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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Pelosi, Boehner invite Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress

Pelosi, Boehner invite Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Pope Francis has received a bi-partisan invitation to become the first head of the Catholic church to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
Pope Francis: There's room for non-marital civil unions

Pope Francis: There's room for non-marital civil unions

VATICAN CITY, March 5 (UPI) -- The Catholic Church could tolerate some types of non-marital civil unions as a way to guarantee property rights and healthcare, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
By United Press International
Benedict claims 'complete freedom' in decision to step down

Benedict claims 'complete freedom' in decision to step down

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said Wednesday he had freely resigned, dismissing speculation he was forced to step down as head of the Catholic church.
Two popes present as 18 clerics become Catholic cardinals

Two popes present as 18 clerics become Catholic cardinals

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Pope Francis appointed 18 new cardinals Saturday in a Vatican ceremony noted for its uniqueness, officials said.

Controversial Catholic group apologizes to sex-abuse victims

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A Catholic church group that had been tainted by allegations of sexual abuse issued an apology to victims on Thursday.

Police suspect Rome bombings tied to French president's visit

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Italian police said Friday they were checking whether a series of bombings and threats in Rome were tied to a visit to the Vatican by the president of France.
Pope taps new cardinals to oversee Vatican Bank

Pope taps new cardinals to oversee Vatican Bank

Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Pope Francis appointed new cardinals to oversee the Vatican Bank, replacing all but one of predecessor Pope Benedict XVI's appointments.
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Khalid Sheik Mohammed releases manifesto advocating non-violence

Khalid Sheik Mohammed releases manifesto advocating non-violence

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The self-proclaimed planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on U.S. soil issued a manifesto suggesting Muslims refrain from violence to spread Islam.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
By United Press International

Pope Francis speaks of God's love in first Christmas Eve homily

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Pope Francis spoke of the joy of the Gospel and of God as a loving father as he celebrated his first Christmas Eve mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
Pope Francis canonizes 16th century Jesuit priest as a saint

Pope Francis canonizes 16th century Jesuit priest as a saint

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Pope Francis has canonized Pierre Faber, a 16th-century French Jesuit priest, as a saint, Vatican officials said Wednesday.

Two charged in topless protest at Russian Embassy in Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Two women are charged with trespassing after a topless protest in support of gay rights at Stockholm's Russian embassy, court records show.
Time names Pope Francis 'Person of the Year'

Time names Pope Francis 'Person of the Year'

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Time magazine declared Argentina-born Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, its Person of the Year Wednesday.
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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and current Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship.

After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at various German universities—most recently at the University of Regensburg—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important offices of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as Pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming Pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of Pope John Paul II's closest confidants.

Like his predecessor, Benedict XVI is theologically conservative and his teaching and prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI has advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many developed countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He teaches the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. He has reaffirmed the "importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism of many Christians engaged in charitable work." Pope Benedict has also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position.

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