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The Pope’s tweets and retweets: Study analyzes @Pontifex traffic

ROME (CNS) — In his first month on Twitter, Pope Benedict XVI sent two dozen mini-messages in nine languages, generating more than 270,000 comments and responses from other Twitter users, according to a study conducted by an Italian Jesuit magazine and an Italian new-media consulting firm. While some of the comments were harsh and even […]

Catholic group turns parade into procession after deadly Rio nightclub fire

SAO PAULO (CNS) -- A Catholic samba group in Rio de Janeiro changed its parade plans after the nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people, most of them students from the local university in Santa Maria.

Lack of faith can hurt marriage, may affect validity, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A lack of faith in God can damage marriage, even to the point of affecting its validity, Pope Benedict XVI said. “Faith in God, sustained by divine grace, is therefore a very important element for living in mutual dedication and conjugal fidelity,” he said. The pope said he was not suggesting […]

With faith and sustainable agriculture, nuns feed Salvadoran orphans

SANTA TECLA, El Salvador (CNS) -- Dressed in her brown habit, Sister Elsy Gaytan walks through a field among rows of cabbages, pointing to the crisp green crop sprouting from the earth. "The motto of our institution is God will provide, and indeed He is providing," she said.

Properly used, social networks important for evangelization, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Social media need to promote more logic, kindness and Christian witness than bluster, star-status and division, Pope Benedict XVI said. Given that the online world exposes people to a wider range of opinions and beliefs, people need to accept the existence of these other cultures, “be enriched by it” and offer […]

Pope Benedict has new App-titude, lets users follow live events

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican launched a new "Pope App" on the eve of the release of the pope's World Communications Day message, which is dedicated to social networks as important spaces for evangelization. The new app provides live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican's six webcams. It sends out alerts and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican's many news outlets, and carries words and images of Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope says Christian divisions ‘disfigure’ the church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The divisions among Christians have “disfigured” the church, Pope Benedict XVI said. “The church is the bride of Christ, who makes her holy and beautiful by his grace,” the pope said Jan. 20 before praying the Angelus with visitors gathered in the rain in St. Peter’s Square. Even though the church […]

Pope: ‘No’ to gender philosophy, ‘yes’ to supporting human dignity

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The church must promote the beauty of marriage between a man and a woman and warn against ideologies opposed to human nature, including philosophies of gender that portray male and female as cultural inventions, Pope Benedict XVI said. The pope made his remarks during a Jan. 19 audience with workers and […]

After rally, Irish officials reconsider suicide threat as reason for abortion

DUBLIN (CNS) -- In the wake of the largest pro-life demonstration ever to have taken place in Ireland, cracks have begun to emerge in the coalition government over its plans to legislate for abortion. More than 25,000 people converged on Dublin Jan. 19, braving bitterly cold weather, to attend the "Unite for Life" vigil near the Irish parliament.

Meeting between pope, Vietnam’s Communist Party head boosts relations

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Vietnam were strengthened further when Pope Benedict XVI met Nguyen Phu Trong, marking the first time a pope had met with the general secretary of the nation's Communist Party.