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Rocca succeeds Thavis at CNS Rome bureau

Francis Rocca

December 19, 2011

Catholic News Service announced that Francis Rocca will join its staff as the new chief of the CNS Rome bureau.

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Knights restore tomb from old St. Peter's Basilica

December 19, 2011

With help from the Knights of Columbus, the only papal tomb transferred from the old to the new St. Peter's Basilica has been restored.

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Human dignity 'a primary doctrine,' says Dolan

December 19, 2011

The dignity of the human person is "a primary doctrine" of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York told an audience at the University of Notre Dame.

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Monterrey cardinal moved to Guadalajara

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega

December 19, 2011

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega has been named archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, replacing Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, 78, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican.

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To follow Gospel is to follow Christ, pope says

December 19, 2011

Following the Gospel is not adhering to a doctrine or code of ethics but entails truly following the person of Christ in one's life, Pope Benedict said.

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Roman Missal voted top news story of 2011

December 19, 2011

The introduction of the English translation of the Roman Missal topped the religious news stories of 2011, and Pope Benedict was again the top newsmaker, according to the annual poll conducted by Catholic News Service.

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Benedict will visit Cuba, Mexico in spring

December 19, 2011

The Cuban bishops announced that 2012 would be a Marian jubilee year and that Pope Benedict would come to Cuba as a "pilgrim of La Caridad," the popular name for the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, the country's patroness.

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Two auxiliary bishops named for Quebec

December 19, 2011

Pope Benedict Dec. 12 named two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Quebec: Servite Father Gaetan Proulx, 64, and Father Denis Grondin Jr., 57.

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Phoenix Mercy sister 'no longer excommunicated'

Sr. Margaret McBride

December 19, 2011

A Mercy sister who was automatically excommunicated because of her role on the ethics committee that allowed an abortion to be performed at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix in 2009 is back in good standing in the Catholic Church.

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Church suffers more from sin than persecution – pope

Pope Benedict

December 19, 2011

The Church should fear the sin of its own members more than hatred against Christians, Pope Benedict said.

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