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Keeping an eye on the news from the Vatican.
BY John Lilly
Benedict Invited to Address EU Parliament
to a report from the website TheParliament.com, Hans-Gert Poettering, president
of the European Parliament, invited Pope Benedict to address a plenary session.
would be for the Pope to address a plenary session, possibly in Strasbourg,
France, on dialogue between religions and cultures, including the role
religions can play in dialogue based on truth and tolerance.
their discussion in late March, Poettering and Pope Benedict, a fellow German,
are believed to have spoken about the question of citing the Judeo-Christian
roots of Europe in the constitutional treaty and about the problems of
interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
John Paul II Sainthood Process Moves to Next Phase
The cause for Pope John Paul II’s sainthood
continued its remarkably fast pace with the presentation to the Vatican of many
boxes of documents attesting to the late Pope’s holiness, the Associated Press
Included in those documents was the
purported miraculous cure of a nun who prayed to John Paul.
On April 2, the second anniversary of John Paul II’s death,
officials from the Rome Diocese presided over the official closure of the
investigation, tying shut with ribbons and sealing with wax big black boxes of
documentation that will be forwarded to the Vatican’s Congregation for the
Causes of Saints for consideration.
Holy Father’s Birthplace Now a Museum
Pope Benedict’s home town of Marktl am Inn
is preparing for his 80th birthday by opening a museum in the house where he
was born, Spiegel Online reported.
The museum’s opening will coincide with the
Pope’s 80th birthday April 16, when another surge of visitors is expected to
flood Marktl for local celebrations.
Ever since Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope in
April 2005, the tiny Bavarian village with its 2,700 inhabitants has been
inundated with visitors. The number has grown from 2,000 a year pre-Benedict to
about 200,000 now.
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