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Pot-smoking fuels Mexican gun violence - journalist

November 29, 2010

A top journalist who is a veteran of covering violent conflict in Mexico and Central America has a sober warning for anybody who smokes marijuana: If it comes from south of the border, "it's heavy with the blood of innocent people."

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Pope sends rare white truffle to local soup kitchen

November 29, 2010

Thanks to Pope Benedict, some of Rome's poor will enjoy a gourmet meal flavoured with shavings of a precious white truffle weighing more than one kilogram, reported Caritas Rome, the diocesan Catholic charity.

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Chinese bishops forced to attend illicit ordination

November 29, 2010

The Vatican is disturbed by reports from mainland China that government officials are forcing bishops to attend an illicit episcopal ordination.

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Jewish cantors share music with Catholics in Rome

November 29, 2010

Twenty cantors from U.S. Reformed Jewish congregations filled an ancient Roman basilica with the melodies of Psalms and other Scriptures in an attempt to share their heritage with a Catholic audience.

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Catholic U head fosters intellectual culture

November 29, 2010

John Garvey, the new president of The Catholic University of America, told the U.S. bishops Nov. 15 at their annual meeting in Baltimore that he hopes the university can be a model of Catholic intellectual culture and also a resource for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Christian Palestinians want to stay in homeland

November 29, 2010

Young educated Christian Palestinians would rather stay in their country than emigrate, if given the proper opportunities, according to results of a study commissioned by the Catholic Aid Coordination Committee, a consortium of Christian organizations in Jerusalem.

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Church must pursue full Christian unity - Benedict

November 29, 2010

The goal of ecumenism is full unity and the Catholic Church is firmly committed to pursuing that goal, Pope Benedict said.

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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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