexico's constitution has Protestants and secularists worried that Catholics will dominate public education.

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Pope meets with Jewish delegation from Latin America

Pope meets with Jewish delegation from Latin America

Pope Benedict reaffirmed the values embodied in 'Nostra Aetate', while noting that the world is increasingly challenged by intolerance.

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Pope pleased with American bishops' changes in religious education

The visiting USCCB bishops are also looking to formulate a missal in Spanish for use in the US. The Vatican has recognized that the US is now the second-largest Spanish-speaking country.

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A balanced perspective on Fr D'Arcy and the Irish church

A balanced perspective on Fr D'Arcy and the Irish church

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Pope calls on Christians to be reborn as children of God

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Pope prays for families in crisis

Pope prays for families in crisis

Full text of remarks by Pope Benedict

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Cuba, the Pope, and the Ladies in White

Cuba, the Pope, and the Ladies in White

Pope Benedict's visit to Cuba revealed the intransigence of the Castroite regime. Even so, the Ladies in White - the wives, mothers, and sisters of political prisoners - continue their demands for human rights on the Caribbean island.

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Pope Benedict: Palm Sunday is the great doorway to Holy Week

Pope Benedict: Palm Sunday is the great doorway to Holy Week

Palm Sunday is the great doorway leading into Holy Week, the week when the Lord Jesus makes His way towards the culmination of his earthly existence.

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Pope: in Cuba, religious freedom creates harmony

On the last day of his visit, Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in front of 600 thousand people. "The truth which stands above humanity is an unavoidable condition for attaining freedom, since in it we discover the foundation of an ethics on which all can converge ...

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Pope Benedict calls for further lifting of restrictions on Cuban Christians

Pope Benedict calls for further lifting of restrictions on Cuban Christians

Pope Benedict spoke with President Castro of Cuba and asked that Good Friday be made a national holiday.

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Pope Benedict recalls African ancestors of modern Cubans

Pope Benedict recalls African ancestors of modern Cubans

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Yo, Castro, how's that communism thing workin' for ya?

Yo, Castro, how's that communism thing workin' for ya?

Pope Benedict says Communism 'no longer correspond to reality' in advance of meeting with the Castro Bros. in Cuba.

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The Catholic Church is apolitical, says Pope Benedict

The Catholic Church is apolitical, says Pope Benedict

"We must not lose the heart, but unite heart and reason,...only in this way is the human being complete."

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Narcoterrorists call a truce for papal visit to Mexico

Narcoterrorists call a truce for papal visit to Mexico

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A Papal visit to Northern Ireland would be welcome

A Papal visit to Northern Ireland would be welcome

While Pope Benedict will make a video appearance the forthcoming Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Catholics in Northern Ireland could use a visit in the flesh.

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Pope Benedict to visit vibrant Catholic communities in Cuba and Mexico

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Pope Benedict lectures U.S. bishops on marriage

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Pope Benedict's Lenten message

Lent is a time to reflect on the very heart of Christian faith: charity.

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Sanctity in politics is possible, says Austrian cardinal of convert from Judaism

Sanctity in politics is possible, says Austrian cardinal of convert from Judaism

Hildegard Burjan was converted to the Catholic faith and became active in politics and in aiding the poor in Austria.

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