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John Paul II celebrated humanity over economic systems

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May 30, 2011

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Centesimus Annus, arguably the greatest document in Pope John Paul II's magnificent body of writings.

Expectations for the encyclical were at first modest. Popes had written encyclicals of Church social teaching to mark the 40th, 70th, 80th and 90th anniversaries of Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum.

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Lawyer gave up high finance for prison chaplaincy

Chaplain Dale Recinella

May 23, 2011

Dale Recinella played the financing game like a fiddle, even working through Christmas one year to secure the complex arrangements to finance a new stadium for football's Miami Dolphins.

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Budget should protect the poor, say U.S. bishops

May 23, 2011

Acknowledging that Congress and the administration face "difficult challenges" in tackling the country's massive budget deficit, the U.S. bishops reiterated their call that the needs of poor and vulnerable people must be protected in any budget decisions.

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Faith protects human dignity, pope tells B'Nai Brith

May 23, 2011

One of the greatest contributions believers in God can make to the struggle for human rights is to strengthen awareness that human beings are created in God's image, Pope Benedict told representatives of a major Jewish human rights organization.

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Sexuality is God's gift for sharing love — pope

May 23, 2011

The human body is a God-given instrument for communicating love, Pope Benedict said.

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Vatican orders bishops to draft sex abuse guidelines

May 23, 2011

Every bishops' conference in the world must have guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sex abuse in place within a year, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Book critique did not question Johnson's honour

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

May 23, 2011

The critique by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine of a Fordham University theologian's popular book was not meant to question the "dedication, honour, creativity or service" of her work, said a letter to faculty members at the university.

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Bin Laden's death 'won't bring my wife back'

May 23, 2011

It has been nearly 10 years since her death, but for Thomas Heidenberger, his wife Michele remains foremost in his mind.

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Salt and Light honoured as TV station of year

May 23, 2011

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Salt and Light Television, based in Toronto, which only started broadcasting in 2003, won its third Gabriel Award.

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Philippine Church fights gov't over birth control

May 23, 2011

Philippine authorities warned Catholics that they would be charged for back taxes if they withheld tax payments to protest provisions of the reproductive health bill pending in the country's legislature.

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