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Benedict calls for global pact on climate change

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict urged international leaders to reach a credible agreement on climate change, keeping in mind the needs of the poor and of future generations.

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British gov't cuts hurt the poor, says archbishop

December 5, 2011

Austerity measures introduced by the British government to tackle spiraling levels of public debt are hurting the poorest the most, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster told politicians.

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German dioceses bail out of porn publisher

December 5, 2011

Germany's Catholic dioceses have ordered the immediate sale of a Church-owned publishing house after reports that it made millions of euros selling erotic and pornographic titles.

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Pope defends Church efforts on sex abuse

Pope Benedict

December 5, 2011

In a speech to U.S. bishops, Pope Benedict defended the Church's "honest efforts" to confront the priestly sex abuse scandal with transparency, and said its actions could help the rest of society respond to the problem.

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Youths honour Christ with electronic 'holy shoutout'

December 5, 2011

More than 2,000 years after his birth, Christ the King was honoured in a historic way with a massive electronic "holy shoutout" via texts, emails and tweets sent simultaneously from cellphones Nov. 19 by 23,000 participants at the National Catholic Youth Conference and National Catholic Collegiate Conference in Indianapolis.

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Vatican to welcome Christmas with carols this year

December 5, 2011

The Vatican is planning to sing its way into the Christmas season this year, with a chorus and orchestra leading Christmas carols at the annual unveiling of its Nativity scene.

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Economic crisis demands courage, says Benedict

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict said the global economic crisis demands the "courage of brotherhood" between the world's rich and poor, and calls on the Church to look at the causes of poverty.

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Fear has silenced Pakistani Christians - archbishop

December 5, 2011

Fear has silenced the voice of Pakistani Christians since the political murder of Shahbaz Bhatti last spring, said the retired archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan.

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Pope says Benin trip highlighted Africa's joy

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict said his second trip to Africa left him convinced that the joy and faith of the continent's people – especially the young – represent a hope for all humanity.

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Vatican paper declares Shakespeare a secret Catholic

William Shakespeare

November 28, 2011

There is "little doubt" William Shakespeare was a Catholic who was forced to hide his faith in Protestant England while leaving hints about his faith throughout his vast body of work, said an opinion piece in the Vatican newspaper.

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Violent crime can be overcome, says faith group

November 28, 2011

Churches and faith-based groups need to organize collectively to pressure public officials to use initiatives that have been proven to reduce high rates of murder and violent crime in several U.S. cities, a New Orleans pastor told the PICO National Gathering of Clergy Nov. 15.

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Bishop avoids indictment, agrees to report abuse

Bishop Robert Finn

November 28, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., has agreed to meet monthly for the next five years with a county prosecutor to avoid a possible criminal misdemeanour indictment for failing to report a priest suspected of child abuse.

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Benetton removes image of pope kissing Muslim

November 28, 2011

Hours after the Vatican condemned an Italian ad campaign that depicted Pope Benedict kissing a Muslim leader, the Italian fashion house Benetton withdrew the photo.

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Resurrection means love conquers hate, pope says

November 28, 2011

Believing in Christ's resurrection means that no matter how difficult life gets, one believes that love and goodness are far more powerful than hatred and evil, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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Jesuit journal wants democratic Internet

November 28, 2011

The Internet is a global public good that should be accessible to all and respectful of the rights of others, said an influential Jesuit magazine.

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U.S. Melkite bishop may ordain married men

Bishop Nicholas Samra

November 28, 2011

To address a shortage of priests in his nationwide eparchy, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Newton, Mass., is exploring the possibility of ordaining married men as priests.

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Cardinal Law replaced as archpriest of basilica

Cardinal Bernard Law

November 28, 2011

Cardinal Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston, has been replaced as archpriest of the Rome Basilica of St. Mary Major, the Vatican announced.

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Crystal Cathedral will become Catholic cathedral

Crystal Cathedral

November 28, 2011

A bankruptcy court judge has ordered the sale of the Crystal Cathedral and its nearly 31-acre campus in Garden Grove, calif., to the Catholic Diocese of Orange for US$57.5 million.

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Weekly churchgoers more optimistic, less depressed

November 21, 2011

Past studies have shown that those who attend religious services at least weekly tend to live longer and healthier lives.

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Austrian bishops reject call for laity to celebrate Mass

November 21, 2011

Austria’s Catholic bishops have rejected a call by dissident Church members for laypeople to begin celebrating Mass in parishes with no priests.

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