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Blessing of the pets

Father John Leydon, an Irish Columbian priest, sprinkles holy water on people carrying their pets in Malate Church in Manila, Philippines, Oct. 2.

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Pontiff's farm provides fresh meat, fruit, flowers

October 3, 2011

On any given day, the papal table may feature extra-virgin olive oil, lightly pasteurized milk, fresh eggs, free-range chicken, honey, apricots and peaches — all straight from the farm at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo.

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Dublin has parish money to pay abuse victims

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

October 3, 2011

The Dublin Archdiocese has admitted that money from parishes has been transferred into a special fund used to compensate victims of clerical sex abuse.

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Pope urges Catholics in India to spread Gospel

October 3, 2011

Despite challenges, hardship and trials, Catholics in India must continue to evangelize, Pope Benedict said.

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Religious freedom includes freedom to act — bishop

October 3, 2011

True religious freedom includes allowing believers to contribute to their countries' political discussions and to allow their beliefs and morals to impact the way they engage in public life, said the Vatican's foreign minister.

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Half of college students drift from faith

October 3, 2011

While a new study of evangelical college students finds that up to half of them can drift from their faith while attending school, Catholics in campus ministry say that the findings are applicable to Catholic college students as well.

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Zambian president to implement Decalogue

October 3, 2011

Zambia's first elected Catholic president told members of his parish he will base his rule on the Ten Commandments.

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Vatican transformed into techie paradise

October 3, 2011

Looking at the centuries-old buildings and palaces, not many people would know the Vatican has become a techie paradise, a wonderland of modern equipment and know-how.

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Apple-picking monk

October 3, 2011

Bro. Columba Moujing picks apples at Ampleforth Benedictine Abbey.

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Vatican's man in Ireland sent to Czech Republic

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza

September 26, 2011

Pope Benedict has named Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza to be the new nuncio to the Czech Republic, transferring him from his post as ambassador to Ireland.

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Traditionalists receive doctrinal statement to sign

September 26, 2011

The Vatican has given the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X a formal "doctrinal preamble" listing several principles they must agree with in order to move toward full reconciliation with the Church.

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Theologians urged to bring faith to the 'famished'

September 26, 2011

While acknowledging that their primary job is not catechesis, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo urged young theologians to help educate their fellow young adults who are "hungry, starving for the word of God."

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Pro-life priest put on a short leash

Fr. Frank Pavone

September 26, 2011

Father Frank Pavone, one of the most visible and vocal opponents of abortion in the U.S., has been suspended from active ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, over financial questions about his operation of Priests for Life.

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Anglican archbishop claims RC priests abused him

September 26, 2011

The primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion in Australia said he left the Catholic priesthood years ago after being sexually abused as a seminarian and young priest in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Bishops must help Catholics use gifts — pope

September 26, 2011

A bishop must help Catholics in his diocese learn to recognize the gifts the Holy Spirit has given them and place them at the service of the entire Church, Pope Benedict told new bishops.

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U.S. priests urged to preach on poverty

Archbishop Timothy Dolan

September 26, 2011

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging priests across the country to preach about "the terrible toll the current economic turmoil is taking on families and communities."

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Pakistanis lost freedom due to 9/11, says student

September 26, 2011

A Pakistani student who was 10 years old at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks said freedom and the ability to travel freely outside his country were among the victims of that day.

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Moral values leads to social peace — pope

September 26, 2011

When public policies do not promote values such as justice, fairness and compassion, the resulting void has the potential of giving rise to frustration and despair that can explode, Pope Benedict told Great Britain's new ambassador to the Holy See.

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Tours of the Gardens

September 26, 2011

A gardener works in the Vatican Gardens.

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Lockout at WYD vigil affected 250,000 pilgrims

September 12, 2011

Alan Law wanted to know why the gates were closed so early at Cuatro Vientos airbase on the eve of the papal vigil at World Youth Day. So the Toronto man posed this question on the wall for the official WYD Facebook group, run by event organizers.

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