Russian bureaucracy spurs demolition of hospice

October 10, 2011

Russia's Catholic Church criticized the demolition of a hospice complex run by the Missionaries of Charity after a Moscow court ruled it was used illegally for charity work.

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Indonesian faith leaders call for calm

October 10, 2011

Indonesian Church leaders met in an emergency session to call for calm after a suicide bomb attack on a Protestant church, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported.

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Church programs help stem violence against women

October 10, 2011

Women in Nicaragua, often too timid to speak for themselves, have been beaten and sometimes killed by their partners or husbands who were unable or unwilling to see this as a crime, as unacceptable, as a way of life that needed to be changed.

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Jersualem patriarch urges Holy Land pilgrimages

October 10, 2011

The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem says the dwindling population of Christians in his city needs to be bolstered by the support of Christians around the world and by their visits as pilgrims.

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Papal message to ponder the sounds of silence

October 10, 2011

Pope Benedict is asking media professionals and viewers, listeners and readers to set aside a bit of time for silence.

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Church leaders step up criticism of Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

October 10, 2011

The head of the Italian bishops' conference condemned the "licentious behaviour and improper relations" of Italy's political class, in what was seen as the strongest Church criticism to date of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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Blessing of the pets

Father John Leydon, an Irish Columbian priest, sprinkles holy water on people carrying their pets in Malate Church in Manila, Philippines, Oct. 2.

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Vigil at abortion clinic aimed at changing hearts

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Lori Buhiire decided to take part in the local 40 Days for Life campaign for two reasons — to pray for an end to abortion and to pray for the Edmonton abortion clinic to close down.

“I definitely want to see an end to abortion all over the world, and I am also praying for the workers here,” Buhiire said in an interview.

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Fr. Carrier remembered for devotion to native people

October 10, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — When William Alexander Carrier, “Alex,” joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1959, he thought the road to the priesthood would be a straight one. Little did Carrier know what the future held in store.

Seven years into his studies for the priesthood he started doubting his vocation and left the Oblates. Thoughts of marriage crossed his mind.

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Veteran reporter dispels Vatican myths

John Allen Jr.

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Veteran Rome-based reporter and author John Allen Jr. says there is no such thing as “the Vatican” as commonly portrayed by the mainstream media.

“Only seen from afar” is the Vatican perceived as a bunch of “Stepford wives all in lockstep,” the National Catholic Reporter’s senior correspondent told the Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association annual conference here Sept. 23.

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