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Bavarian folk festival comes to papal villa

August 20, 2012

With his 88-year-old brother sitting by his side, Pope Benedict was treated to an evening of Bavarian folk music and dancing, a clear expression, he said, of a “cheerful culture, imbued with joy.”

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Vatican urges vacations that conserve energy

August 20, 2012

Going on vacation must not be an occasion to relax one’s commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment, the Vatican said.

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Observatory director high on Martian explorer

August 20, 2012

Jesuit Father Jose Funes is pleased with the successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, and he thinks “everybody should be happy with the success.”

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Religious orders needed now more than ever – Jesuit

Fr. Thomas Smolich

August 20, 2012

Positive dreams, humor and a return to the Second Vatican Council’s call for reading the signs of the times can help attract young people to religious orders today, several speakers told members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men at their annual assembly in Houston.

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MaterCare seeks support for maternal rights charter

Dr. Robert Walley

August 20, 2012

MaterCare International has drafted a Charter of Maternal Rights it hopes will be adopted by leaders and decision makers around the world to help stem the high number of maternal deaths.

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Russian, Polish Christians seek reconciliation

August 27, 2012

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and the president of the Polish Catholic bishops' conference signed a joint message Aug. 17 urging Poles and Russians to set aside centuries of anger and prejudice and work together to maintain their countries' Christian identities.

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Americans back guns, but not in church

August 27, 2012

A poll analyzing views about gun control in the context of people's faith groups found that a majority of Americans believe gun rights are as important as other constitutional rights, but they draw the line at guns being permitted in churches and government buildings.

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Go to Mass together, pope urges married couples

August 27, 2012

Going to Mass together and setting aside time each day to talk to each other are two simple practices that can help Catholic couples strengthen their marriage and be examples to others, said a papal message.

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U.S. religious keep talking with Vatican rep

August 27, 2012

Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious announced Aug. 10 at the close of their four-day assembly in St. Louis that they will continue to dialogue with Church officials about the Vatican's doctrinal assessment of their organization.

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Indian Church moves to protect environment

August 27, 2012

Environmental protection is "an expression of faith in God," said the bishops of Kerala state.

"Our faith calls for protecting the creation of God and adopting our lifestyle accordingly," the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council said in a statement after its Aug. 10 meeting.

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Poor need lobbyists more than rich – bishop

August 27, 2012

The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development urged the Senate to retain tax credits that keep low-income Americans from sinking into poverty, saying it would be "unjust and unwise" to let them lapse while addressing tax-cut proposals for higher-income Americans.

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Vietnamese replace Mary with Ho Chi Minh

August 27, 2012

Government authorities from a district in Vietnam's Central Highlands forced ethnic villagers to remove Catholic pictures and items from their chapel, and authorities replaced them with images of the late communist leader Ho Chi Minh.

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S. African bishops urge inquiry into mine violence

August 27, 2012

South Africa's bishops condemned the killings at a platinum mine in Marikana and called for a judicial inquiry into the circumstances that led to the violence.

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Queen of heaven watches over her children – pope

September 3, 2012

Honouring Mary as queen, Catholics see her exercising the same kind of regality that Jesus did: one of humility, service and love, Pope Benedict said.

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Laity share responsibility for Church – Benedict

September 3, 2012

As Catholics prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, all Church members need to make a renewed effort to ensure laypeople are aware of their responsibility for the Church and are allowed to exercise it, Pope Benedict said.

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Jesuits want Alaska natives to assume responsibility

September 3, 2012

How to pass the baton to struggling native communities incorporating their traditions and values is an ongoing conversation among the few remaining members of the Society of Jesus in the Diocese of Fairbanks, which they founded and have been building during the past 125 years.

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Philippine poor to be moved far from their jobs

September 3, 2012

When news of the Philippine government's relocation plan for flood-prone residences in Manila was announced, Canossian Father Carlo Bittante made the rounds to check on his flock.

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S. African priests call for more respect for life

September 3, 2012

Six Pretoria-based priests and a doctor expressed concern that violence is becoming commonplace in South Africa and urged a campaign to re-emphasize the sanctity of human life.

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Pakistani Down Syndrome girl accused of blasphemy

September 3, 2012

Pakistani institutions and religious leaders are working together for the release of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy and to reduce the risk of Muslim-Christian violence over the incident, said the Pakistani prime minister's special adviser on minorities.

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Don't call Zambia a Christian nation – bishops

September 3, 2012

The Zambian bishops' conference has opposed a proposal to identify Zambia as "a Christian nation" in the preamble to a new national constitution.

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