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Lawyer gave up high finance for prison chaplaincy

Chaplain Dale Recinella

May 23, 2011

Dale Recinella played the financing game like a fiddle, even working through Christmas one year to secure the complex arrangements to finance a new stadium for football's Miami Dolphins.

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Vatican to address 'Catholic identity' issue in Caritas

Lesley-Anne Knight

May 16, 2011

The general assembly of Caritas Internationalis in late May is shaping up as a defining moment for the confederation of 165 national Catholic charities, at a time when the Vatican is insisting on greater control over Caritas operations.

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Religious freedom is good for society — social scientists

May 16, 2011

Religious freedom is good for society, including for economic growth, and the social sciences are producing data to prove it, said Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

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Pope rides the gondola

May 16, 2011

Pope Benedict gestures as he takes a gondola across the Grand Canal.

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Churches near bin Laden compound seek security

May 16, 2011

Church leaders demanded that the Pakistan government boost security for their faith communities in the wake of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death, which they fear will shatter the peace they have enjoyed for 10 years.

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Pro-life official has faced 'ultimate evil'

Richard Doerflinger

May 16, 2011

Looking back at 30 years of pro-life work for the Catholic Church, Richard Doerflinger said he sometimes felt he had come into "contact with something very close to ultimate evil.

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New Swiss Guards

May 16, 2011

Swiss Guard recruits are seen during the swearing-in ceremony for 34 new recruits

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New Mass translation harms ecumenism — Anglican

May 16, 2011

Because the Roman Catholic Church was a driving force behind the development of a common English translation of basic prayers used by many Christian churches for 40 years, more recent Vatican rules for translating Mass prayers "came as a bombshell," said an Anglican liturgist.

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Church needs blogs; bloggers need Church

May 16, 2011

The Catholic Church needs active members who blog, but Catholic bloggers also need the Church, especially to remind them of the virtue of charity needed in their writing, said participants at a Vatican meeting.

The gathering May 2 was sponsored by the pontifical councils for culture and for social communications.

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Wuerl explains bishops’ role on theological matters

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

May 9, 2011

Bishops have a responsibility to teach the Catholic faith and preserve it “as it has been received and passed on” and thus are bound to respond to the work of theologians if they perceive the faith is being portrayed in error, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, said in a new resource for prelates.

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Church leaders protest Indian nuclear power plant

May 9, 2011

Church leaders in Maharashtra, India, have added their voice to a movement opposed to several proposed nuclear projects in the state, including what would be the largest nuclear power generating plant in the world.

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Aussie bishop relieved of his responsibilities

May 9, 2011

Pope Benedict has removed Australian Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba from office five years after he wrote a pastoral letter indicating he would be open to ordaining women and married men if Church rules changed to allow such a possibility.

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Catholic press group a ‘disaster,’ says Vatican

May 9, 2011

Bodytext

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has withdrawn the canonical recognition of the International Catholic Union of the Press as a Catholic organization because of operational irregularities.

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In TV appearance, pope answers questions

May 9, 2011

In an unprecedented TV appearance, Pope Benedict answered questions posed by Christians and non-Christians about global conflicts, interreligious relations and human suffering.

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Bomb explodes outside Baghdad church on Easter

May 9, 2011

A bomb exploded outside Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad April 24 after the Easter Masses had finished and parishioners had gone home.

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Veteran pro-lifer sees ‘mood change’ on abortion

Joseph Scheidler

May 9, 2011

Joseph Scheidler, regarded by many as the “godfather of the pro-life movement,” sees the mood shifting in the United States on the abortion issue and predicts pro-lifers eventually “will prevail.”

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Ex-Anglican priest gives up job to become Catholic

May 9, 2011

It’s a brave decision for Ian Hellyer to give up his job when he has to provide for eight children and his wife is pregnant with the couple’s ninth child.

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Easter prayer

May 9, 2011

A man prays on the stone floor of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during the Easter Vigil Mass.

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Chaput: US bishops divided on withholding Communion

Archbishop Charles Chaput

April 25, 2011

Archbishop Charles Chaput gave a frank response when asked why there is so much disunity among Catholics on the question of Catholics in political life standing clearly with the Church on major moral issues such as abortion.

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Value poor people, don't get rid of them — UN nuncio

April 25, 2011

The world must not view poor people as a commodity to be managed and controlled but as unique individuals who need the help of the global community to achieve their full potential, the Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations said.

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