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Delaware diocese cuts back to pay abuse costs

April 25, 2011

The Diocese of Wilmington, Del., will eliminate 19 full-time and three part-time positions as it cuts operating expenses and prepares to pay more than US$77.4 million to survivors of sexual abuse by priests.

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Stop living in sin, urges Santa Fe archbishop

April 25, 2011

The archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M., admonished unmarried Catholic couples who are living together, those who are not married but are in a civil union and divorced Catholics who remarry without an annulment, warning them not to receive Holy Communion.

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CTSA says bishops don't understand Johnson's book

April 25, 2011

The board of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America has raised concerns about the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine's critical assessment of a theology professor's popular book.

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End Planned Parenthood funding, cardinal says

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

April 25, 2011

At a time when federal budget decisions "involve hard choices and much shared sacrifice," a decision on whether to fund the Planned Parenthood Federation of America "is not one of those hard choices," said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

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Pope's trip to Germany takes shape

April 25, 2011

Pope Benedict's September trip to Germany will include meetings with political leaders, Lutherans and Orthodox Christians, German church officials said.

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Value poor people, don't get rid of them — UN nuncio

April 25, 2011

The world must not view poor people as a commodity to be managed and controlled but as unique individuals who need the help of the global community to achieve their full potential, the Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations said.

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Chaput: US bishops divided on withholding Communion

Archbishop Charles Chaput

April 25, 2011

Archbishop Charles Chaput gave a frank response when asked why there is so much disunity among Catholics on the question of Catholics in political life standing clearly with the Church on major moral issues such as abortion.

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Truth in politics matters to Canadians

April 25, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

With campaign jets soaring over the land and campaign buses rolling down highways, it's sometimes easy for Canadians to be cynical about the honesty of politicians.

But truth in politics still matters to Canadians, and politicians recognize it, said Prof. Richard Feist, dean of philosophy at Ottawa's Saint Paul University.

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Vatican concerned over China's actions

April 25, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican commission on China has expressed deep concern over worsening relations with the Chinese government.

The commission has also appealed to authorities in China to avoid steps that would aggravate Church-state problems.

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Woodcuts illuminate biblical tales

April 25, 2011
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Climbing to the roof of his home in Cologne, Germany, during the final days of the First World War, a teenage Fritz Eichenberg would pick up pieces of shrapnel, souvenirs of night bombing raids that terrorized civilians.

Born in 1901 to a Jewish family, Eichenberg saw the widespread destruction caused by war and wondered what good was coming of it. It was then that lifelong anti-war sentiments took root.

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