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September 13, 2010
The St. Mary Catholic School Prayer Group recently received a letter of thank you from Pope Benedict XVI. In April, the group made a card and sent it to the pope for his fifth anniversary and birthday week. In his response, Pope Benedict said he would "pray for the students and their teachers," and he sent them his blessings. The prayer group, which has 55 members, has been meeting at St. Mary once a week for 10 years. Children read the Bible, participate in Marian processions, learn about the lives of the saints and pray the rosary.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 18, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- St. Maria Goretti High School junior Nick Daisey said he was so close to Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday that he could have touched him. Daisey, 16, was one of six Goretti students who celebrated Mass with the Pope during his visit to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Principal Christopher Siedor chaperoned the trip. "It was the opportunity of a lifetime," Daisey said Friday. "I'm glad I did it. " Daisey said he wasn't officially with the school. He attended Mass to take photographs for his father, Ajay Patil, who works at the White House and planned the pope's trip to America.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 19, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - St. Maria Goretti High School junior Nick Daisey said he was so close to Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday that he could have touched him. Daisey, 16, was one of six Goretti students who celebrated Mass with the Pope during his visit to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Principal Christopher Siedor chaperoned the trip. "It was the opportunity of a lifetime," Daisey said Friday. "I'm glad I did it. " Daisey said he wasn't officially with the school. He attended Mass to take photographs for his father, Ajay Patil, who works at the White House and planned the pope's trip to America.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 11, 2013
For the first time since Gregory XII stepped down from the Throne of St. Peter in 1415, the leader of the Catholic Church is resigning. Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down took by surprise many local members of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday. He said that at age 85, he no longer has the necessary physical strength to lead the world's more than 1 billion Roman Catholics. “I'm very surprised. Yet, when I think about his age and frailty, he's one of the smartest men, so he knows what's best for the Church,” said Father John Lombardi of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hancock, Md. “I am sad because I and many of the faith have a very high regard for Pope Benedict XVI,” the Rev. J. Collin Poston, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown said Monday.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | April 16, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Several local Catholics will be among the crowd of more than 45,000 who will pack Nationals Stadium in Washington D.C., Thursday morning for what will be, for many, the religious event of a lifetime: The opportunity to celebrate Mass with the pope. Only 2,500 of the tickets to the event were made available to members of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which includes Washington County, local parishioners said. The bulk of the tickets were distributed by the Archdiocese of Washington, which is hosting the Mass.
NEWS
By JOHNATHAN R. BURRS | July 21, 2007
More than ever, the hidden agendas of a religious figure were revealed when Pope Benedict XVI reasserted that other Christian communities were either defective or not true churches. The document, signed by the pope, said Orthodox churches were indeed "churches" because they have apostolic succession and that they enjoyed "many elements of sanctification and of truth. " But it said they lack something because they do not recognize the primacy of the pope - a defect, or a "wound" that harmed them, it said.
OPINION
March 14, 2013
Stakes are high in selection of new pope To the editor: As journalists rush for news about papal frontrunners, they allow real issues to be passed over or inaccurately addressed. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the favorite interviewee of American journalists, dismisses history with a sweeping statement, although an inaccurate one, that married priests or female priests would not be discussed because the conclave will not be questioning traditional teachings. The cardinal knows married priests and female priests formed the early Christian church and are part of its tradition.
NEWS
By ROBERT GARY | May 20, 2007
Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's. " This was very good counsel. All leaders of the church should heed it. If Rudy Giuliani took to heart the recent utterances of Pope Benedict XVI as he flew to Brazil on Alitalia, it could spell a very bad turn for the Catholic Church in the U.S.A. Giuliani is not entirely a well man, at least not to 100 percent certainty. He recently had surgery for prostate cancer. They sometimes don't get it all, it sometimes comes back.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | September 23, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A delegation of youth and adults from Hagerstown wasn't far from Pope Benedict XVI as he rode past in the Popemobile during World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia. They, along with more than 220,000 other Roman Catholic youths and chaperones, attended World Youth Day, which is an invitation from the Pope to the youth of the world to celebrate their faith around a particular theme. The event's Web site says the triennial pilgrimage is the largest youth gathering in the world and that with 170 countries attending, it was the largest event ever hosted in Australia.
NEWS
September 16, 2010
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI began a controversial visit to Britain on Thursday by acknowledging the Catholic Church had not acted decisively or quickly enough against priests who molested children. He said the church's top priority now was to help abuse victims heal. The pope's comments to reporters traveling with him from Rome marked his most thorough admission to date of church failures to stop pedophile priests, but they again failed to satisfy victims' groups.
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OPINION
March 14, 2013
Stakes are high in selection of new pope To the editor: As journalists rush for news about papal frontrunners, they allow real issues to be passed over or inaccurately addressed. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the favorite interviewee of American journalists, dismisses history with a sweeping statement, although an inaccurate one, that married priests or female priests would not be discussed because the conclave will not be questioning traditional teachings. The cardinal knows married priests and female priests formed the early Christian church and are part of its tradition.
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NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 11, 2013
For the first time since Gregory XII stepped down from the Throne of St. Peter in 1415, the leader of the Catholic Church is resigning. Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down took by surprise many local members of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday. He said that at age 85, he no longer has the necessary physical strength to lead the world's more than 1 billion Roman Catholics. “I'm very surprised. Yet, when I think about his age and frailty, he's one of the smartest men, so he knows what's best for the Church,” said Father John Lombardi of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hancock, Md. “I am sad because I and many of the faith have a very high regard for Pope Benedict XVI,” the Rev. J. Collin Poston, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown said Monday.
NEWS
September 16, 2010
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI began a controversial visit to Britain on Thursday by acknowledging the Catholic Church had not acted decisively or quickly enough against priests who molested children. He said the church's top priority now was to help abuse victims heal. The pope's comments to reporters traveling with him from Rome marked his most thorough admission to date of church failures to stop pedophile priests, but they again failed to satisfy victims' groups.
NEWS
September 13, 2010
The St. Mary Catholic School Prayer Group recently received a letter of thank you from Pope Benedict XVI. In April, the group made a card and sent it to the pope for his fifth anniversary and birthday week. In his response, Pope Benedict said he would "pray for the students and their teachers," and he sent them his blessings. The prayer group, which has 55 members, has been meeting at St. Mary once a week for 10 years. Children read the Bible, participate in Marian processions, learn about the lives of the saints and pray the rosary.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | September 23, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A delegation of youth and adults from Hagerstown wasn't far from Pope Benedict XVI as he rode past in the Popemobile during World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia. They, along with more than 220,000 other Roman Catholic youths and chaperones, attended World Youth Day, which is an invitation from the Pope to the youth of the world to celebrate their faith around a particular theme. The event's Web site says the triennial pilgrimage is the largest youth gathering in the world and that with 170 countries attending, it was the largest event ever hosted in Australia.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 19, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - St. Maria Goretti High School junior Nick Daisey said he was so close to Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday that he could have touched him. Daisey, 16, was one of six Goretti students who celebrated Mass with the Pope during his visit to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Principal Christopher Siedor chaperoned the trip. "It was the opportunity of a lifetime," Daisey said Friday. "I'm glad I did it. " Daisey said he wasn't officially with the school. He attended Mass to take photographs for his father, Ajay Patil, who works at the White House and planned the pope's trip to America.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 18, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- St. Maria Goretti High School junior Nick Daisey said he was so close to Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday that he could have touched him. Daisey, 16, was one of six Goretti students who celebrated Mass with the Pope during his visit to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Principal Christopher Siedor chaperoned the trip. "It was the opportunity of a lifetime," Daisey said Friday. "I'm glad I did it. " Daisey said he wasn't officially with the school. He attended Mass to take photographs for his father, Ajay Patil, who works at the White House and planned the pope's trip to America.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | April 16, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Several local Catholics will be among the crowd of more than 45,000 who will pack Nationals Stadium in Washington D.C., Thursday morning for what will be, for many, the religious event of a lifetime: The opportunity to celebrate Mass with the pope. Only 2,500 of the tickets to the event were made available to members of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which includes Washington County, local parishioners said. The bulk of the tickets were distributed by the Archdiocese of Washington, which is hosting the Mass.
NEWS
By JOHNATHAN R. BURRS | July 21, 2007
More than ever, the hidden agendas of a religious figure were revealed when Pope Benedict XVI reasserted that other Christian communities were either defective or not true churches. The document, signed by the pope, said Orthodox churches were indeed "churches" because they have apostolic succession and that they enjoyed "many elements of sanctification and of truth. " But it said they lack something because they do not recognize the primacy of the pope - a defect, or a "wound" that harmed them, it said.
NEWS
By ROBERT GARY | May 20, 2007
Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's. " This was very good counsel. All leaders of the church should heed it. If Rudy Giuliani took to heart the recent utterances of Pope Benedict XVI as he flew to Brazil on Alitalia, it could spell a very bad turn for the Catholic Church in the U.S.A. Giuliani is not entirely a well man, at least not to 100 percent certainty. He recently had surgery for prostate cancer. They sometimes don't get it all, it sometimes comes back.
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