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Vatican welcomes court ruling on classroom crucifixes

March 28, 2011

Crucifixes displayed publicly in Italy, including in classrooms, are a sign of Christianity's key contribution to European culture and civilization, said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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Libyan bishop criticizes military action

March 28, 2011

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli of Tripoli, Libya, has criticized the decision to use military action against Col. Moammar Gadhafi rather than pursue a negotiated solution.

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Japanese bishops set up centre in Sendai

March 28, 2011

Japanese Church officials are setting up an emergency centre to coordinate humanitarian aid operations in Sendai, the area most devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Aussie bishops warn against voting for Greens

March 28, 2011

Nine bishops from the state of New South Wales have joined Sydney Cardinal George Pell to warn Catholics about voting in the March 26 state election for the Greens, who have gained "significant" influence.

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Maronites elect patriarch expected to unite Catholics

Patriarch Rai

March 28, 2011

Church bells rang, horns blasted and firecrackers echoed throughout Lebanon as it was announced that Bishop Bechara Rai of Jbeil, Lebanon, had been elected the new patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church.

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WYD organizers out to replace 'nightmare hymn'

March 28, 2011

With more than one million Catholic youths expected to converge on Madrid for World Youth Day in August, organizers are busy making final preparations.

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Exorcism movie a reminder that devil exists

March 21, 2011

The latest Hollywood movie on exorcism is a reminder that the devil truly exists and wants to prevail, said the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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Pope encourages Lenten battle against evil

March 21, 2011

Setting out on the Lenten journey of conversion, Pope Benedict urged Christians to make a commitment "to take Jesus' side against sin and, as individuals and as a Church, to engage in spiritual battle against the spirit of evil."

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U.S. bishops support unions but urge cooperation

March 21, 2011

Amid ongoing battles between Republican governors and organized labour in Midwestern states, U.S. Catholic bishops have echoed the long-standing Church support for workers' rights.

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Public school religion can promote dialogue

March 21, 2011

Education about religion in public schools can help students learn to respect others' beliefs, but government-run programs must exercise extreme caution not to promote or to criticize a particular religion, a Vatican official told the UN Human Rights Council.

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St. Thérèse in Israel

March 21, 2011

Catholic clergy and religious take part in a ceremony upon the arrival of the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 14.

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Despite troubles, Church is gift of God — pope

March 21, 2011

Even if the Church is beset by problems, it is still a gift of God, Pope Benedict told several hundred pastors of Rome parishes.

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Parents 'infecting' kids with Christian beliefs — court

March 21, 2011

A British court has effectively disqualified a couple from becoming foster parents because of their Christian views on premarital and homosexual intercourse.

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Parents push Catholic school to resume paddling

March 21, 2011

For the past 60 years, teachers and administrators at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans have wielded an 18-inch-long wooden paddle to administer corporal punishment to students for tardiness, sloppy uniform dress or other minor rules infractions.

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Eucharistic Congress 2012 to be held in Ireland

March 21, 2011

Irish Catholic leaders formally announced plans for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.

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Fasting has spiritual, physical benefits

March 14, 2011

That empty stomach rumble, a reminder of fasting during Lent, is beneficial spiritually and physically.

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Obama ends marriage defence; bishops alarmed

March 14, 2011

The Obama administration's decision to no longer support the federal Defense of Marriage Act is an "alarming and grave injustice," said New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Freedom is abandonment to God's love, pope says

March 14, 2011

Pope Benedict said that those seeking "true liberty" should follow the example of a 16th-century French saint who urged the faithful to give themselves up completely to God's love.

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Cardinal says bad Masses lead to weak faith

March 14, 2011

A weakening of faith in God, a rise in selfishness and a drop in the number of people going to Mass in many parts of the world can be traced to Masses that are not reverent and don't follow Church rules, said a Vatican official and a consultant.

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Record food prices

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March 14, 2011

The United Nations reported that food prices reached record highs in February.

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