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WYD organizers out to replace 'nightmare hymn'

March 28, 2011

With more than one million Catholic youths expected to converge on Madrid for World Youth Day in August, organizers are busy making final preparations.

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Maronites elect patriarch expected to unite Catholics

Patriarch Rai

March 28, 2011

Church bells rang, horns blasted and firecrackers echoed throughout Lebanon as it was announced that Bishop Bechara Rai of Jbeil, Lebanon, had been elected the new patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church.

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Aussie bishops warn against voting for Greens

March 28, 2011

Nine bishops from the state of New South Wales have joined Sydney Cardinal George Pell to warn Catholics about voting in the March 26 state election for the Greens, who have gained "significant" influence.

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Japanese bishops set up centre in Sendai

March 28, 2011

Japanese Church officials are setting up an emergency centre to coordinate humanitarian aid operations in Sendai, the area most devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Libyan bishop criticizes military action

March 28, 2011

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli of Tripoli, Libya, has criticized the decision to use military action against Col. Moammar Gadhafi rather than pursue a negotiated solution.

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Vatican welcomes court ruling on classroom crucifixes

March 28, 2011

Crucifixes displayed publicly in Italy, including in classrooms, are a sign of Christianity's key contribution to European culture and civilization, said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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Pakistani businessman 'victim of hate campaign'

March 28, 2011

Pakistani Christians said a Catholic businessman imprisoned for life for blasphemy was tortured and murdered and did not die of a heart attack as stated in a medical report.

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Canadian baby flown to St. Louis for treatment

March 28, 2011

Bobby Schindler said he can see parallels between the case of a Canadian infant known as "Baby Joseph" and the situation of his late sister, Terry Schiavo, who died in 2005 13 days after a court ordered her feeding tube removed.

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Corapi denies allegations of misconduct

Fr. John Corapi

March 28, 2011

Father John Corapi, a popular author and preacher, has been placed on administrative leave from priestly ministry over an accusation of misconduct.

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Pope seeks halt to fighting in Libya

April 4, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict appealed for a suspension of fighting in Libya and the immediate start of a serious dialogue aimed at restoring peace to the North African country.

Speaking at his weekly blessing March 27, the pope said he was increasingly concerned at the news from Libya, where rebels supported by U.S. and European airstrikes have battled the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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