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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
I’m sending this report from the NBC press box overlooking several hundred concelebrants in Washington’s Nationals Stadium. The NBC cameras will be filming a live interview with me for CBC Newsworld at 10:15am ET. Though leaving the press corps feels risky given last night’s bus debacle, secret service has been helpful. On the way upstairs, ...read more
“Can I help you?”, asked an angelic looking twenty-something. Her glossy ID tags suggested she might be of assistance, but I had been disappointed by many officials before her. I had found myself stranded at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The police-escorted media bus that drove us here had to ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Pope Benedict has begun his first journey as Pope to the U.S. Though this papal visit is only to two American cities, Washington and New York, the Pope has said repeatedly he is visiting the entire American nation. What’s all the hoopla about a papal visit? The Pope travels to the ...read more
That’s the traditional papal birthday greeting, which means “May you live many more years!” (Credit to the USCCB Papal Visit Blog–I don’t know latin.) No doubt, President George W. Bush will wish Pope Benedict XVI a happy 81st birthday as he arrives at the White House one hour from now. S+L CEO Fr. Thomas Rosica ...read more
From David Naglieri, on the ground at Andrews Air Force Base: “The plane has landed. Anticipation is at a fever pitch. As soon as the Alitalia plane landed at the Air Force base, the crowd erupted in applause. There are dozens of high school students and young Catholics from various parishes throughout the United States ...read more