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Dutch Church to cooperate with castration probe

April 2, 2012

The Dutch Church has pledged to fully cooperate with investigations into reported claims that Catholic institutions castrated boys and young men in their care to rid them of homosexuality.

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Accused bishop named to Vatican council

Bishop Walter Mixa

April 2, 2012

Pope Benedict has named a German bishop who had been accused of financial irregularities and hitting children to the Vatican's health care council.

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Report documents anti-Christian prejudice

April 2, 2012

A church-backed report has documented rising anti-Christian prejudice in Europe, despite calls for fairer legislation and measures to curb discrimination.

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Water is human right, says Vatican council

April 2, 2012

Clean and potable water is a human right, not a for-profit commodity dependent on market logic, said the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in a recent document.

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Polish abuse victim questions bishops' stance

April 2, 2012

A prominent victim of clerical sex abuse has rejected the Polish church's stance that it is following a zero-tolerance policy toward priests and offers moral support for victims.

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Ukrainian Catholic opposes shrine legislation

April 2, 2012

The major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church said government-backed legislation to transfer control of key national Christian shrines to the Orthodox Church was "a clear threat to the interdenominational peace and agreement established in our state during recent years.

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Women religious, neighbours protest strip club

April 2, 2012

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Calabrini hosted about 500 of their neighbours March 22 in a prayer vigil in hopes of stopping the planned opening of a new strip club on a street adjacent to their property in suburban Chicago.

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Vatican unhappy with traditionalists' response

March 26, 2012

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Benedict, has defined as "insufficient" the position of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X on certain basic doctrinal principles and criteria for interpreting Church teaching.

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U.S. bishops pledge to fight for religious liberty

March 26, 2012

Declaring themselves "strongly unified and intensely focused," the top Catholic bishops in the U.S. vowed to continue their multipronged defence of religious liberty in the courts, Congress and the White House.

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Defend church, but explain teaching too – bishops

March 26, 2012

The U.S. bishops' attempts to defend religious freedom and the traditional definition of marriage must be accompanied by stronger efforts to educate Catholics about the Church's real teaching about sexuality and marriage, several of the bishops said while at the Vatican.

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Belgian Trappist beer is best in the world

March 26, 2012

A hearty dark brown beer produced at a Trappist monastery in Belgium has been rated the world's best brew by an online community of beer lovers.

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Married couple to compose Via Crucis meditations

March 26, 2012

Pope Benedict has asked an Italian married couple, founders of the Focolare Movement's New Families initiative, to write the meditations for his Way of the Cross service at Rome's Colosseum April 6.

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Scholar urges Catholics to study Vatican II

March 26, 2012

The 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council is an opportunity to revisit the clear teaching of its documents and reject distortions and false interpretations that have gained traction in the Catholic Church, according to a council scholar.

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Knights hear pope

March 26, 2012

Members of a historical troupe are seen before the start of Pope Benedict's general audience

 

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Coptic leader dies

March 26, 2012

A priest lights a candle in front of a picture of Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Egypt.

 

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Vatican investigates document leaks

March 26, 2012

Pope Benedict has established a commission to investigate a series of leaks of letters exchanged among Vatican officials and between the officials and the pope himself.

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Catholics root for the underdog – Dolan

March 26, 2012

Catholics have a duty to bring faith-inspired convictions to politics, and they can never allow politics to trump principles articulated by the bishops in their role as official teachers, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

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Archbishop of Canterbury to step down

Archbishop Rowan Williams

March 26, 2012

The leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion has announced his resignation.

 

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Prelate threatened for criticizing smelter of death

March 19, 2012

Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, received a death threat just two days after releasing a statement calling for a controversial smelter to meet environmental requirements before being allowed to resume operations.

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British bishops speak against same-sex marriage

March 19, 2012

Legalization of same-sex marriage could obscure the "real meaning" of marriage for generations to come, the bishops of England and Wales are telling Catholics.

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