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Understanding the Churches and Rites of the Catholic Church

Last edited 3rd February 2010

The average Catholic – as well as the average non-Catholic – believes that the Catholic Church is one monolithic church, with one way of celebrating Mass and a single hierarchy which rules that church. However, the truth is much more complex, so much so that I’m reminded of the saying, “I don’t believe in organized religion, I’m Catholic.”

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Shrine of Altötting

Last edited 20th January 2010

In the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI, in upper Bavaria, lies Altötting, the most famous Marian shrine of the German-speaking world, which, as the "Shrine of Europe" belongs to the six most important pilgrimage destinations in Europe. For over 1250 years, Altötting has been the spiritual center of Bavaria; for over 500 years, the image from the 14th century has been venerated there.

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Priest Gives Proof of Pius XII's Aid to Jews

Last edited 15th January 2010

An Italian priest who helped Jews escape Nazi persecution during World

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Bishop Yao Liang, 87, Imprisoned in China for Loyalty to the Vatican, Dies

Last edited 5th January 2010

Leo Yao Liang, a Roman Catholic bishop who spent 28 years in Chinese prisons during Mao’s rule for his refusal to renounce his allegiance to the Vatican, died on Dec. 30 in Xiwanzi, a town in north China’s Hebei Province.

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How Do They Pick a New Bishop?

Last edited 5th January 2010

Have you ever wanted to know how a bishop is selected? Find out how the Diocese of Scranton, in the USA, is electing a new bishop.

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Papal Letters Revealed

Last edited 4th January 2010

A 13th-century letter from Genghis Khan's grandson demanding homage from Pope Innocent IV is among a collection of documents from the Vatican's Secret Archives that has been published for the first time. The Holy See's archives contain scrolls, parchments and leather-bound volumes with correspondence dating back more than 1000 years.

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House uncovered in Nazareth dating to the time of Jesus

Last edited 22nd December 2009

Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remains of a home from the time of Jesus in the heart of Nazareth!

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Holocaust Survivor Visits Pope!

Last edited 3rd February 2010

An 84-year-old Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust has presented Benedict XVI with her autobiography.

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The Origin of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Last edited 26th November 2009

You're all familiar with the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" I think. To most it's a just a rhyme set to music. But it had a quite serious purpose when it was written!

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Christianity ended the cold war peacefully

Last edited 13th November 2009

The extraordinary events that brought down the Iron Curtain were in fact a victory of religious resistance - and religion had a lot more to do with the end of the Cold War then is spoken about! Adrian Pabst from the Guardian gets the facts right...

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