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Tunisian Catholics urged to support democracy

Archbishop Maroun Lahham

July 25, 2011

Tunisia's tiny Catholic community prays for the country's transition to democracy and hopes that the nation will embrace full religious freedom, said Archbishop Maroun Lahham of Tunis.

 

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China ordains bishop without papal approval

July 25, 2011

Chinese officials ordained a bishop without papal mandate, just 10 days after the Holy See excommunicated another newly ordained bishop.

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Ont. court upholds patient's rights

July 25, 2011

An Ontario Court of Appeal ruling affirming a patient's rights in end-of-life care means that people with different values than their physicians needn't worry doctors will withdraw life support without their consent, said Alex Schadenberg.

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Vatican says traditionalist ordinations 'illegitimate'

July 25, 2011

The ordinations of 20 new priests for the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X are "illegitimate, period," said the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.

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Indian bishops call for unity against terrorism

July 25, 2011

Indian bishops called for unity in the country's fight against terrorism a day after three bombs in Mumbai left at least 17 people dead and more than 140 injured.

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Orangemen on the march

July 25, 2011

Protestant Orangemen march during a parade in Belfast.

 

 

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Irish priests refuse to break seal of Confession

July 25, 2011

The group that represents Ireland's Catholic priests says the secrecy of Confession must be protected, despite government indications that Confessions would not be exempt from rules on mandatory reporting of child abuse.

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Irish report details abuse in Cloyne Diocese

Bishop John Magee

July 25, 2011

A judicial report into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse against clerics in the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, has concluded that the Church's own guidelines were "not fully or consistently implemented" in the diocese as recently as 2008.

 

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Pope urges aid for drought-stricken eastern Africa

July 25, 2011

Pope Benedict urged the international community to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, especially Somalia, where tens of thousands have fled drought and famine.

 

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Imagination crucial in respecting dignity

Gordon Self

July 25, 2011

One memorable event I witnessed in hospital many years ago involved a patient who suffered a stroke and was left with severe expressive aphasia. He could only utter, "yes" to questions, requiring careful interpretation if his "yes" really meant "no."

Assuming he was comfortable and didn't need pain medication, for example, underscored the risk of misinterpreting his intended meaning.

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