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Pope proposes ‘friendship between Christian spirituality and art’

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Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience today to the great cathedrals of medieval Europe. He also looked ahead to his meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel on Saturday, which he described as “a proposal of friendship between Christian spirituality and art”.

CNS has a good report on the audience, as does Asia News. The trusty Zenit has the full text.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm

US bishops approve controversial letter on marriage

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The American bishops agreed to publish their controversial pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, at their plenary meeting yesterday. The full text is available as a PDF on the USCCB website.

Catholic San Francisco reports: “Nearly 100 changes in two rounds of amendments preceded the 180-45 vote in favour of Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan on the second day of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops fall general assembly in Baltimore. Two thirds of the USCCB membership, or 175 votes, were required for passage of the document. There were three abstentions. Final approval came after an effort to remand the document to committee failed 56 to 169.”

A draft of the letter was heavily criticised by both the National Catholic Reporter and the Tablet. The NCR called it “a turkey of text” and the Tablet described it as “highly conservative”.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Pope Benedict seeks to build bridges with art world

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What do Bill Viola, Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid, Santiago Calatrava, Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Morricone, Arvo Pärt, Peter Greenaway, Nanni Moretti and Paolo Taviani have in common? They will all be gathering in the Sistine Chapel on Saturday to hear Pope Benedict’s appeal for a new era in relations between the Church and the art world.

The full list of participants is here and our preview is here.

Photo: Santiago Calatrava’s Ponte della Costituzione in Venice (Frenza)

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Susan Boyle: Faith is my backbone

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Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle has spoken candidly for the first time about her Catholic faith. She told the Mirror that faith is “the backbone of who I am”.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm

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