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Don't call Zambia a Christian nation – bishops

September 3, 2012

The Zambian bishops' conference has opposed a proposal to identify Zambia as "a Christian nation" in the preamble to a new national constitution.

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Pakistani Down Syndrome girl accused of blasphemy

September 3, 2012

Pakistani institutions and religious leaders are working together for the release of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy and to reduce the risk of Muslim-Christian violence over the incident, said the Pakistani prime minister's special adviser on minorities.

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S. African priests call for more respect for life

September 3, 2012

Six Pretoria-based priests and a doctor expressed concern that violence is becoming commonplace in South Africa and urged a campaign to re-emphasize the sanctity of human life.

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Philippine poor to be moved far from their jobs

September 3, 2012

When news of the Philippine government's relocation plan for flood-prone residences in Manila was announced, Canossian Father Carlo Bittante made the rounds to check on his flock.

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Jesuits want Alaska natives to assume responsibility

September 3, 2012

How to pass the baton to struggling native communities incorporating their traditions and values is an ongoing conversation among the few remaining members of the Society of Jesus in the Diocese of Fairbanks, which they founded and have been building during the past 125 years.

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Laity share responsibility for Church – Benedict

September 3, 2012

As Catholics prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, all Church members need to make a renewed effort to ensure laypeople are aware of their responsibility for the Church and are allowed to exercise it, Pope Benedict said.

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Queen of heaven watches over her children – pope

September 3, 2012

Honouring Mary as queen, Catholics see her exercising the same kind of regality that Jesus did: one of humility, service and love, Pope Benedict said.

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Saints show that Church is holy despite many failings

September 3, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Catholic devotion to the saints appears to be alive and well, and Pope Benedict continues to proclaim new saints at a regular pace.

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Falling numbers worry the Church

September 3, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The percentage of Catholics practising their faith is declining almost everywhere around the globe. Almost all bishops report it, but it's difficult to prove statistically.

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Pope John's call for a council was greeted with a stony silence

August 27, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope John XXIII was known for his sense of humour and his positive outlook on life. Perhaps it was these factors that led him to say, two years after his Jan. 25, 1959 announcement that the Church would hold a worldwide council, that the announcement was greeted by the cardinals present with "a devout and impressive silence."

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