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Goderich Knights provide relief following tornado

Knight of columbus 3rd. Degree Logo

September 12, 2011

The Knights of Columbus in the tornado-ravaged town of Goderich, Ont., were front and centre in the efforts to help the town recover from a devastating tornado that hit Aug. 21.

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Indian parish offers parents $220 to have 5 kids

September 12, 2011

A parish in India's Kerala state has instituted incentives to encourage families to have more children amid worries that the Catholic population in the area has begun to drop.

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Shots fired at car of Mafia-fighting priest

September 12, 2011

A southern Italian priest who is outspoken against the Mafia said gunshots fired at his car were likely meant to show him and the public that members of organized crime are still in charge of the area.

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Beautiful art opens door to God — pope

September 12, 2011

Appreciating beautiful works of art is not just for cultural enrichment, it's also an important way to experience God and become aware of the human thirst for the infinite, Pope Benedict said.

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Vatican newspaper opposes mandatory sex ed

September 12, 2011

When it comes to sex education programs, the Catholic Church is painted as old-fashioned and callous about teen pregnancy and disease.

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Calif. bishops oppose Gardasil vaccinations

September 12, 2011

The California Catholic Conference is urging Californians to call Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. and urge him to veto legislation that would allow children 12 and older to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted disease without parental consent or knowledge.

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Foundation promotes deeper devotion to Mary

September 12, 2011

The head of a foundation encouraging Catholics to have a deeper devotion to Mary said that having a relationship with the mother of God "is a calling for us to renew and keep our baptismal promises and to answer God's call to imitate Christ."

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Cradle Catholics must evangelize more, pope says

Pope Benedict

September 5, 2011

Cradle Catholics haven't done enough to show people that God exists and can bring true fulfillment to everyone, Pope Benedict told a group of his former students.

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Mexican church officials condemn casino attack

September 5, 2011

Mexican church officials have condemned an arson attack on a casino in Monterrey, Mexico, which killed more than 50 gamblers and employees and left the nation horrified.

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Church official warns of threats to Bosnian peace

September 5, 2011

A Bosnian Church leader is concerned that peace could again be at risk in the war-torn Balkan country because of failure by the international community to ensure "justice and human rights for all."

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Approved contraceptive creates abortion — experts

September 5, 2011

In marketing materials for ella, the emergency contraception pill that will be available to American women of child-bearing age under the new health reform plan, a cartoon character egg peeks out from behind a glass door while a cartoon character sperm stands on the steps, apparently cajoling her to come outside.

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Diocese ups its bid for Crystal Cathedral

Crystal Cathedral

September 5, 2011

The Diocese of Orange, Calif., has upped its bid to buy the Crystal Cathedral complex from US$50 million to US$53.6 million.

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Phoenix rector closes door to girl altar servers

September 5, 2011

Father John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, has announced that from now on only boys will be altar servers at the church.

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Study finds cohabitation worse than divorce

September 5, 2011

While studies have long shown the negative effects on children of divorce compared to those from two-parent households, a new study has determined that children born to cohabiting couples fare even worse than children from divorced families.

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Pakistan pilgrimage needs tighter security — priest

September 5, 2011

Millions of Pakistani Catholics are expected to attend the annual Marian pilgrimage at Mariamabad in the face of ongoing fears of terrorism.

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'Spiritual Communion': Youths learn a traditional concept

September 5, 2011

More than a million young Catholics learned the hard way about a venerable Catholic tradition: "spiritual Communion" or the "Communion of desire."

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Bolivian bishops protest highway through lowlands

August 29, 2011

Bolivia's bishops expressed their support for indigenous people marching from the country's northern Amazonian lowlands to the mountain city of La Paz to protest a planned highway through their territory.

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Dublin Archdiocese on brink of financial collapse

August 29, 2011

The Dublin Archdiocese is on the brink of financial collapse because of payouts to victims of clergy sexual abuse, says an internal report.

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Sentencing hearing learns of Lahey's porn collection

August 29, 2011

Defence lawyers tried to show during a sentencing hearing for Bishop Raymond Lahey that the cleric's collection of child pornography included images of torture.

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Archbishop Spence of Kingston dies at 85

August 29, 2011

Archbishop Francis Spence, a former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops who led the Diocese of Kingston, Ont., for 20 years until his retirement in 2002, died July 27.

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