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Mother Teresa portrayed on canvas

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

February 28, 2011

Much to his chagrin, Hindu painter Venkataswami Logaguru never had the chance to see Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as she ministered to some of the city's poorest residents.

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Hello papa!

Young women wave during Pope Benedict's general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 16.

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Catholics protest provocative show at Toronto gallery

February 21, 2011

A private Toronto art gallery has received thousands of emails protesting its controversial exhibit featuring a "bullet-ridden" Pope Benedict XVI.

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Abortion clinic videos sting Planned Parenthood

February 21, 2011

The recent undercover videos showing a Planned Parenthood worker advising clients how to skirt age restrictions on abortion and mandatory reporting laws came as no surprise to Jennifer Ruggiero, director of the Office of Respect for Life in the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J.

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Don't balance budgets on backs of poor — U.S. bishops

February 21, 2011

Catholic bishops across the U.S. are reminding state legislatures and their fellow citizens that the nation's budgetary problems are not over and must not be resolved on the backs of the poor.

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Irish prison chaplains demand urgent reform

February 21, 2011

Ireland's prison chaplains demanded the government take an urgent look at its penal policies following the publication of a report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.

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IPhone app 'no substitute' for Confession

February 21, 2011

A Vatican official said a new iPhone application can help Catholics prepare for Confession, but cannot substitute for the sacramental encounter between a penitent and a priest.

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Death threats don't deter RC Pakistani politician

February 21, 2011

Pakistan's minister for minorities refuses to stop speaking against his country's blasphemy law even though he is a primary target for assassination.

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Angry mob attacks Indonesian churches

February 21, 2011

An angry mob attacked three Christian churches, including a Catholic parish, and a Catholic-run school in Central Java in Indonesia.

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Hunter-priest donates meat for life

February 21, 2011

In Alaska's Yukon Delta, 220 km from any hint of civilization, Father Joe Classen and a friend worked for "hours and hours and hours" in September 2009 lugging meat from a moose he shot out of a swamp and into a holding place.

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Pope cannot be organ donor, Vatican official says

February 14, 2011

As a cardinal, Pope Benedict was a card-carrying organ donor.

But the card became invalid when he became pope, according to his personal secretary.

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Bell Canada to drop EWTN from TV satellite service

February 14, 2011

Thousands of loyal watchers of Eternal Word Television Network across Canada are losing their favourite station as Bell TV will drop EWTN from its digital satellite television service as of Feb. 27.

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Bishops called to help those who long for God

February 14, 2011

Bishops are called to help people recognize and respond to their yearning for holiness and goodness, Pope Benedict said at a Feb. 5 Mass where he ordained five bishops.

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U.S. bishops update New American Bible

February 14, 2011

The revised New American Bible that will be released on Ash Wednesday, March 9, may seem most different to casual readers for its efforts at providing context and clarity in how the passages fit together, says the coordinator of its publication.

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Vatican plans document on Internet and seminaries

February 14, 2011

The Internet can be a valuable tool for Catholic education and evangelization, and its proper use should be encouraged in seminaries as well as other church institutions, Pope Benedict said.

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Coalition objects to hearings on Muslim extremism

February 14, 2011

A coalition of 51 religious and civil rights groups in the United States are urging congressional leaders to stop upcoming House hearings on Muslim extremism or at least focus the inquiry more broadly by examining violence "motivated by extremist beliefs in all its forms."

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European theologians call for end to celibacy

February 14, 2011

More than 140 Catholic theologians from universities in Austria, Germany and Switzerland called for the Church to end priestly celibacy, ordain women and allow laypeople to help select bishops, among other changes.

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Irish priests' group wants new missal delayed

February 14, 2011

A group representing more than 400 of Ireland's 4,500 priests has made an urgent plea to the country's bishops to postpone the introduction of the new English translation of the missal for at least another five years.

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Prayer leads to friendship with God, says pope

February 14, 2011

People don't really know who they are or what their life's purpose is unless they pray regularly, Pope Benedict said.

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iPhone app prepares users for good Confession

February 14, 2011

Can modern technology help strengthen our faith?

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