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Mass reform is obstacle to evangelization

January 23, 2012

I cannot say the attempts to improve the church services have in any way been inspirational. It is a great disappointment to have absurd changes dumped upon us instead of the necessary improvements that would encourage us to bring newcomers to Mass.

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Joan of Arc lived finest of 'French virtues' – Sarkozy

January 23, 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy praised his country's patron, St. Joan of Arc, for helping "forge the national conscience.

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At least 26 Church workers killed in 2011

January 23, 2012

At least 26 Catholic pastoral workers were killed in mission lands or among society's most disadvantaged communities, although they were more often the victims of violent crimes than persecution for their faith, said a Vatican news agency.

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Study of U.S. women religious sent to Rome

January 23, 2012

A three-year study of U.S. women religious called for by the Vatican has been completed with the final comprehensive report recently sent to Rome.

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Proposed Vikings stadium threatens basilica

January 23, 2012

Father John Bauer, rector of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, called on parishioners and community members to contact government officials to voice concerns about two proposed Vikings stadium sites near the church, particularly one that would be about 100 metres away.

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Pope says individualism fed economic crisis

January 23, 2012

The economic crisis should push people to look at the values reflected in their civic life and prompt an honest evaluation of whether citizens are working together to promote justice and solidarity, Pope Benedict said.

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U.S. religious leaders object to same-sex 'marriage'

January 23, 2012

A letter signed by more than three dozen U.S. religious leaders objects to the spectre of religious groups being forced to treat same-sex unions "as if they were marriage.

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Crocodile going home

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January 23, 2012

A member of Rome's Biopark zoo shows Pope Benedict a rare young Cuban crocodile during the pope's weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 11.

 

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Religious women to fight Super Bowl sex trafficking

January 23, 2012

Picking up from efforts to stem sex trafficking at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, 11 women's religious orders from Indiana and Michigan are working to stop sex trafficking at the Feb. 5 Super Bowl.

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Pakistan gov't demolishes Church-run centre

January 23, 2012

The Catholic Church's National Commission for Justice and Peace condemned demolition of a Church centre on a prime property in Lahore and its annexation by the Pakistan government.

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