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As a Teen, the Holy Father’s Father Gave Talks on the Papacy
Last edited 21st January 2014

Obviously oblivious to the fact that he would have a son who, one day, would become pope, a 17-year-old Mario Bergoglio actually became a sort of informal expert on the papacy, giving talks on the subject in his native Italy. He was even given a very good write-up in the local paper after his talk:


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2013: A Year that Rocked the Church
Last edited 6th January 2014

The year 2013 saw dramatic events in the life of the Catholic Church. A video by Catholic News Service!

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Fr. Robert Barron comments on The Council of Trent
Last edited 11th December 2013

This year is the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent. It is one of the most important councils in the history of the Church, as well as the longest council by far, which was held in response to the Protestant Reformation. So what did they talk about, and why is it important for Catholics today? Watch this video with Fr. Robert Barron for more.

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Vatican Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the First Council Document Published
Last edited 11th December 2013

Many of the people inside Rome's Church of St. Anselmo were too young to remember the Second Vatican Council. But they heard from witnesses who vividly recall the first document the Council approved, Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Arguably, this document may have changed Catholicism for everyday churchgoers, more than any other text from the Second Vatican Council.

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Ukraine’s Forgotten Tragedy
Last edited 25th November 2013

As Ukraine prepares to mark the 80th anniversary of "Holodomor," the man-made famine that killed millions of Ukrainians, the tragedy remains little known in the West. The famine swept through the Soviet Union in 1932-33 following Josef Stalin's forced collectivization of agriculture. Visit this article to read more.

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Historian: Catholic Church Pivotal in Rescue of Roman Jews
Last edited 17th October 2013

The efforts of the Catholic Church were undoubtedly decisive in the escape of most of Rome's Jews during World War II, according to a Jewish historian and columnist.


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9/11 - The Catholic Church Remembers
Last edited 10th September 2013

911. For years, those numbers simply meant a call for help. Now they also remind us of September 11, 2001, the date of the worst terrorist attack on the United States of America and one of the deadliest days ever on American soil. We now know September 11 as "Patriot Day."


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35 Years Since the Election of John Paul I
Last edited 26th August 2013

Thirty-five years ago on 26 August 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani, Patriarch of Venice was elected Pope after the death of the Servant of God Pope Paul VI. The conclave of 101 cardinals lasted two days and he was elected on the fourth ballot. Luciani took the name of John Paul I – the first pope to have two names. He wanted to continue the work of Pope Paul VI and Pope John XXIII.


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August 1978: The Summer that Changed the History of Conclaves
Last edited 19th August 2013

With temperatures high up in the thermometer, August in Rome can be very unpleasant. And 35 years ago, cardinals had to endure one of the most intense summers the Church has gone through in recent memory. They had not one, but two conclaves, about a month apart. The first elected John Paul I, while the second chose John Paul II. Casa Santa Marta did not yet exist, and so the cardinals experience some unique struggles.

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Successors: A Papal Transition
Last edited 22nd April 2013

Here's a look at a dramatic change in the Catholic Church, beginning with Pope Benedict XVI's stunning resignation announcement and the twists and turns that resulted in the election of Pope Francis, whose personality has already shaped the office of the papacy.

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