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Because it acts in the name of the Catholic Church in promoting development and helping the needy, Caritas Internationalis must be guided by bishops and the official teaching of the Church, Pope Benedict said.
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Members of Caritas Internationalis elected an official from the French charity Secours Catholique to be their secretary general.
An article in the Vatican newspaper said that, on a practical level, condom campaigns increase the possibility of AIDS infection by promoting a false sense of security.
John Garvey is convinced that religious freedom will be the most important issue facing the Catholic Church in the United States over the next half century.
U.S. and British diplomats discussed exerting pressure on Pope Pius XII to be silent about the Nazi deportations of Hungarian Jews, according to newly discovered documentation.
Catholics in England and Wales will be obliged to abstain from meat every Friday under a new rule brought by the bishops.
Global solidarity is needed so that every country can guarantee all of its citizens have access to health care, a Vatican official told the annual assembly of the World Health Organization.
Irish society is not just suffering from the sex abuse scandal but from a failure to pass on the faith to the younger generation, said the archbishop of Dublin.
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.
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.