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New media help Church listen, says Vatican official

March 14, 2011

A secret ingredient to good communication is listening, and interactive technologies are making that so much easier to do, said a Vatican official.

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Anglo-Catholics should unite with Rome — bishop

March 14, 2011

Traditionalist Anglicans who remain in the Anglican Church rather than taking up Pope Benedict's offer of an Anglican ordinariate are wasting their spiritual energy clinging to a dangerous illusion, said the Vatican's delegate for the Australian ordinariate.

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Priests must cope with good, bad and ugly — pope

March 14, 2011

Even though it's not easy to like every member of the Church, being part of Christ's body means accepting them all, Pope Benedict told seminarians.

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Bishop's assailant found not criminally responsible

Bishop David Monroe

March 7, 2011

The man who attacked Bishop David Monroe of Kamloops last October was found not criminally responsible in Provincial Court Feb. 24.

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Cheap access to water a right for all — bishop

March 7, 2011

Reasonable access to clean water is a fundamental human right and its distribution should not be left solely to private companies seeking profit, a top Vatican official said.

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Maronite patriarch steps down at age 90

Lebanese Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir

March 7, 2011

Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Lebanese Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, the 90-year-old head of the Maronite Catholic Church.

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Prayer is abandoning self to God's will, pope says

March 7, 2011

Prayer is not a reflection on one's self, but a complete abandonment to the word and will of God, Pope Benedict said.

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Prayer is abandoning self to God's will, pope says

March 7, 2011

Prayer is not a reflection on one's self, but a complete abandonment to the word and will of God, Pope Benedict said.

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Traditionalist bishop to end talks with Rome

Bishop Bernard Fellay

March 7, 2011

The head of a group of traditionalist Catholics said reconciliation talks with the Vatican would soon come to an end, with little change in the views of either side.

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Nathanson was abortion proponent turned pro-lifer

March 7, 2011

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, once a leading figure in the movement to legalize abortion, later spent decades raising awareness about the horrors of abortion and repenting for the tens of thousands of abortions for which he felt responsible.

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Doctors lead women into abortion, says pope

March 7, 2011

Pope Benedict said that pregnant women facing difficulties due to their personal circumstances or to health issues of the fetus can be misled by doctors or people close to them into believing that abortion is the best solution.

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Pope's theology can be debated, cardinal says

Cardinal Georges Cottier

March 7, 2011

As the second volume of Jesus of Nazareth was about to be published, a Swiss cardinal said it's important that people realize the book was written by the theologian Joseph Ratzinger and not by Pope Benedict.

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Miners say, 'Thank you, Jesus'

March 7, 2011

Chilean miners, who were trapped in a collapsed mine near Copiapo, Chile, for 69 days before being rescued in October, touch the Stone of Anointing in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City Feb. 24.

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Number of Catholics, priests increased in '09

February 28, 2011

The number of Catholics in the world, as well as the number of deacons, priests and bishops all increased in 2009, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics.

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Preachers must live the Gospel, pope says

February 28, 2011

Evangelization will be effective only when the people spreading the Gospel truly believe and live Christ's message themselves, Pope Benedict said.

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Classical music made great contributions to Church

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

February 28, 2011

Classical music is underappreciated for its spiritual contribution to the Church, the metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church said Feb. 9.

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Bio-fuel demand pushes Africans off farmland

February 28, 2011

Representatives of Catholic organizations at the recently concluded World Social Forum said that massive investment in large tracts of land across Africa involving foreign capital — a practice detractors call "land-grabbing" — is pushing small farmers off their land and threatens to lead to another worldwide food crisis.

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Vatican Radio rides wave of digital technology

February 28, 2011

Eighty years ago, a persistent pope and a scientific pioneer teamed up to create Vatican Radio, launching an evangelization tool that reached virtually every corner of the globe.

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Not business as usual

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston washes the feet of a priestly sexual abuse survivor during the Liturgy of Lament and Repentance at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral Feb. 20.

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Hard times don't justify restricting workers' rights

February 28, 2011

Quoting Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki issued a statement Feb. 16 that came down squarely in favour of workers' rights in the face of efforts by Wisconsin's new governor to restrict those rights.

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