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WAMC News
12:39 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

2013: Looking Back At The "Pope Francis Effect" And Other Religion News

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Religious news figured prominently in the headlines during 2013.   The world was shocked in February 2013, when Benedict became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. Fast forward nine months: Benedict's successor, the Argentine Pope Francis, was named Time Magazine's "person of the year." Not bad for a fellow who once upon at time worked as a bouncer!

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Capital Region News
3:38 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Meet Albany's First Female Catholic Priest

Mary Theresa Streck of Albany, the city's first female priest
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Religious history was made over the weekend in Albany when the city's first "woman priest" was ordained.

On Sunday, Mary Theresa Streck of Albany was ordained a woman priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. A former Sister of St. Joseph, Streck is an artist and peace activist who is cofounder and director of the Ark Community Charter School in Troy.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu August 1, 2013

"Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal" by Michael D'Antonio

    Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal by Michael D'Antonio is an explosive, sweeping account of the scandal that has sent the Catholic Church into a tailspin -- and the brave few who fought for justice.

WAMC News
3:22 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, is the first pontiff from the Americas.
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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope — first pontiff from the Americas. His papal name will be Francis.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri February 15, 2013

"Why Priests?" by Garry Wills

  Just days after the Pope announced his resignation; we will talk about the priesthood with Garry Wills. Bestselling author of Papal Sin and Why I Am a Catholic?, Wills spent five years as a young man at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself.

But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset?

His new book is Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition.

New York News
10:04 am
Mon February 11, 2013

NY Cardinal Dolan: Electing pope all new to him

New York Cardinal Tim Dolan.
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says electing a new pope is all new to him since he's still learning what it means to be archbishop.

At a news conference Monday, Dolan quipped he was "still writing thank-you notes from when I was made a cardinal" last year.

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WAMC News
6:21 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Vatican announces pope's retirement

Pope Benedict XVI performing a blessing during the canonization mass in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy on Sunday October 12, 2008.
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires "both strength of mind and body."

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New England News
12:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Chicopee Church to Hold Masses Again

A Roman Catholic church in Chicopee closed by the Springfield Diocese in 2009 is scheduled to start celebrating a weekly Mass again a year after the Vatican determined that local church officials could not sell the building. 

The diocese announced Wednesday that a weekly Mass would be celebrated at St. Patrick starting Dec. 1.

The diocese stressed that the decision does not mean that St. Patrick would re-open as a distinct parish. St. Patrick remains a subsidiary of Holy Name of Jesus Parish.

The diocese closed St. Patrick in 2009 and merged it with Holy Name.

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