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Mystical marriage

December 27, 2010

The Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine

Mary holds the child Jesus in this painting by Benozzo Gozzoli.

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Pope visits Vatican Library

December 27, 2010

Pope Benedict reads a book during his visit to the Vatican Library at the Vatican Dec. 18.

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Costa Rica pressured to lift in vitro fertilization ban

Laura Chinchilla

December 27, 2010

Costa Rica is under pressure to overturn its ban on in vitro fertilization — and as a result abandon long-held Catholic teaching — or risk sanctions for violating international accords on human rights.

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Report: Cardinal ‘begged’ Vatican to dismiss abuser

Cardinal Desmond Connell

December 27, 2010

A newly released chapter of the Murphy Report into the handling of clergy sex abuse allegations in the Archdiocese of Dublin between 1975 and 2004 shows Cardinal Desmond Connell “begged” Pope John Paul II to dismiss an abusive priest from the priesthood.

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Benedict to make 4 foreign trips in 2011

December 27, 2010

Pope Benedict plans to make four foreign trips in 2011, including one to his German homeland and a three-day visit to the African country of Benin.

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Vatican blames China for damaging trust

December 27, 2010

In an unusually strongly worded statement, the Vatican said the recent election of new Church leaders by government-controlled Catholic groups in China and the illicit ordination of a Chinese bishop have “unilaterally damaged” hopes of improved relations with China.

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U.S. lobbied Vatican for support of biotechnology

December 27, 2010

U.S. diplomats have for years been pressing the Vatican for stronger public support of genetically modified foods but have made little headway, according to documents released through WikiLeaks.

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Pope begins 2011 with call for religious freedom

January 3, 2010
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Opening 2011 with a strong call for religious liberty, Pope Benedict condemned deadly attacks against Christians and announced a new interfaith meeting next fall in Assisi, Italy. more . . .

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Quebec imposes religious restrictions on preschoolers

January 17, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL — Quebec's new policy concerning religious daycares imposes the state's ideological approach to religion, according to a Catholic parents' group. more . . .

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School districts, Newman stimulate leadership

January 17, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — A new leadership development program for Catholic teachers is set to open under a partnership between St. Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic School Division, Evergreen Catholic School Division and Newman Theological College.more . . .

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