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Pope advances sainthood causes of Canadian brother

April 11, 2011

Pope Benedict advanced the sainthood causes of 35 candidates, including Canadian Christian Brother Adolphe Chatillon.

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LeGatt issues pastoral message via DVD

Archbishop Albert LeGatt

April 11, 2011

With the help of modern technology, Archbishop Albert LeGatt of St. Boniface, Man., addressed the faithful of the archdiocese at every Mass on Sunday, March 20.

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Dialogue is response to fundamentalism — cardinal

April 11, 2011

Interreligious dialogue is the peacemaker's alternative to secularism and fundamentalism, a top Vatican official wrote in a message to Buddhists around the world.

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Youth Catechism ready for Madrid WYD

April 11, 2011

Pope Benedict urged young people not to abandon their faith in God because of the "attacks of evil" within the Church.

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John Paul II beatified for holiness, not his papacy

Pope John Paul II

April 11, 2011

Pope John Paul II is being beatified not because of his impact on history or on the Catholic Church, but because of the way he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

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Mexican bishop an advocate for gays, lesbians

April 11, 2011

Celebrating Mass for participants in a diocesan-endorsed forum on sexual diversity, Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo, Mexico, told gays and lesbians, "The Church is your home. Jesus founded the Church to bring in those on the outside, for those suffering exclusion and rejection . . . so that they find the love of God."

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Put love of Christ before everything — Cantalamessa

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

April 4, 2011

Human love and divine love go hand in hand, and separating the two leads to problems that create alienation within and outside the Church, said the papal preacher.

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Bishop says Libyan operation needs restraint

April 4, 2011

The head of Britain's military diocese has urged restraint in the ongoing military action against Libya.

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Philosophy studies must challenge relativism

April 4, 2011

When training priests and educating students in philosophy, the Catholic Church must combat a widespread belief that there is no permanent, objective truth, a new Vatican document said.

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Church, world need faithful Catholic artists

Dana Gioia

April 4, 2011

Faithful Catholics have all but disappeared from the arts in the U.S. — leaving the arts "spiritually impoverished" and undercutting the ways the Church "speaks to the world," according to Dana Gioia, Catholic poet and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Laws must regulate sexual behaviors — bishop

April 4, 2011

States have the right and duty to regulate people's behaviour, including some sexual behaviours, a Vatican official told the UN Human Rights Council.

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Irish Church still vibrant, says archbishop

April 4, 2011

While the Irish Catholic Church might not be as numerically strong as it was in the past, there is still a great vibrancy in Irish Catholicism, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

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Chief visits pope

April 4, 2011

Pope Benedict accepts a gift from Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief David Harper.

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Hearing Confessions can inspire priests, says pope

April 4, 2011

The sacrament of Confession can be a teaching moment for both priest and penitent, Pope Benedict said.

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S. Dakota requires waiting period before abortion

April 4, 2011

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law March 22 establishing a three-day waiting period for all abortions, a time frame that exceeds other state laws that require 24-hour waiting periods.

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Britain's foreign policy is anti-Christian — O'Brien

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

April 4, 2011

A Scottish cardinal has accused the British government of operating an "anti-Christian foreign policy."

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Iraqi archbishop speaks of 'near-genocide conditions'

April 4, 2011

An Iraqi archbishop spoke of "near-genocide conditions" for Christians in his country and said those fleeing violence were straining resources in other parts of the country.

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Corapi denies allegations of misconduct

Fr. John Corapi

March 28, 2011

Father John Corapi, a popular author and preacher, has been placed on administrative leave from priestly ministry over an accusation of misconduct.

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Canadian baby flown to St. Louis for treatment

March 28, 2011

Bobby Schindler said he can see parallels between the case of a Canadian infant known as "Baby Joseph" and the situation of his late sister, Terry Schiavo, who died in 2005 13 days after a court ordered her feeding tube removed.

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Pakistani businessman 'victim of hate campaign'

March 28, 2011

Pakistani Christians said a Catholic businessman imprisoned for life for blasphemy was tortured and murdered and did not die of a heart attack as stated in a medical report.

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