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Collins, Prendergast meet with Irish abuse victims

January 24, 2011

Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins will meet with abuse victims and lead a penitential service in the course of a two-week visit to the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly in Ireland.

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Stained-glass windows offer art and illumination

January 24, 2011

Some people have PowerPoint presentations to illustrate their topics; Msgr. Richard Lavalley has windows.

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Toronto high schools work to eliminate bottled water

January 24, 2011

Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Toronto are working to create "bottled water-free zones" within their schools.

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Bishops seek help for Queensland flood victims

January 24, 2011

Australia's Catholic bishops have issued an urgent call for prayers for those who have died and for material assistance for survivors of Queensland state flooding that, by mid-January, had claimed 13 lives.

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Pakistan PM upholds blasphemy law

January 24, 2011

Catholic officials in Pakistan expressed disappointment after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani reiterated there would be no amendment to the country's blasphemy law, which makes insulting the Prophet Mohammed or the Quran punishable by life imprisonment or death.

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Purgatory is a process, not a place, pope says

January 24, 2011

Purgatory is like a purifying fire burning inside a person, a painful experience of regret for one's sins, Pope Benedict said.

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Haitians pray, remember, one year after quake

January 24, 2011

In front of a national cathedral that lay in rubble, Catholic leaders marked the anniversary of Haiti's deadly earthquake by praying for its victims and calling for reconstruction of this tattered country.

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Pope guarantees Vatican's financial transparency

January 24, 2011

Pope Benedict has instituted a new agency to monitor all Vatican financial operations and make sure they meet international norms against money-laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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Abuse survivor’s faith restored by love of Eucharist

January 17, 2011

Teresa Pitt Green sat in her car in the church parking lot. She watched parishioners walk up the steps to Mass. It was so easy for them, she thought.

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Beautiful music expresses joy God’s love, pope says

January 17, 2011

When words are not enough, beautiful music can express the joy and mystery of God’s love, Pope Benedict said.

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GM crops breed economic dependence, says cardinal

January 17, 2011

If farmers in Africa had greater access to fertile, arable land safe from armed conflict and pollutants, they would not need genetically modified crops to produce food, said the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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Founder of Courage ministry dies at 92

Fr. John Harvey

January 17, 2011

Oblate Father John Harvey, who founded an organization for celibate Catholic homosexuals that now has more than 100 chapters worldwide, died Dec. 27 at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md.

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Three former Anglican bishops become Catholic

January 17, 2011

Three former Anglican bishops were received into the Catholic Church just hours after they officially gave up their ministries in the Church of England.

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Milwaukee Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

January 17, 2011

A year to the day after his installation as the 11th archbishop of Milwaukee, Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced Jan. 4 that he had directed archdiocesan attorneys “to file a petition for a Chapter 11 reorganization of its financial affairs under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.”

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Rockslides partially close grotto at Lourdes shrine

January 17, 2011

The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of Europe’s best-known pilgrimage sites, has been partially closed for repairs amid reports that falling rocks in its fabled grotto could signal a major landslide.

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Firm offers electronic rosary with JP2’s voice

January 17, 2011

An Italian company is offering an electronic rosary, complete with headphones, with the voice of Pope John Paul II leading the prayers.

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U.S. lobbied Vatican for support of biotechnology

December 27, 2010

U.S. diplomats have for years been pressing the Vatican for stronger public support of genetically modified foods but have made little headway, according to documents released through WikiLeaks.

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Vatican blames China for damaging trust

December 27, 2010

In an unusually strongly worded statement, the Vatican said the recent election of new Church leaders by government-controlled Catholic groups in China and the illicit ordination of a Chinese bishop have “unilaterally damaged” hopes of improved relations with China.

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Benedict to make 4 foreign trips in 2011

December 27, 2010

Pope Benedict plans to make four foreign trips in 2011, including one to his German homeland and a three-day visit to the African country of Benin.

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Report: Cardinal ‘begged’ Vatican to dismiss abuser

Cardinal Desmond Connell

December 27, 2010

A newly released chapter of the Murphy Report into the handling of clergy sex abuse allegations in the Archdiocese of Dublin between 1975 and 2004 shows Cardinal Desmond Connell “begged” Pope John Paul II to dismiss an abusive priest from the priesthood.

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