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Area Catholic leaders surprised by resignation

February 11, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The reaction in western North Dakota was largely the same as the reaction worldwide Monday after Pope Benedict XVI announced he would be resigning effective at the end of February. Continue Reading

Pope prays for freedom, ‘renewal’ in Cuba

March 27, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

HAVANA (AP) Pope Benedict XVI prayed for freedom and renewal “for the greater good of all Cubans” before the nation’s patron saint Tuesday, but the island’s communist leaders quickly rejected the Roman Catholic leader’s appeal for political change after five decades of one-party rule. Continue Reading

Report: Sexual abuse rampant in Dutch Catholic institutions

December 16, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands As many as 20,000 children endured sexual abuse at Dutch Catholic institutions over the past 65 years, and church officials failed to adequately address it or help the victims, according to a long-awaited investigative report released Friday.
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Pope: Marriage is not an absolute right

January 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Vatican concern about annulments largely directed at U.S.Pope Benedict XVI told priests today to do a better job counseling would-be spouses to ensure their marriages last and said no one has an absolute right to a wedding. Continue Reading

Pakistanis protest pope’s appeal on blasphemy laws

January 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Islamist protesters demonstrated in Pakistan today against a call by Pope Benedict XVI for the government to scrap blasphemy laws that stipulate the death sentence for anyone insulting Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Continue Reading

Vatican creates financial watchdog amid bank probe

December 30, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

The Vatican has created a financial watchdog agency and issued new laws to fight money laundering and terrorist financing in a major effort to shed its image as a tax haven that for years has been mired in secrecy and scandal. Continue Reading

Vatican: Everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV

November 23, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Using a condom is a lesser evil than transmitting HIV to a sexual partner even if that means a woman averts a possible pregnancy, the Vatican said today, signaling a seismic shift in papal teaching as it explained Pope Benedict XVI’s comments.
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Aquila clarifies pope’s take on condoms

November 22, 2010 in INFORUM

Fargo Catholic Diocese Bishop Samuel Aquila says the pope’s recent comments related to condom use do not indicate a shift away from the church’s general teaching against the use of condoms or contraceptives. Continue Reading

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Believers find mixed blessings in Pope’s comments on condom use

November 21, 2010 in INFORUM

COLUMBUS, Ohio Some Catholic believers in the Americas greeted Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on condoms as a sign that the church was stepping into the modern debate in the fight against AIDS, though the church was adamant Sunday that nothing has changed in its views banning contraception. Continue Reading

Pope to UK: Deeply sorry, ashamed of ‘unspeakable’ sex abuse

September 18, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Pope Benedict XVI said today he was ashamed of the “unspeakable” sexual abuse of children by priests, telling the British faithful during Mass in Westminster Cathedral that he was deeply sorry and hoped the church’s humiliation would help victims heal.
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