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A brief adventure

A boy sneaks through security to hug Pope Benedict . . .

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Joan of Arc a model for politicians, says pope

February 7, 2011

With her deep prayer life and total devotion to serving God and the good of her fellow citizens, St. Joan of Arc is a wonderful model for Christian politicians, Pope Benedict said.

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Holy Land draws 3M pilgrims a year

February 7, 2011

Despite the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, more than 77,000 Canadian pilgrims and three million people worldwide visited the Holy Land last year.

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French Senate rejects euthanasia on demand

February 7, 2011

The French Senate has rejected legislation that would have permitted any adult to request a “quick and painless death.”

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Women ‘hungry for truth’ about abortion

February 7, 2011

Laura Strietmann, the director of a Cincinnati crisis pregnancy centre, calls abortion “the issue that is shaping our country,” and said the challenge for pro-lifers is to get everyone “to respect life again.”

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Ecumenical dialogue must face disagreements — pope

February 7, 2011

Fundamental differences, particularly over human sexuality and marriage, should not be ignored out of fear of damaging the progress that has been made in ecumenical dialogue, Pope Benedict told Lutheran representatives.

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Bishops’ saintly message a respite after the news

February 7, 2011

For just over four years, retired Italian Archbishop Cosmo Francesco Ruppi of Lecce has had 60-70 seconds each day on Italian public radio to tell listeners about the saint or blessed being honoured in the Catholic liturgy.

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Divided Christians must support one another — pope

February 7, 2011

When one Christian community is suffering, other Christians must offer assistance, Pope Benedict told Coptic Orthodox and other Oriental Orthodox church leaders.

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Church wedding means knowing Church teaching

February 7, 2011

Men and women have a natural right to marry, but that does not mean they have a right to a Catholic wedding, Pope Benedict said.

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Bhutan allows entry to Catholic missionaries

February 7, 2011

Catholic missionaries are ready to set up faith communities in Bhutan after the country announced it would accept the registration of Christians for the first time.

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Mourning bishop’s death

February 7, 2011

Mourners stand near the coffin of Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia.

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Muslim scholars in Egypt boycott Vatican dialogue

January 31, 2011

Top Muslim academics in Egypt have announced they are suspending all dialogue with the Vatican to protest Pope Benedict's remarks about anti-Christian violence in Egypt.

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Pope asks younger drivers to be extra careful

January 31, 2011

Pope Benedict asked young people not to hide their energy and enthusiasm, but to be realistic about the risks they take and, especially, to be extra careful when driving.

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Bohan issues pastoral letter on court decision

Archbishop Daniel Bohan

January 31, 2011

Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan said government leaders need to take "skilful action" to guarantee freedom of conscience of citizens.

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Be enriched by immigrants, urges retiring cardinal

January 31, 2011

Looking ahead to his retirement in February, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote that he intends to spend the coming months and years "walking in solidarity with the 11 million immigrants who have come to the United States to improve their own lives and the life of our country."

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EWTN acquires National Catholic Register

January 31, 2011

The Eternal Word Television Network, based in Irondale, Ala., has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic Register, which describes itself as "the nation's leading Catholic newspaper."

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Ecumenism already has borne fruit, pope says

January 31, 2011

The search for Christian unity has not been easy, but it already has drawn Christians closer to one another and made Christianity more attractive to those who do not believe, Pope Benedict said.

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Church has opportunities in new digital landscape

January 31, 2011

Today's model of "consuming" journalism bears little resemblance to the old-time model of perusing the newspaper for 20 or 30 minutes at a time at the breakfast table and after work, the head of a journalism think tank told members of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications Jan. 12.

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Catholic voices helped to pass nuclear arms pact

January 31, 2011

As Democratic and Republican senators in the U.S. pressed their divergent views on the New START agreement with Russia outlining the next phase of nuclear disarmament during final debate in December, a wide array of Catholics played a major role in getting the pact ratified.

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Jesus was a refugee, says Benedict

January 31, 2011

Jesus was a refugee — a fact that should be remembered as societies deal with modern issues of emigration and immigration, Pope Benedict said.

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