Pope urges dialogue with Islam

Source: Reuters, by Philip Pullella. (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged the West on Friday to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty and protect the environment. Speaking in Italian, the new pontiff said richer countries should fight what he called “the spiritual […]

Pope forces out Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Source: theguardian, by Severin Carrell and Sam Jones. The pope has forced the abrupt resignation of Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic as the church made a frantic attempt to minimise the impact of allegations of “inappropriate acts” committed by Cardinal Keith O’Brien against fellow priests. The cardinal revealed in his statement […]


  Pope Benedict XVI to step aside on Feb. 28, Vatican says   http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39788177?launch=50768156&csid=NBC_World_Blog&PG=MSVNA3&BTS=MSVNMB&height=429&width=600The pope announces he will step down on February 28 because of his failing health. TODAY’s Matt Lauer speaks with NBC’s Claudio Lavanga in Rome, who says the resignation “came as a shock,” and George Weigel, NBC […]