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Pakistani minister fights for religious freedom

Shabhaz Bhatti

December 20, 2010

Despite receiving death threats, Pakistan’s minister for minorities, a Christian, said he will not give up his battle to guarantee religious freedom for all the country’s people.

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Preparing for conflict

December 20, 2010

Young members of Christ the King Parish dance during an outdoor Mass in Malakal, Southern Sudan.

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Arsenic-loving microbe provides insight — Funes

December 20, 2010

The discovery of the first known microorganism on Earth to thrive on the toxic chemical arsenic will help expand scientists’ understanding of the definition of life, said the head of the Vatican Observatory.

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Toronto Catholics boost Iraqi refugees sponsorship

December 20, 2010

Spurred by the exodus of Iraqi Christians, the Toronto Archdiocese doubled the number of Iraqi refugee families it sponsored in 2010 to 190.

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Vatican to restore, digitize photo archive

December 20, 2010

The Vatican is embarking on a project to restore and digitize its archive of more than eight million photographic images.

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Vatican seeks pact with PLO on Church’s rights

December 20, 2010

The Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization have agreed to establish a working group to draft an agreement between the two parties.

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Dutch Church pledges firm response to abuse

December 20, 2010

The Dutch bishops’ conference has pledged action after nearly 2,000 people complained of sexual abuse by Catholic priests during an inquiry by an independent commission.

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Apparitions from 1859 approved in Green Bay

December 20, 2010

Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay has approved the Marian apparitions seen by Adele Brise in 1859, making the apparitions of Mary that occurred some 30 km northeast of Green Bay the first in the U.S. to receive approval of a diocesan bishop.

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Priests joyful as they awaited execution by Nazis

December 20, 2010

As the Nazi executioner beheaded three Catholic priests and a Lutheran pastor, one after another in a matter of minutes, their blood flowed together, creating a powerful symbol for ecumenism in northern Germany.

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Love, not revolution, brings positive change - pope

December 20, 2010

Changing the world for the better does not come from leaders making grandiose promises or calling for a violent revolution, Pope Benedict said: It comes from humble individuals who silently carry God’s light and love to everyone around them.

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