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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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Chief visits pope

April 4, 2011

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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