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  • Pope Francis
    Five unique things thus far about the Pontificate of Pope Francis
    There is little doubt that the pontificate of Pope Francis has caused a great deal of what we might call "media buzz" because of some of this Pontiff's actions which might be seen as unique. While that uniqueness is very real, it...
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    Pope phones man who wrote him about brother's murder to offer condolences
    It has been reported by both Catholic and international media sources since Sunday that Pope Francis personally called the brother of an Italian murder victim after receiving a heart-wrenching letter from the gentlemen about his inability to...
  • The Top Five Media Misconceptions About Pope Francis
    The Top Five Media Misconceptions About Pope Francis
    There has been a great deal of media speculation in recent weeks about how Pope Francis is going to "change" the Catholic Church. This has given rise to a series of media-created falsehoods about what Pope Francis has said or done,...
  • Pope Benedict XVI meets with parish priests February 15, 2013
    Resignation aftermath: Will Italy get two popes?
    Monday’s surprise announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he would be stepping down as leader of the Roman Catholic Church shocked the world. Even the pope’s closest associates were taken by surprise.But in an interesting turn of events...
  • truth
    The Pope resigns! Separating fact, fiction, speculation and politicization
    Certainly, today's news of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation comes as a surprise to faithful Catholic's worldwide, but not as a shock. For the Pope himself previously stated that if his body were to become a burden in fulfilling his...
  • Germany
    Germany Is About to Shock the World
    Germany was responsible for both world wars. In 1943, when Germany’s top generals, scientists, industrialists and bankers realized they were about to lose the second round, secret plans for athird round of world war began in earnest.The...
  • Pope Benedict XVI at World Youth Day 2011
    Meditations on Scriptures -- 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A), 8/20-21/11
    Opening reflection (taken from Magnificat magazine, www.magnificat.com): Peter can declare with certainty that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God, because of the way that his own life had changed since the first day that he met Jesus....
  • faith
    When Rome is burning...be more Roman!
    Like the rest of America, St. Petersburg is the home of the Catholic Church; therefore she is home to many Catholics. The American interpretation of, and relationship with, Catholicism has been a bumpy road to say the least. Though Catholics have...
  • Barack Obama meets with Hu Jintao during the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C.
    Religious leadership series: introduction
    Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims. The world can still be generalized as having five major religions, and those named encompass roughly 5.5 of the 6.5 billion people on this planet (sources and results may vary) or about 85% of the...