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Volume 45, Number 2
7 November 2012
Greg Kandra

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react to the crowd following the president’s victory speech in Chicago. Pope Benedict XVI and U.S. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan congratulated Obama on his re-election. Cardinal Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and chair of CNEWA, said in his letter that the U.S. bishops pray that “you will exercise your office to pursue the common good.” (photo: CNS/Jason Reed, Reuters)

Pope Benedict sends congratulatory message to President Obama (VIS) Benedict XVI, through the apostolic nunciature in Washington, U.S.A., has sent a message to Barack Obama, congratulating him on his re-election as president of the United States of America. In his message the Holy Father expresses his best wishes to the president on his new mandate, and gives assurances of his prayers to God to help him carry out his serious responsibilities, both in his own country and within the international community. The Pope also speaks of his hope that the ideals of freedom and justice, which guided the founding fathers of the Unites States of America, may continue to shine out as the nation progresses...

Pope sends $1 million in aid to Syria, along with small delegation (CNS) Instability and increasing violence in Syria have prompted Pope Benedict XVI to cancel the planned visit to the war-torn nation by a delegation of cardinals and bishops. Instead, the pope announced Nov. 7, he has sent a smaller group to Lebanon to deliver a $1 million donation and boost the church’s humanitarian response to the crisis. The pope also appealed for dialogue to end the Syrian conflict, saying: “We have to do everything possible because one day it could be too late.” “I renew my invitation to the parties in conflict, and to all those who have the good of Syria at heart, to spare no effort in the search for peace and to pursue through dialogue the path to a just coexistence, in view of a suitable political solution of the conflict,” Pope Benedict said at the end of his general audience in St. Peter’s Square...

Patriarch Kirill shows growing might as leader (AFP) Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill is a close ally of President Vladimir Putin who survived Communist repression and made the church into one of the more powerful institutions of the post-Soviet state. The 65-year-old native of Putin’s Saint Petersburg has also faced his share of controversy since being selected for the high post in 2009 and embarking on a campaign to spread the Russian faith both inside the country and abroad...

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