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Ukrainian prelate plays critical role in resolving tensions

Cardinal Lubomyr Husar

February 21, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The election of a new archbishop for a Church with 6.5 million Catholics could hold the key to determining if or when Pope Benedict may meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. more . . .

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Irish Church on verge of collapse, says O’Malley

February 21, 2011
MICHAEL KELLY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DUBLIN — Cardinal Sean O’Malley reportedly will tell Pope Benedict that the Catholic Church in Ireland is “on the edge” of collapse due to the fallout from clerical abuse scandals.more . . .

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Shortage of priests led youth to ponder his vocation

Fr. Ireneus Prystajecky

February 21, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When he heard about the shortage of priests at school in Grade 5, Basilian Father Ireneus Prystajecky asked himself, “Isn’t anybody going to do something about this?” more . . .

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Olds parishioners make trek to Edmonton seminary

February 21, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Distance normally prevents Catholics from St. Stephen’s Parish in Olds from taking part in activities centred in Edmonton, the seat of the archdiocese. more . . .

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Hunter-priest donates meat for life

February 21, 2011

In Alaska's Yukon Delta, 220 km from any hint of civilization, Father Joe Classen and a friend worked for "hours and hours and hours" in September 2009 lugging meat from a moose he shot out of a swamp and into a holding place.

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Angry mob attacks Indonesian churches

February 21, 2011

An angry mob attacked three Christian churches, including a Catholic parish, and a Catholic-run school in Central Java in Indonesia.

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Death threats don't deter RC Pakistani politician

February 21, 2011

Pakistan's minister for minorities refuses to stop speaking against his country's blasphemy law even though he is a primary target for assassination.

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IPhone app 'no substitute' for Confession

February 21, 2011

A Vatican official said a new iPhone application can help Catholics prepare for Confession, but cannot substitute for the sacramental encounter between a penitent and a priest.

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Irish prison chaplains demand urgent reform

February 21, 2011

Ireland's prison chaplains demanded the government take an urgent look at its penal policies following the publication of a report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.

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Don't balance budgets on backs of poor — U.S. bishops

February 21, 2011

Catholic bishops across the U.S. are reminding state legislatures and their fellow citizens that the nation's budgetary problems are not over and must not be resolved on the backs of the poor.

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