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Five Anglican bishops seek to join with Rome

November 15, 2010

Five Anglican bishops have decided to join the Catholic Church and step down from their current positions with the Church of England, a Vatican spokesman said.

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Bishops’ guidance helps in U.S. referenda

November 15, 2010

In a year when tax and budget issues dominated the ballot questions before U.S. voters, Catholic leaders offered the guidance of Catholic social teaching but generally remained neutral on specific referendum topics.

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Cuba opens first seminary since the revolution

November 15, 2010

In a ceremony joined by President Raul Castro, Cuba’s Catholic bishops inaugurated the San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary Nov. 3, the country’s first major Church-related construction in the half century since the revolution led by Fidel Castro.

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Meditation can lead to a clean conscience

November 15, 2010

Pope Benedict said daily meditation on the life of Christ is a good way for people to grow spiritually and remove the “trash” from their consciences.

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Benedict defends ‘right to emigrate’

November 15, 2010

Pope Benedict said the world has a responsibility to help refugees find places to live and work in safety, as part of its vocation to form “one family.”

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Rare baseball card is ‘gift of heaven’ for sisters

November 15, 2010

Sister Virginia Muller grew up rooting for the Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ministering in Baltimore, she has adopted the Orioles as her hometown heroes.

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CCODP disappointed mining bill defeated

November 8, 2010

Citing concerns about pollution and continued environmental abuse, the Canadian bishops' international development agency expressed disappointment that a responsible mining bill was defeated in the House of Commons.

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Cardinal urges dialogue in message to Hindus

November 8, 2010

In a message to the world's Hindus, a leading Vatican official said interreligious dialogue should ultimately lead to wider practical cooperation in addressing "the grave and unresolved challenges of our times."

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Faithful must vote against abortion, says pope

November 8, 2010

Bishops must guide their faithful to use their vote to oppose efforts to legalize abortion and euthanasia, Pope Benedict told bishops from Brazil.

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Science cannot answer all questions — Benedict

November 8, 2010

Science is never to be feared, yet its discoveries will never be enough to answer all of the world's questions, Pope Benedict told scientists and researchers meeting at the Vatican.

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Intermarriage declines among U.S. Catholics

November 8, 2010

Religiously mixed marriages are becoming more common among those who practise Reform Judaism but have shown a significant decline among U.S. Catholics in the past 20 years, speakers said at a recent meeting of a Catholic-Jewish dialogue group.

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Houston man sees God’s hand in mine rescue mission

November 8, 2010

Greg Hall was preparing to serve as an acolyte for Mass at his parish in Houston when an associate contacted him about a "banging on the pipe."

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Pope praises women who inspire their families

November 8, 2010

Pope Benedict praised the millions of Catholic women in the world who inspire their husbands and children to live truly Christian lives.

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Pope defends 'right to emigrate'

November 8, 2010

Pope Benedict said the world has a responsibility to help refugees find places to live and work in safety, as part of its vocation to form "one family."

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Vatican opposes execution of Tariq Aziz

November 8, 2010

The Vatican hopes the death penalty will not be carried out against former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, 74, said the Vatican spokesman.

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Economics no reason to legalize marijuana — Calif. bishop

November 8, 2010

Potential economic gains are no reason for California voters to approve a ballot measure that would legalize limited amounts of marijuana for recreational use, said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland.

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‘New evangelization’ is theme for 2012 synod

November 1, 2010

Pope Benedict has chosen “new evangelization” as the theme for the next world Synod of Bishops in 2012.

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Salt + Light to broadcast daily Mass in French

November 1, 2010

Catholics from around the world are invited to join in on the celebration of French daily Mass from St. Joseph’s Oratory thanks to two daily broadcasts on Salt + Light Television and daily uploads at seletlumieretv.org/messe.

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Two synod bishops question Muslim dialogue

November 1, 2010

Two Syrian Catholic bishops living in Lebanon told the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East that the blossoming number of Catholic-Muslim dialogue projects has not and may never lead to real understanding.

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Bishops should visit Holy Land every year — Armenian

November 1, 2010

A fixed calendar of annual pilgrimages for bishops from around the world should be set to ensure that the Holy Land is constantly filled with pilgrims, Armenian Archbishop Emmanuel Dabbaghian of Baghdad proposed.

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