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Vatican orders bishops to draft sex abuse guidelines

May 23, 2011

Every bishops' conference in the world must have guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sex abuse in place within a year, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Book critique did not question Johnson's honour

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

May 23, 2011

The critique by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine of a Fordham University theologian's popular book was not meant to question the "dedication, honour, creativity or service" of her work, said a letter to faculty members at the university.

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Bin Laden's death 'won't bring my wife back'

May 23, 2011

It has been nearly 10 years since her death, but for Thomas Heidenberger, his wife Michele remains foremost in his mind.

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Salt and Light honoured as TV station of year

May 23, 2011

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Salt and Light Television, based in Toronto, which only started broadcasting in 2003, won its third Gabriel Award.

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Philippine Church fights gov't over birth control

May 23, 2011

Philippine authorities warned Catholics that they would be charged for back taxes if they withheld tax payments to protest provisions of the reproductive health bill pending in the country's legislature.

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Vatican calls for 'generous' approval for Latin Mass

May 23, 2011

A new Vatican instruction calls on local bishops and pastors to respond generously to Catholics who seek celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal, commonly known as the Tridentine rite.

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Caritas train puffs out of station

May 30, 2011

A vintage steam train, dubbed the Caritas Express, makes a short run as it prepares to leave the rarely used Vatican train station for a journey to Orvieto May 21.

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Penn. seeks to regulate abortion clinics

May 30, 2011

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation May 12 that would require abortion clinics to adhere to the same standards as other outpatient health facilities.

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Vatican urged to offer more ethical guidance

May 30, 2011

Catholics are looking for guidance and a larger voice from the Vatican on ethical principles for the world of finance and the environment, said some participants in a Vatican meeting on social justice.

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Paper blasts Mugabe's warm reception in Rome

May 30, 2011

Southern Africa's independent Catholic weekly defended the Vatican against criticism for allowing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to receive Communion at the beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II, but took Church officials to task for the warm welcome given the dictator.

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