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Fear has silenced Pakistani Christians - archbishop

December 5, 2011

Fear has silenced the voice of Pakistani Christians since the political murder of Shahbaz Bhatti last spring, said the retired archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan.

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Economic crisis demands courage, says Benedict

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict said the global economic crisis demands the "courage of brotherhood" between the world's rich and poor, and calls on the Church to look at the causes of poverty.

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Vatican to welcome Christmas with carols this year

December 5, 2011

The Vatican is planning to sing its way into the Christmas season this year, with a chorus and orchestra leading Christmas carols at the annual unveiling of its Nativity scene.

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Youths honour Christ with electronic 'holy shoutout'

December 5, 2011

More than 2,000 years after his birth, Christ the King was honoured in a historic way with a massive electronic "holy shoutout" via texts, emails and tweets sent simultaneously from cellphones Nov. 19 by 23,000 participants at the National Catholic Youth Conference and National Catholic Collegiate Conference in Indianapolis.

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Pope defends Church efforts on sex abuse

Pope Benedict

December 5, 2011

In a speech to U.S. bishops, Pope Benedict defended the Church's "honest efforts" to confront the priestly sex abuse scandal with transparency, and said its actions could help the rest of society respond to the problem.

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German dioceses bail out of porn publisher

December 5, 2011

Germany's Catholic dioceses have ordered the immediate sale of a Church-owned publishing house after reports that it made millions of euros selling erotic and pornographic titles.

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British gov't cuts hurt the poor, says archbishop

December 5, 2011

Austerity measures introduced by the British government to tackle spiraling levels of public debt are hurting the poorest the most, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster told politicians.

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Benedict calls for global pact on climate change

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict urged international leaders to reach a credible agreement on climate change, keeping in mind the needs of the poor and of future generations.

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God bless us everyone, says Tiny Tim

Mark Pickup

December 5, 2011

Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love everything about it including the smallest details and traditions commonly associated with the season.

Throughout the last half of November my wife resisted my requests to put up the Christmas tree. She reminded me that it takes up too much space in the living room for my electric wheelchair to manoeuvre easily. She was right. The Christmas tree stayed in the basement until Dec. 1.

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Religious liberty threatened both by tyrants and in the lands of the free

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 5, 2010

Last month the bishops of the United States gathered in Baltimore, their premier diocese, and protested the erosion of the founding liberties of the American republic. In their annual plenary meeting the bishops designated threats to religious liberty as a key pastoral concern.

The American bishops are right to be alarmed, but not only them. Religious liberty is under threat all over the world.

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