After Kennedy’s Death: Silence from the Pope

There was a poignant footnote to President Obama’s historic July 10 meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Behind closed doors in the papal library, Obama handed Benedict a letter that Senator Edward Kennedy had asked him to personally deliver to the pontiff. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs later told reporters that nobody — not even the President — knew the contents of the sealed missive.

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Britain: Teacher quizzed after alleged classroom attack

Police in the United Kingdom are questioning a teacher on suspicion of attempted murder after one of this students was allegedly struck in the head with a metal weight. 14-year-old Jack Waterhouse sustained serious head injuries after the alleged attack during a science lesson at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School in Mansfield, central England Wednesday morning

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2 British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two British soldiers were killed in separate incidents Thursday in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the British military said Friday. 14-year-old Jack Waterhouse sustained serious head injuries after the alleged attack during a science lesson at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School in Mansfield, central England Wednesday morning. The boy was rushed to hospital but was later transferred to a specialist head injury unit at the town’s Queen’s Medical Center where his condition was described Friday as stable

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Pope Benedict on the Question of Judaism

In January, when Pope Benedict XVI reversed the 1988 excommunication of four bishops of an ultra-traditionalist Catholic group called the Society of St. Pius X , he probably knew it would ignite a firestorm. The church has significant unresolved problems with the society, among them its gross disobedience to the previous Pope.

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First papal visit for Charles since divorce

Prince Charles of Britain is meeting the pope Monday for the first time since his 1996 divorce from Princess Diana, representatives for both sides said. The heir to the United Kingdom throne will be accompanied by his second wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Charles’s accession to the throne is likely to be an unspoken subtext of the meeting, an expert on the prince told CNN

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Holocaust-denying bishop leaves Argentina, ministry says

A British Catholic bishop — ordered expelled from Argentina last week for denying the existence of the Holocaust — has left the country, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday. Bishop Richard Williamson, who made his controversial statement in an interview with Swedish television last month, left for London, England, the Interior Ministry said.

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Catholic Judges and Abortion: Did the Pope Set New Rules?

Much has been made of the statement on abortion that Pope Benedict XVI issued earlier this week after meeting with Nancy Pelosi. But the Vatican’s choice of words as they related to the Speaker of the House was quite predictable, given her pro-choice stance and her position as a high-ranking Catholic Democrat. The Holy Father simply made clear their differences on the issue and reminded the American politician of her responsibilities as a Catholic to protect life “at all stages of its development.” What was quite surprising, and overlooked, had to do with a different branch of the U.S

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