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Bishop urges U.S. Senate to ratify arms reduction pact

December 13, 2010

Citing the Catholic Church's concern for the sanctity of human life, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called on U.S. senators to ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

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Rome airport gets statue of Our Lady of Loreto

December 13, 2010

Pope Benedict blessed a statue of Our Lady of Loreto, which will be placed in Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport to mark the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of Our Lady of Loreto as patron saint of aviation.

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Santa at the Vatican

December 13, 2010

Santa Claus makes an early appearance . . .

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Cardinals Around the World

203 cardinals from 70 countries

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Pope says Catholic newspapers have 'irreplaceable' role

December 6, 2010

Pope Benedict said the Catholic press has an irreplaceable role in forming Christian consciences and reflecting the Church's viewpoint on contemporary issues.

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Learn 'spiritual maternity' from St. Catherine - pope

December 6, 2010

Catholics should learn "spiritual maternity" from the example of St. Catherine of Siena, Pope Benedict said during his weekly general audience Nov. 24.

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Nuclear weapons remain threat to humanity

December 6, 2010

Pope Benedict said nuclear weapons remain a threat to humanity, and he urged steps to curb their proliferation.

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Jesuit agency calls for greater AIDS effort in Africa

December 6, 2010

The battle against AIDS in Africa is far from over, but a current funding shortfall threatens all of the progress there so far, said the African Jesuit AIDS Network.

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Egyptian Christians face upsurge in violence

December 6, 2010

Episodes of violence in Egypt that left Christian houses and businesses burned and ransacked have raised concerns among Egypt's Christian community, said a Christian worker.

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Haiti faces 'alarming' situation, bishops say

December 6, 2010

A cholera epidemic and poor infrastructure and organization on the ground in Haiti have created an "alarming" situation in the small Caribbean nation, said a group of bishops meeting at the Vatican.

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Bishops clarify teaching on cremation, burial

cremation urn

December 6, 2010

While cremation is not prohibited unless it is chosen for reasons "contrary to Christian teaching," the Catholic Church prefers that the body of a deceased person be buried in accord with Church custom, according to statements issued by two U.S. archdioceses.

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Music at the Vatican

Musicians at the Vatican Nov. 24.

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Health care is inalienable human right - Benedict

November 29, 2010

Pope Benedict and other Church leaders said it was the moral responsibility of nations to guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens, regardless of social and economic status or their ability to pay.

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Psychiatric drugs can't be trusted - psychologist

November 29, 2010

The Catholic Church may be the only organization that can counter the corporate greed fueling the over-prescribing of harmful psychiatric drugs to children and young people, said Dr. Barry Duncan, a clinical psychologist and director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project.

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U.S. bishops urged to embrace social media

November 29, 2010

Social media is not only here to stay but should be recognized and used as a "new form of pastoral ministry," U.S. bishops were told Nov. 15 in their annual meeting.

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Vatican preparing new guidelines to fight abuse

November 29, 2010

The Vatican is preparing a document for all bishops' conferences offering guidelines for a "coordinated and effective program" of child protection . . .

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Church must pursue full Christian unity - Benedict

November 29, 2010

The goal of ecumenism is full unity and the Catholic Church is firmly committed to pursuing that goal, Pope Benedict said.

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Christian Palestinians want to stay in homeland

November 29, 2010

Young educated Christian Palestinians would rather stay in their country than emigrate, if given the proper opportunities, according to results of a study commissioned by the Catholic Aid Coordination Committee, a consortium of Christian organizations in Jerusalem.

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Catholic U head fosters intellectual culture

November 29, 2010

John Garvey, the new president of The Catholic University of America, told the U.S. bishops Nov. 15 at their annual meeting in Baltimore that he hopes the university can be a model of Catholic intellectual culture and also a resource for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Jewish cantors share music with Catholics in Rome

November 29, 2010

Twenty cantors from U.S. Reformed Jewish congregations filled an ancient Roman basilica with the melodies of Psalms and other Scriptures in an attempt to share their heritage with a Catholic audience.

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