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Church needs blogs; bloggers need Church

May 16, 2011

The Catholic Church needs active members who blog, but Catholic bloggers also need the Church, especially to remind them of the virtue of charity needed in their writing, said participants at a Vatican meeting.

The gathering May 2 was sponsored by the pontifical councils for culture and for social communications.

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New Mass translation harms ecumenism — Anglican

May 16, 2011

Because the Roman Catholic Church was a driving force behind the development of a common English translation of basic prayers used by many Christian churches for 40 years, more recent Vatican rules for translating Mass prayers "came as a bombshell," said an Anglican liturgist.

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New Swiss Guards

May 16, 2011

Swiss Guard recruits are seen during the swearing-in ceremony for 34 new recruits

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Pro-life official has faced 'ultimate evil'

Richard Doerflinger

May 16, 2011

Looking back at 30 years of pro-life work for the Catholic Church, Richard Doerflinger said he sometimes felt he had come into "contact with something very close to ultimate evil.

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Churches near bin Laden compound seek security

May 16, 2011

Church leaders demanded that the Pakistan government boost security for their faith communities in the wake of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death, which they fear will shatter the peace they have enjoyed for 10 years.

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Pope rides the gondola

May 16, 2011

Pope Benedict gestures as he takes a gondola across the Grand Canal.

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Religious freedom is good for society — social scientists

May 16, 2011

Religious freedom is good for society, including for economic growth, and the social sciences are producing data to prove it, said Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

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Vatican to address 'Catholic identity' issue in Caritas

Lesley-Anne Knight

May 16, 2011

The general assembly of Caritas Internationalis in late May is shaping up as a defining moment for the confederation of 165 national Catholic charities, at a time when the Vatican is insisting on greater control over Caritas operations.

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Sweden's startling daycare downside

May 23, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Experts from Sweden and New Zealand warned a pro-family conference of the negative social consequences of universal daycare, anti-spanking laws and legalized prostitution.

Sweden's 30-year experience with a universal daycare system has decreased the psychological health of youth relative to other Nordic countries, said Jonas Himmelstrand, author of Busting the Myths of Swedish Family Policy.

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Pope's reform of liturgy will continue

Cardinal Kurt Koch

May 23, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict's easing of restrictions on use of the 1962 Roman Missal, known as the Tridentine rite, is just the first step in a "reform of the reform" in liturgy, said the Vatican's top ecumenist.

The pope's long-term aim is not simply to allow the old and new rites to coexist, but to move toward a "common rite" shaped by the mutual enrichment of the two Mass forms, Cardinal Kurt Koch said May 14.

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