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Companies urged to study human trafficking links

July 18, 2011

A coalition of religious investors want officials at 27 major companies to look deeper into the role human trafficking may play in the operation of their firms.

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Tourists should learn inspiration of Catholic art

July 18, 2011

When tourists visit a Catholic church or shrine to view the art or architecture, they also should get a sense of the faith that inspired the work, the Vatican said.

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Diocese casts eye on Crystal Cathedral

July 18, 2011

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange asked a group of diocesan advisers July 6 to "explore possibilities" regarding the Crystal Cathedral, once the home church of the Rev. Robert Schuller, a noted TV preacher.

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Vatican reports budget surplus for 2010

July 18, 2011

The Vatican reported a budget surplus for the first time in four years in 2010, but said contributions from Catholics and dioceses around the world had gone down.

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Greek Catholic prelate fears disaster looms

July 18, 2011

Greece's Catholic Church faces disaster because the current economic crisis is forcing it to end vital social and charitable projects, said Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos of Athens.

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Mexican electoral tribunal complains about Church

July 18, 2011

Mexico's electoral tribunal has ordered the Interior Ministry to sanction the Archdiocese of Mexico City for comments urging Catholics to not vote for political parties promoting liberalized abortion laws and same-sex marriage.

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Benedict begins summer vacation with pen in hand

July 18, 2011

Pope Benedict officially began his summer vacation July 7, taking a helicopter from the Vatican to the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, less than 25 km south of Rome.

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Vatican newspaper is at service of truth, pope says

July 11, 2011

The "pope's newspaper" is a paper of information and ideas at the service of truth and justice, Pope Benedict said.

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Benedict launches Vatican web portal

July 11, 2011

Pope Benedict inaugurated the Vatican's online news portal with a click, and then announced the launch with the first-ever papal tweet.

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Libyan children suffer from ordnance explosions

July 11, 2011

Fifteen-year-old Mohammed Majeed had grown so accustomed to the war raging around him that he lost his fear of the ordnance scattered on the ground in his neighbourhood.

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Ancient image of St. Paul discovered in catacomb

July 11, 2011

The Vatican announced what it called the "sensational discovery" of an early image of St. Paul on the frescoed wall of a catacomb in Naples.

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Participation in civil unions 'seriously sinful' — bishop

July 11, 2011

Civil unions "promote an unacceptable lifestyle, undermine the faith of the Church on holy Matrimony, and cause scandal and confusion," said Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I.

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World Youth Day registration hits 440,000

World Youth Day 2011 Logo

July 11, 2011

Organizers of this year's World Youth Day say the figures for registration and requests to volunteer are higher than ever and auger well for a successful gathering in Madrid in August.

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Cardinals feed Rome's poor to mark papal anniversary

July 11, 2011

Members of the College of Cardinals celebrated Pope Benedict's 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination by making a personal donation to pay for a special lunch for hundreds of poor people living in Rome.

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Hybrid Mercedes eyed as next popemobile

July 11, 2011

Pope Benedict will travel in greener style in the future when a project for a new hybrid popemobile gets off the drawing board and on to the road, a papal spokesman said.

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Quebec's Lacroix visits Rome

July 11, 2011

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec waves after greeting Pope Benedict.

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Prof says pro-life faculty often feel isolated

July 4, 2011

Many pro-life faculty on college campuses in the U.S. and Canada have experienced a strong sense of isolation and disrespect for their views, said the new president of University Faculty for Life.

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Prayer essential to avoiding idolatry — pope

July 4, 2011

Pope Benedict warned that when people forget God they risk falling under the influence of modern forms of idolatry, such as totalitarianism or nihilism.

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'Every breath you take, I'll be watching you'

July 4, 2011

The U.S.-born rector of Ukraine's Catholic university said his country is "living in dark times" and accused state security services of placing him under surveillance.

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U.S. bishops stand against physician-assisted suicide

July 4, 2011

Taking on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, the U.S. bishops declared suicide "a terrible tragedy, one that a compassionate society should work to prevent."

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