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'Spiritual Communion': Youths learn a traditional concept

September 5, 2011

More than a million young Catholics learned the hard way about a venerable Catholic tradition: "spiritual Communion" or the "Communion of desire."

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Pakistan pilgrimage needs tighter security — priest

September 5, 2011

Millions of Pakistani Catholics are expected to attend the annual Marian pilgrimage at Mariamabad in the face of ongoing fears of terrorism.

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Study finds cohabitation worse than divorce

September 5, 2011

While studies have long shown the negative effects on children of divorce compared to those from two-parent households, a new study has determined that children born to cohabiting couples fare even worse than children from divorced families.

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Phoenix rector closes door to girl altar servers

September 5, 2011

Father John Lankeit, rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, has announced that from now on only boys will be altar servers at the church.

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Diocese ups its bid for Crystal Cathedral

Crystal Cathedral

September 5, 2011

The Diocese of Orange, Calif., has upped its bid to buy the Crystal Cathedral complex from US$50 million to US$53.6 million.

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Approved contraceptive creates abortion — experts

September 5, 2011

In marketing materials for ella, the emergency contraception pill that will be available to American women of child-bearing age under the new health reform plan, a cartoon character egg peeks out from behind a glass door while a cartoon character sperm stands on the steps, apparently cajoling her to come outside.

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Church official warns of threats to Bosnian peace

September 5, 2011

A Bosnian Church leader is concerned that peace could again be at risk in the war-torn Balkan country because of failure by the international community to ensure "justice and human rights for all."

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Mexican church officials condemn casino attack

September 5, 2011

Mexican church officials have condemned an arson attack on a casino in Monterrey, Mexico, which killed more than 50 gamblers and employees and left the nation horrified.

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Cradle Catholics must evangelize more, pope says

Pope Benedict

September 5, 2011

Cradle Catholics haven't done enough to show people that God exists and can bring true fulfillment to everyone, Pope Benedict told a group of his former students.

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New evangelization promotes building Catholic identity

Archbishop Rino Fisichella

September 5, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — A new Vatican council is tackling an old task: bringing God to the world in new ways.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization is just a year old, but "it is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council," said the council's president, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

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