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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, July 11, 2012 (CNS) — Just as individual musicians in an orchestra turn dissonance into harmony through hard work, sacrifice and listening to one another, so, too, can the world’s people turn conflict into peace, said Pope Benedict XVI. The pope made his remarks following a July 11 concert performed in his […]

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ROME, June 11, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Nearly half a century has passed since the father of western monasticism, Saint Benedict, was declared patron protector of Europe. Throughout the Dark Ages of Europe following the fall of Rome, Scripture, patristic writings, classical literature, and scientific works that otherwise might have been forgotten or destroyed were kept safe […]

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VATICAN, July 10, 2012 (CNS) — The majority of bishops’ conferences in the Americas, Europe and Asia have complied with a Vatican mandate to draw up anti-abuse guidelines, said the Vatican’s top investigator of clerical sex abuse. Without counting Africa, “more than half of the conferences responded” by the May deadline, Msgr. Charles Scicluna of […]

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VATICAN, July 10, 2012 (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has praised the approved ordination of a Chinese bishop, who is now missing after announcing his split from the state-controlled Catholic association during his ordination. “The ordination of the Reverend Thaddeus Ma Daqin as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Shanghai on Saturday 7 July 2012 is […]

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VATICAN, July 10, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today sent a telegram to the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro expressing condolences at the death of his predecessor Cardinal Eugênio de Araújo Sales. The cardinal, who in the Pope’s words, had a “long life dedicated to the Church in Brazil,” died late last night at the age […]

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