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Aquila describes appointment as Denver archbishop ‘overwhelming’

May 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Eleven years after Samuel Aquila was surprised by a call telling him to move from Denver to become the bishop of the Fargo diocese, he’s equally surprised to make the move back. “All of this is overwhelming,” said Aquila, who was announced Tuesday as the archbishop of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Denver. 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

Vatican to launch internet news portal

June 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Vatican is taking a leap into the world of new media this week with the launch of a news information portal that Pope Benedict XVI himself may put online with a papal click. Continue Reading

Israel’s Vatican envoy backs off WWII pope praise

June 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican on Sunday backed off his praise of Pope Pius XII, the World War II-era pope blamed by some Jews and historians for having failed to speak out enough against the Holocaust. 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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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