Reports: Shots fired near open-air papal Mass in Germany

Facing discontent within his German flock, Pope Benedict XVI made a gesture by meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse as he called for Roman Catholics in the former communist East to rediscover their faith. An estimated 30,000 people gathered Saturday before dawn in the cobblestone square beneath the soaring spires of Erfurt’s medieval cathedral […]

Pope’s envoy declares beatification of Nehmeh

Pope Benedict XVI’s special envoy, Archbishop Angelo Amato, declared the beatification of Venerable Estephan Nehmeh in Kfifan in northern Lebanon on Sunday during a ceremony attended by President Michel Suleiman, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, cabinet members, MPs and a large crowd, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.