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Pope Benedict XVI to resign Feb. 28, says he’s too infirm

February 11, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

VATICAN CITY Declaring that he lacks the strength to do his job, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign Feb. 28 becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. His decision sets the stage for a mid-March conclave to elect a new leader for a Roman Catholic Church in deep turmoil. Continue Reading

Pope’s arrival in Mexico sparks surprising emotion

March 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

There was little excitement in Leon in the hours before the pope arrived. Crowds were thin. Spectators napped under trees. Vendors complained about the low turnout here in the conservative heartland of Mexico’s Roman Catholicism. Then, as Pope Benedict XVI’s plane appeared in the shimmering heat of Friday afternoon, people poured from their homes. They packed sidewalks five and six deep, screaming ecstatically as the pope passed, waving slowly. Some burst into tears. Continue Reading

22 cardinals join club to elect pope’s successor

February 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Pope Benedict XVI today brought 22 Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor, cementing the Italian majority in a future conclave but also giving New York’s garrulous archbishop a position of prominence. Continue Reading

From Dickinson to the Vatican: Mass with the Pope

December 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Two young men will get a very special Christmas gift this year. Dickinson residents Austin Holgard and Dominic Bouck will spend two hours with Pope Benedict XVI during the midnight Christmas Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. “It’s pretty surreal right now,” Bouck said Friday from Rome. “It’s just beyond what I ever hoped for.” Continue Reading

From Dickinson to the Vatican: Mass with the Pope

December 23, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

Two young men will get a very special Christmas gift this year. Dickinson residents Austin Holgard and Dominic Bouck will spend two hours with Pope Benedict XVI during the midnight Christmas Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Continue Reading

Pope celebrates Mass in Germany despite shooting incident

September 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Facing discontent within his German flock, Pope Benedict XVI met with victims of clerical sex abuse as he called for Roman Catholics in the former communist East to rediscover their faith. Continue Reading

Pope: Nazi excesses a lesson on abuse of power

September 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Pope Benedict XVI says politicians must not sacrifice ethics for power and that the Nazi excesses of his homeland are a lesson in history. Continue Reading

Pope demands greater ethics in economic policy

August 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Pope Benedict XVI denounced the profit-at-all-cost mentality that he says is behind Europe’s current economic crisis as he arrived in hard-hit Spain today, and said morals and ethics must play a greater role in formulating economic policy in the future. Continue Reading

In Easter message, pope urges diplomacy in Libya

April 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Pope Benedict XVI contrasted war and hunger with the joy of Easter Sunday and issued a ringing call for diplomacy to prevail over fighting in Libya, for nations to welcome refugees from conflict and for Middle East leaders to respect their citizens.
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Pope leads faithful in Palm Sunday outdoor Mass

April 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Pope Benedict XVI, leading a huge crowd at Palm Sunday outdoor Mass, lauded man’s technological accomplishments but lamented that his increasing abilities can also be used for evil.
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