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Archbishop Spence of Kingston dies at 85

August 29, 2011

Archbishop Francis Spence, a former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops who led the Diocese of Kingston, Ont., for 20 years until his retirement in 2002, died July 27.

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Sentencing hearing learns of Lahey's porn collection

August 29, 2011

Defence lawyers tried to show during a sentencing hearing for Bishop Raymond Lahey that the cleric's collection of child pornography included images of torture.

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Dublin Archdiocese on brink of financial collapse

August 29, 2011

The Dublin Archdiocese is on the brink of financial collapse because of payouts to victims of clergy sexual abuse, says an internal report.

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Bolivian bishops protest highway through lowlands

August 29, 2011

Bolivia's bishops expressed their support for indigenous people marching from the country's northern Amazonian lowlands to the mountain city of La Paz to protest a planned highway through their territory.

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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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