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Pope to use iPad to light largest Christmas tree

November 21, 2011

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Benedict will light the world’s largest electronic Christmas tree in the Italian town of Gubbio without having to leave his home in Vatican City.

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Website spotlights Catholic musicians

November 21, 2011

Musician David Wang has launched a new website that he hopes will contribute to building an online history of contemporary Christian music.

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College sues U.S. gov’t over contraception mandate

November 21, 2011

Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., is suing the U.S. federal government over a new regulation that requires employer health insurance plans to provide free coverage of contraceptives and sterilization, even if it may be contrary to their religious beliefs.

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Vanderbilt says religious groups can’t discriminate

November 21, 2011

A proposal by Vanderbilt University to apply its nondiscrimination policy to the leadership of student religious organizations “will restrict freedom and diversity in student life by jeopardizing authentic religious expression,” Father John Sims Baker, the Catholic chaplain at Vanderbilt, wrote in a letter to the school’s chancellor.

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Pope ponders trip to Mexico, Cuba in 2012

November 21, 2011

Vatican officials are at an advanced stage in studying the possibility of a papal trip to Mexico and Cuba in the spring of 2012, the Vatican spokesman said.

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Prostitution, porn threaten dignity of women

November 21, 2011

Pope Benedict called for an end to prostitution and pornography, saying the practices denigrate women and represent “a serious lack of humanity.”

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Roman guards

November 21, 2011

Actors with the group Ben Hur Live wait for the start of Pope Benedict’s general audience

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Cartoonist left legacy

November 21, 2011

Catholic cartoonist Bil Keane created this poster for the National Catholic Educational Association’s 2012 convention in Boston.

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Brazilians turn in 271 firearms at local churches

Cardinal Odilio Pedro Scherer

November 14, 2011

Nineteen parishes in Sao Paulo, Brazil, opened their doors to collect guns and ammunition as part of a city-wide campaign that collected 271 firearms and 173 rounds of ammunition.

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Catholics oppose prejudice against Mormons

November 14, 2011

Comments made about the religious affiliation of presidential candidates have no place in American political campaigns, say several dozen academics, diplomats and other prominent Catholics.

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Half of Ireland has chilly view of Church

November 14, 2011

Almost half of Irish people polled say they now have an unfavourable view of the Catholic Church.

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Religion teachers critical to new evangelization

November 14, 2011

Solid catechesis, confidence in the faith and sharing the faith are critical elements to carrying out the work of the new evangelization, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington told high school religion teachers Oct. 28.

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Philippine ritual

November 14, 2011

A mother uses a ladder to reach her son's tomb and offer a prayer at a public cemetery in Navotas, Philippines, Nov. 1.

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Wis. bishops ask Catholics not to bring guns to church

November 14, 2011

Wisconsin's bishops have urged Catholics not to take weapons to church even though a new state law went into effect Nov. 1 allowing those with permits to carry concealed weapons.

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Population growth calls for economic development

November 14, 2011

The challenge posed to the world by the birth of its seven billionth inhabitant isn't how to stop population growth, but to find ways to ensure the continued growth can benefit all humanity, said an article in the Vatican newspaper.

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Coptic leader warns of growing rift in Egypt

November 14, 2011

The patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt blamed Islamic fundamentalists for the increasing number of attacks on Christians and criticized a growing division between Muslims and Christians since the country's February revolution.

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Adviser quits after blaming devil for same-sex attraction

Daniel Avila

November 14, 2011

A policy adviser to the U.S. bishops has resigned following a controversy over an opinion piece he wrote suggesting that same-sex attraction could be the work of the devil.

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Deceased Prelates

November 14, 2011

A nun prays after Communion as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass Nov. 3.

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U.S. bishops reaffirm concerns with Johnson's book

November 7, 2011

The nine members of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine have reaffirmed their concerns that a 2007 book by Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson is "seriously inadequate as a presentation of the Catholic understanding of God."

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British monarchs may be allowed to marry Catholics

November 7, 2011

The law that bans a British monarch from marrying a Catholic is to be lifted after more than 300 years.

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