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Caption: Retired Pope Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis at the conclusion of a consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica Feb. 22. This Sunday's canonization ceremony may mark the second time the two living popes appeared at a public liturgy. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Retired Pope Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis at the conclusion of a consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica Feb. 22. This Sunday's canonization ceremony may mark the second time the two living popes appeared at a public liturgy. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Rome official: Retired pope to attend canonizations; spokesman cautious

By Judith Harris
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27, said Msgr. Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.

"Never before have there been two popes canonized and two popes living," he said at a news conference in Rome April 23 to discuss final plans and preparations for pilgrims. "You can imagine their emotions!"
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 43, No. 46 (April 24, 2014):

-- What changed the traditional Christian hostility toward charging interest on loans? Has the market economy become too respectable for Christians? Jesuit Father Patrick J. Ryan, a Fordham University historian of religion, looks at the concept of usury in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

-- Msgr. Stephen J. Lopes, an American priest serving in the Vatican doctrinal congregation, explains how the Anglican liturgical patrimony is being incorporated into new liturgical books for former Anglicans who have entered into full communion with the Catholic Church.


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