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“A soothing balm,” is how one priest described the Holy Mass with Priests and Religious, celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “We are wounded. We needed this.” Witnessing the 40-something cleric crying at the start of the Mass awakened me to the great struggles of the American Church. As a ...read more
I’m off to the papal departure at JFK airport. “The Lord be with you!” says the Pope. “God has redeemed you and made you His children. … May almighty God bless you the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” ...read more
The Holy Father preached an incredible homily during the Mass from Yankee Stadium on Sunday. It masterfully brought together the different themes Pope Benedict touched on in his addresses and homilies during the past six days. It’s a wonderful summary of his Apostolic Voyage — a message of joy, of faith, and a challenge to ...read more
Pope Benedict has just emerged from the Yankees dugout and proceeded to the altar consructed at second base. This is the third time a Pope has stepped onto the field at Yankee stadium. Pope Paul VI celebrated mass here in 1965 and John Paul II in 1979. I am sitting in the press box with ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI in the rotunda of Washington’s John Paul II Cultural Center, Thursday April 17th. Kris Dmytrenko and David Naglieri uploading footage back to our Toronto studio from the Washington, D.C. Papal Visit media centre on Thursday, April 17th. Pope Benedict XVI at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in New York Friday morning and was whisked away to the United Nations Headquarters, where he delivered a historic address to the General Assembly. ...read more
Let’s conclude the story. On Thursday night I found myself in the predicament I feared most: alone, broke and lost in Washington, D.C. Typically, our Vatican press pass provides us a police-escorted bus that promptly takes us to and from venues. It takes an item of supreme value–such as the camera battery charger plugged into ...read more
This Saturday in Toronto is the Lift Jesus Higher Rally. Come on out, bring a friend, and join the eight thousand plus that make this fantastic annual event from Catholic Renewal Ministries an occasion to celebrate our Catholic faith and worship the Lord! Click HERE for all the details including speakers, the youth rally, and ...read more
In an emotional encounter in the chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, Pope Benedict XVI met privately on Thursday with several victims of clergy sexual abuse. The victims present were all middle-aged and did not wish to be identified. The meeting began at 4:15 PM and lasted for 20 to 25 minutes. The pontiff prayed the ...read more
Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi is expected to announce that Pope Benedict XVI is meeting with a group of several victims of clergy sexual abuse. Sources have revealed this to Salt + Light journalist David Naglieri as he, along with a group of Vatican accredited journalists, awaits an imminent briefing by Fr. Lombardi at the ...read more