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Faith investors aim to halt trafficking

May 28, 2012

More than three dozen U.S. and British faith-based investment firms have banded together to get the Summer Olympics' major sponsors and tourist hotels to sign a pledge saying they will work to stop human trafficking around the Olympic Games.

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Franciscan U drops student health plan

May 28, 2012

Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, is discontinuing its student health insurance plan in the upcoming school year in opposition to the Obama administration's mandate requiring most religious employers to provide no-cost contraceptive and sterilization coverage in its health insurance plans.

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Georgetown criticized for Sebelius invitation

May 28, 2012

The Archdiocese of Washington issued a statement May 15 strongly criticizing Georgetown University for selecting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a featured speaker at an awards ceremony during its commencement week ceremonies.

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Vatican, Benetton reach deal on kissing-pope ad

May 28, 2012

The Vatican and the Italian fashion house Benetton reached an out-of-court settlement after the Vatican took legal action against an ad campaign that depicted Pope Benedict kissing a Muslim leader.

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Priests must be holy to be effective – Vatican

May 28, 2012

Ten years after a historic papal response to clerical sex abuse, the Vatican urged priests to strive for greater holiness in their lives so they might effectively minister to others and reverse the tide of atheism.

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Faith keeps world from disaster – Blair

Tony Blair

May 28, 2012

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair made an impassioned defence of religion, saying the world would be heading for tragedy and disaster without faith.

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Greek poverty grows

May 28, 2012

Constantinos Polychronopoulos, 47, an unemployed marketing specialist, distributes food portions at a soup kitchen for the poor in Athens, Greece.

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Town formed to be model of justice

May 21, 2012

Celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of a town founded to be a model of Gospel peace and justice, Pope Benedict said Christians today must find ways to infuse their cities and nations with Gospel values while welcoming and respecting people with other beliefs.

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Benedict recognizes Hildegard as saint

May 21, 2012

Although she was never canonized, St. Hildegard of Bingen is to be added to the Catholic Church's formal list of saints, and Catholics worldwide may celebrate her Sept. 17 feast day with a Mass and special readings by order of Pope Benedict.

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Bishop says LCWR reform is not 'Armageddon'

May 21, 2012

While a Vatican investigation or demand for reform can feel like the end of the world to the group or institution involved, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., said his experience has been that such actions are not devastating and actually can be opportunities.

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Interreligious dialogue crucial, says pope

May 21, 2012

Reaffirming Vatican II's teaching on Christianity's special relationship with Judaism, Pope Benedict said Catholic-Jewish dialogue is "crucial for the future of our human family."

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Autism both a challenge and a blessing, family says

May 21, 2012

Damien O'Connor believes his 10-year-old daughter, Mary Rose, is the happiest child he's ever met.

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Pope feels supported by Catholics' prayers

May 21, 2012

Pope Benedict said knowing that Catholics around the world pray for him has given him strength and confidence since his election seven years ago.

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Benedict urges colleges to bolster Catholic identity

May 21, 2012

Pope Benedict called on America's Catholic colleges and universities to reaffirm their Catholic identity by ensuring orthodoxy in theological studies and accepting the oversight of bishops.

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Religious freedom key to human dignity - Lord Alton

Lord Alton

May 21, 2012

Christians must insist religious freedom is an intrinsic aspect of human dignity, said a senior British lay Catholic.

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Ottawa March for Life draws nearly 20,000

May 21, 2012

A largely young and noisy crowd gathered on Parliament Hill for the 2012 March for Life to urge Parliament to make abortion illegal and to remind officials that children are the building blocks of society.

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"Supermoon"

May 21, 2012

A "supermoon" creates a dramatic backdrop for the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro May 6.

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Dioceses defend against ex-teachers' in vitro suits

May 14, 2012

Both the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., are defending themselves against lawsuits filed by Catholic school teachers who were fired for pursuing in vitro fertilization treatments.

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Rising population boosts Philippine economy

May 14, 2012

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines welcomed a statement by the country's finance secretary, who said the nation's rising population is a boon to the economy.

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Nigerian gov't accused of failing to protect Christians

May 14, 2012

The leader of the Catholic Church in Nigeria has criticized his government for allegedly failing to protect Christians in the north of his country from attack by Islamist terrorists.

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