PEACE GARDEN MAMA II meaningful mondays: the (former) pope's new brown shoes
[On occasion, Peace Garden Mama will include a bit of my newspaper work, published mainly Saturdays in The Forum, reprinted here with permission.]
Making sense of the pope's dep... Posted on 3/4/13 at 1:11 AM
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Amid the flood of news coverage that followed Pope Benedict XVI's surprise announcement yesterday that he is retiring this month as the spiritual leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics, the... Posted on 2/12/13 at 12:46 PM
His arms outstretched in a symbolic embrace, Pope Benedict XVI blessed tens of thousands of cheering people on Sunday in one of his last appearances as pontiff from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square.
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.
Nicole Winfield and Victor L. Simpson
, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI worked to build the future of Mexico's church by reaching out to children Saturday as tens of thousands of teenagers streamed into a vast, shade-starved park to camp out overnight ahead of a gigantic papal Mass.
Michael Weissenstein and Nicole Winfield
, March 24, 2012
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.
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."
Pope Benedict XVI addressed Germany's parliament from the historic Reichstag building today, warning that politicians must not sacrifice ethics for power and evoking the Nazi excesses of his homeland as a lesson in history.
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.
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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