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Iraqi refugees in Jordan are ‘guests’ with few privileges

October 18, 2010

Slwan Kehedeer Antoon was his own boss in Mosul, Iraq. He owned a liquor store and a car-rental agency.

Then, four years ago, Muslim hardliners bombed his liquor store.

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COLF issues message to families on work

October 18, 2010

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) has issued a new message to families on work. Entitled “Work + Love = Holiness,” the brochure examines how work is related to human dignity.

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‘Stuttering gave me compassion’ — pastor

October 18, 2010

Father Michael Dunn considers his stuttering to be a blessing.

“I believe that my stuttering has made me a more compassionate, patient and understanding person in my dealings with others,” said the priest, who is a pastor in Weston, Conn.

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Pope to canonize Italian Poor Clare mystic

October 18, 2010

Blessed Camilla Battista Varano, 1458-1524, the illegitimate daughter of an Italian nobleman, was a mystic who had to overcome her father’s initial objections in order to enter the convent of the Poor Clares.

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Catholic-Orthodox dialogue looks at role of pope

October 11, 2010

Leading Catholic and Orthodox bishops and theologians met in Vienna to continue their discussions on the key issue keeping their churches apart: the role of the pope.

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Survey shows big gaps in religious literacy

October 11, 2010

Catholics know about as much as Americans in general about religion, getting right only half of the 32 questions in a survey for the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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Dialogue is only path to peace — Vatican official

October 11, 2010

The United Nations might not be perfect, but it has helped humanity move toward a world marked by dialogue, peace and development, the Vatican’s foreign minister told the UN General Assembly.

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Philippine Church wants dialogue with Aquino

October 11, 2010

The president of the Philippine bishops’ conference said the Church was open to dialogue with President Benigno Aquino III about his proposal to distribute contraceptives.

The prelate also denied media reports that he threatened to excommunicate the president.

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Mission Sunday focuses on sharing Gospel

October 11, 2010

Christians committed to building a world where all people recognize they are brothers and sisters need to share the good news of salvation in Christ, Pope Benedict said.

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Young adults have complex identity, says priest

October 11, 2010

Passionist Father Robin Ryan used to think he had a handle on how most young adults thought and acted.

But “the more I speak with young adults, and the more studies I read, the more I realize that this is a topic of significant complexity,” he told a recent invitation-only vocations symposium in Chicago.

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You can’t keep Charlie from his rosary

October 11, 2010

Charles Lee is never far from a rosary.

There are three or four on an end table next to his recliner. He keeps one on a kitchen cabinet and a few more next to his bed.

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Vocation directors report increased interest

October 11, 2010

New revelations of clergy sex abuse and the Vatican apostolic visitation of U.S. communities of women religious have not discouraged U.S. Catholics from considering a religious vocation.

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