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Tree from Ukraine

December 12, 2011

The Christmas tree is placed in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 5.

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Vatican says seat-belt complaint drew papal smile

December 12, 2011

The Vatican said Pope Benedict greeted with a smile the news that a German citizen had filed a complaint against him for not wearing a seat belt in his popemobile.

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Christian families part of new evangelization

December 12, 2011

Christian families are called to welcome, demonstrate and spread the love and presence of Christ in the world, Pope Benedict said.

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N. Zealand diocese to halve number of parishes

December 12, 2011

The Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand, will reduce the number of parishes by more than half, Bishop Barry Jones announced.

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Benedict says Asia is field for evangelization

December 12, 2011

Pope Benedict said Asia offers "vast scenarios of evangelization" for the Church, but currently faces difficulties and "true persecution" in some places.

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Pope says Orthodox, RCs must work together

December 12, 2011

Pope Benedict said Catholics and Orthodox have a duty to show a united front of mature faith in facing challenges intensified by increased secularism.

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Irish dioceses improve at handling clergy abuse

December 12, 2011

Audits of six Irish Catholic dioceses reveal "a marked improvement" in how the Church is handling clerical abuse allegations.

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Theology can help promote peace, pope says

December 12, 2011

Theology is not simply an academic discipline or a means of explaining the faith to believers, it also has a role in promoting peace and harmony, Pope Benedict said.

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Traditionalist says Vatican statement needs changes

Bishop Bernard Fellay

December 12, 2011

The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said a "doctrinal preamble" presented by the Vatican needs changes before it can be accepted as the basis for the group's reconciliation.

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Focus on money destroys the environment – cardinal

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

December 12, 2011

Excessive focus on money is destroying the environment and dehumanizing people, said Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis.

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