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Poland’s bishops warn against allowing in vitro

November 1, 2010

Poland’s Catholic bishops have warned government leaders and legislators not to back a law allowing in vitro fertilization, adding that the practice resembled Nazi-era eugenics.

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Vietnamese cardinal proposed for sainthood

November 1, 2010

The Diocese of Rome formally opened the sainthood process for Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan, who spent 13 years in prison in communist Vietnam — nine of them in solitary confinement.

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Protection for refugees is lacking — bishop

November 1, 2010

The number of refugees is growing and resettlement space is shrinking, highlighting a need for international solutions, a Vatican official said.

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Missionary outreach can transform world — pope

November 1, 2010

All Catholics are called to spread the good news of salvation and support the Church’s missionary mandate, Pope Benedict said on World Mission Sunday.

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Poverty insults our humanity, says UN nuncio

November 1, 2010

The papal nuncio to the United Nations challenged the international community Oct. 21 to unite in a fight against global poverty, which he called “an insult to our common humanity.”

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Pope calls for major reforms to combat world hunger

October 25, 2010

Pope Benedict said persistent world hunger calls for global reforms that focus on long-term solutions as well as short-term emergency food aid.

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Bonds needed with Mideast Christians — Collins

October 25, 2010

The Catholic Church around the world needs to reach out to the churches in the Middle East and be a source of hope for its people, said Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto.

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Pope unveils agency for ‘new evangelization’

October 25, 2010

Pope Benedict unveiled a new Vatican agency to promote “new evangelization.

”Its job will be to combat the “de-Christianization” of countries that were first evangelized centuries ago.

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Priest tries to help poor Filipinos fight mining

October 25, 2010

The quest for minerals in the Philippines is taking its toll on the nation’s poorest residents — the indigenous population, said a Filipino priest who advocates on their behalf.

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Medieval mystic is model for finding God’s presence

October 25, 2010

Pope Benedict said the penitential path of a little-known medieval mystic offers modern men and women a lesson on discovering the presence of God in their lives.

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Christian girls targeted for violence in Pakistan

October 25, 2010

The Christian community in Pakistan was in shock at increasing episodes of violence and abuse targeted at young Christian girls, according to Fides, a Vatican missionary agency.

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Diocese supports ban on students wearing rosaries

October 25, 2010

The Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colo., said it “does not oppose” a decision by some local public schools to ban rosaries from being worn as an accessory on top of students’ clothing.

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Chilean bishops call for a new solidarity

October 25, 2010

The 33 miners rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile united all Chileans by “their witness of unity and solidarity,” the country’s bishops’ conference said.

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RC-Orthodox dialogue traces shape of Church unity

October 18, 2010

Catholic and Orthodox Church representatives have offered their vision of what the unity of both churches might look like in two statements approved during a recent meeting at Georgetown University in Washington.

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New saint’s order blew whistle on abuser priest

October 18, 2010

The religious congregation co-founded by Blessed Mary MacKillop has confirmed a media report that one reason clergy pressured a bishop to “destroy” her was that members of the order reported a suspected child-abusing priest.

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Book-length interview with pope set for release

October 18, 2010

Light of the World, a book-length interview with Pope Benedict will be released Nov. 23 in the world’s major languages, including English, the head of the Vatican publishing house said.

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Friendship with Christ leads to happiness — pope

October 18, 2010

True happiness can be found by strengthening one’s friendship with God through a love for sacred Scripture and the sacraments, Pope Benedict said.

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Polish saint-to-be was famous preacher, confessor

October 18, 2010

Blessed Stanislaw Soltys, 1433-1489, devoted his life to caring for the poor in his native Krakow.

He was famous as a preacher and confessor. His reverence for the Eucharist earned him the title of “Apostle of the Eucharist.”

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West needs to discover ‘unchanging truth’ — pope

October 18, 2010

Pope Benedict said his message in Great Britain about the enduring importance of faith-based values in public life is valid for the entire Western world.

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Iraqi refugees in Jordan are ‘guests’ with few privileges

October 18, 2010

Slwan Kehedeer Antoon was his own boss in Mosul, Iraq. He owned a liquor store and a car-rental agency.

Then, four years ago, Muslim hardliners bombed his liquor store.

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