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Is there a patent remedy?

Is there a patent remedy?

Young people at the opening mass of the youth synod in the Vatican © Paul Haring (KNA)

What will Germany look like in ten years?? And how will the church in particular have changed by then?? Bjorn Szymanowski deals with this question. He is thinking about how the church can involve young people.

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Homily of the holy father

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! "The kingdom of God is near to you!" (Lk 10:9). With these words from the Gospel we have just heard, I greet you all warmly in the Lord. Truly the kingdom of the Lord is already in our midst! In this Eucharistic celebration, in which the Church in Scotland gathers around the altar united to the Successor of Peter, let us reaffirm our faith in Christ's word and our hope in his promises – a hope that never disappoints. I warmly greet Cardinal O'Brien and the Scottish bishops; I especially thank Archbishop Conti for his kind words of welcome on your behalf; and I would like to express my deep gratitude for the work done by the British and Scottish governments and the Glasgow city fathers to make this event possible.

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Extended diplomacy

Extended diplomacy

St. Peter's Square at the Vatican © Ettore Ferrari

The Vatican and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania have agreed on an exchange of ambassadors. The West African country was one of the few states with which the Vatican had not previously maintained full diplomatic relations.

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Benedict xvi. In london

Benedict xvi. In london

Pope Benedict XVI. Has expressed in London his "deep regret" to victims of sexual abuse by clerics. He feels "shame and humiliation" in the face of these "indescribable crimes," the 83-year-old church leader said Saturday at a pontifical Mass in Westminster Cathedral. The consequences of the scandal should serve as a "punishment for the healing of the victims, the purification of the Church and the renewal of its age-old commitment to education and care for young people".

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Half voted for trump

Half voted for trump

Joe Biden delivers a speech © Andrew Harnik/AP

Nearly 60 years after the election of John F. Kennedy's, Americans again send a Catholic to the White House with Joe Biden. While Kennedy had his church behind him then, this time the faithful are divided.