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Attacks on Christians tripled in 2003-2010

March 19, 2012

Terrorist attacks on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia tripled in a seven-year period, a Vatican official told a UN meeting.

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Car bomb explodes outside Nigerian church

March 19, 2012

A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic Church as Mass was being celebrated, killing three people and sending dozens of worshippers fleeing into the streets, officials said.

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Number of Catholics, priests increased in 2011

March 19, 2012

The number of Catholics in the world and the number of deacons, priests and bishops all increased in 2010, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics.

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Filipino cardinal dies at age 91

March 19, 2012

Cardinal Jose Sanchez, who once served as prefect of the Congregation for Clergy at the Vatican, died March 9 in Manila.

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Leading communicator dies in Switzerland

March 19, 2012

Father Bruno Holtz, who devoted nearly 40 years of his life to promoting professionalism among Catholic journalists and communicators worldwide, died Feb. 29.

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Diocese apologizes to aboriginal student

March 19, 2012

The Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., has apologized to the family of an aboriginal Catholic school student who was reprimanded for speaking in her native language during class and to the Menominee Nation, the tribe to which the student's family belongs.

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Vatican says 13 Cleveland parishes must reopen

March 19, 2012

A Vatican congregation has overturned the closing of 13 parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland and said the churches must be restored for worship, a person involved with the cases said.

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Preparing for papa

March 19, 2012

A Stations of the Cross procession takes place in Havana during preparations for Pope Benedict's March 26-28 visit to Cuba.

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Pope grateful for story of light at end of tunnel

March 12, 2012

When life feels like a dark and silent tunnel, faith gives a Christian light and music, Pope Benedict said at the end of his weeklong Lenten retreat.

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Vatican Secret Archives marks 400th anniversary

March 12, 2012

Working with the city of Rome, the Vatican Secret Archives is celebrating its 400th anniversary with an exhibit designed to shed light not only on its holdings, but on some of the myth and mystery surrounding its collection of millions of documents.

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Researcher: Pastors should focus on church suppers

March 12, 2012

Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for pastors: “Spend less time on the sermons, and more time arranging the church suppers.”

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Vatican seeks help for Christians in Holy Land

March 12, 2012

Tension, hostility and even violence are the “daily bread” of many of the Christian communities living in the biblical lands of the Middle East, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

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Armed men storm desert monastery in Syria

March 12, 2012

Masked gunmen stormed the Syrian desert monastery of Deir Mar Musa, about 80 kms southwest of Homs, destroying property and briefly holding its inhabitants captive.

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Building democracy tough job, Tunisian leader says

March 12, 2012

Muslims and Christians throughout North Africa and the Middle East recognize that “building a democracy is more difficult than destroying a dictatorship,” said one of the leaders of change in Tunisia.

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Court nixes midwives’ conscience rights

March 12, 2012

A Scottish court ruled that two senior Catholic midwives have no right to conscientiously object to overseeing staff involved in late-term abortions in a state-run hospital.

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Founder of Boys Town promoted for sainthood

Fr. Edward Flanagan

March 12, 2012

It started in 1917 with a rented house, five boys who needed a home in Omaha and a Catholic priest determined to help troubled and abandoned youths throughout the city.

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Mary survives

March 12, 2012

A statue of Mary is about all that is left of a church destroyed by a tornado in Salyersville, Ky.

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Profit cannot be motive in treating infertility – pope

March 5, 2012

An almost exclusive reliance on technology and a focus on financial profit seem to dominate the field of medical responses to infertility, Pope Benedict said.

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Celibacy heralded as 'gift of grace'

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

March 5, 2012

Priestly celibacy must be seen as "a freely accepted commitment and a gift of grace," not simply a functional discipline that frees a man for ministry, said the preacher to the papal household.

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Lent is time to defeat temptation, pope says

March 5, 2012

The 40 days of Lent are a time to recognize that evil is at work in the world and even the Catholic Church faces temptations, Pope Benedict said.

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