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Brazilian officials unveil 2013 WYD logo

February 20, 2012

Officials of World Youth Day 2013 unveiled the logo for the event at a ceremony attended by more than 100 Brazilian bishops, government officials and local organizers.

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Though prayers may seem unheard, God is faithful

February 20, 2012

God is near even though it may seem like he does not hear people's prayers or has abandoned his flock, Pope Benedict said.

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Cutting poverty will help institute God's kingdom

February 20, 2012

While Jesus said we will "always have the poor" with us, "if each of us stops on his or her own journey to help a neighbour in need, the kingdom of God will come closer to realization each day," said Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, in a pastoral letter on poverty.

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Hong Kong cardinal warns of Chinese 'schism'

February 20, 2012

Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun warned that the Chinese Catholic Church is "on the verge of a schism" between communities cooperating with government structures and the underground Church loyal to the Vatican.

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Bishop, laity protest play portraying Mary as lesbian

February 20, 2012

Led by Bishop Peter Jugis, Catholics in the Charlotte, N.C., Diocese have protested a newly-opened play for its "gravely offensive" portrayal of Mary as a lesbian and its mocking of the virgin birth.

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Obama backtracks on contraception insurance plan

February 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has outlined a plan that would allow religious employers not to offer free contraception and sterilization services to their employees but would compel insurance companies to do so.

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Pope urges Syrian dialogue

February 27, 2012

A sign in response to the violence in Syria is seen during a Feb. 11 Mass at a church in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

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Honduran prison, site of fire, vastly overcrowded

February 27, 2012

The Diocese of Comayagua is working with prison authorities to try to help survivors of one of the world's deadliest prison fires.

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UK cabinet minister warns of militant secularism

February 27, 2012

A "deeply intolerant" militant secularism is taking hold of Western societies, said a senior British government minister heading a delegation to the Vatican.

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Massacre under way in Sudanese border region

February 27, 2012

A Sudanese bishop said the world has forgotten people in his diocese, where thousands of people have sought shelter from a government bombing campaign and aid agencies cannot gain access.

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Youths invited to summer festival in Hungary

February 27, 2012

Organizers of Genfest 2012 are expecting 12,500 youths to participate in this summer's festival Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Budapest, Hungary, followed by a six-day workshop in Rome.

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Former Anglican priests prepare for Catholic orders

February 27, 2012

Forty-two former Anglican priests from across the U.S. have officially begun their training to become Catholic priests.

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Catholics risk losing connection to the land

February 27, 2012

Catholics are at risk of losing their connection to the land, according to a professor from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

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Sask. Catholic editor was outspoken voice

February 27, 2012

Benedictine Father Andrew Britz, longtime editor of the Prairie Messenger, died Feb. 14 from a massive heart attack.

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Obama's contraception plan still under fire

February 27, 2012

A former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and the president of The Catholic University of America were among 300 signers of a letter who called President Barack Obama's revision to a federal contraceptive mandate "unacceptable."

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Spain offers Shroud display

March 5, 2012

A copy of the original Shroud of Turin is displayed above a statue of Christ's body at an exhibition at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Malaga, Spain.

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Pope begins Lenten retreat, asks for prayers

March 5, 2012

Pope Benedict asked Catholics for their prayers as he began his weeklong Lenten retreat Feb. 26.

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Justice Circles help women control their lives

March 5, 2012

There was a time when Imelda Vera and Maria Villagrana, immigrants from Mexico, were afraid to confront an injustice in their lives.

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Sculptor emphasizes realism in new statues

March 5, 2012

The statues that will dominate the east and west transepts of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, Kan., are taking shape.

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Bishops prepare for synod on evangelization

March 5, 2012

Making final preparations for the world Synod of Bishops on new evangelization, a committee of cardinals and bishops discussed how difficult it is today to transmit the faith to others.

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