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Vatican preparing new guidelines to fight abuse

November 29, 2010

The Vatican is preparing a document for all bishops' conferences offering guidelines for a "coordinated and effective program" of child protection . . .

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U.S. bishops urged to embrace social media

November 29, 2010

Social media is not only here to stay but should be recognized and used as a "new form of pastoral ministry," U.S. bishops were told Nov. 15 in their annual meeting.

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Psychiatric drugs can't be trusted - psychologist

November 29, 2010

The Catholic Church may be the only organization that can counter the corporate greed fueling the over-prescribing of harmful psychiatric drugs to children and young people, said Dr. Barry Duncan, a clinical psychologist and director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project.

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Health care is inalienable human right - Benedict

November 29, 2010

Pope Benedict and other Church leaders said it was the moral responsibility of nations to guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens, regardless of social and economic status or their ability to pay.

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Music at the Vatican

Musicians at the Vatican Nov. 24.

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Bishops clarify teaching on cremation, burial

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December 6, 2010

While cremation is not prohibited unless it is chosen for reasons "contrary to Christian teaching," the Catholic Church prefers that the body of a deceased person be buried in accord with Church custom, according to statements issued by two U.S. archdioceses.

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Haiti faces 'alarming' situation, bishops say

December 6, 2010

A cholera epidemic and poor infrastructure and organization on the ground in Haiti have created an "alarming" situation in the small Caribbean nation, said a group of bishops meeting at the Vatican.

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Egyptian Christians face upsurge in violence

December 6, 2010

Episodes of violence in Egypt that left Christian houses and businesses burned and ransacked have raised concerns among Egypt's Christian community, said a Christian worker.

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Jesuit agency calls for greater AIDS effort in Africa

December 6, 2010

The battle against AIDS in Africa is far from over, but a current funding shortfall threatens all of the progress there so far, said the African Jesuit AIDS Network.

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Nuclear weapons remain threat to humanity

December 6, 2010

Pope Benedict said nuclear weapons remain a threat to humanity, and he urged steps to curb their proliferation.

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