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25 Oct 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Four of the six new cardinals announced by Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 24 were participating in the world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican and had to keep their impending appointments secret as they participated in the synod’s small-group work that morning.  Read more...
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Papal Trip to Syria Postponed (Catholic News Service)
24 Oct 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The visit of a papal delegation to the capital of war-torn Syria, previously announced for late October, has been postponed indefinitely, and the delegation’s membership, which was to have included Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, will be changed.  Read more...
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24 Oct 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI surprised pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 24 by announcing he would create six new cardinals, including 63-year-old U.S. Archbishop James M. Harvey, prefect of the papal household, in late November.  Read more...
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Christians in Syria Struggle to Survive (Catholic News Service)
22 Oct 2012 – LONDON (CNS) — The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo said Syria’s second-largest city, which he “loves so much,” has been left in ruins by months of fighting, and Christians there are struggling to survive.  Read more...
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Pope Sends Cardinals to Syria (Catholic News Service)
18 Oct 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A papal delegation of bishops, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, will travel to the capital of war-torn Syria in late October to show solidarity with victims and encourage peace negotiations.  Read more...
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18 Oct 2012 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Some of Egypt’s Christians feel uncomfortable with Islamists in power, but there is greater freedom of speech than before the revolution, said the pope’s ambassador to the Middle Eastern country.  Read more...
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17 Oct 2012 – PRAGUE (CNS) — Fourteen Franciscan priests were beatified in the Czech Republic, four centuries after they were tortured to death by Protestant forces in a Catholic monastery.  Read more...
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17 Oct 2012 – Bishop Gerald Kicanas, chairman of Catholic Relief Services, discusses the Vatican announcement of a papal delegation to war-torn Syria.  Read more...


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