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At Home With The Pope: Inside Benedict XVI’s Daily Life (And Menu)

While John Paul II relied on Polish nuns, Benedict XVI has turned to members of a Catholic lay association to maintain the papal apartment. His personal secretary Mons. Georg Ganswein keeps up his daily schedule. And when it's lunchtime, they all

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Pope Benedict XVI
Andrea Tornielli

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI isn't alone in his apartment at the Vatican. Four "guardian angels' help him, and recently there has been an addition to the personnel at his service.

For the past six years, the pontiff's Vatican apartment has been run by members of the "Memores Domini," a lay association whose members practice obedience, poverty and chastity, and who live in a climate of silence and common prayer.

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The Mural ‘St. Javelina’ depicting a Madonna holding a javelin anti-tank missile that has been crucial for the Ukrainian defense, has been painted on a building of the Solomianskyi district of Kyiv.

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👋 Hafa adai!*

Welcome to Friday, where Russia warns Ukraine about attacks inside its territory, a video of deadly Brazilian police violence sparks outrage and a grandmother in New Zealand takes on Elon Musk and Tesla. We also feature a story from Buenos Aires daily Clarin about "Agrotokens," a way that farmers in Argentina are turning surplus grain into a kind of tangible cryptocurrency.

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