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Catholic witness in politics must be rooted in principles

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April 4, 2011

The Catholic perspective on the 2011 federal election is essentially the same as for every election. Church teaching supports the right to life, the dignity of the human person and a preferential option for the poor. Government policies should reflect those teachings, not because the Catholic Church teaches them, but because they are principles of fundamental human justice.

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Iraqi archbishop speaks of 'near-genocide conditions'

April 4, 2011

An Iraqi archbishop spoke of "near-genocide conditions" for Christians in his country and said those fleeing violence were straining resources in other parts of the country.

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Britain's foreign policy is anti-Christian — O'Brien

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

April 4, 2011

A Scottish cardinal has accused the British government of operating an "anti-Christian foreign policy."

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S. Dakota requires waiting period before abortion

April 4, 2011

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law March 22 establishing a three-day waiting period for all abortions, a time frame that exceeds other state laws that require 24-hour waiting periods.

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Hearing Confessions can inspire priests, says pope

April 4, 2011

The sacrament of Confession can be a teaching moment for both priest and penitent, Pope Benedict said.

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Chief visits pope

April 4, 2011

Pope Benedict accepts a gift from Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief David Harper.

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Irish Church still vibrant, says archbishop

April 4, 2011

While the Irish Catholic Church might not be as numerically strong as it was in the past, there is still a great vibrancy in Irish Catholicism, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

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Laws must regulate sexual behaviors — bishop

April 4, 2011

States have the right and duty to regulate people's behaviour, including some sexual behaviours, a Vatican official told the UN Human Rights Council.

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Church, world need faithful Catholic artists

Dana Gioia

April 4, 2011

Faithful Catholics have all but disappeared from the arts in the U.S. — leaving the arts "spiritually impoverished" and undercutting the ways the Church "speaks to the world," according to Dana Gioia, Catholic poet and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Philosophy studies must challenge relativism

April 4, 2011

When training priests and educating students in philosophy, the Catholic Church must combat a widespread belief that there is no permanent, objective truth, a new Vatican document said.

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