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Caritas elects French secretary general

Michel Roy

June 6, 2011

Members of Caritas Internationalis elected an official from the French charity Secours Catholique to be their secretary general.

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L'Osservatore says condom campaigns hike AIDS risk

Thumnail

June 6, 2011

An article in the Vatican newspaper said that, on a practical level, condom campaigns increase the possibility of AIDS infection by promoting a false sense of security.

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Religious freedom becoming top issue in U.S.

John Garvey

May 30, 2011

John Garvey is convinced that religious freedom will be the most important issue facing the Catholic Church in the United States over the next half century.

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Allied diplomats pressed Pius to be silent on Nazis

May 30, 2011

U.S. and British diplomats discussed exerting pressure on Pope Pius XII to be silent about the Nazi deportations of Hungarian Jews, according to newly discovered documentation.

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British bishops reintroduce meatless Fridays

May 30, 2011

Catholics in England and Wales will be obliged to abstain from meat every Friday under a new rule brought by the bishops.

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Vatican urges guarantees for universal health care

May 30, 2011

Global solidarity is needed so that every country can guarantee all of its citizens have access to health care, a Vatican official told the annual assembly of the World Health Organization.

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Irish Catholics not passing on faith, says Martin

May 30, 2011

Irish society is not just suffering from the sex abuse scandal but from a failure to pass on the faith to the younger generation, said the archbishop of Dublin.

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Paper blasts Mugabe's warm reception in Rome

May 30, 2011

Southern Africa's independent Catholic weekly defended the Vatican against criticism for allowing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to receive Communion at the beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II, but took Church officials to task for the warm welcome given the dictator.

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Vatican urged to offer more ethical guidance

May 30, 2011

Catholics are looking for guidance and a larger voice from the Vatican on ethical principles for the world of finance and the environment, said some participants in a Vatican meeting on social justice.

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Penn. seeks to regulate abortion clinics

May 30, 2011

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation May 12 that would require abortion clinics to adhere to the same standards as other outpatient health facilities.

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Caritas train puffs out of station

May 30, 2011

A vintage steam train, dubbed the Caritas Express, makes a short run as it prepares to leave the rarely used Vatican train station for a journey to Orvieto May 21.

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Vatican calls for 'generous' approval for Latin Mass

May 23, 2011

A new Vatican instruction calls on local bishops and pastors to respond generously to Catholics who seek celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal, commonly known as the Tridentine rite.

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Philippine Church fights gov't over birth control

May 23, 2011

Philippine authorities warned Catholics that they would be charged for back taxes if they withheld tax payments to protest provisions of the reproductive health bill pending in the country's legislature.

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Salt and Light honoured as TV station of year

May 23, 2011

Salt and Light TV logo

Salt and Light Television, based in Toronto, which only started broadcasting in 2003, won its third Gabriel Award.

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Bin Laden's death 'won't bring my wife back'

May 23, 2011

It has been nearly 10 years since her death, but for Thomas Heidenberger, his wife Michele remains foremost in his mind.

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Book critique did not question Johnson's honour

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

May 23, 2011

The critique by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine of a Fordham University theologian's popular book was not meant to question the "dedication, honour, creativity or service" of her work, said a letter to faculty members at the university.

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Vatican orders bishops to draft sex abuse guidelines

May 23, 2011

Every bishops' conference in the world must have guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sex abuse in place within a year, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Sexuality is God's gift for sharing love — pope

May 23, 2011

The human body is a God-given instrument for communicating love, Pope Benedict said.

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Faith protects human dignity, pope tells B'Nai Brith

May 23, 2011

One of the greatest contributions believers in God can make to the struggle for human rights is to strengthen awareness that human beings are created in God's image, Pope Benedict told representatives of a major Jewish human rights organization.

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Budget should protect the poor, say U.S. bishops

May 23, 2011

Acknowledging that Congress and the administration face "difficult challenges" in tackling the country's massive budget deficit, the U.S. bishops reiterated their call that the needs of poor and vulnerable people must be protected in any budget decisions.

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