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Volume 44, Number 3
  
26 November 2012
Greg Kandra




Pope Benedict XVI greets new Cardinal Bechara Rai, Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch, during a consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 24 November. The pope created six new cardinals from four different continents, representing the Latin rite of the Catholic Church as well as two Eastern Catholic churches. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Celebrating universality, pope creates new cardinals (CNS) Recalling that Christ’s mission transcends “all ethnic, national and religious particularities,” Pope Benedict XVI created six new cardinals from four different continents, representing the Latin rite of the Catholic Church as well as two Eastern Catholic Churches...

Pope appeals for peace in meeting with Lebanon’s new cardinal (Associated Press) Pope Benedict XVI has launched his latest appeal for peace in Syria and the Middle East during an audience with Lebanon’s new cardinal. Benedict also sought to encourage minority Christians in the region, urging them to not be tempted to flee their traditional homelands and calling for them to be allowed to “live their faith freely...”

Egyptian protests continue (Vatican Radio) Protests in Egypt over President Mohamed Morsi’s decision to grab sweeping powers have entered their third day. The president’s decrees put him above judicial oversight and protect his Islamist supporters in parliament...

Chaldean Bishop Audo: Syrian conflict has disfigured Aleppo (Fides) In recent days, the clash of arms that could be heard even from the center of Aleppo seems to have lessened. And in the apparent stalemate, the devastating effects of the conflict on one of the most thriving and cosmopolitan city in the Middle East is registered with more clarity. “Here now everything is enshrouded by a sense of ruin and decay,” says Msgr. Antoine Audo, Chaldean bishop of the metropolis...

Cardinal O’Brien visits Holy Land (CNS) On the eve of his first trip to the Holy Land as grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien said he hoped to encourage the region’s Christian minority with a message of solidarity from Pope Benedict XVI and other Catholics in the West...

Byzantine Catholic congregation gathers for last time (Akron Beacon Journal) Megan McGuire was overcome with emotion Sunday as she walked down the center aisle at St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church to receive communion. “It was tough knowing this was the last time I would walk down this aisle,” said McGuire, 30, of Akron. “I had hoped to walk down it to get married, but I guess that won’t happen.” McGuire was among more than 150 people who crowded the sanctuary of the Akron church for the parish’s final Mass, a highly emotional service in which parishioners shed tears and shared hugs...



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