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Bishop of Timmins dies during Quebec vacation

Bishop Paul Marchand

August 29, 2011

Bishop Paul Marchand of Timmins, Ont., died July 23 while on summer vacation.

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Vietnamese villagers win right to tractor transport

August 29, 2011

Government officials in Dak Lak province, a rural part of central Vietnam, have waived their normal traffic rules so Catholics can get to Sunday Mass by tractor.

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Rosica to do double duty; now heads university

Fr. Thomas Rosica

August 29, 2011

Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light Television, has now taken on the added job of president of Assumption University in Windsor, Ont.

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Retired Halifax archbishop dies at 89

August 29, 2011

Archbishop Emeritus Austin-Emile Burke of Halifax died peacefully on Aug. 12. He was 89.

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Benedict to proclaim new doctor of Church

St. John of Avila

August 29, 2011

Pope Benedict has announced he will add the name of St. John of Avila to the Catholic Church's list of doctors of the Church.

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Valleyfield bishop named archbishop of Sherbrooke

Archbishop Luc Cyr

August 29, 2011

Pope Benedict has appointed Valleyfield, Quebec, Bishop Luc Cyr as the new archbishop of Sherbrooke, after accepting the resignation of Archbishop André Gaumond, who had reached 75.

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Hiroshima anniversary

Gutted Atomic Bomb Dome

August 29, 2011

A woman prays after releasing a paper lantern on a river facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome.

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Pope urges aid for drought-stricken eastern Africa

July 25, 2011

Pope Benedict urged the international community to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, especially Somalia, where tens of thousands have fled drought and famine.

 

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Irish report details abuse in Cloyne Diocese

Bishop John Magee

July 25, 2011

A judicial report into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse against clerics in the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, has concluded that the Church's own guidelines were "not fully or consistently implemented" in the diocese as recently as 2008.

 

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Irish priests refuse to break seal of Confession

July 25, 2011

The group that represents Ireland's Catholic priests says the secrecy of Confession must be protected, despite government indications that Confessions would not be exempt from rules on mandatory reporting of child abuse.

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Orangemen on the march

July 25, 2011

Protestant Orangemen march during a parade in Belfast.

 

 

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Indian bishops call for unity against terrorism

July 25, 2011

Indian bishops called for unity in the country's fight against terrorism a day after three bombs in Mumbai left at least 17 people dead and more than 140 injured.

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Vatican says traditionalist ordinations 'illegitimate'

July 25, 2011

The ordinations of 20 new priests for the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X are "illegitimate, period," said the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.

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Ont. court upholds patient's rights

July 25, 2011

An Ontario Court of Appeal ruling affirming a patient's rights in end-of-life care means that people with different values than their physicians needn't worry doctors will withdraw life support without their consent, said Alex Schadenberg.

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China ordains bishop without papal approval

July 25, 2011

Chinese officials ordained a bishop without papal mandate, just 10 days after the Holy See excommunicated another newly ordained bishop.

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Tunisian Catholics urged to support democracy

Archbishop Maroun Lahham

July 25, 2011

Tunisia's tiny Catholic community prays for the country's transition to democracy and hopes that the nation will embrace full religious freedom, said Archbishop Maroun Lahham of Tunis.

 

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Pope wishes peace and prosperity to S. Sudan

South Sudan flag

July 18, 2011

Pope Benedict named an official delegation to represent him at the July 9 independence celebrations in Southern Sudan and charged members with conveying his hopes for "peace and prosperity" to citizens of the world's newest nation.

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Calif. rewrites history to include gays' contributions

July 18, 2011

The California Catholic Conference opposes a bill passed by the state's legislators that requires social studies texts for kindergarteners through high school seniors in public school to specifically include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

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Hindu militants demand school enrol 2 children

July 18, 2011

About 50 Hindu extremists burst into a Catholic school in southern India, demanding enrollment for two children, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported.

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Ethicists back EU plan to ban embryo-based patents

July 18, 2011

Twenty-five ethicists and lawyers from 11 European countries have stated their support for a proposed ban on patenting technologies derived from experiments on human embryos.

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